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Sanitary Waggon, 12th scale

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    March 2014
Sanitary Waggon, 12th scale
Posted by Graham Green on Sunday, August 11, 2019 9:50 PM

Now here’s a model that you will not see everyday, it has nothing to do with shooting and death at all, this is all about what the living needed/required many years ago.

Had a look thru all the Horse Drawn Vehicle working drawings that I have and this kind of stood out on it’s own.
I don’t think that there would have been too many of these ever made as a model either, not like a lot of plastic models where there is 5 million of the same plastic thingy’s scattered around the world.

It is a 1/12th scale model of a Sanitary Waggon.

In Australia they had a nickname of the ‘Dunny Cart’, don’t know why they were ever called a Cart, as a Cart has only two wheels, whereas these had four wheels.
Now those that are old enough to remember what it was like, if you got caught short and were actually planted on the ‘dunny’ and along comes the fella with the empty bin and he is going to change that thing no matter what, it was a very embarrassing situation to be in.

All part of what life was like, way back when the ‘outhouse’ was being used, suppose the pan was a bit of an advancement, from the good ole’ “ Long Drop “. For those that have NEVER heard of a ‘long drop toilet’, click on the following link and just see what it is.

All scratchbuilt once again, used manly timber and brass for the construction, along with steel for the tyres and Aluminium for the ‘dunny cans’, you can even see some of the cans if you squint real hard in a couple of the photos.

The best part about the model is that there is NO smell and no bloody flies following along either.

Wheels rotate and the brake works as well, they had HUB brakes fitted which was a bit of a novelty way back then, the side doors did operate and slide along, but I have glued them into the position that you see now.
Oh, I actually used some 0.25mm ( 0.10 thou ) styrene sheet for the roof, it would have had a sheet tin roof on it originally, but I had none, so improvised with styrene.









  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 12, 2019 11:34 AM

Oh wow! Great job there, love the wheels! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, August 16, 2019 11:32 AM


 Darn, Graham. You went an blew me away again! I bet you could build a mean Keel Boat! Oy, my hat is off to you again .T.B.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, August 16, 2019 10:50 PM

I really like your work.  Interesting subject I really hadn't thought of before




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