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GusSMHDV
11-14-12, 11:13 AM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/11/40.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/rennugliat/Misc/Wychopin-1.jpg)

This one was built by a fellow by the name of Stan Wychopin - who passed away in 2010 before I even knew he existed...and he lived 30 miles North of me. Small world1confused1

I've only got the single photo of the coach and a tiny bit of info. I 'think' some of the family is still in the area and I do intend to chase down a bit more info 'some day'.

The coach, as far as I know is one of a series of 20 made by Mr. Wychopin. One is presently in the Alberta Museum and I'm told one was in the Twin Towers on display...but I don't know if it was there on the 11th or not.

The coaches are constructed in 1:8 scale and (at least partially) of Rosewood and Rosewood veneer but I don't know what else is in there. The metal work is all brass that has been gold plated. Each model originally sold for $50,000. The latest sale of one that I can confirm (100%) was a couple of years ago and it went for $57,000. I have no idea where the remainder of the series are locaated.

If I ever do get more info I'll be sure to post it here as work like this really shouldn't go undocumented.

Cheers - Gus1hey1

EDIT to add a short writeup from the Royal Alberta Museum
Inspired by the Abbott–Downing Coach Company circa 1813-1886
Stan Wychopen of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, constructed the basic frame-and-panel coach body of this model using Brazilian rosewood, maple and ebony. The stagecoach has working windows, doors and brakes. Other fine details are made of leather and gold-plated brass. The coach is modeled upon a style of stagecoach manufactured between 1813 and 1886 by the Abbot–Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire.

wagnmkr
11-14-12, 11:22 AM
Sure .... make me drool profusely and ruin a brand new keyboardhe1he

You are absolutely right Gus, work of this caliber needs to be recognized.

Cheers,

Tom

RickyGene
11-14-12, 06:19 PM
Art, @ it's highest level..............1nworthy1
Rick

xken
11-15-12, 06:03 AM
Gus,
Great I was hoping you would post that picture. The great thing about gold is that it does not tarnish. Keep posting more gems like this as you find them.1thumbup1

Ken 1gramps1

Bugatti Fan
09-14-20, 03:15 PM
There is a guy named Peter Smith over here in the UK who builds models of all the British Royal Coaches.
He has a good working relationship with the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace who have allowed him access to the coaches.
Not sure if any of his models can be seen on the web or not. I have seen them at shows and they are fabulous.