by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
Junk Parts Bin
Mfg. ID: RRCB-O-07
Series: Storage cabinet
Size: 2 3/4" X 5/8" X 5/8"
IntroductionRusty Rail resin castings include a Storage Cabinet series. This crisp highly detailed casting is their O scale (1/48) Junk Parts Bin. Even though it was created for O scale model railroaders it is perfect for 1/48 dioramas, and can even be used in 1/35 scenes. Inside or out of doors, this bin is convincing.
RRCB-O-07 Junk Parts BinThis casting arrives in a heavy plastic baggie with a Rusty Rail label sealing it shut. It is sharply cast in beige resin. I found no flash, noticeable seam mold lines or air bubbles.
This parts bin is built of scrap lumber and has a floor level small box of parts cast to it. Good wood grain is cast into the exterior. Parts brimming over the top are pipe elbows and valves, gears, chains, hubs, angle iron, electric motors and many other odds and ends.
The casting quality is remarkable. The components are incredibly small and sharp. The undercuts are open and amazing.
FinishI primed the casting with a gray spray paint. With deep undercuts I wanted to reduce light colors and flooded the bin with a very dark wash. Then I used a variety of colors to represent fresh through corroded metals. I varied the colors to simulate steel, iron, brass, copper, and aluminum. Several passes with paint and washes created good effects for the metal scrap as well as the wooden bin.
ConclusionThis bin looks like the chaotic bins and shelves I have seen in garages, shops, and marinas. I think it can add a great deal of interest to a maintenance scene for any modeling genre: railroad; military; aviation; automotive; naval and maritime. You can judge for yourself from the photos whether it works for scales larger than 1/48 - O scale.
I happily recommend this casting.