TBS Z-05: Winfield's Five and Dime
The first variety store was opened on 21 June 1879 by Frank Winfield Woolworth in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; at its peak, the industry had over sixteen chains. Many people have fond memories of their hometown five and dime, and we've made an attempt to capture the feel of a classic small-town chain store from the forties, the architecture of which could be characterized as fairly utilitarian with a patina of art deco.
Our first "non-brick" building features super-detailed first-generation high-pressure resin castings molded in three colors, coupled with precision laser-cut windows and doors. As per usual, this lighted kit has an alter ego: a drug store, "Drug Pharm." Plus, the side and back concrete block walls can be assembled four different ways so that the freight door is located where it's best suited for your layout.
As you've come to expect from TBS, there's no shortage of details; the highlights of this kit are the rooftop air conditioning unit and the meters on the back wall next to an accurate roll-up door. Kitbashers should have a field day with the structure—it could become any number of things, including a convenience store, a supermarket, or even a YMCA, to name just a few.
The kit is easy to build, requiring no special tools or skills. Want to see how easy? Download the assembly instructions (Adobe Acrobat required).
Level of difficulty: moderately challenging
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