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Horse Drawn

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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.

 

Horse, driver and wagonette
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I was pleased with the finished model and in a rush of enthusiasm bought another of Parliamentary’s horse drawn vehicles.

 

Brougham
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Once assembled and painted a similar process of adding traces and reins was undertaken using more micro strip from Slaters Plastikard.

 

Finished Brougham, driver and horse
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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.

 

Horse drawn vehicles on layout
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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!

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

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Very nicely modelled and observed, Dave - top marks for taking the trouble to get the reins "right".

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Thanks Al! Horse harnesses make Spratt and Winkle couplings seem like horse play! :-)

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Nicely done Dave, it all adds to you excellent layout. I do like the way in which you've painted the horse on the Brougham too, very convincing.

May I ask the manufacture of said nag please ?

 

Go and have a great time at your daughters wedding and I hope that the weather holds out for the day.

 ( Mine got married last Sept in Cyprus, twas a bit warm ! )

 

Grahame

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Beautiful Dave. I built one of the Broughams too. It went together very well and now sits atop an open carriage wagon. Best wishes for the wedding.

 

Richard

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That's wonderful - really outstanding. This post is both useful and inspiring, as I need to do something similar in HO when I build up my courage! 

 

All the best for the wedding, have a great day!

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Beautifully modelled, they really look the part. Best wishes for the wedding too!
Thanks Chris on both accounts!

 

Nicely done Dave, it all adds to you excellent layout. I do like the way in which you've painted the horse on the Brougham too, very convincing.May I ask the manufacture of said nag please ?Grahame
Hi Grahame glad you liked my attempt at a “dappled grey”, the horse is the “light delivery horse” from Duncan Models

 

 Go and have a great time at your daughters wedding and I hope that the weather holds out for the day. ( Mine got married last Sept in Cyprus, twas a bit warm ! ) Grahame
Yes it could easily be a perfect Spring day, snowing or somewhere in between judging by the strange weather we’ve been having recently! What ever the weather decides to do I’m sure it’ll be a lovely day:-)I hope you didn’t have to wear the full wedding suit at your daughter’s wedding, that would have been very sticky in a Cypriot September!

 

Beautiful Dave. I built one of the Broughams too. It went together very well and now sits atop an open carriage wagon. Best wishes for the wedding. Richard
Thanks Richard, again on both counts! A carriage wagon awaits to be built in my kit stash, they are lovely wagons:-)

 

That's wonderful - really outstanding. This post is both useful and inspiring, as I need to do something similar in HO when I build up my courage! 
Thanks Ian, glad you found it inspiring, a 3.5mm scale version will certainly be a fiddly challenge!

 

 All the best for the wedding, have a great day!
Thanks very much for your good wishes:-)

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Hi Dave, that's the second time today I see excellently modelled reins on here.

 

The horse drawn wagons (I wish there was a quicker expression!) look superb and blend in well on the layout, I think. Incidentally I hadn't noticed the adverts on the end wall before, very nice.

 

Good luck with the wedding from me also, my daughter is reaching that age and she and her partner have started arguing so they'll probably get married soon too :-)

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I came back for another look, really its top class. I am taking notes for the horse painting, something I need to get better at. 

 

There should be a couple of old codgers leaning on the fence as the horses produces some manure . 

 

Says the first " eee lad thee should put that on yer Rhubarb" ..... 

 

The second takes a long smoke on a old clay pie and replies ;

 

" Well, we always put custard on ours " ...........

 

Sorry, couldn't resist . 

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Hi Dave, that's the second time today I see excellently modelled reins on here.

 

Yes Kevin's twin horse model is lovely and the picture that you linked to of the cider apple cart is delightful!  I'm sure they must have grown apples in Sherton Abbas!:-)

 

 

 

 

The horse drawn wagons (I wish there was a quicker expression!) look superb and blend in well on the layout, I think. Incidentally I hadn't noticed the adverts on the end wall before, very nice.

 

 

Thanks Mikkel, glad you like HDW's :-)  I wasn't sure if I'd over done the end wall with adverts, so I'm pleased you like them!

 

 

 

Good luck with the wedding from me also, my daughter is reaching that age and she and her partner have started arguing so they'll probably get married soon too :-)

 

 

Thanks!  Yes a bit of bickering is definitely a healthy sign:-)

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I came back for another look, really its top class. I am taking notes for the horse painting, something I need to get better at. 

 

Thanks Dave, glad you came back for a second look:-)

 

 

 

There should be a couple of old codgers leaning on the fence as the horses produces some manure . 

 

Says the first " eee lad thee should put that on yer Rhubarb" ..... 

 

The second takes a long smoke on a old clay pie and replies ;

 

" Well, we always put custard on ours " ...........

 

Sorry, couldn't resist . 

That made me laugh!  Ill see what I can do about the "old codgers" and think of a way to make convincing 7mm scale horse dung:-)

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I do like the way the kit says "for O gauge"! Do you have to push the wheels out on the axles just a fraction if modelling in S7? (BTW which standards are you working to? I've lost track, so to speak.)

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I do like the way the kit says "for O gauge"! Do you have to push the wheels out on the axles just a fraction if modelling in S7? (BTW which standards are you working to? I've lost track, so to speak.)

 

Hi Stephen, yep it’s amazing how many people still get gauge and scale confused!

 

My track is built using wooden sleepers and plastic chairs from C&L and is 31.5mm gauge.

 

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