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1880s Taxi

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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:

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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:

taxi2.jpg

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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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Man, you have been busy.

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

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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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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?

:P

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

Sam

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

Mark

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

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

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

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Great Build Harry!

B)

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Harry,

Without the bill it looks real.

bobthehobbyguy

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Wonderful! Another one for your museum.

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