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I feel kind of silly asking this but hey, thats how you learn right? When building a cardstock model, I am using 110lb. cardstock that I bought from Office Depot. Is that stiff enough to build on its own (building in HO scale) or should I glue it onto Chipboard or build an internal structure out of Balsa Wood or something.
Like I said being a Newbie is tough for you guys I'm sure but since I don't run into a lot of Tutorial columns on How-To.......... I'm forced to ask the beginner questions. btw, I'm having a ball right or wrong.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

For HO, rather than 110lb, I would recommend 65lb (ultra-bright; 95 or higher). The print will be crisper and colors will have greater contrast. Also, 65 lb, when properly scored, makes much cleaner folds. My own rule is to use 65 lb for things that will be folded or rolled and 110 lb for flat pieces that will be used for layering (window frames, lintels, etc.)

Yep the cardstock is strong enough without gluing it on to something else. However, you should use the "stiffener" (nothing more than an image of the buildings footprint with tabs to glue to the interior). Print two or three and place one near the base, one about halfway up the building, and one near the roof. Put the stiffener inside the building and adjust it so that it contacts the walls, then place some glue (I use medium viscosity gap-filling CAA) along the edges of the tabs. That should be sufficient to fix the stiffener in place. You can even cut away part of the stiffener to go around inset doors and windows and not challenge the integrity.

Keep asking questions. I am sure there are plenty of guys around (especially the pros like Thom and Dave) who will be happy to answer and provide more insights.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim Gore
Wow Jim. Good answer and fast too. Thanks buddy.
October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThom M
Thanks Jim, I'm putting together my first simple building today. Its a one bay Train Barn similiar to the one that I used to park an actual Steam Engine in............... well ok it was a diesel powered one..................... and it was a 1/3 scale one at that, but it was fun anyway! Running an actual passenger train even if it was at a Zoo was fun
October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven