by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
introductionTransport Wagon (Ladewahen), item 16702, is a new addition to NOCH's HO series of horse-drawn carriages and wagons.
Transport WagonNOCH packs this model in a fitted cradle held in a hard plastic case.
This model consists of the wagon, two draft horses, and the driver. Horses, man, drawbar and a crossbar are separate from the wagon, otherwise everything is factory assembled and ready for display. All parts are factory painted. There are two faint ejection circles on the upper rear of the wagon. If these bother you, they can be hidden under a load.
The rear suspension had come loose from the wagon in the package. No problem, I just set the wagon atop it and let gravity do its magic, as seen in the photos!
It seems that the wagon is molded in color with painted small detail items.
detail and paintingFirst, the one-piece figure. He is dressed in European style: shirt, jacket, trousers, brim hat and knee boots. Each of the clothing items and the face are painted with different colors. Painting looks good from "the three-foot rule".
The wagon suspension and wheels are made up of multiple parts. Pneumatic tires are used; I do not know when farm wagons started using these although I have seen photos from the 1930s of inflated tire wagons. While these wheels may be easy to remove and replace with spoke types.
The driver's bench is separately applied, as is the brake lever. The bench was glued to the wagon slightly askew.
The horses and tack are one-piece parts. Mold seam lines are visible on their backs. They are also factory painted. Like the farmer the painting is acceptable from "the three-foot rule" although some modelers may think the detail paint is crude and the set is not suitable for a foreground scene.
To tie the beasts to their burden a separate drawbar and crossbar are included. They too are molded in color with some detail painted.
Molding is fine with no visible flash or sink marks. Detail is good for the scale.
conclusionModelers of rural scenes during the pneumatic tire era should find this a neat set for a non-internal combustion scene. Molding is fine with no visible flash or sink marks, although there are those faint ejector marks. Detail is good for the scale.
The crude painting and imprecise mounting of the bench may discourage some modelers who intend to use it in the foreground. However, these are issues that should be easy to repair if the modeler wishes to.
Regardless, this wagon and team should add interest to a rural scene. That is what it is made for and as such I can recommend it.
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