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Tonka fire diorama with 1914 Model T

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Tonka fire diorama with 1914 Model T
Posted by ericmac on Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:13 PM

A good friend of mine is a Model T fanatic (as am I) and has been good enough to store my 1:1 trailer and car on his property for the past couple years. As a thank you I decided to put this together for him. This was no small task as the kit has been a real brute to find. I have never actually seen one of these together. I have to say this was really one of the most enjoyable projects I have done in a long time.I hope you like it.

Eric

Why can't I stand to slap these things together like I did as a teenager? On the bench 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Victoria, 1932 Duesenberg J Judkins Coupe, 1934 Ford Cabriolet, 1926 Ford Model Ts-the complete set of all six bodystyles.

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Posted by High octane on Friday, May 18, 2012 7:27 AM

Nice job on that Model T and dio and I'm sure your friend will like it too.

High octane

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Posted by mustangman on Friday, May 18, 2012 9:03 AM

I just love these Tonka dios.  They made quite a few and I have obtained the assembly instruction sheets for most of them.  But this one I don't have......  and a pity they don't make them anymore.

As I work mostly now in 1/32 scale, I had considered using the themes in my own dios... but haven't found the time yet.

You've done a great job on this one Eric, and now I've seen it....... it's filed away in my archives for another potential dio building project in the future.  (I think Thomasville needs a 1/32 scale fire station like this...... and I already have a couple of old Model T fire trucks that would look great with it!)

Thanks for posting it,

Tony

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Posted by ericmac on Friday, May 18, 2012 11:57 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!  By 1914 Ford had basically stopped making cars in colors, this one was just screaming to be red. As much fun as the car was to build, the real treat on this one was the figures. They are well done, to scale and look fantastic. I can certainly recommend  this one if you can find it.

Eric

Why can't I stand to slap these things together like I did as a teenager? On the bench 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Victoria, 1932 Duesenberg J Judkins Coupe, 1934 Ford Cabriolet, 1926 Ford Model Ts-the complete set of all six bodystyles.

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    February, 2005
  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Friday, May 18, 2012 8:51 PM

Thumbs Up...Eric...real nice looking dio....I can tell alot of work went into building it. Nice way to repay a favor.

Dennis

 

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Posted by eshaver on Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:01 AM

Eric, it was E I Dupont nemours that finially invented the first commercially feaseable drying agent that was useable in automobile paints . That was one of General Motors , Kettering Institutes claims to fame .

The diorama look great . I had no idea Tonka ever manufactured such models . Ed Shaver

 

See ya on the road folks

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Posted by ericmac on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:44 PM

In finishing this model I realized I made an error. The car is a 1913, not a 1914. By 1913 most Fords were dark blue, though my recipient friend never batted an eye with my color scheme. He said it seemed entirely possible I had painted the car in a correct color scheme. Either way it was fun to build. Isn't it interesting that it took Ford until 1926 to begin offering colors on their cars again? Thanks for the comments.

Eric

Why can't I stand to slap these things together like I did as a teenager? On the bench 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Victoria, 1932 Duesenberg J Judkins Coupe, 1934 Ford Cabriolet, 1926 Ford Model Ts-the complete set of all six bodystyles.

  • Member since
    June, 2009
Posted by mustangman on Friday, June 08, 2012 8:44 AM

Even though Ford had cut the paint colors to black in 1914, fire dept's usually repainted their vehicles red and sometimes even yellow.  Prior to 1914, although colors were available on Ford cars, again the fire dept's painted them red anyway.  So your color is correct for a fire dept Model T of any era.

Tony.

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