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Testor Ford Model T Roadster

August 2005
RELATED TOPICS: 1/24 | STYRENE | TESTOR
Model T Roadster
Testor No. 460085
Model Type: Prepainted styrene/metal kit
Molded Colors: Black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $22.00
Pros: Crisp moldings, nice finish
Cons: Some difficult parts fit, soft chrome plating
Almost all of the model manufacturers have issued their variations of the hot rod Model T, and now Testor Corp. has jumped into the fray.

This kit is listed as 1/24 scale, but most of the pieces look closer to 1/20 scale - especially the engine and rear wheels.

Assembly is pretty much straightforward, with just a few glitches along the way. The most notable is that the engine will not fit into the frame; the steering box arm contacts the engine bell housing long before the engine settles down on its mounts. I had to use a rotary tool to remove a considerable amount from the engine casting before the engine would mount properly.

The steering linkage was a bit of a problem in that the metal pins used to attach the various steering pieces were larger than the pinholes. It is necessary to match the pins to the appropriate drill size and then drill the pieces
prior to assembly.

The paint and tampo printing is very well done. One extra nice touch is paintwork on the chrome headers, which duplicates the look of burned chrome.

I wouldn't consider this kit to be a trendsetter, but it will look nice when I put it in my display case.

I would suggest this kit for anyone who does not have the time to invest in a full glue kit (build time for me was about four hours), or perhaps someone who doesn't feel comfortable doing the necessary painting.

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