Phone or Text: 860-389-5659
Mail: PO Box 213 Jewett City, CT 06351-0213
We have been producing model railroad structure kits since 2002, starting with the release of Big Lou’s Grill. Since then we have strived to live up to that unique little kit, by offering original, uncommon designs. Our own laser cut precision parts, and in-house metal cast detail parts; along with plastic architectural parts from Tichy and wood from Northeastern Scale Lumber.
Fos Scale Models is owned and operated by Doug Foscale. Doug was born and raised in New York City and followed an art education in architecture and graphic design. Doug now lives in Connecticut with his wife Amy and their three horses.
The Fos Scale Models studio is located in South East Connecticut. We often hold workshops to share our techniques of model building, weathering and detailing. Check back often for the next workshop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Visa/ Mastercard/ Amex/ Discover?
Yes, through PayPal even if you don't have a Paypal account you can use any credit card as well as Apple Pay & Google Pay.
How does the rewards program work? At the bottom of this page there's a long explanation how it works.
Are these kits easy to build?
Yes, we believe they are. They are not the snap together type however; that’s where the craftsman part of craftsman kit comes from. These kits are mostly wood, laser cut parts that need to be assembled with some amount of care and skill, but nothing you couldn’t do with just a bit of patience and practice.
How long does it take to build one?
Of course this varies from modeler to modeler, but for example, a one car garage can take you one night to build, a medium sized kit will take a week, chipping away at it each night. The big kits can take weeks. But that’s the value in this type of modeling, it provides hours of entertainment with a satisfying finale.
Why do we make craftsman kits?
There are many reasons, but chief among them is an attempt at historical preservation. As all of our kits are designed with a mid-century mindset, it’s a great opportunity to portray that which has been lost through the years. While fractionally smaller, three dimensional miniature representations of the past are as valid and important as text, painted canvas, sculpture and photographs.
Are your kits prototypical?
Not if we can help it! Occasionally we'll recreate an existing real world structure, but typically each design is made up of several aspects of different buildings, with lots of creative license in-between.
What if I screw up a part from a kit?
Well, firstly, it means you learned something new, so that’s a good thing. Secondly, just shoot us an email and we can get a new part out to you.
What are the different kit groups?
LIMITED RUN KITS: We only make one of these a year limited to less than 200, once sold out they're gone for good.
STANDARD KITS: This is our regular, always available and expanding line of kits.
KIT OF THE MONTH: This is a six or twelve month subscription where you get one kit every month.
FREE KITS: We offer a free kit a few times a year; these are small HO scale kits offered with a $50 or more purchase. These are simple kits and do not include instructions.
How do I know when new kits are released?
Sign up for our Email Newsletter and you'll get updates on kit releases. You can sign up by finding the sign up box found at the bottom of our home page.
Do you have a Blog?
We do, You can find it here: BLOG
Can we visit the Fos Scale Models studio? Where is it?
You can if we’re not too busy, just call ahead. We're in South East Connecticut. We also have workshops throughout the year in our shop, stay tuned for those. Click here for Workshops
When did you start making kits?
Back in 2002. The first kit, the Limited Run Big Lou’s Grill, was released in September of that year and sold out in a few months.
Orders generally ship within 1 week, but can take up to 3 weeks depending on production schedules.
These kits are produced and made by a small company. We consider our kits to be hand-produced, specialty items; not a product manufactured by a large company like Walmart or shipped with the speed of Amazon; therefore they sometimes take time to produce.
Thanks in advance for your patience.
If you have any special needs regarding your order please email us. All orders ship via USPS Mail, with a Flat Rate $7.75 USA, Canada Flat Rate $16.75 International Flat Rate $26.50 Shipping will automatically be calculated for online orders. Please note that when you place an order online, your card is charged immediately upon checkout.
It Could Happen to You!
That’s right. The kit you receive might be missing a part or may contain a damaged part. It happens.
When producing and packing our kits, thousands a year, and thousands of parts a day, BY HAND, NOT MACHINE.
There are no automated packing machines or window counting robots. These kits are made by real people. If you have any damaged or missing parts, here’s all you need to do; please email us and include "MISSING PARTS" in the subject line. We’ll get it out to you right away.
We’re here to help you build your kit! What we ask that you don’t do is call us screaming and yelling; that never helps and please , no nasty emails. While we will do everything we can to fix a problem with your order; we’ll also let you know when you are being unreasonable. Like we said, we’re here to help. We have nothing to gain by not helping; so let us help you with what ever we can without hostility.
Thanks in advance,
GET POINTS WITH EVERY FOS SCALE MODELS PURCHASE!
For every dollar you spend, you get one point, or Rail Spike. Rewards kick in at 250 points, where you can get $2.50 off any order over $50. 500 Rail Spikes will take off $5, and so on.
The rewards program only works with ONLINE orders and does not apply to mail in or phoned in orders.
How you can spend points
To turn points into a reward, yous will need to log into their account on the site, then click on the launcher to open the rewards panel.
Next, click on All rewards.
If you don't have enough points to redeem, you'll see a progress bar on the right, next to the reward name.
If you do have enough points, there will be a Redeem button.
Upon clicking redeem, you will be taken to a page that shows the coupon code with a button to Apply code which will automatically apply that coupon code to the checkout.
The code will also be stored in you rewards panel under the Your Rewards section at the bottom.
P.S. All emails should include a subject, as our email system will consider the email as SPAM if left the email subject is blank.