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"il Carro Matto" (the mad cart)

Posted by Phersu on 16 Apr 2017, 21:22

It is an ancient tradition of Florence and Chianti wine, it started in the reinaissance when the typical Chianti wine rounded bottles get diffused to store the wine.

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The Chianti wine farmers used to load pyramids of wine bottles on carts to bring them in town, qickly it became a celebration to the wine and to the Medici and the following lordships of Florence.

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The model is inspired to the modern version of the Carro Matto still used in the celebrations... of corse during the history the carts developed and changed thanks to the genius and imagination of builders, there was also 2 wheels carts! :affraid:

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I wonder if the name "mad cart" came out when someone said "you must be mad to load a cart that way!"... :xd: and I suppose during the centuries may eventually happened that carts sometimes could had accidentes, and even overturned destrying a fortune in wine and glass bottles... us Tuscanians are famous for swearing and cursing in the craziest possible way! so much noise for nothing apart relief, but is funny to see :xd:

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I dreamed a model like this for ages, something not easy to do...

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I started almost one year ago making a wine bottle and recasting it with resin.
A modern Carro Matto transports over 3000 bottles, at first I calculated I needed almost 600 wine bottles! :sweatdrop:

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Then in the making with the scale approximation I got to fit "only" 430 bottles on the pyramid of my model... never mind :eh:

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I bring ahead the work in many little steps, because I had to do other more serious works, after the Pyramid of bottles I obviously made the cart, and finally the traditional big "Chianina" oxen and the figure of the driver.

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The details of the bottles and the driver...

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And the Oxen.

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Just few more details are still missing, some ropes and the bridles etc... which I will add at the end, after painted the actual model... then perhaps in one month or twoo, after one year, finally it will be ready to be shown in the galleries!
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Posted by sberry on 17 Apr 2017, 08:01

Wonderful! I always love to see topics that have not been done before as a 1/72 scale model, and this *mad* project is really one of them. This is real patience, to make all these bottles ...
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Posted by Konrad on 17 Apr 2017, 08:26

I have always admired your work over the years.
But that is really extraordinary.
Stunning!
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Posted by Kekso on 17 Apr 2017, 09:50

Fantastic work and so original idea. I like it a lot.
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Posted by gbvarese on 17 Apr 2017, 10:30

Grande. Giovanni.
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Posted by Mr. Cryns on 17 Apr 2017, 10:50

Phersu you are one of my heroes!
:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
I thought my shipload of 48 amphora was extraordinary but that was nothing compared to your 430 Chianti bottles :shock:

I love this carro.
Only a man with a great love for modelism, cultural history and not only focussed on commerce makes such an remarkable object.

Time after time you inspire me with your unusual and very surprising subjects.
The many pictures and words you use to explain how you make your models was of great value to me in the past and will be of great value to me in the future.

Thank you so much.
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 17 Apr 2017, 14:46

Wonderful work!
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Posted by stenfalk on 17 Apr 2017, 18:20

This forum is always a source of knowledge about historical, traditional and regional uniqueness. It's interesting how many things you can learn about the world, different cultures and historical events, only because the small figures connect all of us.

Of course, in addition, you are a master of your subject. I admire your work, not only today. And this oxcart is really excellent.
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Posted by Rathgeb on 18 Apr 2017, 07:42

That's so original!!! And such a great execution!!!
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 21 Apr 2017, 19:37

A really amazing and very laborious job. Great! Congratulations, Phersu. :yeah:

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Posted by Phersu on 22 Apr 2017, 09:56

Thank you my friends!
I agree whith all you say about the pleasure and related interests of making moldels!
And I reciprocate the thanks because the works of likely minded friends like all you are always a great inspiration for me too! :thumbup:
Despite since modeling have become a real work I rarely find the time to post comments and the deserve appreciations!
Also because when I start to write I never get to be quick for me... it seem I'm even slower atwriting than at sculting! :mrgreen:
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Posted by DickerThomas on 28 Apr 2017, 13:12

Great job, Leonardo .. :yeah: :yeah: :yeah:
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Posted by Carlos on 30 Apr 2017, 02:25

impressive!!!
Im "matto" just thinkig in cast 600 botlles of chianti (but not in drinking it).
Excellent work, really a excellent work.
A master piece.
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 30 Apr 2017, 11:07

Fantastic work! :yeah: :yeah: :yeah:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 01 May 2017, 11:41

Epic! in every way.
Your long roadway is rewarded with a terrific end result.
Well done. BB
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Posted by ernesto70 on 04 May 2017, 23:06

Ciao !
un soggetto molto caratteristico...........mi fa piacere quando si cerca di fare qualcosa di alternativo.......complimenti !

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Posted by Kekso on 10 May 2017, 09:56

ernesto70 wrote:Ciao !
un soggetto molto caratteristico...........mi fa piacere quando si cerca di fare qualcosa di alternativo.......complimenti !


Hi Davide,
Although I find Italian language beautiful, this is an English speaking forum. So, please in the future keep it that way. Thanks ;-)
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Posted by ernesto70 on 10 May 2017, 10:52

Excuse me ......Mr.Kekso......sorry !
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Posted by Kekso on 10 May 2017, 11:45

ernesto70 wrote:Excuse me ......Mr.Kekso......sorry !


No need for apologizing. It was a kind request, not a warning. :thumbup:
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Posted by Traveller1865 on 10 May 2017, 18:27

Love it, its almost like I want to take a drink out of those small resin bottles!
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