Model Rail (UK) - - WORK BENCH -

Build­ings for layouts can be an un­ex­pected source of lay­out build­ing costs. You won’t get a lot of change from £20 for an av­er­age plas­tic kit, while most resin ready-to-plant build­ings are in the £50-£100 bracket. Su­perquick’s trusty card kits are ar­guably the cheap­est kits around, but they look a lit­tle dated to­day. So what’s the so­lu­tion? Down­load­able kits. Scale scenes has be­come one of the most fa­mil­iar names in this field and its range is not only ex­ten­sive but re­ally good look­ing. The beauty of such a kit is that you’re not pay­ing for the ma­te­ri­als – you just pay for the down­load. The cost comes, of course, in sourc­ing suit­able back­ing card on which to mount the com­po­nents, not to men­tion printer paper and ink. But you will save money if you need more than one build­ing, be­cause once you’ve bought a kit you can use it as many times as you want. Kit R003b is an ab­so­lute bar­gain – you get both the sta­tion and the goods shed for £4.99. I reckon that the ad­di­tional cost of mount­ing card, paper and ink would prob­a­bly push this up to £7. But how else can you get a sta­tion and goods shed for £7?

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