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Product ID: K4517
O Scale Tie Hacker's Cabin
O Scale Tie Hacker's Cabin

NOTE: Photo shown above is by Mike Chambers and of his original scratch build of the Tie Hacker's Cabin. All attemps have been made to make the kit as close a replica of Mike's craftsmanship as we can.

Want to see more pictures of the Tie Hacker's Cabin on a layout? Click HERE.

We will be making more of these kits. So, if you missed purchasing one just click on "notify when back in stock" below and you will receive an email when more are available. 

This is an "bare essentials" O scale version of the original scratch built design created by (the late) Mike Chambers about three years ago in a thread on the Railroad-Line Forums. I purchased the rights to reproduce the Tie Hacker's Cabin as a kit and after months of work with the drawings and photographs provided to me by Mike, the kit is ready for you to enjoy.

The kit is a design departure from our previous offerings. This is almost a totally stick built kit. That is, it's made up of all stripwood except for the roofing panels and the windows and door. The kit comes with castings for the  stone foundation and chimney from master designs that Mike also provided.

Included are Rusty Stumps manufactured:

  • Hydrocal Castings of Foundation and Chimney
  • Random Shake Shingles
  • Corrugated Metal Roofing
  • Tarpaper Sheet 
  • 16 All NEW highly detailed resin castings.
  • 126 page manual with many photos
  • 6 scale drawings for construction of kit 

NO stripwood is included but may be ordered from Northeastern Scale Lumber as they sell scale sizes as well as fractional sizes. It's best to use the scale sized lumber as that's what was used in the design of this kit and you will find it easier using the drawings that way.

O Scale size sripwood to purchase in 16" lengths:

  • 12 pcs. 1 x 3
  • 7 pcs. 1 x 4
  • 24 pcs. 2 x 6
  • 60 pcs. 2 x 10
  • 40 pcs. 4 x 4
  • 5 pcs. 6 x 6
  • Also needed are 200 O scale railroad ties for the finished piles.

The stripwood, listed above, costs $50.42 (7/21/11) from Northeaster Scale Lumber. That makes the total cost on this kit $145.37 (Kit plus stripwood) which is a good price for an O scale kit of this calibre.

There are two buildings that you build plus you'll need scale tie lumber for three piles of freshly hacked ties. Instructions are also given for building the 24" square diorama base as was originally done, or you can incorporate the scene in your railroad layout.

Build Area: A 24" square base is suggested to build up the Tie Hacker's Cabin as shown in the photo.

The manual has many photos and special 'how to' notes to help in construction of the kit. You will learn far more than just how to built this particular model with our in depth instructions.

What to learn even more about Mike's work, then follow these to links to his original threads published on Railroad-Line Forums:



There is a thead showing the final photos for the construction of the HO version of this kit at:


When you get done building this kit you will have the needed knowledge to start doing your own scratch building of models for your layout or dioramas.

NOTE: Kit does not contain any stripwood, scenery items, figures, trees or diorama base materials shown in photo.

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A terrific kit.

- 8/12/2011

Although this kit doesn't include the stripwood, you get so many castings, a detailed instruction book (and it is a BOOK!) plus full scale layout templates.
You will find this combination well worth the price and if you do like I did, no extra costs. I used pine lumber scraps I had in my wood shop. Using a very thin kerf Tenyru blade I cut my own stripwood on the table saw. Even throwing away some poorly cut pieces, I came out with more than enough stock. If you need scrap pieces, stop by a local home being built and ask the builder if you can scrounge the dumpster.
You will enjoy the complete assembly description provided with the kit and will become a first rate scratch builder after making this kit.
Even diorama instructions are supplied for suggestive ideas.

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