Landau carriage, mid 18th century.
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Model (scale 1:6). This carriage took its name from the German town of Landau, and was popular during the mid 18th century. They were a very popular form of private carriage, normally seating four pasengers and drawn by two horses. The underframe is chiefly built of steel, and is carried upon the hind axle by elliptical springs. The driver's box is carried by a steel framework attached to the body. The carriage has two hoods which when closed form a closed roof and sides. The model has been built without upholstery and paint so that the details of construction can be seen more clearly.