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Sierra Scale Models is proud to represent unique Bosco Figures and Galileo Miners. We know they will meet the standards in quality and character of even the most discriminating modelers.

Bosco Figures                      Galileo Miners, Loggers, Workers, etc.


BOSCO FIGURES

The Bosco characters of Keith Glaab are based on the famous figures that John Allen made and placed on the Gorre and Daphetid Railroad, used in old Varney ads, and photographed in the Model Railroading with John Allen book by Linn Westcott.  All of the current figures are HO gauge, with plans to make figures for other gauges in the future.  All figures are made out of lead-free white metal and are hand painted. They are made from original hand carved masters, molds, and castings made by Keith Glaab. All figures have actual names, but of course you can call them anything you like once they arrive in your railroad world.

Gordo Sorfeetz

Gordo Sorfeetz is the oldest of the Sorfeetz brother's gang and his name is dual purpose.  Gordo is short for Gordon as in Gordon Varney, who applied John Allen's story telling pictures to advertise his Varney products. 

Gordo was Keith's first figure and was named as a tribute to Mr. Varney. Gordo is also the short familiar name for the fat one, like a fat gord! Gordo is armed with a hand gun with extra ammo in his gun belt.  In his left hand is a clay pulque cup that he refills more often than his pistol.
 


Mitad Sorfeetz
 

Mitad is the middle brother in the Sorfeetz gang, and his name means middle in Ecuadorian Spanish.  Mitad is armed with a rifle and two bandoleers of ammunition. Mitad gets quite a bit of unrequested advise from his older brother.  With characteristic aplomb, he says advise is worth what you pay for it.
 

 

Pequeno Sorfeetz
 

Pequeno Sorfeetz is the Uncle to the Sorfeetz brothers.  Pequeno is Ecuadorian Spanish for small, as in little toe.  You know the one that went oui, all the way home. Pequeno is shorter than Gordo and Mitad, but is very feisty.  Lately he has been feeling a bit of the rheumatism acting up, but he still keeps an eye on the boys to keep them out of most trouble, when he can.  A wire is included with each pequeno for his cane.
  

Retired Diesel Salesman

Retired Diesel Salesman
 

The Retired Diesel Salesman (RTS) or hanging man was the key element of one of the most remembered John Allen photographs.

To quote from the book, "when a diesel salesman came to call, the unsympathetic G.D. crew summarily lynched him from Hangman's bridge, near Daphetid."  See page 59 in the book Model Railroading with John Allen by Linn Westcott.
 


Heavy Weights

Archibald Peter Van Slurp (on top of car)

Horace P. Vestibule III (inside the car)
 

There are two more robust figures from the G&D photographs.  How Horace and Archibald Pete joined the G&D is described in great detail in Model Railroading with John Allen.

(What is left of the car is not included with either figure.)



 

 


You can purchase the Bosco figures individually or in a package of all six:

 

Hand painted Gordo Sorfeetz figure for $6.95. Shipping costs will be added to each order.
Hand painted Mitad Sorfeetz figure for $6.95. Shipping costs will be added to each order.
Hand painted Pequeno Sorfeetz figure for $6.95. Shipping costs will be added to each order.
Hand painted Retired Diesel Salesman figure for $6.95. Shipping costs will be added to each order.
Hand painted Archibald Peter Van Slurp figure for $6.95. Shipping costs will be added to each order.
Hand painted Horace P. Vestibule III figure for $6.95. Shipping costs will be added to each order.
All six Bosco hand painted figures for $39.00. Shipping costs will be added to each order.
 

Frijole Flats Sketchbooks

Frijole Flats Sketchbooks are based on buildings with a character of the Southwest as might have been seen during the 1940's and 1950's. All characters appearing in these works are fictitious and any resemblances are purely coincidental. The structures were designed and illustrated by Tomas A. Yorke and edited by Keith Glaab.

Click the cover images to obtain price and purchase information.

Frijole Flats Sketchbook: Part 1 consists of 54 pages of drawings and narrative, including the history of Frijole Flats, walking tour, Frijole Flats Depot, Facilities Groceria, Mercantil, Esperanza's Crib, El Gato Negro, the Church, Sheriff's Office, Store for Rent, Bordello and Pool Hall, Rosita's Diner, the Tramway, Wagons, plus articles on how to make styrene look like wood, basic painting instructions, and an alternative town plan for Frijole Flats.
Frijole Flats Sketchbook: Part 2 contains
55+ pages of detail, drawings, and narrative about Pepito's Pinto Plant near Frijole Flats. This book continues the walking tour of Frijole Flats into the bean facility. Drawings include Pepito's Pinto's Front Gate, Paco Querida-the locomotive, The old Hacienda, Shelling & Bagging Shed, Storage Bins and Conveyor, Big Packing Warehouse, Kitchen, Boiler Shed, Equipment Repair Shed, Water Tower, and Engine Shed. Also included are MORE drawings of Frijole Flats that were not in Book #1 : The Hotel, Bank, Barrio, two track plans and a full color chapter of Tom's Frijole Flats models.

Sierra Scale Models: GALILEO FIGURES

Sierra Scale Models is proud to be the only representative of Galileo scale period figures. The figures are extremely well proportioned and set in poses. These figures are well worth the price (approximately $2.00/each) as compared to comparable models.
 

Late 1800's to Early 1900's Hard Rock Miners (Set of 10)

The set of 10 Period Miner figures (see fronts and backs illustrated below) are available in spun cast metal.

Some of the non-painted figures come with arms not attached, but the arms can be attached easily with a good ACC glue, into the position you desire. After the arms are attached and secured, you can then paint them your own colors or use the photographs below as a painting guide ( $19.95/set for non-painted metal)

Galeleo Miners -- Front of miners Galileo Miners -- Back of miners



 

Unpainted Miner Figures (Spun Metal) for $19.95. Includes 10 unpainted figures of miners (in various positions).

1800's Chinese Railroad Workers (Set of 5)

The set of 5 Chinese Railroad figures (circa 1800's) are available in spun cast metal only. These non-painted figures come with arms and tools attached. You can paint them with your favorite colors or follow our photographs as painting guides (see fronts and backs illustrated below).

Chinese Figures (metal) painting guide for front Chinese Figures (metal) painting guide for backs

Non-Painted Chinese Railroad Workers (spun metal) for $9.95. Includes 5 unpainted figures of Chinese Railroad Workers (in various positions).

Late 1800's to Early 1900's Log Camp and Logger (Set of 5)

The set of 5 Log Camp figures (circa late 1800's & early 1900's) are available in spun metal castings only. These non-painted figures include:

  • Log camp lady

  • Standing logger with axe.

  • Logger swinging an axe with attachable arm

  • Two loggers with arms not attached that hold a saw

The arms can be attached easily with ACC glue into the positions you desire. After the arms are attached and secured, you can then paint the figures with your favorite colors.

 Late 1800's to Early 1900's Log Camp and Logger

Non-Painted Set of Loggers (spun metal) for $9.95. Includes 5 unpainted figures of log camp figures from the late 1800's to early 1900's(in various positions).

Sitting Figures (Set of 10)

The set of sitting figures are very detailed and each in is a different pose. They will fit well inside a passenger coach or just as easily waiting at the station for their train to come. The set of 10 non-painted spun metal castings consist of 8 women and 2 men.

Non-Painted Sitting Figures (spun metal) for $19.95. Includes 10 unpainted sitting figures (in various positions).


Sierra Scale Models is owned and operated by Dave Barron, NMRA Master Model Railroader. If you have questions about the products, send a message to David Barron.