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Sydney Meat Waggon
Posted by Graham Green on Monday, September 23, 2019 1:09 AM

Here is a Sydney Meat Waggon made to 1/12th scale from the drawings of J.E.Bishop and printed in the Coachbuilder and Wheelwright July 15, 1902.
I started with the picture in the ‘Coachbuilder’s Book of Designs’, checked my stash of original drawings and I got lucky, as I had the very same working drawing for this vehicle.

This ‘Sydney Meat Waggon’ design, replaced all other horse drawn vehicles being used for carting meat around town, this new design has the carcasses hanging from overhead hooks, just like modern trucks do today.
Previous to this design, they just laid the carcasses on the floor and stacked them like logs, one on top of the other, so this new design was a bit more hygienic and plenty of these were made and used.

Had a bit of luck and managed to get a coloured photo taken way back in the 1960's, of one of these waggons that was being repainted to be used in the Sydney Royal Show, this coloured photo was given to me by a gentleman by the name of Ian Stewart-Koster and this photo gave me the colour combination to use on the model.
 The bloke in white coveralls is the son of the fella that started a sign-writing business in Sydney in the 1910's, or there-a-bouts, and he painted the vehicle using virtually the same colour scheme, as what was used on the vehicle originally . His son is in the photo on the right hand side, who is now in his late 80's and still kickin', only he's got Parkinson’s today.

Got stuck into making it and this appeared, sorry, it’s the only photo I have of making it, forgot to take any progress shots.

Finished making it and started painting it and doing the decals at home using CorelDraw and the ALPS MD5500 printer.

The rear doors I cheated with the reddish colour, I splashed some paint onto a decal sheet, then just cut out the squares and stuck them onto the doors, then added another decal over the colour patch, bingo, saved a headache trying to mask out the doors. Same thing for the two front upright panels, put them onto the model once they were done separately. Painted the name plate that goes down each side of the Waggon, then applied the decal which was about 6 inches long and an inch wide, bit of a bug bear to get it into the correct position and stay there as it was being stuck down. Plenty of decals applied to each wheel as well, 43 on each front wheel and 49 on each back wheel plus heaps more all over the model.
The lights are made from brass, aluminium and acrylic, painted the bits separately and carefully assemble them and placed the lights on the model and then shoved it into the cupboard.

This model was a bit costly, had a slight accident with the buzz planer ————

Any questions then please ask, happy to explain anything that’s been done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:52 AM

Again that's just beautiful work!!! Heart

And gee 43/49 decals per wheel- it's worth it though, they look amazing!!! 

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

 

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    March 2014
Posted by Graham Green on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:32 AM

Here's what a sheet full of decals that I needed to make for this model looks like, it's mainly for the wheels, plus there's a few other bits on the decal sheet as well.  

This particular model required me to make three different sheets of decals for it.

 

Had an enforced holiday from making it, like several weeks away from the workbench, bloody "buzz planer's" are not to be taken for granted !

 

 

                         

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:41 AM

Oh wow! Now that's a sheet of decals!!! And three sheets!!! 

 

Hope you're okay, I almost threw my airbrush across the room last night but thankfully it won't chop off a finger like a power tool... 

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

 

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    March 2014
Posted by Graham Green on Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:01 PM

If you notice that the roof is made from a piece of polystyrene, well it should of been made from strips of timber.

 Trying to clean up one side of a block of timber, so I could shove it thru a band saw and then into a thickness sander, to get the timber to size and a 'whoops' happened.

Anybody who says a simple snick from a scalpel blade/razor is painfull, well that aint half of it after a Buzz Planer finishes with a bit of flesh.

 

So gave up on the idea of a timber roof and settled on using something that is not as painfull or dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Ted4321 on Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:58 PM

Graham Green

If you notice that the roof is made from a piece of polystyrene, well it should of been made from strips of timber.

 Trying to clean up one side of a block of timber, so I could shove it thru a band saw and then into a thickness sander, to get the timber to size and a 'whoops' happened.

Anybody who says a simple snick from a scalpel blade/razor is painfull, well that aint half of it after a Buzz Planer finishes with a bit of flesh.

 

So gave up on the idea of a timber roof and settled on using something that is not as painfull or dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awe jeez. Ick!

 

T e d

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:35 PM

Yikes.  Too soon for Halloween.  Going to be okay?

Thanks,

John

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 27, 2019 8:24 AM

Oh gosh I too hope your finger's going to be okay. I thought you meant you'd cut yourself, not almost lost the end of your finger! 

 

I'll stop griping about my stupid airbrush now... Indifferent

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

 

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    March 2014
Posted by Graham Green on Friday, September 27, 2019 2:53 PM

It was back in 2016 that this happened, the doctor's just stiched the flap back over the top of the finger.

It does annoy me at times when trying to grip things, it's not until you've lost some bit, do you realise how much you use it.

 

Now I got a funny shaped and shortened finger when I 'flip the bird'.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Graham Green on Saturday, September 28, 2019 11:40 PM

Here's another photo that I forgot about ------------------------------

 

 

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