LASERKit United Farmers Co-op Kit, HO Scale
LASERKITS® are quick, easy and fun to build for any modeler. The novice will be thrilled with the ease of construction, the easy-to-follow instructions, and professional look of the completed model. The experienced modeler can modify and super-detail each kit into a one-of-a-kind creation. LASERKITS are designed with a Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) program, then laser-machined and engraved from high-quality wood (and occasionally styrene) with incredible precision. The resulting edges require little, if any, sanding, and yield exact-fitting parts with accurate details. Siding and roof pieces are tabbed and slotted for error-free assembly. All windows, doors, roofing materials, shingles, and trim boards are laser-cut, and include a self-adhesive backing, which has been thoroughly tested and found to hold under the most adverse conditions. All kits are made in the USA.
The United Farmers Co-op is based on a long business tradition in the United States that dates back to the mid 1800s. Members of rural communities would pool their resources and form agricultural cooperatives where the cost of supplies, storage, and the transportation of the harvest could be shared. Eventually these co-ops would grow to include energy resources, financial services, and commodity brokering to its members, which appeared as a family of businesses under the Co-op brand name in many small towns across the country. Today, there are still some 3,000 farmer cooperatives in the US serving an estimated two million farmers and ranchers along with their families.
Although not based on any specific prototype, this laser-cut wood kit reflects the spirit of these farmer co-ops, so prevalent in the hundreds of small towns dotting the breadbasket region of the country. A great companion piece to Kit No. 193 (86558) Country Elevator, this structure is right at home trackside providing a warehouse for supplies received by rail as well as offering a truck loading dock, store front, gas pump, and an attached repair shed, where tractor and implement repairs and welding services could be procured. Topped off with colorful billboard signage, the Farmers Co-op features AMB’s usual tab and slot wall construction; peel and stick windows/doors/trim; rafter tails; dock height floor; laser-cut tarpaper, battens, and roofing materials; and an assortment of custom white metal and cast resin detail parts. Kit No. 729.
The assembled model measures 7 inches long x 4.5 inches wide (including trackside dock) x 4 inch high over signboard.