Photos by Richard Schumacher
Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan’s Paint Store is the latest addition to my collection of factory assembled buildings. It is part of their Built-&-Ready® Landmark Structures® series and features their Just Plug™ Lighting System. This building has one warm white LED which illuminates the first floor showroom which features a nice pre-printed interior.
Signs for different brands of paint appear on the front windows and side walls. The green striped awnings are a nice accent against the tan and brown scheme of the brickwork and trim.
Dugan’s Paint can easily be added to any steam, transition or modern era layouts (at least those modeling after 1920 – the date on the building’s front façade), fitting well in any small-town street scene. A 1920 steam-era modeler may want to remove the two window air conditioners however.
Details on the left side include a bicycle and boxes, a well-executed “Cover the Earth” painted ad, and shades drawn to various levels.
The right side continues the nice detailing of the window blinds, and adds a nicely-scaled gas meter with piping, downspout, and air conditioner details. A “ghost sign” appears at the top of this wall.
Two of the ground floor windows are boarded up on the rear wall, with a nicely detailed electric meter, fire escape balcony and ladder, and assorted trash. The signs on and next to the rear door are a nice touch.
Model railroaders and their visitors spend way too much time seeing the roofs of buildings, and the details have to be there. Dugan’s Paint doesn’t disappoint with a large air conditioner with ductwork, a roof access hatch (always needed if there isn’t a ladder up the side of the building to access the roof), five assorted vents, and a nice chimney. The seams of the tarpaper roof could have been painted a little better and there is no detail on the back of the front façade, but all the added details make for a nice looking roof.
The striped awnings are a nice touch. For such a quickly painted detail, it makes a big impact. I’m going to have to stripe the ridges on awnings on my other buildings. The two features that stand out the most for Dugan’s Paint is the dripping paint bucket sign and the architectural lions at the top of the corner columns.
I received my Dugan’s Paint Store as a Valentine’s Day present from Suzi. She ordered it from an online hobby shop. It will make a fine addition to a small town main street on my layout. Woodland Scenics HO Scale Dugan’s Paint Store retails for $69.99 and is also available in N and O scale versions. The LED requires power limiting the current to 25mA or a connection to Woodland Scenics Just Plug® Lighting System. All of the Woodland Scenics Built-&-Ready® structures come in a transparent fitted package, which is shipped inside a cardboard box.