Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ford Model T

I read in one of the UK's tabloids, years ago, that in 1916 the Ford Model T made up more than 50% of the cars on Planet Earth. Allegedly it was quite a rugged and reliable little vehicle. I thought I'd have a look around and see what models are available in 1/72 scale.

There are 3 nice, but a bit fiddly, kits from RPM: an ambulance, a Motor Machine Gun Service (MMGS) car, and the Ford Tfc armoured car. The armoured car version was specific to Poland during the Polish-Bolshevik War, but the ambulance and the gun car were more widely used. For an article on how to super-detail these models, click here. For an article about the Tfc in the Polish-Bolshevik War, click here.

Matador Models also make 3 Model Ts; like RPM there is an ambulance and a gun car, but there is also a light truck version:

For some years now, Matador Models have been saying they are making a "Ford Model T Russian Pattern Armoured Car". Hopefully they make it, and hopefully they are talking about the Admiralty Pattern armoured car.

Reviresco make a number of Model Ts (10 in fact), but some sites say that not all of them are 1/72, in spite of Reviresco's claim. I don't own any of them, so am not best placed to comment. All of them can be seen on this page, entitled, "Cars and Staff Vehicles of The Great War, 1/72nd Scale". Among the list is a sedan, coupe, staff car, panel truck, stake truck, and this pick-up:


Scale Link have two in their ranges; a flat bed truck and a van. Reading the fine print on their site reveals that Scale Link made the master for Matador Models' flat-bed truck (shown above). This is their van:

You can buy Scale Link's 1/76 scale Ford Model Ts on this page.

Springside Models make 4; two trucks and two cars. They are in 4mm:foot scale which works out to 1/76. The 4-seater car version looks good:

And there is a Staff Car version available from Convoy Models, who seem to make all their models in 1/76 scale.

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