Friday, 1 August 2014

Out of the Shed: My collection of HO-scale plastic model buildings

Over the years I have collected quite a few HO-scale plastic model buildings. They were/are manufactured by a number of European companies for use on model railway layouts, but I found them very suitable for wargaming as well.

In one of the crates from the now-defunct shed I found most of my collection. The building were rather dirty, but soap and water has restored them to their former glory ... so here they are:

Industrial Buildings





Buildings Under Construction/Damaged Buildings







Suburban Houses



Rural Houses and Farms



Shed, Barns, and Outbuildings



I know that there are some more buildings somewhere ... but I have yet to find them. What I have found are the components for two log cabins and a suburban house, and I hope to put them together in the near future.

12 comments:

  1. I seem to recall borrowing a number of these for the celebrated Wargame Developments game 'Play Your Cards Right'. The first building became popularly known as 'the tractor factory'...

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  2. That's going to be a large Suburban Log Cabin House.

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  3. Tim Gow,

    I remember that game; it was a WD classic!

    I wondered why some of the buildings had magnetic tape stuck on the underside of their bases ... and now I remember why.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. Quite a handy collection you have there. I particularly like the industrial buildings. One tends to overlook this aspect of war games urban planning, but it's such a feature from at least the 1850s onwards.

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  5. Stu Rat,

    As I am having difficulty sorting out which bits belong to which kits, you may well be right!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Archduke Piccolo,

    The collection is quite versatile with regard to wargaming conflicts in Northern Europe post 1850, and the industrial buildings have been fought over quite a few times. It is not for nothing that one of them became known as the 'tractor factory'.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Bob, wow! What a find. Those are great.

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  8. Conrad Kinch,

    If you think that this is a great find, I can assure you that there are far more 'rediscoveries' to come!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. An impressive haul- the under construction houses are particularly nice.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  10. Pete.

    From what I can remember I used to be able to buy two 'under construction' building kits for the price of one normal building kit.

    They also made excellent terrain for FIBUA.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Bob,
    I had the wooden engine shed on my OO9 narrow guage layout!
    Must be c.45 years ago...
    Your shed seems a virtual TARDIS of wargame/modelling memorabilia.
    Best wishes,
    Arthur

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  12. Arthur1815,

    I think that the wooden engine shed was one of the first model buildings that I bought, and that must have been at least 45 years ago.

    I am still sorting out what I found in the crates that were in the shed ... and there is loads more stuff to come!

    All the best,

    Bob

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