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Model T Gasoline Delivery - ICM 1:24 (24019)

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Model T Gasoline Delivery

ICM 1:24 (24019)

 

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The Ford Model T car has gone down in history as the worlds first mass produced car.   By 1927 in a little over 9 years 15 million cars were produced. In 1999 the Model T was crowned the most influential car of the 20th Century. 

 

The Model

In a move now favoured by ICM this box contains the earlier Model T delivery truck, and the set of Gasoline Delivery figures.

 

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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 floor pan is installed followed by the windscreen. The driver controls are then added and the front lights made up. The large commercial body of the truck is then made up and added to the chassis. The lights and other ancillary equipment is then added to finish the model. 

 

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Decals

A small Decal sheet provides markings for the truck as used by the firm Texaco.

 

 

Figures

This is ICM set 24018 "Gasoline Loaders", this two figure set from ICM comes in a small box with captive lid on the tray.  There are three sprues inside, one holding the parts for the figures, the other two identical and holding the canisters that they will be moving.  The figures are split down with separate heads, hats, legs, arms and torsos, with a couple of forearms separated out to achieve the desired pose and keep the detail.  On fine gentleman is dressed in dungaree-style overalls and a flat cap, hefting a large canister, while the other crouches within in the van's load bed with his hands forward ready to accept it, wearing a similar cap, a shirt and ¾ length trousers with socks and shoes.

 

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Sculpting is excellent with tons of detail moulded in and realistic drape and creasing to the fabric parts.  Although substantially larger than my usual 1:35 figures the level of detail included has been increased accordingly so that they don't look bland.  This is especially evident in the hands and faces, which have superb detail and are different enough so that they don't look like they came out of a mould, even though they did!

 

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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