A number of years ago, I bought a series of books published by Dover Publications (New York) in 1983. The book discussed here is, “Cut & Assemble MAIN STREET – 9 Easy to Make Full-Color Buildings in H-O Scale” by A.G. Smith.
At the time, I believe my intentions were to make a couple of these for a home holiday display. But then, after attempting to build one of the models, I realized I was over my head. Frankly, it’s not as easy as it looks.
In any event, just a short time later I had a brainstorm: Why not model these in Sketchup? But here’s the twist: I printed out an HO scale ruler I found online, measured the building from photocopies I made (and then marked up) and then built them in Sketchup using the “real-world measurements”.
I made one complete model depicting the buildings that are intended to be placed on Main Street, while leaving the train station and the restaurant for later. I also made slight simplifications to the designs, for fear that I could get frustrated and quit halfway through!
Another very unexpected and very cool sidebar to this project is that the prototypes of a couple of these buildings actually still exist, and you can locate them with Google Earth. If anyone is interested, I can give you links to these. Finally, I’ve been posting some pictures of the buildings to my Facebook page, and naming some of the buildings after friends and family! Folks are getting a big kick out of that.
Big thanks to A.G. Smith, for creating the genesis of this project. He (I’m only assuming he is a he) has an Amazon Author Page, to which I gratefully point you to, if you’re interested. Amazon Author Page for A.G. Smith
Finally, I’ll post pictures if you’re interested. Thanks for reading!
Shaker Heights, Ohio