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Sydney Brass Sulky - 1/8th scale

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Sydney Brass Sulky - 1/8th scale
Posted by Graham Green on Monday, September 2, 2019 2:26 AM

Here’s a 1/8th scale model of a Sydney Brass Sulky, so called because of all the “brass fittings” applied to this vehicle, on other Sulkies all the extra metal fittings, would have just been nickel plated steel, not brass ,as Brass is a bugger to keep shiny.

I had to go to 1/8th scale to be able to get all the pin striping details ( called Yankee Lining )  onto this model.

These were the flashest/fanciest horse drawn vehicles running around Sydney back in the 1900/1920’s period, a goggle search will reveal much more detail, about these vehicles.

These “very fancy vehicles” were built by a few different vehicle builders in Sydney, each trying to outdo the others, for the flashest vehicle.

These vehicles were originally imported from America into Sydney, Australia, they soon became a very popular vehicle and many different versions were made by all different  vehicle manufactures around Sydney, then the idea spread all over Australia.

All the different manufactures had the same idea of shafts attached to the seat, large light wheels and comfortable springs, as the roads were not the best way back then.

These flash vehicles were very popular with the prostitutes around Sydney, they would have their bodyguard driving them around town showing of their wares, or, just drumming up business for later on that night, eh.

This model is of a vehicle that was built very early in the 1900’s by a H.H.Stocks of Sydney, he was one of the few that decided to try and outdo each other and attempt to make the fanciest vehicle they could possibly make.
H.H.Stocks and Son only went out of business in the late 1960’s, as they still made these flash vehicle’s for persons who required them for the show ring.

The first photo shows the original vehicle that I used for the model, a gentleman by the name of Bob Bone owned it, then an advertisement for one, taken from the Australasian Coachbuilder and Wheelwright of May, 1916.

 Then a series of photo’s showing how the model was made, I even used some sheet styrene on this one, I vacuum formed the seat, as the wooden seat was FAR too heavy. I even had to do a tad of 'photo etching' as well for the shaft step plates.

Then other finished photos showing some of the detail that I had to add to get it too look correct, lot’s of Gold decals were all home made,  showing the fancy “Yankee Lining” scroll work all over the model, as per the original vehicle.


















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    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, September 2, 2019 7:11 AM


   You did it again! Another Beautiful Masterpiece! I do hope you will be providing them to a Museum of Transport should anything Befall you. T'would be a shame for them to slip into obscurity. The intricacies within each vehicle are well rendered. My Modeling Hat is off to you.  T.B.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:48 AM

Really nice, Graham!


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
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Posted by Graham Green on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 5:39 AM

A photo I forgot to add, this shows the "Yankee Lining"  scrolls up close, click on the pic and then go for the enlarge.

All the GOLD decals are done using CorelDraw and printed out with an ALPS MD5500 printer.



  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 6, 2019 8:42 AM

Oh wow!!! I can see what you mean, it's the Ferrari of it's day!!! 

Fantastic work!!! 

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



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