Sources for parts to make Hon30 modules like mine

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 25 January 2016


I get a lot of mails regarding the boxes and plugs I use for my Hon30 modular layout. So here’re a couple of sources or details that may help you to find similar stuff for your railroad project.

Module boxes

I buy my boxes at and they were original designed as wooden canvas for paint art. The product is called “CASANI” and available in many different sizes. Since Boesner is a German company, they may be available in Europe only. Anyway, I got two sources for similar stuff in the US, listed below. If some one can tell me a similar product range in GB – feel free to tell me and I’ll add them here as well.

Germany / Europe

Boesner – Casani-Boxes


Rex-Art – 2″ Cradled Panels

DickBlick – Easel Wood Painting

Plugs & Sockets

I use 4mm Banana plugs for panel installation. They are available in several types from and may be available to your country as well. Otherwise, please see the product descriptions below. You may find similar products at your local store. I recommend sockets, which have an all-though hole to take the plugs. Please note, the blow links will lead to the German website of

Conrad – Plugs

Conrad – Sockets

As usual, feel free to contact me in case of further questions.

Regards, Gerd



  • Steffen says:

    Guten Abend, die Idee mit den “Malgründen” als Modulkästen finde ich Klasse. Nur würde ich gern wissen welche Höhe beim Bau genommen wurde, 3, 6 oder 9cm ?

    * Steffen aus Dresden

    • Gerd says:

      Hi Steffen,

      ich habe die 6cm hohen Kästen verwendet. Die 3cm Kästen sind nicht immer verwindungssteif, sind aber für kleinere Projekte sicher auch verwendbar.

      Grüße, Gerd

  • Henry says:

    Hi, thanks for all the great details on the HOn30 layout with boxes. Another source of wood boxes is Searching for “American Easel Wood Painting Panels” finds many of the same boxes offered at Dick Blick.