About Altoona Model Works

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Altoona Model Works Goal is to build Quality Kits. Engineered structures and buildings will add realism to any scene. We are new to the hobby, but our pedigree of Model Making goes back over 50 years. For the past 20 of those 50 years model railroading has been an ever-growing interest. Our product line offers you both proto-types and caricatures. We specialize from scale structures to structures to fit in a tighter foot-print. Our models are museum quality and will be created in American O, S, and HO scales.

The materials used are of best quality. For example we do not use cardboard in final assembly. You will find detail products from Grandt Line and Tichy to keep assembly fast. From time to time you even find our very own specialty crafted cast details. For extra strength some of our kits requires an inner structure. We use 1/8 inch slot and tab Masonite for easy build and super strong construction. NO WARP WALLS!! Also all windows and door openings are laser cut. NO paper templates and NO time consuming or difficult cutting required. All models include a removable base cut from MDF board using laser or CNC machine. Watch our growing Cast Urethane kit line grow also, and same quality as our wood kits. Only High quality casting materials used, NO WARP WALLS. All corners 45 degree mitered, and backs planner sanded flat. All parts fit together correctly with no ugly corners. Parts are cast in a pressure camber, also means stronger parts and NO BUBBLES or Defects. And same type manual, lots of pictures and complete assemble instructions.

Materials used in our Wood kits are Baltic Birch Plywood or basswood. Most materials are from Northeastern Scale Lumber and laser cut and keyed for your modeling ease. Our roof shingles are made from a stick and peal material for correct shingle simulation.

All details shown on kits are included; poles, chimney, etc. With our newly installed spin molding equipment will be offering you our new line of detail products. All said you will receive a quality kit complete from roof to foundation made here at Altoona Model Works.

Our kits may look complex to build, but if you follow the manual included you will find them easy to assemble. If you are a first time modeler or a pro you may find some of manuals in the MODELERS HELP LINK and download the manual of your choice in PDF. This and other helpful links will be added very soon. Don't see the one your after, please contact us and we will happy to send a copy out.

We also offer custom model making of prototypes and assembly of our kits.
Removable_base
All buildings come with removable base, and laser cut planking where require.
125 masonite inner structure
1/8" masonite inner structure on left, then siding lamanated on. All openings laser cut. We where the first to offer this type construction.
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