Category: "Half Clocked - HBS Creatin' Contest 2018"

Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum

by brae  

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I visited the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum at the Wade House historical site in Greenbush, WI.  It's a 20,000 square-foot museum with some of the finest carriages and displays I've seen.  It has been cold and snowy in the area, so I hope that is why there weren't many visitors.  It's a great place that maybe people take for granted.  But, maybe it's more seasonal when people can tour the grounds and partake in festivities in warmer months.  Even though we didn't go to the other places in the complex, the carriage museum alone was worth the visit.

There's a gorgeous stagecoach before you reach the ticket counter, and you can climb inside.  There's an automated speaker that gives you a fun experience, and a gift shop with a lot of vintage candies.

Since we were the only visitors, the curator Jim gave us a guided tour of some of the more relevant carriages for my RFD build.  While they didn't have an actual mail wagon in the collection, there were a couple that had similar suspensions and features to various mail wagons I've seen in my research.  After this helpful start, we roamed the museum, making two full laps to take it all in.

This tobacco wagon was the closest in size and type of suspension, at least for the front.

I was able to get some great photos of the underside that showed me how it was all put together.  Much of this was made from metal.  I don't plan to recreate in metal, but I think I can get a nice replication in other materials.

There was a great side room that showed the springs and wheel construction, as well as how it was all put together.

This milk wagon has sliding interior doors, which I've seen in some of the mail wagons.

This carriage has a closer match to the back suspension I've seen in mail wagons.

There were a few horse models on display, so I was also able to get some great shots of the harness setup.

I have some library books to peruse as well, which I will detail separately, but it was awesome to see examples in person.

Mail Wagon - part 1

by brae  

Today, I did a dry fit of the mail wagon.  To say the instructions are lacking is an understatement.  You are given a blueprint drawing and a typed list of instructions.

There are no photos or diagrams of the steps, and the kit photo is minuscule and not at all detailed.

I blundered my way through a dry fit, and one piece still made no sense and didn't seem to fit properly.  But, it does give me a good basis for size and how far away the wheels are supposed to be from the passenger compartment.  It's a very simplistic kit, so you know me...I'll probably end up building most of it from scratch and using this as only a guide.

The wheels are incredibly detailed in their assembly, much like the real deal.  If I can get them to work, the wheels alone will be worth having bought the kit.

However, this is the extent of the chassis - two wood blocks.  The front wheels will turn, but the lack of detail is disappointing.

Here's a real life mail wagon for example.  This is more complicated than I want to attempt, but there has to be a happy medium.

image from The Smithsonian

The inexpensive wagon kit I put together for Baslow Ranch has better detailing without being overly complicated.

It's longer than the mail wagon, but I could likely customize something better than two simple wood blocks.  I do have another of these kits, but I could cut pieces myself using the general pattern.

I'm checking some other sources for ideas.  Plus, I'm planning a trip to a local museum that has carriages for in-person study and better photographs.

The results are in...

by brae  

Half Clocked has won an Honorable Mention in the 2018 HBS Creatin' Contest!  :D

It's a great honor to have my work recognized.  A huge thank you to HBS!

For the full recap post on Half Clocked, click here.

You can see the other winners and remaining entries posted here.  Congratulations to all on your creativity and hard work!  :D  HBS has also released this year's contest kit -- not sure if I will enter, but there's plenty of time to mull over my ideas.

Herding cats

by brae  

Yeah, it's been a little crazy around here, but I'm still lurking. Hope to be back shortly....

Half Clocked - The Clocks, part 3

by brae  

Continuing my posts on the clocks from Half Clocked.  Please click here for part 2.


I have no chimney, but I am using a fireplace with a false brick insert.  The fireplace was part of a miniatures lot I bought online.  I have two that are very similar, and one is for the Brownstone.  They are heavy, well made and have crisp detailing.  The material appears to be some sort of translucent resin.  There are no markings or manufacturer details.  The seller indicated that she purchased them in 1996 at The Dolls House Toys Ltd., Covent Garden, London.  The fire screen is by Ellen Moore.

The modern side table was inspired by the Oly Studio Ichibad Side Table and made with Tiny Turnings.  I needed some sort of cash transaction station for my shop, so I added a vintage desk from my stash and stool from Boutique Miniatures.  The desk is a cheap miniature, but it has always appealed to me.  It was also from a collection a friend gave to me after his mother passed, so it has that sentimental draw as well.

The porthole clock was made with a watch finding Bill sent me and a printed dial.  I made the red alarm clock from wood shapes, Tiny Turnings, jewelry findings and a cabochon sticker for the face.  It's similar to the one I made for the Haunted Heritage, which I also borrowed for this build.  The Art Deco working clock is from Halls Miniature Clocks.  The laser cut Victorian wall clock is from D-Tales Miniatures, bought at the Bishop show.  The hourglass is from Here Today Gone Tomorrow, and yes, it works.  I think it counts maybe a only second or two.  :D

The pintail drake decoy is by Linda Master, and the candy dish was from Manor House Miniatures.  The two metal clocks were originally bright gold with cheap faces.  I repainted them and added new faces, using Testors Clear Parts Cement and Window Maker for the red clock's glass.  

The round clock in the upper right is a jewelry finding with the bail removed with a metal jewelry frame glued around it.

I made the clock with the paintings using an old laser cut wood scrap.  I cut an insert for the middle to bring the clock dial forward and added watch hands.  The artwork is cropped from paintings by Edward Moran, found on wiki.

The black grandfather clock was made from a Chrysnbon kit.

The rustic table is from Barbara Begley Miniature Gardens.  I made the two table clocks from wood shapes, jewelry findings and cabochon stickers for the faces.  The flowers were made from Bonnie Lavish kits.

The large gold clock started as a mirror.

I printed a new face and used a large cabochon sticker for the face.

I've made the Banjo wall clock from Cynthia Howe Miniatures before, but this time I went less traditional in color.

I might have to pick up more of these kits - they are so versatile.

I detailed the cat clock and the clock above it in Part 2.

At the last minute, I realized I needed a I swiped the Tree Ring rug for the space. Now, I can leisurely make a replacement.  :D 

The tiered table has a selection of small clocks that I picked up from shows, but you can find them online.  I made the bird statue from jewelry findings, and the spiral vase is from Patricia Paul.

The working mantel clock is from HBS, the small Art Deco clock is from William Cambron Designs, and the small square clock is a half scale mini I've had in my stash awhile.  I made the righthand table clock from wood shapes, Tiny Turnings and a cabochon sticker for the face.  The silver bud vase came from Manor House Miniatures, and the flower was made from a Bonnie Lavish kit.

The mouse in the teacup is by Beth Freeman-Kane.  Every clock shop needs a mouse, right?  :D

The red alarm clock was made for the Heritage and borrowed for this build.  The candy dish is from Blondie, and the candy was made by MiniFanaticus.

The two silvertone clocks are kits from Phoenix Model Developments. I also found two knock-offs at local shows that I refined and refinished. Since the Phoenix kits came with two faces per clock kit, I had an extra for the red clock. I printed my own for the other. For the paper/decal faces, I used Testors Clear Parts Cement and Window Maker for the glass. The gold clock on the far right was purchased at a local show and refined with new paint and dial.

That should do it!  Whew!  That's a lot of clocks!  :D

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