I outlined the construction of one Parliamentary models wagonettes in a previous blog entry http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1131/entry-18072-horse-drawn-wagon/
but have only recently got round to painting a horse to pull it. There then followed an enjoyable bit of research into how horses and carts were connected together. Equine harnesses, traces and reins are a lot more complex than I first thought, thank goodness railways didn’t employ anything similar to connect their wagons together! :-)
I used Slaters Plastikard micro strip to simulate the reins and traces which were fixed in position with epoxy resin applied strategically with a cocktail stick. The reins always seem to be held in the drivers left hand with the excess rein length forming a loop on the drivers left side. This loop was simulated with some more micro strip bent in shape, then fixed in position with the addition of some liquid poly.
I was pleased with the finished model and in a rush of enthusiasm bought another of Parliamentary’s horse drawn vehicles.
Once assembled and painted a similar process of adding traces and reins was undertaken using more micro strip from Slaters Plastikard.
I’m not sure exactly where I’m going to position the completed models, but here are a few pictures of them on the layout with a couple of accompanying figures to complete this blog entry.
It’s my eldest daughter’s wedding next weekend which I’m really looking forward to, followed by the Newport show on the 14th of April. I’m not sure what the next blog entry will be about, I need to build some wagons for the private siding and have been thinking about adding a water tower alongside the crossover.
Until the next time!