Mail Wagon - part 15

by brae  

Continuing work on the mail wagon. Many of the pictures in this post show the parts after painting since I was on a deadline and had little time to take progress photos.

The chassis from the doctor's buggy kit had wonderful detail, but it was not made for a straight bottom cabin like my mail wagon. The original chassis planned for a curved reach. That's the long bar that connects the front axle assembly to the rear axle assembly.

Mine had to be relatively straight but also account for the slight difference in height between the front and back wheel hubs. Since it was such a slight incline, I used a long piece of 3/32" basswood as my new reach without any curve built in. The kit was supposed to come with a piece of cherry for the reach, but I couldn't find it. It's entirely possible it was in the box originally, but I misplaced it.

In case you ever need to know, the small McCormick spice bottles are just under 2 1/4" tall. :D The spice jars helped me mark where the front and rear spring bars would hit the cabin.

I trimmed the spring bars to fit since my cabin was skinnier than the original doctor's buggy passenger compartment.

The front and rear body hangers from the original kit are soft metal, so I was able to straighten them out and bend to the new shape needed.

I drilled holes for nails to be added. These are also epoxied in place for stability and durability.

The body hangers sit on top of the spring bars, suspending the cabin above the reach. I left them unattached at this point.

After I had the placement, I could slide the excess reach out the back and trim it to fit.

Chassis completion to be continued....

9 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Wow! So intricate!
01/27/20 @ 16:12
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
I love how shiny the red is. Like enameled metal on a new buggy. You must be the most manually dexterous person in Chicago.
01/27/20 @ 16:28
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
Amazing job.
01/27/20 @ 18:48
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
You did such an amazing job with all these teeny, tiny, precision parts and the paint job is stellar!!! I love seeing what your skill and patience can achieve!
01/27/20 @ 23:57
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
When I was a kid, my mother tried to teach me how to sew. She'd say, "Read the directions," which were often gibberish to me. Now as an adult I can follow directions and get alone quite nicely. My mother could also look at a pattern and say, "I don't like this sleeve," and she would recut it, often using newspaper to make her new pattern piece. I can't do that ether. My daughter inherited that unique talent of being able to visualize and re-visualize to customize pieces to re-design them for what she wanted. I applaud and admire your ability to take such complicated pieces and so tiny and refashion them into exactly what you need. Wow.
01/28/20 @ 14:29
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
One would be hard-pressed to be able to distinguish your miniature model from the real mccoy- even up close!
01/28/20 @ 19:08
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Your research and attention to detail make the carriage shine. Well done :)
01/29/20 @ 09:50
Comment from: marilyn [Visitor]  
Honestly it is just like making a full size other than the pieces weigh less. Congratulations on all the problem solving
01/31/20 @ 12:18
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :>>

I truly loved the challenge of this mail wagon. :yes:
01/31/20 @ 15:13


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