Low relief buildings have for years been used to cover up joins in model railway layout backscenes, with the preferred product being card kits from the likes of Metclafe and Superquick. Well Hornby have now stepped into the fold with an alternative approach. The latest addition to the Hornby Skaledale range is the Low Relief shops R9656 and R9657, offering modellers the chance to add some more lifelike texture to their railway backscenes.
Based on typical Victorian terraced shops seen all over the UK, there are two complementary packs, each comprising of two shops, allowing a very eye catching row of four shops to be assembled.
The R9656 and R9657 models are great looking models, with the finishing of the slate roofs being very realistic and effective indeed. One of the best features of these new Skaledale models is the inclusion of photographic shop interiors, which when viewed from a distance look extremely good indeed. This additional feature also allows the shops to be easily customised to suit your requirements and layouts era. The finishing to the upper floor windows is also very good with realistic looking net curtain effects.
Compared to other low relief options available to the Railway Modeller, these shops offer great value for money, although on closer inspection, some manufacturing defects become apparent. In particular, a few blobs of glue mar the appearance in a couple of places, along with the thick walls which are quite noticeable on the side window of the book shop in particular.
Our only other criticism is that on one of the samples we reviewed the card interior protruded slightly from the base of the shop, preventing the model from sitting flat on our baseboard. This was easily rectified with the careful use of a craft knife.
Are They Worth The Money?
Features & Specification
Period: 1970s onwards
Dimensions: Width 120mm x Depth 44mm
Price: £19.95 RRP
Where Can I buy them?