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Monday, February 10, 2014

Wagons for Calamity - Part 5 Sarissa Precision Gypsy Ledge wagon

This is the last wagon I have from Sarissa Precision. This is the Gypsy Ledge wagon, which is quite a bit boxier than the Box wagon. This would also make a good sheep drover's wagon for that large herd of sheep I know you are thinking about now. I took some of the lessons learned from the box wagon and applied them here and things went faster and smoother this time around. This kit isn't quite as difficult as the box wagon but it does have a couple of challenges.

Let's get into the pictures and see how it went.

One page instructions with print to small for me to read (old news I know).

MDF parts, same nice layout as the Box wagon

Cardboard parts

Basic frame, with tool box glued in place at the back

Side frames added

The steering axle, this is the same assembly used in the Gypsy Box Wagon

Adding the trails, this time before gluing the steering axle to the under carriage. So much easier to do.

All together and ready to add.

At this stage I decided to glue the wheels to the axles. This made it easier to get the wheels straight, no toe in or toe out.

Rear axle assembly

The stairs

The main cabin assembly

Gluing it to the basic box

Adding the cardboard roof. There is a slight curve to the roof so, like the box wagon, its important to gently bend the cardboard before gluing it in place. So much easier to get the rubber bands in place without the axle assemblies in place.

Adding the sides for the clerestory.

Adding the cardboard top to the clerestory. You need to make sure that the overlap on either side is even. 

Gluing on the two axle assemblies

I thought I was finished then I realized that I had some extra parts that aren't noted in the instructions. These are the shutters for the windows. I found it easier to wrap the rubber bands completely around the body of the cabin to hold the shutters in place. Its important to clamp them in place or they may warp.

While not as complex as the box wagon, the roof is different enough to make you think a minute. The cardboard for the upper roof doesn't seem to be long enough and I had gaps at both ends where it should meet the curved roof. Again I would have preferred thinner wood rather than cardboard for both sections of the wood. With a little experience you should be able to get this one together in about 30 minutes or so.

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