Introduction to Making Paper Shops in 1:144 Scale
Paper buildings are a good way to experiment with a new scale and are the right size to use as dolls houses in a 1:12 scale dolls house scale. 1/144 scale is very close to N scale for railroads which can range from 1:148 to 1:160. If you reduce the size of these diagrams slightly you can create buildings in N scale for a railroad or Christmas Train layout.
You can use these little shops for a static temporary display, or glue the designs to wood or bristol board and create something more permanent. Their size means they can also be used to make decorative gift boxes (make a fitted back and base) or use them as Christmas tree ornaments. You can find furnishings for these small displays. Check the tips on Accessories for 1:144 and N scale buildings
To make this set of three miniature village shops in 1:144 scale you will need:
- Computer Printer.
- 1 piece 8 ½ by 11 inch good quality heavy weight printer paper (or regular paper if you will glue it to something sturdier) or photo paper or card stock
- Sharp Scissors
- PVA (white) glue or a good quality glue stick
- Thin aircraft plywood (1/8 or 1/16 inch) or bristol board if you want to make sturdier buildings
- colored pencils or chalks to adjust colors if needed