Product Reviews

Reviews of great new products scale model railroader, presented by the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette staff. Please contact editor Bob Brown to have your product considered for review.

O Scale American Laundry Wagon by Berkshire Valley Models

O Scale American Laundry Wagon by Berkshire Valley Models

Berkshire Valley’s O scale American Laundry Wagon is their fifth wagon kit. The instructions were clear, and I found the photos and drawings made this an easy, but delicate, kit to assemble.

Fred’s One Stop Gas Station in HO Scale

Fred’s One Stop Gas Station in HO Scale

This kit builds into a complete diorama. From the distinctive billboard figure to the posted gasoline prices on the roofs, this kit “screams” authenticity.

RGS Dolores Goose Shed in HO Scale

RGS Dolores Goose Shed in HO Scale

This new HO scale kit from Narrow Gauge Colorado produces a highly accurate and unique structure representing the RGS Galloping Goose maintenance shed once located at Dolores, Colorado.

Lumber Yard Kit in HO Scale by Mt. Albert Scale Lumber

Lumber Yard Kit in HO Scale by Mt. Albert Scale Lumber

The result of three weeks effort was a detailed 9×9-inch scene of a lumber yard, and after I added some trash, extra oil drums and debris, my lumberyard is open for business. I hope Mt. Albert will consider more HO kits in the future.

British Hospital Wagon Kit

British Hospital Wagon Kit

The most recent addition to this line is the WDLR Hospital D Wagon. This modification to the standard Class D open bogie wagon (two-truck gondola) allowed the Royal Hospital Corps to transport stretcher cases.

Armored Simplex Tin Turtle Kit

Armored Simplex Tin Turtle Kit

The Swift Sixteen kit includes remarkably clean resin castings, a sheet of photo-etched parts, brass investment castings for the couplers and door handles, along with a fully assembled power chassis. In addition a selection of brass pins, metal clips and brass rod is included.

Pre-Assembled Menard’s Hobby Shop in HO scale

Pre-Assembled Menard’s Hobby Shop in HO scale

This is a beautifully done model, weathered and well detailed. It rivals many scratch-built models – and I was impressed with my Hobby Shop. I hope Menards will continue to expand its line of train models.

FOS Scale Models Pop Gunns Grocery Kit in O Scale

FOS Scale Models Pop Gunns Grocery Kit in O Scale

I needed a “push” to finally try O scale, and this little gem was what did it. Pop Gunns Grocery is named after a prototype market in Fresno, Calif., and is typical of small markets and grocers in the early 20th Century.

Annie’s Lunch Counter in HO scale from Nick and Nora Designs

Annie’s Lunch Counter in HO scale from Nick and Nora Designs

Despite a few challenges, this kit was fun to assemble and resulted in yet another distinctive structure. The large wall sign for Gold Medal Flour really sets this building apart.

Downtown Deco Atomic Cafe in HO Scale

Downtown Deco Atomic Cafe in HO Scale

This is another winner from Randy Pepprock, owner of Downtown Deco, and features his superb brickwork and design. The kit contains plaster walls, and castings for a hanging sign, a Tichy door, Rix storefront, full color signs, roofing, cast plaster sidewalks, and illustrated instructions.