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I am taking this subject out of my Simple Cowboy No. 7
thread and giving it it's own.

Tandy Leather used to sell a small saddle kit, I wonder if it is 1/6th scale. I used to have one of the kits but lost some of the leather bits so tossed it in the trash
pzrwest: Tandi's website says their Half-Pint Roper Saddle Kit is 5" tall, so of they mean 5" counting the hanging stirrups and fenders, it might be close the right size.
When I first saw this reply I imediately did a search and ordrered one from eBay. It came this morning and, yes, it does look to be one sixth. Thanks for the info:)
It does, however, look even harder than making one from scratch:lol

I took the seat part and put it on a Sindy horse which is the same size as a Marx and it looks like a pretty good fit. The best thing about this set is that it comes with a complete set of patterns. I'll have to see if I can scan them though it may be a tad tricky as they are on a three foot by eight inch piece of paper and the patterns overlap. But I'll figure it out. I'll also get some shots of all the pieces and maybe even put a tutorial together.
I will not be attempting the carving part though. I'll just use some leather stamps to put a simple pattern around the edges.
Here are some quick pix of the Half Pint Saddle kit and plans.













Here's the seat part on the Sindy horse:


and here's some bits I've already started working on:

Very nice, indeed. You'll be quite the leather craftsman by the time you finish all the embellishment called for on the plans.
So, you're pretty convinced this is going to turn out to be 1:6 scale? It certainly looks like it, but there's nothing in the description I read to suggest that.
Oh, I am not doing all the fancy stuff, at least not this time round. That's gonna take a bit of practice I think.
But, yes, I think it is our scale. It's designed as a project for leather workers and meant as an ornament, I think it's sheer chance that it fits.

Anyway, here's where I am right now - still a ways to go though.



To be continued.......
 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project

It's looking really good...but it's not 1/6. - I'm no expert on western saddles but I'm pretty sure the seat shouldn't spread over onto the hindquarters.
If you used a larger horse you might get away with it though!
 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project

It's looking really good...but it's not 1/6. - I'm no expert on western saddles but I'm pretty sure the seat shouldn't spread over onto the hindquarters.
If you used a larger horse you might get away with it though!
Thanks :)
It's just the skirt that's a little big and I plan on trimming that down, I think the seat itself is okay. Like I said before, this was not specifically designed for a model horse rather as a desktop ornament.
Don't worry I'll make it work and when I make one just using the patterns I'll know what adjustments to make.
 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project

Nice slice of experimentation, sir.
 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project

I think this saddle would fit a Dragon German Cavalry hose pretty well.
 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project

One could trace outlines of the pieces and make more saddles for their own use. Tandy sells a great selection of leather in many thicknesses. They also sell some very thin leather that could be used for rifle slings, and helmet chin straps etc.
 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project

Nice slice of experimentation, sir.
Thanks man, I think it's gonna be a success.
VERY nice work!
Cheers:)
I think this saddle would fit a Dragon German Cavalry hose pretty well.
Probably, in fact I think it could fit most one sixth horses. But seeing as I just bought five of these Sindy Horses I better make it work:lol
One could trace outlines of the pieces and make more saddles for their own use. Tandy sells a great selection of leather in many thicknesses. They also sell some very thin leather that could be used for rifle slings, and helmet chin straps etc.
I'm going to make copies of all the pieces on to stiff card and then I make as many as I want:)
I've found all types of leather in the Leathercraft section on eBay and at very reasonable prices also lots of cool leather working tools. The one thing I am having trouble finding is suitable buckles. I know Stevo has some but ordering from him just takes too long and Rio Rondo are all sold out of the larger ones.

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Anyhow, here's where I'm at now. I still have to make some rigging and a bridal, also a canteen, rifle boot and some saddle bags but that stuff is relatively easy.









 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project (UPDATED - 13 Nov)

Damn you got skills bro !! Outstanding work man ! :thumb:thumb:thumb
 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project (UPDATED - 13 Nov)

That's turning out mighty well.

What are you using to color the leather?
 

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Damn you got skills bro !! Outstanding work man ! :thumb:thumb:thumb
Thank you very much:)
That's turning out mighty well.

What are you using to color the leather?
Thanks:)
I use Fiebing's leather dye and then I use a blend of acrylic burnt sienna and enamel matt black to give it a more aged look.
that's pretty darn cool.:thumb
Thank you:)

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... and now the completed model. You can see the horse and saddle in action in my upcoming "Simple Cowboy No. 8" - coming to a thread near you very soon:)









 

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Re: Tandy- Half Pint Roper Mini Saddle - Project (COMPLETED)

Beautiful work, Nigel. You did a great job, as usual. If I just had room for horses, your work is inspiring. :bravo
 

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Bloody hell mate, that impressive work! :)
 

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Very nice saddles. I would omit the rear strap on the saddle. They use a strap there to make the horse buck. Watch some rodeo videos and you will see the strap used to make them buck. Also the main strap used to secure the saddle to the horse(belly band) is not leather but made of cloth or fabric belting and should be further back on the saddle under the stirrup sections
 
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