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ICM Ford Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car

ICM No. 24008
Molded Colors: Gray and black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $62.99
Pros: Well-detailed wheels and tires, impressive engine
Cons: At times difficult to read instruction manual due to the color chart, no brass-finished parts
One of the most iconic cars in automotive history is Ford’s Model T, built at the Highland Park Plant in Michigan from 1908 until 1927.

This 1912 Model T light delivery car from ICM, a Ukrainian manufacturer, comes with about 100 pieces, all of which are clean with little to no flash.

A color chart gives recommendations for each part, and it took me a couple of looks to understand each of the callouts. I’d recommend painting the floor section first, then assemble and paint the cab. Don’t forget the two pieces for the hood, paying close attention and doing so will save you time when attaching the parts to the floor section, including its chassis.     

The engine is well-detailed despite being made up of only a few pieces. Fit and finish of the two block halves are seamless, and the detail on the cylinder head even includes the spark plug tops showing through. Nice touch, ICM.

One drawback is the absence of any chrome- or brass-finished parts. I used Krylon gold paint to simulate a brass finish for the T’s radiator, headlights, window frame and more.     

Mounting the front suspension, engine, and rear suspension to the T’s chassis is next, and once these components are assembled, you begin to see how fast this kit builds.

After attaching the two-piece exhaust system, steering pieces for the front suspension, and finishing the rear suspension, you’re ready to add the wheels and tires.

ICM did a spot-on job with this Ford’s wheels and tires. They really pull the entire kit together, as its white rubber tires are incredibly realistic.

Moving on to the floor section, if you want to really detail this kit, opt to make the floor a simulated wood grain finish.

The firewall and hood brace mount to the chassis using only a few pieces, and the radiator slides on to the two accompanying hood sections. These detailed hood sections are impressive though, giving the appearance of an actual hinged hood.      

Cars back then were pretty basic, and as such, the Model T’s interior is fairly simple and Spartan, with not a lot of pieces. I do wish some of these interior parts were actually named for what they’re intended purpose was. For example, the steering column includes pieces that I believe are destined for advancing the timing.

The steering column gets completed, with the two-piece steering wheel attaching up above, along with the gas, brake and clutch pedals mounting  below.

Next, I began painting the brass headlights, side taillights and their respective brackets that hold them, in the aforementioned Krylon gold. I also inserted the two round windows into the back doors and joined them to the previously painted cab.

Mating the cab to the T’s chassis required close care. When gluing it in place, start from the back, all the while lining up the cab with the floor setting into place.    

Final details finished off my build, and I mounted my (Krylon) brass-finished pieces, like the headlights, lanterns, side classic and comical “aooga” horn, rear license plate frame, and taillight to the chassis.

I slapped on the included Texaco Motor Oil decals to make it look like a true light delivery truck ready to drop off a load.


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