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Calhoun's Livery

by: Al LaFleche [ AJLAFLECHE ]

This soft, cream colored resin kit was well package with foam peanuts and bubble wrap to protect the 15 major parts and 14 minor parts, two of which appear to be supports for the sign. A paper sign “Calhoun’s Livery” is included as well. There are no instructions and the box art is a built and painted kit. There is no hardware for the doors, no hinges, no handles. The builder would be free to paint this at his or her pleasure.

The kit presents the front and sides of a small livery stable, interestingly consisting of brick construction on the sides and wood for the front. There is no back wall and no interior, so you will be left to scratch build or keep this to the back of your scene. Where there is texture, it is well rendered. Sides, doors and the overhang have texture on both sides, which is great. The façade and roof parts were poured into an open top mold and have no internal texture. This results in pour plugs of uneven depth on the roof section which would make cleanup extremely difficult. Since it covers the entire back side of the roof, you will need some very careful and intense sanding to get this down. Alternatively, you could cut just enough back to attach to the side walls and to connect the halves at the peak. Cleaning the façade will present a further problem in that you can’t take the roofs short cut since the roof and sides attach. Further, the section above the roof line has no texture to it, forcing you to either carefully rescribe wooden planks or leaving the viewer with only one angle of view. The edges have no molded on texture, but several sections of “wood” are included to cover this. More problematic is the warping of both roof panels and the façade. Interestingly, none of the parts poured into closed molds have any warping at all.

Given the warping and clean up issues, inconsistent detail, and the lack of instructions, I’d recommend this only for a very experienced builder with a lot of time dealing with resin kits under his belt. It might even be best used a simple façade backdrop without the sides and use the sides as separate backdrops.
The kit was courtesy of VLS.
This is part of VLS' new Street of Laredo series.
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  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: SR32002
  Suggested Retail: $30
  PUBLISHED: Sep 21, 2005
  NATIONALITY: United States

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