White Castle kit or plans?

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December 31, 2011 1:20 PM

I am going to end the old year appropriately with a visit to the local White Castle for a healthy, nutritious lunch. While I am thinking about it, has anyone ever made an O scale kit? Does anyone have plans for either a modern or 1921-era White Castle? I've searched the Forum and have seen some marvelous scratch-built versions. If necessary, I'll get some pictures off the net, and scratch-build one myself. I think that 2012 will be the year in which the citizens of Plasticville get a White Castle. They are tired of the "same-old, same-old" at the Frosty Bar. Wink
 

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December 31, 2011 1:32 PM

Doesn't give the scale but here's one:
http://shop.mltri.com/products...le-village-building/
 
 
 
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December 31, 2011 1:35 PM

MR mag had a article on building a White Tower restaurant a few years ago, you might hunt it down....a pretty easy building to scratch.
 

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December 31, 2011 1:37 PM

O scale Twin Whistle kit version:

http://twinwhistle.com/whitetowerorwhitecastle.aspx

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December 31, 2011 1:44 PM

The latest single story corner building is a white restaurant that would be easy to kit bash it's a 30-90332 Burger Taveren
 
 
 
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December 31, 2011 1:45 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Doug W.:
Doesn't give the scale but here's one:
http://shop.mltri.com/products...le-village-building/


I'm pretty sure that's the one I purchaced at York a while back for around $35.00. It's about as close to scale as I have seen. Dept 56 makes a much larger one which to me looks too big.
 

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December 31, 2011 1:46 PM

John,
Now I'll be thinking of White Castles all week....
I always stop at the White Castle thats just West of Berwyn Toy Trains, time to go for a visit!

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December 31, 2011 1:53 PM

quote:
The latest single story corner building is a white restaurant that would be easy to kit bash it's a 30-90332 Burger Taveren


MTH 30-90332

MTH 30-90392

HTH.

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December 31, 2011 2:18 PM

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Originally posted by AMCDave:
MR mag had a article on building a White Tower restaurant a few years ago, you might hunt it down....a pretty easy building to scratch.
I think the article was by Mike Tylik if that helps I remember the article but it was at least early 90's. I always liked his modeling but have not seen any in a while.
 

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December 31, 2011 2:57 PM

As Dave and Silver said - Model Railroader magazine.

Good call on the date, Silver. Smile I can never come that close when estimating dates of old magazine articles.

Thanks to the new MR DVD archive disks: It was Model Railroader magazine - March 1993 by Michael Tylick. It was a step-by-step, how-to article for O scale using styrene. It's on my long list of future projects. Smile

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December 31, 2011 3:37 PM

FWIW White Castle is serving beer and wine in its Columbus, Ohio locations on a test basis.
 
 
 
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December 31, 2011 3:52 PM

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FWIW White Castle is serving beer and wine in its Columbus, Ohio locations on a test basis.


Hopefully that'll be Iron City and T-Bird, so as to remain in keeping with the traditional White Castle ambience.

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December 31, 2011 3:54 PM

jay jay,

While you are there, pick me up 6 sliders, an order of rings and a coke.

Sometimes you just have to give in to the "Crave". Big Grin
 

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December 31, 2011 4:31 PM

Guys, thank you for all the suggestions and links to the kits and buildings!

Frank and Santa Fe Jim, I just gave in to the "Crave", and had the #1 Value Meal at the White Castle in Mundelein, IL. That's 4 sliders, fries and a Coke for the princely sum of $5.39. The dog had some of my meal, too, so we can have indigestion together. They don't serve beer there, but it has always been my preference to drink a lot of beer first, and then go for sliders at 2AM. Wink

The White Castle building I just went to is absolutely new, and to me, architecturally boring. Its not even all white! Eek

Google has a good set of White Castle images here, so I might use them to scratch an older version of the building.

Happy New Year everyone! Smile
 

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December 31, 2011 4:41 PM

Now, here is a very cool old White Castle! It was the first one built in Chicago, and dates to 1929.
 

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December 31, 2011 5:26 PM

Thanks for looking that up Jim!!!! I hope some day to pick those DVD up too.

Just build your own!!!
 

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December 31, 2011 8:32 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Jim Policastro:
As Dave and Silver said - Model Railroader magazine.

Good call on the date, Silver. Smile I can never come that close when estimating dates of old magazine articles.

Thanks to the new MR DVD archive disks: It was Model Railroader magazine - March 1993 by Michael Tylick. It was a step-by-step, how-to article for O scale using styrene. It's on my long list of future projects. Smile

Jim
Thanks Jim. Sorry I got Tylicks name mangled. I always liked his modeling and he was one of the few in MR who did O scale and trollys at that. Cool. I must have memorized this article.

I was never a fan of White Castle food but thier old buildings were cool. Since I grew up near DC I was a huge fan of Little Tavern Hamburgers. They had several smallwhite all metal buildings with a green roof. The buildings are still there in other uses but the chain closed in the early 90's. I also remember driving out to one of original Five Guys burgers but that's another story.
 

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January 1, 2012 7:57 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Texas Pete:
O scale Twin Whistle kit version:

http://twinwhistle.com/whitetowerorwhitecastle.aspx

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This kit is a White Tower which also includes White Castle signage. I built it as a WT, then scratchbuilt a White Castle and used those signs.
 
 
 
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January 1, 2012 11:02 AM

I'll bet that Mark & Maria Pokemba could really do that building justice with their craft skills.
 

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January 1, 2012 11:22 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Joe Hohmann:
quote:
Originally posted by Texas Pete:
O scale Twin Whistle kit version:

http://twinwhistle.com/whitetowerorwhitecastle.aspx

Pete


This kit is a White Tower which also includes White Castle signage. I built it as a WT, then scratchbuilt a White Castle and used those signs.


That's a neat kit, Texas Pete and Joe. Here is a picture of a White Tower that I used to frequent in Dayton, Ohio, when the railroad in the background was a PRR (or B&O?) mainline, if I recall correctly. A White Tower building is probably an easier scratch-build than an early White Castle building. because you don't need to deal with the architectural crenellations that give it the "castle battlement" look. Of course, White Castle architecture became simplified over the years, so a model of a later version would be less labor-intensive.

There is another image of the Dayton White Tower on this page.
 

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January 1, 2012 11:27 AM

We have one on the layout

 

 
 
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January 1, 2012 11:29 AM

Very nice! Is that scratch-built or a kit?
 

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January 1, 2012 11:49 AM

Its scratchbuilt One of our members just upgraded it with awnings and an interior I have to take some pics of the upgrade
 

 
 
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January 1, 2012 11:58 AM

I look forward to those pictures! Thanks for the info! Smile
 

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January 1, 2012 2:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by jay jay:

A White Tower building is probably an easier scratch-build than an early White Castle building. because you don't need to deal with the architectural crenellations that give it the "castle battlement" look.
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This was not as big a problem as I thought. I used Plastruct hollow tubing and a Exacto flat file (about 1/8" wide) to make the "battlements" on the turrets. The battlements elsewhere were just small square pieces glued-on. I found a plastic mesh for the window tops to suggest the stained-glass panels. Before I started, I got a reference book (used from Amazon for less than $6. total) called "By The Sackfull". It also has small signs and logos you can cut out and use.
 
 
 
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January 1, 2012 4:49 PM

I built one that was similar to the original shown on the web site, 1921 Kansas I think.....

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January 1, 2012 5:20 PM

Never set foot in a White Castle, though I know what they are.

My part of the country has a chain called Krystal Hamburgers, or just "the Krystal". Open all night. Little
square hamburgers, onion, pickle, mustard. Get a bag of 'em. The munchies. I think that both chains overlap
in the upper South, but here in the Deep, no W. Castle.

"When ya gotta have a Krystal, ya gotta have a Krystal", as their ads used to say. Now I'm hungry.
 
 
 
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January 15, 2012 1:58 PM

Here is a porcelain White Castle that was on sale for 39 dollars at the WGH show in Schaumburg yesterday. Its not as expensive as the Department 56 model, which retails for about 90 dollars. This model has a detailed interior.

train show WGH January 2012 035
 

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January 15, 2012 2:01 PM

Here is a closer shot. Its made by "My Little Town".

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January 15, 2012 2:15 PM


This is my version of the Twin Whistle Kit with many added details.
 
 
 
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January 15, 2012 2:17 PM

Very Nice, Dennis! Smile
 

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January 15, 2012 4:31 PM

Next you will need a Jimmy Buff's
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February 6, 2012 4:17 PM

Originally Posted by jay jay:
Here is a closer shot. Its made by "My Little Town".

train show WGH January 2012 036


I ordered this from a guy on eBay and recieved it today. I LOVE IT!!! It is to-scale (4" high not counting base), and the people inside are very close to scale (not as big as Lemax/Dept56 figures, which are close to "G"). The seller has 7 left...$45.99+$13. shipping. Search "White Castle" under "collectables". I'm very fussy about scenic items, and this AC illuminated structure is a winner.

 
 
 
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February 6, 2012 6:45 PM

I want the lego version

 
 
 
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February 6, 2012 11:09 PM

Jimmy buffs are way better than rat burgers (thats what we used to call the white castles).  I can't beiive some guys eat these and make disparaging remarks about scrapple. Al

 

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April 21, 2012 10:15 PM

We've made a White Castle in O scale for years. It gets updated periodically. Now it's laser engraved. It's on of my favorite models. "Buy a Bagful"

 
 
 
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April 21, 2012 10:23 PM


Very nice job!

This is my version of the Twin Whistle Kit with many added details.
 
 
 
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January 11, 2014 1:04 PM

I sure like the looks of that "My Little Town" model...too bad rationality says I have

no realistic use for one.

 

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January 11, 2014 1:40 PM

We need to creat an ONION SMELL device to mount inside all these White Castles and Krystals.

 

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