The title of this article begins with HO
and OO which clearly pitches it as being about
model railway layout buildings. But it also includes
scales much loved by
military modellers - all the various figures
around 1 inch / 20mm / 25mm tall. It's just
that the number of buildings created by military
modellers is, I suspect, much less than by the
This article should form one of the cornerstones
of this website. So much is written and illustrated
about this class of models and so many models are
produced. Including, it has to be said, some of
the finest model architecture you will find. The
best work of rail and military modellers is first
class. It deserves attention but it is a hard piece
to write. Part of the issue is that there is just
too much material. A commentator such as me hardly
knows where to start. So this is something of a
stream of consciousness for the moment.
Maybe the best way to kick off is with an
attempt to list some categories. First by model
construction type and then by building type.
Simply because I have already produced an article
on the subject the first category I want to
mention is buildings made from paper and card.
I have the feeling, with no particular evidence
to back this up, that this category is on the
up and up. At least in the railway world. Less
so for military subjects. I'm not going to say
more on this for now but please do take a look
at the article MBcard.htm .
The second group are made from plastic card.
Some, like the one illustrated, are from a kit.
Others are scratchbuilt, though many of these will
probably include some bought-in components and
commercially produced moulded or pressed texture
sheets. Even kits can involve a lot of hard work.
This picture is of a Wills kit called the Black
Horse Inn from their craftsman range. It was beyond
me when I tried it. Each window and door opening still
had to be cut from the supplied brick patterned sheets.
It is also possible at this scale to build
from wood, though it is tricky to get the
necessary detail. But not impossible.
Take a look at this
Youtube video from Marklin of Sweden for example.
If you want to be picky about whether a station
platform counts as a building go right ahead.
But you cannot complain about the lack of detail.
In the world of toys, the
'wooden railway' (more commonly known by
the famous brand of 'Brio', which has
suffered the same degradation of their
brand as Hoover and Biro did) there are
certainly some wooden buildings. For them,
fine detail is not an issue.