It comes in kit form as pieces of laser-cut Masonite. So while it's not a railroad kit per se, I think putting any sort of kit together qualifies as "modeling" - at least a little bit.
So follow along as I put it together - start to finish took less than 30 minutes. . .
|Here are all the parts laid out. In addition to what comes in the kit, you'll want a sturdy, flat surface to work on, some wax paper, clamps, and - of course - wood glue.|
|I have a large piece of plate glass on-hand that I like to use as well. It's certainly not required, but is handy for creating a surface which is perfectly flat. Bonus: it also protects my nice wood table.|
|Might be overkill, given the glass, but I went ahead and added some wax paper on top. The paper alone would probably be sufficient protection for whatever surface you're using.|
|I tend to be a bit OCD when it comes to glue application, so I squeezed some wood glue into a bottle cap and used a large/micro (?!) brush to apply the glue sparingly where ever the parts would come into contact with each other.|
|As with the small separators, I worked from back (top/away) to front. Here I'm adding the front parts.|
|Once all the front parts are added, it's time to add the sides. For the left side, I applied the glue to where I knew it'd contact the other parts.|
|Once the two sides are attached, you turn the whole thing over onto its front and add glue first for the back splice part . . .|
|attach the splice and then add glue for the hangar reinforcement at the top . . .|
|Once those last two parts are attached, clamp it all together as shown and add some weight to the splice (which you can't really clamp).|
And that's it! Once the glue cures, you'll have a very nice way to store and display your Pan Pastels for ready reference and access.
Thanks to Jeff Adam at Motrak Models for coming up with such a neat idea and designing such an easy-to-build kit. Even though it's not a freight car or structure, the act of building anything is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time.
|Just need to use those included anchors & screws to hang it up nice and sturdy… And yes, that is in fact an extra part. Truly - just in case you lose one.|