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bruntonboy25 Jul 2017 8:07 a.m. PST

Hello looking for card buildings for gangster games. Preferably print at home and if at all possible free….I know I'm not asking much.
Any links or ideas appreciated, I'm going 15mm for this but can probably resize anything to fit.

Cherno25 Jul 2017 8:19 a.m. PST

Well, there is Mean Streets and Mean Sets, they are not print and play though and they're nor free either.

Then there are the great WorldWorksGames buildings as well as those from Stoelzel's Structures and Fat Dragon Games. All not free.

bruntonboy25 Jul 2017 8:33 a.m. PST

Thanks for the names, I'll look them up.

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

Try this


You can make any type building you want for most any period. Print out your design, attach to 5 mm foam core with spray adhesive, then cut out and put together.

I have made a whole city with this, cost is around $3 USD per building for everything (and your time)

I would give you a link to an old post, but Photo Bucket killed it off!


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

Oh, allow me!

"Mean Streets": link

"Mean Sets": link

Though all items are designed for 25/28mm miniatures, a 40% reduction in scale via your printer would give you the equivalent of 15mm.

Plenty of details for both ranges on site, and free assembly instructions with first order.

You will NOT find as wide a range of this quality elsewhere, with at least seven new "Mean Streets" additions about to be added, including the first "Skyscraper," the Hawthorne Inn, General Hospital, and three separate Tenements and a Light Industry Block comprising "The Slums" Collection, with the "Sentinel" Newspaper Building coming along.

No brag, just fact!


bruntonboy25 Jul 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

Thanks guys. I am not really a mean type- but this is going to be a "limited" project that isn't going to lead me to getting carried away. I've said that before of course.

Sergeant Paper25 Jul 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

Mean Streets are the best (and widest) range, but not for what you want (probably too fiddly at 15mm scale, and made by the block, so not really fit for 'limited' plans… I'm collecting the whole set for a giant city spread someday).

The modeltrainsoftware designer is nice, but you'll have to do the design work as well as building. Though you could do flats or shallow backdrop buildings easily that way too, which would be simpler.

You might also look at the Microtactix Twilight Street models (because they are simpler than Mean Streets, they will go together faster).

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

You can get as carried away as you want, or just a building or so..





Most of these with model builder, or copied images, modified and printed in MS Paint.


KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 10:54 a.m. PST

Seeing if this works

2017-07-01 11.40.05 by Kim Young, on Flickr

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 10:59 a.m. PST

Main Street view

2017-07-01 11.41.47 by Kim Young, on Flickr

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Kim, I have Brickyard and wanted to get the building program but it doesn't work on a Mac the last time I looked.

I have quite a few of the mean streets buildings, they are very nice but only facades, not freestanding buildings. They are beautiful. I have used the police building as the Scotland Yard stronghold for hordes of the thing.

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 12:08 p.m. PST


You are correct, Model Builder will only run on Windows. It will run on older versions of Windows, so it might be worth trying to find an older computer on the cheap, or second hand store (seen them for as low as $30 USD).

If you want to do a lot of buildings its well worth it. If you just want a couple, than Mean Streets or Stoelzel would be an easier option.

Can't the Mean Street's buildings be mad 3-D?


Gandydancer25 Jul 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

Mean Streets buildings are 3-D but in many cases they are actually 2-4 buildings with all walls together in one block that is 10" square. Some buildings like the Hawthorne Hotel (not out yet-but soon) are one building that is 10" square. I have used a number of the Mean Streets buildings and taken their walls to use as "flats" for background in some of my pulp games.

RWindle26 Jul 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

Here are some free HO scale ones at Build Your Own Historic Illinois Buildings at I've resized a few for 28mm so making them smaller should be easier.

bekosh28 Jul 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

A good collection of free HO scale card models is Wordsworth Model Railway. They are British buildings but many could pass for 1930's US.

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