Anybody found mailboxes in Walthers Catlg?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Heath, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Heath

    Heath Member

    I've looked in the recent Walthers Catlg with no luck.
    Has anyone found a good resource for a street/sidewalk mailbox?
    I'm not referring to the individual house mailboxes, I know Woodland scenic makes lots of those, the one with the small newspaper box on a post.
    The one I'm referring to is the big sidewalk box with the curved top and the pull open door.
    I'm looking to add to a street scene.
    Thanks for your help everyone.

  2. olamat

    olamat New Member


    What about 229-8419?
    If this does not suit you, what about building one from Evergreen styrene (depending on scale...)
  3. Heath

    Heath Member

    Hi Olamat,
    Perfect, exactly what I want, with one small detail, N and Z scale only, need HO.
    I must have spent quite a few hours trying to find that in the catalog. Thanks very much for your help, I'll keep looking.
  4. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

  5. CNJ999

    CNJ999 Member

    The WS set does have one per. I notice that Bachmann offers two like that in a carded "railroad details" (or something like that) set, as well. I thought SS Ltd used to sell this type of city mailbox individually but didn't find them by calling up the current Walthers catalog.

  6. Heath

    Heath Member

    Thanks for all your help everyone.
    I guess another resource is at the local train show.....but that's 9 months away:(
    Will keep looking though.
  7. chooch.42

    chooch.42 Member

  8. Santa Fe Jack

    Santa Fe Jack Member

  9. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Member

    Hi there, I am new to this site and just feeling my way around.
    Kind of slow on all this cyber stuff.
  10. Heath

    Heath Member

    Thanks Bob and Santa Fe Jack,
    Wish the Caboose Hobbies had pictures to go with the links.
    The Walthers link maybe just the ticket. It sounds like one can't buy just the mailboxes alone so I could use the other Walthers items for sidewalk "dressup" so to speak.
    Thanks once again.
    Why I like this forum so much with all the helpful folks on here.
  11. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

  12. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    If you go to the Scale Structures site, you'll find that their mailboxes are all post/wall-mounted boxes, not the free-standing ones like you're looking for.
  13. Heath

    Heath Member

    Hi Squidbait,
    The LifeLike ones would be perfect but they're not HO unfortunately.
    Great find and thanks for your help.
  14. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    D'oh! Does anyone else really hate Walther's search engine?

    Life Like used to have that same collection in HO scale.... and since I included HO in the search, I just assumed it would be HO :cry:... didn't read the fine print. wall1

    Looks like the WS ones are about your only option other than scratchbuilding.
  15. Ronson2k3

    Ronson2k3 Member

    Why not make one (or a dozen) out of paper.. It's a box with a curved top right. Should be able to wip something up for that. If you have pics of the one you want. You could add paint (USMAIL) or even give it a bit of age in your favorite graphics program and print it out as many as you like. I'm thinking a plastic one would be less detailed and way more money..

    I'll help you out on it. I may need some too?

    I'll need Location (Country/Canada,USA) and Era your modeling as they have changed the boxes over time.

    Your looking for something like this I would imagine.

    (Formulating a plan - shhhhhhh evil scientist at work mahahahaha)

    From that image I can rough out the dimensions as it looks like it's sitting in front of building made with concrete block.. (CB's are 16" x 8").. Extrapolating and given the Governments need to keep things easy to build. Looks like...

    Depth/Width 24" x 24"
    Legs 10"
    Height to Arch 37" angling to door at 38"
    Arch Radius is 12" (1 half Box Depth)
    Making overall Height 49"

    Okay so Box is 2' x 2' x 4'-1" (1:1 Scale)
    In HO that would be roughly 1/4" x 1/4" x 9/16" <= That's a pretty small box (HO)

    Second Idea: (Scroll Saw + Doweling)
    You could take a piece of 1/4" square doweling + 1/4" round doweling or 1/4" half round molding.

    Box portion INCLUDING Legs.
    - 1/4" Square doweling.
    - Cut "Box" portion 13/32" (scale 37"). Cut a notch 1/8" deep leaving a 1/32" square on each corner (the legs). Doweling is hardwood so it should be able to hold the cut.. (not splinter very easily). I would start in the center and move to either side tilll you get to end of leg recess.

    Arch and Door Opening.
    - (1/4" Round doweling or 1/4" Half Round molding)
    - Cut a notch 3/16" wide and 1/8" deep (that's for letter opening drawer). Then if 1/4 doweling cut in half length wise. Then leaving a 32" on either side cut arch at 1/4" long.

    Glue both pieces together and paint...

    Third Idea... (and so it goes ;))

    A combination of both seems like a good plan. Doweling as a frame and paper for the details. Paper would be better then card stock too (so small it would make it easier to cut,fold and curve the arch portion).

    Box (1/4" Doweling)
    - Cut 5/16" or 27 scale inches long.
    - After printing paper exterior (to make sure colors match the printed page)
    - Paint white on the sides and color of box on top and bottom.
    - (as wood color could show through printed paper surface)

    This will give box a top and bottom and opening slot area will be colored to match. This will also mark the box so that you don't wrap the wrong sides with the paper. It will also give the box a bit of weight and make it easier to glue the rest of the box (the paper exterior) to it.

    All that's left is art and cutting pattern for the box itself. For that I'll need the other info. Location and Year your modeling. The box itself is just a hair wider then 1/4" so when you rap it in paper should be bang on scale. Printing will give it that extra sparkle as it will have USMail or Canada Post or what ever logo was being used at the time. I can make it look embossed/raised or simply decaled on the outside. I don't think I worked so hard on something so small before LOL. Could be fun though..

    It will probably take you a lot less time to make then it took me to write this post.. ;)

    Let me know the where and when your modeling and I'll see what I can come up with okay..
  16. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    Another option would be to use the one from either the WS or Walthers set and make a mold of it. Then you can cast as many as you need. :)

  17. Heath

    Heath Member

    Great ideas everyone, I'll have to look through the scrap bin to see if there is something of leftover styrene to scratchbuild.
    I see there's lots of accessories bundled packages with the mailboxes in them but you still can't but them just on their own.
    Thanks one and all for your help
  18. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

  19. Heath

    Heath Member

    Thanks Cid,
    Jackpot!!! that's exactly what I was looking for.
    Thanks for your help.

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