Gallery of Guild Members Models.
Many Guild members make detailed scale models of a huge variety of horse drawn vehicles, handcarts and wheelbarrows; and here on this page are shown many of these models – just click on the members name to see these. Every year there are many craft fairs, model exhibitions, agricultural shows and county museums where members display their models to the public and this is a grand opportunity where members can get to meet each other, chat to the visitors and have a memorable day out
JOHN HUNTBATCH
ROGER MORGAN
CED LEWIS
John Walford
“Retired and living halfway between Birmingham and Stratford on Avon. Started modelling over 30 years ago and joined the Guild a few months after it formed as, "The Model Wheelwrights". I prefer to use Lime for all the wooden parts of my models, steel or brass wherever these were used in the original, and work from my own drawings. Most of my models have a military theme, if only to get away from the numbers of Tip carts, Monmouth wagons etc.” (John's models are all 1/12th scale)
Apple scratter
A model of one of the many different types of scratter found around Hereford & Worcester. Used to break up apples before being put in a cider press.
Spoke machine c. 1901
Used in the part mechanisation of wheelmaking, it could form the tongues on spoke ends, drill the felloes to accept the tongues and mortice the hub, all with unskilled labour.
Onager
Roman siege engine
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Petarara
15th.c. breech loading gun.
Burgundian cannon
15th.c. Burgundian wrought iron cannon
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Swivel galloper
A very unlikely weapon from 16th.c. illustrations
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Pevensey.
Pevensey.
Close-up details.
Ten barrel cannon
Designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
British galloper
Ribaudequin, c. 1350
Multi barrel gun for defending bridges and gateways.
Cannon barrel sling carriage.
Shown carrying a "Heavy" pattern cast iron 24 pounder c.1800. Used to transport newly cast guns between the foundry and the proving ground
Dutch military wagon c.1860.
The front axle can move in 3 planes, allowing the wheels to stay in contact with uneven ground.
 
Close-up of front axle (1) Close-up of front axle (2)
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Brian Simpson
"I am retired and live near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I have always had an interest in heavy horses and farming; started HDV modelling 7 years ago after seeing the Guild stand at a show. Started with existing plans but now prefer to draw my own from measurements of an original vehicle. I don’t specialise in any type but look for subjects that are unusual and that no one has done before."
(All Brian's Models are made in 1/8th scale)
Bavarian Waggon
Rear View
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Bavarian Waggon
Close-up view of front section, showing detail of metalwork.
Bavarian Waggon
Measurements and photographs were taken of the original when found outside a pub in Staffordshire in 2001. Plans were then produced, from which the model was made. The original vehicle no longer exists; it eventually rotted away and was scraped.
Mark II Horse Ambulance
Both horses have been carved by Brian using American bass wood. The ambulance driver has been made using "Fimo" modiling clay.Brian has even researched the driver’s uniform and regimental insignia. When this model was displayed at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition on the 15th October 2005, it received a well deserved 1st Prize.
Shepherds Hut
The original full-size vehicle can be seen at Acton Scott
Historic Working Farm, Church Stretton, Shropshire.
Shepherds Hut
Roof removed to show view inside. Note the bread, cheese and tea mug on the table. The slatted section under the sparse bed is where a sick or weak lamb would be kept. The shepherd would receive six pence for every lamb reared.
 
Mobile butcher’s shop
This model was constructed from two old photos one dated 1923. There is a man standing in one of the shots and I used his height to scale the vehicle. I know from enquiries it was painted blue but the shade had to be a guess.
Mobile butcher’s shop
The side windows slide apart to serve the customers and the butcher entered the well-bottomed shop via the back door.
Mobile butcher’s shop
The meat and offal were made from Fimo clay and I used an excellent book on modelling miniature food by Angie Scarr. The butcher’s tools were modelled from actual examples of old butcher’s tools on the Internet. The set of scales was a guess as although they can be seen on one photo they are not clear enough to be precise.
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Grev Lyons
"Apart from the usual Airfix boats and planes kits, I suppose my real modelling started in my twenties when I built a model theatre with flys, ropes and wings etc. My next efforts began following a visit to the Malpas Yesteryear Rally in 1985. After looking around all the exhibits, I wandered into the “Model Tent” – and stood there, mouth open, in awe at what I saw. A very wide variety of all sorts of subjects and then I came to an exhibit of Horse Drawn Vehicles by an Albert Pickstock. We got chatting and in fact I became friends with the entire family over many years. I went back to the Model Tent the next day and kept asking loads of questions – I was hooked!" (All Grev's Models are made in 1/12th scale, unless otherwise stated)
 
Open Lot Caravan
Sometimes called the Yorkshire Bow, the Open lot is a direct descendant of the four wheeled pot cart and is of simplified construction relative to the old types. It is built on an existing four wheeled tradesman’s cart, called a dray, trolley or lurry. The bow roof projects to form porches at the front and rear, but there is no footboard. From John Thompson plans.
Courage Show Dray
For more than 50 years this ‘Courage’ dray with its superb Shires has been taking top prizes at shows throughout the country. It was built in the Old Kent Road and can now be seen at the Courage Shire Horse Centre near Maidenhead. From John Thompson plans.
Hand Cart
This model was quite an achievement for me, as it was the first model which I measured and drew my own plans for. I was standing outside the goods shed (Exhibition Hall) at Blists Hill and started looking at the original which I’d seen many times before. I suddenly realised what a charming little cart this was; and was painted in the livery of the Grocer’s shop opposite. (Made in 1/8th scale.)
Delivery Van
A light one horse van of the type used by Bakers, Butchers and grocers for town deliveries. These vans were usually turned out very smartly to maintain the reputation of their owners. From Barrie Voisey Plans.
Monmouthshire Wagon
Built in a village wheelwright’s shop on the welsh border, this farm wagon preserves the traditional style to that region. The original can be seen at Gwent Rural life museum. From John Thompson Plans.
Northumberland Long Cart
The north of England does not have the variety of farm wagons found in the south, but to compensate for this their carts are very large, well made and in this example, really elegant. An original of this cart is on display at The North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish in the Home Farm. Note the light open spindle sides and nicely curved rails. From John Thompson plans.
Cornish Haywain
A light harvest cart of the type used in West Devon & Cornwall. The low railed sides are a distinctive feature and the large harvest frames are detachable. The light body is well suited to the sloping fields and narrow lanes. The small wheels keep the platform low for stability and easy loading. From John Thompson plans.
Market Float
This smart outfit was used to take light produce to market, and would have been used as a light van or estate car is today. The presence or the rail indicates that the vehicle was expected to be driven rather than led like a farm cart. The extra check spring would provide for occasions when it might be piled up with sacks of potatoes etc. From John Thompson plans.
Baker’s Cart
A stylish cart for a high class town tradesman. Although this is sign written as a Baker’s cart, the type was also used by butchers and indeed, in makers catalogues around the turn of the century, is more often described as such. The closed but ventilated body was a feature needed for the carriage of foodstuffs. From John Thompson plans.
Ambulance Wagon Mark VI (Circa 1903)
The wagon was constructed to carry 12 sitting patients or 6 sitting with two stretcher cases. There was room for 4 additional men on the box seat, one of whom would be the driver. A large water tank was carried in a box under the rear step/tailgate. Lockers were provided under the floor to contain medical supplies and dressings. There were also lockers provided under the driver’s seat. The cost when new was £180.10s. – Plans from unknown origin.

Showman’s Caravan
The Burton or Showman’s wagon is built with straight sides but with wheels under the body, which projects over them, affording maximum floor space. The most ornate wagons had carved panels and elaborate carved oak plaques fixed to each panel. Some, like this model, were painted green so as to merge with the countryside when ”pulling up”.
Though sometimes used by gypsies, this type of wagon was the one most favoured by travelling showmen; unlike the gypsies they kept to the high roads, did not need high wheels to cross fords and preferred the greater floor space. If bought just before World War 1, a good Burton would cost you £100 to £150 and by the 40’s, the same wagon could have fetched £200. from John Thompson plans.
Showman’s Caravan
Roof of Showman's Caravan removed to show details of interior.
Devon Wagon
A loose bodied cock-raved wagon of typical form. The wheels of many of these wagons seem small, making the cock-rave apparently unnecessary. They were omitted on many later wagons. The wide track, small wheels and low light build gave stability on hill terrain. This wagon was made in 1891 at Broadwood Kelly village in the carpenter’s shop of Earland & Son. The price paid was £9-10s, low even in those days. It was used up to 1945 when a tractor and trailer replaced it. The wagon was used for harvest, with ladders fitted, and also for hauling manure and lime from the railway station. From John Thompson plans
 
“Brooke Bond” Tea Wagon
Vans of this type carried the bulk of city trade in late Victorian and Edwardian times. Photographs of London streets show that these vans with canvass tilts out-numbered all other style of vehicle. Many firms ran their own stables but the wear and tear of city work on both vehicles and horses favoured the larger operations of transport firms such as Lloyds, who operated vans on contract. Fleets of similar vehicles with interchangeable parts helped the contractor with his own wheelwrights shop to keep a high proportion of the vans on the road, while horses could work a shift system. From John Thompson plans.
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Joe Cartledge
"Guild Member Joe, who lives in Derbyshire, has made about 40 models over quite a number of years and each one is unique, inasmuch as each has been discovered, researched and plans produced by Joe himself. Joe prefered timber is beech, which some years ago he rescued from a school who had decided to update to plastic moulded desks and consign the traditional beech ones to a bonfire! Joe could not stand by and see all this wonderful seasoned timber go up in flames and therefore managed to save a number of these to be put to good use. He is one of the original founder members of the Guild of Model Wheelwrights, and in October 2011, at the Guild's AGM, was awarded honorary membership in recognition of his long and excellent services to the Guild."
(All Joe's Models are made in 1/8th scale)
 
Mobile Grape Press
This vehicle would be used by local farmers in the Loire Valley
area of France for crushing the grapes to produce wine for home
consumption.To enable the person operating the press to walk all round the vehicle the shafts would be removed from the body.
Model built using measurements taken from the actual vehicle
which is in the agricultural museum at Montreuil Bellay in France.
Italian Water Cart
This unusual vehicle with its catapult shaped chassis was used to
move bulk amounts of fresh water for use on the farm. It would
also carry the juice from the grape pressing at wine making time.
Known to have been in use up to the end of the
second war. Model built using measurements taken from the
actual vehicle at a villa farm in Italy.
American Dumper Waggon – 1895
This is a model of a specialised horse drawn vehicle that was built by the Bain Company of Wisconsin America. Its purpose was to move bulk
amounts of raw materials for the construction of roads and buildings.
Extra horses could be hitched to the draught pole if needed. The floor
section is hinged at the sides of the body so that the driver could open or close to allow the bulk material to be released while the vehicle was on the move or, dumped in a pile. It is fitted with a spring seat; and brakes are fitted to the rear wheels.
Peak District Hill Waggon – 1880
This type of farm vehicle was used in North West Derbyshire and the North East Cheshire areas. A simple type of waggon, built of soft wood, probably Scots, pine by the Rowbottom family in the village of Rainow, which lies in the foothills of the Pennines straddling the Cheshire boundary of the Peak District National Park.Built from plans produced by fellow Guild Member Ralph Beardow.
Brush Waggon
It was at one time thought that the Brush Waggon was extinct, and then a full size one was discovered in a quiet English country lane completely overgrown by dense hedgerow. This vehicle was unique in many ways and unlike any other caravan type; the door is at the rear. It would have been used around 1888 for selling Brushes, brooms and Carpet Pieces etc.
Brush Waggon (side view)
This full-on side view shows many of the various vendors’ goods; three legged and four legged stools, walking canes and washing 'dollies'. Hanging up on the side of the waggon are brushes, brooms and a wooden rake. All these good were of high quality and well made and would have been purchased by the affluent as well as the working-class people.
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JOHN ELWOOD
"I live in Somerset. Spending 42 years in the Services I was unable to model but once retired, my life changed. Having limited storage space was restrictive. An "n" gauge model railway was appealing but impossible for lack of space, similarly model boats and it was on a visit to the Wood Festival at Westonbirt that I first came into contact with the Guild. Here was my answer: precision modeling at 1/12th scale meant four models to a Banana box! I was also introduced to an absorbing study of horse drawn transport. I specialise in carriages and commercial vehicles both of which reflect the social conditions of the time they were in use."
(All John's Models are made in 1/12th scale, unless otherwise stated.)
 
Stanhope Wagonette
This vehicle was used mainly by country houses as a general purpose utility vehicle driven by the coachman or a senior groom. It carried five passengers and the driver but was also used for the carriage of goods. The model is to plans by John Thompson.
Bakers Cart
The baker’s van was a common sight on the streets of London from the mid-1800s to the first part of the 20th century. The baker made a daily round. In most instances the horse knew the round and would move from door to door automatically. The rear door of the cart could be lowered to reveal shelves on which varieties of bread, bread rolls and cakes were stored.
Canterbury Phaeton
The Phaeton is a small four wheeled vehicle accommodating a driver and three passengers. The rearward passengers faced to the rear. The name derives from the fact that the vehicle was constructed in Canterbury, Kent. It was used by private families much as the car is today. The model is built to plans by John Thompson.
The West Country Haywain
Unlike most haywains, this was a two-wheeled vehicle. Two wheels were essential because of the narrowness of the lanes in Devon and Cornwall and the constricted entrances to the fields. This wain was a “tip cart”, as shown in the photograph, which enabled the harvesters, when they returned to the haystsack area, to unload in the minimum time ( The model is 1/10th scale to the plans of John Thompson.)
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Brian Young
"Now retired and living in South Gloucestershire, I was eight years old when I began making models. After a technical education at Bath Tech. College, and an aircraft apprenticeship I progressed through model aircraft and boats until I made my first horsedrawn farm vehicle. I have enjoyed the challenge of making 1/12th scale horsedrawn vehicles and vintage farm machinery. I've also been known to make the odd wheelbarrow!
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Ransoms Threshing Machine
A very elaborate and detailed model, photographed on the Guild display table at Shugborough estate in Staffordshire in the 1990s.
WWI Mobile Pigeon Loft.
These vehicles were introduced in France and Flanders in the early stages of the First World War, remaining in use until the mid 1920s.
Mellor's Stripper c.1883
From the original at the Kapunda museum, South Australia.
"McKay" Sunshine Stripper/Harvester.
The original can be seen at the Science Museum as Wroughton in Wiltshire. It took Brian approximately 1600 hours to complete.
German WWII Medical Waggon.
A varied assortment of model wheelbarrows.
The birthplace of the wheelbarrow was in China, possibly as early as 100 B.C.
Horse Drawn Chaff Cutter.
From the original at the Cotswold Countryside Collection, Northleach, Gloucestershire.
Hornsby's Hedge Cutter.
Great Western Railway Coach
The Garden Shed.
Bell's Improved Reaping Machine c 1879 Knife Grinders Handcart.
Built in Gouda around 1870 and used in The Hague after the last war.
Mk. 2 Water Tank Cart.
Horse Drawn Potato Sprayer.
Albion Expanding Horse Hay Rake
From the original at Boscobel House, Telford, Shropshire
Cider Mill and Press
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Biddy Hepper.
"Biddy has always been interested in model making, and got involved in helping her husband Basil with measuring and researching the vehicles he modelled, mainly farm vehicles and implements locally made from North Wales. They realized that there were few plans of these vehicles, and that they were disappearing. North Wales had a lot of small hill farms with special needs, and they developed a collection of about 30 models, all at 1/8th scale, plus a few hand tools at the same scale. Since Basil’s death in 1993, Biddy has been bringing elements of this collection to exhibitions and continues to maintain them and research their use."
(All Biddy's Models are made in 1/8th scale, unless otherwise stated)
Wheel-Car
These are uniquely Welsh vehicles, used widely in Central Wales, especially Radnorshire, The Marches and South Wales, It was made by Biddy’s late husband who measured it up when seen in the reserve collection of the Acton Scott Farm Museum. It is particularly stable and controllable on mountain slopes. It was used essentially for harvesting bracken or hay and when loaded was front heavy, keeping the front skids on the ground to act as a brake when going down-hill.

Charcoal Burner’s Mare
Used for carrying the branches to the charcoal burner’s camp.
This is a very old design; legend has it that the body of William Rufus was carried out of the New Forest on such a barrow after his death in A.D.1100. He was shot through the heart with an arrow during a stag hunt. The full-size vehicle is preserved at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester.

Timber Bob
Used to carry felled trees from the woodland to the nearest road for loading onto a timber waggon. The tree was positioned so that the chains were as near to the point of balance as possible, so that drag was reduced to a minimum at the rear of the load. Made from John Thompson plans. The full-size vehicle can be seen at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton.

Welsh Gambo
The Gambo is the Welsh version of the haywain, built with a long low platform to suit use in hilly country. This example has been restored for display at the Welsh Folk Museum, having been in use previously at Taly-bont-on-Usk. When loaded the vehicle would be invisible beneath a mountain of hay, with the wheels kept clear by the side ladders. Used extensively in Southern and Eastern Wales and also in the boarder counties.

Shaving Horse
Used by workers in coppice crafts to hold wood to be shaped by a draw knife. The lower cross member at the base of the vertical swinging arms is pushed forward by the workers foot as he sits at the end over the single leg; this action pinches the material to be worked between the platform and the upper cross member at the top of the swinging arms.
The device can be adjusted for different sizes of wood by placing a wedge under the platform, or by moving the pivot of the swinging arms to a set of different holes.

Potato Harrow
The Harrow followed the plough when digging potatoes. The shoe rode against the land side of the furrow and the spikes broke up the furrow slice to expose the potatoes for hand picking.

Cultivator or Grubber
Cultivators were used to break up the land after ploughing or after some crops; further cultivation would be by a harrow. Measurements and details taken from cultivator seen in Wale
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Common Drill Harrow
Intended to stir the land and loosen the weeds between drils of potatoes, turnips and mangolds etc., after hoeing with a horse hoe. Working width is adjustable from 16 to 27 inches (40 – 70cm)

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Ralph Kitching.
"I was born in Brixton, London and grew up there during the war. I started work in 1944 at University Motors, repairing Jeeps and army vehicles. At the end of the war it was suggested that there would be no future in the motor industry and to get out. The rest of my working life was spent in the gas industry, where the only experience I had of working with wood, was ripping up floorboards, then replacing them, hoping that the floor covering would hide the mess I had made!
In 1989 I retired after 43 years, and realised I needed a hobby to keep himself occupied; otherwise all the future seemed to hold for me was wiping-up and decorating! A friend lent me a Hobbies catalogue, and after a lot of studying I decided to make an Oxford Waggon.
I also wanted to meet other like-minded people and went to an exhibition of horse drawn vehicles advertised at Northleach. I was very impressed with the standard of work, and decided to join the Association as it then was. That was in 1992; and since then I have exhibited all over England and Wales with the Guild."
(All Ralph's Models are made in 1/12th scale)
 
Night Soil Cart
   
Garden Seat Omnibus
For the modelmaker this is an ambitious project, full of interest. The seats on the open top, the outside stairs and platform, all provide a wealth of features, set of by the period advertisements
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Garden Seat Omnibus
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John Husbands
"I retired at Christmas 2006, and I live in Great Wyrley in the West Midlands. I was introduced to SMHDV quite by accident. In 1978 I was looking through a woodworking magazine in a doctor's surgery, and came across a small advertisement showing a fine line drawing of a Royal Mail Coach and the offer of an illustrated catalogue for 25p; it was John Thompson’s “The Model Wheelwrights” handbook. I sent for the handbook, and just could not resist ordering several plans straight away; I now have over 30 plans/drawings, a number of finished models, and others yet to be completed. Over the past years I have derived great pleasure in constructing these models and have developed a great friendship with other Guild Members when displaying our models." (All John's Models are made in 1/8th scale)
East-Anglian Waggon
This massive and stately vehicle dates from 1850, when it was built at Maplestead in North Essex. The woods used for the model are lime, apple and spuce, and the plans used are John Thompson's.
 
Hermaphrodite
These unusual vehicles consisted of a two wheeled cart, with an extra pair of wheels and forecarriage which could be added to convert to a four wheeled vehicle at harvest time.The woods used for the model are lime, beech and ash, and the plans used are John Thompson's.

Table Top Wool Waggon
Made in 1/8th scale in limewood, sycamore and spruce, from plans in "The Coachbuilders Atlas of Scale Drawings". These Australian Wool Waggon's were amongst the largest draught drawn vehicles ever built anywhere.
Very few of these great Table Top Wool Waggons, or 'jinkers', as they were sometimes called, have survived the passing of time. The sheep stations and scouring plants eventually closed down when the value of wool declined. Railroads were built, and later came the motor vehicle. Many waggons were just abandoned and were just left to decay and rot where they stood when the draught team were unhitched from them for the last time.

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Table Top Wool Wagon

The above three models on display at Forge Mill, Redditch on the 14th and 15th August 2010.
Forge Mill is just one of the 20 or so venues where Guild Members display their models thoughout the UK each year. We all have a grand time talking and answering the many questions and intrests put to us by the many visitors.
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Alan Johnson
"I have been a Guild Member since 1990. Born in Yorkshire, having a father who was a keen amateur woodworker who died when I was three months old. Mum taught me the basics of fretwork from the age of three. I grew up making my own toys, and later making all manner of items for family, colleagues and friends. My repertoire has included Marquetry, Parquetry, Wood Turning, Musical boxes, Pewter embossing, Scale architectural work, and of course Scale Model Horse Drawn Vehicles. I am now retired and live in Truro in Cornwall" (All Alan's Models are made in 1/8th scale, unless otherwise stated)
Sussex Swing Plough
An early 19th Century plough, with a wooden beam and iron mouldboard. Made from John Thompson's plans. The materials used are mahogany and steel.
Courage Brewer's Show Dray
The actual full size vehicle can be seen at the Courage Shire Horse Centre at Maidenhead. As seen in the model, it can be fitted with shafts for a single horse, or a central pole for a pair. Made from John Thompson's plans. Materials used are mahogany and brass.
Northhamptonshire Water Cart
Made from plans of David Wray's. The chassis is mahogany and steel. The barrel is made from oak, soaked in cold water before being bent round a former, and the steel 'blued' in a flame.Glue was not used anywhere on this model.
Wiltshire Dung Cart
This model, made from John Thompson's plans, is constructed in beech and steel and painted using acrylics. The steel is flame 'blued'.
Reading Ledge Caravan
This model is made from John Thompson's plans. A large variety of materials were used.
Edwardian Style Limousine
From plans published in a 'Practical Woodworking' magazine. A variety of materials were used. Body panels created using layers of veneer glued together round soft-wood formers.
Home Workshop in 1/12th scale
Tools copied from my own collection and from museum pictures. A variety of materials were used.
Potting Shed in 1/12th scale
Tools copied from our own full sized ones. Printed items photographed and computer reduced. A variety of materials were used.

Well-Bottomed Gig
This 1/8” scale model of a Well-Bottomed Gig has been built using a kit produced by Remploy ( back in the 1970’s?). It has proved harder to build than if I had actually made all the parts myself. I suspect that the drawings supplied were printed at a slightly larger scale than the ones they made their metal parts from and, having finished the woodwork, struggled to make the metal fit. A pleasing model, but not for the purists!

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Roger Hardy
"I live in Barton in the Beans, near Market Bosworth, and whilst I am a relatively new member I have been building model HDV’s for many years. I started in the John Thompson era and still have a lot of books and items which he supplied. Over the years I have made 23 models, most are distributed around the family but I have retained a few; then I lapsed into Model Boats; but recently saw the error of my ways and returned to model HDV’s. I am currently making a Whitechapel Cart and East-Anglian Waggon from J.T. plans. My preferred timber is lime." (All Roger's Models are made in 1/8th scale)
Garden Seat Omnibus
The London street scene in Edwardian time was dominated by the horse-bus, with over 3000 on the road - nearly half being run by the London General Omnibus Company.
Garden Seat Omnibus
A view to the rear of the vehicle showing the spiral steps and more of the period advertisments.
Ledge Caravan
This must be one of the most elaborate and ornate of any horse drawn vehicle and requires many hundreds of hours of patient and detailed work by the model maker. The actual full-size vehicle can be seen at the Reading Borough Museum, where it had been completely restored.
Ledge Caravan
A rear view showing the cratch and pan-box.
Ledge Caravan
View to inside.
Ledge Caravan
A close-up of the cratch and details of carving inserts and painting.
Brougham Brougham
Early Iron Age Chariot Market Float
Hansom Cab Hansom Cab - (Front view)
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Patrick Hall
"Although raised on a south Warwickshire farm, on leaving school I chose to work in the construction industry. There I trained as an architectural draughtsman/ building surveyor and subsequently became a designer of agricultural and industrial buildings. Upon retirement in 2002, I needed a handicraft that was relatively inexpensive, so I decided to attempt to make a model of a Cotswold boat wagon, built for my father in1930. Working from a photograph I created a set of working drawings and built a model, followed by other similar subjects, all to 1/8th scale. In October 2005 I met members exhibiting at Mary Arden’s House and realising that I had an awful lot to learn, decided to join the Guild. Since that time I have tried to achieve a better build standard, but I know there is plenty of room for improvement! At least I was working to a scale commonly used by Guild members." (All Patrick's Models are made in 1/8th scale)
Cotswold Bow Wagon
Built for Lord Vestey, Stowell Park, c. 1925. My own measured drawings from the original, at the Heritage Centre, Northleach. (no longer open)
Devon Chest Wagon
Built at Lifton near Launceston, 1894. My own plans based on a sketch in James Arnold's book ''Farm Wagons and Carts".
Cotswold Boat Wagon
Built on the Badminton Estate, 1937, my own measured drawings from the original at Dyrham Park. (National Trust)
Cotswold Boat Wagon
Built for A.J.Hall at Ilmington, Warwickshire, 1930. My own drawings, based on a photograph.
Hermaphrodite, or muffrey
Built from plans by David Wray and supplied by the Guild Library.
Bottle Jack - Cotswold Boat Wagon
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ANNE MEANLEY
Guild member Anne Meanley regularly brings along these delightful collection of models to a number of Guild venues, which were made by her late husband John who died in 2003, at the age of 84. John was born and raised in Darlaston, in the West Midlands, and as a youth was familiar with the street vendors and their hand carts who plied their various vegetable, fruit, flowers and fish carts in the area. He made his first model in the late 1970’s, and during the years, up until his untimely death, amassed a unique collection which attracts a lot of interest and admiration when put on display by his widow Anne. All the fruit, flowers, vegetables and bread etc, are made from Fimo® modelling clay, which can be baked hard in a domestic oven.

(All John's Models are made in 1/8th scale, unless otherwise stated.)
A trio of various hand carts
Railway porters luggage trolly, a three wheeled whicker bread cart, and a three wheeled hand-pushed milk cart with brass churn and milk tins.
Fruit and vegatable hand cart
Under-cover can be seen bannas, tomatoes, lemmons oranges, apples and pears. In the foreground is leeks, rhubarbe
sweetcorn, potatoes, beans and collieflower.
Costermongers Barrow
Various Fruits and vegatables on display, whith scales and brass weights shown on the right.
Fruit and vegatable stall
Fruit and veg seller with lady shoppers looking at goods.
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JOHN CASTLE
"I have been a Guild member since 1996, but my interest in model horse drawn vehicles was sparked way back in 1975, when on a visit to a model engineering exhibition in London, I met and purchased from John Thompson my first plan, it was for a 1/12th scale Welsh long cart, a model I still have. Shortly afterwards I enrolled with the Model Horse Drawn Vehicles Club, and soon after that I went along to a SMHDV show in Doncaster, where I met up with Guild members Joe Cartledge, Mick Davis and Mike Casboult. My main interest has always been farm carts and waggons. I have, from early on after my initial apprenticeship, made my models without the use of glue, preferring to resort to the original (miniaturised) joinery copying all the original fastenings. For wheels I stick to original timbers; Elm naves, Oak spokes and Ash felloes and the wheels are made exactly as the originals, no glue, dowelled joints between felloes and tyres made as a ring and heat shrunk in place. the penalty for this is that I need to fill the grain before painting which is a bit of a pain, as there is more sanding to do to ensure an acceptable finish, early models I made used lime for all other parts of the model as its lack of open grain is ideal for painting, and is very nice for carving the chamfers. My more recent models use Sycamore it is harder and is I feel a little more stable but still gives me a good paintable surface plus I am not too far away from a good source - Lincolnshire Crafts woods in Stamford." (All John's Models are made in 1/8th scale, unless otherwise stated.)
Northumberland Harvest Cart
Built from plans by John Thompson. The full-size vehicle is on display at The North of England Open Air Museum, at Bemish. This is a realy elegant cart, with light open sides and nicely curved rails.Photo taken in May 2011 at Open Day, Tiddesley Wood Nature Reserve, Pershore, Worcestershire.
Conestoga Waggon
A very impresive model to make, and an iconic vehicle, featured in many
American Wild West movies. Made from John Thompson plans. Photo taken in July 2011 at The Heavy Horse Festival, Holbeache Farm, near Kidderminster.
Improved General Purpose cart
By The Wey Iron Works Alton (Alfred Hetherington)
Discovered on the Blackmore Estate of Lord Selborne, I was given permission to photograph and measure it in the very early 1990’s. My measurements and observations were converted into a 1/8th scale drawing, and in March of 2011 the first of two models was started. Both models have been constructed entirely as the original vehicle entirely without glue, and have a painted finish, including all lining out matching the original. I had always intended to present a model to the estate as a thank you. And having completed the first model, Ileene and I had a couple of days out in Hampshire to deliver it, Lord and Lady Selborne were delighted. The Original cart had been owned by Walter (Percy) Fosbury, but he seems to have acquired it second hand (The name board had been changed). It was built to a plan by the Wey Iron works, who had a comprehensive catalogue of horse drawn vehicles, they were a large concern based in Alton from 1865 until shortly after the Great war, the cart must have been built prior to the Great war, but is still in the shed I first saw it and is in sound condition.
Somerset Waggon
The 'Cock-Raved' Somerset Waggon - spindle sides with strouters and elaborate chamfering. Longboarded, iron axles and hoop tyres. Model made from David Wray plans. Photo taken: March 2010 at Avoncroft Museum.
British Napoleonic spare wheel carriage.
Based on scale measurements of original equipment, the model is of a limber, and a spare gun carriage which has been adapted to carry spare wheels and other parts. Each field brigade and horse troop in Wellington’s army was to include one spare gun carriage and limber. The model is built exactly to scale including unseen elaborate joinery, all the fastenings are carrying out the same function as the original parts, and no glue has been used in construction anywhere on the model. The wheels are properly wrighted and are coned. All of the strakes have been tailored to this coneing and are held in place by hand made nails; a Samson was used to pull the felloe joint together as in the originals. The model is constructed of sycamore throughout with oak spokes (for strength) all metal fittings are handmade as are most of the nuts and bolts, only a small number of very small square nuts and a few hexagonal nuts were purchased. The very small chain securing various pins and wedges was purchased; all other chain is handmade to scale dimensions.
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PETER SMITH
"I live in Buckinghamshire and started making model horse drawn vehicles in 1977 and worked my way through 16 of John Thompson's plans. I then got permission to take the measurements from the 1838 State Landau at Windsor Castle. When completed I took the model back to Windsor Castle and showed the staff. I was asked to show the model to The Crown Equerry who gave me permission to go to The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace to take measurements from the State Coaches. The Royal Collection is unique and the only collection of scratch-built scale models ever made of the State Coaches in The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. There are now 10 models in the Collection." (All Peters's Models are made in 1/8th scale)
The Irish State Coach
Originally built by the Lord Mayor of Dublin (himself a coachbuilder) in 1851, it is armour plated with steel panels in the floor, roof and sides. The roof has intricate scroll work, recreated in lime wood for the model, whilst all the clothwork has been hand stitched. This model took 2 years to make - just painting the coats of arms and scroll work on the coach sides took 8 weeks.
 
1902 State Landau
This carriage was used to carry the bride and groom back to Buckingham Palace after the Royal wedding in April. This is a large carriage, 19’ 6” long and 9’ high with the hood up. All of these coaches
have a body slung on straps from the undercarriage, so it tends to sway in all directions and the footman riding on the back (over the road springs) has a more comfortable ride than the passengers! do
Queen Alexandra State Coach
This State Coach is the one used to carry the Imperial State Crown from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening. Originally this had a flat roof, but it was later rebuilt with a domed roof, arched windows, and bevelled glass for the glazing.
 
The Scottish State Coach
The Scottish State Coach had begun life in 1830 as a Landau, but was altered from a town coach to one for the open road - the driving box being removed and the horses driven postillion style. The interior has a lining of coffee coloured silk - and the model accurately replicates this the opening doors and steps - even the miniature carriage lamps open.
1838 State Landau
This carriage is still used regularly when foreign heads of state are visiting the UK. It is considered as a 'Town Coach', for short journeys, and as such the four horses are driven from the box seat at the front. The bodywork is built of a beech frame with thin birch panelling, whilst the wheels are constructed in the traditional way a wheelwright would do 
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Mick Davis
Mick, who lives in Birmingham in the West Midlands, has been a member of the Guild since its formation in the mid 1990's. The traditional timbers of Oak, Ash and Elm are the timbers which Mick uses to build his models, and the plans are all from the David Wray Collection of Measured Drawings. (All Mick's Models are made in 1/8th scale)
Kent Dung Cart
Typical Dung Cart Build, Iron Axles, Hoop Tyres.
Built from plans by David Wray.
Kent Turn-Wrest Plough
A wheeled 'one way' plough.
Built from plans by David Wray.

Small Sussex Timber Bob
A small timber bob having arched axel. Straked wheels on wood axels. Shafts.
Built from plans by David Wray.
Sussex Timber Carriage
A Four wheeled timber carriage, iron axles and hoop tyres. Fitted with brakes.
Built from plans by David Wray.
Wiltshire Waggon
Panel sides, cross-boarded, full width iron axles and hoop tyres. Built from plans by David Wray.
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Jim Allcock
“I first started model making in the 80s when I joined the Birmingham Model Engineering Society and made a 0 – 6 – 0 Tank engine. I joined the Guild of Model Wheelwrights in 2001 as I found Engineering models take too long to make and are too heavy to handle when completed. Everyone at the Guild has been very welcoming and helpful, especially Joe Cartledge who kindly gave me wood to make my first model. I retired in2005. I work mainly in 1/8 scale and prefer to work with Beech for all the wooden parts. My interest is in the making of the models ( not the history) because I like to see how the old technology works and I enjoy the challenge of making things to an acceptable standard with limited equipment I don’t specialise in any type of model, just make whatever takes my eye.” (Jim's models are all 1/8th scale, unless otherwise stated)
Bakers Cart
Carts of this style, with ventilated bodies, were used by bakers, butchers and fishmongers for their deliveries in prosperous districts. They were built and finished to nearly the same standards as private traps.Made from John Thompson plans.
 
Herefordshire Waggon undercarriage
This is a new build, the rest of the waggon has yet to be made. The original is from the Kington, Leominster, Bromyard area, and is dated circa 1870. From plans by David Wray.
Herefordshire Waggon
The picture above, the one on the right and the one below shows the now completed waggon made by Jim Allcock. These latest three photos were taken at Fordge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch on August 12th 2012.
Herefordshire Waggon
The side view. This heavy waggon would not have been used for harvest work.Its main task would have been the haulage of root crops and other dense loads.
Herefordshire Waggon
Here you can see the detail of the double straked wheels and the neatly painted front board showing the owners name.
Monmouthshire Farm Waggon
A very popular and intresting model with plenty of detail. From plans of John Thompsons.
 
Ammunition Waggon
This is the additional ammunition waggon which would have followed up the rear of the field gun and limber shown in the picture below. (Made in 1/12th scale)
 
British Army 9lb. Field Gun and Limber
This is the type of gun developed for Napoleon III, and subsequently used by the British and U.S. armies in the second half of the Nineteenth century.This was the last set of plans designed by Barrie Voisey, and is considered by many to be his best work. The set of plans include the field gun and limber and also the additional ammunition waggon which would have followed up the rear. (Made in 1/12th scale)
 
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Frank Rake
Frank lives in Venice, Florida, USA; and on retirement, several years ago, he was looking for a challenging hobby to do during the long winter nights and came across John Thompson’s plans in the Hobby’s catalogue. He picked the hardest he could find – the Ledge Caravan! So far he has completed three very fine models - all in 1/8th scale.
Ledge Caravan Pot Waggon
Brush Wagon Brush Wagon (Interior view)

Brush Waggon
The wood used on this fine model is mainly boxwood. There are 48 hinges on the model. Unlike any other caravan type, the door is at the rear.
This feature was useful because it gave easy access to the van without having to unharness the horse.

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Bob Oliver
"I was born and raised in Toronto, but moved to a rural property near the small town of Palmerston, Ontario, Canada about 37 years ago. I was looking for a hobby to fill the winter months and was invited by a couple of neighbours to join them making a model show wagon. I really enjoyed the challenge and have been at it ever since. I usually use hardwood, mostly oak."
(All Bob's Models are made in 1/10th scale)
   
Irish Jaunting Cart  
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Andrew Kemp
"I was born and still live in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire. The six models I have made, were all done when I was in my teens between 1974 and 1978. They are all made in Sapele, as the wood was easy to come by from work. I came across the guild at Acton Scott in April 2012. At some point in the future I intend to continue with my model making." (Andrews's models are all 1/8th scale)
Ledge Caravan
Made from plans of John Thompson's plans.
Ledge Caravan
Side View.
Hermaphrodite.
Made from plans of John Thompson's plans.
North Monmouthshire Waggon.
Made from plans of John Thompson's plans.
Buckinghamshire Barge Wagon

Heavy Tip Cart.
Made from Barrie Voisey plans .

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Bill Brooks
"I am 66, my Wife’s name is Judy; we live in Mildura, in the north-west of Victoria, Australia. I am a retired public servant, after spending years in the prison service in Sydney we moved here 6 years ago. Mildura is as close to paradise as it gets, a popular tourist holiday town on the mighty Murray River in the middle of Australia’s fruit bowl, main industry, Stone fruits, Grapes & wines. This is my first totally scratch built model from Ivan Collins plans, and is 23 inches long. Built in the main from recycled material, the wood is Murray River red gum, salvaged from next doors firewood pile, and the brass was a dip rod from an old petrol tanker, that I got from the local scrap yard. The rope is made from lace cotton." (Bill's Model is made in 1/12th scale.)
1837 Napoleon Field Cannon & Limber
Side view of model.
The full size wheels were over the height of the shoulder of the troops travelling with it. 
1837 Napoleon Field Cannon & Limber
Front view. The buckets are temporary and will be replaced at a later date.
1837 Napoleon Field Cannon & Limber
View from top.
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1837 Napoleon Field Cannon & Limber
Close-up detail
 
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Dave Phillpott
"I was born in Corsham, Wiltshire, from a farming background. Grandfather worked with shirehorses as did my Father, so I guess that is where the interest with me lies. I had built both an Oxfordshire waggon and a Monmouth waggon, also part of a Sussex waggon which was hidden in a box for quite a number of years due to work commitments. Those commitments were lorry driving for many years and working for Castle Combe Racing Circuit until 2002 when I retired. It was only about six years ago that I got the bug again and finished the Sussex waggon, followed by making the Prairie Schooner. Having had the plans for a gypsy caravan for a few years I decided to make a start on the Ledge Caravan and two years down the line it is now finished! I joined the Guild in 2011 and so far have enjoyed chatting to the other Guild members at Acton Scott which was my second show. I went to Padstow in July and have just returned from Chatsworth Country Fair. I am looking forward to meeting a few more new members in the future." (Dave's Models are made in 1/8th scale.)
   
 
Prairie Schooner
In sturdy waggons such as this, countless thousands of pioneers crossed the barren plains of the United States to reach the new lands of the west, by the legendary Oregon and Santa Fe trails.
 

Len Traynor
"Seventy seven year old Guild Member Len lives in N.S.W. Australia and has been a model maker since he was a boy, he has been a civil war enthusiast for over sixty years, and all of his models are related to that conflict, with his special interset being artillery used by both sides. With an excellent reference library on the subject, to assist him in making further cannon models."
(Len's Models are made in 1/6th scale.)

Napoleon III Field Cannon & Limber as used in the American Civil War.
A 1/6th ( 2'' = 1 foot ) scale model of an American Civil War Field Cannon, known as the model 1857 Napoleon. The cannon was scratch built by Leonard Traynor, of Sydney, Australia, from plans acquired from the U.S., along with photographs, and measurements he obtained himself from original cannons located at various civil war battlefields. The cannon carriage, and limber are made from oak, the ammunition chest from walnut, and pine,just like the originals. Around the edges of the ammunition chest lid,are one hundred and eighty copper nails, all carefully inserted one at a time. The bronze barrel was cast by Len, with the permission of a friendly foundry owner. About a thousand hours were spent on the construction of the whole piece, which is correct in every detail.

View looking towads the ammunition box and bucket.
Ammunition box with lid open.

Six Mule Army Supply Waggon,
This was used by both sides during the American Civil War, made from plans acquired from the U.S., by Len Traynor who also made two trips to Atlanta, to photograph, and measure an original waggon on display at the Atlanta History Centre, one of the few waggons still in existence.
The running gear and wheels are made from oak, the body from pine just as the originals, all to the scale of 2 inches = one foot, or 1/6th scale. Nearly six hundred hours of work were involved in the construction. Further research by Len indicates the inscription on the waggon cover which he copied from a book, is incorrect. The red Corps insignia was used, but not the word “ammunition”, so Len is in the process of making a new cover.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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