A couple of months ago, I penned a note talking about some American
Civil War equipment that I discovered in a book of Currier & Ives
drawings concerning trains and locomotives. I happened on a book the
other day, "Civil War Railroads and Models" by Edwin P. Alexander,
copyright 1940. In addition to the many paeriod photos and drawings,
that I was going to use in the construction of two dioramas this
winter, I found scale drawings (1:48 scale) for a "Dictator" morter
car, two different howitzer cars (okay, one used a Parrott gun, and two
different armored cars, one for cannon and one for infantry.
After I get these rascals scanned for my own use, if anyone would like
a set, let me know via e-mail and I'll send you a copy of what you
want. I should be up and running in a week or so.
Ed Alexander (according to what he wrote in several of his books) dealt
in O guage (1:48-ish). To replicate this model now would mean either
using the AMT General in 1:24 (and ~that~ would be daunting!), or as I
am trying to do. I got lucky this past winter and came across a couple
of old Advance Molding kits from the 1950s, a "General" locomotive and
tender in one auction and a set of boxcar and flatcar in another on
eBay (total for less than $30.00!). Now with the Civil War Army Corps
of Engineers figures and a lot of fiddley-bits that I got from my local
model railroad shop (plus a wealth of information that I got from
picking the owner's brain), I should be good to go this fall.
This will actually be the second train diorama that I'm planning. I
have another one to start based on a "General" with a complete
passenger train. Because my granddad work in the shops in Altoona, I'm
planning on building it in Pennsy colors.
Note that these really aren't "stash" kits - I really want to get these
done for the BufCon next year.