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HO scale
Switchman Shanty
Switch-Men's Shed
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Switchmen's Shed is a new laser-cut multi-media kit from scenery expert Model Scene. It is Item 98511.

The Kit
Model Scene made this model with laser-cut components. Materials are wood, cardstock, and clear film. A very professional instruction sheet is also the "box art".

The kit consists of 16 parts:
    Wood x 7
    Card x 2
    Clear acetate x 4
    Paper x 9

Model Scene uses a hard wood with very fine wood grain. The underside of the roof is thinner than the main structure. The grain is in line with the simulated siding of the parts.

Forming of the parts is sharp with crisp lines and thin attachment points. Cutting the middle out of the window frames was easy as only one or two thin connectors required cutting through.

Not only are the pieces cut with a laser, to ease assembly the laser scribed alignment lines around features such as the windows and door.

To help orient the modeler, the base of the shed has an arrow lased into it pointing to the front of the building. Part numbers are also lased into the parts sheets.

Detail
This simple shed has a lot of detail. The door is a five-part (six if one includes the door frame/case) assembly: the door facing; extra framing; three minute hinges. Panels were etched into the wood by the laser.

One characteristic structure models of European model makers I never liked are the thick window muntins. Model Scene's are to-scale thin. Each window also has a fine casing cut for the exterior.

I am impressed that a full joist structure was cut for the roof.

Instructions
Model makers have told me that producing instruction sheets add a surprising amount of expense. Thus I am very impressed with Model Scene's instruction sheet. It clearly identifies each part and even shows a sequence to assembly. My only complaint is that the illustrations are small. Otherwise, these are first-rate instructions.

No painting guidance is provided. I think mention should be made of the care required to paint/stain wooden model parts. A modeler inexperienced with wooden models could be surprised by warping if the parts are not prepared for painting.

Assembly
This simple model took about 30 minutes to assemble. Most of that time was awaiting glue and paint to cure.

Be careful to notice that the side walls butt against the edges of the front and back walls. If you do it the other way, the end notches for the rafters are not wide enough for the rafters.

Assembly starts with the door and windows. The windows go inside of the walls and then two layers of clear plastic glaze them - a clear piece and a frosted piece. Next, the casings for the door and windows go around the openings.

Very simple assembly. I used Uhu glue and squared the walls with tools as pictured.

Conclusion
Model Scene's Switch-Men's Shed is a quality model that assembles into a sharp and detailed lineside structure. Buildings like this were all over railroads and the low price should allow modelers to acquire several.

I appreciate the excellent instructions, sharp cutting of the parts, and quality wood.

I really look forward to building more of Model Scene's models. This one was a joy!

This little model makes a big presence with its quality and ease of assembly. It is a sharp high quality and easily assembled structure.

Highly recommended.

Please remember to mention to vendors and retailers that you saw this product here - on RailRioad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: I appreciate the excellent instructions, sharp cutting of the parts, and quality wood.
Lows: Nothing of consequence.
Verdict: This little model makes a big presence with its quality and ease of assembly. It is a sharp high quality and easily assembled structure.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 98511
  Suggested Retail:  4.88
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 21, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Czech Republic
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.18%

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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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