Large Scale Working Models

A number of model makers and model engineers have built large scale powered models of Mechanical Horses over the years in scales often as large as one third full size. In model engineering terms the larger sizes are often referred to as 'miniatures' rather than 'models'; this is because they are regarded as small scale versions of full size vehicles. Models which are around one quarter or one third full size are usually driven by sitting on the back of them - a fun way of travelling round the showground at steam fairs, vintage vehicle shows etc. The photos below feature some of the larger models built by members of The Mechanical Horse Club.

The model seen here is Dennis Hoad's one third size wide cab Mechanical Horse which is parked alongside a full size one, albeit with a narrow cab. It clearly shows how even a large scale model is dwarfed by the volume of the prototype. Dennis' model is powered by a 127cc Briggs & Stratton engine and its build was featured in the June 2005 issue of Engineering in Miniature magazine. .

The two model Scarabs in the photo were taking part in a Mechanical Horse Club special event at The Bluebell Railway in Sussex. The articulated Scarab is electric powered and was built by Ralph Stockton, whilst the rigid Scarab boxvan is based on a prototype vehicle operated by Boots the Chemist in the Nottingham area and was built by Ron Blizzard.

Built to a smaller scale of one sixth full size, this Scammell Scarab was built by Malcolm and Tony Wiese. It is powered by an electric motor and is fitted with radio-control, it also features a fully operating reproduction of the Scammell automatic coupling plus working lights. The model, which featured in the June 2008 issue of Truck Model World magazine, is in the livery of the Bridgewater Department of The Manchester Ship Canal Company and has since been signwritten.

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