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1917 Ford Model T Truck

 

This is a pewter metal S-scale kit of a 1917 Ford Model T 1-ton truck, manufactured by Reviresco, a company well-known for its pewter-metal figures.
(external link: Reviresco page)

The instructions are printed on the inside of the paper cover that is stapled to the plastic bag that holds the kit's parts. The instructions are spartan, basically telling you the order of how the kit is to be built. However, the individual parts are not at all identified, so it is left up to the modeler to associate the name of the part with the actual part, most of which require knowledge of automotive terminology. Your only go-by is the front-cover photo, and the two drawings in the instructions side. It is my hope that this article will help you to build your model. Since this is my first time building one of these kits, I am going to build it following the instructions, and not worry about painting the model until it is all built. There are no instructions for painting this model.
(external link: Prototype photo)

This is the kit's bag of parts. The kit's instructions say to use a piece of 0.025" wire, which is not included in the kit.

As near as I could identify, I positioned the parts in their relative position with respect to the truck's body. As Reviresco is well-known for their pewter figures, it is no surprise to find one included in this kit.

And now, we can start the actual construction. There is a hole in front wall of the cab, into which to insert the steering wheel with its steering column. The steering column is a short section of 0.025" metal wire (not included with the kit) that I cut to length and then glued into the steering wheel. I had to drill a hole into the back of the steering wheel first. I use superglue to build this model. Once that cures, you can install the steering column wire into the hole of the front wall. You have to eye-ball the position of the steering wheel, then attach with glue. When the glue has cured, make sure to file off any protrusion of the steering wheel column wire into the engine bay area, as that will interfere with the front parts later on.

The two tabs at the bottom of the front wall match up with the two holes in the truck's frame.

We're building a car!

The instructions state to install the brake next, which, as near as I can tell, is this part shown in my photo. The brake in a Model T was like a tall stick shift.

There is a hole for it in the floor of the cab. Then, the next step is to glue on the motor/hood assembly to the front of the frame.

The front radiator-with-lamps-and-front-suspension-system part glues into the place in front of that. I put my model in a small vice, as the part is fiddly to glue on. Also, I had to do some minor bending and filing of the front wheel arches, to clear the lamps.

The cab's side walls and doors are next. These are one part, one for each side, so make sure to use the correct one. The two small holes on the side walls are for inserting the outside lamps, which are shown in the sprue at the bottom of the photo.

I couldn't quite figure out which side of the lamp part is supposed to be glued into the hole of the side walls, as none of the protrusions from this part match the hole. I finally decided that the "plug" shown at the top of the part in this photo is the one that is to be glued to the side walls. Since its diameter is larger than the hole in the side wall, I found a drill bit that was slightly larger and enlarged the hole in the side walls.

I could then glue it into the wall, in what I thought was the most correct direction.

Gluing the side walls to the frame is the next step. I had to bend the parts a little to get them to fit, but other than that, it was easy enough to glue them in place.

And, then, I hit my first serious snag in this project. The instructions state to install the cab rear to the frame. The only problem is, there is no rear part in the kit! Oops! I placed the roof loosely on the model just to see, but I am going to have to make a styrene back wall myself. If I was doing a formal product review, I'd contact the manufacturer and wait for the part to arrive. But, it is not that critical, and I don't want to wait a week or more. Also, I see that the kit has no bench upon which the driver and passenger are to sit. I guess, you could put the figure on the gas tank, if the model isn't too close to the front of the layout. But, where I am planning on using the model, the interior is visible. So, I am going to make a simple bench, attach that to the backwall, and then take it from there. Stay tuned...