Re: A Rookie and La Belle Kits

Randy Hees

I always used shellac... which can be purchased at any home center in a spray bomb....  Shellac is alcohol based.

Randy Hees

On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 4:06 PM LARRY KLOSE <lklose@...> wrote:

I built my first LaBelle kit shortly after the passenger cars were introduced—I still remember the issue of Model Railroader with a photo of the introductory kit on the cover, January 1960.  I was 13 and I built the same kit as reviewed with little difficulty.  It was one of the first really complex craft kits I built.  I had few problems and it came out fine.  I think the kits are a good starter as long as the instructions are followed.  Painting will be the most difficult thing to deal with; as a nearly all wood kit it will need either solvent based paints or an application of either sanding sealer or primer before painting with acrylics to discourage warping and raised grain. 


I’ve found that just jumping in and doing it is the best way to get going. 


Good luck!




PS: According to the review that kit retailed for $4.95, postpaid.

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