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Publication: Continental Modeller
Publication Date: February 2008
Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains have augmented their wide selection of structured kits with a typical store based on a prototype in the gold rush settlement of Bodie, California.
The kit includes laser-cut wood parts, stripwood of various sizes, plastic molded windows, doors, corbels, and a down pipe (though there are no gutters), and a cast white metal brick chimney along with assorted details (barrels, boxes, and crates) to adorn the loading dock. The basis of the roof is card ready cut to size and there is a generous supply of peel & stick roof shingles, plus self-adhesive copper strip for the capping. There is also a plaster cast 'stone' base, and small sheet of colour printed signs and advertisements.
The main board & batten walls are laser cut, ensuring an accurate fit. The laser has also been used to produce the front and rear decks with square cutouts for the support. The modeler must cut and fit the stripwood for the corner trim and the deck edging and supports.
No allowance is made for internal walls or floors, and no glazing material is provided.
The thickness of plaster base might provide a challenge for those who want to install lighting from below.
The instructions occupy seven sides of A4; as usual from B.E.S.T., they are thorough and helpful, illustrated with colour photos - showing the prototype, the completed model, and the process step by step. A number of minor typographical errors are evident but none spoil the sense. Printed template guidelines are included to ensure the shingle strips are straight on the roof.
No guidance is given on how to treat the rear edge of the roof; there should be enough stripwood spare for barge boards.
No special tools are required - just a good sharp craft knife, a metal straight edge, fine sandpaper, and suitable adhesive - and assembly should present no problems given care and a little patience. The most fiddly elements may well be the steps. The example illustrated in the instructions is painted overall white, and a whole page is devoted to weathering wood and applying the signs. However, out sample was left unpainted to show the materials.
As well as the castings for use on the loading dock, also included in the package is a plastic kit from the 'Highway Miniatures' range by Jordan for a 1928 Ford Model A pickup.
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