1900 Eder truck (fictional)

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.

In progress, with the wheels ready for paint.

‘Done’ with the EDER name stamped in the radiator brass.
A man’s truck, with the early wagon type steering arrangement.
Lots of the early trucks were just like this. Driver sat very high and with no roof, no cab, no windshield, or lights. A lot of them also had the radiator positioned like this, behind the engine.

I like how many of the trucks were built, designed, hurriedly, to fill an immediate need, and also before certain technologies existed. This is a simple hauler, that men would unload by hand: coal, stone, dirt, sacks of feed, etc, with no dumping or swinging tailgate. Also, the tread (width) of the wheels varied, probably until they had to fit on certain roadways. Port city narrow streets most likely helped “standardize” certain dimensions of the trucks.
On the TBNL RR layout benchwork, all shiny and clean. We’ll be changing that sometime in the future.
With my 1903 ROTH delivery truck WIP destined for some small city street scene on the TBNL RR layout. The ROTH started out as another Ebay 1/16 built up model in pieces. It’s the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost frame, running gear, wheels, and not much else. Very representative of a lot of merchandise movers back then also. Another seperate thread on the ROTH is in the works.
Hmmm…. I’m inspiring myself here to get this finished.

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 🤗

John

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