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HO Scale Ships Chandler Kit
Product ID K4003

HO Scale Ships Chandler Kit

 NOTE: These kits are to be discontinued. When current inventory runs out that will be the last. No new Laser Cut kits will be produced. Only stick-built type kits.

NOTE: People, vehicles, trees and track, plus water and general diorama construction materials shown in pictures are not included in this kit. Pictures show are of the prototype model and production models might vary slightly from the prototype.

From the three story, four room structure to the multi-level dock area, we have attempted to reproduce every detail in HO scale as faithfully as possible. The scale building maintains the late 1800's early 1900's look right up to the corrugated metal roofing and the lightening rods.

The lightening arrestor spires. There is an ample supply of nautical type white metal or 3D printed detail pieces, more than can be used so you have a choice about which details to include in your scene. The original plan was for the Peacock & Sons Ships Chandlers and decals for that name are provided along with a choice of two other names.

Because not all waterfronts might have a ships chandlers you could easily convert this structure into just about any type of business. Examples might be a tavern, fish market, sail makers, boat builder or seaman's hostel. Let your imagination work on it and see what you might come up with.

A Ships Chandler is a general store of items needed for commercial shipping, not a marina. Everything from fishing boats to ocean going freighters could find what then needed at a Ships Chandler or at least it could be ordered from them. Anchors, rope, steel cable, ship vents to life preservers all where sold at a Ships Chandler.

The Ships Chandlers is a all around viewable model. That is, it has very interesting viewing from all sides and would be best placed either in a diorama or on a layout island. The building is designed to be a waterfront building but it could be placed elsewhere if the modeler so chose. It comes complete with all pilings, braces, joists and decking in stripwood as well as the railroad spur trestles and bulkhead. The building is constructed of laser cut sub-walls of 1/32" plywood which are then laminated with Northeastern Scale Lumber basswood aged siding. This, and the method of interlocking floors and 1/32" plywood roof panels give a very sturdy construction that is not prone to warping.

Special Note: The Original drawings used to produce this kit came from Jan Shapner of Victoria Australia. Jan's drawings are the finest I've seen and he deserves praise for the quality of his pen & ink hand drawings which are detailed to the smallest level.

To see additional pictures click HERE.

to view actual construction of the Ships Chandlers Kit visit this

Ships Chandlers from Rusty Stumps Scale Models


  • 1/32" Birch plywood laser cut sub-wall tab & slot construction
  • 1/16" Northeastern Scale Lumber aged siding basswood laser cut outside walls
  • 1/16" Basswood pre-scribed floors
  • 1/32" Birch plywood sub-roof panels
  • HO scale RSSM corrugated metal roofing
  • Laser cut 1/64" birch plywood doors and windows
  • Large quantity of nautical style lead-free white metal castings or resin 3D printed pieces.
  • Shadow box front window displays to show off some of the nautical items for sale or you may detail the shop if you so choose.
  • Three sets of signs are provided, clear decal, white background decal and plain paper. So you have a choice on how you want to apply your signs.
  • Small 8" x 12" footprint for the docks and building.
    Surrounding area such as water, roads and side approaches are not figured in this footprint.
  • Three different building names are provided so you have a choice on just what you want to call your Ships Chandlers.
  • Allowance for standard gauge spur track (not included). Plan could be altered easily for narrow gauge track.
  • Laser cut dock piling template for easy positioning of all piles. Pre-cut dock piles from birch dowels. Stripwood dock braces, beams, dock joists and decking provided.
  • 8 detailed CAD drawings provided to ease construction of this kit.
  • Extensive 116 page instruction manual with lots of "how-to" pictures.
  • Scale Lumber stripwood used exclusively in this kit.
  • Ample supply of RSSM skids, crates and fencing to help finish of this building.

If you have pictures of your finished Ships Chandlers kit please email them to us.
We would love to see them.

Price: $199.95
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