by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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IntroductionRusty Rail offers a wide range of HO scale (1/87) structure castings. RRS-H-24 Stone Icehouse allows HO modelers a cool stone building that fits into any era. Rusty Rail has been casting model railroad scale - and now 1/35 - buildings, accessories and kits since 2001. These incredibly detailed castings feature many recessed and relief detail, solid and hollow, with amazing undercuts.
Ice houseBack before the age of mechanical cooling ice was important to keep perishable foods from spoiling. Ice would be harvested in winter and stored in insulated (sawdust or straw was common) chambers. American ice merchants in New England made fortunes shipping ice to the South and Caribbean. Local ice merchants delivered ice in wagons to homes and businesses.
A 30,000 sq-ft building could store 30,000 tons of ice for a season. Smaller buildings were ubiquitous.
the modelThis neat little building is packed in a plastic bag, sealed with a card label. It is a single casting of solid resin. It measures 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 2 1/4".
The model is cast without flash, air bubbles, or flaws. Casting quality is impressive, full of recessed and relief detail and amazing undercut areas! Your reviewer has cast some resin in the past and can not figure out how Rusty Rail managed the opposing undercut items. This mimics cutting-edge high-tech slide molding used by the leading injection molding styrene model manufacturers.
It consists of a rough stone building with a slate or wood shingle roof, wooden doors and attic vent, and timber porch. Barrels and drums and crates detail the ground along the foundation. An iceman stands next to the front door.
detailRock walls are of roughly hewn stone. The doors are sharply detailed with nailed planks, and hinge and latching detail. Planking on the porch has wood detail, too.
Crates, barrels and drums set next to the building at ground level. Some are sealed, some are open, with trash jutting out of them.
Mr. Ingmar Cabe, proprietor, stands next to the door awaiting business. Mr. I.C., or "Icy" to his friends, has a full beard and a hat, wears a vest and buttoned shirt. He holds two rolls of something under his arm. All this detail is easily seen.
conclusionRusty Rail has created another small structure that can be used in any era, and for any purpose. It is very detailed with fine features. The most difficult aspect of this model is deciding what color stone and roof to create. Once I decided, I had fun painting it.
This small model will enhance any layout or diorama. Happily recommended.