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Ramones Storage & Salvage 

We finally have a new HO Scale kit just about ready to go! Because of the pandemic and related supply issues, we’re running about a month behind, but I’m hoping to start shipping “Ramones Storage & Salvage” by the end of August, 2020.

“Ramones” is one part “American Pickers”, one part “Hoarders” & is chock full of just the kind of detail & character you’ve come to expect from us. It features all new hydrocal patterns, 70+ detail parts, full color assembly, painting & weathering instructions and a really cool custom decal by Dave’s Decals.

This retails at $149.95 & I will officially add it to our available list of HO kits as soon as it is ready to ship. It requires a space of about 14″ x 12′, and comes with everything pictured except the vehicles and figures. It is designed so that you could glue the walls ends to end and turn it into a background flat about 3′ long if you wanted.

Ramones will be available in N Scale later this year, but we will not be doing it in O Scale because of it’s size.

Thank you for being patient, stay well!

40 Piece Unpainted Rooftop Details Set. Buy 2 sets, get 1 free! 

What gets seen more than the rooftops of our model buildings? This 40 piece unpainted set will help to detail and bring interest to an often ignored feature. Includes vents, air condition units, a water tower & tanks, access hatches, sheds, chimneys, roofing material + complete, full color painting instructions.

Special introductory offer! Buy 2 sets and we’ll throw in a 3rd set at no extra charge. No code required.



Brand new! Detail castings sets in HO & O Scales! 

These unpainted sets of boxes/crates/trash cans etc have great detail! They come with complete, easy to understand painting instructions and labels for the crates. New masters and molds. Special offer! Buy 2 sets, get a 3rd set at no extra charge! No special code, just order 2 sets & we’ll make sure to send you a 3rd set for free.

Link to HO set; https://www.downtowndeco.com/site/2018/08/31/dd1071-unpainted-detail-castings/

Link to O Scale set; https://www.downtowndeco.com/site/2018/08/31/dd60-unpainted-detail-casting-set/

6/8/2018 New kits in HO, N & O Scales! 

We have a bunch of new kits! They are as follows;

New in HO Scale

“Why should I build a hydrocal kit? What’s so special about them?” 

It seems like almost every day I talk to someone who has never quite worked up the courage to try a hydrocal kit. “I’ve never built a plaster kit.” “I’m afraid that’ll I’ll screw up the painting.” “I’m afraid that I’ll break the parts.” “I don’t even know what kind of glue to use etc.”

Stop it. Hydrocal kits don’t bite. They’re simply model kits like all of the other model kits you’ve put together over the years, they’re just made of slightly different materials, that’s all. You test fit the parts, give them a swipe or two with a sanding block to get a good fit & then glue them together & paint the thing like any other model. That’s all there is to it.

The instructions for my kits walk you through the assembly, painting & weather step by step in an easy to understand manner. I tell you what kind of glue to use, what kind of paint to use & exactly how I painted the model on the box cover so that you can get similar results. I write the instructions with beginners in mind. Yes, there’s more there if you’ve built a few that you’ll get something out of them too but I try to keep them simple & easy for the average person to understand.

What does a hydrocal kit have to offer that a plastic or laser cut kit does not? In my opinion the place where hydrocal kits really shine is in their representation of masonry buildings. If you are replicating a building that is made of brick, stone, stucco or concrete there is nothing, and I mean nothing that is going to look as a good as a hydrocal model.

The main reason for this is not that the castings are made out of plaster, which yes, does take to painting or staining better than plastic or resin, but because the master patterns are all hand carved, one brick, one stone, one cracked bit of stucco at a time. Because they are hand created by an artist, rather than a computer program, they have an amazing realistic, organic feel to them that you’re just not going to find in any other type of kit.

Cracked, chipped & missing bricks. Ghost stairways & remnants of buildings that have been long torn down. Decaying stucco with brick or stone peeking through. Real, organic looking rock. Crumbling concrete & bricked in windows & doorways. All of this is possible with hydrocal. No other material or type of model kit even comes close. I like to see people have fun with my kits & not be afraid of them. You end up with a broken part somehow? Let me know & I’ll send you a replacement part at no charge, no questions asked.

Afraid you’re going to screw up the painting? Don’t be. Have it & if you feel like you’ve really mucked things up give me a call & I’ll send you another set of castings to give it a second try.  If you have any issues at all please feel free to call or email me directly. I want you to have success with my kits. I want you to be happy with them. I need you to be. I have a daughter in college. :  )

Time & again people tell me, “You know, once I built the first one I found out it wasn’t that hard.” Stop putting it off. Buy a hydrocal kit today, and when you get home, open it up & have at it. Trust me, it won’t bite.

Randy Pepprock

Downtown Deco

Our 25th Anniversary kit, “The Atomic Cafe”! 

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This one will be available in HO, N & O Scales and start shipping around the 3rd week of January 2017. The first 100 in each scale will be signed & will come with an extra set of signs (for a taco joint).  Order now to avoid disappointment, the kits will ship as soon as they are ready. This colorful kit will include castings featuring all new patterns, full color signs, roof top details, a bit of deteriorated concrete sidewalk and complete assembly & painting instructions. Details are HO Scale DD1067 $44.95. N Scale DD2023 $39.95 & O Scale DD56 $89.95.

“Cooter’s Liquor” in HO & O Scales! 

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An alternate version of the First Timer bar this one features custom decals made by Dave’s Decals. This one is a custom one off only available on the site so if you want one make sure you pick it up today! HO $34.95, O Scale $45.95.

Time to roll out a new HO Scale kit! 

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8/2/16. Our latest kit is now shipping! DD1066, Downtown Alleyway Flat. This flat measures almost 30″ & features beautifully detailed hydrocal castings, plastic doors & windows, pallets, oil barrels pallets, boxes, crates, gas cylinders, full color signs and easy to understand assembly, painting & aging instructions. Track, figures & vehicles not included. Special thanks to Woodland Scenics for supplying the figures & vehicles for the photo shoot & for Ralph Renzetti for lending us the nicely weathered boxcar. The kit retails at $64.95.

Next up will be a kit with all new master patterns, an old stone factory with brick annex in HO Scale. New things coming in N & O Scales as well but I’m not quite ready to unveil them yet. Stay tuned!

The Worst Block in Town is finally shipping! 

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After a year and a half of delay The Worst Block in Town (DD1060) is finally shipping. This HO Scale kit features something none of our other kits ever had, waterslide decals. The very cool “Ghost Sign” decals were custom made for us by Dave’s Decals. Included in the kit are highly detailed hydrocal castings, full color decals, awnings by City Classics, a ratty old couch & mattress, two barren concrete foundations & complete assembly & painting instructions. 8″ x 10″. Car & figures not included.

New kits in HO, N & O scales! 

Sorry it took so long to update the site but I’ve been busy with the new kits. New in HO is The Old Anderson Place, The Classic American Block, Chop Suey Take Out, The Boobie Hatch & Fat Lou’s Liquor. In N Scale we’ve added The Boobie Hatch & in O Scale we have The Boobie Hatch & the Chop Suey Take Out.


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