S Scale Detail Parts, Scratchbuilding Supplies & Tools
By Craig S. O'Connell
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New Zealand Finescale - Lost wax castings in S scale.
Hobby Loads by DC Rail & Hobby Depot -- Dave and Mary Ptak, the new owners of Hobby Loads, have expanded beyond just coal loads and now make a variety of scale coal, rock, ballast and even wood chip loads for all scales, many S scale cars. Coal loads in S scale - made with real coal.
Model Tech Studios - Model Tech Studios LLC PO Box 1497 No. Hampton, NH 03962 / telephone: 603.964.5995 E-mail: James Bester
Just released --- the first series of our new scratchbuilding or lasercutting
wood line with masonry sheets for building s scale structures like stone, stucco,
aged concrete and coming next brick and concrete block. This line fills many
of the scale material gaps such as the variety of Masonry surfaces, weathred/aged
materials for the layout builder to work easily with. Many sheets are 24”L
x 6” W and retail for $12.99 ( as of 1/19/09 ...
please check with the company for any changes before ordering.)
We are continuing to expand the line over the next year(s) to address 1 piece
roofing and more. All sheets are “GENUINE 3D” Wood sheets with great
Free samples are available with a SASE w/ 3 stamps forwarded to us at the above address.
S Scale Locomotive & Supply - Fred Rouse
- S scale castings and kits.
PO Box 1240
Inverness, FL 34451
Kaw Valley Designs, Inc. - Mike Fyten (as of 3/2/08)
S scaler Mike Fyten has created his own company producing parts in a variety of scales including "S".
Just thought I tell you about some new products that I’m developing in all scales.
You can check it out at: http://www.kawvalleydesigns.com.
About 6 months ago, I was designing some stairs for some buildings I wanted to detail for my s-scale layout. A friend asked me to do some for
him in O-scale. He then suggested that I put them on e-bay. The response has been great! So much in fact, that I started business from it.
I even changed the name of my existing company from CADesigns to Kaw Valley Designs.
The web site is small right now, but hopefully, I’ll be adding a bunch of new things I’ve been working on in the next couple of weeks.
I hope you find this worthy of adding to your own site.
Thank you, and please note my new e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaw Valley Designs, Inc.
11111 West 59th Terrace
Shawnee, KS 66203
Hamilton Model Works
The above S scale kits are marketed exclusively by Ridgehill Scale Models,
148 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Brantford, ON, N3T 5L5
Ph: 519-756-1610 (evenings 519-753-9809), Fax: 519-753-7553
A & K Hobby - AK Hobby has a series of diorama details in 1/64. They are not nearly as crisp as we are used to in model railroading, but where else are you going to get a 1/64 Dumpster, computer, big screen TV or Porta-Potty! Other detail parts include coke machine, popcorn popper, wood loads, roll top desk, service counter with computer, steel desk, trash can, tire rack, work bench and many, many more. Tip o' the hat to Pieter Roos for finding this gem.
Palace Car Company - #5031 Streamliner S coach passenger seat - double seat. $12.75 (36 pcs.) as of 7/4/06.
Builders In Scale-- NEW ADDRESS - Some S Scale parts
Swamp Machine Shop - "S" Bird baths and barrels.
Swamp Machine Shop
1122 Dexter Corner Rd
Townsend, DE 19734
Model RR Warehouse S Gauge brick, Tichy windows and doors (in S). Brick sheet 7 colors, vert or horiz $5.00 Insulrick 2 colors horiz, $5.00 INSULRICK was the imitation brick asphalt siding applied to many buildings pre WWII. "Black Mortar" and "cheap colors" A brick sample is free with an order, for $1.00, or send an SSAE.
Dr. Ben's Scale Materials from Richard Benever, the editor of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide, comes S scale building products for scratchbuilding or kitbashing and the Nella's Grocery - Country Store & Post Office.
Traffic Signs - They do S road markings and road signs.
Rusty Stumps Scale Models - S scale detail parts including asphalt shingles, security fences, ladders, picket fences, corrugated roofing and stair stringers.
6785 Cherry Blossom W. Dr.
Fishers, IN 46038
Micro Tech Scale Models - S scale detail parts including shingles, doors and windows.
Turner Model Works NEW home of FinestKind Mdl's line of S scale detail parts. TurnerModelWorks@mindspring.com
Turner Model Works
P.O. Box 923
Athens, TN 37371-0923
Phone: (423) 462-2228
Model Builder's Supply Line - 27 different styles of brick, arches, tile, block, corrugated, weleded and standing seam sheets now available in S scale.
B. T. S.-- Bill's Train Shop - S Scale Details and Parts
NEW from Bill's Train Shop
#00806 Fire Hydrant Pkg (3) $4.95
(as of 3/1/05)
One Niter building projects - can be completed in one night of modeling: Oil drum rack, crossbucks, workbench, bench, pallets, board fence, wood ladder, chairs, logger table and an industrial board fence.
BTS - Master Creations - an assortment of products including a variety of shingles:
01000 Random Cedar Shingles 2 Sheets $3.50
01004 Octagonal Shingles 2 Sheets $3.50
01006 Diamond Shingles 2 Sheets $3.50
01008 Sawtooth Shingles 2 Sheets $3.50
01010 Three Tab Shingles 2 Sheets $3.50
01012 French Diamond Shingles 2 Sheets $3.50
Each package covers about 14 sq. in. ALL are laser-cut on light
cardstock and are peel-and-stick for easy application.
Echo Mountain Model Products
Prototype "S" Parts is the name of the company by Ladd Houda, 1608 Cottagewood Drive, Brandon, FL 33510. Makes interior and exterior S scale passenger car parts. Does anyone have an e-mail address or phone number for this lad? If so e-mail me
Model Rail Stuff - S Scale coal loads.
Tichy HO Scale fire FIRE ESCAPES. These work quite well for S scale when you measure them out. Easy to assemble.
Pine Canyon Scale Models now makes S Scale Detail Parts for building structures including car loads, roof turbines, roof vents, electric meters, trash cans, drain collection boxes, 55 gallon drums, propane tank, piles of boxes, workbench, soda machine kits and a gas station detail pack among others.
New Zealand Finescale - S scale parts including fishplates, wirework, passenger car railings and gates, wagon wheels, wagon gears, 4 pane signal box window set with louvres, targets and shunting signals, steam locomotive cab fittings, point rodding A frames, suburban passenger car windows, locomotive hornblocks, locomotive superheater cover, sidechain hooks and eyes, semaphore signal parts, westinghouse air pump, air brake hoses, ....get the picture?
Trout Creek Engineering - Passenger car parts, Sn3 freight car parts, Tomalco car parts and kits.
Model Tech, Inc. - S scale detail parts (and structures/structural details) including roll roofing, shingles, Sterling Tower, Newton Falls frt./pass. station, covered bridge hwy. type, section tool house, 16 ft. grade crossing, 25 ft. grade crossing, freight wagon, hay wagon.
Rio Grande Models, LTD - S and Sn3 trucks and detail parts including brake cylinders, bolsters, 55 gal. oil drums, water column, pot belly stove, water cooler, caboose stove and switch stands.Also some rolling stock.
Sunrise Enterprises S Scale Parts - really nice diesel parts in S scale. NO LONGER BEING MANUFACTURED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST.
Tichy Train Group - S scale parts including rivets, washers, bolts, brackets, turnbuckles, grabirons, wire, open grate platform and more... Tichy also makes plastic fire escapes in HO that can be used on so many of those kitbashed HO buildings being used on S scale layouts. Other fire escapes on the market are made in brass (Sheepscot, Model Memories...)
Precision Scale - Their S/Sn3 complete line, fully illustrated catalog is #9743....$4.00. They has side frames in their S scale catalog. Their phone is 406-777-5071.
Alan Gibson Model Products NEW WEBSITE! Alan Gibson has S scale drivers available. Also 8 spoke wheels, 3 hole disc wheels, Mansell coach wheels, 10 spoke waagon wheels, DMU plain disc wheels and steam loco tender/bogie wheels. He models in S Scale so they should be around awhile. He does mail order and accepts credit cards
M.L.W. Services - NEW WEBSITE - etched brass cab numerals and running board numerals and 4 sets of number plates for the Canadian National Railways in S scale.
Ye Olde Huff And Puff--S scale boxcars and reefers. They also have figures and scratchbuilding supplies. Cast metal parts...
Kadee - S scale couplers and accessories including tools, centering springs, gear boxes, coupler height gauge, uncoupler etc... S scale Kadee couplers are #802 in black and #808 in brown. Note: O Scale #804/805 couplers will attach to S scale #802/808 and American Flyer knuckle couplers.
Some "S" modelers will use the HO #5 coupler or the #33. I've found the #802 to be larger than the #5 and more forgiving. I've used the #33 on some American Models diesels that do not provide for enough allowance for 802 mounting. The #33 coupler gear box has a better fit than the #802 for these particular diesels.
Kadee S scale coupler height gauge
NASG S Scale coupler height gauge
American Model Builders
S scale detail parts as of February, 2003:
Tomar Industries includes parts such as S scale drumheads, electronics, Hayes wheel stops, lighting and more....
Standard Railway Castings Co. - detail parts for S scale.
Fine Hydorcal Castings in S Scale by C.C. Crow - scratchbuilding supplies, S scale brick stock patterns
Russ Downs sold his business. The new owner is Manheim Machine & Tool Co and I understand that they have most of the parts that Russ stocked, including the ACE S gauge trucks.
American Models -- Trucks, Wheelsets and Couplers now shown on the website.
Steadi*Rest® Car And Locomotive Cradles--Steadi*Rest® cradles are manufactured in the U.S.A. of polyurethane foam designed to gently support model trains for construction and maintenance tasks.
The current price is $12.95 for the P/N 1004 (as of 7/30/11)
Direct orders please add $5.00 per item (max. $10.00) for shipping and handling within the continental U.S.
For more info contact:
River Raisin Models -- Steam locomotive parts in "S"...headlights, injectors, steps, numberboards, valves, bells and more...
JAKS Industries, Inc. - Over 500 "S" scale detail parts. TRIANGLE Catalog $3.00 (check on price)
The Scale Card -- tools for finescale measurements.
Sergent Engineering -- new S scale type E couplers fit nicely in an 802/803 type box and the shank is narrow enough to be used in a scale size box (not provided). The new part number is EC64. Price is $5 for two pair. The same local uncoupler (Part MS) used with the HO scale couplers works fine for the S scale version. These couplers will connect to an HO Kadee #5 but apparently do not mate with the Kadee S Scale #802.
To view NEW pics of the Sergent "S" scale couplers click below:
S Scale Loco & Supply - Steam locomotive parts. steam locomotive parts
Here's some sample parts available:
MetalsGalore.com -- sells high quality brass, copper, bronze, aluminum, stainless, and invar in small quantities and sizes designed to fit the needs of the hobbiest.
Surrey Custom Models of BC
NOTE: Alder Models was sold to Surrey Custom Models of BC - they made S Scale Derails and Switchstands. For the Derails (a device that prevents runaway rolling stock from causing extensive damage by actually derailing it before it enters the mainline)
P.B.L. Tool Page See their new end nippers for despruing of small plastic parts.
Steam Depot 2038 Center Street, Ashland, PA 17921; phone: (570) 875-4205; fax: (570) 875-2016-- Large supplier of thousands of S gauge products, often at discount prices. Catalog is $3.00 and well worth it!
7236 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
phone (708) 366-7763
Thousands of S products in stock. Owner Don Heimburger also publishes the "S Gaugian" magazine, available from the same address.
Royal Train Equipment offers railroad crossing signs in S Scale.
Shipping & Handling...$2.00 per set. MA
residents add 5% sales tax.
Royal also offers "junk" & ballast loads for gondolas and sitting people and bench sets.
Model Memories - finely detailed brass catenary, roofwalks, signals and other detail parts in S scale.
NorthWest Short Line --offers precision miniature 12v. DC motors suitable for S scale locomotives or other powered units; hobby tools, wheels, gears, gearboxes, motors, power drive units, code 88 wheelsets in 33" and 36" size, and more.. For further info & product listing send $1.00 for handling or $8.00 for a full catalog to:
Grandt-Line Products, Inc.--offers doors, windows and assorted building parts in S scale. Write to:
Often times Grandt Line doors and windows are
included in S Scale building kits. This is the case with some of the
Twin Whistle Co. structures that Doug Peck is offering through
Some "S" modelers use Grandt Line doors when kitbashing a model from HO or building a structure from scratch.
Grandt Line does have a good selection of doors and windows in different sizes and styles. They are made of plastic and are easy to work with based on my own experience.
The Colorado S Scale Connection--an exclusively S and Sn3 Hobby Shop with a catalog mail order business. This is an excellent glossy well-stocked catalog supplier. For your free (as of 12/97) catalog write to:
Holgate & Reynolds makes embossed styrene brick sheet products in "S" scale. I use their products a lot. For more info contact:
Micro Mark: The Small Tool Specialists
Midwest Products Co., Inc. - scale wood - call for catalog/price list
Des Plaines Hobbies
Lee Collins/Scenic Meadows Supplies; makers of dust-free, non-magnetic coal. There are three sizes of coal available, in S scale: Small=l"to l.5", Medium=1.9" to 2.2" and Large=1.9" to 4.3". Coal is available for all scales. If anyone would like free samples of the product to check out send a note with your mailing address to:
Scenic Meadows Supplies now has Sheet Lead Weights in 1/64", 1/32" & 1/16" thick x 3" x 6" sheets. This stuff is great for hiding weight in open cars & loco's. It cuts with scissors and forms by hand easily.
Also Available--REAL Glass panes for structures, cabooses & passenger cars etc. For sizes and more info CLICK HERE.
Northeastern Scale Models - Scale wood - Catalog $1.00
Whiteground Model Works - S scale building supplies.
Mt. Albert Scale Lumber--manufacturer of top quality basswood strips fractional & S scale ($3.55/pkg 24" L) or available in bulk min. 100 pc./size S scale regular, switch & bridge ties (std. & narrow gauge available) $16.85/bag
The Original Whistle Stop, 2490 E, Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, 796-7791, 796-7566 FAX. The Original Whistle Stop (Fred Hill and Brian Brooks) carries some S scale stuff, including the Grandt line of details parts.
Small Parts, Inc. - 1-800-220-4242. Ask for a catalog.
NASG Bernie Thomas Award, 2003 NASG Perles Publications Award, 1997
NASG Bernie Thomas Award, 2003
NASG Perles Publications Award, 1997