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Stagecoach (1848)

  • Kit Manufacturer: Artesania Latina (Spain)
  • Major Material: Wood
  • Model Specifications: 1:10 Scale
  • Work Experience: At the cost of $18.99 USD, this kit is yet another bargain that I bought from a closeout sales of Modelexpo. Similar to other kits of Artesania Latina, the materials provided are of high quality and generous in quantity. The carriage body is made from precut plywood sheets of limewood and covered by walnut lining strips. The doors, chassis, and the wheels are made from solid walnut strips and dowels together with precut parts of walnut sheets. The wheel rings, suspension springs and the rails of the roof rack are made from brass strips, wires, and photo etched brass parts. This kit should be easy to build for experienced modelers. The building instructions are given in two booklets, one with 67 black and white photos to illustrate each building step, and the other explains each step in detailed text. The dimensions of all the parts used are listed at the end of the first booklet. A building plan showing the side and the back views of the vehicle is also provided, but the scale of the drawings are not 1:1 to that of the model. On the basis of 2 to 4 working hours per day, it took me about one month to construct this model.

Historical Notes: In the United states, Stagecoaches ran between Boston and Rhode Island as early as 1716, but no further design developed until the middle of that century. But the stagecoach as we all now recognize it was developed much later on. In 1820 an oval bodied stagecoach was developed, with a rounded top, a door on one side together with an outside seat for the driver. It also had a throughbrace suspension on a three perch running gear. About ten years later, a modification was made simultaneously by J. S. Abbot, an employee of the Concord Coaches and also by Troy Coaches, and were almost identical. They were almost the only public cross-country transportation available to the vast majority of the population.

However, it was during the development of the West that famous stagecoaches really made their mark as it would be quite some time before a proper railroad system could be developed in these areas. The majority of the stagecoaches in the West came to be under contract to the U. S. Government to carry mails and notice of new and detailed legislation, but passengers were always carried on different stages of the numerous and various stage routes. It was almost the only connection with the outside world, even within the United States. The Western Union Morse telegraph service was still very much in its infancy and even when complete, was unreliable owing to failures on the wire service, which was frequently cut by renegades, indians and others. Wells Fargo employed a great deal of these stagecoaches to carry, not only passengers, but also for transferring money, gold and silver. These and other stagecoaches under contract to the government were often used to bring payrolls to the troops trying to maintain peace in these wild areas. During the 19 th century the speeds and fares varied according to the period and the locality, but as a general rule it ran between 4 and 12 miles per hour and at a rate of between 3 to 15 cents per mile.

The production and use of stagecoaches lasted up until 1910 in the United States, and even for some of the more remote areas, production was continued for another 10 years. (by Artesania Latina)

More Pictures:  | Right Front View |   | Left Back View |   | Right Back View |   | Left Front Top View |   | Front Wheel Closeup |

Recommended References:

  1. Coach-Makers' Illustrated Hand-Book, 1875: Containing Complete Instructions in All the Different Braches of Carriage Building
  2. Practical Carriage Building
  3. Wheelmaking: Wooden Wheel Design and Construction
  4. American Carriages, Sleighs, Sulkies and Carts
  5. Horse-Drawn Carriage Catalog, 1909 (Dover Pictorial Archives)
  6. Carriages and Sleighs: 228 Illustrations from the 1862 Lawrence, Bradley & Pardee Catalog
  7. Horse-Drawn Commercial Vehicles : 255 Illustrations of Nineteenth-Century Stagecoaches, Delivery Wagons, Fire Engines, etc.

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