Debut: May 2017



.: Michael Howe's 1912 Ford Model T Runabout


# 02443



Modelling Time:

5-10 hrs

PE/Resin Detail:



"It must be at least twenty years since I built it; how such a fragile model has survived intact all this time is astounding.

It's an Airfix 1:32 Ford 1912 Model T Runabout, boxed kit in the 'Historic Cars' series of the 70's, originally a bagged kit released late 60's. The first Airfix Model T, which it replaced, was a four-seat Tourer. This kit seems to have been based on exactly the same prototype as the 1:16 Union kit I built last year, including the same 'incorrect' 1914 cowl and bonnet.

Assembly took about 5-10 hours, mostly waiting for the paint to dry. No clear or plated parts - the windscreen was cut from a shirt box and the headlight lenses painted with Humbrol Polished Steel. All Humbrol paint; Brunswick Green, Yellow, Bright Red, Satin and Gloss Black, Leather, Brass and the aforesaid Steel, plus driver details."

Ford Model T

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ford Model T
1919 Ford Model T Highboy Coupe.jpg
1919 Ford Model T Coupe
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1908–1927
Designer Henry FordChilde Harold WillsJoseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas
Body and chassis
Class Full-size Fordeconomy car
Body style
  • 2-door touring (1909–11)
  • 3-door touring (1912–25)
  • 4-door touring (1926–27)
  • no door roadster (1909–11)
  • 1-door roadster(1912–25)
  • 2-door roadster (1926–27)
  • roadster pickup (1925–27)
  • 2-door coupé (1909–12, 1917–27)
  • 2-door Coupelet (1915–17)
  • Town car (1909–18)
  • C-cab wagon (1912)
  • 2-(Center) door sedan (1915–23)
  • 2-door sedan (1924–27)
  • 4-door sedan (1923–27)
  • Separate chassis were available all years from independent coachbuilders
Layout FR layout
Engine 177 C.I.D. (2.9 L) 20 hp I4
Transmission 2-speed planetary gear
Wheelbase 100.0 in (2,540 mm)
Length 134 in (3,404 mm)
Curb weight 1,200 pounds (540 kg)
Predecessor Ford Model S
Successor Ford Model A



1910 Model T, photographed in Salt Lake City
Ford Speedster T
1925 Ford "New Model" T Tudor Sedan

Although Ford classified the Model T with a single letter designation throughout its entire life and made no distinction by model years, there were enough significant changes to the body over the production life that the car may be classified into several style categories. Among the most immediately visible and identifiable changes were in the hood and cowl areas, although many other modifications were made to the vehicle.

  • 1909–1914 – Characterized by a nearly straight, five-sided hood, with a flat top containing a center hinge and two side sloping sections containing the folding hinges. The firewall was flat from the windshield down with no distinct cowl.
  • 1915–1916 – The hood design was nearly the same five sided design with the only obvious change being the addition of louvers to the vertical sides. There was a significant change to the cowl area with the windshield relocated significantly behind the firewall and joined with a compound contoured cowl panel.
  • 1917–1923 – The hood design was changed to a tapered design with a curved top. the folding hinges were now located at the joint between the flat sides and the curved top. This is sometime referred to as the low hood to distinguish if from the later hoods. The back edge of the hood now met the front edge of the cowl panel so that no part of the flat firewall was visible outside of the hood. This design was used the longest and during the highest production years accounting for about half of the total number of Model T's built.
  • 1923–1925 – This change was made during the 1923 calendar year so models built earlier in the year have the older design while later vehicles have the newer design. The taper of the hood was increased and the rear section at the firewall is about an inch taller and several inches wider than the previous design. While this is a relatively minor change, the parts between the third and fourth generation are not interchangeable.
  • 1926–1927 – This design change made the greatest difference in the appearance of the car. The hood was again enlarged with the cowl panel no longer a compound curve and blended much more with the line of the hood. The distance between the firewall and the windshield was also increased significantly. This style is sometimes referred to as the high hood.

The styling on the last "generation" was a preview for the following Model A but the two models are visually quite different as the body on the A was much wider and had curved doors as opposed to the flat doors.



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