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« on: April 14, 2010, 04:56:20 PM »

Here's two photos of an old wagon that I came across in Salt Lake City, Utah. The wagon is from some place in  Europe.





Let's see your wagon photos.

Gordon Birrell

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77318580@N00/
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010, 07:29:21 AM »

Good reference photos, thanks.

Here's a series of photos of really nice wagon models photographed in 1945 for Life Magazine

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=eafb4168239b8fff&q=wagon%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dwagon%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26ie%3DUTF-8%26tbs%3Disch:1#

Notice the photo of the builder, shows what a master craftsman can do with low tech on his kitchen table!

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2010, 08:17:05 PM »

Thanks, Dave. That guy is a master craftsman scratch builder if there ever was one. Museum quality stuff.  They look like they are at least 1:12 scale maybe even a bit bigger. I wonder where they are now and what they are made out of. I count around 31 models. Just wonderful model building.

Gordon Birrell

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2010, 09:01:20 PM »

Those are fantastic. I seem to remember seeing a book about his models many years ago, maybe 45 or so, at the public library. The pictures sure did ring a bell. His wagon plans are available online at Wild Horse Books & Art. The site also has many colour photos of his wagons.

Paul

Edit: From what I've been able to find out, the Oregon Historical Society holds his collection.
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2010, 09:58:24 PM »

How about a wagon sled.



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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2010, 10:54:29 PM »

Hi all,
Here is a stage I found in the museum at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska last month.

Also a set of Big Wheels that were built right here in town in the 1920's used in the woods in the local area then put on  display for years.  About 5 years ago they were completely and professionally restored and are now used for display at events like the Logging Conference.

 


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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2010, 11:00:37 PM »

David that sled is just what I had in mind for this thread.

Paul What a great link. To see the collection in color just totally blows me away. I've got to order a plan or two just to see what there like.They are twice the size of my models, lots of room for detail.  

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2010, 11:16:41 PM »

Thanks Rick for the photos.

Here's two wagons from Pipe Springs AZ







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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2010, 11:36:54 PM »

Pipe Springs this links has a lot of old pioneer stuff. The masonry on the fort is very nice.

http://www.delange.org/PipeSprings2/PipeSprings2.htm

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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2010, 02:08:11 AM »

If anybody builds a wagon close to the caliber of the ones in Paul's link I'll publish an article in the Modelers' Annual. (Are you reading this, Gordon?) All these wagons and models are wonderful. -- Russ
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2010, 06:09:19 AM »

Thanks for the links Paul!   I'd wondered what became of these models, really good to know they are still around and kept safe in a museum.    Looks like you found me another book I need to buy.    Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2010, 01:10:14 AM »

Here's an old horse-drawn ore wagon on display at the mining museum in Tonopah, NV:




And here's a link to more pics of this wagon:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Ore_Wagon.html

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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2010, 05:32:51 AM »

Thanks for the shot and the link to more info, Ray.
That's a very instructive thread. The wagon sled would make a great unusual model.
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2010, 07:51:48 AM »

Interesting article on Watson Wagon that built drop bottom wagons like the one Ray shows. Some measured drawings and more photos.

http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/r/rex_watson/rex_watson.htm

I've always been impressed with the level of detail Jordan Miniatures manages with their 1/87 rendition of a buck board.



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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2010, 09:13:14 AM »

Nice work on the wagon, Chester.  Very convincing wood and metal.   It would be hard to guess how small that model really is from your photo. 

I'm impressed with Jordan kits, in general.   Under the magnifying glass you can find mind boggling details like the Ford logo stamped on the running boards of their Model T, and wheel spokes that are every bit as good as a photo etched part.  No other plastic kit maker has matched the crisp finesse of Jordan parts.  And the dies must have been cut eons ago, with low tech.   I've spotted Jordan vehicles in photos of John Allen's layout.   Plus they are cheap!
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