This is a reduced-scale reprint of a series on 1:90 scale models published in 1968 by J. F. Schreiber-Verlag, Esslingen. The 7 models were all simply called “Hochhaus” (high-rise building), their original article numbers were 71428 and 71448-71453. They were printed in 4-color offset on 43 x 31,5 sheets (2x 2 sheets, 5x 1 sheet). The models were available individually or as a set (art. no. 71459, see cover image to the right)
The vast technical progress in the construction of residential and office buildings was reflected in card modeling. The designer Hubert Siegmund demonstrates the developments of that time: brick walls, concrete skeleton infill or concrete skeleton with a curtain of metal, glass or artificial stone. The models appeared first in the 1968 Schreiber catalogue, on pages 94 and 95 (see image, below right). The model description said, among other things: “With our models you can assemble the core of a modern city. This also creates a modern business center - an impressive backdrop for any model railway.”
Because of the large demand for models of 1960s high-rise buildings, the AGK has decided to re-publish this model series. The models are contemporary historical documents and as such are part of the “history of card modeling” the AGK is dedicated to.
In general, assembly of the models is straightforward and well-described in drawings and instructions. This enables even beginners to construct attractive models that will be eye-catchers in any model railway. Please not that many elements are parts of large folding structure. Also, many of the flat surfaces are relatively large, so we recommend to reinforce walls, roofs and terraces with a second cardboard layer.
Have fun with constructing these models!