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Swakhammer Welding Company

Swakhammer Welding Company

Swakhammer Welding CompanyThis is the first model railroad craftsman kit I ever built. I started it before I left Beaverton, Oregon in about 1988 and I finished it while living in Bellevue, WA in December 1991.  I learned a lot about building and detailing a kit when I worked through this one.  When I started it, I didn’t have any power tools nor did I have access to a table saw, so for a base I used laminated corrugated cardboard.  Not a good choice, though, because it warps over time.


Photos of the completed kit:



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6 Comments to Swakhammer Welding Company

  1. Ed

    Outstanding modeling Chris. Where’s your Cooper’s pics? Would love to see you re-release your kit or put out another!

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words. I will be putting up the Cooper’s Garage pictures again very soon. In terms of Clance Hillside Station, the kit is still available at http://www.silverridgemodelworks.com. I’m trying to find some time to design two new kits for this holiday.

  3. Ted Schilling

    I want to know how much swakhammer welding company is worth put together

  4. I’ve seen it on eBay for as much as $2500, and that was several years ago.

  5. Jessica

    Great job Chris. I can see your attention to detail in this one too. I hope I can have that same attention when I start on my little house. Thanks again. Jess

  6. Thanks again, Jess for the nice words about the kit.

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