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Royal Mail Coaches, like this one, were used in England
in the late 1700s to the mid 1800s to transport
The model was started in July of 2022. It is at a scale of 1:96 and constructed of boxwood and brass.
As with other wheeled models I have done the wheels
were created first as they are often the most complex
After the wheels were complete the undercarriage was built.
September 22, 2022
The following images show the model with completed wheels and undercarriage.
The rear wheel. The rims are made up of seven
triangular segments that are pinned and glued together then
The front wheel, seen here, is constructed in the same
manner as the rear wheels except that the rim is made up
View of the rear axle. The wooden axle is
reinforced by metal plates above and below it and these parts are held
The front axle and main draw bar to which the horse's harnesses are attached.
Upper view of the front axle. Harnesses of the
rear pair of horses are connected to the pins attached to the top
Top down view of the full undercarriage.
Another view of the undercarriage.
These are the leaf springs that will support the coach
on the undercarriage. The shorter ones will be
January 3, 2023
The the coach body structure and exterior are pretty
much complete. Things that remain are the decals
Profile of the model. The body is now mounted on
the under carriage with the eight sets of leaf springs. Seat
View from the from quarter. Here we see the drivers seat, the side lights and large head lamp.
View from the rear quarter. We see the guard's
seat and, in front of that, the box where his blunderbuss was
January 25, 2023
The coach is now complete. I am though still
tossing around the idea of getting models of horses in harness to
Rear axle, springs and steps suspended from the spring shackles.
Seats and interior viewed from the open door.
The seats and side panels of the coach interior viewed from above.
Side view of the coach. On the door we have the
Royal Mail insignia with the Royal Coat of Arms. Under the
The Victoria Reigns insignia. This insignia would change based on the reigning monarch of the day.
The coach number.
The guards seat and in front of it the bin for his blunderbuss.. Note the padlock sealing the mail bin.
The flint lock blunderbuss that was kept in the bin in front of the guard.