QuicKit #1: Fuel Tank Stand

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


Fuel oil or kerosene was often used by caboose crews for heating, cooking, lamps, marker lights and other uses.  To replenish the fuel at the end of a freight run a fuel tank was often placed near the caboose track.  This small structure can be located just about anywhere in the yard.  It can also be used in a variety of other settings on your pike such as a way station, industrial building or anywhere fuel might be needed.  Click here for QuicKit pictures or “how-to” videos.

This kit includes pre-cut wood for the stand, ladder, brass tank with spigot and rivets for the bracing.  Footprint is 1.25″ x 1.25″.

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Product Description

QuicKits are small, single-structure craftsman kits that build quickly, usually in one or two evenings.

Details are included which are pertinent to the structure itself (like a door or window).  The modeler is free to add more details and people as desired.

QuicKit Highlights

  • Single-building crafstman kit

  • Laser cut wood and precision stripwood

  • Details included pertinent to the structure

  • Thorough instructions with photos and templates

  • Painting and weathering tips

  • Photos and how-to videos on the web site to aid in construction

  • Unparalleled customer support

  • Additional details, scenery and people to be added by the modeler

Note: The design and production of this product is the intellectual property of The TrainMaster, LLC.  Any attempt to commercially copy and/or reproduce this product in any way will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of all applicable laws.

4 reviews for QuicKit #1: Fuel Tank Stand

  1. 5 out of 5


    Got three of your Quick Kits (#1, #2, and #3) from my wife for Christmas. Just getting started on the first one (Fuel Tank Stand), and I’m very impressed. The video is helpful, and your printed instructions are very detailed, especially for a kit this small. Also, I’m impressed with your packaging; nothing will get broken in this much packaging. Keep up the good work, especially for us steam fanatics!

  2. 5 out of 5


    How do you get that realistic rust look?

    • :

      Hi Bob, I use weathering chalks applied with a flat brush. First, brush on (from the top down) a light rust color, like a light orange. Draw it down the side as far as you’d like. Next, brush on a medium rust color and pull it down the sides, but not as far. Finally, using a dark rust color, put some on the top and pull it slightly down the sides. This gives a great layered look to the rust. If you’re not happy with the look, wash it off and try again. You may wan to practice on a scrap of paper first. Studying some rust pictures on the net can help also.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Jim, I can’t get the valve to glue in the dimple on the tank; it just falls off. Any ideas?


    • :


      You have to drill a hole in the tank for the valve. Select a drill bit that is slightly larger than the valve stem and carefully drill a hole into the tank. This will take a few minutes since it’s solid brass. I used a small, hobby hand drill. Once the hole is deep enough, put a drop of CA in the hole, slide the valve into it, and align it so the spigot is pointing down with the valve handle on top. The close up pictures on the site show how to position it.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Nice to see your new quick kit line!
    I got the first one, the fuel stand, and it went together in 2 evenings. It was pretty fast with the pre-cut wood – thanks for that.
    I may pass on the coal bin, but what’s coming up next?

    • :

      Thanks JL.

      I’ve got a couple new ones in the pipeline for this fall – the flag and lantern stand from the limited-production Kit #2 (Caboose Services) and an outbuilding that will have multiple uses on a layout.

      First, though, limited-production Kit #3, Pete’s Freight Dock, will be out soon.

      Thanks for your comments!

      The TrainMaster

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