by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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Mfg. ID: B-285
Faller StableFaller is a major model railroad structure producer. They have been around for a long time, founded in 1946 in Stuttgart, then moving to Gütenbach in the Black Forest.
Kit B-285 Stable is an old kit. It has been around since the late 1960s - early '70s. It is reviewed here as kind of a vintage kit PSA because these old models are fairly common and inexpensive. Modelers might be curious as to what's in the box.
In that box!The model was packed in a simple lid-tray box with a litho of the stable surrounded by beasts and their husbandman. Inside are a few sprues of the model parts, most molded in that multicolor plastic then in vogue to simulate wood, dirt, etc. Girths are reasonably to-scale. (Fencing railing is about 2 scale-inches wide.) A very simple instruction sheet is included.
Four sides, two partial rafter sets, one-piece roof and a U-channel build the structure. It mounts upon a molded textured ground base that also supports a ramshackle fence. A ladder is included. So is a sprue of flora. It is a green multicolor plastic simulating foliage. I think the growths look like cactus or martian antlers.
Molding is good. There is some flash but no sink marks or visible ejector circles. Surface timber detail is good. The door and a vent shutter are molded to punch open. The roof is a single piece scribed on the interior to fold across the pitch of the roof. The roof is molded in red with oversized raised lines presumable simulating shingles or tiles. If tile, it is flat instead of rounded.
Built upThis is a simple kit. The four walls mate together well. Each of the partial rafters snap smartly into slots along each side wall. Except for the roof the model looks good. The base looks better than most model bases. The fence is rough yet fits together convincingly and its posts almost snap into the base.
An odd part is the channel stock guttering provided for only one side. Who gutters sheds, anyway!? Perhaps it is there to channel rain into a trough that was not included in the kit?
I painted the model predominately with Lifecolor paints or craft paints.
ConclusionOK, this is a small and old model. I can not even find it on Faller's site or other retailers. Yet these little models can be found and they are inexpensive. And they build up nicely into small structures that can be used for about anything. I display it with HO - 1/87 mules and a military figure.
My only complaint is the roof. It does not look good. Replace it.
This HO stable can be made into a nice model an planted anywhere on your layout for just about any purpose.