Model Power Buildings

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Meiriongwril, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

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    Model Power have a large range of N Scale buildings - both kits and built-ups (for the ham fisted like me who are useless at kits...!)
    From the photos on websites they do look, however, very plasticy (is that a word? - well, it is now! :D )
    Is there a recommended matt varnish that might alleviate this (I know I should think of repainting and weathering, but ..........)?

    Any thoughts welcome
  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    Never bought any model power buildings before so I can't help you there. I would suggest spraying them with dull-coat and or re-painting and weahering them.
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    I like Model Power buildings mainly because the windows are not molded into the walls and can easily be painted before assembly. I guess in N scale I have a difficult time trying to paint window frames when they're already in the wall.

    As far as taking away that plastic shine, I would recommend painting and weathering them with acrylic paint. If you don't want to do that, you could, as trucklover says, spray them with dull coat. You could also use matte medium which is a clear water-based acrylic.

    90% of the pleasure in building kits is to make them not look "out of the box". Model Power kits are among the easiest to do that with. Try different techniques with painting and weathering. If it doesn't look good, try another coat. If it gets too heavy, wash off the paint with alcohol and try again. That's what I do.
  4. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    In the book "N scale model railroad that grows" the author suggests 2 ways to dull the plastic sheen of a building .
    1) Use Testor Dullcote
    2) Use ordinary household cleanser and a toothbrush. Warning I didn't try that method. First try it on a hidden side of the building.

    I assembled and painted the Model Power N scale brewery ( my only finished structure so far ) and I agree 100 % with ezdays:
    "I like Model Power buildings mainly because the windows are not molded into the walls and can easily be painted before assembly. I guess in N scale I have a difficult time trying to paint window frames when they're already in the wall. "

    And yes, painting a structure is fun.
  5. umtrr-author

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    Model Power is just the latest brand name under which these buildings are sold. Some of these kits have been around for decades, and sold under the Atlas, AHM, Pola, Faller, and other names that I can't remember right now. Pola is the actual source for many of these older kits if I recall correctly. Even the "newer" buildings like the series of two story houses (Simpson, Kennedy, Haunted) have been around for more than ten years now. This isn't meant to take anything away from them; just providing a little background.

    Repainting is always a good way to go; for one thing, the buildings won't look like everyone else's. Some of these kits are promising sources of "raw material" for kitbashing as well.
  6. railohio

    railohio Active Member

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    I have one of the pre-built "Blue Coal Depot" tipples. To modernize it I replaced the room and put on new metal siding, aptly painted blue. I'll have to dig it out of storage to take and post a photo soon.
  7. Collyn

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    I have three new model power buildings and umtrr author is right they are all pola. As for painting I was woundering if ther is anyway to dull testors It is the only thing I can get around here
  8. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    When I was in N scale, I had a couple of the Model Power buildings. I was snapping them up like hot cakes. Of course I was building them out of the box. Didn't like the movie theater though. It had a narrow width, and the lobby took half of that. (What...You lie on the floor and look up at the ceiling to watch a movie......That was my very first kitbash, I added another building to the back).
    Then DPM started releasing building kits in N scale.The MP's started looking too toy like....
    They do, even the HO one's, make great kitbashing fodder
  9. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    I am in full agreement with Ed, the DPM kits look far better. Most of the buildings on my "Downtown Diorama" are DPM, very nice kits to put together.