Allerton Steam Pumper Fire Engine, 1869
1:12 Scale Wood & Metal Kit - as detailed as a Pocher metal car kit!
In the summer of 1869 the city of Wooster, Ohio purchased a steam fire pumper from the Allerton Iron Works of Naugatuck, Connecticut. The pumper did not carry water. Instead, it used a coal-fired boiler to draw water from wells and cisterns and pumped 350 gallons per minute.
The fire departments horses were replaced with motor vehicles in 1919, but the horse-drawn Allerton remained at the station as a back-up pumper until the mid-1930s. By the 1950s the steamer was taken out of service and put into storage. Practically forgotten, it was eventually sold to a scrap dealer who then sold it to Charles Panella, a fire apparatus collector near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Panellas son wanted to see the old steam pumper returned to its original home and sold it to the Wayne County Ohio Historical Society. On March 30, 2001, the 1869 Allerton steamer was delivered to the Wooster Fire Department for cleaning and preparation. Now on exhibit at the Wayne County Historical Society it is the only known Allerton steamer in existence.
The Model Trailways Kit
The Allerton is the most complex and accurately detailed kit Model Trailways has ever produced. Hundreds of cleanly cast Britannia metal pieces weigh in at nearly six pounds to duplicate every component of the original pumper. We provide a photo-etched brass sheet for spark arrestor and coal buckets, plus photo-etched stainless steel for boiler walls and nameplate. Ready-to-use wheel hubs are machined aluminum. Kit also includes flexible hoses, brass wire and rod, split rings, and clear plastic pieces for the headlight and hand lamps. Wooden parts are replicated in fine-grained laser cut basswood. Five sheets of plans with blueprint quality drawings show every detail with left and right side views, exploded perspectives, wheel assembly pattern and color guide. Sixty-four page illustrated instruction manual explains every step of construction from start to finish.
Scale 1:12 (1inch = 1 foot)
Length 14-1/4 inch
Width 5-3/4 inch
Height 9 inch
Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Kit design, plans, instructions & prototype model by Ken Foran.
COWBOY CHUCK WAGON C. 1860
Model Trailways kit contains everything you need to build an authentically detailed scale model. Basswood parts are laser cut for a perfect fit. True-to-life accessories include brass rod, rings, eyebolts and photo-etch detailing. Spoked wooden wheels with machined aluminum hubs and rubberized rims are as realistic as you can get. Canvas cover, miniature rope and blackened metal chain, miniature nuts and bolts add the final touches to a beautiful model and valuable keepsake.
Six sheets of clearly drawn plans and illustrated assembly book guide you through construction.
Length 10inch - 254 mm
Height 9 inch - 229 mm
SCALE WOOD & METAL KIT
The Abbott Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire built its first stagecoach in 1827. These coaches were used for passenger and mail service between St. Louis and San Francisco. Abbott produced coaches for both Wells Fargo and Butterfield Overland Stage companies.
Weighing over two tons, the coaches were solidly built. The bodies rested on leather throughbraces - not for the passengers' comfort, but to prevent injury to the horses. The wheels were made of seasoned white oak to withstand the heat and the cold. Leather "boots" front and back held mail sacks and luggage.
The interior was just over 4' wide and 4-1/2' high. Three benches provided seating for nine passengers. They traveled day and night, suffering from choking dust and stifling heat in the summer, intense cold in the winter and the ever-present threat of robbers and hostile Indians. After completing the 2,812-mile journey, one newspaper correspondent wrote, "Had I not just come out over the route, I would be perfectly willing to go back, but I now know what hell is like. I've just had 24 days of it."
An act of congress discontinued stagecoach mail service on June 30, 1861. The stagecoach era came to an end with the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869.
CONCORD STAGECOACH KIT CONTENTS
Our kit replicates the original with steerable wooden wheels, working suspension and opening doors. Cast metal wheel hubs, axles and door hinges; brass strips, rods, nails, nuts and bolts and photo-etched brass parts add authentic detail. Drivers bench is perched at the top of the wagon and interior is complete with seating for nine. Decal sets for both Wells Fargo and Butterfield let you choose the version youll build. Laser cut basswood parts, well-drawn plans and clear instructions make assembly easy. Length 13-3/4 · Height 8-3/4 · Scale 1 = 12 (1:12)
Model Trailways Model Kit No. MS6001
Scale 1" = 12" (1:12)
Conestoga Wagon Kit 1:12 Scale
The Conestoga wagon originated in the Conestoga Valley near Lancaster, PA around 1750. It was shaped like a boat with both ends curved upward to keep its load from shifting while climbing the steep Appalachian roads. Large wheels kept the cargo dry when crossing rivers, and a water-proof canvas cover protected passengers from heat, rain and snow. Barrels on the sides of the wagon stored water and toolboxes held tools needed for repairs. A grease bucket tied to the back made sure that axles and wheels were properly greased.
The Conestoga wagon was a large, lumbering vehicle that could carry up to 8 tons of cargo. It traveled about 15 miles a day. Because of its tremendous size and weight, the Conestoga wagon required between four and twelve horses to pull it.
Our kit is the most historically accurate Conestoga wagon ever produced. Highly detailed realistic materials include laser-cut basswood body and wheel parts, metal hubs and axels, miniature nails, canvas cover and scale rope and chain. A sheet of photo-etched brass parts replicates the hardware and decorations of a full size wagon. The finished model is complete with working brakes and suspension. Five sheets of plans plus clearly written illustrated instructions make building easy.
Instruction only available in english language.
Length 483 mm / 19 inch
Height 229 mm / 9 inch
Width 153 / 6 inch
19TH CENTURY DOCTOR'S BUGGY
1:12 SCALE WOOD & METAL KIT
While some doctor's buggies were built with plain box-type bodies, many had a more elegant shape. Called phaeton types, they had a gracefully curving body and large wheels. Storage compartments below the seat held the physician's bag, medical instruments and supplies.
These buggies were lightly constructed for one occupant and drawn by a single horse. They were fast and could handle terrain that heavier wagons could not. Old-time doctors made house calls night or day, rain or snow. Most buggies had a folding leather top that could be raised in inclement weather.
Our model replicates a phaeton type buggy. The design is based on a drawing in an 1884 trade journal plus many contemporary photographs. We have not included a top, as it would be very difficult to model at this small scale.
We've designed our kit for historical accuracy and easy assembly. Fine basswood and cherry parts are laser cut to eliminate tedious sanding and shaping. Perfectly machined aluminum hubs, wooden spokes and rims replicate the wheels. Photo-etched brass and cleanly cast Britannia metal parts add life-like detail. Three sheets of plans and illustrated instructions explain every stage of construction.
· Historically accurate and perfectly scaled
· Laser cut basswood and cherry parts
· Cleanly cast Britannia metal components
· Photo-etched brass detail sheet
· Perfectly machined aluminum hubs
· Realistic upholstery material
· 3 sheets of plans & illustrated instructions
· Length 8"
· Width 5-1/2"
· Height 8"
· Scale 1:12
Kit design, plans, instructions and prototype model by Bob Crane
New in our shop
The Western Mountain Buckboard is a distinctly American vehicle born on the homesteads of the mountainous regions of the North-Eastern US. It moved West with the pioneers into newly settled lands.
The original versions were nothing more than a seat bolted to a long spring board attached to two axles. Because it had no metal springs, its suspension came from the springy buckboards that made up the floor and body. Eventually it evolved into a versatile and useful work vehicle. Over time, more refinements were added for pleasure and enjoyment.
With the addition of the front spring and the rear Shuler spring, Model Trailways model is an example of that evolution. The rear Shuler spring combines the features of the helical coil and torsion spring. This three-point suspension gave the vehicle much flexibility and enabled it to withstand the rigors of rough, mountainous terrain.
At a large 1:12 scale (1 inch = 1 ft.), our model is historically accurate and relatively easy to build. Kit features laser-cut basswood sheets and basswood strips. Expertly cast Britannia metal parts include sprigs, axles, front & rear foot steps, luggage rail, seat rail, apron hand rail, cross and axle braces, couplings, fifth wheel, mounting brackets, whip holder and many other details. A sheet of photo-etched brass parts provides additional life-like detail. Detailed plan drawings and 32-page illustrated instruction manual assure trouble-free assembly.
Model Trailways Kit No. MS6004
Length 250 mm / 9-3/4 inch
Width 133 mm / 5-1/4 inch
Height (without whip) 133 mm / 5-1/4 inch
Scale 1:12 (1 inch = 1 ft.)
Difficulty level: intermediate
Kit design, plans, instructions & prototype model by Ken Foran.