The “Mechanical Horse” was introduced in the UK around 1934 to meet the railway companies need for a vehicle to replace horse drawn carriages. Several companies submitted designs but it was  Scammell Lorries Mechanical Horse, designed by O.D North, that won through.

    One unique feature was its ability to automatically couple, or uncouple, from its trailers, another was that its single front wheel could turn through 360 degrees producing a highly manoeuvrable vehicle.  Largely unchanged until the late 1940’s the tractor section was then redesigned for the Scarab, one new development was the introduction of a Perkins diesel engine option. The Scarab’s steel cab was rounder and with the engine now being mounted lower in the chassis the Scarab was much more stable.

   The fibreglass cabbed Scammell Townsman took over from 1967. Despite numerous improvements the Townsman was mainly only bought by British Rail and the Royal Mail so production ended in 1968.  The French company Chenard-Walker also made the Scammell, or “FAR”, under licence using the Citroen Traction Avant engine.         

                                                                     1/72nd scale kit.

                                                                         Built by Rod.

   Built in the 1960s and one of the earlier models of the collection it was made from an Airfix kit now long out of production.

   Bear in mind it is a tiny vehicle, and in 1/72nd scale, so the real model is about 2cm tall and about 6cm long, much smaller than this picture.          

  The trailer looks like it has been nicely worn and weathered. Brush painted with enamel paints The black lines on the cab are not up to modern standards, but then again today we would use decal lining for the job.          

 

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