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briansommers21 Nov 2012 12:18 p.m. PST

I had a book. eons ago that was nothing but plans to build wild west buildings. tons of great stuff.. it used scale lumber and everything.. anyone know where I can get a hold of that?
I don't even remember what it was called.

Heisler21 Nov 2012 3:41 p.m. PST

I'm not sure if either of these are what you are looking for but these are two that I have, both are geared towards model railroaders.
Structures of the Early West by Joseph Crea and Elwood Bell. My copy is second edition published in 1975 and is staple bound and was $15. USD
Early Wood Frame and Masonry Structures by Pat Harriman. This copy is 238 pages and is spiral bound published in 2007.
both may be available from Caboose Hobbies in Denver:

jgibbons Inactive Member21 Nov 2012 6:26 p.m. PST

Its nt plans per se…. But the Time Life Old West series book "The Townsmen" had a lot of photos of buildings in the old wet and can be had for $2 USD-3 used….

gisbygeo23 Nov 2012 10:22 a.m. PST

I suspect this is it:


James Publishing used to sell a set of Old West building plans in HO and N scale: Sadly, they no longer sell them. Their website (now gone) had pictures of the buildings that could be made from the plans, and they are quite inspirational. I have posted them HERE:

'Modeling the Wild West By Carstens Publications
'Modeling the Wild West' is a collection of articles from Model Railroad Craftsman magazine authored by Langdon Campbell III, Lloyd Giebner, and Earl Cochrane.

A soft cover book in magazine format containing black and white illustrations and pictures of numerous pre-1900 structures. There are also line drawings and pictures from Hal Carsten's collections.

There are fifteen plus structures with templates, photos, and comprehensive instructions for construction which are printed in HO scale, plus the actual dimensions of the buildings making it easy to convert to other scales.'

briansommers23 Nov 2012 4:51 p.m. PST

it had a paper yellowish color to the cover
and was plastic coil bound if I recall.

Sepp1412 Inactive Member25 Dec 2012 11:49 a.m. PST

I have something called "Wild West Structures You Can Build" that had N scale plans for 20 buildings, plus one freebie. The first few pages had a complete list of Suppliers and a Master list of parts for 21 structures, as well as construction tips. I cannot find the original and have only a copy that I made at the time (probably about 1999-2001. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
Joe, in Sumter

chironex03 Jan 2013 7:35 p.m. PST

Precision Scale Co have various planbooks for Western buildings.

Bullethead Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 12:31 p.m. PST

chironex: Do you have a link? When I seached for it I got a model railroad supplier that didn't have any plans or structures at all.



Darkoath Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 11:03 a.m. PST

Hotz sells a CD with 28mm western buildings.

chironex09 Jan 2013 3:21 a.m. PST

Look at their Catalogues pages, and keep going (goes for more than 1 page but pages do not have separate addresses) and the planbooks are in there.

Bullethead Inactive Member09 Jan 2013 12:40 p.m. PST

Whoa, there they are! Wow, I'm so dumb. Thanks, sorry you had to wake me up there.


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