August, 2006, Walthers introduced their mission style depot based on an ATSF prototype.
That prototype is Portales, NM.
by Stephen Duncan. Model by Gil Freitag
on his Stoney Creek and Western.
kit came without being cast in the Southwest colors photographed on the box. The
parts which are turquoise on the box come cast in white plastic. A gentle spray
of teal (the closest I had to turquoise in my paint kit) remedied that situation.
model went together quite easily and I was particularly impressed with how the
roof went together. The joints were simple to construct and look quite well when
The glazing for the windows is rather thick,
but this only shows if you are considering interior additions to the building.
(Since the prototype was boarded up the entire time I lived in Portales, I did
not bother adding interior details -- though it would be easy enough to do so
in the future.) Some may wish to substitue more accurate window glazing.
putting the model together I had the impression that some of the structural wood
pieces were a little out of scale, but now completed and comparing it with photographs
of the original, I am quite pleased with how they were made.
modern building would require a little work in boarding up the windows and adding
air conditioners, but I prefer to set mine back in the early 60s when M190 was
passing by daily on her way from Clovis to Carlsbad and back with an observation
car in tow.
This is an enjoyable model which comes
very close to the original. Portales is in the bottom of a very flat valley (Goober
Gulch) where they grow the finest Valencia Peanut in the world (not like the cover
photo with the lovely hills in the background). A single track passes on each
side of the prototype to this day with various sidings dating from years past,
many today in disuse.
Altogether a nice new model
from the Cornerstone series.
photos of the prototype can be seen on line: