BRITAINS WILD WEST LIVERY STABLE
Here's one of the most important buildings in our town - the livery stable. You won't get very far in these parts without a horse. This is where you hire, buy, sell and house your four legged friend.
The stable's proprietor is Jed Mason. He's a war hero tho' we don't rightly know which side he fought on. He walks with a limp, but that don't affect his aim with a shotgun. He likes things peaceable.
This model was produced by Britains in the 1960s and early 1970s. Although part of their wild west range, it also doubled as a farm building, and so had alternate signs and posters supplied with it.
The livery stable was sold in kit form, and is approximately 1:32 scale to compliment the Swoppet figures. When assembled, it measures 27.5 x 17.5 x 14cms.
The model consists of many highly detailed plastic parts, including a working hoist and opening doors.
A cardboard upper floor was provided, and cut-out furniture was printed on the box - possibly the reason why so few boxes seem to have survived.
As with the rest of this range of wild west buildings, the livery stable is top quality.
This model can prove difficult to get hold of. Unlike the other wild west buildings made by Britains, the livery stable was not reissued in the 1990s. We bought our model in "played with" condition. It had been badly glued together, as is common with buildings of this type, and needed some repair.
After taking the model apart and removing the glue, we reassembled it, using liquid styrene glue. The stair and balcony rail was missing, and the steps were damaged. We rebuilt the missing parts using square plastic tubing, and plastic card.
We'd already bought the grain chute amongst some spares, which was lucky, as this item was missing from our model. The chute allows sacks to be slid down from the upper storage area.
The ramshackle lean-to is a nice touch, and is handy cover for wagons (and shoot-outs).
The lower floor can house several horses, and there is an adjoining harness room.
The hoist is nicely detailed and allows you to lift sacks and other goods to the upper floor. It can be swung out of the way when not in use.
Here's a rear view of the livery stable. The windows are all "glazed" with acetate. Whilst it's time consuming to cut the acetate to size, it's well worth the effort; it clips between the window frame and the walls.
The building has nicely sculpted planking and stone effects, and a "tiled" roof.
There is no back door - worth bearing in mind if you get holed-up in here.
Part of the livery stable roof can be removed to reveal the upper floor interior. Here you can see the floor we made from plastic card - scribed and painted to resemble planking. The furniture is reproduction Marx that we've painted. In the corner is the opening for the grain chute.
Above are some photos of the Britains Livery Stable box. The model was catalogue number 4720.