Scale Creations is proud to announce their newest structure kit,

DiTondo's Tavern

$5.00 from every kit sold will be donated to Cradle Beach camp for Special Needs kids.  See story below.

DiTondo's

 

The DiTondo's kit grew out of a custom job that I was approached about a couple of years ago. I met a gentleman named Andy MacVie at the 2012 Fine Scale Model Railroader Expo in Lancaster, PA who asked me about doing a HO version of the front wall of a restaurant in Buffalo, NY. The restaurant is owned by a very close friend of Andy's and he wanted to do a model of the building to give to his friend as a gift.

He initially told me that the it was a brick building, with intricate windows and window trim.  Below are pictures of the 2nd and 3rd floor windows on the front wall, so yes, they are intricate.


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So, in the next couple on months, the model of the front wall became a model of the whole building.  We both agreed that was the best way to best represent the building.  We went through a few revisions and sent the completed kit to Andy at the end of the summer in 2013.  We had agreed when the project started that if the kit would be released to the public, I wouldn't put it out until after Andy was done with his and had presented it to his friends.

In the spring of 2014, my wife and I made the trip up to Buffalo, NY to attend the party where the presentation was going to take place.  Andy did an absolutely masterful job of making the model.  All the pics here on the website are of the model that he built.  And the restaurant's owners were blown away by the gift.  Their family has owned and operated DiTondo's since 1904, so the building is very special to them.

In my time in Buffalo, I learned that DiTondo's owners are huge supporters of a camp for special needs kids called Cradle Beach, located in Angola, NY.  Being the father of a special needs child myself, I know how great camps like this are for the kids who attend them.  So I decided that $5.00 from every kit sold will be donated to Cradle Beach.

 

DiTondo's

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