City Classics HO scale Main Street Cafe
(90-degree corner braces sold separately)
Reviewed in Model Railroader magazine
By Cody Grivno
Published: June 14, 2012
P.O. Box 16502
Pittsburgh, PA 15242
Era: 1930s to present
Comments: Modernized brick buildings have been a part of main streets throughout the United States since the 1930s, and City Classics has captured that distinct look with its latest HO scale structure kit. The Main Street Cafe (kit no. 115) features injection-molded plastic walls, separate windows, doors, and wall coping, paper window signs, and water-slide decals. The building has a footprint of 3-1/8" x 4-1/4".
The kit has clear and well-illustrated instructions, making it easy to build. However, the manufacturer recommends that the builder have some prior modeling experience.
I assembled the back and side walls first. Because of the kit's design, the roof has to be inserted into the groove in these wall sections before the front wall is attached. I appreciated that the doors, windows, and wall coping were separate. This saved time as I didn't have to mask these parts.
This structure also gave me a chance to try City Classics' new 90-degree corner braces. The braces, which measure 1" x 1", help reinforce corner joints and keep them square. They work with all brands of kits can also be used to support roofs and floors. A 16-pack of braces (12 inside corners, 4 outside) sells for $6.98.
Though the structure comes with paper window blinds that can be attached to the PVC window material, I used the more colorful window treatments included with City Classics item no. 710, sold separately. The Venetian blinds and window shades are printed on clear acetate.
City Classics has done a great job capturing the Art Deco styling on this building. The Main Street Cafe is sure to give your downtown scene some unique flavor.
City Classics HO scale Carnegie Street Manufacturing Building Kit
A Model Railroader subscriber
by Brandon Eckhardt // Published: January 12, 2010
I have an empty siding on my shelf layout at home. Wanting to fill it with a manufacturing building of some sort I found one by City Classics. This particular kit is inexpensive but of good quality plastic.
On receiving it, the instructions are detailed, the model is unpainted which adds to the fun, and there are enough pieces to let you have the freedom to build this in a variety of ways. The instructions suggest some ways to build the model and if you are of a mind to kitbash, this model would be a good place to start. Simply put, there are pieces for one main building and pieces enough for two additions.
Paper signs are included which offer more flexibility as well so I don't have to print my own if I prefer not to. The kit also comes with two peices of sheet styrene (for flat roofs) and one piece of clear plastic for windows.
I picked this up through Walthers but found further information and a few pictures from the City Classics website. I highly recommend this kit for anyone who has space to fill on their railroad or would like to have an inexpensive yet good quality kit to try their hand at kitbashing.
The MSR is $19.98.
City Classics HO scale company house is a common design
Reviewed in the January 2004 issue
by David Popp // Published: March 25, 2004