HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE
WORLD WAR 1 ARMY VEHICLES

 

FRENCH WW1 PARIS TAXI OF 1914

by George Grasse

MACH 2 1:35 SCALE RESIN KIT OF THE FRENCH WW1 PARIS TAXI OF 1914

MACH 2 PARIS TAXI BOX ART

This image of the kit's "box art" shows a French Paris Taxi of the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914.  The 1:35 scale all-plastic kit is by Mach 2, part number

 

FRENCH PARIS LES INVALIDES PARIS TAXI PHOTO
A Chatillon Panhard K13 hauling an ammunition wagon and a Canon de 120mm.  Photo from Osprey Campaign Series First Marne, page 17.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #1
FRAME BEGINNINGS: The one-piece resin casting of the truck frame is initially started by gluing on the leaf springs of which the front and rear pairs are different. 

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #2


FRAME COMPLETION:  These two views show the underside of the main frame with a number of substitute brass replacements.  Of note is the front end tie rod which has the kit's coupling inserted into a brass tube and connected to the shorter brass rod stems.  I did this because the kit's front end tie rod came up short.  Other brass rods are: 1) the extension for the starting crank, the various lengths that make up the drive shaft, the rear axle, and the reinforcing bar atop the differential.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #3
BODY BEGINNINGS: The four-sided passenger cabin is glued and allowed to set up.  Interior seats are installed and it is glued to the floorboard.  The driver's dashboard is glued then the radiator in front of it.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #4
BODY & CHASSIS - LEFT SIDE: The body was glued to the chassis frame and allowed to dry thoroughly.  Details added at this stage are the driver's compartment pedals, steering wheel, brake, and horn.  Also added to the rear of the body is the rear light fixture.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #5
BODY - LEFT FRONT: The wheels and spare tire were painted separately and are positioned on the axles but not glued at this time.  The front end has the engine hood glued to the chassis and radiator.   The fenders/running board were glued to the projections out from the body.  One of these had broken off and could not be glued for lack of strength to support the running board.  So, I made a support from brass rod.  The model is ready for priming.

 

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REFERENCES:

I could not find a comprehensive book on French transport and had to rely on several photographs found on the internet.

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