Off to market we go! The model is complete.
This was a fun and challenging model. Casting and fit is very good. The photo-etch is second to none. It is so small, however, that even with my glasses and/or an optivisor, the pieces were tricky for my hammy fingers to handle.
The instructions state to cut the wire for the axles 16mm. That positions the wheels farther from the wagon body than I like and I suggest cutting them to 15mm or even 14.5mm.
Cleaning and painting the cast metal horse took longer than needed because I got artsy with it. I read Shep Paine's old article on painting horses and used water-soluble oils (yes, Windsor Newton makes such a paint) to try to do ol' Paint (pardon the pun) justice. In spite of drying a week, including two days outside in the sun, the paint was still tacky when I shot these photos. That made it tricky to handle the nag to paint the tack and harness. (It also let grass stick to the model when it flopped over on the diorama.)
With the magnification of these photos I can see where I have touch-ups to make. I've contemplated making reigns for the farmer and may do so one day. Otherwise, this model needs only a scene to populate.
It is a fun and pleasing model for HO and looks great on a farm or in a market scene.