The larger scales offer the opportunity to build fully working and lit fairground rides which can be built up and pulled down just like the real thing. Whilst there are a few kits and many parts available most models will be built from drawings and instructions using plywood, stripwood and metal sheet or strip. Unlike many other hobbies a range of skills is needed – wood and metalwork, soldering and painting. However if you start with a simple model or kit then these skills can be built up as you go along. The amount of time needed to create a fully working, lit and painted ride should not be underestimated. Several hundred hours are needed to make a ride like a Waltzer in basic form. This amount of time and the size of the finished model mean that most modellers only make one or two models in these scales and do not try to create a complete fair. In 1/24th scale a set of gallopers of 40 feet diameter comes out at 0.5m (20”) in diameter. A Waltzer at 50 feet full size will be slightly larger. This is a good manageable size and allows the completed model to be permanently fixed to a baseboard if required and still manhandled through a house door to take to shows. In 1/16th scale the same ride comes out at 0.75m (30”) in diameter and in 1/12th scale one metre (40”) in diameter. In these larger scales the models will need taking apart between exhibitions.
I provide full technical support and advice to anyone buying any of the plans. A sheet detailing mail order suppliers of materials is included with all plans.