Tags for the devil wagon

by brae  

I've been working on getting through the remaining steps for the Model T Van, and things have not been going well.  Mishaps with the insanely delicate steering and suspension parts means the wheels had to be glued so they will not turn or spin.  The model is still salvageable overall for looks, so far that is, but it's disappointing that it won't be poseable or roll around.  But, I forge ahead...
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Apparently, license plates started out as porcelain not stamped metal, and the 1913 Model T Van fits squarely in that timeframe.  This is an awesome article on porcelain plates.  I find it amusing (and not surprising) that tags came about due to miscreants wreaking havoc on the general public in their "devil wagons."  :D  Yes, I so would have been one of those miscreants.

I measured the plate holders for the model and printed up some old time plates.  I edited the image to remove imperfections and the long holes that would have been part of the plate.  Instead of making these stamped like my previous versions, these are finished in a smooth gloss surface using Triple Thick.  They are glued on with paint dabs simulating screws.  Crank it up and hit the road!  We're street legal!  :]

10 comments

Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

I’m sorry for your setbacks, but it does look amazing! Fascinating detail about the porcelain license plates.

12/05/16 @ 06:15
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]

My late husband put together a truck. Worked on the steering mechanism for about 4 days. He finally glued it in. This little bundle of plastic was doing him in!

I love your devil wagon. Lol

12/05/16 @ 06:52
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

Devil wagon…tee hee.

Sorry about the difficulties, but it looks fantastic.

12/05/16 @ 07:09
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Love the title of Devil Wagon! I’m sorry yours won’t be tearing up the roads due to the setbacks but it looks wonderful so far!

12/05/16 @ 07:43
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

It looks great despite being finicky. Your work is always so excellent!

12/05/16 @ 08:36
Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]

Isn’t it funny that the very persons who were destroying the ceramic plates went to prison and became the painters of the metal ones! Talk about redemption! It is beautiful, Brae. And even this does not diminish your dedicated work!

12/05/16 @ 10:08
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]  

It is quite amusing to learn that there was “road rage” dating back to those “Good o’l Day’s” just as there is now, hence the need for license plates!
This is a prime example of the kinds of interesting information you are exposed to in this hobby, and until this post I never knew that there ever were such items as porcelain plates!?!
I am so sorry that you have had some difficulty with the steering system Brae, but one would never know it since the portions of the model T which you’ve shown looks totally operational.
Keep on truckin! :D

12/05/16 @ 10:43
Comment from: brae [Member]

:>> Thanks so much, everyone!!!

12/05/16 @ 17:32
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Well, dang those too-fiddly parts!

It still looks fantastic, and very realistic; and I really love how those plates look. You always manage to make things look so realistic and detailed, brae, it’s wonderful to see you built your minis. Thank you for sharing it with us, frustrations and all!

12/06/16 @ 22:51
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!! :>>

12/07/16 @ 11:07


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