About Built-Rite Models

The Next Generation Of Train Models

These are not the train models your grandad built. Using state-of-the-art technology, Built-Rite kits offer the love of locomotive kit building with ease of assembly. Hand cut with laser precision, each carefully crafted basswood kit contains an assembly booklet and numbered layout sheet with corresponding individually bagged parts.

Quality guaranteed and proudly individually manufactured in the U.S.A., Built-Rite Models are a hobby of the past with vision for the future.

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Built-Rite models was founded in the 1980’s by master craftsman, Frenchie Gratts and purchased by Jim and Bonnie Dimatteo in 2010. A retired couple, Jim and Bonnie devote much of their time to sharing this tradition with families around the country at conventions and trade shows.

The kits of today honor the quality of yesteryear and are lovingly hand laser cut by Jim with precision tools enabling flawless symmetry and ease of assembly. For more information, or to share a personal story contact the Dimatteos at [email protected]

I stand behind each and every one of my kits. Any questions or problems, please feel free to contact me. There is no minimum order required, you may purchase one or more.

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What Our Customers Say

I received the barn today and browsed through the instructions and plans. I purchased the Downtown Deco kit “the Anderson place” a while back and I think the Texas barn will be a great complement to my abandoned farm house scene. I usually judge the quality of a kit by the instructions and plans that come with the kit. And in this kit they are exceptional. I am also impressed by the price point, I looked at other run down barn kits but their price points were pretty steep.

Most people who collect and build craftsman kits will tell you that you get what you pay for, and that may well be true, but I’m very pleased with the quality of this kit. I will certainly tell others about your kits, as well as look for other kits for future purchase.

– Todd Walton