Berkshire Valley Models has released another in its HO scale false-front building in their western series, the Barron & Pollock Saloon. As with previous releases, this one is composed of primarily laser-cut wood and laser-board components, acetate, white metal castings, decals for the Barron & Pollock Saloon and full instructions. As with previous kits, this one is well engineered, and everything fit perfectly.
The large windows call for an interior and I added one, partly created from castings from my scrap box along with some figures and partly from a saloon graphic found on the internet. An interior wall and door are included but because of the graphic that extends across the back, I saved those for another project. I added one light for the interior and another over the recessed front door.
The engineering allows the building to be press-fitted upon the foundation and/or the roof to be made removeable. I opted for removal of the building from the foundation to allow the interior light to be mounted on the ceiling.
Assembly was straightforward and well covered by the instructions. I was able to complete assembly, even with an interior, in two sessions. The windows/doors are from laser-board and assemble easily. A couple of notes. Watch the amount of tarpaper used, as just enough is provided for the job. Judicious splicing will do the trick.
Paint as you go and take advantage of the layered construction to use different colors for a clean delineation. I used craft paints with a buff-colored front, iron oxide red trim and a neutral wood color for the side/back walls. Often only the front wall received fancy paint and gingerbread trim. One last note: The Barron & Pollock Saloon is named after the late Jim Barron, and Allen Pollock, former NMRA President, renowned narrow-gauger and owner of Missouri Locomotive Co., who is still very much with us. Both are known for the occasional drink. By any measure, Berkshire Valley is to be commended for a very nice kit, but also for a fun christening. I enjoyed building the Barron & Pollock Saloon and look forward to new releases in the series. —Charlie Getz
Berkshire Valley Models
438 Morgan Woods Dr.
Fenton, MO 63026
No. 2034 Saloon Kit