by Thomas Beutel

It is one of my favorite modeling techniques. Basically, I get a kit and throw out the instructions. The kit parts become raw materials to make something new and different, or to make a model of something from the real world that is not available in kit form. Sometimes I’ll combine two or more kits to get what I want.

Here I took a brewery kit and modified the walls and roof to make a winery warehouse.

The original brewery kit from AHM. Note the 1960’s price.

Kitbashed winery warehouse on the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad

The fun part is to look at kits in a catalog and imagine something different. Once I have a rough idea, I take the major kit parts and photocopy them. I’ll take the paper copies, cut them and recombine them until I figure out how my recombination will fit together. Then I’ll go and do the actual cutting and glueing.