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    At those prices, they won't put you out of business.....

    Speaking of which..... You could charge half of their prices, or a little less, and still sell out.....

    Whaddya waiting for????? :wait:






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    I got a couple a few months ago and did not pay ANYWHERE near those prices.

    You need to provide a backdrop for these. The windows are clear. The parking garage in particular looks like it needs a lot of thought put into how it is backed up. It may be better suited for being tucked on a side view looking down a street where other buildings block the full view of the structure. But at that price, for that simple of a structure, that's insane. It's all slab construction... a good option for a first scratch build project.
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    Those prices are insane, more like the price a full building would cost and even then for Bachmann would still be a lot of money.
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    Yeah those prices are nuts, even for hand-poured resin kits the prices are very high.

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    He's another couple of urban models from Ansell Industries:

    Doms Sub Store:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/N-scale-N-...item27fca34619

    (my review of the kit: http://www.nscale.net/forums/content...Picture-Review )


    Auto dealership:
    http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...Car-dealership


    Not sure if these have shown up in this thread before, but they are still cool.

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    AAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGH!
    Strip Mall Buildings!
    After looking at the latest HobbySearch newsletter, it included some interesting upcoming releases. that would make a decent strip mall.

    First that ever present strip mall staple - 7-Eleven...
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10421251
    and another Japanese chain (Family Mart) that could easily get new signage...
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10421253

    Of course no string of stores could be complete without a 100 cent store, but since this was made for Japan is it a 100 Yen Store...
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10421227
    That big pentagonal sign looks to me, more like it belongs on a big box hardware store!

    And where would we find super discounts on our electronics and small appliances but in a shop like this and for lunch, let's get some sushi next door!
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10421230
    Need a different type of business? It is not hard to convert the tiled roof to another material. Paint the tile orange and add some different signage for a Mexican restaurant.

    Although most of us can't read Japanese, the pictures on this flyer show other buildings in the series...
    http://www.1999.co.jp/blog/img/161012_tomytec4_l.jpg
    You can find them, here...
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ...age=1&sortid=6

    This one shows what can happen when the landlord goes changing stuff...
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10402476
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    I have ordered a convenience market the looks identical to the one you show, but unpainted, claiming to be an Outland Models building. Cost was $9.99 with free shipping.
    After comparing the two photos, I see that they are ALMOST identical.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/201673446364...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT


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    What a great thread! I've never seen this before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmi View Post
    I have ordered a convenience market the looks identical to the one you show, but unpainted, claiming to be an Outland Models building. Cost was $9.99 with free shipping.
    After comparing the two photos, I see that they are ALMOST identical.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/201673446364...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
    I would say they are the same model with only enough detail to claim it is something different. It is the same old Chinese practice. Run the day shift for the customer, the night shift for the factory owner. I've seen it many times in the collectors' diecast market. The customer sells the highly detailed version for $25. The manufacturer then sell the slightly less detailed model to an importer for less than $10 after the initial sales. If you look carefully the entire Outland model line looks like older TomyTec structures.

    @Metrolink, it has been a while since I did an update. You should check out the post on the new TomyTec LRVs.

    The one good thing about Walthers distributing TomyTec models is that they are staying much longer in production. In that list of buildings are ones like the movie theater and firehouse that should have disappeared years ago.
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    Wow, almost a year without an update!

    TomyTec invades Europe!
    Just found on the Hobby Search pages, TomyTec is going to make European Trams!

    First stop Germany,
    Attachment 91193
    Berlin — http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10483596
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    Munich — http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10483598

    Of course you need to buy a TM-LRT04 power chassis per car — http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10421171

    I have successfully converted a static 2 section LRV to a rolling model. Using pizza cutter wheels helps the train wiggle through curves. A powered car can easily be "MUed" to a rolling model. The chassis has great pulling power for something that should only need to move itself around.



    Aoshima Rereleases Their Apartment Blocks

    image.jpeg http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10486845

    To urban dwellers massive apartment buildings are nothing new. Often times, they come in groups. With the apartments having access to balconies, this property is not low rent. The older release included a lot of details not shown in the picture. They help make the building look lived in. This kit contains two structures, which could easily be stacked for a taller building. So, why not buy a couple kits. Every city needs places for people to live. It will be a few years before these will be run again.
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    Of course, the people at TomyTec have some interesting new releases.

    According the the machine translation on these sets of two buildings are an Office and Workshop. But to my American eyes I see other possibilities...

    Attachment 92060 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10496023
    The office is a very common modern design adaptable to many business. The used alone or as a entrance to a larger structure, many interesting things are possible. Multiple offices could be bashed into a small restaurant or fast food joint.

    That "workshop" screams SELF-STORAGE! to me. While it could work as a garage, several in a line combined with a manager's office and a few rental trucks and trailers are the perfect edge of town business.

    This pair is under $10 so buy a bunch!

    Attachment 92062 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10496022

    While this pair has a more rural feeling to them, it does mean you cannot use them. The office has very Japanese details, so, it could be one of those ubiquitous Sushi Restaurants. What about a Karate Studio? But by painting the tile roof, terra cotta, and maybe removing the ridge detail, you get a Spanish or Southwest vibe. By smoothing or replacing the roof, you can add third party roofing materials. Shingles or stamped metal roofing erases the Japanese feel and opens the door for many businesses. The simple design says, Farmer's Market or Vegetable Stand.

    Now, the workshop looks like it needs partners. Either as part of a compound or as a lean-to addition to another building. It would very right in a lumberyard. Or anywhere else they needed easy to build weatherproof storage. Two, back-to-back could be a mechanics' shop or even a small barn. Attached to the side of a DPM building, the combo takes on the look of an expensive Craftsman Kit. You know, one of those businesses that added on over and over again.

    image.jpeg http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10496024
    This trio is extremely Japanese! But, I do see some western elements to their design. The open first floor shop might have been a stumbling point for a newbie in the past. An enclosed storefront would have been scratch built. Today, it is even easier. At the low cost of this set of buildings, it is fairly painless to experiment on them.

    Thanks to Monster Modelworks, we have a simple solution...
    image.jpeg image.jpeg http://monstermodelworks.com/N-Scale/N-Storefront-Kits/
    They are designed to adapt to the space you have.

    Although his selection of is mostly for scratch building, the quality and detail is hard to beat. Because he does custom laser cutting, it might be possible to convince the owner to make more of his designs in N scale.
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    I bought some of these pre-printed cardstock buildings. I am impressed at the quality of the Printed buildings.

    I bought the CN015 set and
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/N-Scale-Bui...sAAOSwCQZZA9RN

    the CN016 set
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/N-Scale-Bui...AAAOSwXYtYuOI7

    They look really good. Here is a picture of all 8 buildings on my module.
    20170923_171203.jpg
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    They do look good!
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    Those look really good for flats. The awnings and recessed doorways are a nice touch.

    The buildings could be improved by including many of the 3D details like the fire escape and air conditioners as add-on pieces. Printing the fire escape on clear, would save the hassle of cutting the bars individually. If they included another set of windows, they could be cutout and recessed. Making them look even better.

    If you like those buildings, check out Clever Models http://www.clevermodels.net/ Most of their structures are real and start as photos.
    What you buy is a file, that can be printed multiple times so that various details can be printed multiple times allowing you to layer things, enhancing them. Windows can be printed on overhead projector slides, so they have a gloss, like glass. Check out their FREEBIES page. HO models can be printed at 54% to make N scale models.
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    They are similar. I purchased some similar buildings from http://scalescenes.com/

    I just bought these buildings because they are simple, pre-printed, and easy to assemble. You only need Glue and a razor to trim the edges. The Folding spots are perforated. We assembled all 8 buildings in under an hour.
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