The big question with printed card kit buildings in Superquick or Metcalfe. Like the debate between Apple and Android, Metcalfe vs. Superquick have massive followers on either side of the debate. There are pros and cons to both, and it really comes down to how much experience you have had with building your printed card kit buildings.
Many take money into consideration first and foremost. Superquick are mostly cheaper than Metcalfe. Many will say that you get what you pay for. Metcalfe provide extremely detailed instructions on how to assemble the parts whereas Superquick provide directions through many words and a few pictures. Metcalfe have many pages filled with pictures detailing each step in the process. For those who are beginners, Metcalfe may be the superior choice as they provide a lot of information. However, if you want to find anything out these days, all you have to do is type your query into Google. So, while Superquick models have instructions and pictures, they don’t offer as easy a task as Metcalfe. But, simply looking for a tutorial on the internet that will show how to put a Superquick model together can easily solve that solution. Also, if you have been doing models for many years and have experience with the process, you won’t need the incredibly simple instructions Metcalfe offers as you will be so familiar with the process. Superquick may be, for you, super quick.
Devon is home to a company that supplies both Metcalfe kits and Superquick. Devon’s Paignton Model Shop has whatever you need in the way of furnishings and accessories for your model train scenes. Superquick is praised for the accurate weathering on their buildings which may influence your decision whether to go with Metcalfe or Superquick. Metcalfe is considered easier to assemble plus some with the expertise can do their own weathering making it appear authentic.
While there are pros and cons to both, it is a matter of preference which you feel is the one you will choose. Superquick has stood the test of time. They have been in the business for 45 years giving them considerable experience and a lot of fans. Metcalfe are known to be easy to assemble due to the vast explanations included in their kits. As to aesthetics, the general consensus is that the weathering on Superquick models is superior to Metclafe but the actual Metcalfe structures are stronger. The windows are equal in both models, but some say Metcalfe has more of a 3D feel in the details. Another consideration is cost and undoubtedly Superquick are cheaper.
Devon’s Paignton Model Shop has both Superquick and Metcalfe models to choose from. Why not buy one of each and see for yourself which you prefer. Paignton Model Shop can provide more advise and assistance when making your decision. Whatever conclusion that you come to as to who is superior, make sure your new kit fits in with your scene. You want to elevate your tracks not take away from them.