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randolph224301 Apr 2021 6:55 a.m. PST

I'm looking for a USA distributor who has inexpensive 1:144 or N scale buildings. I'm looking for the European Theater, but am open as to French, German, Russian, etc. I am interested in shops, factories, homes, farms, etc. Any help would be appreciated.

parrskool01 Apr 2021 9:23 a.m. PST

I am looking for the same….. but in the UK. I m told railway model shops are a possibility?

d88mm194001 Apr 2021 9:39 a.m. PST

I'm using Design Preservation Models from Woodland Scenics for my ACW towns. The architecture is beautiful, assembly is simple and a fine looking model can be put on the table in an hour or so.
I got 3 buildings on a street scene with a scratch built wooden sidewalk, flocked side areas, the whole shebang, in less that a day.
I got mine from HobbylinkJapan for less, but you can see the whole selection here:


Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 12:11 p.m. PST

Nice looking buildings but someone else will have to comment on usability for Europe.

BuckeyeBob01 Apr 2021 12:34 p.m. PST
Malibu Max01 Apr 2021 2:27 p.m. PST

Try Doug at Battlefield Terrain Concepts

Lots of 10mm European buildings on his website and Doug is a nice guy to deal with as well.


Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 2:30 p.m. PST

Model Railroad items?: Maybe some Walthers model railroad structures might be used?

jekinder Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 3:10 p.m. PST

Paper Terrain cardstock buildings: link

Mark5201 Apr 2021 3:13 p.m. PST

N-Scale model RR. I got lots off eBay. Kibri, Faller, and Vollmer are the main brands. BTC in the states is the US distributor for link

d88mm194001 Apr 2021 3:44 p.m. PST

I got some ACW buildings from BTC. Great service and very nice buildings. They are solid.
The DPM models are hard plastic with open windows, allowing a depth of modelling, i.e. you can easily put models inside.
You can also put clear plastic over the windows that look very convincing or you can just cover them up.
I think that the DPM models are easier to 'do up', but this does not detract from the nice BTC buildings.

stephen m01 Apr 2021 5:36 p.m. PST

As a contrary voice I am using HO buildings for my 15mm. In my case I picked a couple up from a hobby shop where they were on consignment and recently picked a bunch more up as built (and cheaper then the kits) on feebay. Needed some glue and none were painted, just assembled as it, but it wouldn't take much down the pipe to put a few coats and colours of paint on them.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 10:52 p.m. PST

HO is approximatyely 1/72nd scale; 15mm is about 1:100th scale. The poster was looking for 1/144th or N scale (which would fit better than HO scale buildings being twice the size of his figs.

If I understand him correctly, he specifically is looking for European prototypes. Like these from Faller, Kibri, Heljan, etc.




stephen m02 Apr 2021 4:42 a.m. PST

HO is 1:87 while N is 1:160. HO is closer and slightly larger while N is way smaller. The OP may be looking for smaller buildings as the smaller footprint would go well with the reduced ground scale of a game, or just the ability to have more terrain on a board. I like the larger scale as pretty much all figures are way too chunky to look realistic next to a similarly scaled vehicle, for example.

Thresher0102 Apr 2021 7:40 a.m. PST

Most of the stuff in this scale, for WWII and the Cold War is produced in Europe.

Timecast makes some nice stuff, which IIRC, BTC may carry, or if not, should be able to special order for you. Depending upon the exchange rate and shipping though, in some/many cases, it is just cheaper to go direct. Don't know in this case.

I ended up making my own paper/cardstock buildings, for the Cold War, though some may work for WWII Germany as well. Sadly, with the last computer crash I lost a lot of those files, so I need to see if I can recover them.

I made some small, one story, suburban homes like they were producing in Germany during and after the war, as well as some two-story attached houses/apartments/townhouses (not sure what the correct term is in these for Germany). They are rectangular buildings of various sizes with two doors on the lower level some more modern, and others with the wood beam trim so prevalent in the older styles of buildings. They turned out rather nice.

I made some larger shops too.

I need to get some chimneys 3-D printed, or listed on Shapeways to purchase separately though, since constructing such small items in 1/144th scale is pretty fiddly. Much easier to just glue on a little plastic, if desired.

I'll have to see if I can find some old photos, or take some new ones.

wargamingUSA02 Apr 2021 7:41 a.m. PST

I have picked up numerous N Scale buildings on ebay and at the local train show. Have purchased 10-12mm resin buildings from Timecast and others. All for my WWII gaming. Best of luck.

Thresher0102 Apr 2021 8:40 a.m. PST

Found the buildings, but will need to take some new photos, and see about posting them on-line, so others can view them.

I made a few three-story buildings too, and some with larger windows to represent first-floor commercial stores, with living spaces above.

I also produced a few, larger, commercial type buildings from photos I found on-line when searching for German/West German structures and villages.

I would like to make some of the large 4 – 5+ story, half-timbered buildings like you see in photos of village/town squares in Germany/West Germany, so I may eventually create some when time permits.

Steamingdave202 Apr 2021 3:26 p.m. PST

Faller do a lot of German style buildings for 1/ UK, Battlescale do a nice range of 10mm buildings, these are scaled at about 1:150, so suit UK N gauge (1:148). Steve Clay at Battlescale sends his models all over the world.


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