Monday, July 16, 2012

Woodland Scenics | Rusty's Regret Model Car

This Porsche has been parked outside the Western Homestead Shanty on my layout for the past three years. You might say I enjoyed the inconguence of a brand-spanking-new car outside the rundown shack.

But what was the story here? 

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Life Like Train's Western Homestead Shanty. But why is there a Porsche parked outside?

Had the car been won in a raffle by the occupants of said shanty? Was the shanty a front for some illegal activity? Had someone's cover been blown, and they had to take refuge in a little shack on the Sunny Model Railroad, with the dead giveaway being their baby-blue vehicle parked outside?

And is the lady, hanging the laundry out back, an accomplice to these shenanigans?

Recently rummaging through my e-Hobbyland order from a couple of years ago, I realized that there were still several Atlas and Woodland Scenics models yet to be built.

And I was pleasantly surprised when I rediscovered this Woodland Scenics model car, still sealed in the original packaging. I had totally forgotten about it!  I must have had the shanty in mind when I ordered ol' Rusty.

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Woodland Scenics Rusty's Regret from their Auto Scenes collection of cars and vehicles.

Woodland Scenics Rusty's Regret is a nicely detailed model, all plastic, though I wish it were die-cast. It could also do with a little more authentic weathering, which I plan to do soon.

Rusty's going to get even rustier after I'm through.

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Rusty's Regret in front of the rundown old shanty. Now that's more like it!

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There's a certain charm and melancholy in this picture of Rusty against the setting sun coming through the window.

Looking at these pics, I'm inspired to a lay a sandy driveway in front of the shanty instead of the thick flock of grass where the car now sits. One can never be done working on a model railroad.

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This picture brings more of the shanty into focus -- note the weathering on the walls and the barrel detail at the side. And I still have to get around to concealing that plastic base!

More model kit buildings on The Sunny Model Railroad:

Western Homestead Shanty by Life-Like models

Country Chapel by Faller

Sanding Tower Model Kit by Faller

Atlas Picket Fence and Gate Kit

Constance Signal Tower Model Kit by Faller

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