Preview of the Z Scale Wills Feed and Seed, RSLaserkits 4008

This a preview of the Wills Feed and Seed from RSLaserkits before construction begins.  Once construction begins I will start a new post on the actual construction of the kit.

This structure has a 3.5 inch by 3.5 inch footprint and promises to be a great main industry for the layout.  I am choosing to use it as non-rail served industry near the co-op grain elevator.  Click on any image for an enlarged view.  The image will open in a new tab.

Before starting gather all the necessary tools and supplies that you will need.  Some of the recommended tools and supplies are:

  • Hobby knife and a supply of new blades
  • Paints and brushes of your choice
  • Carpenter’s wood glue and/or CA glue (Super Glue)
  • Emery board, small files, and fine sand paper
  • A good set of tweezers
  • Helping hand/third hand
  • Squaring blocks and weights
  • For fine details an Optivisor or other magnifying device is highly recommended


The first step I did is read the instructions from beginning to end.  I can’t stress enough how important this step is.  After you have a familiar understanding of the parts and how they are assembled, lay out the parts on your cutting mat to make sure all the pieces are there.  Before you cut any parts out of the carriers, decide how you want the structure to look after completion.  It is easier to paint/stain while the parts are still in the carrier so you don’t lose or break any parts.  Remember this is a Z Scale structure so the parts are going to be a lot more delicate.  You can either paint or stain the kit.  If you decide on painting prime the parts first on both sides to prevent any warping.  Don’t cut out the parts until the paint has thoroughly dried.  Use a 50/50 mix of acrylic paint and water to paint the structure and trim.

The other option is an India ink/alcohol stain.  Try out different strengths before you decide on the final color.  It is best to test on some scrap carrier.  Don’t make it too dark because it will be impossible to make it lighter.  It is a lot easier to go with a lighter stain and repeat the process until you achieve the final look.  Don’t get too heavy handed with the stain in order not to cause any warping.  Take your time and go easy with the stain.  The India ink/alcohol stain is the method I will pursue.


Author: Charles Jantzen

I have been involved with model railroading for a long time (not as long as some). I have had different layouts (HO and N scale) over the years, mostly what some would call traditional layouts ranging from hollow core doors to starting on an around the room project. We moved and down sized and that plan was scrapped. I have always been fascinated with Z scale and finally took the plunge and started a T-TRAK-Z club (albeit I am the only member for now) and beginning a T-TRAK-Z layout.

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