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Kisatchie

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I'm searching eBay for PLASTIC building kits. Here is a list of manufacturers I can think of. Can you add to the list?

Walthers Cornerstone kits
Design Preservation/Woodland Scenics kits
Model Power kits
Life Like kits
Bachmann kits
Micro Engineering kits
Pikestuff kits
Kibri kits
Faller kits
Pola kits
Vollmer kits
Heljan kits
Con Cor kits

I've strained my brain, but that's all I can think of.


Hmm... Kiz's brain should
be laid up for a couple of
weeks...


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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2014, 10:28:01 PM »
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Green Max. DimiTrains. Brawa.

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2014, 10:48:23 PM »
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I never heard of Green Max. I looked them up and found out they make 1:150 kits, so I'm not going to pursue that.
I knew Tichy makes a water tower and a small switch tower (or whatever), but since they're so limited, I omitted them.
I completely forgot Brawa. I'll check them out on eBay. Thanks!


Hmm... I bet they're too
expensive for cheapo
Kiz...


Two scientists create a teleportation ray, and they try it out on a cricket. They put the cricket on one of the two teleportation pads in the room, and they turn the ray on.
The cricket jumps across the room onto the other pad.
"It works! It works!"

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2014, 11:40:27 PM »
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Atlas has some nice building kits.   ;)

Carter

Edit:  I went downstairs to check my stash, and I found some from AHM as well.  I am sure they were probably manufactured by Kibri, Vollmer, Faller or Pola.
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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2014, 12:13:27 AM »
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Grandt Line made some mining camp "shacks", actually nice, if very small, houses.  They came in a 3-pack, with enough spare parts to make a couple more if one added some Evergreen sheet stock.  These were sold as "The Reese Street Row Houses", part #8023.  I've seen very similar houses, lean-to additions and all, here in Appalachia.

At the other end of the scale, Nu-Line Structures made a "Modern Concrete Warehouse", kit #1001, that dwarfed all three Grandt Line houses and their street.  It was a modern "prefab" style building, typical of industrial areas around the world, with both rail and truck doors, and a loading ramp for driving small trucks, or forklifts, from the lot into the building.

I have both on my layout.
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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2014, 12:46:58 AM »
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Many 1:150 kits are quite usable in 1:160 (especially of small Japanese prototype buildings on a large U.S. layout), especially insdustrial buildings.

Then there was a series of nice residential kits (brownstones, gingerbreads and another one with a name I don't recall) from IHC.  IHC also made some carnival rides.

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2014, 07:58:19 AM »
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Nu Line had some nice industrial business.
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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2014, 08:16:05 AM »
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Kato has a few.

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2014, 08:30:38 AM »
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Tomix and Tomytec make n scale buildings, mostly Japanese style, but like the Green Max and Kato buildings, many are usable as American style buildings. I don't find a noticeable difference between the 1:150 and 1:160 buildings, since 1:1 buildings don't all have the exact same size of doors and windows (and Kato sells the same buildings with different stickers in the US and in Japan).

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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2014, 08:40:30 AM »
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N Scale Architect has some, too.
Jim Hale

Trying to re-create a part of south-central Pennsylvania in 1956, one small bit at a time.

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2014, 09:47:48 AM »
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Modern kits by Summit Custom Cuts
http://summit-customcuts.com/homeproducts.html

Most of their kits are not directly related to railroad industry, Fast food joints, hotels, businesses, etc etc

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2014, 09:51:03 AM »
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Whirlwind Models. I think that's their name. I'll have to check when I get home.

They made two convenience stores that are pretty nice. They came in ziplock (seriously, yellow + blue = a seal), bags. I think it was just one guy doing them.

Here's one in-progress:

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2014, 10:14:52 AM »
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Since you're looking for plastic kits on ebay, here's a list of others including some manufacturers from the past: Kleiwe, Herpa (yes, they did make some nice bridges), Piko, Rowa, Roco, AHM, IHC, Postage Stamp, Minitrix, Hornby, Ratio, Kestrel Designs, Railtown, Peco, Hasegawa (I think), AVA, Pikestuff, Deluxe Innovations, Heljan, Con-Cor, Glencoe Models, Revell, DM Toys, Advance, Tsugawa, Micro Ace, Sankei, BLMA, JioWorld to name a few.

Also, since most kits are selectively compressed, I don't hesitate to use 1/150 Japanese N kits mixed with 1/160th. The slightly larger proportion/scale is unnoticeable.

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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2014, 10:29:45 AM »
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Thanks for all the replies!

My, how the list has grown.


Hmm... there's more than
I can shake a stick at...


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Re: List of N Plastic Building Kit Manufacturers... Which Ones Are Missing?
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2014, 10:45:18 AM »
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As a side note, 1/200th scale kits also work for some applications - especially in the background. I did forget another one too - Lindberg made some that weren't specifically called 1/160th, but were acceptable for N - especially the tug boat.