minutemansignCustom Painting and Building Services.

I offer custom painting, DCC Sales / Installs, and kit building services at reasonable prices. Please check the sections below for details and feel free to send me an email for a quote on your project. Projects are taken on a first come first served basis, with a 50% deposit required on project start and the remainder due prior to delivery. Customers may check the Project Status page to see an up to date status of their project.  Please also check out my Facebook page for additional examples of work and in-progress content and be sure to visit the shop page for high quality 3D printed items for your layout!

Custom Painting Building Services TCS/ESU Decoder Sales & Installs SHOP

Custom Painting

Minuteman Backshop offers custom painting and lettering of all rolling stock in N through G scales in your favorite scheme or your custom scheme. Turnaround time is 4-6 weeks which includes breakdown, cleaning/prep, painting, decaling, and return shipping. Additional services such as super detailing may extend this timeline. All prices are assuming you are providing the item to be painted. If you wish for me to acquire the item the final price will include the purchase price.

Price depends on the scale and complexity but below is an estimate. Please email me with details for a specific quote.

  N HO O Other
Locomotives $75 $100 $150 Quote
Freight Cars $40 $50 $75 Quote
Passenger Cars $50 $60 $80 Quote


Building Services

Custom building services are offered for plastic “retail” kits and craftsman style kits. Services range from basic assembly to paint and super detailing. Craftsman style kits are priced via quote. All prices are assuming you are providing the kit. If you wish for me to acquire the kit the quote will reflect the purchase price.

Plastic “retail” kits, ie, Walthers, Kirbi basic assembly $50-$75 basic assembly. Full detail services may require a quote
Craftsman style kits Email for quote


TCS / ESU Decoder Sales & Installs

I currently offer the entire decoder and accessory line from TCS and ESU at discount prices.  The typical discount is 20-25% off MSRP, with some discounts even larger.  To keep your costs low these items are generally ordered direct and shipped to you. I also offer DCC install services in N – G scale at a nominal fee.

DCC installs $50 DCC Only / $90 Sound Decoder (Price each locomotive) LED Upgrades or Additions quoted.
TCS Products Email for quote ( Generally ~20% off MSRP! )
ESU Products Email for quote ( Generally ~20% off MSRP! )