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My brother (he can still play with trains as he is still a bachelor) found this software that allows you to model custom buildings out of paper. The gallery has some incredible shots of buildings customers have made.

I'm sure this could be adapted to woodworking somehow... maybe as patterns for scrolling small buildings out of wood?

It's pretty interesting and worth a quick peek.

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Doug they also have good prices on LEDs if anyone uses them in any projects.

1/16" Plywood could be used in place of cardboard or foam board for longer lasting models.

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Nice. I've got an N-gauge that I've had for a long time and never set up, and am thinking of making a layout for it. But, I'd rather make everything I could myself, including buildings. It's just more fun that way.

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My father was a HO nut in the 50/60/70's and did this to escape from mother, I remember him well building each individual building 1 piece of wood at a time as if it were real (that was the Mechainical Engr. in him)

As such I pose this one question to you - If the paper product is as good as they appear to be, and they do look great, why spend the time on an endever that cannot be improved upon? My years in engineering with the Japanese taught me this to the core, never use wood when cardboard will do and never use cardboard when paper will do.

Good luck, why not make some frames for simulated mountains and rivers that he can cover with lath and plaster.

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As such I pose this one question to you - If the paper product is as good as they appear to be, and they do look great, why spend the time on an endever that cannot be improved upon? My years in engineering with the Japanese taught me this to the core, never use wood when cardboard will do and never use cardboard when paper will do.
As far as I'm concerned, it's not trying to improve on it, it's doing it on my own. I prefer to use 'my' imagination on things like that, rather than just use someone else's work. But how long is cardboard or paper going to last, compared to wood? Besides, like I said earlier, making your own is more fun.

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