by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
IntroductionSmall Chapel, kit number 98510 by Model Scene, is a HO/1:87 laser-cut multi-media model of modest place of worship.
The KitModel Scene has created an amazing little model with Small Chapel. This multi-media model is made with laser-cut paperboard, cardstock, wood and acetate. I did not count the individual pieces but there are probably over 60 pieces to this kit. It represents a stucco building with a slate roof.
The main structure is heavy card. Trim parts are the paper. Model Scene lased detail into a wooden piece to create the door.
Assembly of the paperboard main structures is slot and tab: the main walls, the steeple, and roof. The rest is varying thicknesses of paper.
DetailDetail consists of laser texturing and detail parts. I am intrigued with how the model is made. Roof shingles are etched by laser. Paper corner covers are included to hide the tab and slot ends.
A bell is included. It consists of six pieces, a layered assembly with beveled edges, a clevis bolt and a clapper!
InstructionsModel Scene produces some of the best instructions I've found with these craftsman kits. They are sharply printed, logically arraigned, clearly illustrates, and organized. (Dragon, take notice!) They offer no painting suggestions, though.
If you have not painted paperboard or wood models before, they require special preparation for painting. Putting paint on one side of paperboard will cause it to warp so both sides need to be covered, or the non-visible side should be sealed.
ConclusionThis is an intriguing kit and I look forward to assembling it. Sharp laser-cut parts, and a wooden door. Excellent instructions but no painting guidance. The kit features a high parts count for a model of its size. It has good detail.
Small Chapel is a sharp model that should build up into an impressive small chapel or shrine. Recommended.
Thanks to Model Scene for this model and please remember to mention to them and retailers that you saw this model here -on RailRoad Modeling.