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N Scale - Atlas - 2836 - Structure, High Rise Building, Office, Contemporary Glass

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Stock Number 2836
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Patal
Body Style Atlas Structure Hi-Rise
Prototype Structure, High Rise Building, Office, Contemporary Glass
Paint Color(s) Bronze, Light Gray, Tan, and Light Blue
Series Name High Rise
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Pre-Colored Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Structures
Model Type Buildings
Model Subtype Commercial
Model Variety Contemporary Glass High-Rise
Scale 1/160

Model Information: Manufactured in the early 1990s by the now defunct Patal, the Atlas High Rise Series models were modular buildings that were molded in color and available as base (with street-side entrances, exterior elevators and elevator track sections, roofs, and roof details) or add-on (with walls and elevator track and cornice sections only) kits.

Available in hexagonal, rectangular, and square configurations, the wall sections were molded in Mica-based black, bronze, or gray colored plastic.

In May 2012, it was announced that a long forgotten trove of black colored rectangular and square add-on kits were located in the Atlas warehouse.

The (then) recently discovered kits were marketed at $22.95 each.

Brand/Importer Information:
In 1924 Stephan Schaffan, Sr. founded the Atlas Tool Company in Newark, New Jersey. In 1933 his son, Stephan Schaffan, Jr., came to work for his father at the age of sixteen. Steve Jr. built model airplanes as a hobby and frequented a local hobby shop. Being an enterprising young man, he would often ask the owner if there was anything he could do to earn some extra spending money. Tired of listening to his requests, the hobby-store owner threw some model railroad track parts his way and said, "Here, see if you can improve on this".

In those days, railroad modelers had to assemble and build everything from scratch. Steve Jr. created a "switch kit" which sold so well, that the entire family worked on them in the basement at night, while doing business as usual in the machine shop during the day.

Subsequently, Steve Jr. engineered the stapling of rail to fiber track, along with inventing the first practical rail joiner and pre-assembled turnouts and flexible track. All of these products, and more, helped to popularize model railroading and assisted in the creation of a mass-market hobby. The budding entrepreneur quickly outgrew the limitations of a basement and small garage operation. Realizing they could actually make a living selling track and related products, Steve and his father had the first factory built in Hillside, New Jersey at 413 Florence Avenue in 1947. On September 30, 1949, the Atlas Tool Company was officially incorporated as a New Jersey company.

In 1985, Steve was honored posthumously for his inventions by the Model Railroad Industry Association and was inducted into the Model Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Steve was nominated and entered into the National Model Railroad Association Pioneers of Model Railroading in 1995.

In the early 1990s, the Atlas Tool Company changed its name to Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc.

Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-17 19:18:24. Last edited by CNW400 on 2020-09-03 15:55:33

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