Thursday, 21 June 2018

Friday, 15 June 2018

Converted Light Car Patrol Model Ts from Matchbox

Preparations have begun for the next demonstration game at "Colours" in September. The quest was on for some Model T vehicles for the Light Car Patrol that will play a prominent part in the game. I had gently tried scratchbuilding some (posted earlier this year) and converting a 1/48 Model T Ambulance kit (also posted earlier) but I was not entirely convinced by the results of either. They look fine, will do the job, but ......

So, having failed to find some 1917 Model T vehicles out there save the Ambulance kit, I bit the bullet and hunted around for some Matchbox Models of Yesteryear 1911 Model T Saloons. I found a couple on a well known auction site. I got them for next to nothing. They were battered, well loved and clearly had been played with by someone a long time ago. They were 1960s vintage with hard plastic tyres, not the soft rubbery plastic that later models were produced with. The seats were missing. I didn't care. They were painted in gloss metallic red paint. Not any more.