Guns Of History Civil War Rucker Ambulance 1:16 ScaleRated 5/5 based on 1 reviews.
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RUCKER AMBULANCE, 1:16 SCALE
The carnage of the Civil War made transporting the wounded from the battlefields a matter of life and death. The ambulance wagon designed by Brigadier General D. H. Rucker and built at the Government Repair shops at Washington proved to be the most valuable innovation. Used during the latter half of the war, it was able to carry patients in seated or prone positions.
Two litters (stretchers) on the floor of the wagon were divided by longitudinal hinged joints and could be bent at right angles to serve as bench seats. The upper platform halves, hinged to the sides of the wagon, dropped down to form the seat backs.
In the raised position, the seat backs were supported by iron posts hinged to their bottom surfaces. These posts fit into sockets in the floor. The resulting platform supported two more stretchers suspended from the roof. The space between the lower and the upper stretchers was ventilated by louver openings on each side of the body of the wagon.
The ambulance body rested on platform springs designed to reduce both fore-and-aft and side-to-side jostling. The suspension also included a horizontal draught spring under the fifth wheel to reduce the sudden lurch of the wagon when the team started to pull it. Though somewhat heavier than other ambulance designs at 1,120 pounds, the added weight improved stability.
Model length 8-1/2"/width 4"/height 6"
Guns Of History Kit No. MS4017
Design, prototype model and instructions by Ken Goldman
Civil War AmbulanceBy: R.Webster on 14 April 2014A well produced scale model kit. The parts are well identified and relatively easy to extract. The instructions are a bit vague in some ares, although anyone familiar with a vehicle like this will pick it up easily. recommened for advanced modellers.