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Customer Built Kits: Photos and Comments

Model Railroad Hobbyists and Modelers have been building Campbell Scale Models since the early 1960s. I've set aside this part of our website to post your kit photos and comments, tips, or tricks. If you have experience in building Campbell kits and have photos and comments you'd like to add, please contact me, Tom Miller at tom@campbellscalemodels.com. I'd love to post them here. Thanks.


Patrick Manufacturing, diorama by Dave Gilson Modeler name: Dave Gilson
Kit: Diorama of Patrick Manufacturing modified from a Bret's Brewery kit, #385
Builder's comments:I bought the Bret's Brewery kit #385 around 1974. For the next 36 years that wonderful kit sat on the shelf while life in general got in the way of model building. It's finally finished. I changed the building a little... 'Bret's Brewery' went out of business and the building is now owned by a small company called 'Patrick Manufacturing'. The scene is dated to the fall of 1941... it's lunch time and all the employees are outside enjoying the nice day. The kit was a great build. This a complicated kit (at least for my skill level) but the instructions and drawings are excellent and can be followed step-by-step. I did modify a few things. A tin roof and skylight windows were added instead of the kits shingled roof, and a roof was added to the water tank, but other than that the kit was built as designed. All around the building are accessories from various companies that I think complement your fine kit... the Chevy truck and trailer are Sylvan kits, and there is a Proto Mather 40' box car on the siding. It doesn't show up very well in the photos, but there is a machine shop on the top floor and the whole building is lit. After being away from the hobby for so long, I was amazed at all the great accessory kits, figures and detail castings that are available to model builders today. It was difficult to know when to stop adding stuff.
Bret's Brewery modified as Patrick Manufacturing Bret's Brewery modified as Patrick Manufacturing

Shed Under Construction Modeler name: Tom Waters
Kit: Shed Under Construction, #368
Builder's comments: I have built a number of Campbell kits over the years including the Stock Yard and Bret's Brewery. The best advice I could provide is to read the instructions completely first and then just take your time. The pleasure is in the process.

Abandoned House Modeler name: Bob Capp
Kit: Abandoned House, #393
Builder's comments: Of the ten or so Campbell Structures I have built this is probably one of the most difficult and time consuming. That being said I really enjoyed building it and I think it really looks great on my layout. In building structures, it is usually very important every sub assembly is square and true, but in this structure you have to purposely not square everything up and make it look like natural decay. It is one of my favorite structures.

Backside of the Abandoned House Modeler name: Bob Capp
Kit: Abandoned House, #393
Builder's comments: Of the ten or so Campbell Structures I have built this is probably one of the most difficult and time consuming. That being said I really enjoyed building it and I think it really looks great on my layout. In building structures, it is usually very important every sub assembly is square and true, but in this structure you have to purposely not square everything up and make it look like natural decay. It is one of my favorite structures.

Ayres Chairs Factory Modeler name: Bob Capp
Kit: Ayres Chair Factory, #391
Builder's comments: I wanted a factory on the layout but didn't want that plastic brick look. Ayres chairs or the barrel factory seem to fit the bill. It worked out great and gave me an excuse to get some lumber loads for my flat cars. It is relatively easy to build if you follow the instructions closely, as in all the Campbell structures I've built.

Windy Gulch Engine House with the Quincy Heavy Duty Traveling Crane Modeler name: Bob Capp
Kit: Windy Gulch Engine House, #389 and the Quincy Heavy Duty Traveling Crane, #404
Builder's comments: This is the first kit that I built that used the brick/stone facade material. Instead of oil based paints I used Acrylic (water based) paints. In particular the paste type. It is easy to create different shades of a single color just by thinning with water, it dries quickly, and the cleanup is easy. They leave a dull, stone-like finish when dry. I glued the facade material to the walls with Omni-Stick glue which fills all the voids in the facing, sets quickly, and cleans up with thinner or alcohol. I also used it to glue the roof sheathing as well. The structure assembled easily by just following the instructions. I had a little trouble getting the doors to open and close without feeling that they were going to break but I finally got the alignment just right. It is a really good looking structure and it functions well as an engine house (there is always an engine in it).

The crane is a very interesting piece. The chain is a bit of a challenge to get right but it really looks good when it is finished. The location in the picture is not where it will finally end up. I wanted to get it on the layout somewhere till the planned spot was ready - it is just kind of sitting there for now. I may decide to leave it there but it just seems a little too tight to the engine house.

Silver Spur Mine Modeler name: Bob Capp
Kit: Silver Spur Mine, #388
Builder's comments: I was really thinking about a coal mine for this position but when I saw this model changed my mind. I did not use stain on the wood pieces I used thinned Acrylic paint. By thinning more or less I was able to get varying shades. Dry brushing Acrylic works well for weathering and just making things look grimy. It has a large foot print but fit well into the space I had.

Quincy Oil Warehouse Office Modeler name: Bob Capp
Kit: Quincy Oil Warehouse Office, #406
Builder's comments: What is a rail layout without some kind of structure supporting supply and delivery of oil. I hesitated painting it green with red trim but it really looks authentic. The flying "A" symbols are great - just like I remember them as a kid. I also found some Tidewater Oil Co tank cars to complement the structure.

I need to add people to the scenes to make them complete - they're coming soon

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