Above: A selection card models, both kit components and completed models.
PDF files can often be rescaled during printing to build models in any scale from N to O. [1:48 to 1:64 = 75% (S), 1:48 to 1:87 = 55% (HO), 1:48 to 1:164 = 29% (N)]
Traditionally card models do not come with complex modelling instructions. However the design and construction of several of my photorealistic models have featured in Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine (NGDU).
If necessary, card models can be built using a single-sided razor blade, a cutting board and a glue stick. However using a sharp-pointed scalpel blade, steel straight edge, self-healing cutting board and good quality white glue will result in a much better model.
Most kits are set up to be easy to cut out doors, windows and other details and apply them in layers to create a 3D effect. While any of the kits can result in quite reasonable models at normal viewing distance, newer photorealistic kits include weathering and other details that enhance the appearance.
Card models are great for attracting new modellers into the hobby. Several times I've built a Moreton bin (with minimal tools) in a couple of hours at local train shows while talking to visitors... then given tham away to young viewers, along with a print of the Comeng diesel.
I've also kit-bashed commercially available card buildings, both through computer modification and using more traditional modelling techniques, as well as designing my own unique models. Several of my photo-realistic card buildings can be found on the Capricorn Sugar Rail Museum (CSRM) site.
All files are in optimised pdf format and all required pages are contained in one download file for multipage kits, please note file sizes for estimating download times. Models are primarily supplied in O scale (1:48), however they can be rescaled when printing for other scales or pages can be extracted as tiff files using Adobe Acrobat for kitbashing.
These kits were created by the late Jim Fainges of Brisbane, one of a number of Queenslanders who have modelled extensively using card, and his son Keith under the LADNDAD Models label. Models posted with permission.
Queensland Structures (O scale): General notes and instructions (778 Kb); Bootmaker's shop (2.1 Mb); Windsor two story corner shop (20.9 Mb); Qakey post office (2.3 Mb); St Martin's Anglican Church (partial kit, HO only, 532 Kb); Queensland Police station (3.7 Mb) and single lockup (2.5 Mb); State school (3.2 Mb); town hall (2.4 Mb); petrol station (10 Mb); warehouse (1.3 Mb); Springhill worker's cottage (1.5 Mb); farm house (1.4 Mb) and Guldop cottage (2.2 Mb).
QR/QGR (O scale): small station (1.1 Mb); small halt (shelter shed, 4.4 Mb); fettler's trackside shed (1.2 Mb); water tank (344 Kb); backyard earth closet (2.2 Mb); engine shed (4.4 Mb); goods shed (3.5 Mb); fettler's cottage, open porch (4.1 Mb) or enclosed (3.2 Mb).
These models were created by Lynn Zelmer for his own use and several have featured in Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine. They've been posted here so that other modellers can take advantage of the time and effort required to create a unique Queensland model.
Queensland-style Country Hotel: Lattice screen (5'6" x 7'9" (O scale, 131 Kb); two story hotel (O scale low profile background model; WARNING: Unmodified first build components for experienced card modellers only, 12 pages, 1.9Mb).
Saw Tooth Roof Industrial Building: (O scale, low profile background model with potential for full depth model, 5 pages, 598 Kb). Designed for Brisbane modeller Arthur Hayes.
last updated: 21 January 2018.