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Custom Structures

CMR builds custom structures for our clients. These include trains stations, industrial structures and ships. Some models are built to be exact replicas while others are a condensed representation of the original. Below are some examples of what we have done and what we are working on. These models take hundreds if not thousands of hours to build and are not inexpensive.

You can click on the images to see a larger view.

HO Scale B&O Station Chicago Illinois

Grand Central Station was a passenger railroad terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois, from 1890 to 1969. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad purchased the station in 1910 and used it as the Chicago terminus for its passenger rail service, including its Capitol Limited service to Washington, D.C. The station opened December 8, 1890, closed November 8, 1969, and demolished in 1971.

Our HO scale model was built for a private customer. Of particular note and challenge to build were the octagonal tower corners and the expansive shed. There is a lot going on under that large metal roof.

The model is made from laser cut and engraved acrylic, 3D printed parts and handcrafted parts. It took our team six months to complete.

Transformer South Wells Street view of the station.
Transformer West Harrison Street view of the station.
Transformer Inside the massive train shed.
Transformer Train shed under construction. Laser cut acrylic and brass.
Transformer Aerial view of the station.
Transformer Looking inside the carriage court, originally designed for horse and buggies.
Transformer One of the more famous billboards that graced the front of the station over the years.

HO Scale GN & NP King Street Station Seattle Washington

Opened on May 10, 1906, the station served as a union station for the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway. The station design incorporated elements from various architectural styles, including a prominent clocktower inspired by St Mark's Campanile in Venice.

CMR built two identical copies of the models for private customers. Of particular note and challenge to build were the slightly tapered main tower with illuminated glass tile roof. The individually painted brick bond. The 3D printed fully functioning "Gumby" Light Poles.

The model is made from laser cut and engraved acrylic, 3D printed parts and handcrafted parts. It took our team six months to complete.

Transformer Track side of the station.
Transformer Street side of the station.
Transformer Details include the brick bond pattern, hand painted signs and glass awnings.
Transformer Details include the cornices and chains supporting the awning.


HO Scale GN Station Spokane Washington

The depot, built on Havermale Island in the Spokane River, was completed in 1902. It was demolished in 1974 except for the clock tower which still stands today.

CMR built this model for a private customer. Of particular note and challenge to build were the octagonal tower corners.

The model is made from laser cut and engraved acrylic, 3D printed parts and handcrafted parts. It took our team four months to complete.

Transformer Street side of the station.
Transformer Detail, note the engraved brick, tower corners and tile roof.
Transformer Track side of the station.
Transformer Detail, note the roofs, engraved brick and stone, and the cornice.


HO Scale Denver Union Station

CMR built this model for a private customer. It features interor lighting as well as lighitng below the glass canopies. It is not meant to be an exact relica but more of an impression of the original. We have built this structure numerous times over years.

The model is made from laser cut and engraved acrylic and handcrafted parts.

Transformer Street side of the station.
Transformer Station side of the station.
Transformer Street side of the station.
Transformer Interior view.


O Scale Transformer Station

Transformer O Scale Transformer Station.
Transformer O Scale Transformer Station.
Transformer O Scale Transformer Station.


N Scale Chrysler Building

Red Bank Depot Building parts awaiting windows and final assembly and painting.


G Scale Engine Shed

Red Bank Depot 8' Long engine shed in G scale.

Red Bank Depot 8' Long engine shed in G scale.

1:200 Capital City Airport.

This model is based on the airport in Harrisburg, PA. It features laser cut walls, photo etched brass railings and details and 3D rendered and printed parts. The model can be displayed with concourse extensions to accommodate additional aircraft.

HO scale Porch

HO scale Porch

HO scale Porch

HO scale Porch

HO Mosby Station.

This model is based on the station at Asheville, NC. It features laser cut walls, detailed interior and 3D rendered and printed roofs and dome.

HO scale Porch
HO Scale model based on Asheville, NC. Street view.

HO scale Porch
HO Scale model based on Asheville, NC. Track view.

HO scale Porch
HO Scale model based on Asheville, NC.

N Scale Milwaukee City Hall.

This is an incredible model that we have built. It is over two feet tall, as the actual tower is over 400'. The model is built using laser cut acrylic parts, 3D printed parts and a lot of hand work on the part of our staff. More and better pictures will follow.

HO scale Porch
N Scale model of Milwaukee City Hall.

HO scale Porch
N Scale model of Milwaukee City Hall.

HO scale Porch
N Scale model of Milwaukee City Hall.

HO Scale Victorian Restaurant.

HO scale Porch HO Scale Victorian Restaurant addition to CMR Midtown Apartments Kit

G Scale Red Bank NJ Depot

Red Bank Depot Red Bank NJ Depot in G scale.

Red Bank Depot Red Bank NJ Depot in G scale.

HO Hamilton Ohio Depot

Hamilton Depot

Hamilton Depot

Hamilton Depot

Hamilton Depot

HO C&NW Trainmasters Office

CN&W Trainmasters Office

CN&W Trainmasters Office

HO Scale Symphony Hall

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Across the street from Mt. Royal Station sits the Symphony Hall. This will tie in beautifully with the other modern buildings on this layout.

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Lots of LEDs light up this building.

Modern Glass Office Towers

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This building is insane! We had the time (over 150 hours) so we super detailed every office and the lobby. There are over five hundred pieces of furniture and one hundred figures. Luckily the kids were out of school and could be recruited for this.

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Here it is being assembled. Each floor was pre-assembled, lit and detailed prior to stacking. The columns and rods go all the way thru the building and hold it all together.

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Modern buildings are the toughest to build, there is no room for error. We're pretty pleased with this one. It all lights up too.

HO Scale Ship Models

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Two major ship models have been built, a tramp bulk freighter and a small modern container ship. No pirates please.

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Each ship has approximately 200 hours of work involved in it. The hulls are cast plaster and the superstructures are acrylic, plastic, metal and plaster. These will NOT be sold as kts, but as always, everything is available custom built.

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Camden Station

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HO Scale model of Camden Station in Baltimore.

Another Really Tall Skyscraper

Skyscraper
At over five feet tall this is the tallest HO scale model we have built.

Skyscraper

Skyscraper

A nice day for a swim...

Please check with your mom before you look at this...

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HO scale skyscrapers

Size: 36" to 48" High
Laser Cut Acrylic



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Electrical Substaion in N scale

We have built a model of a Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry. Sub-Station in N scale. Also included is an operator's bungalow. These were located along the route in Montana.

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The First National Bank

Scale: HO
Size: About 36" tall
LED Lighting

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This is one of our favorite structures that we build. It lights up beautifully! You can click on the image for a larger image.


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