A young woman contacted me for a second time, to ask if I could make for her, a model of a 1920’s invalid carriage.
Numerous cycle manufacturers, over the years have approached the problem of hand powered chairs, utilizing a variety of mechanisms, many catering for the war wounded.
As a wheel chair user herself, she had explored the various contraptions available and, in the process, found herself collecting old invalid carriages.
As these things are quite bulky, a model was required, so that the workings could be discussed and demonstrated.
As usual I was faced with the problem of; reproducing a complex object with a few bits of bent metal, on a very limited budget.
Having given it some thought and explored the options, I came to the conclusion that, my best chance of a satisfactory outcome was, to make something resembling a tin toy. This allowed me to make use of, small modeling chains and sprockets, not to mention a certain amount of artistic license.
This second model was a similar sort of vehicle as the first. The drive, however, was connected to the front wheel, which also steers.
Having completed one, gave me the advantage of knowing the style and method. The disadvantage was having to use a similar construction with an entirely different mechanism.
Not your everyday job, but that is what makes life more interesting. Plus I get to help someone out, even If all they want, is a metal thingy.