This was one phone call I was not expecting.
A young woman contacted me 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.
As I said, not job I could have anticipated, but that is what makes life more interesting. Plus I get to help someone out, even If all they want, is a metal thingy.