New N-scale service station from Metcalfe

Metcalfe Models & Toys Ltd of Bell Busk, Skipton, BD23 4DU has introduced a small service station comprising a showroom, service bays and two types of fairly modern petrol pumps that can either stand beneath a stand-alone canopy or a ‘lean-to’ canopy attached to the front of the building.

A small 12-page instruction booklet gives clear and precise assembly details which must be followed in strict order to avoid any potential mistakes being made, and the PN181 kit that RMM bought cost just £10.50.

Our photo showing all the bits and pieces laid out in the ‘builder’s yard’ on a small kitchen table gives a good idea of what you get for your money, including windows and glazing, intricate laser-cut petrol pumps (so tiny they have to be placed in a laser-cut jig so that the three main pieces comprising each one can be carefully and accurately glued together), main building sections, roof, nicely detailed inner floor and so on.

The PN181 service station kit will suit modern-image modellers the most.

To give a realistic impression of depth, all glazing sections are glued behind their own carefully labelled small white frames, and each frame is then glued into position behind its opening.

Once the two main buildings (front showroom and rear workshop) have been assembled, extended tabs on the rear brick building simply slide forward to fit snugly against the inside walls of the white-painted showroom and glued in place, making sure the fit is tight and square.

Grey card reinforcements ensure the service station’s structural rigidity, and the showroom roof incorporates large skylights.

For the full article and to view more images, see the August edition of Modelling – available now!

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