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Model Railroad Structure Kits
FINE SCALE MASONRY CASTINGS
FOR CRAFTSMAN AND BEGINNERS
HIGH QUALITY and GREAT FUN
Welcome to my web site!
Like everything around me, the site is scratch-built
too. Yep, I coded the whole thing myself, in XHTML. What the heck is that,
you say? Some sort of strange language spoken by byte-twiddlers in cyberspace.
I only mention this because it reflects my do it yourself philosophy,
that carries over into my line of Hydrocal model railroad structure kits and
castings. I've done them all myself from scratch, too.
You won't find any cheap plastic stuff.
You won't find any machines cranking them out, or rumors of some poor
third-world sweatshop employing child labor. I'm the only poor fool here!
Slaving away just for you day and night. No, actually, I just love to build
models, especially structure models, and as long as I was doing it, I
figured maybe you'd like to have one too.
You will find I offer a full line of some of the finest
Hydrocal castings and craftsman structure kits, mostly in HO
scale, some in O and a little in S. Sorry, but I do not
support N-scale (it's just too small) or G-scale (guess why), other than
suggesting that some of my stock pannels could be used and pointing you towards
my How 2 on-line clinics.
All the work... well, I do job a few of the detail
parts out, but I, me, C. C. Crow, does 99 percent of the work,
from designing and creating the hand-scribed patterns (no plastic
embossed bricks!) and precisely assembled masters, making the silicone
rubber molds, mixing the plaster(pure White Hydrocal), pouring it,
packing them up with parts and carefully written instructions-
Yep, I pretty much do the whole thing down here
in the basement on Marine View Drive in Chennault Beach, in Mukilteo (which we
are told means "good camping place" in the local native American's dialect, but
somehow the local politicians have turned into "good taxing place!"),
just north of beautiful, even if it is raining (and the Seahawks are loosing, Mariners, Huskies... )
SPECIAL NOTICE -
BUILDERS IN SCALE
moved into my shop September 1st, 2002.
Builders In Scale was founded by Jim Haggard of Aurora, Colorado in 1984
and features a combination of Hydrocal, white metal and laser-cut craftsman
structure kits as well as an extensive line of scratch building modeler's
supplies and detail parts. We think it a wonderful fit and both lines
Press this key for current availability of Builders In Scale items.
Or press this key for Builders In Scale new home page.
Builders-In-Scale.COM - New Home Page
To make room I am forced to cut back on my Hydrocal offerings.
The production of my Concrete Series and Fractured Stone Series items
is very limited.
Current Availability CCC Stocks
If you really really need something shown not available perhaps I can find
it for you. Send me an e-mail.
My plan is to continue offering many of my classic kits (in rotation) as
listed as well as offer many new and exciting
C. C. Crow kits, more as
limited run kits probably once a year.
Sorry this has made such a mess of my earlier plans and announcements. I
hope you understand.
Meanwhile, several years later... Builders In Scale has taken up much of my time
but I think you will agree it's of mutual benefit. Not only have I brought back all of
the BIS line but I have added many new branches and LaserWood kits, with many more to
come. Under the C. C. Crow line I have enhanced many of the old kits adding laser-cut
technology and white metail details, and I am finishing up a masterpiece, actually two
of them in On3, The Durango and The Gunnison Roundhouse kits. Simply amazing models.
IF YOU NEED TO CONTACT ME,
PLEASE E-MAIL OR WRITE.
C. C. Crow email@example.com
C. C. Crow at P. O. Box 1427 Mukilteo, WA 98275 USA
Additional Notes on what I do, and don't do.
Occassionally, I am asked if I sell my molds. The answer
is NO, I do not. I only sell castings. Otherwise, I would have no control over their
quality. Not that you could not do a good job, but others (you know the guy I'm
talking about), they'd get in a hurry, use old Hydrocal, Plaster of Paris, mud... and
we'd see all sorts of junk with my name on it sold at swap meets all over the place for
a nickle a piece. I just don't want to do that. Besides, the way I make molds
takes an hour or two and $30 worth of material- So, are you really going to buy
a mold for what it is really worth? No matter the reasons, simply put, no, I do
not sell my molds. Nor, but on rare exceptions, do I grant permission to others
to commercially reproduce my patterns. Over the years I ahve had some bad experiences
in this regard so it is no reflection upon you- It's just my policy. Read my HOW 2
articles and make your own.
I'm also asked to sell seconds which for the same reasons
I do not. These are not mass produced. These are not made in China. I've spent 20 plus
years developing these castings and kits, polishing my reputation-
Why would I sell junk at one tenth the price? If you want something from me
you need to pay the full price for the good stuff.
Currently, I am way behind! Just shy of not accepting any
orders I really need to concentrate on the Durango Roundhouse project. The On3 kit
is years overdue. And I haven't even touched the HO scale patterns. So for
now and perhaps years to come be prepared to wait several weeks if not
months for your casting order to arrive. I have some things on the shelf but others
will need to wait their turn. I'm working seven days a week literally 9 a.m. to
midnight- I can only do what I can do. Sorry to say casting a stone wall for you
is not my highest priority. But give me some time and we'll get it done.
Listed below are my many offerings.
Just click on the title bar link and it will take you to
those items. Links are different colors like this.
You can go through the entire list in the order shown or you can
easily return to the top of this list and choose again.
On the product pages you will find complete descriptions
of the kit along with a simple line drawing. If a color photo is available it
will appear below. Similarly, if a floor plan, prototype reference photo or other
information is available just click on the link and it will take you there.
This is an open catalog, please note the
current availability status listed on the sidebar.
Items listed not available (N/A) are temporarily not in production.
Unfortunately, I am just unable to keep them all going at once.
These are some of the finest craftsman structure kits
ever produced. They feature my original hand-rendered patterns with
precise masonry details cast in white Hydrocal. There is no finer scale
brick than this! No better stone. All efforts are taken to keep them reasonably
bubble-free. I want you to be very happy with these. After all, my name is on
them. These boast are what my customers tell me! So I must be doing something
right. It's my pleasure to share them with you.
Each kit comes with complete step-by-step instructions
that will insure you not only of a great modeling experience but the most
pleasing results as well.
If you have never tried this type of kit before don't be
afraid. May I suggest starting off with any of the smaller kits. They really
are not that difficult to build and you will quickly learn that Hydrocal
modeling really is GREAT FUN!
And be sure to check out my on-line
HOW 2 CLINICS .
Navigation Tips Give it a try.
This is my inner Home Page.
Crow's Home to take you to the top of this page from
most of my navigation bars.
Home List Top to return to this page and the list top
CCCROW.COM takes you to my outer Home Page.
Well, have fun and please come back often. I'll be adding new
stuff all the time so mark this site as one of your favorites!
C. C. CROW P. O. BOX 1427
MUKILTEO, WA 98275 USA