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Micro-Trains HO scale laser-cut wood structure kits

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Micro-Trains HO scale laser-cut wood structure kits
Micro-Trains HO scale laser-cut wood structure kits
Price: Line shack, $17.95; passenger shelter, $18.95

Micro-Trains Line Co.
P.O. Box 1200
Talent, OR 97540

Era: 1920s through 1970s

Comments: No, this isn’t a typo. Micro-Trains Line Co., best known for its N and Z scale products, is now selling laser-cut wood kits in HO scale. Its first two offerings are the line shack and passenger shelter.

The line shack has a laser-cut wood subroof and walls; cardstock windows, doors, and trim; paper roofing; clear window glazing; and a cast-resin chimney. The structure has a footprint of 11⁄2" x 13⁄4". Micro-Trains recommends lightly sanding the walls with 400-grit sandpaper before painting to remove any fuzz.

No prototype was specified for the line shack, but its design is similar to trackside structures found on many railroads. I painted the structure in Burlington Northern colors, since I’m a fan of that road.

The photo of the finished model in the instructions was a bit confusing. There are no trim pieces long enough to span the bottom of the front and rear walls as shown in the photo. I added the corner trim and put the leftovers in my parts box. The kit also includes an extra window sash and frame.

The cardstock parts don’t have a self-adhesive backing, so I attached them with full-strength carpenter’s glue. I used Woodland Scenics Scenic Accents glue to attach the clear window glazing. The windows can be positioned in the closed (shown above) or open position.

The passenger shelter looks similar in design to those found on the Pennsylvania RR. The kit, which has a footprint of 21⁄4" x 43⁄4", features a wood platform, walls, bench, and bench uprights; peel-and-stick trim; and a cardstock roof. The instructions with the shelter were clear and well written.

If you’ve never built a wood kit before, consider these two compact structures from Micro-Trains. They’re easy to build and look great.

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