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Queen Catherine14 Dec 2016 11:08 a.m. PST

Looking for some buildings large enough for 40mm. I'm interested in both those suitable for the ECW and for the same time in the New World, so New Netherlands, New England and Jamestown during the 1600s.

My main hope is that I can find some cheap plastic toy houses, blockhouses, forts, etc, log cabins, Indian canoes, et al, that are about the right size.

I'm assuming that the colonists would build similar buildings based upon what they knew how to do and the easy availability of wood, but happy to hear other opinions.

I'd also be looking forward later to getting some American Revolution era buildings.

Interested in paper if they're easy to construct, plastic Rail Road and such, or resin for wargaming [altho these tend to be brutally expensive, IMHO].

Thanks in advance for any leads.

WarWizard14 Dec 2016 11:41 a.m. PST

I have found that O scale railroad buildings are about right size for 40MM.
Also Grand Manner has some nice buildings in there 40MM range. I have never bought any or seen them in person, but they look very nice.


dampfpanzerwagon Fezian14 Dec 2016 11:41 a.m. PST

Grand Manner has a range of 40mm models that sound like they are just what you are looking for.

I helped to produce the masters so have a vested interest.



Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member14 Dec 2016 11:59 a.m. PST

Sash and Saber has a blockhouse in resin:


Also one and two-story log cabins. Prices seem to be in line with Grand Manner,and therefore probably more than you have in mind (the blockhouse is $65 USD). However, for those who attend conventions in the US, Chris still,as far as I know,offers one free with the purchase of four bags of FIW figures. That's how I got mine,and the cabins also.

Of course,you could make serviceable log buildings with wooden dowels without too much difficulty.

You could take a look at this canoe:


And you could check with Doug at Miniature Service Center. I'd bet it's only a matter of time until he does one.

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2016 1:27 p.m. PST

Check the websites that sell old-school plastics like Marx.
Buildings for toy 54s were often undersized.
Note that building styles were different in New England, New Netherlands and new France, and although they were informed by old-world styles, they were not the same as in Europe.
Google things like: New Netherlands, 17th century architecture.
Unless you are seeking to portray the first few years of settlement, avoid thatched roofs in New Netherlands and New England.

Jimmy da Purple15 Dec 2016 3:59 a.m. PST

I have also used some wooden birdhouses from the craft store.

Queen Catherine15 Dec 2016 3:28 p.m. PST

yeah, the wooden birdhouses are a good thought. Some of them have unusual gables and such, might work well for size and period with just a little modification.

Queen Catherine15 Dec 2016 3:39 p.m. PST

Here's the link for what I found at Michaels Craft stores, USA:


The marx stuff was pretty much a bust, altho I got to walk down nostalgia lane as I used to have some of it!

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