Love those 60 year old Strombecker Kits
By Mike Stella
I remember the wooden kits marketed by Strombecker when I was growing up. Planes, boats, and trains too. I can’t remember ever building one, opting for plastic models of airplanes and cars.
In the past several years, I have found four complete boxed kits of four different “O” gauge early steam locomotives, and have spent a few relaxing hours on each one building and painting according to the instruction sheets.
A good bottle of wood glue makes it easy, and I wonder how that powered glue that was always included with these kits worked?
It amazes me that these complete kits sold for about $1.00 and contained all the hardware, glue, even sandpaper. The only thing needed is paint.
I do not know if there are additional Strombecker kits that I am missing, but I always keep an eye out at meets and once in awhile check the Internet.
A lot of enjoyment for a very small price and a good looking locomotive when completed.