Saturday, July 20, 2013


A couple more buildings for the Jono's World project.
I needs a railway station... The usual materials: cereal box
and laundry wash packet.  I use the natural dimensions of both...

The laundry wash pack has a double layer of cardboard.
The interior on becomes a 'floor' through from the
street-side entrance to the platform.
The platform is made deliberately short to minimize
the 'footprint' whilst retaining the right sort of look.

The whole clad in brick, stone block and paving,
downloaded from various internet sources and printed out
 on paper.  

The overall effect is a little rustic, but I rather like that.
The windows were simply drawn on cardboard,
 cut out and glued onto the brickwork.

H'mmm... still a little bit of work needed...

A small barn, or grain storage facility,
 used also to store a couple of tanks.

As requested, photographed with 45mm figures to
illustrate the size of the buildings.

A comparison with a couple of HaT Austrian Grenzers.

A view from a different angle.
Since these pics were taken, window sills
and barge boards were added to the station, giving it a much tidier look.

The barn has also received more timbering, painted dark brown,
as you will see in the subsequent pics.

The town of Dohremi - or maybe it's Miredoh - somewhere in
Kiivar.  The railway is HO/OO scale - much too narrow a gauge
 (I feel) for the size of buildings here. 

A couple of vintage cars I bought last century
 that will no doubt be pressed into service as staff cars
 for the Raesharn and Kiivar military.

A locomotive I found in an odds and ends shop, rather larger
than HO/OO scale, though still underscale for the size of
buildings.   It will do, however, if I can supply similarly
scaled coal tender and rolling stock...
Thanks to Mike of Mike's Wargaming Blog for following this blogspot - the 86th to do so.  As is my wont these days, I have a look at what new followers have been doing.  I think Mikemight be another who likes to construct his own terrain features.


  1. nice stuff Ion. good to see it all scaled. perhaps some of those shoe boxes I have would make good warehouses in 1/72. this project of yours is quite interesting, I'll see if I have any toy soldiers in the right size for you, I doubt it though as I expect most did not leave the field of battle. actually recall losing a whole set of these toy soldiers within a month.

  2. The figures stand around 40-50mm tall (they vary a bit). I may take a visit to modelling shops for 1:48 scale vehicles and guns, these being slightly underscale, but I think would look OK. In the meantime, I've set aside a few other cartons and boxes as I reckon I'll want a Town Hall of some sort, some vaguely ecclesiastical edifice, and maybe a couple more small cottages (shacks) to round out the town.

    I'll probably add a few little outhouses, sheds and what not, but don't want to get too carried away...

  3. Very nice looking buildings! I am very keen to see what you will do with those two Matchbox "Models of Yesteryear" (Which I believe are a Packard and a Model T Ford). Are you planning on making some WW1 style forces?

    Great stuff as always Ion!

    1. Thanks, Brian. Not really doing WW1, but something that could be anywhere between 1930-40. That the staff vehicles date from an earlier time I think indicates a certain 'archaic chic' fashionable in this particular world. So although the tanks in the pictures are recognizably PzIYG, they are being treated as something a little smaller.

      I'm also looking for a kind of 'hand-to-mouth' look to my armies. This may in the end result in a lot of cardboard equipment.

  4. Quite splendid. I have only built one factory recently, a pretty simple design of a shoe box, partly inspired by your work. I will use it in a pseudo-Balkanian campaign set in the '30s.

    1. It's great to see that I have been the source of some inspiration in others. Just as reading someone else's blogspot has given me some design ideas for a place of worship - surely a must in any settlement.

      I look forward to reading about your own wars.
      All the best,

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    1. Coming along! I just wish the armies were progressing as much...

  6. This serial on cereal buildings really wets my appetite Ion!

    Great work!

    1. Thanks, Paul. There may be a couple more coming along in a few weeks...

  7. Great job, I'm really liking these buildings.

    1. That's the thing about towns - you need quite a few buildings to make it, well, townish. I originally planned on 4 or 5, but have decided to add a 'generic' House of Worship (it'll probably look more like a church than, say, a mosque or synagogue, but I haven't fully decided yet) an office block and some kind of commercial premises.

      But what I have already will just about suffice for some preliminary actions around small villages and farms.

  8. Great work on the buildings.

    For the railway you could have it as narrow guage - there is scale 1:48 for model railways which is called On30 which uses HO (16.5mm)track - its expensive stuff though probably best to buy some cheap second hand oo/ho wagons etc and remove the tops, keep the running gear and scratch build out of card. For a loco you could just add a bigger cab.

    -- Allan

    1. I ought to measure the HO/OO track I do have (much of it picked up 2nd hand from Railway modelling displays, though I have a Hornby-Dublo set as well). At 1:72, a 20mm gauge would represent something like 4' 9"; at 1:76, close to 5'. New Zealand's standard gauge is 3' 6" on account of much of the hilly and mountainous terrain it has to traverse, especially in the North Island. In HO scale that would be about a 15mm gauge.

      In 1:48 scale the same 3' 6" gauge would be about 22.5mm. So the HO scale rail would indeed be reasonable. I have plenty of rolling stock on HO scale, that I picked up to use as war games 'urban clutter', so I can seriosly look into your suggestions. Thanks.