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Garden House
Garden House, Zahradni' Domek
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

Garden House is a new laser-cut multi-media kit from scenery expert Model Scene. It is Item 98517.

The Kit
Model Scene made this model with laser-cut components. Materials are wood, cardstock, and clear film. A professional instruction sheet is also the "box art".

The kit consists of 14 parts:
    Wood x 9
    Card x 1
    Clear acetate x 1
    Paper x 3

Model Scene uses a hard wood with very fine wood grain. It resists warping when painted. The grain is in line with the simulated siding of the parts.

Forming of the parts is crisp with thin attachment points. Cutting the middle out of the window frames was easy as only one or two thin connectors required cutting through.

Not only are the pieces cut with a laser, to ease assembly the laser scribed part numbers on the part sheets.

Detail is lased into the wood and card. Look at the door; paneling is cut into it and so are HO scale hinges - three of them. Minuscule cutouts are lased into the door frame and into the door facing and extra framing.

One characteristic of structure models of European model makers I never liked are the thick window muntins. Model Scene's are to-scale thin. The window also has a fine casing cut for the exterior.

I am impressed that a full joist structure was cut for the roof.

Model makers have told me that producing instruction sheets add a surprising amount of expense. Thus I am very impressed with Model Scene's instruction sheet. It clearly identifies each part and even shows a sequence to assembly.

No painting guidance is provided. While no guidance is provided about painting wood parts, the wood used by Model Scene is excellent and it did not warp after I brushed it with an acrylic paint. Excellent!

As pretty as I find the green model prototype by Model Scene, I decided to paint mine as a highly weathered white building, using a LifeColor set. The red window and door trim looks great so I used it as-is.

Garden House is a small model. I think it is simple and yet the very small pieces require finesse to cut off their sheets and position. Thus the model actually needs s bit of care to assemble. Models with basic skills should be able to build it into a good looking model. It took about 30 minutes to assemble.

Study the instructions and notice that the side walls butt against the edges of the front and back walls. If you do it the other way, the end notches for the rafters will not allow the rafters to fit properly.

Assembly starts with the door and window. The window attaches to the exterior of the wall while the clear plastic glazing for the glass mounts to the interior.

A simple assembly. I used Uhu glue and squared the walls with tools as pictured. I used pinpoint amounts of Uhu to avoid it from squishing out upon visible surfaces so once the Uhu was cured, I gave the joints a squirt of CA.

Model Scene's Garden House is a quality model that assembles into a sharp and detailed lineside structure. Buildings like this are ubiquitous and the low price should allow modelers to acquire several.

I appreciate the excellent instructions, sharp cutting of the parts, and quality wood.

I enjoy building Model Scene kits and look forward to building more of them. This one was also a joy!

This small model makes a big presence with its quality and ease of assembly. It is a sharp high quality and easily assembled structure.

Highly recommended.

Please remember to mention to vendors and retailers that you saw this product here - on RailRioad Modeling.
Highs: Quality wood and sharply cut parts.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: This small model makes a big presence with its quality and ease of assembly. It is a sharp high quality and easily assembled structure.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 98517
  Suggested Retail: $6.75, 5.90
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 30, 2017

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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