Gas Station Details

4/8/2018

Not only does Lyforms Small-Scale produce building kits, it also create detail parts available for purchase with the kits. These details will really make your layout models come to life.
When I was designing the convenience store mentioned in the post Convenience Store, Part I, not only did i want to make a building. I also wanted to create items that are commonly found outside a convenience store. So I made a list and narrowed it down to details that weren't already commonly available in the marketplace for n scale. While they are acknowledgingly very tiny due to the 1:160 scale size, I designed them in a way where if painted in the right way they would be recognizable upon closer look. It took a little trial and error, but I finally was able to come up with the right balance of look vs printability.
The first detail I'd like to talk about is the coin operated car vacuum. Lot's of convenience stores and self serve car washes have them. I designed it after the simple upright canister style vacuum with a hose coiled on the front set on a small concrete platform. It even has a slightly larger topper that can be painted a different color than the rest of the piece. Lyforms Small-Scale Car Vacuum
The next detail is one that I'm particularly fond of: the coin operated air pump. They are used to fill up tires of a variety of sizes, from bicycles to automobiles. On top is a box that contains the air compressor mounted on a support stem that again is set on a small concrete platform. The air hose is coiled on the front ready for the next person to use. Lyforms Small-Scale Air Pump
I felt that a convenience store wouldn't look right without an outdoor ice freezer, so I decided to design my own. It's modeled after the typical commercial chest style with double doors on the front and the compressor box set on top. And there's plenty of room for you to add your own "ICE" sign on the sides. Lyforms Small-Scale Ice Machine
I also designed a typical front loading garbage can. The top consists of a cover with a flap covered opening on the front in which your n scale citizens can discard their Twinkie wrappers and non-winning lottery tickets. Lyforms Small-Scale Front loading Trash Can

All of the details mentioned above are available either separately as individual pieces and as part of the convenience store kit. In fact, the convenience store kit includes a few additional items such as a propane can cabinet, tiered sidewalk product stands, and the dumpster enclosure kit.

All of the details mentioned above are available either separately as individual pieces and as part of the convenience store kit. In fact, the convenience store kit includes a few additional items such as a propane can cabinet, tiered sidewalk product stands, and the dumpster enclosure kit.

If you haven't seen them yet, please go check them out in the Parts section. You can also view them in photos for the convenience store kits. Hopefully they will find a way to your layout!

-Rafe