Information and how to assemble the #007 Firestone Crosswalk

The #007 small crosswalk is suitable for more compact layouts. The walkway is however just wide enough to stretch across a 4 lane Scalectric track, but if you have track from other manufacturers, check out the dimensions below to see if it is of sufficient width to fit across your track. The model has full internal detail of the stairs and the crosswalk is decorated with a logo of a famous tyre brand.

The two towers are identical, so once one is built, work through the first section of the build again to complete the second. We recommend that you use super glue to stick the model together and paint the parts if you can before assembly. To preserve the etched detail spraying is best, but if you use light coats of paint the model can be hand painted. The acetate windows can go white with some types of super glue. Test some on a scrap piece first and apply it sparingly around the edge. If you are unsure, use another slower drying glue.

Now to begin the assembly, locate the floor and the left inner wall. The floor has the  "Magnetic Racing" logo on the underside and this needs to be orientated so it is on the left as shown in the image below. This part also has a protruding step, orientate this so it faces forward as shown. The left side has no etched detail on it, but make sure it is placed as shown with the door lugs to the back as shown below. As with all parts, do a dry assembly first to check it goes together, apply glue and press the parts home. We want to get these parts at a perfect right angle, so take another part of the kit and use this as a square corner to check they are glued squarely to each other.

place this assembly aside for a moment and take out the stair support and hand rail. We need to make two of these. Notice that there are etched lines on the hand rail and you can use these to get the stair support positioned exactly. Apply glue and press them firmly together. Then complete the second one in the same way.

We now need to attach the first lower stairs to the main model. Find the lower floor part. Note there are two parts that appear similar, make sure you use the correct one. It is important here to do a dry assembly of the parts as this makes sure the slots are free from any debris and you are able to push the parts fully together. It is particularly important where the stairs meet the floor. Once you are happy all the parts go together easily, separate them, apply glue and reassemble them. If you want more assembly time, you can of course use PVA glue here. Once everything is together, check the lower floor is vertical using another square part from the kit. If you take your time now to get everything accurate it will make it much easier later on when you begin to add the walls.

In a similar way glue in the upper stair rail and floor. Once more dry assemble the parts so you are familiar with how they go. Notice the upper floor clips into the bottom of the door opening. Thlower end of the stir rail also needs to be pushed home into the slot, so hold this in place whilst the glue dries otherwise it may fall out. Also double check the upper floor is square to the side wall.

Next we need to glue in the lower stair treads. Cut these from the sprue and make sure the ends are clean and flat. There are six to glue in here. Start at the top of the stairs. Apply glue on th einner end only, then slide the stair tread through the hole and press it home. Work your way down until they are all in place. Now we can add a few drops of glue to the outside of the wall to fix the other end in place. Mkae sure these are glued well as once the model is finished it will be very difficult to gain access if one comes loose.

The lower hand rail is glued in next. There are two identical pieces in the kit. these look like window frames, but are much smaller. Trial fit this first as it is sometimes a tight fit. Glue this in place making sure it aligns with the other hand rails.

Next glue in the upper hand rail. this has two lugs thet locate in the side of the door opening. Once more check this is vertical and follows the edge of the floor.

The upper hand rail is the next part. Glue this in place once more checking it is vertical. This part is identical to the part attached to the lower floor.

Attach the last hand rail to the upper floor. This is a slightly longer part than before.

Lie the model flat and glue on the right wall. Again fit this first without glue as depending on how accurately you assemble the stairs it might be difficult. Also note that the lower two lugs will protrude through the face of the wall. This is correct. Just ensure it is pushed fully down and locates firmly with the floors.

Stand the model upright again and add in the remaining stair treads. Once again make sure the ends cut from the sprue and clean and flat. It is also best if these face inwards so the uncut edge is visible. It is easier as before to start at the top and work down. Apply glue at both ends of each step.

We have now reached a point were we will start to close in the model. If you havent painted the interior, now is the time to do it whilst it is easy to reach. Whilst you are doind this, dont forget to paint the inside walls of the two you haven't yet attached!

The next part to glue on is the front inner wall. This has no etched detail. As there are a lot of lugs around this part, a dry assemble is essential here. There is generally enough spring in the parts so the wall fits in without any sanding, but it tends to be a tight fit. Remember to paint the inside of the wall before assembly! Check it sits down nicely before finally gluing it in place.

Turn the model over and in a similar way attach the rear inner wall. This part also has no etched detail. Make sure the window is orientated as shown in the image below. The part should only fit on one way.

The main structure of the tower is now complete. The next stage will be to add on the windows and outer walls. Orientate the model as shown and attach the etched outer wall which has the upper door. Apply glue paying attention to the edges and press the part home. Align the slot above the door exactly with the on ein the inner wall and ensure the edges are flush. Note there is a step at the lower edge of the door. This is correct.

take out the front and rear outer walls and lie them flat on the workbench. Glue on the two window panes and the door frame. Note that the edge around the window panes is quite small, so take care not to apply lots of glue. The etched detail should show you where it needs to be applied. If you do apply too much, use a small tissue to soak up any excess and a small pin to clean out the etched detail.

We now need to glue in the acetate windows. This needs to be done from the rear of the above two parts. Take care here to apply very little glue. Super glue can cause white "blooming" on the acetate, so test some on a scrap piece before gluing. allow it to dry overnight as sometimes this takes some time to show up. Switch to another contact adhesive or us "Canopy" glue if you are unsure. Acetate sheet can be cut using the following sizes from the two pieces of A5 acetate supplied. For the 1/43 kit, simply multiply these values by 0.744 (i.e.32/43)

Now attach the front outer wall. Apply glue, particularly around the edges of the door and window and press the part home. endure the edges are flush, but note the top edge as shown in the picture protrudes to form a lip. This is correct.

Turn the model around and attach the rear outer wall in a similar manner, once more the lower edge is flush and the top edge protrudes upwards to form a lip. ensure the window is positioned as shown towards the lower edge as in the following image.

The right wall glues on last of all. Here there is room below for acetate sheet to form the window glass. Cut this as per the drawing previously shown. Some of the lugs at the bottom and sides of the tower stick up slightly to provide a gap and the acetate sheet fits betwen these contacting the edge of the lower lugs. Trial fit the sheeet and wall and check if there is any "bounce" in the centre area of the wall and also make sure the thicker section is to the bottom end of the tower. Try it both ways and you will find that one way aligns correctly with the inner wall. If there is and "bounce", this can be sorted by applying a small amount of glue below the acetate and then a little blob above in a few places in the centre. Take care that when you push it all down excessive glue doesn't seep out and across the windows and be sure to apply glue only where it won't be seen (i.e not up the side of the stairs).

We now need to finish off the corners with edging strip. The etched detail on the outer walls helps us position them exactly. Add the first 4 on the left and right walls. The go flush with the corner as shown in the following image.

After this glue on the last 4 to the front and rear walls. These overlap the first to form a neat corner. Again use the etched detail to help you get them in the correct place.

We complete the tower by gluing on the roof and roof trim. Glue the roof on with the etched detail on top and note the lugs are closer together on one edge, so try it both ways. Then glue on the roof trim using the etched detail to align it correctly.

That completes the build of the tower. We now of course need to build a second one. This is completed in exactly the same way as the first.

Building the crosswalk

Now we have two towers it is time to build the crosswalk. It is important to build this straight and square, otherwise it may be tricky to attach to the towers and get a neat fit. This is quite easy and we have added etched detail where possible to help you align it correctly. In addition you can use one of the roof tiles as a square edge to check as you go along. The five roof tiles are the last part we add, so will be available to you during the build.

Take out the two lower parts as shown in the image below. There are two of each in the kit so use either. Glue them together as shown. Note the etched arrows are on the top surface and there is also some other etched lines to help you align the two parts.

Take the other set of parts and make a second assembly in the same manner. We can complete the next assembly in one go. apply glue to the ends of the two parts and also to the upper surface. Push them together and als clip in the part with the tow pointed ends. push it all down onto the workbench and also check using a ruler along the sides to ensure it is straight. the parts are very accurate so should naturally form a straight assembly. Just make sure you haven't applied too much glue and attached it to the work surface!

The assembly should now look as follows. Place this to one side whilst we complete the vertical structures.

Locate the following parts in the kit. there are 4 similar parts, but two are left hand and two are right hand. Take one of each and lay them out a shown in the following image. Notice that the etched detail is different on the parts and there is a short and long etched line as shown. Glue these together in the middle applying glue to the 4 points where the parts touch. Try not to glue them to the bench, but apply sufficient to hold them in place. Once again a straight edge is usefull here t check everything is aligned.

Next glue on one end piece. there are 4 similar parts in the kit, two left hand and two right hand. Choose the one that fits exactly on top of the assembly. Notice that the  etched  detail is on top and the edges align perfectly.  once more the etched detail on the lower part  also helps getting the part in the correct position.

Add in the centre piece. There are two identical pieces in the kit. Use either. Orientate the part with the etching on top and so it aligns with the etched detail. Glue it in place checking that all the edges match.

Add the final end piece in a similar manner.

We now add on 4 hand rails. Apply glue inside the etched detail and attach them. Also glue the ends together at the centre. Align everything using the etched detail on the parts.

Once you have completed the above assembly we need to make a second one in exactly the same manner.

Now we begin to assemble the crosswalk. Do a dry assembly first to ensure it all clips together nicely before applying glue. Glue the base part to the side assembly as shown. It is helpful here if someone else can help push the ends together whilst it is drying or use tape.. Whilst it is gluing, check the part is vertical to the build surface. Double check at both ends. If you are unsure, you can switch to PVA glue to give you more working time, but it is perfectly possible to do this with super glue.

Place the model upright and add on the second side. Again do a dry assembly before applying glue.

Now glue the top two pieces together. use a flat surface and check the edges are straight.

Attach this to the main assembly. Do a dry assembly first, there is a small amount of spring in the side walls, so the part should clip in nicely. Remove, apply glue and reassemble.

We now glue on 5 roof tiles. Place these ontop of the roof without glue, check you have them orientated correctly and that the ends are flush. We want to try to get an even overhang at each side and it is perfectly possible to do this by eye. mark the positions with a pencil once you are happy there is no overhang at each end then glue them in place. Applyplenty of glue to the centre tile as this helps reinforce the centre join. Allow the tiles to dry fully before proceeding.

The crosswalk is almost complete, but we still need to add the advertisment lettering on both sides. take out the letter template and place it on the side of the crosswalk. Tuck it up under the lip of the roof tiles. Centre the timing mark in the centre of the span (There is a join on the two panels to help you). Use masking tape to hold it in place.

Begin to add in the letters one by one. Do a dry assembly to check where you need to apply glue to the cross bracing. Note also that "i", "s" and "o" letters only go up one way, so try them in the template first. If it doedn't seem to fit neatly or not at all, try it up the other way.  take care not to apply too much glue and glue in the template.

Once the letters have been glued in place, remove the template. This can sometimes be tight, but use a modelling knife inder the ends and lower edge to pry it away. Once this is complete use the template again on the other side to complete the lettering.

This completes the crosswalk assembly. we now need to build the completed model.

Final Assembly
The three main parts of the model should now clip together quite easily. The logs at either end of the crosswalk slide into the slots on the tower. We recommend that you glue the model together if possible. Place it on a flat surface whilst the model dries to avoid any twisting. If you have to pack the model way you can leave the model as three separate pieces.

That completes the build of the #007 crosswalk. We hope you enjoyed the build. Check out our other models and do send us photos of your completed work.