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HO scale
Art Deco Diner
Miss Bettie's Diner
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Introduction
Miss Bettie's Diner is a styrene HO art deco diner from Walthers, part of their expansive Cornerstone Series. It is item 933-2909.

The Kit
Walthers includes a detailed history of the diner culture that saw the rise of the art deco stainless steel diners, so I will not write it up here. The Kit consists of six sprues in three colors, including a clear sprue. The building its self consists of approximately three dozen parts, excluding window "glass." Then there are the tables and seats, and business items:
    10 x counter stools
    4 x family booths
    8 x medium booths
    16 x small tables
    Vertical oven/warmer

Molding is top-notch, crisp with no flash, sink marks, visible ejector marks, or noticeable mold seams. These parts are more robust than military modelers are used to, and they make a sturdy model. A sturdy model that can be well decorated with marquees, signs, and posters.

None of the doors are made to be positioned open.

Plenty of windows allow one to see into the interior. The "glass" is clear without distortion.

A six-piece detached cooler building is included.

Detail
Outside, the detail is the fluted form of art deco. The rear wall features an exhaust fan.

Inside, there are the tables and booths previously mention. There is also the front and rear counters. The rear counter includes the cooking surfaces, a sink, and molded on cash register. Simple doors and drawers are molded onto the counter face. A separate vertical oven/warmer is provided. There is no detail to the sink other than a depression in the counter.

A set of walls builds a bathroom area, and another separates the cooking area from some of the tables.

Instructions, Painting, and Decals
Walthers instructions are simple and clear. The full front page presents a technical and cultural history of diners going back to 1872, continuing into the age of gleaming art deco and art nouveau, and the decline and rebirth of these diner styles. It then expands to tips and ideas as to where to put it on a layout, and how to detail it.

Inside are 11 well-illustrated assembly steps. Illustration is clear and the steps are narrated.

A sheet of signage is included. It is heavy duty paper the images boast high-quality printing. These are not decals.

No painting suggestions are provided.

Conclusion
Miss Bettie's Diner was released in 2005 and holds up well. It will be a sturdy building with eye-catching appeal, the parts molded in color. Molding is high quality and crisp. It features a detailed interior and a large choice of signs.

I can not really complain about any aspect of this model except that I would prefer a door or two be separate and positionable.

Modelers of the automotive age should want at least one of these art deco steel buildings for their layout. Populate it with people and it will appear bustling. Layouts from the 1930s on need one of these iconic eateries. Recommended.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or vendors, to mention that you saw their product highlighted here - on RAILROAD MODELING.
SUMMARY
Highs: Molding is high quality and crisp. It features a detailed interior and a large choice of signs.
Lows: I can not really complain about any aspect of this model except that I would prefer a door or two be separate and positionable.
Verdict: Modelers of the automotive age should want at least one of these art deco steel buildings for their layout. Populate it with people and it will appear bustling. Layouts from the 1930s on need one of these iconic eateries.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 933-2909
  PUBLISHED: Nov 26, 2019
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 0.00%

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.



   

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