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Model T 1913 Speedster - 1:24 ICM

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Model T 1913 Speedster

ICM 1:24

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The Ford Model T car has gone down in history as the worlds first mass produced car. As early as 1909 the model T competed in the transcontinental race from New York to Spokane in Washington State. Seeing the potential for racing bodies were stripped of heavy items and bucket type seats installed. Glazing was reduced and most additional items removed. Stripped down the car was more than just a mass transportation vehicle but a fun Speedster.  

 

The Model

The model arrives in the usual sturdy box with a separate top sleeve with a nice artist’s representation of the vehicle on the front. Inside, within a large poly bag, are four sprues of light grey styrene and, in a separate poly bag, two clear sprues, and four natural rubber tyres.  As with the previously released Model T kits from ICM, the parts are really well moulded, with no sign of flash or other imperfections.  There are a number of moulding pips, some of which are on quite fragile looking parts, so care should be taken when removing.  The sprue gates attaching items like the exhaust are also quite heavy and I can see these parts breaking if you’re not careful. 

 

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The build starts with the nicely detailed engine with the block and gearbox halves glued together followed by the addition of the rocker covers, fan belt, dynamo, exhaust manifold, cooling fan, cooling pipes, and other sundry items.  The radiator is attached to the front axle and just needs the radiator grille glued to it to complete the assembly. The radiator/axle is then glued to the front of the floor pan/chassis.  The rear axle, drive shaft and differential are built up from only three parts and fitted to the underside of the chassis along with the two piece exhaust/silencer unit. The front and rear axle support frames are then added, as is the steering rack. The four wheels, rubber tyres are added to the spoke wheels and are glued to the axles, the construction moves to the body work.

 

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The rear engine wall (not a firewall as its not solid) is made up and added, the engine covers are then added. The seat frames are added to the floor pan an then the two seats are made up and added in. The four part fuel tank is then made up and added directly behind the seats (an early safety feature NOT) this is then followed by a tool box behind the fuel tank. Up front the hand brake and foot controls are added. The steering column is then made up and the steering wheel added. On the speedster there is no windscreen on the body, but a small oval screen is fitted directly to the steering column. If carrying a passenger they have to fend for themselves! The last items to be made up are the head lights, lights and the motormeter for the radiator.

 

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Decals

There are no decals included in this kit.

 

 

Conclusion

This is another great addition to the Model T series that ICM have been releasing. As with the other versions, it looks like it wont be a difficult kit to make, but will look great once painted. Recommended. 

 

 

 

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