Wolfeboro - Freight House

Publication: Continental Modeller
Publication Date: December 2008

Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains have augmented their selection of structures with a kit for the freight house at Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, which dates back to 1871 and still stands (though the railroad closed in 1961).

The kit includes laser-cut wood parts, including the doors, stripwood of various sizes, plastic moulded windows (with pre-cut glazing), a plastic chimney and lamp shade, wire for the lamp bracket, and a pack of cast whitemetal details (crates, boxes, barrels, oil drums, and pallets) to adorn the loading dock.

The roof bases are ready cut to size and there is a generous supply of peel & stick diamond shingles, material for the edge strip, and self-adhesive metallic strip for the capping.

The main walls are laser cut, from clapboard for the sides and rear and scribed siding of two pitches for the front, which is made up from six pieces. Once these have been assembled, it is worth checking the length against the one-piece back wall to ensure a square result.

The modeler must cut and fit stripwood for the wall bracing, door frames and thresholds, corner trim, bargeboards, steps. Support piles and reinforcing braces and all the decking.

No provision is made for interior walls or a floor: some form of internal bacing would be advisable to prevent the long walls being distorted when handled.

The instructions occupy eight sides of A4; as usual from B.E.S.T., they are thorough and helpful, illustrated with colour photos - showing the prototypes, the completed model, and the process step by step. A separate double-sided A4 sheet offers tips on weathering wood and castings. Printed template guide lines are included to ensure the shingle strips are straight on the roof. There are also actual size templates for the deck support stringers: due to their length the template is in two parts but this could have easily been avoided if they had been printed up the page rather than across it.

It also seems odd, given the use of laser-cut scribed siding for the walls, that the various areas of decking have to be made up laboriously plank by plank - over 200 of them!

The ample supply of stripwood in c. 10" lengths is not itemized in the parts list, and not identified or packed separately - this would have helped as there are at least six and possibly nine different types: the instructions mostly refer to actual sizes but occasionally use scale sizes, and it is not clear if some are the same. Minor typographic errors in the instructions have caused some of the stripwood sizes to be wrongly specified, but commonsense should prevent major mistakes in actual construction.

The building piers are a case in point: quoted as 1/8" long (from 1/8" x 1/8" strip) they would clearly be too short; however, 3/8" would put the door thresholds exactly level with the decking, so slightly longer would be advisable.

A suggestion: at the corners, the supports would be better as extension of the wall bracing, not added later as separate parts.

The strips of the size specified for the long platform stringers are not quite long enough, and substituting another close size may be advisable. No special tools are required - just a good sharp knife, a metal straight edge, fine sand paper, and suitable adhesives. Assembly should present no problems given care and a little patience. The most fiddly elements may well be the steps.

Colours are suggested, and it is recommended that most parts be painted or stained before assembly, but our sample has been left unpainted to show materials. The "footprint" of the main structure (on the ground, not over the eaves) is 10 and 1/2" x 3 and 1/2" (267mm x 90 mm), not including the platforms and decks. It is 3" (75mm) high from the base to the roof peak (not including piles of chimney).


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