|The Straco Express pulls into the Bandai |
1) All the pieces must be Japanese toys of the same vintage as the train (late 50's - early 60's).
2) No item can cost more than $10 (and the cheaper the better).
I recently came across something that fit both those requirements -- a Bandai Aero Station.
This lithographed tin station doubled as a battery power pack for an early 1960's HO train set, an "Atomic Armored Train Set," no less. I suppose such a space-age atomic train needed not just a station, but an aero station!
|The Aero Station originally came|
with this Bandai train set.
As I explained in Part 15, The Roads Must Roll I created a parking lot for the new piece. When it arrived, I found I had a little more work to do. It needed a some cleaning, and I had to crimp the roof so it would latch properly and stay closed.
But when it was done, I was glad I'd made the (modest) investment. The bright, lithographed colors fit right in with the trains and accessories.
|The Bandai freight at the Bandai |
And there it is. The layout's mostly filled in now, and the trains have a destination.
That parking lot looks pretty vacant, though...
- Pegboard: $4.95
- Flathead Screws: $0.40
- Moulding: $2.49
- SilClear: borrowed from a friend
- Green Paint: left over from another project
- Wood Screws: $3.60
- Felt Pads: $1.99
Small Houses: $3.00
Testor's Gray Paint for road: $1.29
Two Japanese toy cars: $2.00
Bandai Areo Station: $8.99
Total Cost: $34.61