Having spent some time researching and (trying to get around to) building some early 1900 race cars in 1/16 scale, I came across some pictures of the trucks from the same era….. and lost my mind! Talk about cool stuff! And ELECTRIC trucks too! Well, that helped me to decide on my TBNL RR layout in the large 1/16 scale, so I would have a legitimate excuse for scratchbuilding some cool old trucks for it.
I prefer to not try to make an authentic copy/model of any vehicle, rather I look at the vehicles of the era, the variety and the similarities, and (as many small car/truck/crane/train/plane makers did) design and make a relatively “realistic” vehicle as if I were one of those people with an idea, and just go ahead and build it! Seeing all the pictures of the different guys standing next to, or sitting in, their creations, with the looks of success, failure, or “hmmm….” on their faces, just encourages and inspires me to do the same.
I do enjoy making up the names as well. I Google different nationalities surnames for ideas, and if I remember correctly EDER is Austrian for hermit(?) Only 4 letters too 😄
Ok, this truck started out using the chassis/floorboard of a vintage Aurora 1/16 scale Stanley Steamer buildup in poor condition that I got off Ebay. Eventually, all I used was the aforementioned chassis, part of the louvered hood/bonnet which I rotated, and the front wheels and tyres, and the floor pedals. Everything else is basswood, balsa wood, coffee stirrer sticks, and styrene.
More pictures, mostly WIP pictures of the EDER are on my Fotki: https://public.fotki.com/JohnFleischman/scratchbuilt-models/1900-eder-truck-fic/#media
Thanks for looking 🤗