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N Scale - Life-Like - 7483 - Fire Station - Municipal Structures


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 7483
Brand Life-Like
Manufacturer Life-Like
Body Style Life Like Structure Kit
Prototype Description Fire Station
Road or Company Name Municipal Structures (Details)
Reporting Marks Volunteer Fire Company
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Structures
Model Type Buildings
Model Subtype Municipal
Model Variety Fire Station
Scale 1/160


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Road Name History:
Municipal structures are buildings and other structures dedicated to services typically provided by local government and other community organizations. These will include, Fire Departments, Police Stations and Hospitals as well as other facilities.

Models of these structures may include kits as well as pre-assembled buildings. The models may be painted or undecorated.

Brand/Importer Information:
Life-Like Products LLC (now Life-Like Toy and Hobby division of Wm. K. Walthers) was a manufacturer of model railroad products and was based in Baltimore, Maryland.

It was founded in the 1950s by a company that pioneered extruded foam ice chests under the Lifoam trademark. Because ice chests are a summer seasonal item, the company needed a way to keep the factory operating year round. As model railroading was becoming popular in the post-war years, they saw this as an opportunity and so manufactured extruded foam tunnels for model trains. Over the years, Life-Like expanded into other scenery items, finally manufacturing rolling stock beginning in the late 1960s. At some point in the early 1970s, Life-Like purchased Varney Inc. and began to produce the former Varney line as its own.

The Canadian distributor for Life-Like products, Canadian Hobbycraft, saw a missing segment in market for Canadian model prototypes, and started producing a few Canadian models that were later, with a few modifications, offered in the US market with US roadnames.

In 2005, the company, now known as Lifoam Industries, LLC, decided to concentrate on their core products of extruded foam and sold their model railroad operations to Wm. K. Walthers.

In June 2018, Atlas and Walthers announced to have reached an agreement under which all Walthers N scale rolling stock tooling, including the former Life-Like tooling, will be purchased by Atlas.

Read more on Wikipedia and The Train Collectors Association.


Item created by: nscalestation on 2018-03-10 02:19:41. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-04-13 01:28:55

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