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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.