Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Project: Deloney's Barn Laser Kit

Years ago I discovered a rustic barn made by Showcase Miniatures, and considered the kit for a scene on my Orin Line.  I never purchased a kit, so obviously it never made its way onto the Orin Line.  Driving through Western Nebraska on a family trip just before Labor Day, gave me some inspiration for some possible projects, and just maybe the setting for my next layout.  Being born and raised in the state of Nebraska, there are some attractive modeling possibilities for either the BNSF or the Union Pacific, in either a dry western plains setting, or a more productive cornbelt setting.  Either way, I have lots of ideas, and came home from the trip ready to pursue them further.

I revisited the Deloney Barn, and decided to buy a kit.  It would make a very nice Western Nebraska ranch scene, perhaps as part of a transition from pivot irrigated crop land to rolling sandhills.  It came in the mail today, but I may put it aside for awhile before I actually build it.

Anyway, I thought it was worth mentioning, as it appears to be a great little kit, with multiple applications.

If anyone has built this kit and has some suggestions, I would love to hear from you.


  1. John,

    Go west young man, these were and are commonly used in the western Sandhills (where I grew up) and the rougher drier country (WY). I love the kit also, one that I have yet to build. When home in the western hills, I have a prototype in the backyard, basically used as a sheep barn. I am using mine on the Cowboy line (N sandhills) layout that I finally settled on (will run BN and UP also) - so many ideas so little money and time. I am trying to convince myself (and the wife) to do two shelf layouts (in the extra bedroom representing cowboy line and a corn based eastern NE western IA), but I really like the 4x10 layout size. I too am space challenged at present. Love the website and the barn kit. Good Luck

    1. Thanks for the note Bret. I grew up on the farm so have a special interest in old buildings. It's amazing that many are still standing yet today after years of wind, sun, hail, storms, and weathering.