Every project starts with an idea and an image. Our ‘masthead’ kit is based on this typical International Harvester design of 1903 for an un-sprung Farm Cart.
The kit is executed in both HO and N scales. The International harvester design was derived from several similar models absorbed by IHC when it was created in 1902.
Fully painted it demonstrates the strength of the etched metal medium in reproducing horse drawn vehicles from the 18th, 19th and early twentieth Centuries.
This Delivery Van is also executed in HO and N Scales, seen here with a Dart Castings ‘weary vanner’ in the larger scale.
The ‘Pantechnicon’ kit offered the opportunity to create a more detailed vehicle at HO scale so differs from its N scale cousin. The large delivery vehicle gained its name from the Pantechnicon Warehouse in 1830s Belgravia.
The Pantechnicon had a floating (cranked) axle allowing ramped access to the interior. It is the grandfather of all ‘removal vans’. Some found their way to the Circus trade in retirement
At the other end of the scale, very small items such as luggage and market barrows make excellent prototypes for etched metal modelling.
The lattice seat-back of this platform seat would be a challenge in most materials.
The ubiquitous wind-pump (6 million sold in the US alone) is a delicate affair with its lattice tower and geometric vanes. Again, this mode is executed in HO and N scales and shown here in HO.
Edge tools and work-site ephemera respond well to reproduction in Stainless Steel. This logging camp set contains items that are actually very sharp. Research yields interesting items like the log tongs and the ‘Peavey Pole’, used for levering logs on the ground.
Research into agricultural implements unearthed the Averruncator, a double-action long handled pruner. No orchard scene should be without one! This shows the process from illustration to photo-tooling.
Hinges are commonly etched for application to road and rail vehicle doors. But barn door runners are something new, requested by modellers at the 2020 Springfield MA Model Show in the US. This particular design formed the basis for mass production-line monorails in many US factories from the early 1900s.
This more traditional design is still in available and in use today.
Here, the wind-pump is shown with its ‘balcony’ style maintenance platform. This was mainly a UK feature. In the US a more vestigial affair was deemed appropriate. Both are supplied.