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Manufacturer: Model Masterpieces
SKU: SMM3119
Price: $179.95
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  Finally! It here And it is AMAZING!! The design of this fantastic Craftsman kit much more like the 'original' 1979 version(SEE Image) than the southwestern version Tom Yorke did a number of years ago. But that's almost where it ends. We have used Tom Yorke 'original' hand-carved masters and created totally new castings to replace all that wood and time-consuming construction of the 2nd Floor Bordello, multi-pitched roofs, and both front facades. And, instead of just 10 or so castings, there are now 27 LabStone high-quality castings, Precision Cut Roofs, Glazing and Signs (the Baba O'Rileys Pool Hall sign is like not other!), 4-Color Laser Signs and window glazing, meticulous instructions and Options, lots of images, and Doctor Ben's How-To #2: The ABCs of Staining Castings booklet.  So, for the few drooling in anticipation and the curious wondering about the changes that we have in store, the first change is obvious; an exterior stairway up to "Roxanne's" Bordello. Why you ask? Well, the building has a new owner and rent paying tenants are needed to pay the mortgage. The enclosed interior stairwell that 'use' to allow patrons up to Roxanne's now heads down to the basement where "Max's Barber Shop" now resides.

  The stairway is an old iron and concrete unit from another property that the new owner had which mysteriously burned down a few years back and managed to cobble it up to the stone wall up to Roxanne's. Word has it that the tenant on the other side of the stonewall ("The Iron Horse Saloon") wasn't too thrilled about all the hammer drills used to attach the stairway to the wall. It seems that all the vibrations caused more than one whiskey bottle to hit the floor and sounding more like a shotgun going off in the bar. All the half-drunk patrons (yes, during the day) also hit the floor until the all clear was given that no one was shooting in the bar; yet.

  Want to know 'more' including why this is such a terrific new kit? "The Story" continued in the instruction booklet... The Pilot Model Foot Print: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4"


Rubbles Depot Kit by Thomas A. Yorke Enterprises/Scale Model Masterpieces HO/HOn3/HOn2/HOn30

*NEW* FEATURE! Hollow Cast Tower Sections included for a *LIGHTED* Tower!  


This kit comes with the beautifully detailed Thomas A York casting of stone, wood, and brick. First offered in 1979. Tom Yorke based the design of this model from the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes 2 foot railroad in the State of Maine. This railroad pioneered the use of large 2-foot gauge rolling stock in North America. In addition to replacing the 'original' Thomas Yorke design of corrugated metal for the roof, the 'original' 1979 minimalistic staining and weathering instructions have been updated to currently available products including easy to learn techniques in the Doctor Ben's How-To #2:"The ABC's of Staining Castings" 8-page color booklet & instructional.


This kit includes full-size drawings (THUMBNAIL Right), nine castings from meticulously hand-carved master patterns, Kappler Scale Lumber, Grantline windows, doors & roof detail, Sequoia Model Products white metal castings, Smooth-On Color Cast Standing Seam Copper roofing material, full-page updated construction and weathering instructions, and Doctor Ben's "The ABC's of Staining Castings" for create a prize winning model. The foot print of this fantastic model is 4" wide by 3" deep. Construction should only take a few nights especially if you follow the instructions and use Doctor Ben's products to finish the model!



Want to know what others think about this kit? Read the Charlie Getz Review in the  Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette, July/August 2010 issue.  Above is the the Drawing Sheet for this kit. Instructions are full-size LASER printed and included is a color image! This is an original Thomas A Yorke Enterprises casting now owned by DEBENLLC Products & Publications.
*NEW* FEATURE! Hollow Cast Tower Sections for a *LIGHTED* Tower! If you purchased an earlier version with solid Tower Section and would like to have a hollow-cast Tower, we have have available hollow-cast Tower Section for $14.95. This item comes with changes to the original instructions for the installation and finish of this addition. NOTE: You have to have purchased the SMM kit version prior to this announcement in order to purchase the hollow-cast Tower Sections. All Rubbles kits now come with the hollow-cast Tower Sections.

Backwoods Ramshackle Engine Shed Kit by Thomas A. Yorke Enterprises/Scale Model Masterpieces HO/HOn3/HOn2/HOn30

 Backwoods Ramshackle Engine Shed Kit by Thomas A. Yorke Enterprises/Scale Model Masterpieces


New Improvements to this kit are:

  • Detailed Instructions
  • Stone Foundation
  • Stepped Shake Shingles
  • Plotter-Cut Roofs
  • Grandt Line Details
  • Kappler Scale Lumber
  • Easy-to-Do Weathering & Finishing Techniques
  • Working Doors
  • Full-Size Plans
Yes, this kit is in production and yes, folks are purchasing it & (hopefully) building it. This is too beautiful of a kit to leave it in the box! The accompanying images showing the Ramshackle construction 'in-progress' is the "Practice" Pilot Model. We I am done with this practice model I will begin constructing the 'real' Pilot Model for this kit. The practice pilot will is NOW Available  for purchase. This rare *illusive* Ramshackle Engine Shed kit will accommodate HOn2-1/2 / HOn30/HOn3 engines with a maximum length of 31'-10". The Interior footprint of this facility measures 1.425"W x 1.545"T x 4.400"L.

 This kit features beautifully detailed Thomas A York Hydrocal© castings, Grandt styrene details, plotter-cut roof sections to size, full-size drawings (THUMBNAIL BELOW shows reduced size), scale lumber and detailed construction and weathering instructions. The ladders, barrels & oil drums pictured are included in this kit. This is kit was produced in the early 1980s and is part of a four-piece set produced by Thomas A Yorke. The Water Tank, Fuel Tank & Turntable in the picture are NOT included & WILL be available separately very soon!

NOW Available: Industrial Engine Shed Craftsman Kit by Scale Model Masterpieces HO/HOn3/HOn2/HOn30

This kit comes with the beautifully detailed *original Thomas A York casting of stone, wood, and brick first offered in 1979 as the Industrial Engine House (re-release Coming Soon!). The construction, assembly, staining, and weathering instructions have been *significantly* updated to currently available products including easy to learn techniques in the Doctor Ben's instructional "The ABC's of Staining Castings" booklet.


The foot print of this fantastic model is 4" wide by 6" long with just enough room to park a Jordan Highway Miniatures 1922 MACK Railbus. And yes, we have Jordan kits in our store, too. Purchase both and save *lots* of shipping. Construction of this kit will enlighten you to working working with numerous techniques and materials that you ma that you may have never heard of let alone tried!

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This Craftsman kit includes 20-page Instructional booklet; full-size drawings (THUMBNAIL Right), Thomas A. Yorke *original* castings from meticulously hand-carved master patterns by the Master himself; Kappler Scale Lumber; Grantline windows doors & roof detail; Sequoia Model Products white metal castings; Doctor Ben's Tar Paper roofing material; PLUS all the Tips & Tricks of building an Award Winning Contest Model by Doctor Ben himself—Richard Hooker's Point E. (Ben) Bendever.

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