Tom Andersen Says Julie’s Cantina & Dance Hall Kits Ready to Ship


Story by Tom Andersen
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Hi Everybody,

We’ve been hard at it getting our new kit to market, first one is going to Paris France, ordered sight unseen, pre-paid, by a fellow who bought one of our adobe chapel kits. He said this kit will be the “masterpiece of my layout”.

Julie’s Cantina & Dance Hall is our newest kit, just released! Available in HO, S & O scales, it is our most realistic adobe kit yet! It features about 20% of the adobe surface eroded away to reveal the adobe bricks.

Construction involves a plywood substrate, then fracturing our Hydrocal casting of 400 square feet of adobe brick into shards, gluing the shards to the substrate, then finishing the rest of the wall surface to a grade above the adobe brick.

Also included are the outhouse (bano), Indian bread oven (horno) and an 18′ bar & bar stools.

Visit our web site for more details & photos,
Credit cards accepted.

Tom & Julie Andersen
Andersen Model Kits

Tom Andersen: From El Granada Hardware to Model Train Kits

Hi June,

I chanced on your web site while trying to find information on the Shorebird’s origins. I read a bit about you seeing Jack King at El Granada Hardware when I owned it. I married Cheryl Parsons in 1968, but my name is Andersen, not Parsons. I can see the confusion, as I employed Cheryl’s brothers, Mark, Brent & John Parsons at various times through the years at El Granada Hardware.

I first met you when I was just getting into riding waves, and John Morrall wanted to teach me to ride a surfboard at the El Granada Jetty. I was riding Boogie Boards. On a day of particularly good surf, we hooked up & paddled out at the Jetty, John, myself, and you. You and I were the novices, and relegated to just watching John & the other capable surfers have a great session.

I went on to open a hardware store in Santa Cruz in 1980 to follow my passion for riding waves. I advanced in the Boogie Boarding pretty quickly, making several trips to the islands riding some serious Hawaiian surf, and in 1984, won the Boogie Board contest at Steamer Lane for men’s age 30 & over division. In 1981 I learned to ride stand up surfboards at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz, and by 1985 was riding 25′ wave face surf at Steamer Lane in SC on a 7’2″ board I had made to my specifications. I surfed avidly for nearly 30 years. In the mid-1990s I traveled to Kauai and went surfing with John & his daughter, and John dropped off & picked up myself and my then girlfriend for a back packing trip into Kalalau along the Na Pali coast.

My present wife and myself live on El Granada Blvd. and have started a business creating model kits & trees for model railroading. You can see our stuff on We are actively creating new kits

to market, and Julie wants to market a kit depicting the original Shorebird. If you know of any photos we would love to get them. We can create the model kits from photos. The church in Taos on the web site was done from photos.

Anyhow, sure glad to find your site. I remember Jack King fondly, one of my favorite people to come in the store, as certainly was yourself.

(Image: Model Kit with adobe church in Taox, New Mexico.)

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