Unique model railroad structure plan sets designed in CAD.
Vilas County Lumber Company
This page was last updated April 29, 2014
Example of plans being offered. Note, not all plan sets are as detailed as is shown for the super B size American Farm Wagon above. Some are much simpler just being a single A size sheet with a dimensioned 3-D rendering. Some plans have very detailed instructions, some do not. I have attempted to explain what you are purchasing with each design description. Click on farm wagon.dwg 5/6.png to view this drawing without the modeled detail clutter and stains.
Example of a Bill of Material listing commercial available details. Note, this BoM contains scaling conversions and a matrix to improve your efficiency if you cut your own wood.
Built by Tom Kreiger at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, Valparaiso, IN.
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Plan-sets being offered are designed and drawn in AutoCAD some with 3-D renderings and printed in color with a professional graphic printer. Plans are dimensioned for 1:24 (½ʺ) (1:12, 1:20.3 & 7/8 scales are available for a few designs) scale modeling with gauge #1, 45 mm (1.770ʺ) track, where applicable. Download the .pdf Scale Conversion sheet free for using and copying drawings into other popular scales from 1:8 (Gn15 scale) to 1:220 (Z scale). Admittedly, such scales as 1:120 to 1:220 would be quite formidable tasks to build, except maybe for structures. Some of our CAD building plans are hatched in appropriate scaled detail, quite often in color.
Well designed CAD drawings can be increased and reduced in size legibly with any good copy machine, as compared to blue prints. Line quality is good between a reduction to 11% (Z scale) to an increase to 283% (Gn15 scale). You can almost read the text in drawings that are reduced to 11% with a magnifying glass. Most details are shown in full scale which allows them to used as templates when building the detail.
CAD printed drawings have the advantage over traditional blue prints because of the fact that details are more easily identified when printed in different line weight colors and since there is no confusing hand lettering. Our plans are designed to be easily understood by the novice.
Complying with professional CAD drafting standards all drawings are created in full scale and printed in the appropriate scales for super B size (13" x 19") drawings. This allows us to print in virtually any scale, ask for details. Barges, trestles and some bridges include multiple super B sheets printed in full scale to be used as templates. CAD printed drawings allow for easy reproduction for templates.
Why do we dimension with a decimal inch? We use a decimal inch for dimensioning because it allows for a slightly more accurate model, especially when converting to other scales when compared to fractions. Download .pdf decimal to fractional conversion chart for converting to fractions. Calipers read in the decimal inch format. I use the General Tools Mfg. Co. decimal inch ruler #616 (10ths, 100ths), which is available at better hardware stores.
Large drawings are printed on super B sized 13ʺ x 19ʺ, heavy 24 lb acid-free/ECF-Free paper (complying with sustainable Forest Management procedures) paper. ANSI; A size sheets are 8-½ʺ x 11ʺ and B size sheets are 11ʺ x 17ʺ.
Building materials vary; milled Basswood sheet siding or foam board sold at Office Supply stores for indoor use. Outdoor sign grade foam board from Sign Shops is recommended for railroad gardens. Foam boards are covered with UV stabilized textured patterned styrene for both indoor and outdoor use. A hobby knife and a hobby saw are the basic tools needed for construction such buildings.
Most drawing plan-sets contain material lists. Some plan-sets contain construction pictures, 3-D renderings and instructions for easy construction. And, a few sets have historical prototypical data including operational schematics.
There are numerous free downloads available which include footprint drawings of complexes. If you would like us to custom design a complex or structure for your indoor layout or railroad garden, ask for a quote.
Shipping and handling is free for US and Canada orders of $5 and greater. International orders please add an additional $17. We just charge actual cost of international postage. Refunds will be issued for over payments.
Click VCLCo Unique Model RR Structures Catalog revised April 26, 2014, to view and/or download this large formatted (9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ) .pdf 24 page alphabetical catalog of over 70, mostly 1:24 scale structures plan-sets (a few 1:20.3, a couple 7/8 and a 1:12 and an HO scale plan-set)shown on this site. Be patient, this is a large file (2 MB). A 30 page spiral bound hard copy will be mailed free for $11. Click the below button to purchase with PayPal. The 30 page version has more illustrations than the .pdf version. Both versions list the same plan sets.
We are modelers, our primary product is unique model railroad Plan-sets.
Our plan-sets are originally drawn in 1:24 (½ʺ) scale with Computer Aided Drafting software. CAD allows printing of our plan sets in virtually any scale. Our Bill of Materials often specify commercially available detail parts for quicker construction.
Click the above Plan Set tabs for unique thumb nail Plan-set descriptions.
Most of the Plan sets include Bill of Materials which include listings of commercially available optional details for superb models. All the Plan Sets recommend materials.
Some of the Plan-sets have schematic drawings with historical details. Some have construction options depending on the era the model will be placed in.
Why should you purchase your modeling plans from the Vilas County Lumber Co?
We offer a package of three (3) super B size drawing sheets describing how to use foam board, and textured styrene with commercial doors and windows for some of our buildings priced at $9 with free shipping. Also included is fourteen 14) 8½" x 11" pages of acceptable materials, adhesives, and finishes for RR gardens. NOTE: Not all of our offerings use these materials. The offerings that use these materials get the appropriate sheets included.