Packaged as a Victorian Hackney Cab, this is a 4-wheel, horse-drawn, open carriage.
The hackney cab is the predecessor to the modern taxi cab. In Victorian times, approximately 1830 to 1900, this would have been the form of transportation that could be flagged down on a street in London or a similar major city.
In modern times, this would more likely be used for tourists or for special occasions. I could easily imagine such a coach on your train layout in a touristy downtown area, along a scenic rural road, or for a wedding scene.
The NOCH model is packaged in a protective clear plastic case.
The model itself is molded in several colors of soft plastic-- the carriage in green, the horses in brown, the driver in flesh. Harnesses, clothing, seat, roof, fenders, tires, and other details are hand-painted at the factory. The soft plastic is mildly warped and does not exhibit sharp detail.
The horses are in different poses, and are painted with individual markings. They are not physically attached to the carriage, but rather the harnesses are molded on the horse figures, and the horses are separate. There is no base for the horses, and with various legs raised, the model horses do not stand on their own. For the photos here, I've made an effort with double-sided tape to stand the horses upright. On your layout, you will need to affix the horses to the ground with glue. I believe a tacky craft or scenery glue would work well.
This could be an eye-catching scenic detail for your train layout or diorama. My daughter's eyes lit up when she saw this one at home, much more than for those boring, dirty trains!
We thank NOCH for sending this model set for review! Please tell them and retailers that you saw it here - on RailRoad Modeling.
Highs: A whimsical scenic piece.Lows: Soft on detail.Verdict: Use this piece to attract tourists to your train layout or diorama.
About Sean Hadfield (windysean) FROM: WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES
I picked up model building and HO-scale model trains from my father. I've been working at it now for more than 45 years, always learning more. Although a self-proclaimed cheapskate, I always modify or add to my builds to make them unique and special (for better or worse, ha ha).