Most of the buildings on my layout will be card built. When I decided to start a model railway I had very little knowledge on which to base my design decisions. I bought a few books and did many hours of reading and watching on the net. As I have said on other parts of this site, I want to build as much of the layout as possible. The concept of ‘buy ‘em and plant ‘em’ doesn’t appeal to me. Nothing wrong with that approach if that is your thing but it doesn’t work for me.
I started with a couple of the excellent Metcalfe kits. I realised that this would not work for me either as I started to look at layouts on the net and at live shows and saw buildings that I recognised from the available kits. Many layouts - same buildings. So, the only way forward that I could see, that would bring some satisfaction, was to scratch build. After a few adventures with card and scalpels I decided to get into the new century. I invested in a plotter/cutter. There is a wide range of these on the market, from full scale professional units right down to lightweight machines which are suited only for crafters in the field of greeting card making and scrapbooking. My choice after a lot of asking/reading/watching was a fairly up market hobby machine. The KNK Zing Air. The final choice was made on the basis of the machine being able to cut through thicker card than any of the others.