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Aristo-Craft HO Cooling Tower
Cooling Tower
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Cooling Tower is a multi-media HO model boxed by Aristo-Craft. This review is an eclectic endeavor because I think this is an interesting kit.

This model was released by Aristo-Craft. When this kit was released the company was Aristo-Craft Distinctive Miniatures. They became the famous Aristo-Craft known for its G gauge trains. Aristo-Craft was started in 1935 by the Polk family in New York. Later it moved to New Jersey; I do not know when Aristo-Craft transitioned to G gauge. Its recent emblem was a red tilted square while the earlier logo was a crown motif.

Aristo-Craft, like so many other model companies of the 1950s and 1960s, partnered with model companies on the other side of the Atlantic. Many HO Aristo-Craft locomotives, rolling stock, and lineside models were American prototypes, yet European model companies and prototypes were eventually boxed, too, as we shall see.

Aristo-Craft "HO" Cooling Tower
I don't know the purpose of this structure. Cooling towers/silos were used in industries such as beer, grain and milk, to name a few. It is a curious structure with a brick base building and a timber cooling silo/tower.

This multi-media model has plastic pieces injection-molded by Vollmer. It consists of 23 parts and three packets of scenery material:
    4 X wood beams
    2 X wire screens
    17 X styrene

Some parts are pre-painted. That is good because some components were molded in that multicolor plastic then in vogue to simulate wood, dirt, etc.

The brick walls are pre-painted. So is a another part that isn't shown in the instructions.

The brick walls are engraved. Wood grain is molded onto the cooling panels. It is overdone. As is the tar paper roof.

Finally, three packets of scenery material is included. On pack looks like seeds.

Instructions and decals
The assembly instructions are simple. Five steps and it is complete. There are no decals or other markings.

This interesting kit is a mixed bag. The multi-media parts lend interest. Three packs of natural scenery cover. The painted 3-D brick work is excellent. But oversized wood grain detracts from the detail.

This curious small industry should make a unique and interesting model. I don't recall how much I paid for it. If a modeler finds one, the modeler will have the chance to add an interesting model to the layout.

Highs: Painted 3-D brick work is excellent.
Lows: Oversized wood grain detracts from the detail.
Verdict: If a modeler finds one, the modeler will have the chance to add an interesting model to the layout.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: V550B
  PUBLISHED: Dec 13, 2016

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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