This paper model is a Tinplate-Inspired Railroad Crossing Sign, designed by Howard Lamey and Paul Race. This includes a papercraft template and a tutorial with detailed demonstration of the production and tips.
- Clean, solid cardboard, like the kind from the back of a legal pad
- Acid-free white card stock or bond paper for printing the graphic
- A white glue or glue stick for gluing the graphic to the cardboard
- Black acrylic paint for the edges and back of the sign and for the post. Flat black is fine, since you're going to use a glossy acrylic coat to make the whole thing shiny eventually
- A very fine paint brush for the edges of the signs
- A craft brush for painting the back of the signs and the post
- A dowel in the right diameter for your project's post. For my "O-gauge tinplate" version I used a candy apple stick. That would work for the S scale version as well, but for the Standard Gauge version, you'll need something wider, like a Bic pen cylinder.
- A faucet washer for "trim"- may not work for the Large Scale/Standard Gauge version, depending on what you use for a dowel.
- For the "fat part" of the base, you can use a sliced-up broom handle or the plug from using a hole saw. Or you may use all or part of a 35mm film canister. In fact, the author recommends a film canister for the Large Scale/Standard Gauge version. But If you use a film canister, weigh it down with plaster, glued-in gravel, or something before you glue on the wider base - otherwise it will be very top-heavy.
- A can of glossy clear acrylic finish [via littleglitterhouses]