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Old 08-07-2008, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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CAN ANYONE SHOW ME THE WAY TO SOME GOOD PRODUCERS OF On30 STRUCTURES....I'VE FOUND A FEW GOOD ONES OVERSEAS BUT I WAS HOPING TO FIND A PLACE WITHIN THE STATES, ANY HELP IS WELCOME!!
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Valley Model Trains is one supplier from a number of manufacturers. A maker of O scale craftsman kits is Cedarhill Designs. There are many others - check out the ads in the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette.
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and dont forget..technically there is no such thing as an On30 structure..
because the "30" in On30 refers to the track gauge..structures dont have a track gauge,
therefore there is no such thing as an On30 structure..

ok..maybe a turntable, because that has track on it..but thats it.

ANY "O-scale", 1/48 scale, structure will also work for On30..

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Like Scot said: There really is no need to look for "On30" structures, aside from getting buildings that match-up well with the era you are modeling. O scale structures are all entirely appropriate for On30 since the trains themselves are O scale.
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I agree with Scot and Allan, you don't need to look specifically for structures labled "On30" as you will probably not find any. What you really need to look for are O scale structures (1:48) and any of them will work perfectly for On30. Here are a few that come to mind, Raggs to Riches (www.raggstoriches.biz), Wild West (www.wildwestmodels.com), Mt. Albert (www.mtalbert.com) just advertised for a set of 5 engine facility structures all in O scale. You might also look for some Tom Yorke kits, Branline Sales at www.e-model-railroading.com, Cedarhill Designs (www.cedarhilldesigns.com). Also take a look at Firebox Models (www.fireboxmodels.com). Hope this helps.
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While technically all O-scale buildings will be accurate for On30, the Lionel O-27 scenic materials are usually not to 1:48 scale, i.e. they are too large. As an example, Walters sells a O-27 oil pumpjack which is far out of scale for On30. In this case the HO-scale oil pump is more in scale for On30.
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An easy method to judge if an "O" scale building is right for On30 is to use a finger-scale.

If you have a upstanding O-scale figure (meaning not sitting down) simply place him (or her) next to one of your fingers. You might find that two joints of one of your fingers represent the height of a typical O-scale figure.

Then if you see a building in a hobby shop (even a kit) all you need to do is lay your finger next to a key piece such as a door and see if this building really scales out to the size you want. Unfortunately the finger method does work for on-line purchases.
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Another handy method to measure: I made a 1:1 copy of a six inch ruler on our office copy machine, cut it out, folded it over, and put in my wallet. That way I always have a ruler handy to measure figures, structures, etc. Of course, you could just draw the ruler on paper also.
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Posted By Pete Chimney on 08/11/2008 11:32 AM
An easy method to judge if an "O" scale building is right for On30 is to use a finger-scale.

If you have a upstanding O-scale figure (meaning not sitting down) simply place him (or her) next to one of your fingers. You might find that two joints of one of your fingers represent the height of a typical O-scale figure.

Then if you see a building in a hobby shop (even a kit) all you need to do is lay your finger next to a key piece such as a door and see if this building really scales out to the size you want. Unfortunately the finger method does work for on-line purchases.


Or if you have long fingers like mine. Even my pinky is two inches for two joints. I guess my fingers are 1/32 scale.

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If you are looking for something other than the old west style, check out Elfin Models.


These are made from the Ameritowne building fronts sold by O Gauge Railroading magazine.


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