New TrainCat Product - Quonset Huts

TrainCat2 Jan 19, 2008

  1. TrainCat2

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    This kit reproduces the original Quonset huts developed during WWII. The most common design created a standard size of 20 by 48 ft (6 by 15 m) with 10 ft (3 m) radius, allowing 720 square feet (67 m²) of usable floor space. Other sizes were developed, including 20 by 40 ft (6 by 12 m) and 40 by 100 ft (12 by 30 m) warehouse models. After the war, the U.S. military sold the surplus Quonset huts to the public and industry for $1,000 each.

    The 20ft x 48ft hut required less than one hour to assemble and I used CA for the test model. The 40ft x 100ft with double doors is next.

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  2. Tim Loutzenhiser

    Tim Loutzenhiser TrainBoard Supporter

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    Looks good - I can almost hear Sgt. Carter yelling at Private Gomer Pyle...
     
  3. caldog

    caldog TrainBoard Member

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    Loved that show when it was in prime time
     
  4. umtrr-author

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    Nice addition to the ever growing breath of N Scale material.

    Now, what we need is a scene suggesting that one of the N Scale population is using one of these Quonset Huts to fulfill a dream of a building-filling layout... that is, a N Scale layout in N Scale...

    (On the other hand, perhaps just a sign in front reading "World's Largest N Scale Model Railroad" might suffice...)
     
  5. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    Not a quote but a steal from umtrr-author: "Now, what we need is a scene suggesting that one of the N Scale population is using one of these Quonset Huts to fulfill a dream of a building-filling layout... that is, a N Scale layout in N Scale..."

    Maybe I'll have to do that someday, my layout is only in an N barn and it is an N scale model of Lionel tinplate.

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  6. Ed M

    Ed M Passed away May 2012 In Memoriam

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    Neat! You know, I remembered that I had seen that before, but I couldn't remember who had done it. Thanks for reposting that photo.

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  7. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    "The Anglo-owned Corpus Christi Theatres chain opened a new theater in Corpus Christi's Westside area in 1947, the Port Theatre in a Quonset-hut type building at 1003 South Port, on the district’s main business street. The building’s form evidences the theater’s post-World War II origin and a low-budget approach to construction. The U.S. military developed the Quonset hut during World War II as a prefabricated building for troops to assemble quickly in the field to build camps, hospitals and other facilities. Contractors fabricated almost twelve thousand 40 by 100 foot Quonset huts for the Navy alone. Surplus dealers offered the building kits at bargain prices after the war. A Sanborn's Fire Insurance map shows the Port Theatre corresponding to the standard 40 x 100 Quonset hut. A square front made the theater look like a conventional building from the street side. Corpus Christi Theatres put a Mexican-American manager in charge, Gilbert Fernandez. Bruce Collins, Jr. says Spanish-language movies were booked from a distributor in San Antonio."
    from a paper written for my Mexican-American history class
     
  8. Bob Morris

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    Shazzam! :)

    Nice looking model Kenneth!
     
  9. Grey One

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    Very Nice! - There are at least 4 in my future.
    Thanks!
     
  10. Kenneth L. Anthony

    Kenneth L. Anthony TrainBoard Member

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    Something else to do with quonset huts.
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    I found this in a pile of snapshots in a "25 cents each" bin at an antique store. Obviously the camera bug was focusing on the little girl on the slide, but the bankground shows some kind of housing development made of quonset huts. Perhaps for families of construction workers in an isolated area in late 1940s or 1950s?
     
  11. Tim Loutzenhiser

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    Just by chance TV Land showed the Andy Griffith Show episode yesterday where Gomer Pyle joined the Marine Corps - and most of the episode is in the Quonset hut during Gomer's first day. Andy had taken Gomer to the Marine base and hangs around to see how Gomer does - a couple times there are scenes where Andy is talking to Gomer through the window of the hut...
     
  12. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    Gomer Pyle quonset huts

    The quonset hut Marine base for Gomer Pyle was on the other end of the "40 Acre" movie lot in Culver City from the Mayberry set. The middle of the lot was the Atlanta street scene and Atlanta railroad station used in "Gone With the Wind". The entire movie lot, Mayberry, Atlanta, Marine base, is now "Gone with the Developer". I located it on google.earth earlier this week and found the entire property is commercial buildings.
     
  13. Flash Blackman

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    Here is a photo of the real thing taken a few weeks ago. It is in Kirby, Texas near the SP Sunset Route. I presume the large doors and windows are modifications. This is the rear view; it had a nice concrete slab. The size sure would make a nice layout room!
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  14. Rich Businger

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    I'm here at the Springfield show. Had some time to stop by and look at Bob's new offerings. All I can say is WOW! The tankcar and engine servicing platforms are fantastic. He has several bridges that have great detailing and look like they are very well designed. He also had some very good loooking signals on display but I didn't have alot of time to look at them closely.


    Rich
     

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