About Us



 In my recent years, I returned to my boyhood dream of playing with trains. The G-scale hobby interests me most because it allows me to dig in the dirt and landscape the backyard for train tracks and a koi fish pond.

I have built models since I was a young kid. At one point I really wanted to be an architect. So this hobby of creating G-scale western buildings for train layouts is a natural fit. Also because I want to share  the joy of woodworking, I design and create wooden kits to build structures from scratch out of cedar wood.

From the simple Sam’s Shoe Shop, our starter kit, to the amazing Freight  Station, there is an abundance of western buildings available.

Since our retirement from teaching  English and Physics, my wife Pat and I have worked together to provide model train hobbyists with an excellent choice of long-lasting buildings for their train layouts. 



The NGRC is held annually in various locations across the USA. The current schedule includes the following:

 Nashville, TN June 2020

Denver, CO 2021

Baggers, CA 2022

These conventions are the best places to shop anything G-scale from engines to buildings. We would be happy to meet you there. Stop by our booth at these national conventions to see the western buildings available, including water towers, track-side shanties, and  other new kits for western town structures.

At these national conventions, John teaches for a nominal fee "Make & Take" workshops. All materials are provided, No experience necessary.

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Why Construct These Kits?


WELCOME to SG Models. SG Models, named after our Shady Glen RR in Phoenix AZ. We provide the  highest quality and most realistic large G-Scale Hobby wooden kits available, designed to assemble quickly.  Each kit comes  with extensive instructions,  templates, and jigs.  

Every short line, mining, and logging railroad  should have a western town. These western buildings from the Gold  Creek Series of the mid-1800s to the 1930s offer outstanding quality and  an authentic look that will enhance your layout to a professional level.


SG Models wooden kits are G-Scale Hobby buildings which are designed to fit your 1:24 and 1:20.3 train layout. 

The modular construction techniques and the handy templates make cutting  and framing window and door openings a breeze! Assembling the realistic  all-wooden windows and doors is also easy and adds an authentic touch  to your finished western buildings.

These buildings are constructed from Western Red Cedar wood in either a  board and batten design or a lapboard/ship siding design. The process of  constructing is much simpler and quicker than applying boards to  plywood to get this effect. The hard labor has already been done for  you. Yet you have plenty of input to feel that you are building from scratch. It is to your benefit that we have provided the :scratch."


SG Models wooden kits come complete with instructions, plans, and  materials for the building, windows, and door(s), as well as  accessories, such as stovepipes and signs. The starter kit, Sam's Shoe  Shop, includes a free DVD of instructions. Check out our high quality  G-scale hobby western buildings on our Shop page. 


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