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Product ID RSM-K4003

Ships Chandlers ~ HO scale

List Price: $199.95Save $29.95
Price: $170.00


Ships Chandlers is a laser-cut craftsman kit.

This craftsman kit comes into the Rail-Scale-Models product line-up as part of the recent acquisition of the Rusty Stumps Scale Models laser-cut craftsman kit business.

From the original prototype structure, this model of Ships Chandlers attempts to replicate original details as best possible - from the three-story, four-room structure to the multi-level dock area and all the structure details.  The scale building maintains the late 1800's / early 1900's look – including corrugated metal roofing and lightning rods.

The kit includes an ample supply of nautical type white metal and 3D-printed detail pieces to detail the full scene.  Signage is included for the original “Peacock & Sons Ships Chandlers” name as well as signage for two other business names.

A Ships Chandler is a general store for commercial shipping and boating needs - serving fishing boats to ocean-going vessels.  A customer may find a variety of necessities, or place an order for future pick-up – items such as anchors, rope, steel cable, ship vents, life preservers, etc.

The structure could be converted into just about any type of business – such as a tavern, fish market, sail maker, boat builder, or seaman's hostel – user your imagination.

The completed model is finished on all sides – making it easy to place anywhere on your layout and in any orientation.  It is designed to be a waterfront structure but could be placed elsewhere in a harbor or inland town.  For waterfront placement, the kit includes the pilings, braces, joists, and decking in stripwood as well as the railroad spur trestles and bulkhead.  

The model is constructed of laser cut sub-walls of 1/32" plywood which are laminated with basswood aged clapboard siding.  This wall assembly technique, interlocking floors, and 1/32" plywood roof panels make for a sturdy structure that is not prone to warping.


  • Laser-cut 1/32" birch plywood sub-walls with tab & slot construction.
  • Laser-cut 1/16" basswood aged clapboard siding for exterior walls.
  • Laser-cut 1/16" basswood pre-scribed floors.
  • Laser-cut 1/32" birch plywood sub-roof panels.
  • Laser-cut 1/64" birch plywood door and window assemblies.
  • Shadow box front window display for sale items, or the modeler may choose to detail the interior.
  • Scale corrugated metal roofing.
  • Large quantity of nautical style lead-free white metal castings and 3D printed resin detail pieces.
  • Three sets of detail signage - on clear decal, white background decal, and plain paper.
  • Signage for three different business names.
  • Ample supply of skids, crates, and fencing to finish the scene.
  • Allowance for standard gauge spur track (not included) – easily altered for narrow gauge track.
  • Laser-cut dock piling template for easy positioning of piles.  
  • Pre-cut dock piles from birch dowels;  stripwood dock braces, beams, dock joists, and decking.
  • 8 detailed CAD drawings to aid in construction.
  • Comprehensive 116-page instruction manual with lots of "how-to" photos.


Model/Scene footprint:  88’ x 58’ ~ 12” x 8" in HO scale - includes the dock area and building structure.

NOTE:  Figures, vehicles, ground scenery, railroad track, water effects, and general diorama construction materials shown in model photos are not included in the kit.  Pictures shown are of the pilot model construction;  production models might vary slightly.


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