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Model Trailways 1895 Horse-Drawn Hearse Wagon - 1/12 - by Kevin - Completed July 2021


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good morning everyone

 

and now for something different

 

BRIEF HISTORY 

 

Originally, the wooden or metal framework over the coffin was called a hearse. It was decorated with numerous spikes to hold burning candles. Sometime in the 17th century, people started using the word to refer to not only the construction above the coffin, but to the vehicle that carried the casket to the grave. Early hearses were hand-drawn. As time went on, families started to choose rural cemeteries instead of traditional church grounds. Caskets had to be transported greater distances. People wanted to go out in style and ordered elaborately decorated coffins in exotic woods. The hearses became fancier and heavier. They needed horsepower, not manpower. The first American horse-drawn hearses date back to the mid nineteenth century. A typical horse-drawn hearse of that period cost about $1,500.

 

KIT FEATURES 

Historically accurate, highly detailed model 

Laser cut basswood parts 

Basswood wheel rims & spokes 

Cast Britannia metal axles & shafts 

Machine turned aluminium wheel hubs 

Photo-etched brass ornamentation 

5 sheets of detailed plans 

48-page illustrated instruction manual Instructions & prototype model by Ken Foran 

MODEL SPECIFICATIONS 

 Length: 13” Height: 8” Width: 5” Scale: 1:12

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good evening everyone

 

some of you may have seen a recent post wrt to a 1/12 Tudor mansion that the wife found thinking i had thrown it out 10+ years ago

 

to cut a story short a couple of hours discussions about what to do with it then perused

thoughts of putting in a display case then turned into a diorama idea, which in turn made me look for a royal mail British horse drawn carriage, which i have ordered, however i saw this and it arrived first

 

this is the box contents, looks quite good value for the money, off Amazon, actually it was 1/2 the price of Cornwall Model Boats and fleabay

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5 sheets of plans all 1/1 at 1/12 scale

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well yesterday i made a start

thew floor has push out in which roller are fitted at a later date

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all the side panels are laminated by gluing one panel over another, the outer side is rebated to take the windows

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4 sides and 2 end panel door/windows

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me faithful boi, struggling with the warm temperatures

and rear axle mounts in position

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today

 

to warm in the mancave so very limited work

 

sanded the dody down for first top coat

and made the four wheels up, they are no glued and still require a lot of work before they see any glue

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good evening everyone

 

build continues

interior

the rollers are 19mm long and wooden dowel is provided for that purpose, but i had some right dia plastic tubing, easier to cut, primed and sprayed with Ford antique gold rattle can paint

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the coffin rails are white metal stations with brass tubing slotted in-between, also in the kit

 

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rear wheel suspension was also made up, nothing of the metal bits has taken long to clean up

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good evening everyone

 

doors

there was one one hinge supplied instead of 4, replacements come from the states, so i raided the wife dolls house spare parts found 4 and fitted, both doors open

just handle to fit

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glazing

a simple job, but rather than paint the glazing strips black i did them antique gold, it looks ok

the very thin plastic film was protected in a p[plastic envelope, but for some reason it is marked by the outline of the photo etch decoration which was also in a plastic envelope - spooky,  i did to clean it off somehow

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seat

wasnt happy about just painting it brown, so i covered it in leatherette, then put a piping around it to hide the white edges, this them made it to wide for the kit supplied back rest so made one out of brass

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front suspension ongoing

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decoration is now on, just needs tidying up

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Good morning everyone

 

this little project is quickly coming to an end

the front suspension was made up along with the 5th wheel (steering head), primed and gloss black top coat

 

everything apart from the wheels is now finished and ready to be attached

my next post will be possibly tomorrow with a final reveal

 

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well i finished it

 

an enjoyable build

kit quality 10/10

my effort 3/10

paints rattle can

glue was pva and medium C/A

sort furnishings by the wife, thank you

 

thank you for following, i have another ready to go on the build table

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  • Kevin Aris changed the title to Model Trailways 1895 Horse-Drawn Hearse Wagon - 1/12 - by Kevin - Completed July 2021

Very nicely done! :clap2:

 

It looks like it was a fun build. It's certainly different!

 

To be sure, your result is far far better your assessment.

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1 hour ago, dnl42 said:

Very nicely done! :clap2:

 

It looks like it was a fun build. It's certainly different!

 

To be sure, your result is far far better your assessment.

 

26 minutes ago, perdu said:

Very nicely done Kevin, almost an understatement.

 

Top job and I love it, great soft furnishings too :)

Thank you 

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