Back when I was a kid, I assembled and painted plastic scale models of my favorite cars—all boys did—and discount and department stores used to sell these like hotcakes. -That, however, is an activity which has gone out of style and now one must locate a hobby shop or go online to buy plastic, assemble-it-yourself, scale models.
Turns out the hardest of all plastic models to find are horseless carriages and I've yet to web-surf my way to a plastic scale model of a Brass-Era Model T Touring. -Does anybody know where plastic scale models of cars from the Brass-Era may be purchased?
Have you tried Ebay? Saw several models there but I think most are die-cast.
I have found them on eBay. There is a nice die cast series of a touring and runabout and a few other body styles. I think they are of the 1910's. There are some plastic kits available too. The ones that I have are 1/25 and 1/18 scale.
I entered Plastic Model Cars on Amazon and got 20 pages of models. Then I entered Model T Plastic Car Kits and got this. I hope the link works.
Here is one for Mike Walker
This one looks interesting.
Lindberg makes a 1:16 scale "1910 Model T" that is actually a 1911 Torpedo. Not a lot of detail, but it's OK.
AMT makes a 1:25 scale '25 Roadster that is a nice kit with good detail.
These are the only 2 I have, but there are others out there.
I have quite a few Horseless carriage models that have never been out of box for sale, Bob
I loved building those things and think that is how I evolved into doing the real cars. It's sad more youngsters are missing out on the fun of model cars as well as Model T's.
This is one I build using some AMT roadster parts. Now they sit on a shelf gathering dust or in boxes.
I wish there was a good way to clean model cars. My dads models are in the basement and very dusty.
I clean items like that in the kitchen sink using the spray hose on a very gentle pressure. I just rinse them off a couple of times and pat dry any areas I can. I learned that trick from my wife who does her artificial flowers and some lamp shades that way.
Actually, the dust on that model touring car, and especially the dust on the depot hack look very, VERY authentic! Looks like very accurate scale models of a couple of "barn find" Model T's! You could even take credit for your very special "process" of applying that scale model dust so evenly for such a "realistic" effect! Just don't admit how many years your "very special dust application process" took! Ha,ha,.....harold
Thanks Harold. Now I don't have to dust mine. They are fragile and something always falls off when I try to dust them but I've had better luck with a soft paint brush and a vacuum. (Gently)
I collected pop bottles and mowed lawns and still had to save up to buy models and paint when they were 98 cents. I can't imagine todays kids popping for a $30 model kit.
Paul -- I already have one of those.
Bob,here are some brass cars that are available on ebay from time to time that I have. They are all 1/16th scale, 1910,1912, and 1913.
Although I do realise it is a bit OT,may I suggest to have a look at the Gabriel/Ertl metal Model T kits ? Plenty around at Ebay.
Just a thought..
What ever happened to the Model of the Model T Engine?