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.
When I saw the Wondercutter in my latest Micro-Mark catalog, I knew I had to try one, because cutting with an X-Acto knife was getting difficult for me.
Stoney Creek Designs Main Street Merchants in O Scale
Stoney Creek Designs sells three O scale kits in their 2018 Main Street Merchants series. The kits include a Meat Market and Real Estate Office, a Tin Shop and Pool Hall, and a little Book Store.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.