Self built: Very cheap and quick to build buildings out
of card. A splash of paint and there you have it. There are however
some tips of the trade so to speak.
Tip 1. when you fold card it
tends to buckle at the corner. This is because the card is being
squeezed on the inside of the fold. If you first remove some of the
material on the inside of the fold by cutting a V-shape in the card
with a craft knife this wont happen. The result is a shape corner on
all your buildings.
Tip 2. A square is
not a ridged shape and so a square building can become deformed
easily. To avoid this and give your building extra strength insert
triangular tabs into each corner.
Tip 3. Almost every
building has a window. so too make this effect simply stick some clear
plastic (acetate) on to the inside. One cheep supply of clear plastic is on
the display boxes of some modelling products. Don't trough it away save it
and use it. Windows look very good lit, so don't be afraid to put a light
inside. See the
electronics page for info on lighting.
Ready built: Hornby/Scalextric, as well as many others,
supply ready built and ready painted buildings. These look good but
the selection is limited and the cost is high.
Plastic kits: Sort of a halfway house between scratch
build and ready built. They are very cheep and if you enjoy
modelling you should get hours of fun building and painting them.
For tips on plastic building plastic model building see the