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Easy Miniature Projects in 1:48 Scale


The quarter scale projects in this list are easily made from regular household materials or art supplies. Some projects explore working with commercially available quarter scale kits, others are built from scratch or using printables.

1. An Introduction to Quarter Scale Miniatures

Campground cottage quarter scale scene by Rosemary Shipman
Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

1:48 scale, where 1/4 inch equals one foot is a popular dollhouse miniature scale similar in size to the "O" scale used for model railroads. An active online community celebrate building miniatures in this scale via The Quarter Connection. As the scale becomes more popular, the range of miniatures is increasing steadily, with a wide range of figures and accessories appearing online and at miniature shows.

2. Build a Simple Quarter Scale "Stone" Cottage with a Loft

Interior of a simple stone cottage model in 1:48 scale.
Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

Use the included cutting diagram to make a simple open back quarter scale cottage suitable for a model village. This is an easy to build project based on using illustration board or bookboard or foam core board and air dry clay. The cottages can be made smaller or larger, with different exterior finishes to suit a range of periods and areas.

3. Build a Simple Model Tower

Quarter scale witch on top of a two storey crenallated tower model in 1:48 scale.
Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

While not built in any particular scale, this simple stone tower can be added to small scale buildings or used as a stand alone piece for a gaming terrain.

4. Printable Miniature Shop in 1:48 Scale

A 1:144 scale printable miniature shop next to one in 1:48 scale.
Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

If you need to produce a fast building in 1:48 scale, this two storey shop is made by printing the parts on photo paper or lightweight card. Interior finishes are also provided as printables. With a finished front and open back, the interior is easily accessible for a small two room display.

This project is a good way to test whether quarter scale is a size that will fit into your collection, or whether the scale is too small for you to work with comfortably. With a wide range of railroad figures and accessories available in "0" scale, which is a similar size to quarter scale, this is a size which works well for integrating railroads and furnished buildings.

5. Printable Quarter Scale Teacup Scenes

A 1:48 scale miniature beach scene with a beach shop and pier, all set into a teacup and saucer.
Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

These projects are designed to be fitted into a teacup and saucer. They include printables in a range of colors for the siding, doors, windows and other pieces. You can add items to the interiors, or back the windows or doors with illustrations from magazines to make faux interior views. They can also be used with other containers including small boxes.



6. Quarter Scale Plants and Landscaping Details

Quarter scale garden arbor set in a miniature garden scene in a tea cup.
Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

The projects listed below are available in several scales, but here I've featured the links to the Quarter Scale projects.



7. Quarter Scale Furniture Projects

A quarter scale dolls house bakery case with a clear cover and a clear display shelf.
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

There are a range of ways to make tiny furnishings for quarter scale scenes. Several companies, including the ones with reviews listed below sell cast resin or laser cut furnishings. I've also posted small scale projects to give you the opportunity to experiment with techniques for making miniature furniture. The Printable Halloween Armchair and Coffee Table give you a method for making simple furnishings from paper, while the Quarter Scale Bakery Case uses wood veneer as a base for the furniture

8. Building the 1:48 Scale Markland Market Hall

Elizabethan beamed market hall built in 1:48 scale - kit by Geoff Lewis of Small Scale Miniatures
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd

This gallery outlines the steps taken to build and finish the Tudor Markland Market Hall kit from Geoff Lewis of Small Scale Miniature and The Village Wheelwright. Many of the finishing and assembly tips can be applied to working with other quarter scale buildings and kits.

9. Sources for Quarter Scale Kits and Accessories

Quarter scale cast resin stove by Young At Heart
Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

An increasing number of suppliers are including 1:48 scale accessories in their regular miniature lines. There are also several specialist suppliers.



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