05 August, 2009

Too many choices, too little... FUND$!

Well folks, tis the season. And, I'm bummed that I don't have enough to get them all! :o) Some of the enterprising craftsman kit manufacturers have started to release their annual masterpieces. A quick review of the "biggies":

-Newcomer Scott Mason has released another masterpiece! The Laskey Cabinet Company is a craftsman kit, typical of a New England business that's grown over the years and added on to their original humble beginnings.

It retails for $280, plus shipping and is due in September. You can pre-order it at http://www.scottymason.com/. To me, this would fit in any time period, and almost any location. It could be a rail-served, or non-rail-served industry and can be almost any industry.

-Bob Van Gelder of South River Model Works has also come out with a great new kit . It's lastest kit, The Corner at Streeters & Clearbrook are two structures in one kit, to make a great little intersection for your layout.

Price has yet to be announced and is due to be released in October. Check out http://www.southrivermodelworks.com/page320a.html for more details on this awesome kit.

-Doug Foscale and Fos Scale Limited is working to bring another great kit out, after last year's HT Gordon's. From the Fos Blog,

"We've been working on several projects this summer, one of which is our Limited Run kit to be released as our Christmas Kit. Last years H.T. Gordon's kit was a lot of fun for us to put together, so naturally we are using that as a stepping stone for this new kit. As always we're keeping it under wraps for now, you know the drill. But we can tell you it's a multi-structure kit with a variety of materials. And the big goal this year was to make it a great value, so we're trying to work in more bang for your buck. If all goes as planned we think you'll be pleased.
The above pic is as cryptic as it gets, a CAD drawing from the kit...I know it reveals nothing, but we had to put some kind of pic up. Think of it as a baby sonogram....still hard to make out what it is...But just give it time...we'll post more pics as the pilot model progresses. We hope to have it ready for ordering in time for CSS and shipping in December."

More info on Fos Scale Limited's other releases, such as the Hooper's Fresh Oysters and Rothman's Pawn Shop & Thornhill Liquor (both HO Scale Kits) can be found at http://www.foslimited.com/!

-Another newcomer, Dario Le Donne & Rail Scale Miniatures, is coming out with his fifth limited edition craftsman kit, Horwood Bros., which looks to be a gas - oil - service station. While slightly smaller than the most of the others, they are some very serious quality kits. To check out his kits, go to http://www.railscaleminiatures.com/. They are out of Canada, so watch the exchange rate, for a good deal.

Hopefully, you'll have better luck picking your favorites... aaaaaagh, I want 'em all! ;o) I'll now get back to working on my own layout, at least until grad school resumes in a couple of weeks... :o\


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