by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
Garage (Sloped roof)
Mfg. ID: 14352
Series: Laser-cut Mini
Media: Card; frosted plastic
introductionThis laser-cut model of a brick garage with a sloped roof is a model in the NOCH Laser-Cut Minis series. NOCH uses laser technology to cut and etch highly detailed models of buildings, lumber, plants, and other subjects. NOCH currently advertises over 60 of these sets in three scales: HO, TT, and N.
Garage (Sloped roof)This kit is packed in a label-backed end-opening carton. Inside are 10 pieces of laser-cut card parts plus a thin translucent frosted plastic window glazing. The exterior walls card is textured for brick, and colored as terracotta masonry. A well illustrated instruction sheet with several languages guides the assembly process. Color PDF instructions are available from the NOCH website by clicking Click here for additional images for this review, below. No glue is included.
The kit is built up from a foundation, four interior walls, four walls of simulated brick and wooden doors, roofing sheet, and the paper roof. The components are precisely laser-cut. Surprisingly, not all edges are singed by the laser. The parts are cut through and held to their sheet by two very small connectors. They are easy to cut out.
Garage can find many places with its small footprint of 6.9 cm x 4 cm x 3 cm / 2.72 in. x 1.57 in. x 1.18 in..
This model garage is based on a ubiquitous design found all over, with uses limited only by one's imagination.
DetailLook at the detail laser-etched into the doors. Extremely fine lines are burned into them representing wood detail, hinges, muntins, trim, jambs, door handle, and framing.
Exterior building detail is laser-etched to simulate bricks with recessed mortar lines, plus several recessed bricks. The roof resembles simple tar paper. The brick and lintels are painted by hand. Painting of the doors, lintels, and hinges is rough. The paint may be why the exterior walls have a slight bow to them. Experienced modelers know that when painting thin wood or card, to paint both sides to keep the material from warping. I did not try to soak or paint the walls as I thought they would attach flat to the inner walls. By the photos you can judge for yourself whether you should with your garage.
Parking the partsAssembly was easy and quick. It took me about 20 minutes from first cut to completed model.
I used Uhu glue (Available from NOCH website.) left over from a previous NOCH kit. The only tool you really need is a sharp blade to separate the parts from their sheets. Be aware that even with a razor sharp blade, some material may remain from where you separated a piece from the sheet and you may see an uncolored spot. This time I did not glue the walls to the base as I did the other NOCH garage. I used the base as a jig to square the walls.
Be careful with the open end of the structure. The thin top over the doors crushed easily. Mine did but I was able to bend it back when I attached the exterior wall. The roof also stiffen it.
Next, attach the exterior walls. The side walls are sandwiched between the end walls. I did not need my magnetic gluing jig or machinist angles to square the walls and create a tight fit.
With the walls good n' true, I glued the paper tar paper roof atop the structure. Now you have a garage for your layout! Built out-of-box this shed looks great and is at home on American or European layouts.
ConclusionI am very impressed with this sloped roof garage. I have found these thick board models easy to work with. The amount of detail NOCH creates with their laser is impressive. Garage item no.14352 was easy, quick, and fun to build up.
This garage looks like simple masonry sheds all over the world, regardless of what you decide to shelter in it. It will look good on any layout. One could leave the back off and mate it to any structure as a small office or storage room.
My complaint is that the factory painted detail is amateurish.
I think this makes a great looking garage for 1/72 through HO (1/87). Outbuildings like this can be found anywhere: railroad, airfield, factory, house.
I happily recommend this model.
We thank NOCH for providing this sample; please tell sellers and vendors you saw this model here -- on Railroad Modeling!
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