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bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2017 11:20 p.m. PST

I found this old toy stagecoach and was wondering how you feel about the size. When I place a figure with it and in it, it look about right. What do you think?

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 1:25 a.m. PST

The detail on the model is really good.
It is a bit too large, as stagecoaches were very crammed and small with knees touching ( i have been in one). For the game table it would be excellent.
You need some really big spoked wheels for the back (54mm ACW artillery wheels)

good find.

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 1:38 a.m. PST

Thanks Martin. I have the wheels for it someplace and the width of the piece would just fit 2 of these figure(- the base) side by side. So I think I will still try it out.

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 2:44 a.m. PST

A normal height man could not stand even nearly upright in a stagecoach, only crouched and bent over. The stagecoach door in the photo is taller than the figure.

Substantially too large, but quite cool.

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

Toy stagecoach you already own = free; stagecoach you have to order to get the proportions exactly right = money. Unless it is going to be on the table all the time, and if it will irritate you every time you look at it, go with the one that is "good enough."

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 6:11 a.m. PST

Agreed – good find. Go with it.

Gone Fishing28 Oct 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

Oh yes, definitely. It's too good to pass up!

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 12:27 p.m. PST

I agree that technically it's too big, but I really like it and it will look great on the tabletop. I use 1/43 die cast all the time with 28mm and it looks fine despite the scale difference.

With the slightly larger size it might be a great candidate for making the top removeable so you can fit figures inside. Would turn the size into an asset.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

I agree with what many people above have said. It is a common practice among WWII players to use 1/48 or 1/43 scale tanks with their 25mm figures. While 1/56 scale are technically more accurate, for gaming purposes 1/43 scale are much more useful. I think the same may prove to be true concerning this stagecoach.


nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 11:46 p.m. PST

What you have there, my friend, is a partial Marx re-issue stagecoach. You're missing the hitch, which connects to the two horse team. You're also missing the wheels.
Good luck finding them. The mold disappeared some years ago.

The coach came in very few playsets (Wells Fargo, Johnny Ringo, etc) and an original will set you back triple digits.

The coach is a 54 mm model made for Marx 54 mm Cowboys.

Here is everything you will ever want to know about it.
It's also a great site to browse if you remember Marx playsets.


M C MonkeyDew29 Oct 2017 11:18 a.m. PST


Modern western stage coaches are often smaller than the real things. And the real things came in various sizes so you should be fine.



Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2017 6:42 p.m. PST

Great photo, MC Monkeydew !

M C MonkeyDew30 Oct 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

Thank you Chick. IIRC modern stages are smaller because movie sets were built slightly undersize to make the heroes appear more heroic. Sort of a reverse scale creep!

Less expensive and fewer horses required as well so there is that.


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