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Project by hunter71 posted 01-18-2018 12:58 PM 2739 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This will be the first in a series of antique fire equipment builds I have planned. Tribute to my DAD Archie Perkins, who was a life member of Hose #1 in Homer, N.Y. and ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS OUT THERE. I don’t paint many of my builds but this just had to be Fire Engine Red and trimmed in Gold, the eloquent way that they did things in the late 1800’s. Built from a 4×4x12” Ash bolt almost entirely. A few poplar dowels, and some hard wood scraps needed for fine details. The boiler was first and 3 were turned before I got what was in my head, pictures were plenty, but any sizing had to be from dead reckoning, internet didn’t help much here. The drive piston turns the crank [ I made several]that turns the pump rods into the pump cylinders by hand turning the flywheel. [toughest part of the build] The fire box door opens and closes. The gauges are made from filling brass eye’s with white paint and sanding smooth. Only other metal is the bent wire used for the front seat and the boiler tags that I applied. All my skills were used in this engine, turning, painting, hand building and lots of carving. I learned a lot of how these engines and steam in general was used back then, a fun build.
Next will be a hose wagon and then a ladder wagon. These take a LONG time so be patient, thanks for looking, Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 01-18-2018 01:17 PM

WOW! This is a fantastic looking 1880’s Steam Fire Engine. You always impress me with all the “very fine” detail you put into your work. Those little gauges are perfect amung all the other eye candy there is to see.
This is so nice and a great tribute to your father and all the firefighters out there.
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 01-18-2018 01:19 PM

Looks very good.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 01-18-2018 01:30 PM

I love the stuff all you model making guys post on here! It is amazing to see the amount of work that you are willing to invest in these pieces! Thanks for the inspiration!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 01-18-2018 01:32 PM

Very impressive to say the least. This is a great tribute to all firefighters and your dad. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-18-2018 01:49 PM

In awe of your dedication and determination in building this impressive model.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 01-18-2018 01:57 PM

Incredible details and colouration. Smart usa of metal additions.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 01-18-2018 02:14 PM

Wow, great detail in the model!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#8 posted 01-18-2018 02:15 PM

That is amazing!! Wow!!

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#9 posted 01-18-2018 02:38 PM

This is absolutely marvelous and my favorite of the many wonderful models you have posted. I’m really looking forward to your future fire engine posts.

Perhaps of interest; I was reading a car magazine today in my doctor’s waiting room and they had a photo of the first automobile. It was actually built in 1771 and was steam driven. The boiler, which hung out on the front was enormous, and the rest looked much more like a wagon, not too dissimilar to your fire engine chassis and wheels. I’m not sure what country it was made in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-18-2018 02:59 PM

I love this steam engine pumper. In a way it’s kind of whimsical as a lot of things were in ‘the good old days’. I have seen photos of these that are similar to this one. You did a wonderful job on this project and it shows a lot of nice details and craftsmanship. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 01-18-2018 03:16 PM

WOW Doug ….this model is incredible …. and a very fine tribute to your Dad ….... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 01-18-2018 03:35 PM

Fantastic Fire Engine Doug! Well Done!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 01-18-2018 03:51 PM

That is museum material! Beautiful and outstanding craftsmanship.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#14 posted 01-18-2018 04:48 PM

Beautiful Project!!!
Could we get a picture of the seat it looks so nice what little we can see of it.
Thanks Hunter for another mind trip to the past!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#15 posted 01-18-2018 05:29 PM

From you, Doug, this doesn’t surprise me. Looks like candy.

-- Mark

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