by: Tim Hatton [ ]
The contents......are contained in NOCH's distinctive yellow top opening box that is shrink wrapped for extra security, the box lid is hinged to the tray. A nice touch on the inside of the tray are various village signs in N, TT and HO scale. The card parts are contained in two small resealable bags.
Inside the box is:
-1 x ground floor including walls [card]
-1 x roof comes in two parts [card]
-1 x roof ridge [card]
-1 x chimney, built from five parts [card]
-1 x sprue of injected plastic gutters.
-2 x sprue of injected plastic downpipes.
-1 x clear acetate sheet.
-1 x card front door [card]
-2 x gable end wooden walls [card]
-2 x weather boards [card]
-10 x windows [paper]
-3 x front door steps [card]
-1 x paper sheet with coloured net curtains, heavier curtains, shop window display and several interior reinforcement strips printed on it.
-1 x tube of wood glue.
-1 x printed instructions.
A small instructional booklet takes you through eight stages of construction. Instructions are written in in seven languages:
Just be aware that some of the part numbers are duplicated for example part 31 refers to part of the chimney and also the curtains.
ConstructionConstruction looks very straight forward. Before building the workshop it is essential you attach the components for the windows and doors to the inside of the walls. There is a printed paper image of the inside of the workshop for the display window included. But there is nothing stopping the modeler from taking an image of any workshop/shop window and using it to personalise the build. The partial floor and the four walls are cut from one piece of card. All you need to do is remove the excess card from the folds, the fold areas are chamfered. The interior of the building is painted black to avoid being able to see the lack of detail inside. The black interior looks more natural as well. The walls are glued using the supplied adhesive. The chimney is probably the trickiest part of the build. It is made up from five separate card parts and the corner of the chimney stack is stepped following the bonding of the brickwork. The interlocking corners will give this structure some additional strength and also make it look more realistic. It great to see the plastic guttering and downpipes rather than card or paper ones. The cross section of the gutters is nicely done. Some additional glue may be required to glue the plastic guttering and downpipes to the card building.
ConclusionsIf your layout has this style of building, then the workshop is highly recommended. At 12.99 euros it represents very good value for money, if you think of the time and material it would take to scratch build.
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