Model Builders Supply - Retail Store


Model Builders Supply – Retail Store

It seems to me that people shop on line more than ever these days (wow, I sound like my grandmother).

Sometimes it’s entertaining to just visit an actual model shop to touch, see and experience in person what you desire to purchase and you won’t have to pay for shipping. If you choose to shop on line in your PJ’s please don’t let me stop you from doing that. Model Builders Supply website

Model Builders Supply was Founded in 1976 and we manufacturers a wide range of quality scale model parts for hobbyists and professional model makers, in scales 1:1200-1:12 (Train scales Z, N, HO, O & G). We are a world leading ma nufacturer of Plastic patterned vacuum formed sheets in many scales and colors, such as miniature bricks, roofing, siding, stone, treadplate….. Quality miniature landscaping, non fading, non drying foliage, grass, flowers, trees, hedges….. People, cars, fence, trusses, windows, doors, skylights and a whole lot of engineering and structural fittings….Train scenery, Dollhouse, birdhouse and fairy house building supplies, wargaming and much more. We distribute our products worldwide so you just might find our products in your local hobby store.

We also do custom work: Restoring or reproducing sculptures, corporate gifts, antique matching, vacuum forming, laser cutting and more. Just remember, anything can be re-created in miniature!

Come for a visit to our showroom and clearance centre where you can see and touch all our products and take your purchases with you, along with our 80 page catalogue.

You can also come out to one of the many model railroad train shows that are offered around and you might see us there too!

Dusty trees aren't beautiful


Dusty trees aren’t beautiful

The kids are back to school, vacations are over, the air is getting cooler and it’s time to prepare to hunker down in the basement to work on your model railroad layout. You know who you are.

First, make sure you carefully dust off everything before beginning to plant any new MBS landscaping materials, this can be done with one of those aerosol cans for cleaning computer keyboards. If the dust doesn’t easily come off you can spray your grass, trees and bushes with Krylon (or any brand) clear mat coat, this will bring the colors back to life cause “Beautiful dusty trees” said no one ever!

Don’t be afraid to add some seasonal color to your layout, Model Builders Supply has a great selection of colorful blossom growies, fall trees and foliage.

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When you’re ready to poke your head out for food, water etc. come out to one of the many model railroad train shows that are offered this fall, even if it’s just to get some ideas and check out the weather.

Model Making


Let's just talk about how Model Builders Supply got started in model making.

In 1957 model building in Canada was rather crude, with architectural models made mostly from card and balsa wood. Engineering models were built from wire, discs, turned wood, cardboard tubes and strip wood structures. Plastics were only just emerging. Keith Day (Founder of Model Builders Supply) was a pioneer in evolving and developing the sophisticated methods and techniques that today are widely adopted. He arrived in Canada from England in 1956.

Scale models are still the most effective and instant way of communicating a concept, in spite of the advances in computerization. In engineering process design, it was almost unheard of not to construct a physical 3D model of any consequential project. The model naturally becomes the focal meeting and proving point for the design of all disciplines, within the constraints of priority for space, accessibility, construction sequencing and function. In this context the aesthetics are a minimal consideration, but accuracy is paramount.

In architecture, the considerations are much more concerned with form and aesthetics as well as function. Therefore, in many aspects of architectural model making, surface texture and colour also play an important role.

Models are used for many reasons in many industries for:

Architectural, Engineering, Interior design layout, Displays & Prototypes, Forensic, Special Effects for Film & TV, Medical and more.

An excerpt from Model Builders Supply Model Making Manual