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20 Mule Team Borax Model Kit
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 Posted: Mon Dec 24th, 2012 05:49 pm
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JustTom wrote: Hi guys,

I still peruse around usenet a bit (am I dating myself here?), and on the scale modelling newsgroup, someone posted yesterday that there is a new kit available that came from the molds of the original 1950's kit.

http://www.muleteamkits.com/

It's right there on that website

SWINGING THE TEAM AROUND CURVES It was relatively easy to drive the 20 Mule Team along a straight road. However, swinging a curve in a mountain pass or over rough terrain presented a real test of driver and team. Sections of the 20 Mule Team were chosen and trained to perform special jobs. As the team started around a sharp curve, the chain tended to be pulled into a straight line between the lead mules and the wagon. Therefore, in order to keep the chain going around the curve, some of the span of mules were ordered to leap the chain and pull at an angle away from the curve. (see below) These mules the "pointers," the "sixes," and the "eights" would step along sideways until the corner had been turned.The Total Team Of Mules Swinging a curve successfully was a real demonstration of the training and intelligence of the mules as well as the skill of the driver




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 Posted: Mon Dec 24th, 2012 07:15 pm
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Well GOLL--LEE

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 Posted: Tue Jan 8th, 2013 11:45 am
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Probably staging the wagons being hauled up a switchback might be the only way to display this model since it is over 3' long when set up "as directed". Now, who will be the first to do this? Nope, it ain't me...but who knows?

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2013 05:34 pm
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i got some b & w pictures from death valley from about and they looked the sam as the color ones mine were taken in about 1965



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What a cool thread! Starting to date myself here, but one of my earliest memories back around 1963 or so as a kid was the Borax Mule Team, my dad had a set down in our basement, many a time I'd think about that and go looking but never did find it...going to have to search a model out now..another project added to the list! Very neat though...thanks for the info guys...



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Hey all, to give you an idea on how the 20 mule team might have worked go look up the Budweiser Clydesdale's, and not just the superbowl commercials. I saw a team of 6 do a demonstration at a rodeo doing maneuvers that would put a good truck driver to shame.



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Howdy folks,

I'll kick this old thread and ask are the mules 1/48" scale?

Have fun,
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Howdy Mike, those mules appear to be 1:48 scale as do the figures. Over the years, I have read various "opinions" as to the scale of this kit...some say 1:40.25745, some say 1:49.672, you know, there are nuts everywhere. But yes, the mules are 1:48. In my scale (1:35) they become burros and the gigantic borax wagons become large ore wagons. I still have a couple of the original kits and one of the new ones which was made in China. But it is the same scale, just had the dies re-tooled.
Is this an "OK answer"...?

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There seem to be a couple of versions of this kit.

I was looking to see if I could find one in the UK (cheap P&P !) ...

... no luck so far though.

:moose:

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Along with the 20 mule team kit, there was also offered a covered wagon kit from Borax. Life-Like made a 1/48th
Chuck Wagon kit.
I have an old 20 mule team kit my dad built, in need to
some TLC and the Life-Like Chuck Wagon Kit. Perhaps one day
they will get built.
Years ago I saw a 32 Horse Hitch hauling 3 grain wagons at a local show, wish I had a movie camera at the time.



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