"I think there may be several Z scale enthusiast out there that don't realize yet how simple it is to create their own structures." We agree! Check out our free samples at the Model Builder page to see what you can create!
Radville Saskatchewan Depot
This is Plan #2062-HO - a CNR 2nd Class Depot, modeled directly after the one in Radville Saskatchewan. The exterior was designed entirely in Model Builder. The walls were constructed with 64-lb cardstock. The floor and roof subsurface are balsa, as are the handmade eave brackets and gable decorations. The lower edge of the roofing material is serrated to add realism.
One Model Builder customer completed this tractor supply building using some new techniques, particularly on the corners. Fantastic job!
Small Strip Mall
Bill Erskine used Model Builder to create this small strip of stores using photos to create a 3D effect.
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Peter submitted these photos of a few of his semi-completed models.
"Model Builder is a tremendous tool. Thank you again."
These three C&O section houses were modeled using Model Builder after buildings in Quinnimont, WV. This customer added styrene corner angles to the section houses to give them a three-dimensional look.
Eugene Jones created these buildings with Model Builder. One is the Prince, WV, depot, and the other is a picture of three C&O section houses in Quinnimont, WV. Eugene added styrene corner angles to the section houses to give them a three-dimensional look. "I really like the program."
Large Warehouse Model
Dave Roeder shared the largest structure he's created so far: a current-era layout in HO scale. The foot print is 22" x 42", and the height of the taller curtain wall is 12.9". The curtain wall structure is 10.7" x 22". The green steel wall is 8.2" high. There are 7 rail dock doors; two are under the notched corner. The two at the rear and the rearmost on the rail side are for reefers. The docks are set for 60-foot cars. "Thanks again for your support."
Don Rushmore's wife purchased Model Builder and a welding kit for his birthday. Another nominee for Wife of the Year! "I am very pleased with both and would recommend same to anyone. Excellent job. The welding kit looks wonderfully realistic as a projector in the drive-in."
Elliott used Model Builder to design his Jones Farm sheep & goat barn, another adaptation from his previous Model Builder Jones Farm pig pen & chicken coop buildings. "Thanks again for Model Builder and its ease of use and design tools!"
Ted DiMone designed this 1/24th scale model of the Kenzieton Hotel using Model Builder. Fantastic work, Ted!
Tom from ScaleModelPlans.com provided yet another great plan. This one is modeled after a little post-war house in East Vancouver. It was a popular plan, because it was affordable to the returning WW2 vets under the Veteran's Land Act mortgage. Many homes of this style still exist in the area.
Ron Schmitz submitted: "Thanks to your work, my town and adjoining subdivision are doing well in spite of the current economic crisis. LOL! Hope you enjoy a brief visit to Smalltown."
Model Builder Cityscape
"I am having a great time working with your product," Thom said, "and now that I have figured out how to add lights, it's even better. Originally, I used foamboard, but there was no depth when photographed. Next came the 1/4" poplar with sides wrapped around, and finally this method. In the daytime, the flat prints looked great but at night appeared as dark shawdows behind the other lighted buildings." What a difference lighting can make! Thanks for submitting!
Stephen is a CAD Manager and Evan Designs customer who also loves Model Builder: "From 2 feet away on my layout, you cannot tell the plastic from the printed models, and in my opinion, the printed actually look better because of the numerous colors (not limited to three or four colors like a plastic model)." Thanks for sharing, Stephen!
Z-Scale Apartment Building
Stephen shared two of his models that he created using Model Builder. "I wanted to compare the printed models to the plastic model. The printed models have much more color variation than a plastic model, and even at this close magnification, they still have a 3D effect at the doors and windows."
Geo created this country elevator using Model Builder and wrapping the building with corrugated "metal" two tiers high. Individual doors and windows were then glued in place.
Dough Schmitz repaced a plastic barn on his layout with one made using Model Builder. The barn is poster board reinforced with 1/4 inch bass wood. "I really enjoyed using the import feature in my model builder. I photographed bales of hay and straw and put them in the approximate scale (O). I cut the hay bales out & glued them on thin cardboard and placed them in the background of my hay loft. I cut & glued the straw bales to 1/2 inch square by 1-inch long balsa wood and made straw bales with the wood. Your program is fantastic. Thank you!"
Small Town Depot
John Castell used Model Builder to create the finished railway station. "I printed it on Kodak 180 g/m2 gloss paper, and for my first attempt, I am extremely happy. I perhaps should not have used the shingles on the gable ends, but it is my first attempt. Things can only get better from here. Thanks again and I look forward to the new version when it is available." Looks great, John!
Ambassador Hotel Model
Jack is back with another completed building, the Ambassador Hotel in O-scale. The construction is all paper with chipboard backing and designed using Model Builder. Thanks for sharing, Jack!
The wires on the right side of the roof are for light over the street. This model was created using Model Builder.
Elliott designed Higbee's Hometown Hardware using Model Builder. "I just thought the name was a good one. He's like Hubert Horatio Humphrey."
Used Car Model
Ted's latest project using Model Builder is a 1/24-scale 1950s used car showroom.
The backdrop for this 1:6-scale doll room was designed using Model Builder.
With Model Builder, simply choose your scale and start creating! Tom Carson created this HO-scale version of a depot using Model Builder.
Tom Carson created this Z-scale depot using Model Builder N-scale templates from ScaleModelPlans.com. "This is my smallest project yet." Looks great, Tom!
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Carl loved our free Model Builder sample buildings: "Many thanks for the free model building. I have completed it and added some pictures to share. I am impressed with the quality and ease of construction and intend to purchase your building software when funds allow."
This fantastic scale model was created by Ron Schmitz using Model Builder.
Ron Schmitz submitted some of his buildings made using Model Builder for his small town commercial district.
Downtown Deco Model
Sam Syzdek made this structure using Model Builder. "I started with the leftover base from a Downtown Deco kit. I also used Campbell's corrugated metal for the roof on the addition on the side. I used the doors from the software and some of the signs came from your Sign Creator software." Thanks for sharing, Sam!
One of our customers used Model Builder brick textures to finish one of his buildings and shares his technique on his blog.
Another satisfied customer! "After playing with your Model Builder software for a while, I needed to do a diorama for a category on Flickr, so I used it to make a COOL background. Several people said on first look they thought it was a full-size motorcycle, then realized it was a toy. Great software! Learning curve is very low with any experience and a little tinkering. I printed two sheets: one of the background and one cobblestone to park the bike on in two different scales to add some realism."
Rob Weatherby also submitted another portion of his town. "In some cases, I cropped parts from the photos and brought them directly into the software. I'm not by any means a professional but I am happy so far with the results." No need to be an expert with Model Builder! Our software is easy to use and understand!
Ron Weatherby used his own town as inspiration for his scale model: "I took photos of our local village business section and used them as guides when creating the buildings." Great work and interesting inspiration, Ron!