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1973 Ford® F-100 Pick-Up Truck
1973 Ford® F-100 Pick-Up Truck
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
This O scale/1:48 1973 Ford® F-100 Pick-Up Truck is a new release by Atlas. This sample is item 3009918, painted in Mallard Green and Wimbledon White. Atlas narrates this vehicle's history:
    1953 was the birth year for the Ford F-100 series of trucks. The designs were pivotal in Ford’s line of pickups, as they made significant improvements and body changes which included the design being a bit more “boxy” with less curves. By 1973, Ford had advanced to the “Sixth Generation” of the F-series line. This venerable truck saw improvements over the previous generation’s, with front disc brakes, gas tank relocation under the bed, better air conditioning and heating systems, and increased space inside the cab. The F-100 could be found almost anywhere, from commercial use, maintenance of way for railroads, public works, etc. Atlas’ recreation of the F-100 would look right at home on your layout parked in a driveway, making a convenience store run, or inservice for the car department in a yard.

We have reviewed lineside vehicles in HO and O scales here at RailRoad Modeling before. This F-100 will be in good company.

The Model
Fully assembled and awaiting to be released from its two-half case, this pickup looks great at first glance. Molding is first-rate with no visible flash, ejector marks, seam lines, or assembly mistakes. This model features chrome plated grille and bumpers, and plastic headlight and rear tail light lenses among other attributes. I do not have a diagram to compare it to but the good ol' 'Mark I eyeball' sees accurate lines and shapes. The model sets on soft tires.

This is not a toy and lacks "action" features. None of the doors or hood - or tailgate - open.

Detail
None of the doors or hoods open. Inside the cab is a seat and a steering wheel, but nothing else.

Most of the detail is molded into the crisp lines and shapes. The tires have tread detail. The side mirrors lack reflective faces but that is not difficult to fix with silver paint.

Two things disappoint me, one being the minor lack of any underside detail. "Car guys" may not think that is minor but unless you plan to display your F-100 as flipped over, you will not see the underside. More obvious is that lack of an open grille.

Paint and Printing
This is where this model shines like the smooth reflective chrome Atlas trims the model with. Paint is opaque and smooth, hiding no surface detail. The borders between the chrome and paint, and between the Mallard Green and Wimbledon White colors are sharp. "F-100" and Ford's logo are painted on with razor crisp edges.

Whether your pick-up is washed and polished on your layout, or you weather it as a working truck, this model has a lot of potential.

Conclusion
Atlas' 1973 Ford® F-100 is a good looking O scale/1:48 pick-up Truck. It will fill out a scene on a layout of the mid-1970s and later. It features crisp molding and excellent finish. Soft tires feature tread detail and the cab has a basic interior. The main characteristic that I think detracts from this model is the lack of an open grille.

O-scalers modeling the 1970s and later should be enthusiastic for this model. It is a good looking model that will enhance any lineside scene. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Atlas and retailers that you saw this product here- on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Crisp molding and excellent finish. Soft tires feature tread detail and the cab has a basic interior.
Lows: Lack of an open grille.
Verdict: O-scalers modeling the 1970s and later should be enthusiastic for this model. It is a good looking model that will enhance any lineside scene.
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 3009918
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  PUBLISHED: May 18, 2020
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.36%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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