Written by Paul D. Race for Big Indoor Trains™
This page, new for 2009, contains free, downloadable patterns that were initially inspired by the lithographed printing used on classic tinplate train accessories in the early 1900s. I started creating these patterns in early 2009 for our Tribute to Tinplate(tm) projects, helping readers build vintage tinplate-style buildings and accessories to go with O, S, and Standard Gauge tinplate railroads. We've collected many useful patterns in our Tinplate Textures page. But while we were working on seasonal railroads, it made sense to publish Autumn- and Christmas-themed versions of those patterns as well. If any patterns here get you inspired, you can find doors and windows in several colors on the Tinplate Textures page.
We hope that these patterns will help you design your own vintage-style Christmas structures or supplement our free downloadable Christmas village projects on our Glitterhouse and Tribute to Tinplate pages.
Note about Scales - Most tinplate buildings made to go with tinplate trains were not built exactly to scale. Like the trains themselves, most of them were a bit undersized. The doorways, on the other hand, which were often large enough to admit scale or oversized figures. Brick and siding patterns were also often oversized, to make them easier to see from across the railroad. When you are planning a project, print sample sheets to decide which doorways and patterns will look the best with your trains and with any buildings you already have.
Please let us know if there's some particular texture you need. We may have a preliminary version available that we could "move up in the queue" for your benefit. In addition the Family Christmas Online™ Craft Wrapping Paper page has several vintage-toned striped and star patterns you may find useful.
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WallsFor a more toylike look, try using one size "up" from the actual scale of your structures, especially on the bricks and siding.
Please stop by every once in a while - we have several other textures to upload when we get a chance. Again, please contact us if you would like to see a particular texture.
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