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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2015 12:45 pm
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Mr Stumpy



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A brief topic on another forum got me thinking about those old structure kits for model railroading. These were cardstock and/or cardboard walls which you braced with balsa or strip wood. The card had "siding" printed on the walls and "shingles" or "roll roofing" printed on the roof.

Often door and window frames were cardstock strips which you assembled, or sometimes the frames were "punched out" of sheet cardstock. A small sheet of Cellophane was included to cut window "glass" from. "Details" sometimes had to be carved by the builder from small pieces of wood which were supplied.

These were not to be confused with what later were called "Craftsman Kits" with bunches of cast details and other parts included. Craftsman kits of that era were a box of enough "raw materials" that you cut and shaped as needed and a set of plans with dimensions. Those were REAL "craftsman kits" because you were actually "scratch building" the "kit" from plans!

White glue (Elmer's) or Ambroid Cement were the adhesives of choice, mainly because there was nothing else then. Putting Elmer's glue on heavily warped the printed card stock or cardboard, and drying time was long if you did it right anyway. Ambroid was smelly stuff that stuck to everything, including fingers and was stringy. It was similar to Walther's GOO today.

Painting these where needed, you used 410M or Floquil "Railroad Colors," both equipped with plenty of toulene to breathe and absorb.

My professional model builder Dad started me on Plasticville and then these card and balsa models at age six. It was a good way to learn and I got pretty good with them, building a Suydam six stall roundhouse as a teen.

Anyone else out there old enough to remember these?

Stumpy in Ahia :old dude:

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