Fall Scheduled for October!

   As I mentioned in earlier Newsletters, we have decide that it is time to pass on the opportunity to own one or both of our successful businesses (Doctor Ben's Scale Consortium & Scale Model Masterpieces). It has been an interesting experience discussing all the backgrounds of interested parties as well as the plethora of questions. For those who may be struggling to fathom how formidable each of these businesses, neither of these business are something that you can pile into a 12 foot square bedroom. Even a two-car garage would be tight quarters. I was just discussing the conversions friend and fellow business owner Pat Turner and there are a lot of folks out there who refer to themselves as "hobby manufacturers" when in reality all theses folks do is buy and re-sell finished products from the "original" manufacturers who make the products in the first place. Our finished products for each business are at least 95% created and assembled with very few outside components such as packaging, containers, raw material and some odds and ends.
  Just in the past week alone we've had several inquiries for our turn-key businesses which is a huge difference from trying to create a business from scratch. If you know of someone who might be a good match, please feel free to have them contact us at 770/666-8100.
  Anyway, the first day of Fall is now five days away and we are more than ready for cooler temperatures. Above is our Postal Commemorative Society complete Set of 4 framed Railroad Prints prints of by Jim Deneen... Still looking to find a new home for this extraordinary set of framed prints. I don't remember exactly when I purchased this set either in the late 1990s or early 2000. You would be surprised how many folks bought only a couple of the four individual prints and now paying a lot more than what we're asking. Anyway, have a great First Day of Fall, see you in the Hobby Room ...
Firewood Stacks (4 Assorted Stacks)
Scale Model Masterpieces HO/1:87

Description for this item:... Firewood Stacks (4 Assorted Stacks) Scale Model Masterpieces HO/1:87... Scale Model Masterpieces HO/HOn3/HOn30-Scale... Scale Model Masterpieces DETAIL PARTS are composed of UNFINISHED/UNASSEMBLED Color-Cast resin parts and Assembly & Finish are Required. Assembly using most plastic cements and painting may be completed by hand or an air... Part Number: SMM5055

Brand New! Logging Camp Portable Bunk House Kits!

Scale Model Masterpieces / Thomas A Yorke Ent. #SMM3123

HO Foot Prints: 3" x 6" & 1-1/2" x 3" (2 structures w/Details)

 Not long ago we told you that we would make this kit once again available. It seems that many customers wanted to have more than just two Logging Bunk Houses for their Logging Camp. So we have bumped up the re-introduction of this kit--actually two kits since there are two Bunk Houses in this kit.

  As we previously mentioned in the Logging Camp Set, we've done things just a little bit differently with the Bunk houses. Both of the Bunk Houses have windows in both the front and the rear walls instead of the original windowless front and rear walls. This was a common practice in many of the Logging Companies 

PLUS! Shown in the image above, we are including a bunch of SMM Details in this kit: (2stacks) Fire Wood #5055, (2pcs-1 open/1 closed) Wooden Barrels #5048, Wood Boxes (2pcs) #5045, Wood boxes (2pcs) #5050, Hay Bales #5220 (3pcs)

Doctor Ben's Stains used for this kit: Aged Driftwood, Knotty Walnut, Antique White, Reefer White, Orbisonia Depot Green, Rail Brown, Depot Buff, Realistic Oak, and Pitch Black (if purchased with this kit Save 12%)

Doctor Ben's Weathering Solutions used in this kit: Realistic Rust, Instant Age & Weathered Rust (if purchased with this kit Save 10%) 

  Logging Camp Background: Logging Camps were established at the end of the railway line to house the workers because the workers had no way of getting to and from work except by train. There were no roads out into the woods – the train provided the sole means of access. The camps were moved when the timber in the immediate vicinity of the camp was all cut. Along the Ten Mile Branch of the Union Lumber Company's (ULC) railroad, there were 42 camps ... Continued in the Instruction Booklet.

  You're gonna want to order multiples of this really neat structure set and details to be announced in the next week or so.

Save 12% over purchasing all four individually! Item #SMM5003

Boxes & Blocks & Bricks-Use for Multiple Scales!
    A few years ago we purchase the California Freight & Details Co HO product line. And believe it or not, we still have a number of the detail parts that we have yet to release. So, Here are four (4) newly released palleted sets: SMM5000-Palleted Boxes-Large w/Risers (2pcs)SMM5004-Palleted Boxes-Medium w/Risers (2pcs); SMM5010-Palleted Boxes-Small w/Risers (2pcs); &

SMM5075-Palleted Cement Blocks-w/Risers (2pcs). Save 12% over purchasing all four individually! Item #SMM5003. Watch for our upcoming How-To Tutorial on our website Blog Coming Very Soon
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Split Granite Stone Single-Tunnel Portal Scale Model Masterpieces HO/HOn3

Getting ready to build that empire and need safe passage through the mountains? You're going to want this awesome tunnel portal! Formerly, Doctor Ben's Scale Consortium Scale Tunnel Portal #9110 & #9111 (LabStone & Resin-both Unfinished Castings), this Split Granite Tunnel Portal is an original master creation utilizing the Doctor Ben's #8880 (3/32") Baby Building Blocs. More Information ...

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Doctor Ben's How-To #4: "Hot Glue Casting" Booklet by Richard Bendever!   A number of years ago I was browsing through my old Gazette magazines and I picked up the January/February 1982 issue where I found an interesting article. In this long-out-of print magazine, I found an article about casting detail parts. In that article Terry Metcalfe described how he cast parts by melting beads of a thermoplastic called “Makit and Bakit” beads in RTV molds using an ordinary kitchen oven. I decided that this process was definitely NOT going to work for me.
  As a former Mold Maker/Tool & Die maker, I am quite familiar with the plastic injection process...  Read More ...

Faded Boxcar Red Weathering Stain-4oz
Doctor Ben's Scale Consortium

  FADED BOXCAR RED Ready-To-Use Weathering Stain #1069 for Wood, Plastic, Hydrocal, Metal & Much More... Are you tired of the costly, smelly petroleum based weathering and painting products that seemingly evaporated overnight? Do you like paying $5.00 for a half ounce of these very same products? Good news, Doctor...Read More ...

Spotlight: Doctor Ben's Weathering  Solution Set #1 #1180 including How-To Booklet #1: "Turning  Toys into Models" - Four 4oz Jars

Not to be confused with the Doctor Ben's Weathering Stains; using Doctor Ben's Weathering Solutions will have your fellow modelers scratching their heads pondering just how you created that affect!

You may already know about our Doctor Ben's Realistic Rust, Instant Age & DBZ1180 - Doctor Ben's Weathering Solution SetWeathered Rust, the following is a detailed description about some of our equally as impressive Doctor Ben's Weathering Solutions also available in our Store:

  Granite Ballast Grey Weathering Solution #1056-4 oz. creates that light, dusty grey that is so difficult to achieve with opaque products. Additionally, this Weathering Solution reveals a 3-D effect for more realism rather than just a flat color wash. The Granite Ballast Grey Weathering Solution is also great for that silvery, grey driftwood color that is so hard to replicate in nature.  

  Grimy Dusty Buff Weathering Solution #1057 creates that light, dusty buff (tan) from road travel and wind that is so difficult to achieve with opaque products. Additionally, this Weathering Solution reveals a 3-D effect for more realism rather than just a flat color wash. The Grimy Dusty Buff Weathering Solution is great for use on vehicles, details and toning down that *new* look of fresh paint. 

  Huck’s White Wash Weathering Solution #1058 is just what it says.How To #1 BookletEverything from lime stains on a locomotive, to faded white washed wood and even the bright white lettering on a sign or on the side of a boxcar; the results are remarkable! Got more ideas for uses? Let us know & we try them out.

   Pond  Scum Weathering Solution #1059 looks just like to sounds. Picture a pond or small lake out in the country or an isolated inlet where there’s not much activity. You look up against the shore and you see this green crud; that’s Pond Scum. But don’t stop there. Look on the shady north side of many structures and you will see this green film of mold and mildew; that too is Pond Scum.  And only Doctor Ben’s has it! Click Here to find more about this product!

For Sale: Scale Model Masterpieces formerly Thomas A Yorke Ent, California Freight & Details, & Sequoia Scale Models (Limited Products)

This is a "turn key" operation. Just as quickly as you can get it set up you can be selling products immediately! Questions we have received:

  1) Is this Scale Model Masterpieces business profitable? Yes it is. Current product line is just over 300 SKUs.

  2) What can be done to make this business be more profitable? We have NOT attended a model convention and even in the past six years which we expect the new owner to return to the various conventions, events and shows which will bring much more exposure than what we currently do over the Internet and word of mouth... Got Questions Please Read On!

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