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The Rowhouse on Concord Street
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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The Rowhouse on Concord Street
Item: CCK1335
Scale: HO - 1/87
Material: Multi-media: wood; card; plastic; paper
Footprint: approximately 6"x2"

The Rowhouse on Concord Street is an HO multi-media laser-cut model of one of two row houses of the Concord Street series, the first kit of 5 in this new series. It features Northeastern basswood milled wood, windows, doors, & lamps by Tichy, and roofing material.

Bag O' building
CCK packages the model material and parts in a zip-lock bag. A printed color image of the constructed model serves as "box art." CCK includes an assembly guide featuring text and black and white photographs of construction.

Everything a modeler needs to build the model is provided: laser-cut milled wood walls; stripwood; injection-molded items such as windows, doors, lamps, steps and chimneys; rigid cardstock floor and roof halves; roofing material; window glazing.

Contents of the kit are:
    6 x wooden wall components
    1 x stripwood bundle
    1 x heavy card floor
    2 x storm cellar sides
    6 x cardstock sheets for roof halves, porch top, storm cellar
    8 x sprues of Tichy windows, doors, and lamps
    2 x chimney pieces
    1 x plastic steps
    1 x paper roofing material
    1 X acetate glazing

The wooden wall parts are of sturdy unwarped Northeastern basswood about 1/8 inch thick. The wood grain is good for HO. All of the laser-cut parts are sharp and cleanly lased.

Color coded stripwood is used to cover the corners and build the foundation and porch posts. The walls are milled to simulate lapped siding. Window and door openings are cleanly lased through the sheet. Unfortunately, the wood from those openings are not in the kit; I like them for my spare parts box as there are many uses a modeler can create for them.

Sharply molded Tichy windows and doors are provided to fill those respective voids. An injection chimney is molded with good brick detail. A separate decorative cap tops the chimney.

None of the four walls nor the roof halves have notches cut into them. Once they are seated the modeler can add the roofing material as is, or cut it into strips to simulate tar paper rolls.

Instructions and painting
The model is straightforward and basic assembly should be simple. The instructions should keep novice modelers from being befuddled if this is one's first craftsman kit. They include a few tricks. Further tricks can be found on this site or elsewhere. Two ideas are cutting the roofing material into equally sized sheets to attach to the roof to simulate the tar paper covering, and poking nail holes on the exterior.

The Rowhouse on Concord Street is intended to be past its prime and run down. CCK describes how to create a distressed appearance. However, painting can be wherever your source material or imagination takes you. The one thing that may be a surprise if this is one's first wooden kit is that wood warps after receiving paint. Convention dictates that to avoid warping, wooden components should be painted on both sides, or first sealed with a clear varnish prior to adding paint.

I really enjoyed building CCK's Zip-Kit The Millwright and look forward to building The Rowhouse on Concord Street. I am impressed with the milling and precisely cut high quality basswood. That CCK includes excellent injection parts to make a complete kit is also appreciated. The instructions are well illustrated and written.

There are no notches and tabs cut into the components to assist with alignment. This is typical of predecessor craftsman kits, although in this age of computer controlled lasers I wonder about the difficultly of execution. However, craftsman kits are not intended to be 'shake the box' models and require a modicum of skill so I don't think lack of notches and tabs are a drawback.

I find The Rowhouse on Concord Street to be a good looking model with a great deal of potential as the conceived rickety building, or as a new home in proud splendor.

It looks fun to build and I look forward to assembly, so it has my recommendation.

Please tell vendors and manufacturers that you saw this model here - on RailRoadModeling!
Highs: Precise, clean laser cutting of sturdy milled quality basswood. Tichy plastic windows, doors, chimney and lamps.
Lows: De minimis
Verdict: I find The Rowhouse on Concord Street to be a good looking model with a great deal of potential as the conceived rickety building, or as a new home in proud splendor.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: CCK1335
  Suggested Retail: $39.50
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 02, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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