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GUNS OF HISTORY CIVIL WAR RUCKER AMBULANCE 1:16 SCALE

GUNS OF HISTORY CIVIL WAR RUCKER AMBULANCE 1:16 SCALE

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Guns Of History Civil War Rucker Ambulance 1:16 Scale

by Guns Of History   Wood & Metal Kit 

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RUCKER AMBULANCE, 1:16 SCALE

The carnage of the Civil War made transporting the wounded from the battlefields a matter of life and death. The ambulance wagon designed by Brigadier General D. H. Rucker and built at the Government Repair shops at Washington proved to be the most valuable innovation. Used during the latter half of the war, it was able to carry patients in seated or prone positions.

Two litters (stretchers) on the floor of the wagon were divided by longitudinal hinged joints and could be bent at right angles to serve as bench seats. The upper platform halves, hinged to the sides of the wagon, dropped down to form the seat backs.

In the raised position, the seat backs were supported by iron posts hinged to their bottom surfaces. These posts fit into sockets in the floor. The resulting platform supported two more stretchers suspended from the roof. The space between the lower and the upper stretchers was ventilated by louver openings on each side of the body of the wagon.

The ambulance body rested on platform springs designed to reduce both fore-and-aft and side-to-side jostling. The suspension also included a horizontal draught spring under the fifth wheel to reduce the sudden lurch of the wagon when the team started to pull it. Though somewhat heavier than other ambulance designs at 1,120 pounds, the added weight improved stability.

 THE KIT

Historically accurate and perfectly scaled

Cleanly cast Britannia metal components

Laser-cut ply and basswood platform & chassis

Spoked wooden wheels with metal rims & axels

Realistic Red Cross decals

Canvas top

Clearly written illustrated instructions

Guns Of History Kit No. MS4017   

Model length 8-1/2" / width 4" /height 6" / Scale 1:16

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate Level

Design, prototype model and instructions by Ken Goldman


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