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.

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.

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.

Large Scale Jackson & Sharpe Combine from Bachmann Trains

Large Scale Jackson & Sharpe Combine from Bachmann Trains

New from Bachmann Trains are a ready to run, large scale, 45 mm gauge, Jackson & Sharpe coaches and combines. These cars come painted red, lettered for Denver & Rio Grande with gold trim.

Monster Modelworks Gibson Body Co. in HO scale

Monster Modelworks Gibson Body Co. in HO scale

This HO scale model is based on a prototype in Oshkosh, Wis., but is typical of mid-20th century brick buildings in the United States.