Just a thought, and this isn’t a rant about ‘how much things cost’ at all. Rather I just wonder why people will pay so much for something which they make themselves for pennies.
The building costs just short of seventy five pounds. That’s a lot of money for a small, low relief building. And it’s N gauge too by the way, so it’s not large at all.
Now, the price for this sort of product is not out of line with other similarly sized ready made buildings so that isn’t an issue. But what I don’t understand is how the hobby is at the stage where people will spend so much on something which could be simply made in Plastikard and/or card. A bit of research online could probably bring dimensions of these could be estimated from photographs (a standard door is 6′ 6″ so provides a useful datum).
In many cases using kits and ready made buildings is fine of course – signal boxes and other standard railway buildings are very useful and it makes a lot of sense!
But even in these cases making your own has a lot going for it. If you’re inexperienced then you can learn and awful and save a good deal of money too. Something simple like the building in the photograph is an ideal place to start this sort of work. I have seen plenty of comments online that people avoid in case it doesn’t work out. But so what?! Of it doesn’t work you’ll still learn a lot and the second attempt will be much better as a result.
So this week, why not challenge yourself to go and have a go at building something instead of buying it ready made?