Stage Coach (With Apologies to John Ford and “Duke”)
I had so much fun with, and got such good comments on, my last posting of a model I built (a USMC M50A1 “Ontos”,) I thought I’d try another one. This is a really stimulating and worth-while website!
I’ve loved stage coaches ever since I was a kid. Maybe that’s because of the John Ford movie of that name starring John Wayne, or just all the other cowboy flicks I watched on Saturday afternoons showing stage coaches racing around with Indians and/or bad guys in pursuit.
Christmas before last (2014), I gave myself an Artesania Latina kit of a 1/10 scale Heritage Collection replica of an “1848 Stage Coach” (Kit #20340.) It came in a large box filled with many bits ’n’ pieces of stripwood, leather, metal and laser-cut plywood; a 1-to-1, full-sized photo sheet showing the finished model from every conceivable viewpoint; and a big instruction manual with hundreds of well-rendered color photos illustrating each step in the construction process. The instructions are written in eight languages – however, the English version was evidently translated by a person with something less than a firm grasp of the language. (I spent a lot of time scratching my head and saying: “…huh?” after reading and rereading the instructions several times.)
Anyway, after working on it just about every evening for nine months, I finally finished it last September. It’s a big model – Length: 15.8 inches; width: 4.9 inches; height: 10.2 inches. I decided to make it a “museum-quality” piece, so there’s absolutely no weathering. Everything works as on the original – the wheels, the brake, the doors, the throughbraces, the boarding steps, and even the coach lamps light up (there’s a battery under the driver’s seat). The “scenes” on the doors are digitized copies of artwork adorning an original Wells Fargo coach. The decals were printed for me by my pal Stan Cedarleaf in Arizona.
I took some photos of the model out on my back deck and have uploaded them hereto for you to see. As usual, your questions and/or comments are welcome.
19 additional images. Click to enlarge.