It wasn't until Henry Ford introduced the first automobile that the middle class family could afford, the Model T, that the need for a refueling or filling station began to rise. The US's very first purpose-built gas station appeared in 1905 along Theresa Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri and from that time forward through the 1950s, the service station industry flourished as more and more Americans fell in love with the automobile. Today, the roadside gas station has become synonymous in the US's historical pop culture with the likes of the '57 Chevy and Route 66 achieving a level of immortality for post World War Two generations despite their rapid disappearance from our street corners in more recent years. In an effort to honor these now iconic institutions, American Model Builders is proud to announce our latest addition to the HO scale lineup: the All-American Service Station, which includes both the office and service garage. Based on a facility located in Harlingen, Texas in the late 1930s, our structure kit exemplifies a standard cottage style architectural design found throughout the US and Canada.
100% laser-cut buildings features our Tab and Slot and Peel and Stick construction with scribed siding, simulated metal roofing on the office and rolled roofing on the garage, interior floors, and intricate, lattice fencing connecting the two buildings. Detail parts consist of white metal pumps displaying pump handles and hoses, cast resin oil can rack, coin operated soda chest, and elevated oil tank, and laser-cut island with 2.25" tall stylized station sign. Full color signs for four different brands of gasoline companies as well as other assorted printed gas station paraphernalia are included too.5-1/5" L x 6" W x 2-1/4" H