The basics: The fully assembled and illuminated duplex has a detailed base with greenery, and a footprint measuring 14 inches wide and 9-3/4 inches deep. The structure has interior illumination and six external security lights. Exterior detailing includes gutter spouts, colored stone yard decoration, and six O scale figures positioned around the base. The duplex costs $79.99.
For illumination the duplex requires a Menards 4.5-volt power supply, Menards SKU 279-4361/4061, 279-4362/4062, or 279-4050
Why you need this: Most O gauge railroaders include houses for their 1:48 scale train crews and their families. Styles may be as varied as vintage plastic homes to modern ranch or apartment houses. The duplex from Menards is as modern a home as you’ll find: Suitable for a residential neighborhood or a condo complex, and sure to look right-in-place on any railroad running stack trains and the latest modern diesels.
The first eye-catching detail is the roof, with its simulated Terracotta-style shingles. These appear to be sturdy protection from your layout’s worst weather.
The street side of the structure has garage doors for each unit. Each garage door has intricately cut windows along the top. On the sides you’ll find steps and doorways for each home. A chimney is about an inch from the door and features multi-colored brick texture on frame of stairs and chimneys. This brick trim begins on the front (garage door) and runs down the right and left sides.
The windows are nicely recessed and have window ledges. All of the windows have treatments. These vary from full to partially closed blinds, and the large patio doors on the rear of the house have curtains. The entry design is blue, for a nice contrast.
The interior is brightly illuminated and there are security lights ringing the exterior.
Of course, no neighborhood looks complete without people, and the duplex has three kids at play, dad walking out to receive a package from a brown-clad deliveryman, and mom about to take Jack out for a walk.
The duplex from Menards is a perfect fit for a 21st Century layout.
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