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    The Great Divide Lines A tribute to John Allen and the Gorre & Daphetid

    In an ancient 1959 model railroad catalog, the Purina Chows Feed Mill was Suydam #82, and was priced at $3.95. In the 1997 Walthers catalog, Suydam was then listed as California Model Company and the same kit was #700-82, and was priced at $19.95. Dimensions were given at 5"x9".
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    Scratch-building a Carvel ice cream stand

    Looks like the Bachmann Plasticville HO scale Hamburger drive in is still available and shows up on Bachmann's website.
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    Scratch-building a Carvel ice cream stand

    Blair Line makes a Dari King kit in HO scale. Busch makes an HO scale gas station kit that can be built as a single structure (by placing two units back to back as shown) or as two separate identical structures...
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    Scratch-building a Carvel ice cream stand

    In the early 70's, Life Like made an HO scale McDonalds, but they were forced by McDonalds to end production shortly after it started. The McDonalds kit is rare and expensive now, but the original molds were altered to make an ice cream stand. The Freezee Ice Cream kit was available from...
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    New Oxford HO models

    Yeah, but YOU'LL know!
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    New Oxford HO models

    But the stepsides with the boats are 57's. The stepsides without the boats are 55's. Afraid you'll need to get the boats if you want any 57 stepsides at your dealership.
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    New Oxford HO models

    The 57 Chevy Cameo pickups are scheduled for future release. Also for future release are a couple 57 Chevy step sides packaged along with boats on trailers.
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    New Oxford HO models

    Just a reminder, the 57 Chevy Cameo pickups by Classic Metalworks are due at Walthers in a week or so. Looks like there will be three colors available. You'll need a few for your 1957 vintage Chevy dealership. Looks like they have the 55 Chevy stepside pickups back in stock, but the 55 Chevy box...
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    What product to use to make a gravel road

    Heres a Youtube tutorial on making a dirt road.
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    New Oxford HO models

    Not Oxford, but Auto World finally has photos on their website for the Classic Metalworks '55 Chevy pickup, and Walthers shows the pickups as "in transit", but still with no photos. Also, slightly off topic, Auto World has also re-released the old Polar lights HO scale house kits (and has photos...
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    What a way to ruin the hobby

    You have to join the group to see whats in it. I'm on Facebook, but not on that group. I enjoy Facebook and find more participation there in some hobby related groups than I see on equivalent message boards or forums. For example, I'm interested in 1/87 scale vehicle models. There are several...
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    Incorporating A Jack Post Column In The Layout

    I'm assuming you don't want to model "Jack and the Beanstalk", a rocket launch, or the Empire State Building. That pretty much means modeling a mountain with clouds made of cotton hiding the top, or using the post to secure one end of a backdrop with different scenery on each side. The only...
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    Do You Model and Detail Areas of Your Layout That No One Can See?

    When I first built my layout, I did detail areas that couldn't be seen. I did it because I wanted the flexibility of getting unique camera angles that otherwise wouldn't be visible. I also thought about mounting a camera on a train for a video tour of the layout, though I never got that far. Now...
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    Resin model autos. Any advice for painting?

    Thanks for the input. I also bought a couple of 3D printed cars from Shapeways that I will be trying as well. In the past, I have stayed away from the 3D printed models because the medium has always been the grainy white plastic with too rough a surface to paint in expectation of a smooth... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to