A brilliant set back in the day when your only alternatives for 'Horse & Musket' transport were expensive metal, oversized (and frankly; silly-looking) Marx or the sub-scale single-horse efforts of Manurba and the Hong Kong copies with various horse arrangements. It seems to be more representative of a European military GS wagon than an actual 'Prairie Schooner', but I'm no expert and I'm sure they used all sorts of designs at the time. With the tilt on, it still looks good for the Wild West.
There was a very good article in Military Modelling or Airfix Magazine showing how to convert this into a reconnaissance-balloon team for the ACW, if/when I find it, I'll add it to this post.
On the negative side; the buckets looked more like hat-boxes...but maybe they were! The standing guys make an excellent relaxed gun-crew and most of the figures could be recruited straight into a poorly uniformed American Civil War unit on either side.
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