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Model Trailways 1895 Horse-Drawn Hearse Wagon Wood & Metal Model Kit  1:12 Scale - MS6009

Model Trailways 1895 Horse-Drawn Hearse Wagon Wood & Metal Model Kit 1:12 Scale - MS6009

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Originally, the wooden or metal framework over the coffin was called a hearse. It was decorated with numerous spikes to hold burning candles. Sometime in the 17th century, people started using the word to refer to not only the construction above the coffin, but to the vehicle that carried the casket to the grave.

Early hearses were hand-drawn. As time went on, families started to choose rural cemeteries instead of traditional church grounds. Caskets had to be transported greater distances. People wanted to go out in style and ordered elaborately decorated coffins in exotic woods. The hearses became fancier and heavier. They needed horsepower, not manpower. The first American horse-drawn hearses date back to the mid nineteenth century. A typical horse-drawn hearse of that period cost about $1,500.


• Historically accurate, highly detailed model 

• Laser cut basswood parts

• Basswood wheel rims & spokes

• Cast Britannia metal axles & shafts

• Machine turned aluminum wheel hubs

• Photo-etched brass ornamentation

• 5 sheets of detailed plans

• 48-page illustrated instruction manual


Length: 13” Height: 8” Width: 5” Scale: 1:12

5 Stars
This is a very nice and different kit. Much easier to build than the Stage Coach, but ends up looking as good. The laser cut parts makes it a less painstaking kit to build. A great advance over the old days of cutting out wood pieces. Two downsides, one is that the Britannia parts are very fragile. Like the stagecoach, the rear axles are too weak. The weight of the finished kit makes the rear wheels sag inwards at their top. Also, like the stagecoach, I countered this by tying the two opposing wheels together at the bottom of the wheel with thread. This prevents the spreading action. Works well for a static display. Also, had to brace the back axle leaf springs with wood, lest they break during construction. Secondly, this is the first kit I recall where I had to ask for the replacement of three separate missing parts. These were quickly sent to me which I thoroughly appreciated. All in all, a fun kit.
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Reviewed by:  from Port Orchard, Washington. on 10/5/2019

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