In this new build an older polyurethane / lead kit will be assembled. The kit is the Berkshire Valley Corner Drug Store (kit 808) which was retired a while back. When sent to me from the customer the kit had no instructions. I contacted Berkshire Valley by email – Richard Rands was kind enough to find, scan and email me the instructions. Richard will be following this post to determine whether he wants to resurrect the kit once again so I will be offering comments as I go.
The finished product will look something like below.
The kit consists of very heavy polyurethane wall sections and what appears to be lead details and window frames. The roof section, side stairwell and overhang are solid polyurethane and quite heavy. The box did appear pretty old so I am not sure what condition the items in a brand new kit would be in. A lot of the lead window frames and posts were bent however being lead they can be straightened out somewhat. Some trim on the roof and walls had broken off. Comment – if this kit resurrected every thing lead should be molded in plastic except perhaps the lamp posts and details.
In this first post I read through the instructions grouping parts as I went along. One item that will complicate the build is an interior detail kit the customer sent along with the building kit for the first and second floors. The walls can not be glued together until the interior is complete. Also the floor / sidewalk will not be heavy enough to support the finished building so the instruction set recommended attaching the floor / sidewalk to a piece of wood / hardboard.
There are two sets of bay windows that will attach to the main side wall.
Standing one window frame on end one can see how bent out of shape it is.
This is the front wall cupola. The square hole in the bottom will have a post installed.
The two side walls and back wall laid out with the stairwell sitting on top of the side wall. There is no front wall. The copula and front door will take up the space.
This is the base and sidewalk.
The sidewalk overhang. The bay windows will fit inside the cutouts on the overhang.
The roof is one solid piece of polyurethane and is quite heavy. There are some lead corbels that will need to be glued to the roof.