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Bar Mills HO scale Crown Crate Co.

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Bar Mills HO scale Crown Crate Co
Bar Mills HO scale Crown Crate Co.
Price: $44.95

Bar Mills Scale Model Works
P.O. Box 609
Bar Mills, ME 04004

Era: 1900s to present

Comments: A fun-to-build wood kit that can represent a variety of small manufacturing businesses is available from Bar Mills Scale Model Works.

Crown Crate Co. is customizable to fit most layout spaces and includes a workshop with roof-mounted sawdust collector and an open-air wood rack. The wood rack is roofed with simulated corrugated metal sheeting; a frame is included so leftover corrugated metal can be used as fencing.

The workshop is well designed and versatile. Two different kinds of siding make it look like it was expanded after construction. The blower shed has no mounting tabs or slots, so it can be attached to either side or the back of the building, as needed. The structure also includes cast plastic exterior lamps, brass wire for fashioning door handles, a plastic pile of finished crates, and a cast-metal pallet of barrels and tanks. A thoughtful addition was a sheet of laser-cut dimensional lumber and plywood to fill the wood rack.

I found the subroof was about 1/32" wider than the front wall, which it should have matched. This meant the rafter tails on the subroof didn’t line up with the slots in the front wall. I had to cut them off and reglue them.

I was skeptical of the corrugated cardstock roofing at first. But once I painted it Polly Scale Boxcar Red with streaks of Grimy Black and Rust, it looked as good as any metal product.

Crown Crate Co. builds into a small industry that looks right at home on almost any 20th century model railroad. The wood rack is a particularly well-designed piece that makes this kit a standout.

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