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Grignotage Inactive Member05 May 2017 11:56 a.m. PST

Hey all.

I am working on 1/72nd Zulu War (using soft plastic miniatures) and am going to scratch-build British supply wagons. I am not picky about them and plan to throw some together with balsa and spare spoked-wheels.

However, I can't really scratch built oxen, so…

Other than the Pegasus farm animal set, and a few odd plastic sets with cows/oxen in them, is there a source of 1/72nd sized (roughly) oxen? Maybe little plastic toys that someone has used which are roughly the right size? There are tons of options on eBay and elsewhere but it's hard to tell on a computer and I don't have many stores in my area that might sell them.

Links and suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

Nexus reissued the old Atlantic set "Stampede", that has cattle : link

The cowboy set adds one variant link of cattle

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

Hagen Miniatures has African oxen in 1/72 scale.

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Rod MacArthur05 May 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

I have used two different sources for 1/72 oxen.

When I built my Zulu War set up, some 55 years ago, I made a supply wagon pulled by a team of oxen converted from Airfix farm animals cows. You can see the wagon here (scroll down to the end of the page)

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Later, some 50 years ago I created an Agincourt (or 100 years war set-up). More recently I have finished this off with some 15th Century cannons, which are in carts pulled by a pair of oxen. These oxen were from Torres Sangre de Torro (Bull's Blood) red wine. This wine used to come with a plastic bull attached to the neck of the bottle, but they seem to have stopped doing it (in UK at any rate). However I have over 50 over them, quite a lot of wine had to be drunk, such a sacrifice, particularly since my wife does not drink red wine. I have three pairs of oxen in my Agincourt set-up (one English and two French) and they can be seen here (again scroll down):

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Here is a link to a website about these Sangre de Torre bulls.

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I spent a bit of time in wine shops sorting through the bottles to find the poses which I wanted, discarding the ones with Bulls lying down. Some of the earlier ones, with the red & yellow ribbons, were better proportioned than the more recent ones. It may be possible to get them on e-bay.

I am about to create a pair of oxen pulling a limber for my Jacobite set-up, since some of the Siege Artillery provided by the French was moved to the Forth by oxen from the Duke of Perth's estate. I have long term plans to use more to add to my Peninsular War set-up and some for my forthcoming (later this year) Roman Era set-up.

Rod

genew49 Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2017 12:49 p.m. PST

Jacklex,20mm, sold by Spencer Smith offers an eight piece ox team plus a limber. Item #N16
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Gene

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

IMEX did this set:

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I bought a couple when Hobby Lobby was selling them under the Billy V name.

You might check some of the other sets listed on the PSR site:

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Enter "Oxen".

Grignotage Inactive Member05 May 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

Thanks for the tips! Was not aware of any of those options, despite what I thought had been a thorough look through Plastic Soldier Review.

Pauls Bods Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2017 1:52 a.m. PST

@ Rob. Excellent conversions and painting. Sangre de Toro, with the bulls attached, is still available over here.

@ Nathaniel. Ive got 1/2 a dozen spare bulls from various strelets sets.
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PM me if you want them.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2017 8:36 a.m. PST

Nicolai does a. Few sets of farm animals in 1/72:

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Rod MacArthur07 May 2017 1:27 a.m. PST

Grignotage,

I had a look at the box which I keep my spare Torres bulls in, and discovered that I had 75 of them. I must have drunk more red wine than I can remember!!!!!

I would be happy to let you have a few of them. If you are interested send me a PM via this website, or contact me via my own website.

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I note that e-bay in USA is selling ONE for $9.95 USD, a ridiculously high price in my view. I would not want anything like that. The only problem is that I am in UK, and I think that you are in USA, so postage might be a bit exhorbitant.

Rod

Grignotage Inactive Member08 May 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

Thanks everybody! Rod, Pauls---I'll send messages.

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

<I note that e-bay in USA is selling ONE for $9.95 USD USD, a ridiculously high price in my view. I would not want anything like that. The only problem is that I am in UK, and I think that you are in USA, so postage might be a bit exhorbitant.>

Time to start using your current Sangre de Toro steer as a resin casting model?

Dare I say it, ERTL 1/64 scale longhorns are hideously expensive, with other breeds marginally less so.

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