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    Default "Background" kits or half buildings.

    Over in http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...an-s-Nightmare I'm building a little switching puzzle. The vision behind the back track is to see the back side of a couple of industries with loading docks, making it appropriate to spot cars at them. In particular, I'd like it to look like a row of smaller businesses, so there are several spotting locations. There isn't room for a full building, but plenty of folks make kits to go up against the back wall.

    Most of the ones I've found are, well, too big. They are designed to be very large industries and are simply too long for my purposes here. What I want is something more like https://www.walthers.com/merchant-row-i-kit, but from the back side with loading docks along them. Unfortunately I've found none of the half kits like that. I guess I could cut down a full kit, but many of them don't have pictures of the back!

    I'm turning here for help. Anyone have some suggestions?
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    Kit walls aren't too hard to modify. For example, I made this garage out of the back wall of a DPM kit and sheet styrene from a "for sale" sign. The big door I just cut out a big square hole, and trimmed the hole with styrene strip. The door is just sign plastic scribed at the "joints". I didn't even really measure it, I just made it "look right".



    Loading dock doors could be made the same way, maybe with stripwood bumpers below them. Adding your own doors means it doesn't matter much what the back walls look like. In fact you could even use side walls as back walls if you cut the angled tops straight.

    That's just what I did anyway.
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    Most small building kits (such as Merchant's Row) don't even have people doors in the back, let alone freight doors or loading docks. You might look into some of the smaller freight house kits. For example, I once made a background building out of this Walthers freight house kit (basically just sliced it in half) -



    This Model Power truck depot is even smaller -



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    I have that Walthers one on a module, I could use it cut down....but...

    The model power is much more the vibe I was going for, it looks more "urban". Think the things that would have been along the line in a downtown Philly, New York, Baltimore 60-70 years ago. If I could find a few more like that and hook them together in a row I could get the look I'm going for.
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    Or you could try and find someone that has the backs of DPM ( Woodland Scenics ) kits left over from using only the fronts. I use the fronts in some street and then use the backs in another.
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    I found another good option:

    https://www.custommodelrailroads.com/loadingdock-N.aspx

    It can even be built in the "half" version like I need.

    I think if I can find maybe 1-2 more I can make this work.
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    we make one you might like kit 3063 Harris door . It's only 1 1/2 inches deep 8 1/2 " long and 4 1/2 " high

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    Paper models might be a good solution for this.

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