1913 Model T Van, part 1

by brae  

We're diving into the Model T Van box now that the sprues have been primed with their respective base colors.  Even though models are molded in color, I still prefer a painted finish for more realism.  I use spray primers for uniform coverage.

Before I begin, I thought you might like to check out a few videos I found while researching.  The first one shows a gal learning to drive a Model T at the Henry Ford Museum along with some excellent vintage off-road footage.  The second just takes you for a ride.  Feel that wind in your hair?!!  Brisk!  The last one is just awesome.  :D

There are ten pages of assembly instructions, and as usual this build starts with the engine.  I actually ended up buying two kits because of operator error (oops), but that means I have plenty of spare parts.  I think some of the leftovers will make for delightful junk at Milo Valley Farm.

In addition to the videos, I located some engine photos online and saw some cars in person at the Volo Auto Museum, so I've followed those as a guideline for color and finish.  I use Testors jar paints and acrylics on plastic models after priming in base colors.  These are the tiny brushes I use, though many of the smaller details are painted with toothpicks and straight pins.  :O

Here is the engine in the primed metallic base color.  Rather fake looking.

After some further painting, I now have a relatively clean engine in flat black with bronze bolts that looks heavier and more solid.  I have more bolts to detail, but I'm calling it a night.  I rusted one part that might not have rusted this quickly in a newer vehicle, but we'll call it artistic license.  Once I'm further along, the whole assembly will receive washes and such to tone down the shiny newness.  I want a recent vehicle with a little bit of road experience.  :]

Half of page one done!  :D

8 comments

Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]

You’re off to a great start! Thanks for the videos! Wow! Now that’s what I call articulation! I’ll have to show the video to Russ - he’s spent a lot of time and money to get his Jeep to be able to do that! Henry Ford had it figured out a long time ago!

09/28/16 @ 01:38
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I’m glad you share this with us, because I find it fascinating. Also, so intimidating I doubt I will every try it myself.

09/28/16 @ 04:57
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Intimidating is the word! Wow. Is it going to be a new off the lot car or will it have some age to it?

I’m going to have to watch the videos when I’m on a different computer. I can’t wait to see them.

09/28/16 @ 07:43
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

I’m doing new vintage – so it will look all snazzy. :yes:

09/28/16 @ 08:17
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Awesome! Did you do the “Ford” logo on the engine yourself? It looks great so far! :)

09/28/16 @ 08:35
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

Yep, the Ford logo is toothpick painted.

09/28/16 @ 08:39
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]

Love the detail on things. That Twist test was very cool! I thought it was a bonus feature until I saw them do it on a big new Ram and a Ford truck. The drop down door at the back wouldn’t open on one. Aha! I love your rusting effect on things. That always looks so realistic.

10/01/16 @ 23:45
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!! :>>

10/02/16 @ 09:18


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