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Rustic Garage
Home Garage
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
This HO resin kit is Home Garage by Rusty Rail, modeler and model maker of HO and O kits and built-ups of railroad subjects, and the communities and industry they serve. It is kit RRK-H-03 on their website. Rusty Rail casts their models with resin yet recently has begun 3D printing.
    Here is a reissue of the kit with a smaller base and reworked molds. I can remember these garages when I was a kid full of old junk and cob webs. I added all the interior for you all you have to do is paint it and some minor assembly. All you need to to do is add your favorite car. The kit is designed to be a single car garage behind a house that lets out into the alley behind the house. You can see the trash cans in the alley. If that does not work for your knock down the fences and have a stand alone garage. A lot of different things you can do with this one. Will make another home garage with peaked roof in the future. - Rusty Rail


Home Garage
Small one-car garages sprung up everywhere in the internal combustion age, both to house one's motor chariot as well as to repair and maintain them. Even today these shelters can be found all around the country. They were constructed with all materials from lumber or masonry, to corrugated metal or poured concrete, to tar paper or adobe. I even know of one dug into the side of a limestone cliff! This one is a lumber and tar paper building. Home Garage is a nine-part model of buff resin:
    Base
    Left side
    Right side
    Front
    Back wall
    Roof
    Garage doors X 2
    Rear door

It features a detailed surface exterior and a detailed interior. The base measures 3 3/4" by 2 3/4".

Casting is crisp and shows the texture of the materials that Rusty Rail built the master with. The parts are to-scale thin and one can see the interior framework shadow through the front doors. I am amazed at the concave detail cast into many of these pieces. It is something rare in the injection plastic world until the advent of slide-mold tooling. Most of the pieces will need some cleanup as they have excess resin and some flash. Much of the flash is wafer-thin and can just be snapped off. The main portal is filled with that thin skin of resin; it makes a convincing tarp to keep the doors open and the wind out, yet I removed it. A couple swipes with a heavy duty hobby blade and it popped out. The back door is also skinned over and should be no problem to open. However, the single 4-pane window is also skinned, and removing the flash from around the mullions could be tricky. One rafter did not completely cast and another has a chunk missing. (Termites?)

Rusty Rail castings allow modelers to add craftsman-quality models without having to assemble board-by-board structures.

Detail
Rusty Rail includes a base with the garage. The base simulates ground cover for the outside of the garage and a lumber floor for the interior. Boxes and barrels and crates and mechanical detritus are examples of supplies and junk that is cast as part of the base. For the structure it looks like the masters were made with high grade scale wood. Wood grain and even nail detail is visible and can afford the modeler a lot of painting and weathering pleasure. Note the hinges on the doors, and the hose on one wall. Topping off the building is a tar paper roof. You can see it has been patched. Thatís just the exterior.

Inside is full framing: posts, headers, bracing, rafters. Some of the framing isnít plumb reflecting the use of low-grade lumber available to some locales, perhaps the proprietorís use of scrounged discarded wood, or even his lack of carpenter skills Ė you decide, itís part of the charm.

Perched on the framing are tools of the trade and other equipment:
    Block and tackle
    Buckets and boxes
    Cans and bottles
    Gears
    Jacks
    Jugs of oils and grease and solvents
    Lanterns
    Spare tires

Just add some of your own stools, chairs, a table or desk, pinups and calendars, and the place will look open for business! The only appliance missing is a source of light, there are no lamps other than the lantern on the wall.

Instructions, decals and painting guide
There are none. But I figured out how Home Garage goes together and if I can, anyone can.

With all of the detail, I think shadowing and highlighting will really make this model a gem, whether you decide the owner left this garage natural wood, fresh wood, or painted it.

Assembly
As shown, I assembled the model without removing any excess material or sanding parts to fit. I also tacked it together with a white hobby paste. You can judge for yourself how well the parts fit. I think it looks good as is although I do plan to carve and sand the parts for final assembly. Oh, and also use permanent glue.

Conclusion
Rusty Rail castings allow modelers to add craftsman-quality models without having to assemble board-by-board structures. This neat model garage can be a standalone vignette or part of a layout/diorama. It can be the only thing above ground or sandwiched between houses and stores.

Great detail is cast in to this model and overall that casting is impressive despite flash and excess material. That material should be easy to remove, although cleaning up the window will require care. Nowadays it is little effort to add a grain of rice bulb or LED to illuminate the inside and outside.

I have assembled or painted several Rusty Rail kits and castings and have yet to be disappointed. Home Garage looks like it will make a grand addition to my layout. I happily recommend this kit.

Please remember to tell Rusty Rail and retailers that you saw this kit here Ė on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Great detail is cast in to this model and overall that casting is impressive despite some flash and excess material.
Lows: Most of the pieces will need some cleanup as they have excess resin and some flash.
Verdict: HOME GARAGE allows modelers to add craftsman-quality models without having to assemble board-by-board structures. This neat model garage can be a standalone vignette or part of a layout/diorama. It can be the only thing above ground or sandwiched betwe
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: RRK-H-03
  Suggested Retail: $20.00
  Related Link: Home Garage Announcement
  PUBLISHED: May 08, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.45%

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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