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Love those 60 year old Strombecker Kits

By Mike Stella

I remember the wooden kits marketed by Strombecker when I was growing up.  Planes, boats, and trains too.  I can't remember ever building one, opting for plastic models of airplanes and cars.

In the past several years, I have found four complete boxed kits of four different "O" gauge early steam locomotives, and have spent a few relaxing hours on each one building and painting according to the instruction sheets.

A good bottle of wood glue makes it easy, and I wonder how that powered glue that was always included with these kits worked?

It amazes me that these complete kits sold for about $1.00 and contained all the hardware, glue, even sandpaper.  The only thing needed is paint.

I do not know if there are additional Strombecker kits that I am missing, but I always keep an eye out at meets and once in awhile check the Internet.

A lot of enjoyment for a very small price and a good looking locomotive when completed.

Try it!

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Make sure the box has ALL the parts required

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The tender goes together easily and the loco boiler takes shape

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Cab completed and it's starting to look like a locomotive

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Almost finished.  Use a good wood glue, not the package included!

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Painted black and checking flatcar clearance

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Trim painted.  This $1.00 kit from 1947 looks pretty good

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In company with two other Strombecker locomotives.

 
 
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