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Manhole Covers & Drain Grates
Drain Covers, 25 pcs., Laser-cut minis
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Drain Covers (Kanaldeckel Gullys)
Item: 14218
Series: Laser-cut Minis
Scale: HO (1/87)
Media: Card

NOCH Laser-cut minis series continues to expand to help model railroaders and dioramaists achieve more accurate and authentic scenes. With 25 separate manhole covers and drain grates the set Drain Covers helps modelers with these oft overlooked details.

In the box
One thin card "sprue" of 25 pieces is packed in a label-backed end-opening carton. An text-only instruction sheet in six languages is included. The same information is available in PDF form at the NOCH website.

The very thin card holds:

    4 x manhole covers/drains on a square foundation
    4 x round perforated covers
    4 x round solid covers
    5 x large square grates
    8 x small rectangular grates

The parts are sharply cut with a laser. Each piece is held to the card by very fine tabs. Several covers have fine detail etched into them.

The card is a tan-gray. I don't think this looks real so I brushed them with a dirty brown and steel mixture to simulate cast iron parts that I see on local streets. When the paint dried the sheet warped slightly; happily the parts lied flat on the diorama after removing them from the sheet.

Drain Covers helps modelers achieve a more accurate and authentic scene with these oft overlooked details. I am impressed with the surgical precision with which the pieces are cut. That they warped slightly with paint did not detract from them once applied to the road. Twenty-five pieces for the price is an excellent bargain.

I happily recommend this set to model railroaders and dioramaists.

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Highs: I am impressed with the surgical precision with which the pieces are cut.
Lows: Color.
Verdict: Good looking drain covers which help modelers achieve a more accurate and authentic scene with these oft overlooked details.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 14218
  Suggested Retail: $7.00 (4.99 )
  Related Link: Laser-cut Minis series
  PUBLISHED: Jan 13, 2013

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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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Often forgotten details in a diorama or operational layout. Thanks for sharing
JAN 24, 2013 - 03:59 PM

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