Post by traditional on Jul 14, 2020 3:53:11 GMT -5
I bought this old Bandai 1/16 Garrett steam roller kit at a toy show (Toronto??) well over 20 years ago and just recently, with eastern Canada's current heatwave, I finally got around to painting and building it. Its stable-mate is the similar Garrett 'Showman's Engine' which I built over 40years ago.
I've painted everything, but built it relatively box-stock, as you might expect with a subject that isn't at all mainstream. Bandai's mold quality was outstanding and even the decals which had been in the box for probably over 40 years were in perfect condition. I'll probably fiddle with a few things over the next few days, but for all intent and purpose, it's now complete.
Below: shown with the Bandai/Entex Garrett 'Showman's Engine' (which I built over 40 years ago).
Showman's Engines were typically used by travelling town fairs and circus companies' used as prime movers as well as the generators for amusement rides, electric lighting, etc. The larger ones could be quite entertaining in themselves, with what they called an 'exciter' causing the colored light-bulbs surrounding the top to be flashing on and off sequentially.