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Model T 1917 LCP with ANZAC Crew (35668) 1:35 ICM via Hannants

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Model T 1917 LCP with ANZAC Crew (35668)

1:35 ICM via Hannants

 

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Formed in 1914, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) played a substantial part in WWI often in areas that are seldom given the prominence of the Western Front.  They were a major player in Gallipoli where they were heavily mauled due to the Lions led by Donkeys approach that pervaded at the time.  They also served in Palestine and Egypt, and it was the former where they used the then new Ford Model T to replace the previous vehicles that were suffering due to the poor availability of spares, They used six of them as Light Armoured Cars, often mounting weapons in a manner that became more familiar in WWII in the shape of the LRDG.

 

The Kit

The kit arrives in the usual ICM top-opening box with the captive flap on the lower tray and artwork depicting the contents on the lid.  Whoever puts those lids together certainly makes them tight and difficult to get off even after cutting the tape between the two parts.

 

Despite being small, this is a full-detail kit and includes a nicely detailed representation of the engine using 11 parts, a two-part radiator that is moulded into the front axle and attaches to the front of the body shell along with four lifting eyes inside the engine compartment.  The completed engine is dropped in behind the rad and with the chassis upended the exhaust is put in place linked to the exhaust manifold on the side of the block.  The rear axle of the Model T was suspended on a single lateral leaf-spring, and this is next to be constructed along with the differential and drive shaft assembly.  This is also fitted to the underside with various swing-arms and the steering mechanism, then the four single-part wheels are installed and the model is righted once you've had a few moments to appreciate the detail of the wheels, which even have the valves moulded-in.

 

The vehicle looks a bit odd with no upper body, so with the steering column fitted the crew compartment is made up from front, sides and back which have the doors moulded in and the base of the windscreen mount added as a separate part.  The cylindrical fuel tank is fitted across the cab in a gap in the floor, and additional fuel is glued to the front bulkhead as a row of four jerry cans in a box on the left side as this is a right-hand drive vehicle.  The foot pedals and handbrake are added on the right and the bench seats are made up from bottom cushions (literally!), stiff back with additional cushion and armchair-like sides.  Before these are fitted the fuel tank is boxed in and then they can be fixed in place alongside the folded four-part hood and the steering wheel complete with boss and two stalks, one of which was the throttle, surprisingly enough.  The pedals on the floor didn't work exactly as you or I would expect either, so it's probably for the best that few of us would ever get chance to drive one.

 

The windscreen can be found on the clear sprue as you'd expect as can the rear light, the front ancillary light and both of the wing-mounted headlights.  The screen is in two parts with a C-shaped frame attached to the two halves and a pivot to allow them to be folded or opened.  Another pair of fuel cans are attached to the left running board and a spare tyre (no hub) is found on the right.

 

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This kit shares the same sprues as the Utility car, and diverges after the creation of the truck bed and crew cab, omitting the canvas roof and including a yoke for the machine gun in the passenger seat foot well plus a back for the bench seat.   The gun is in three parts with the barrel seemingly rested on the yoke and having no other visible means of support, which might require some detective work to make look realistic.  The water rack, tool box and lights are fitted to this model as the previous option.

 

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Markings

The small decal sheet contains identification numbers for two vehicles and a small crest for the radiator. The two vehicles are both painted in the overall sand scheme.

 

  •  Model T LCP, Dead Sea Region, Palestine 1918
  •  Model T LCP, Palestine 1918

 

 

Crew

This is ICM's Anzac drivers set. Cars won't go anywhere without crew and they help to give a vehicle a sense of human scale.   Inside is one sprue of grey styrene that holds parts for two figures in ANZAC uniforms with their wide-brimmed hats.  They are broken down into head, torso, arms, legs and hats with one of the co-driver's arms split between two parts to allow better adaptation to any weapon he might be tasked with.  The instructions show the location and number of each part and give painting instructions that refer to a table over the page with Revell and Tamiya codes listed. 

 

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Conclusion

This is a good re-boxing from ICM with the addition of the crew figures.

 

Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd.

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