Mospaeda Posted May 25, 2010 Report Share Posted May 25, 2010 After mulling over what type of terrain board to make, I've finally settled on an Old West / Ghost Town theme. I did some searches online for suitable Western models and came across the fantastic Ertl Farm County Cow Town set. Made in the 90s, this set is now out of production, but often pops up on EBay for under $50.00 US. After picking up one and unpacking, here's my review Containing 100 parts, there are four buildings, a stage coach, windmill, some furniture, fencing and a bunch of various little figures. While the buildings are roughly O / S scale, the other accessories are quite small in comparison and pretty much useless. The Hotel Measuring 5" wide x 7.5" long x 7" high,the hotel comes on its own base and the front and back peices are all lined with windows. A side door has stairs leading down on the outside and a balcony that runs the inner wall on the inside. Unfortunately, the landing and balconies are too small to hold a 30mm base. There is a recessed front door and a rear door, presumably leading out back to the outhouse (also included). The interior is one big room, which is kind of a waste of the upper windows as a vantage point. Think I'll add a second floor instead, with some bedrooms, and keep the lower level a drinking hall. Seems like a good place for travellers fresh off the train to settle themselves before setting off into the badlands. Sheriff's Office Maybe I've put my walls together wrong, but this building seems jacked. As you can see, there's a gap in the front, where the foundation meets the plank base. Due to the placement of the windows, the walls click in to the facades in a certain way - on this one the front extends down a little too far and causes the gap. I need to fiddle with it some more. This building is 5" x 7.5" x 6" and could serve as a Guild Office or mercantile - I think I'll make it the latter. There are slots in the inner wall for a wall of bars, making a cell, but there's a back door leading directly into the cell, which is pretty stupid. Guess laws are pretty lax in Cow Town. The structure next to it is a smaller plank building measuring roughly 6.75" x 3" x 2.5" at the front and just 1" at the back. The pitch isn't too steep to place models on and should serve as a good vantage point for snipers. There's a single door leading inside and only the two windows. While I've seen someone convert this into a Sheriff's Office, I think it makes for a good warehouse or perhaps an Assay office. Livery / Blacksmith The last building, with its large barn-like doors, makes for a good Livery and Blacksmith. There's even a couple of anvils to set up outside. It doesn't come with a wooden floor so I'll likely mount it on some MDF and texture it like stamped earth and straw. Like the others, this building measures 5" x 7.5" x 5.5". The front door measures just over 2" wide and is wide enough for horses and maybe even a carriage to pass through. The outhouse measures 1" x 1" x 1.75" at its highest - just big enough to hide a single 30mm base behind. Rear View Here's a rear shot of the buildings, for those who are interested. From my searches, there seems to be some variances between the production runs of the set - some buildings come in different colored plastic and such. I've found that mine comes with two screen doors (see the Sheriff and Blacksmith buildings). The instructions show drawings of some cooler doors - solid wood with inset windows - and I'm a little disappointed with these, but I'm sure they'll be okay. Next step, priming and painting! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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