In 1991, American Model Builders, Inc. released its first laser-cut structure kit, the HO scale Country Grain Elevator. Made entirely of precision scribed and cut plastic components, the kit won high praise from model railroaders for both its esthetic appeal and ease of assembly. Absent from our catalog for the past decade, The Country Grain Elevator now returns to the product line as a revised kit, re-engineered for even easier assembly and made of wood for a more realistic appearance. In addition, this exciting new kit features the famous colorful "Faultless Feed" signage that graced our original display model, which was envied by thousands of modelers when it appeared on the cover of the January 1996 issue of Railmodel Journal.Like the original, the revamped grain elevator is a composite of design elements typical of wooden country elevators constructed in the early 1900s. Unlike terminal grain elevators, country grain elevators were designed for temporary storage of small amounts of grain. As such, most of these wood sided elevators surviving today are abandoned due to their low capacity and vulnerability to the elements. In addition, many elevators of the type were later sheathed in corrugated metal to protect them from sparks emitted from passing locomotives.
Kit No. 193 features everything the discriminating craftsman has come to expect from a LASERKIT including Peel & Stick windows, door, trim, and roofing material; custom scribed platform decking; Tab & Slot wall, roof, and platform assembly - so no additional interior bracing is required; positionable drive-through doors; laser-cut ladder and hoist frame; white metal spout and hoist pulley; plastic nut-bolt-washer castings; well-illustrated instructions, and full color signage with specific instructions on how to apply and achieve the "painted on" appearance of the large "Faultless Feed" signs. As shown, the Country Grain Elevator measures 4.5" W x 7.125" D x 9.125" H.