This building paper model is a Tinplate-Inspired Watchman's Shanty, designed by Howard Lamey and Paul Race. This includes a papercraft template and a tutorial with detailed demonstration of the production and tips.
What You Will Need
Clean cardboard. For the building's walls and the bottom layer of the roof, try to use something thick, but not corrugated, such as the backs of writing tablets. You'll probably want to use corrugated cardboard for the base. In addition, for this project you'll need:
- A sharp mat knife or Xacto knife (or both)
- A stiff metal ruler
- Elmer's white Glue-All. A glue stick would also come in handy.
- Several sheets of acid-free, non-yellowing, white bond paper
- Cardboard that is "corrugated" on one side only (for the roof). The author used coffee-cup holders from a coffee shop.
- Foam core board for the foundation (you can use corrugated cardboard in a pinch)
- Flat white paint to prime the building
- A dowel or cylinder for the chimney. For O scale and smaller, a candy-apply stick will work. For larger scales, consider something larger, like a Bic pen cylinder.
- Acrylic paint in the colors you plan to use for the station
- Some clear or translucent material for "glazing" the windows - The author used the plastic from a cereal box liner, backed with light blue paper.
- Access to the Internet and a printer
- 1/4-inch x 1 /4-inch x 1 1/4-inch piece of balsa wood or similar material for the front step.
- A straight pin or small "hat-pin"- style pin for the door knob
- Several spring-type clothes pins to hold things together as the glue dries.
- Clear acrylic glossy spray to get the shiny "metallic" finish at the end of the project.[via littleglitterhouses]