A minor conversion of the vehicle, the body e chassis have been shortened by 6 mm in order to make the built-in cupboard more accessible. The cut was made immediately behind the rearmost support of the chuck box. The vehicle is only 1 mm shorter overall than it used to be, but the chuck box is flush con the rear edge of the cargo bay now, making the wagon look much more compact. The cupboard has a lid which folds down as a convenient work surface for the cookie.
- Chuckwagon, 15 parts
- Tipo: cucina da campo
- Lunghezza: 3.74* m (*shortened)
- Larghezza: 2.23 m
- Altezza: 2.88 m
- Cargo Bay: 2.74* × 1.10 m
- Cargo Capacity: 0.5 t
- Team: 1 Pair of Mules
- Prairie Schooner, 16 parts
Excellent choice of subject. The chuck wagon is a classic mobile home, it carried one month’s supplies for 10-20 men, including food, water, fuel, ammunition, cooking utensils, bed rolls, ed other important equipaggiamento.
The sculptor is obviously the same who created the exquisite American Civil War soldiers for Accurate Figures, which were also distributed by Revell. IMEX has announced a set of American Pioneers which should go well con these wagon sets. The most suitable soldatini for the chuck wagon would be cowboys, of course, preferably a camp scene con men eating o waiting in line for chuck.
Illustrated assembly instructions are easy to follow, except that the wagon body is shown in a mirrored position. The completed model will have the water barrel on the left-hand side, not on the right as shown in the instructions. If the assembly instructions were followed, the chassis would protrude 4.5 mm at the rear of the vehicle.
Another way to mount the water barrel is to reverse it, put it inside the wagon, e convert the attachment lug into a spout. This was a common method of transporting the water supply, keeping the barrel out of the sun. With a 120-150 litre barrel hanging on its side, one would expect the wagon body to list slightly, but it does look good like this.
The vertical supports of the wagon body, bolt heads on wheel rims, the chuck box, e the partially folded canvas tilt provide excellent detail for the discerning soldatini painters.
The wheels are superb, con fine detail on the rims, e con unusually slender spokes. IMEX would do well to issue these wheels in a separate accessory set which would allow modellers to upgrade other veicoli they may have in their collection.
The tilt has been rolled up in the back e front, e this adds a lot of detail to the vehicle. If the tilt is painted, stained, e drybrushed, it should give the chuck wagon a realistic weathered appearance.
Chuck wagons are associated the life on the American Frontier, but there is a good chance that many of these excellent models will be serving in Union o Confederate wargame armies soon.
The vehicle may be converted to move the chuck box back to the rear edge of the cargo bay. This location is very practical, because the cook need not climb into the wagon to reach the drawers in the cupboard. There are due ways to effect this conversion, either moving the cupboard back, o cutting the cargo bay immediately behind the cupboard. The latter is the simpler approach, ed it has the added advantage of making the vehicle appear more compact. The other option would have been more difficult, because the supports of the cupboard cannot be moved easily.
Cast in medium brown plastic con grey plastic wheels, ready for play.
Good casting quality, but there is noticeable flash on guidatori ed oxen.
Guidatore, animals e vehicle canopy sculpted by Bill Farmer.
Wagon built by Ted Tear.
The horses supplied con the chuck wagon detract from the overall quality of the kit. One alternative is to display the stationary vehicle in a camp scene, without the horses.
Not a snap-together toy, the wagon parts need to be glued, pinned, o soldered to prevent the vehicle from falling apart constantly. It is best to treat this as a regular model kit, e put it together permanently.
The horses have no bases, e they will be difficult to attach to a diorama o basetta di wargame without sinking their hoofs into the glue.
It would have been a nice touch to add wood grain to the planking on the wagon body.
- Chuck Wagon, 1860s-1900s
- US e Confederate Field Kitchen, 1861–1865
The chuck wagon is an excellent centerpiece for a diorama, con the added challenge of having to convert half a dozen cowboys, a tent, camp fire ed altro equipaggiamento to complete the scene. Specialist veicoli like this one add welcome variety to the modelling hobby.
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