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The other horse that came with the Preiser set did not really have the proper posture for pulling a Street-Car. Initially, the horse was just put into our box of unused details but after some time, I recalled seeing a horse being changed-out at the park and an idea struck. The horse was almost perfect for modeling one being led to -or from- the Street-Car stopped at Town Square. All I needed was a suitable N scale cast member figure. A little searching through our scale population turned up a Preiser German police officer that had the proper pose, a hat, and tie. A little carving was needed to turn his coat into a vest and then, with the correct paint, he looked just right for the job! I glued the horse and figure to a base made from .010" styrene so they would keep their spacing while I made the reins from .005" styrene sheet. I like the way this little scenario turned out and the scene adds more interest to our model.
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Here's a view of our two working horses and the additional horse and cast member.
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New reins were made from .008" brass wire and new draw bars from .012" brass wire. I also painted the square blinders over Orva's eyes and on our other horse too. I may try to fabricate some blinders from thin plastic sheet but I'll stick with the painted ones for now.
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One of our favorite horses currently working on Main Street is named Orva. She has a beautiful coat ranging from nearly pure white to almost black with light spots scattered amongst the main portion of her body. I tried to replicate this coloring and employ Orva on our model. We have a couple of photos of the real Orva in our "Disneyland's Horse Drawn Street-car" file.
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For our second Street-Car, I took a draft horse from a Preiser N scale wagon set. The wagon I bought came with a team of two horses. Tahnee felt the one with its head down looked more typical of the posture of Disneyland's steeds while drawing guests down Main Street. So, I clipped the supplied reins and carefully removed the supplied horse from the base. Here is a photo of the new horse hitched up.
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Tahnee was right. The red Dapper Dan looks better on the running board. We have a photo of the real Dapper Dans 'hangin' out' on a Street Car in the "Disneyland's Horse Drawn Street-Car" file.
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I've added six passengers and the Dapper Dans to one of our Street-Cars. Initially, I had the 'red' Dapper Dan posed inside the car. I later decided (okay, Tahnee suggested) he'd be more visable out on the running board, so, he has been relocated.
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