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Quick Look: Seed Scale Models tower and depot kit

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Seed Scale Models tower and depot kit
Seed Scale Models tower and depot kit

Price: $39.95

Seed Scale Models
1027 Mill St.
El Dorado City, NV 89124

Comments: A new company has produced what could be the ultimate structure kit for true hobby craftsmen.

Seed Scale Models has released a line of multi-scale wood kits containing the raw material needed to build trackside structures. The new line of kits include the nos. 001 grain elevator, 002 tower and passenger depot, and 003 freight shed. And by raw material, we mean really raw.

We examined the no. 002 tower and passenger depot kit, which includes an undated photograph of a Pennsylvania RR tower and depot in Kendallville, Ohio, a brief instruction sheet, and pine cones, acorns, and maple seeds. The instruction sheet states that the kit can be built in any scale and is designed for highly advanced model railroaders who have the time and patience to construct an accurate model, built board-by-board, from home-grown wood.

Construction of the depot is broken into two steps. The first step, as outlined in the instructions, explains how to plant the tree seeds (the month of April is suggested for U.S. agriculture climate zones 3 through 8), harvest the saplings three to four years later, and dry the wood and cut it into scale-sized strip lumber.

Step two begins with the black-and-white photograph of the tower and depot, and this section of the instructions states that advanced modelers “would know what to do next.” Time constraints prevented the complete construction of Model Railroader’s review sample.

The kit provides only wooden parts; modelers must supply any metal or styrene detail parts as appropriate, plus paint and clear styrene for windows. Suggested tools for the project are hobby knives, saws, scale rules, and adhesives. Also, the instructions suggest a slow-release fertilizer for step one of the project. Note that pines prefer a more acidic soil.

According to an insert in the package, Seed Scale Models kits were inspired by two National Model Railroad Association members from the Midwest, who challenged each other’s scratchbuilding techniques in an ongoing series of jokes.

Construction of these kits indeed will keep advanced modelers challenged, and that’s no joke.

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