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Interesting feature here on Metcalfe Models, from the print industry perspective.

https://www.printweek.com/features/arti ... g-business

One noteworthy snippet is that they are planning to introduce 3D printing, but that is in hold for the moment. I wonder if that means things like drainpipes, chimney pots etc will be included in future models?
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An interesting read.
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A good read. I tend not to use card kits anymore as I prefer the texture and relief of resin and plastic models - particularly on my OO layout, but Metcalfe kits make up all of my station area on the N layout.
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I really like the Metcalfe kits, I have used their platform kit on my new layout and plan to add their station and small signal box. The only downside is that they are quite distinctive. I really like the look of the Scalescenes 'kits' and as soon as I get the time I am going to try their free coal office.

https://scalescenes.com/product/r024-we ... al-office/

I have downloaded and printed this out, but other projects have taken priority.
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Excellent read and insight into great kits.... building one at the moment :)
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That workstation looks a very good idea! I do all my kit-building at the kitchen table, that would go a long way to ease the concerns of senior management.
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The only problem with Metcalfe buildings is everybodys layouts look the same.
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brian1951 wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:33 pm The only problem with Metcalfe buildings is everybodys layouts look the same.
I agree 100%, though to be fair they are quite easy to customise if you feel inclined.

I already have the Metcalfe platform set on my layout, because it does the job and is very adaptable. Their Country Station literally arrived today. I ordered this because it fits exactly with the location I am modelling. I also have their small signal box on order as I think it looks lovely and fits with the station.

The next obvious choice is their goods shed, which I almost bought. That would fit the layout very well and go with the other buildings. However, I can't help feeling I would end up with something that looks like a Metcalfe exhibition layout. So I have a very old unmade Wills Kits goods shed which I might use instead. I am also very taken with the Scalescenes industrial buildings, so I might have a go at them.
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