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Model Trailways Concord Stagecoach 1:12 Scale

by Model Trailways  Wood & Metal Kit 

The Abbott Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire built its first stagecoach in 1827. These coaches were used for passenger and mail service between St. Louis and San Francisco. Abbott produced coaches for both Wells Fargo and Butterfield Overland Stage companies.

Weighing over two tons, the coaches were solidly built. The bodies rested on leather throughbraces - not for the passengers' comfort, but to prevent injury to the horses. The wheels were made of seasoned white oak to withstand the heat and the cold. Leather "boots" front and back held mail sacks and luggage.

The interior was just over 4' wide and 4-1/2' high. Three benches provided seating for nine passengers. They traveled day and night, suffering from choking dust and stifling heat in the summer, intense cold in the winter and the ever-present threat of robbers and hostile Indians. After completing the 2,812-mile journey, one newspaper correspondent wrote, "Had I not just come out over the route, I would be perfectly willing to go back, but I now know what hell is like. I've just had 24 days of it."

An act of congress discontinued stagecoach mail service on June 30, 1861. The stagecoach era came to an end with the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869.

Our kit replicates the original with steerable wooden wheels, working suspension and opening doors. Cast metal wheel hubs, axles and door hinges; brass strips, rods, nails, nuts and bolts and photo-etched brass parts add authentic detail. Driver s bench is perched at the top of the wagon and interior is complete with seating for nine. Decal sets for both Wells Fargo and Butterfield let you choose the version you ll build. Laser cut basswood parts, well-drawn plans and clear instructions make assembly easy.


Historically accurate and perfectly scaled

Laser cut basswood parts

Cleanly cast Britannia metal components

Photo-etched Brass and opening doors

 Decal sets for both Wells Fargo and Butterfield 

Model Trailways Kit No. MS6001

Length 13-3/4 / Width 6 / Height 8-3/4 / Scale 1:12 (1 = 1 ft.)

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate Level

5 Stars
I just happened to notice no one has posted a review of this kit. I built this several years back when it was first offered. I have built many, many plane, ship, artillery, etc. models over the last 65 plus years, and perhaps building the this stagecoach is among my favorite projects. It is a great kit at any price. If you take your time and carefully follow and understand the directions the end product is amazing. I only deviated from the plans by leaving off the authentic, but to me gaudy, lower carriage gold decal scrollwork. The only downside is that, although the finished coach is extremely lightweight, it is apparently too heavy for the rear Britannia wheel axles. Over time, gravity slowly spreads the wheels apart at the wheel hubs. Too many times staightening them will eventually break the axle. Brittania is fairly soft so maybe I just got a particularly soft rear axle. The front axle doesn't exhibit this frailty.
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Reviewed by:  from Port Orchard WA. on 8/1/2017
4 Stars
Retired structural engineer
I did finish the coach. It took about 9 months working a couple hours each day. Not a kit for a beginner. Good plans and insturctions. One weak part are the axles. I broke one but was able to install a aluminum tube over axle stub and drill out that hub. Also the attachment of coach body to clevises could be better explained. I actually built a support for coach body to hold it off frame while I installed the pins. Overall it was a fun kit but builder must be patient.
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Reviewed by:  from Fountain Hills, AZ. on 6/6/2018

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