(with a little help from Paul Race) for Big Indoor TrainsTM
Note from Editor: Project designer Howard Lamey has made whole villages of vintage-style cardboard structures. This project is one result of me sending him a "care package" with many printed sheets from the Resources page. I sent him several sheets of the same log cabin photo with the idea that he might want to make a three-dimensional model from them. This is what he sent me.
Easy Log Cabin FlatThis is an easy project that doesn't require much in the way of talent or fine measurements. It uses Paul Race's Log Cabin graphic, which is available in sizes suitable for Christmas villages or O scale/On30 railroads from Big Indoor Trains' Building Front Photos page. (For bigger sizes, go to the Family Garden Trains' Building Front Photos page.)
This is a “layered” glue up project. The “layers” add just enough depth and show actual shadows. When viewed from straight on, or just to one side, it looks much deeper than 1/4-inch.
All pieces for the cabin flat are cut from graphics which have been mounted on cardboard
Making the Pieces
Make a simple cardboard base with strip of wood as a back brace.
Spray the entire cabin flat with several light coats of a clear satin indoor/outdoor acrylic finish. This protects it somewhat from moisture and dust and also helps reduce fading.
ConclusionSeveral other downloadable, cleaned-up building photos are available in two size ranges for you to use for similar projects:
Other Articles about cardboard houses include:
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