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Title: Sharpest?
Post by: Jim on February 09, 2007, 09:26:17 PM

This group needs more activity so I'll jump. ;)

Who makes the best looking - yet - easiest to assemble plastic kits? Or perhaps the two things are mutually exclusive?

Who makes the best looking pre-built structures?

Perhaps no single company but some here some there? How about some example pointers.


Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: Paul M. on February 09, 2007, 10:01:49 PM

Best looking:
Probably Craftsman Kits

Easiest to assemble:
Plasticville USA

Best Pre-Builts:
hard to say.

Maybe Walthers Cornerstone.

Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: 0n30nutz on February 11, 2007, 08:45:26 PM
   I've used, and continue to use many of the Plasticville buildings, but I always paint and add additional detail. They are very nice kits. Walther's Cornerstone are also very nice, but many of their kits seem to be discontinued rather quickly should they not have stong enough sales. Agin  paint and detail...There are also a ton of fairly easy to build 'craftsmen' kits out there too...Check out (

Happy Building,

Howard :D

Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: Jim on February 12, 2007, 02:25:02 PM

Sorry, I just noticed the HO structs are called Plasticville and the N simply assembled buildings. So, by that I'm crossed up a bit. Looked at the Bachmann assembled offerings in the onling catalog and unfortunately none currently seem to catch my interest.

Looked at the valley model trains site and they do look good. But I'm doing N scale.

Here is a rather intriguing prospect, paper structures developed on a graphics printer. This site even offfers a "free" outhouse (scalable for all).  :)

Capitalism is sometimes humorous:

Here's some useful detail. Free ad signs:

Wonder if many on here have attempted to use a computer and printer in creating things for their layout?


Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: Paul M. on February 14, 2007, 10:06:43 PM
I liked the outhouse. I've made one so far, but I'll probably make more.  ;)

Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: LD303 on February 16, 2007, 01:56:40 AM
walthers makes nice kits definitely.....a bit pricey in most cases.

 i dont even bother with built ups.

 as far as best overall...i really like the old plastic...tyco made some great kits...the center street series [ihc currently produces it] was really nice, plenty of oppurtunity to make unique structures.
      model power had some nice kits with interiors and lighting, they still sell some but the prices arent very attractive, the older kits  turn up on EBAY frequently for reasonable and sometimes excellent prices.
        ihc has some nice kits, residential, industrial, railroad, even a few maritime kits for those that have a lot of water on their layouts.
     the more expensive and ''fancy'' kits are indeed nice.....a quick look through walthers catalog brings all sorts of ideas for huge metroplexes and giant industrial areas....but the price is a real hindrance, id rather opt for a lot of ''old'' plastic kits than a few fancy new ones.
                     just my opinion mind you.

Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: Paul M. on February 24, 2007, 06:03:34 PM
Like LD303, I also like the old Tyco-IHC-Model Power-Lifelike buildings. I have a Tyco brewery on my layout that I changed to sign to read McClinton's Creamery

Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: JM on February 24, 2007, 07:55:17 PM
Thats a good one Paul!!!  LoL
    I like old plastic too, the detail on some of that older stuff rivals the modern Walthers offerings, I remember looking at the backs of the Tyco kit boxes and dreaming of having all the kits and what a great layout I'd have.......kind of hard to do that on a $2 a week allowance.
   But lately I've been buying those old kits when I find them...EBAY or those little out-of-the-way hobby stores you happen on from time to time. { a side note....there's a little place near here that has a lot of old athearn blue box kits....from $4 to $12....and a pretty good selection of old plastic building kits.....seems like I've been stopping there more lately...Hmmmmmmm   LoL]
   I expect my ''railroad empire'' will have grow a bit if I'm to use all those kits.....oh well, off to Lowes!!!   

Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: Jim on February 24, 2007, 09:24:16 PM
Howdy All,

It appears there's a good selection of old kits at this site. Way out of my range but fun to admire.


Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: brad on February 28, 2007, 12:16:20 AM
The new Woodland Scenics pre assembled buildings look really good. they look very well  and neatly built, are pre weathered and are painted in very realistic colours. I've never bought one (not my gig) but have seen them on my LHS shelves.


Title: Re: Sharpest?
Post by: BIG DOG on March 11, 2007, 04:04:05 AM
For those doing the paper models or planning too, if you buy the program online save it to a disc and head to office depot/ staples and use a laser printer, the difference from ink jet to laser is worth the price difference also use a card stock type paper as well

I'll do  search for one paper co. I found where you can down load sheets if brick, different levels of weathered wood, tin and I think he does fences