|Sealing ink jet prints|
These kits are relatively inexpensive - less than $10 usually. Purchased online, you receive a digital file - PDF format. On some of the structure kits, you will need to select the type of masonry exterior. The PDF are in OO scale (1/76). This English version of HO can by converted by printing out at 87% (just a coincidence)
|A typical sheet|
After printing out the sheets, and the instructions too, I first spray everything with a clear mat varnish. You might be able to skip this step with a laser print, but always seal ink-jet. The pieces are organized in groups - some will need to be glued to different thicknesses of cardboard. The instructions are very well done and include photos.
|The core of the vessel|
I was pretty happy with the final result. It's entirely paper with the exception of styrene rods for the mast and boom, and I added handrails around the stern from the Central Valley Fencing assortment. The model was weathered with chalk.
|Finished vessel, weathered with chalk - hold filled with lump coal..|