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Old Texaco Gas Station – 1:25 scale model [1]

July 16, 2011

by Seb Perez

A few days ago I started working on a new model project, this time an old Texaco Gas Station in 1:25 scale.

I’m a huge fan of old/retro gas stations and everything related to it. I think I have one of the biggest photography collection related to gas stations, gas pumps, oil cans, metal signs, etc.

Well, after going through all my material I decided to go for this gas station. Here you have a few pictures of the real thing.


And here a few images of my progress. Everything is scratch build.


Here you see the 4 layers needed in order to reach the thickens of the TEXACO sign on the roof.

Hinges for the doors, of course!

I’ll be posting more pictures of this project. Subscribe to our newsletter if you want to keep posted on this one. Enjoy!


We are also working on blueprints in 1:25 scale and tutorials for this great old Texaco Gas Station scale model.
Stay tuned!

Tony July 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Wow, very nice start! That is a nice classic design on that garage/gas station.
The Texaco name is something that disappeared from Canada several years ago now!

Seb July 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Thanks Tony! That’s funny, we still have texaco over here in The Netherlands!

paul July 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

hand made / scratch built ? brilliant stuff 😉

Rick July 17, 2011 at 2:37 am

WOW!! Impressive. I love it. I wanna build one for myself.


Seb July 18, 2011 at 3:51 am

Thank you guys!

Don~~In Florida July 20, 2011 at 2:39 am

Once again I am very impressed with your scratch building projects. That old station will be so cool. I built a gas station diorama but it is very simple in comparison. I will be humbly awaiting your finished project.

Seb July 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hi Don! Thank you for your feedback and for following our blog so regularly! I’ll be posting more pictures of the process soon! You stay tuned anyway, so I don’t need to say that 😉

Scott Figg from Kansas July 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Outstanding project that you have started on, old filling station. Where did you find the blueprints and material to build? As other have to say, can’t wait to view the final out come.

Seb July 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

Hi Scott! I appreciate your feedback! The whole project was based only on the few pictures you see posted here. I must share a little secret with you… I’m an architect! Making the blueprints for this gas station is a very easy task for me. :-) Stay tuned. I’ll be posting more about this project during this weekend.

Max August 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

Hola estimados, me enteré por el suegro de un amigo de Iggy que anduvieron por Argentina, nuevamente untrabajo excelente felicitaciones. Max

Iggy August 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Hola Max,

muchas gracias!


JohnQ August 20, 2011 at 4:21 am

This is probably a dumb question, but how did you get the scale of the sign correct from the photos? I’m building a full scale version in my back yard for a work shop. I’m planning on making the Texaco letters from stacked and glued plywood, but I’m not sure how to go about getting the letters scaled correctly for the building. Since there aren’t any examples to measure, photos are all I have to go on.

Seb August 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

Hi JohnQ, In order to get the scale right out of a picture I look to objects from which I know the size and compare the other objects to it to estimate the dimensions. I draw the complete project in 3D on my computer and adjust measurements until the proportions look right. As I’m an architect all this process is quite easy for me to do. I understand if you are not experienced in drawing plans, this process could get you a headache. I understand you are building a real size replica, If you can draw a plan, at least on paper, that could be very helpful. If you are not so handy drawing plans, try cutting the letters out of cardboard to check the size before cutting the plywood. Feel free to send us a few pics of the project!

David October 9, 2011 at 1:26 am

A scaled backyard version for a workshop… How cool is that? I had thought about how to do something with my old metal sheds like that. My wife and I are both car freaks and petrolani-a-holics. If you do get this built please share the photos. It may give me incentive to go forth and conquer, so to speak. For now, just waiting on those 1/25th plans

rod October 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

Shit that service station looks great. Photography #1,2,3 is beyond words.
Question though, how did you make the black frame work for the windows.Mate, I am in Australia, how cool i it that you guys have a following from all parts of the globe?
Congratulations to you both.

Seb October 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

Hi Rod, thank you a lot for your feedback! Yes we have followers from all around the world! We are so grateful for that! Making models has been our passion for at least the past 20 years. We enjoy every minute of it and sharing it with the world is a great way to find new friends everywhere!
About the window frames, as you see on the pictures above, I just cut them out of a sheet of plastic (styrene) with lots of patience and precision! It is a double framework, some kind of sandwich with a transparent layer of plastic in between. That way you have a nice frame inside and outside and the glass is right in the middle of the frame, as in real.

Doug Wilson November 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Nice work! Can’t wait to see the book for this one. I have tossed around several ideas for my gas station which will be 1:10 & stay outdoors but I always find your books to be a great reference with tons of great ideas. How long do you think before this one is out?

junkster November 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

im makeing a old model gas station and it really looks quite realistic and it is almost done

Dingo January 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

Man that’s great stuff, this year is going to be the start of a whole new project incorporating a Kenworth truck with a bin loader full of rusty parts and a car body, it will be a 6month project as money is tight. To all junkyard builders have a happy and fruitful new year building great dios.

Xclusive Garage January 16, 2012 at 2:15 am

Your work is incredible! The detail is inspiring… the scale is spot on and your craftsmanship is brilliant. Do you do commissions for interesting projects or specal request?

Seb January 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you like our work and that it’s inspiring for you. Yes, we do commissions, specially for collectors, museums, etc. Feel free to contact us for more details: info (at) modeljunkyard (dot) com

Doug May 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Hey guys, I keep checking back to see if you have published a book on this one yet. Do you still plan to? Hope so!

Seb June 1, 2012 at 5:24 am

Hi Doug, we still remember your the 1:10 scale guy. And yes, we still working on our Gas Station book. Every book takes a lot of work. But this one is gonna rock! You’ll see!
The book will be finished during the summer. I’ll keep you personally posted.

Doug June 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Excellent! I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Working on a ’62 Shasta Astroflyte camper in 1:10 also. Working on a great “Starlight Campground” sign, inspired by your Car Wash sign.

Thanks guys.

Joseph Dobrowolski December 28, 2013 at 5:27 am

Do you guys have a DWG file I can download or you can email me. I have autocad 14.

Seb January 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Hi Joseph, I have no DWG files, sorry.

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