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City Classics HO scale Main Street Cafe

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City Classics HO scale Main Street Cafe
City Classics HO scale Main Street Cafe (90-degree corner braces sold separately)
Price: $27.98

City Classics
P.O. Box 16502
Pittsburgh, PA 15242

Era: 1930s to present

Comments: Modernized brick buildings have been a part of main streets throughout the United States since the 1930s, and City Classics has captured that distinct look with its latest HO scale structure kit. The Main Street Cafe (kit no. 115) features injection-molded plastic walls; separate windows, doors, and wall coping; paper window signs; and water-slide decals. The building has a footprint of 3-1/8" x 41⁄4".

The kit has clear and well-illustrated instructions, making it easy to build. However, the manufacturer recommends that the builder have some prior modeling experience.

I assembled the back and side walls first. Because of the kit’s design, the roof has to be inserted into the groove in these wall sections before the front wall is attached. I appreciated that the doors, windows, and wall coping were separate. This saved time as I didn’t have to mask these parts.

This structure also gave me a chance to try City Classics’ new 90-degree corner braces. The braces, which measure 1" x 1", help reinforce corner joints and keep them square. They work with all brands of kits can also be used to support roofs and floors. A 16-pack of braces (12 inside corners, 4 outside) sells for $6.98.

Though the structure comes with paper window blinds that can be attached to the PVC window material, I used the more colorful window treatments included with City Classics item no. 710, sold separately. The Venetian blinds and window shades are printed on clear acetate.
City Classics has done a great job capturing the Art Deco styling on this building. The Main Street Cafe is sure to give your downtown scene some unique flavor.

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