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Wagon - Delivery Van •••• Vans were used for delivery by: baker’s, butcher’s, bottler’s, used for advertising and delivery of dry goods, flowers, furniture, ice, mail, milk and by butchers, peddler’s, and police. Plans include: 3) super B and 2) A size sheets which include a material list and construction photos.
Wagon - Heavy Duty Dray •••• Drays are the strongest type of commercial freight wagons pulled by a team of draft animals. Generally they were used in and around the “big city" to haul heavy loads well into the 1920s and beyond. Floors were flat with smaller wheels than a Farm Wagon for easy lower loading of large machinery and parts and even a casket if no hearse was available. The Pullman RR Car Co. used Drays to move wheel sets and other Pullman Car parts. This design is a model of a ten-ton capacity Dray with a full-circle fifth-wheel which provided greater maneuverability within crowded city streets. Plan set options include different style stakes and a Turning Seat. Plans include 6) super B size sheets and A size material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
Wagon - American Farm •••• These are very detailed plans down to the nuts and bolts. There is no way to compare a finished model built from these plans compared to a laser cut built kit. It is reported that there were almost a 1000 wagon builders across American in the late 1800’s. Obviously there was some variation in construction details but the basic wagon changed little over the years. These plans allow for the modeler to also vary details, but build with metal and wood just as they did over 100 years ago. Plans include: 8) super B, 5) A size, sheets which include Bill of Materials, 3-D renderings, and 2) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ construction instructions and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
Wheels - Fixture for Wagon •••• Plans for a fixture that allows building of model wagon wheels in virtually any scale. Plans include: 1) super B construction templates, and 2) 9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ size instruction sheets which include photos, 3-D renderings with steps by step instructions.
Wagon - 4-Wheel RR Station Baggage •••• Such wagons were used for luggage and freight at Express, Freight and Passenger Depots
Cart - Steel Lumber •••• The prototype for this Lumber Cart is located at the Crowell Lumber Ind. mill in Longleaf, LA. This saw mill operated into the 1960’s which would make this design appropriate for later operating saw mills. Plans include 3) A size sheets with a material list for fine scale brass construction or styrene would be an alternative material.
Cart - Wood Lumber •••• The prototype for this Lumber Cart is located at the Rhinelander Logging Museum in Rhinelander, WI which would make it appropriate for saw mills operating at the turn of the century. Plans include 1) A size drawing..
Buggy - Lumber •••• The name “buggy” as used here is a lumber-mill term. These wagons were used at saw mills, lumber yards, woodworking plants and general farm use. These wagons carried their load balanced over the rear wheels. They were heavy springless wagons. The capacity of the one shown in this plan set would have been three tons. Because of the many places where such wagons were used it continued in use many years longer than most types of wagons. Plans include 4) super B size sheets with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
Cart - Parts •••• This dainty cart flat bed is ¾ʺ x 1 ½ʺ. Every layout needs a cart for moving items. This cart can be seen in the VCLCo Engine House. 1) A size sheet is all that is needed which shows required materials..
Cart - Tank •••• Picture shows a Visible (manual pump) gas pump that could have been found in the 1920’s, which is not covered within this plan sheet. Footprint 2 ⅝ʺ x 1 ⅞ʺ. 1) A size sheet is all that is needed which list suggested materials.
Wagon - Tank •••• Tankers collected lamp oil (kerosene) at the train depot, sold it to shops and peddled it by the gallon to city folk. Also, in the heat of summer they were used to sprinkle dirt roads in a city when the dust became too thick. They were also used for delivering water to residents where wells were not available. Fire fighting for Sawmill and logging operations. Plans include 9) super B size sheets with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates. Options include: wood and steel tanks, brakes, single and double horse eveners and lazy back spring seat.
This page was last updated October 16, 2013
American Farm Wagon CDs or DVD •••• This is a pair of two no frills CDs or one DVD of over 850 photos and pictures of many types of of wagons drawn by draft animals (a few photos are of museum quality wagons, many photos are of wagons which have seen better days). Some wagons have as many as a dozen pictures showing details of how they were built by different American Wagon manufacturers. These pictures are for your edification and inspiration to..........
two (2) CDs = $12 or one (1) DVD = $10
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Building and Modeling the American Farm Wagon and a few other Horse Drawn Vehicles •••• This spiral bound booklet is under construction with a projection of over 60 (9 ½ʺ x 13ʺ) pages and over 50 illustrations. Items covered in this booklet include a brief description of American Wagon types • horses • harness • scaling these wagon plans into other scales • list of commercial model wagon wheels • how to build your own model wagon wheels • kitbashing commercial wagon kits. Plan sets will include over 35) super B sheets on building: Running Gear • Eveners & Shafts • Wagon Boxes • Seat, Tool Box & Trailer Hitch • Brakes • Bolster Stakes • Express Wagon • Dray Wagon • Cord, Log & Lumber Wagons • Delivery Wagon • Dumping Wagon • Tank Wagon • 4-Wheel RR Station Wagon, and 8) A size drawings plus a DVD of American Farm Wagons.
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Wagon - The Complete Heavy Log •••• Logging Wagons are similar to the farm wagon but with no bed, heavier construction, but with brakes for hauling logs from a hilly Pinery to a Loading Deck. Some additional ways of displaying a Logging Wagon other than by your Saw Mill would be to show it by a roadside restaurant. They could also fit prototypically within an oil well scene hauling pipes or derrick timbers and in the construction of city buildings. The capacity of the one shown in this plan set would have been eight tons. Plans include 6) super B size sheets showing details full scale to be used as templates, and an A size material list. Plans include options for modeling another Log Wagon as a trailer with a 4-horse hitch and brakes.
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Wagon - Dumping ••••This is a contractor’s suspension body dumping wagon following illustrations in the May 1906, Carriage monthly. These wagons were designed for contractors, especially in cities to cart away refuse, ashes, and garbage. This wagon could carry 3 to 4 tons of anthracite coal. Contractors also used these wagons for road construction hauling earth, sand gravel. (This was an era when earth was worked by men with picks and shovels.) Until coal was readily available these wagons would haul firewood to residents which were often found in sawmill towns near forests. Sawmills also used them to haul slash and sawdust to refuse burners. Mining operations used them to haul ore.
To increase capacity, slanting boards panels are shown as an option in these drawings. These boards can be modeled stationary or removable.
Crossbars and Pillars were mortised through sills to reduce breakage/repairing of the rough handling of these wagons.
Called Dumping Wagons is obvious. (Sometimes referred to as tip carts.) Dumping was accomplished by sticking a robust timber between the spokes of the hind wheel, pulling the Tail Gate rods, rotating the Latching Hook; then a Teamster backing the team unbalancing and dumping the material within the wagon body, dumping the load. Resetting the wagon body was accomplished by reversing the process.
A full-circle fifth-wheel is included which provided greater maneuverability, with the front wheels being low for sharper turning and more accurate placement of material being dumped.
These wagons were pulled by two, sometimes four, heavy draft animals such as Clydesdales, or Ercheron horses.
Plans include: 10) super B size sheets which includes a Bill of Materials and all details shown full scale to be used as templates.
All 1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.