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Online class37025

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Kestral modern industrial unit
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:01:14 am »
to be honest I was not expecting a great deal from this when I ordered it, but at 5.50 I decided to give it a go.

what you get :
two ends, rear wall, front top wall, two roof panels, all in corrugated siding effect. sprue of windows and door all in white plastic.
the rear wall has moulded in personnel door and a roller shutter for vehicle access etc.
front lower wall, two lower end wall panels in brown plastic, brick effect.
no instructions, but there is a picture on the outside packaging.

moulding was clean, and kit assembled with Humbrol liquid poly glue brushed into the insides of joins.

total build time, less painting and adding windows and doors, about 20 minutes.

I was surprised at how good it was for the money, and have now ordered some more for 'bashing' into a small industrial estate, looking at converting to low relief along one edge of the baseboard so that the various units will be both 'fronts' with offices, and 'backs' for the working areas.

all in all a nice simple model, and probably not much more expensive that buying sheet materials and scratchbuilding.

personal score :  7/10

mine came from Lendons of Cardiff, and there is an illustration on their site.

cheers
alan
« Last Edit: February 01, 2013, 09:04:41 am by class37025 »
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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 10:53:46 am »
 :photospleasesign:  :thankyousign:

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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013, 12:47:04 pm »

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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 01:02:11 pm »
Those were used late 70's early 80's, I had a few jobs working in those.

A few lined up should look good when you get them built up and in place.

cheers John.

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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 01:14:00 pm »
:photospleasesign:  :thankyousign:

order placed today, so as soon as they arrive I'll do a step by step with pics.

still deciding on the colour scheme, guessing either pale blue, grey or sand is the usual colour for the cladding.

cheers

alan
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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 03:23:14 pm »
I really rate these, and they're widely used on exhibition layouts I have seen.

I think that the construction is very easy, and the result is a very nice basic structure which can be improved with the addition of security cameras and guttering.

I'd rate them 9/10

Paul A.

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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2013, 05:57:54 pm »
If you were to use the odd pikestuff one too (which are almost modular kits) they can make for a nice industrial estate, its a shame they didnt do many more modern style buildings.

Richard
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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 11:48:38 am »
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Recently built two of these, simple easy build, highly recommended , however having quite a few Kestrel kits in to do box , however don't expect step by step instructions , more a case of dry fit before glue

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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2013, 12:38:18 pm »
:thumbsup:
Recently built two of these, simple easy build, highly recommended , however having quite a few Kestrel kits in to do box , however don't expect step by step instructions , more a case of dry fit before glue

all the kestrel insructions are online to save cost, the link to it is on the back of every model pack (or it used to be I think :) )




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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2013, 07:31:24 pm »
I quite like the KestrEl kits, the only thing is that some buildings have very thin sides and you have to put  a corner piece in where 2 sides meet to keep it rigid.
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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2013, 06:15:05 am »
Yeah, I've used quite a few Kestrel kits on my layout over the years. They're not up to Ratio standards, but are considerably cheaper. Plus, if you do a good paint job on them, they brush up alright...  :smackedface:

They also lend themselves to kitbashing, and it is quite easy to get a quite individual looking structure with a little work.

Instructions are not really required - it's easy to work out what to do by looking at the picture of the finished model, and as stated earlier in the thread, playing around with the bits before you start gluin'.

My one criticism is that some kits seem to be underscale - and I'm thinking particularly of the townhouses - however, they can probably be used in the background as a sort of forced perspective, or at the very least, provide raw material to kitbash something entirely different!

I think the main thing about them is "the price is right."
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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2015, 10:38:55 am »
Just browsing the depths of the Forum and came across this thread and thought I'd add some more on this kit for anyone searching for more info.

What you get in the packet ....



There are no instructions but it is easy to see from the illustration on the packet how it goes together. The only thing I would ssay is to make sure you fit the windows correctly from the back (smooth) with the frames showing on the brick moulded side.





No window glazing is included. I used the cellophane window from a Metcalfe packet which I'd kept for just such a purpose.

Voila! the finished item ready for painting and dealing as you see fit.



And here's a couple I've done previously.



I really like this kit because it's simple, it's cheap and it's open to plenty of interpretation with the addition of some signs and other details (which I haven't yet done)

C :)

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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2015, 10:47:36 am »
Neat work ! :thumbsup:
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Re: Kestral modern industrial unit
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2015, 11:42:30 am »
Looks fab, and thanks for posting!  :thumbsup:

George
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