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Model T 1917 LCP with Vickers MG (35607) 1:35 ICM via Hannants


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Model T 1917 LCP with Vickers MG (35607)

1:35 ICM via Hannants




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 arrive 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. This is the LCP Kit number 35663 with an added Vickers Machine Gun kit to mount in the back. 


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, a two part fuel tank is added behind the cab.  The truck bed is made up of the bed, sides, front and rear sections in addition to the outer curved panels, bench seat and optional rolled up canvas cover attached to the right bed side. The two-part battery is fitted to the driving compartment bulkhead, along with the scuttle, doors and foot pedals. The gear stick and steering column are then fitted to the chassis as is the truck bed assembly. This assembly is then glued into position between the truck bed and engine compartment. Each of the two-part bonnet sections are fitted with grab handles, then fixed together, before being fitted to the engine bay. If you’re very careful, the modeller could cut the lower section of one side of the bonnet and fold it up along the hinge line to show off the engine. The semi open cab consists of the rear three-piece bulkhead, roof and two side sections, which leaves the upper door areas exposed. The windscreen is made up from upper and lower sections that can be folded or extended. The two headlights and single tail light are assembled and fitted, along with the spare tyre, a storage box and water container rack.






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.




Vickers MG

At 1:35 it’s a small model in itself.  You can build one complete assembly from the box, but there are two guns and two tripods, the former having options for the fluted and straight cooling jackets, while the latter are set up for seated or prone operation. Construction is simple, with the breech details and firing handle attached to your jacketed barrel of choice, followed by the two arms that hold the gun in place and their central arm with adjustment wheel at the bottom.  A length of finely moulded ammunition slides through the breech, and the unused end is fixed to the ammo can with more moulded rounds in an insert that sits on top of the box.  The weapon is inserted into the hole at the top of your choice of tripods, then the aforementioned ammo can and the water reservoir for the cooling jacket, which is linked by a hose to the underside of the muzzle, but isn’t mentioned at all in the instructions.  Depending on how you will deploy your gun, you could use a length of lead wire or similar to portray this, gluing it to the can.  If you’re unsure of the correct locations, there are a number of good resources online.





A very small decal sheet (not shown) contains only the vehicle numbers LC 913.



ICM have given us another version of their good looking WWI Model T car.


Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd.



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Just to point out the Aussies and Kiwis did not pioneer but followed on using these armed Ts from the British Army Light Car Patrols which had been using the exact same style of Ts around the Western Desert from 1915 or so. 


The Aussies were distinctly unimpressed with the state of the well used Ts they got off the British LCP,  there are some great photos in the Royal Geographic Society book about the LCP.  Some are just reduced to a rolling chassis, shiny new ones like this kit are virtually absent from the book.  My impression also is that the armament was more usual Lewis rather than Vickers.


By the way the LCP pioneered the vehicle sun compass and overflow bottle from the radiator.  This latter has subsequently been adopted by virtually every water cooled vehicle in the world.  In the model T the troops had to pour the water back into the RAD as the T did not have a pressurised cooling system, but it was better than the total-loss system when in the desert.


Bagnold had access to LCP records pre-war and also spent much time in the desert using Ts then As in the 20s and early 30s (see his book Libyan Sands) which gave him the knowledge used in setting up the LRDG.

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