The Lowlands About construction Pictures from The Lowlands sections updated:  2015-11-16  
Intro Rolling
and tracks
Buildings and

Section A 

Section B 

Section C 
 Thorwick Station Area
 Section D -
Thorwick City

Buildings and scenery - a revelry of cut-sheet technique

Klipparksteknik i olika former ligger bra till när man skall bygga Brittiskt. 
Utbudet av färdigskurna ark och nedladdningsbara byggnads- och strukturark är omfattande

Cut-sheet technique is a useful technique when ou will perform some British modelling.
The range of pre-cut sheets and downloadable construction- and strukture sheet is extensive

But there will be much residues when building in cardboard,
it is a matter of separating what should be used and what should be thrown away ......


När man bygger svenska byggnader har man till viss del formspråket i blodet.
För att få känsla för den brittiska "codexen" behöver man lite hjälp på vägen.
When building foreign buildings you have to gain to the new design language.

So the first step was to get inspiration for the Scottish environments from various sources .

Så första steget var att hämta inspiration till de Skotska miljöerna från olika källor.

  • British model rail  magazines and all the environmets pictured there
  • Ads from all small firms with various sceneryl details
  • Appropriate regional beverage to create the right atmosphere .....
  • Surfing the net for even more environmental and detailed images
To get started, I ordered some ready-cut kits from Metcalfe and a number of
ScaleScenes affordable construction and stru
cture sheet which you can print out on your own printer, glue on cardboard, cut out and put together.

Pre cut cardboard kits from Metcalfe

The kit PN133 "Signal Box Set" is both easy and fast to build, and the result looks very British (at least for a non British eye....)

But the PN130 "Mainline Station" looks miserable dull, 
rough-hewn and
printed with a coarse raster.


I just had to start to alter the model (as usual)

A couple of tries with Scalescens "Random Ashlar" sheet made it better

Now the canopy looks very primitive and clumsy and will not fit
when I later will extend the station with a few houses from Scale Scene-range

Based on the type of platforms roof that is used with Scalescens station buildings I design a new roof that cover the full lenght of the composite buildings
Adding a few more windows at the upper level makes the facade more symmetric.

The window details are now drawn directly on tha base layer instead of cutting out holes an glueing windows frames, window glass and curtains separately. 
Förlängningen av stationslängan gjordes med Scalescenes stationsbyggnad R004.


The extension of the station was made with Scalescenes sheet Station building R004

Scale Scenes - Shop Corner T023
This building was the last built following the building instruction and (almost) without modifications

It was built as a Pub  

In my opinion, their kits includes to many parts.

They are quite time consuming to build and with all the layers the buildnings could in some parts look to coarse.

But anyaway, the buildning looks great to me.

But talking about details, the sheet includes a lot of possible details
Rugs, bookshelfs and other furniture, even a dart board for the pub.

Own variations based on Scalescenes T022 "Small terraced houses"


Now, when I made some advancements in this technique and the British design, it was possible to go ahead and try to simplify the design to the following buildings

  • Reducing the number of building elements and layers
  • Using a mix of Scalescenes structures with new designs of my own.


I used artists retouch varnish instead of a spray fixative, as recommended by Scalescenes to protect the printed sheets.   After a nights drying the printed sheets was glued on cardboards of different thickness. Now with 3M Spray mount.  


 The parts to a row of houses that will be built in a gradient  
 The white cutting edge on the corners was hidden by striking with a 
 felt pen with a mild brick color.
Another simplified construction with a facade consisting of only three layers.
And the window details printed directly on the secondary outmost layer.
If you can get a little "window glare" when drawing you don not need to glue  "window glass" in the form of transparent polystyrene / transparencies.

(This will at least work well in the N scale)
 Some pictures of the buildings in different stages   A combination of buildings built in full size and low relief.
   If there is to be cut-sheet technique used, so let i be. I have drawn and printed out both figure groups and assembled them close to the shop windows.


Further development with own buildings and other surfaces


With same technique and ideas i constructed the compact City Center.

The facades are here further simplified, the windows are drawn on the same surface as the bricks
which means that I can save on efforts to cut out holes for approximately 150 windows.

By working with transparent gradient shading you can highlight structures 
of what you
might call "optical relief"

This can be used
with buildings and scenery that are placed further back, or where mass effect can "fool the eye" as at this building with it´s 150 windows


Street surfaces


The street surfaces on the Lowland sections are also drawn and printed on photo paper in the same way
and added with details such as manholes, cracks, repairs and road markings before printout.