We are attending the Amherst Model Railway Society Railway Hobby Show for the first time and have created a special structure for the show - The Birthplace of Basketball. This particular shadowbox is modeled after the Winchester Park Building, the birthplace of basketball, that was located at the corner of State and Sherman Streets in Springfield, MA. Otherwise known as the Armory Hill YMCA, the original building was completed in 1886. James Naismith invented basketball in the gymnasium located in the rear of the building. A substantial expansion to the building was completed by 1896 and lined the entire block fronting on Main Street with like-styled architecture. The building was razed in 1965.


The shadowbox model will be limited to a production run of 100 pieces.

This historical shadowbox model, SPFLD-1, measures 1" deep, 15 1/8” long and is four-stories tall, about 12 3/4”. The model features a rooftop balustrade and distinct window mullions.

You may order the model with one of three glazing options: clear, translucent or Roscolux Grey. If you do not want to see into the interior when the Roscolux Grey glazing is lit from within, you may have translucent material added behind for an additional charge.

The website listing is at https://www.toddarchitecturalm...-spfld-1-15-1-8-long. You may order the model  unlit, lit individually on each floor (4), or individually lit on each of three sections on each floor (12). Lighting is by 12V DC strip LEDs that are in each ceiling. Wires are color coded by floor. The rear panel of the shadowbox is removable to allow for the addition of aftermarket interior decoration.

Each shadowbox is constructed of laser scored and cut acrylic plastic and Taskboard, and is professionally finished to be individually unique. Windows are fabricated using two layers of laser cut Lazerboard for sashes and frames. Windowsills are individually painted and masked. Fascia are built-up styrene. Each shadowbox set is made at ¼” = 1’ 0” scale and will be a welcome addition to your O Scale layout.

This shadowbox SPFLD-1 is currently in fabrication. It will be available for the first time at the January 2020 Amherst Model Railroad Society’s annual Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA. Orders placed by January 15, 2020, will be available at the Eastern States Exposition Center from our booth in the Young Hall, Section 86, Tables B&C. OGR Forum members use FIRSTSPFLD10%OFF at checkout to get 10% off of your entire order.


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Shadowbox design is complete and in the cutting queue. We're really liking the window detail! My goal is to have 10 shadowbox models available at the Amherst MRS Springfield Show. Preorder to specify your preference on glazing and lighting treatments for Springfield pickup by visiting the website. Apply coupon code SPFLD10%OFF on any purchase.



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Ready to paint. Six models available for the first run of ten. Order from the website to specify window glazing and lighting preferences.


Front elevations.



Shadowbox roof inserts.


Shadowbox side inserts.


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In a new design twist for us, the two retail entrances will have clear acrylic windows. Each of the doors is inset under the building and there angled returns from the face of the building to the door surface. If desired, the Roscolux Gray material can be put behind the clear acrylic.

The 1/16" clear acrylic windows layer is needed to support the PolyBak window and door framing.



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Shadowboxes ready for windows. We're liking the way the paint scheme turned out!



And your choice of clear, translucent or Roscolux Gray. Today will be the last day for custom glazing and lighting orders for pickup at Springfield, MA this weekend.




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