Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HO Scale Deer Creek Mine

Been waiting on this kit since it was first shown in O scale - now in HO.  Ordered, hope to have it in early January.   More info at:

The HO Scale Deer Creek Mine
pilot model constructed by Brett Gallant and Karl Allison
all photographs copyright Brett Gallant and may not be used without permission

SierraWest Puts the Detail First!
A great kit design deserves details that define what state of the art is in HO Scale.

The HO Scale Deer Creek Mine features:
New Stationary Horizontal Boiler
New Double Cylinder Mine Hoist Engine
New Mine Shaft Blower
New Mine Ore Skip
New Mine Ore Bin Gates
New Mine Ore Cars
Many More New Castings...
Acrylic Laser Cut Jigs and Assembly Aides
Comprehensive Easy to Follow Construction Manual
Laser Cut Windows, Doors, and Interior Wall Framing
Board on Board Hoist House and Tipple

The attention to the smallest detail is evident. SierraWest kits are so much more than a structure and a handful of details. The diorama creation is paramount in the development of each new kit. Instructions are provided leading you through every phase of construction including tool selection, assembly, weathering and aging, diorama composition, and scenery application. When you view the pictures of the Deer Creek Mine diorama remember this. SierraWest kits are unique in the level and amount of detail provided. Since all four sides are fully detailed, you have a ton of flexibility in placement and view-ability.

The little mine cars are incredible and illustrate the large scale thinking I bring to HO Scale. Twenty years ago the industry was excited about castings with all of the details cast in place as one piece. (Like a mine car with four wheels cast to the under-body.) Today I provide you with the body, frame, and four wheels. It is so much easier to weather the individual components and assemble the car than it was to paint the parts as one unit. The mine car is just one example of this type of detailing. (Notice the crates filled with individual parts.)

I love the boiler and you will too. It is the most detailed boiler ever made in HO Scale yet it is effortless to assemble. A two-part resin body that self aligns is complimented by cast metal details. And yes, if you look closely you will be able to read "Williams Bros" cast in place on the front of the smoke box and firebox doors. (Now that's more detail than found in O Scale.)

The Deer Creek Mine includes many laser cut components to aide in your construction. These include assembly jigs, wall framing, and roof trusses. They are designed to compliment the craftsman building techniques, not replace them. This is very important. Careful thought and design practice combined with decades of experience provide for a unique building experience.

A fully detailed hoist house with removable roof is included in the Deer Creek Mine. Would you expect anything less? A prototypical double cylinder mine hoist and blower were mastered new just for this kit. (I also mastered new crates and acetylene tanks.)

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