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HO scale
Small Repair Shed
Small Repair Shed
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Introduction
Small Repair Shed by Rusty Rail is a new 1/87 resin and wood kit. It is kit number RRS-H-33. Whether you model railways or railroad-free scenes, this rustic small building is a feast for the eyes.

The Kit
This resin (with 2 pieces of wood) kit should be simple to assemble. It measures 3 3/4" by 3" by 2" tall. (The tractor is not included.) Small Repair Shed consists of crisply cast resin parts, free from air pocks, warping, and excessive flash. Casting by Rusty Rail is equally impressive with crisp undercuts and cavities that rival plastic slide molding. The parts breakdown is:
    Resin Wall x 4
    Resin Roof x 3
    Resin base
    Resin Gas pump
    Wood beams x 2
    Paper signs

The walls are scale-thin. I suspect that Rusty Rail uses his own board-by-board constructed models as the master for this model. As such, the structure and surface texture of the parts are excellent.

Trial fitting of the parts indicates no trouble to be expected.

Detail
The walls show rustic wood grain detail, knot holes, and even nail marks. Inside and out. The roof is covered with tar paper. Patches with nail heads are sculpted on the roof sections, as are tires and other items to hold the roof down.

Inside the shed is complete framing structure. It is interesting enough but what really pegs the interest meter are the shelves and benches. They are covered with tools and components:
    saw
    hack saw
    wrench
    clamps
    hose
    grinder
    vice
    hammer
    pry bar
    tongs
    boxes
    containers
    wheel
    miscellaneous objects
    gears

Other equipment and tools inside are oil and grease pumps. Casting and fidelity of detail is remarkable.

Two shelves have corrugated backing. And the proprietor is neat and tidy, keeping a garbage can inside.

Garbage cans are prominent outside, too. Five of them. Business has been good because all five are full to the top. They feature fine corrugated features and one has a lid. On another side are heavy tools and supplies:
    compressed gas tanks
    boxes
    barrels
    cans and containers

Around back is a stack of drums and a crate.

These clusters of supplies are common around garages and repair businesses, and add a great deal of visual interest. Please enjoy the images of the workbenches with paint and a wash.

Instructions, Decals
Rusty Rail kits are made by an experienced modeler. His instructions reflect that. They are written by a modeler for modelers. They include personal experiences in assembly and finishing. Rusty Rail illustrates them with color photos of various steps.

Painting guidance includes some paint brands and colors used, including where to find them.

The decals are not decals. They are printed paper to be glued to the model.

Conclusion
Small Repair Shed is a detailed and captivating model. It offers modelers the detail and appearance of a board-by-board craftsman kit, with the simplicity of an injection-molded kit. The interior detail offers a modeler challenging detail to paint that create a great deal of interest. Casting is very good.

The instructions are very good. The signage is useful.

My only low point is minimal - light flash. My past experience tells me it will not be a problem to clean away.

Rusty Rail has cast another cool and interesting model that can be a supporting actor or the star of a layout or diorama. Recommended.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or Rusty Rail, to mention that you saw their product highlighted here - on RAILROAD MODELING.
SUMMARY
Highs: Detail and appearance of a board-by-board craftsman kit, with the simplicity of an injection-molded kit. The interior detail offers a modeler challenging detail to paint that create a great deal of interest. Casting is very good.
Lows: Inconsiderable flash.
Verdict: A detailed and interesting model that can be a supporting actor or the star of a layout or diorama.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: RRS-H-33
  PUBLISHED: Nov 25, 2019
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.45%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2019 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.



Comments

I remember the resistance to "shake-the-box" kits in the early '60s. we haven't made progress with resin blobs like this.
NOV 24, 2019 - 03:03 PM
My compliments to whoever finished the model that was photographed here. Personally I think this would make a nice addition to anyone's layout. Either remove the base or blend it into your landscape. I love the way resin takes stain and how anything wood grain is easy to make look good. The aged weathering and the addition of the various signs really makes this model! Kinda wish they would enlarge this up to O scale.
NOV 25, 2019 - 02:11 AM
Michael, they make a smaller variant, RRS-O-03, a one room Work shed with removable roof and complete interior. So far I have keep my models on their cast bases and blended them into the scenery, as you suggest. The railroad track castings look really good with static grass - heck, any ground material.
NOV 25, 2019 - 04:45 PM
   

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