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While watching the show, Return To Cranford earlier, I got to wondering. Are structure kits available, to recreate a village or small town of that time period? Yes, I will be searching the kit manufacturers I know of, but I just thought I would inquire here, as well.

 

Thanks. Jim F

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Jim

The short answer to your question is "yes" and "no".

There are kits available that allow you to produce period buildings - but very rapidly, you get bogged down with trying to find those that are "right" for your area. Vernacular architecture tended to use local materials, so that a range of buildings designed around the "Heartbeat" theme in N Yorks will look very odd if set in Sussex - and vice versa!  

You are now on a slippery slope, trying to work out what is appropriate for the back story that you have invented for your layout! 

Sorry - not much help.

Best wishes

Eric   

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I have to agree with burgundy.  When I built my layout, I just wanted to get things up and running because my focus was to watch trains go by, so for the town I just put in buildings that I had and that I could round-up "cheap".  Well x years later, and improved modelling skills that have let me create the "right" atmosphere on about 1/2 the town scene I am now completely dissatisfied with the original buildings.  End result is that i am about to rip up about 1/8 layout and try to rebuild it with a combination of scratch built buildings, modified kits and resin buildings and  modified accessories to try to get the "atmosphere".  Sounds simple but it is not; due to the constraints of track etc that is already there.   Strongly suggest you consider modelling on an actual location or something close to an actual location.

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Thanks for the replies. yes, I guess my question was a bit broad, but it was mainly to see if any manufacturers do make period buildings, for any area. My own interests are in the SE, the SECR and LBSCR primarily.

 

I do have one advantage over the majority of modelers over there. In the US, 99% or any folks who ever might view my efforts, would not know a difference between buildings from different areas of the UK, and and the fact that hardly anyone will ever see it means that chance is almost non existent :)

 

Over here, many structure modelers will build scenes, or even whole small towns, and the rail line will be just a adjunct, even a non functioning thing, just a added scenic feature. I will probably go between the 2 extremes, building my village/town area, but allowing for some small working rail section.

 

One mfr I have found, so far, is ABM Railcraft, producing railway station and platform structures for my chosen area.

 

Thanks again.

Jim F

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