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#1 Harry P.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

This is a 1/10 scale "Barcelona" taxi. The basic brougham design was actually developed in the US around 1880, and the taxis were exported to Cuba. Eventually the design found its way to Europe, where they were used on the streets of major European cities like Barcelona in the last years of the 19th century, just before horses were replaced by autos.

 

Details varied from one maker to the other, but the basics were the same: an open driver's compartment and a closed passenger compartment. Here's a photo of a typical real one:

 

 

taxi.jpg

 

And my model... again, laser-cut wood, cast white metal, photoetched brass, brass rod... and in this case I scratchbuilt a fancy velour-upholstered interior and seating. I also added the rooftop rails, that's not included in the kit.

 

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The driver's seat was upholstered in a diamont tuft pattern (technique described in my "Doctor's Buggy" thread):

 

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And the brake system was scratchbuilt because there wasn't one included in the kit:

 

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#2 cobraman

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

Another masterpiece. I know you say they are 1/10 scale but still hard to determine how large they really are. Have any photos with something like a dollar bill for reference ? 



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:42 AM

Man, you have been busy.

#4 Harry P.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

Man, you have been busy.

 

Not busy building. Busy photographing. These were all built anywhere from several months to several years ago.



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

Another masterpiece. I know you say they are 1/10 scale but still hard to determine how large they really are. Have any photos with something like a dollar bill for reference ? 

 

taxidollar.jpg



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

Thanks for the photo with the bill. Those things are pretty large,



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

Another winner ! My daughter loves them as well. She wants one for her toy horse collection ! I explained they weren't toys but she insists she wouldn't play with it, lol. They look a bit fragile, but SO realistic. Fine job !

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

 

taxidollar.jpg

 

 

How do we know if that's a full-sized bill or not?  Is that a pre-2008 dollar bill or a post-2008 dollar bill?

 

 

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#9 Harry P.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

 

 

How do we know if that's a full-sized bill or not?  Is that a pre-2008 dollar bill or a post-2008 dollar bill?

 

 

:P

 

It's one of those dollar bills that's shrinking all the time...



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Harry, who makes those kits? Is there a website?

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#11 Harry P.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

The kit is made by Occre, a Spanish company, but I buy them through Model Expo:

 

http://www.modelexpo...?ITEMNO=OC51002



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:57 AM

Cool. maybe it is time for a "horse drawn" catagory. Love your tag line also :lol:

 

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:53 PM

Wow, that is cool!! Another nice one, Harry!

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:24 PM

Another great build Harry.  You must have a pretty large storage/display area for all of your large scale builds.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 01:16 AM

A work of art! I'd really love to see a WIP of this :D



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 12:53 PM

Great Build Harry!

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:40 AM

Harry,
Without the bill it looks real.
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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:15 AM

Wonderful! Another one for your museum.