Kraff T Fox

Kraff T Fox Models are structures for model railroading built by Rail Tales staff. We build them as demonstration projects and as examples of the structure building art but we also offer them for sale to the public.

Although most CFM products are built from kits, all have been finished in unique ways. Each is a one-of-a-kind work of art, so we will not make another one ‘just like that’. Rail Tales builds kits to order through its Model Services department and will of course build the same kits more than once but the particular scene created for each Kraff T Fox Model will never be duplicated. 

General Construction Notes: Unless otherwise stated, all weathering is done primarily with Hunterline Stains, Vallejo Washes, acrylic paint dry-brushing and Bragdon Enterprises weathering powder. We have tried almost every commercial product on the market and many home brews and have found that this combination gives us the best result without a lot of practice or artistic skill. Hunterline stains replicate the old ink based stains mentioned in much of the hobby literature and they are very affordable. Vallejo washes do things that nothing else really does. The acrylic paint we used to favor was Polly Scale but this brand is no longer manufactured. Vallejo paint is every bit as good and in some ways better but works a little differently so some practice is useful if you are used to Polly Scale.  Bragdon weathering powders replicate the effects of pastel powders put out by many other companies except that the Bragdon powders have an adhesive so no sealing afterwards is required.

Unless otherwise stated, all structures are built of wood.

 

Country Store: sold

The country store used to be where rural kids went in the summer to get a pop, put air in the bike tires, or hang out. If enough came by, there might be a pick-up basketball game. The renters upstairs seems to be a basketball fan. This is a JL Innovative design kit with Woodland Scenics figures and a CMW delivery truck. The roof is Vallejo “Lava”. Gary Whistleman built the kit with direction and assistance by Bret Jones as this was Gary’s first project for Rail Tales. Bret did half the weathering as a demonstration and Gary did the rest.

 

 

 

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Dan’s Welding Diorama: sold

Dan's Welding is built from the Laser Art kit of the same name. A lot of details were added but this is a very interesting kit for small spaces. By Gary Whistleman

Dan’s Welding is built from the Laser Art kit of the same name. A lot of details were added but this is a very interesting kit for small spaces. By Gary Whistleman

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Pride of the Neighborhood Diorama: sold

 

Old Town Theater: sold

 

Old Church Revival: sold

The old church was falling apart until a new pastor was hired to bring it back to its former glory. The carpenters have started on the steps but they have a long, long way to go. At least the stained glass looks good!

This is a Branchline “LaserArt” kit with Woodland Scenics figures. The stained glass is done with craft sequins. The design and build is by Gary Whistleman with weathering and some additional detail work by Bret Jones.

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Recess Diorama: sold

Rural one room schoolhouses were the center of life for most children, like it or not, but it didn’t matter how you felt about school when the weather turned warm, pretty much everyone liked recess. The school is a Branchline LaserArt kit, the figures are from Woodland Scenics and the old school bus is a Jordan kit. The bridge and outhouse are scratch built. Construction by Gary Whistleman with instruction plus some touch-up and detailing by Bret Jones.

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Black Bear Mill: sold

Black Bear Mill built from Laser-Art Wiener's Mill kit with scratch built race.

Black Bear Mill built from Laser-Art Wiener’s Mill kit with scratch built race. By Gary Whistleman and Bret Jones

Lynhurst Station: sold

Lynhurst Station built from a Laser-Art kit with scratch built platform. By Gary Whistleman

Lynhurst Station built from a Laser-Art kit with scratch built platform. By Gary Whistleman

Valley Fuel and Supply: sold

Valley Fuel and Supply built from a Laser-Art kit by Gary Whistleman.

Valley Fuel and Supply built from a Laser-Art kit by Gary Whistleman.

The Pig Farm Barn: sold

Pig Farm Barn built from a Laser Art kit with scratch built shed. By Gary Whistleman and Bret Jones

Pig Farm Barn built from a Laser Art kit with scratch built shed. By Gary Whistleman and Bret Jones

Notice the interior details on the hay loft and stalls.

Notice the interior details on the hay loft and stalls.

The Firehouse: sold

The Firehouse is built from a Laser-Art kit. This is a rare example of using a wood kit to simulate a brick structure. The fire truck is a Jordan model. By Gary Whistleman.

The Firehouse is built from a Laser-Art kit. This is a rare example of using a wood kit to simulate a brick structure. The fire truck is a Jordan model. By Gary Whistleman.

Cosby Coal Company: sold

Cosby Coal Company is built from the Laser Art kit of the same name. By Gary Whistleman.

Cosby Coal Company is built from the Laser Art kit of the same name. By Gary Whistleman.

Country Cabin: sold

Country Cabin is entirely scratchbuilt with windows and doors from Tichy. Notice the detailed garden using JTT products. By Gary Whistleman.

Country Cabin is entirely scratchbuilt with windows and doors from Tichy. Notice the detailed garden using JTT products. By Gary Whistleman.

Dirty Fox Saloon: $350 KFM 51

Dirty Fox Saloon is built using a Campbell kit with a scratch built new construction addition. The wagons are Jordan kits. Some of the figures are not longer available. By Gary Whistleman.

Dirty Fox Saloon is built using a Campbell kit with a scratch built new construction addition. The wagons are Jordan kits. Some of the figures are not longer available. By Gary Whistleman.

Old Money: $500 KFM 48

Old Money is built from a very complicated and intricate Laser Art kit. Notice the complex ginderbread trim. The main gable has stained glass added. By Gary Whistleman

Old Money is built from a very complicated and intricate Laser Art kit. Notice the complex ginderbread trim. The main gable has stained glass added. By Gary Whistleman

The stone roadway was all hand carved plaster.

The stone roadway was all hand carved plaster.

Friday Night Fight: $300 KFM 46

Friday Night Fight is built from a JL Innovative design kit. By Gary Whistleman

Friday Night Fight is built from a JL Innovative design kit. By Gary Whistleman

Hobo Hangout: sold

Hobo Hangout is built from a Laser Art grain elevator with a lot of scratch built details added. By Gary Whistleman

Hobo Hangout is built from a Laser Art grain elevator with a lot of scratch built details added. By Gary Whistleman

The small shed and all the fence details were scratch built.

The small shed and all the fence details were scratch built.

Family Farm: $400 KFM 47

Family Farm is built from a Laser Art kit. By Gary Whistleman and Bret Jones

Family Farm is built from a Laser Art kit. By Gary Whistleman and Bret Jones

Rocky Point Lighthouse: Sold

Rocky Point Lighthouse is a beautiful Laser Art kit. We have not installed the light yet nor done the ocean below the cliffs but this is our favorite so far by Gary Whisleman. There is a seagull nest on the cliff and more seagulls scattered around.

Rocky Point Lighthouse is a beautiful Laser Art kit. We have not installed the light yet nor done the ocean below the cliffs but this is our favorite so far by Gary Whisleman. There is a seagull nest on the cliff and more seagulls scattered around.

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The diorama represents a lighthouse as a national or state park.