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In my search for a variety of card buildings, I have come across a site with a range of town structures that look very usable on a OO British layout, despite the fact that the prototypes are in America. I have downloaded a couple, but so far have not attempted a build  They look straight forward and the pictures of the finished products are impressive.

https://www2.illinois.gov/dnrhistoric/Preserve/pages/construct_mainstreet.aspx

 

I would like to hear comments from others.

Dane,

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Very nice

 

If I were building one, I'd probably cut out the windows and mount them on another layer of card behind the cutouts. Windows aren't often flush with the wall. There are other details where you could do the same

 

I'll bookmark that - thank you

 

Richard

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13 hours ago, RLWP said:

Very nice

 

If I were building one, I'd probably cut out the windows and mount them on another layer of card behind the cutouts. Windows aren't often flush with the wall. There are other details where you could do the same

 

I'll bookmark that - thank you

 

Richard

Agree with the above. I downloaded these and printed a set out for a possible US based model. They look good. The essential caveat though is they are not outline kits for/of UK buildings so the basic proportions etc., are not typically British so if considering them select and use with care.

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I also found a good use for these to try out some buildings for Roswell Mill. I have assumed that a log cabin is a log cabin and that there was not too much variation between Georgia and Illinois!

Best wishes

Eric  

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IMHO a printed card building is merely the base on which to create a more life-like structure. Additions as menti9oned of glazed windows, along with embellishments such as window sills, lintels, doorsteps, and perhaps even the odd open door will produce an even more satisfying model.

 

I am pleased that some of you are finding them of use. Some buildings on the site are most definitely specifically of USA prototypes, but some of the commercial town buildings could be placed almost anywhere in the world- perhaps needing a little 'local' embellishment to make them fit in.

Dane

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Three weeks later, is anyone in the UK still able to get to this page, I've tried all day and it just times out, but I asked someone in the US to check and it works fine for them. I'm guessing some sort of geoip block has been put in place.

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I have the same problem trying to access the site from Ireland.

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Can't access from Colorado

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Not accessible from Canada.

 

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May be either a site-wide block or some form of web-outage as from here (UK) can't even get the site's home page to load. That seems a bit odd given that it is the State's official website so you would think some pages would remain accessible.

 

Is the US in the middle of another State shut down crisis due to lack of funds?

 

Website problem may be related to this issue reported in July - https://chicago.suntimes.com/metro-state/2019/7/10/20689089/illinois-unemployment-claims-delayed-computer-failure

 

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Can't access it myself. I'll be keeping an eye on it, though - I did a Google Image Search, and the buildings look like they have a lot of potential.

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Its working today

 

John P

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I do like some of those buildings, though the Great Western Depot seems to have little to do with IK Brunel...  :jester:

 

What scale are they? I'm assuming HO, though it wouldn't really matter, especially with the Old Main/Old State Capitol buildings, either of which would make a grandiose railway terminal building!

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I have been using the wordsworth buildings and covering in other texture sheets or as plans/templates for scribing for a while now.

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