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Old 04-19-2020, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys!

I'm considering buying a couple of Pola/LGB buildings for my modest layout.

I found one of the buildings shown in the original LGB layout that I copied on Ebay.
It is the Pola 905 Kleinbach Freight Station.
What do you guys think of the quality, and suitability of such a building for an American Western railroad setting?
It's looks really nice.
I also want to add a western style water tower(like the Pola 923, but I was just wondering what you guys think, or could recommend for a suitable first building for my layout?
Thanks again!
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Old 04-19-2020, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are probably by far the best to last against the weather.! Thick and heavy duty.
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Old 04-19-2020, 10:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you! I really like the 905 freight station. I'll probably eventually get one.
I have to wait a little bit longer than I intended due to being off work on an LOA to (hopefully) keep me from getting the Covid-19 virus.
Thanks again for giving me your opinion!
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It's looks really nice.
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you already got the best answer you can get. - by yourself: you like it!
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Yup. I think you're right! Any idea what a fair price for it would be?
They all want around $110.00 to $160.00 U.S. for one.
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Pola/Piko buildings have always been fairly expensive to buy. When I bought mine in the 90s they were $50-$80 typically. So expect to pay for them.


If you buy one you will probably want to reinforce the joints between the walls. The glue included is pretty good but seems to dry out over time and loosen. A lot of guys at least used to put a bead of some sort of caulking on the inside to hold them during the extremes of outdoor weather.


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Have several and have since 1980s, held up well except when a tree fell on the shed they were in during a hurricane, picked up the pieces and have made several smaller building out of the pieces. I use Model Master plastic cement as it has MEK in it and melts the plastic together. I would rate Pola as #1 Korber as #2 and Piko as # 3 understand Colorado models hold up well but have no experience. You can see the buildings I have pieced together at https://www.pinterest.com/billbarnwell09/ and search G scale buildings, Barn's Texaco, etc. have also made several using playmobil parts just have to UV proof with paint, Bill

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Thanks for the advice and the gluing tip, Rich.
I'm going to have to wait until I get back to work(or start receiving unemployment)after my LOA,so it's going to be a while.
I prefer to get one that is complete and unbuilt, so that may also be a somewhat hard bill to fill.
We'll see. I'll post pics here when I get her done.
Thanks again!
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Willy:

Your rehab projects look amazing! I hope to some day have buildings for my layout that look at least half as nice as yours do.
Nice work!
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I would rate Pola as #1 Korber as #2 and Piko as # 3

Does Korber still offer G-Scale models?
I found some discussion back in 2012 when the company was sold and the new owner was going to offer the old Korber G-Scale models again, but then by 2014 nothing had happened.
Anything happen with Korber G-Scale since?
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