Mail call!

by brae  

I ran across an old Rondel Wood Products Mail Wagon kit on eBay, and now it's in my house.  Why?  Peer pressure, plain and simple.  You all know who you are!  :O

All kidding aside, it's a simple little kit that makes one of these: a rural mail wagon.


image from The Smithsonian

Included in the kit is a large blueprint.  Some pieces are pre-cut and some you do yourself.  This kit was missing a piece, but that's a relatively easy fix.

The plans and wheel drawing are even notarized.  :D  Not with original signatures, but still....

It comes with a jig for making the wagon wheels.  Though these are made differently, I've made two wagons in the past (here and here) and have some experience with the fiddly things.

It also includes two tiny oval glass windows.  :D

There are no materials for interior detailing included, but I will certainly add that.


image from The Smithsonian

These can be quite beautiful.  :D  In the kit, you're to paint the lettering by hand.  Riiiiiiiiight.  I see Woodland Scenics rub-on letters in my future.  :D


image from The Smithsonian

11 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
I love it! I grew up on a Rural Route. I'm envisioning what it was like a looooong time ago....
04/21/14 @ 19:08
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
What a wonderful kit!
04/21/14 @ 19:23
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Oh, it is just fabulous. Love it. I can't wait to see it made up.
04/21/14 @ 20:01
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
I don't know who it was, but this is really cool, I too can't wait to see it finished, and to see where it'll live... :innocent grin:
04/21/14 @ 21:06
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Hmmm...would this be for the 2014 Creatin' Contest?
04/22/14 @ 04:11
Comment from: Casey [Visitor]
Brae, the kit is beautiful! I can't wait to see it finished. Love the wheel jigs. Those could come in handy for other builds.
04/22/14 @ 06:17
Comment from: brae [Member]
:>> I wondered if some of you might think it was for the contest, but no...I'm just drawn to these types of vehicles. :yes:
04/22/14 @ 06:55
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]  
Oh my goodness that looks like a very complicated project! The result will make it all worth it I'm sure :)
04/22/14 @ 07:50
Comment from: Marisa [Visitor]
I agree that the wheels look a bit fiddly and it really does look like a complicated build. I cant wait to see what you come up with..if it were at my house it would never be built... Baxter would carry off most of the pieces
04/22/14 @ 08:54
Comment from: Sumaiya Mehreen [Visitor]
Can't wait to see it all finished!
04/22/14 @ 11:37
Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]
The paint lettering by hand bit, don't do it Brae, it's a trick, so you have to buy another one, because the one chance nerves messed it up. I'm a huge advocate for stick ons whenever possible!! :D
04/29/14 @ 06:23


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