Anthony's Model Cars
1915 Ford Model T Coupelet
This is the 1915 Ford Model T Coupelet kit from
from Aardvark Models (http://www.aardvarkmodels.net/)
from the Aardvark Models range. The body includes various parts,
like the correct doorhandles, lamps, body, fender assembly, radiator, engine hood and the seats. To finish the model, an AMT/ERTL '23 or '25 Model T
roadster kit is required.
Again I had no major problems building the kit, but again I changed a few things.
The small resin front window frame was removed and, like I did with the 1915 and 1920 Centerdoor, replaced with another frame made from L-shaped brass. The radiator received a nice radiator cap made from brass and plastic and I attached the missing side mounts, topped of with a bolt from Grandt Line. On top of the front fenders I placed the 3 missing bolts (.043 rivets from Grandt Line) for the fender braces/headlamp mounts. I also added a rear view mirror like the original car had.
The lenses on the two smaller lamps at the front and the rear lamp were made from polished clear and red plastic.
The brass paint on the radiator still looks a bit like a matte finish, but I couldn’t get a high gloss finish. Yet...
Finally I had to make another set of the tiny headlamp mounts. The later Model T’s had the headlamp mounted on the fender, but the earlier models had a the headlamp mounted in the fender brace. It took some time to get them right using tiny pieces of plastic, but after some fiddling I got it the way I liked it.
And I have to say thanks to the members of the Model T Ford Club of America (http://www.mtfca.com) . I was not sure if this 1915 model actually had a spare tire, but the MTFCA members were very clear: no spare tires on the Model T untill 1919. Well, that saved me some work, but now I had to get rid of the spare tire on the 1915 Centerdoor as well!
Another issue were the wheels. I used the wheels of the AMT kit. These wheels are the so called demountable wheels, easily identified by the four bolts on the outside. Again the MTFCA members pointed out a little error. These demountable wheels were not used on the Model T untill 1919. Allthough it was not uncommon to fit these demountable wheels afterwards on 1915-1918 Model T’s, obviously because in case of a flat tire they were more practical, the factory wheels on a 1915 Model T were normal wheels and not of the demountable type. So again I had to change some things on both the 1915 Centerdoor as well as the Coupelet. And the picture below shows the Coupelet with the wrong set of wheels.
Well, after all the help of the MTFCA members I could finally finish the Coupelet the right way and here it is:
And here are all the resin Modelmartin models in one picture (notice the demountable wheels on the model at the right, the 1920 Centerdoor):