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Ford T Driver - WW1
Ford T Driver - Cold Weather 1915
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction

Resicast recently re-released a retooled version of the Model T Ford Vickers MG carrier 1916, which I reviewed here on site a short time ago. To go with the new vehicle they have also released a new driver dressed in cold weather clothing to go with the vehicle.

The figure was sculpted by Gerard Detroeye and the painting for the colour reference was done by Christophe Nachtergael.

The figure

The figure comes packed in the standard Resicast format of a double ziploc plastic bag with a coloured card insert. The card displays the company and product details and contains a colour photograph of the painted figure for reference.

The expertly cast figure is cast in a light coloured resin and consists of three parts. The body and upper arms are cast as a whole, the lower arms are cast holding the car steering wheel and to complete the figure you have a separate head.

The figure is dressed in a cow hide coat. Around the waist is a leather belt and the remainder of the uniform consists of tunic trousers, long putties and ammo boots. The detail of the coat looks good and the figure should pain up well. The trousers, putties and ammo boots are all well detailed.

Attached to the backside of the figure is a replacement seat for the vehicle and you get the two lower arms that come attached to a steering wheel. The wheel and gloved arms are nicely done, the gloves are of the long driving type.

The head a separate item comes with the sides of the forage cap pulled down and fastened under the chin. Driving goggles cover the eyes and the cap has a nice cap badge in place plus the leather strap and side buttons.

Normal precautions apply when working with resin.

Conclusion

Another useful figure form Resicast. Made for a specific use, driving the Ford T, I will have to see if a little alteration would make him suitable for the RR as well.

Having figures to drive or crew you vehicle is I believe a real plus. They help add scale and interest. The simple make up of the figure means you can get to the fun part quickly.

I have enclosed some images courtesy of Gerard of the figure in progress.
SUMMARY
Highs: Simple construction with excellent detail.
Lows: None I can think of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
88%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.5657
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 11, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

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About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

Copyright 2019 text by Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Thanks for the review Alan. One major low comes to my mind immediately and that is this figure is very vehicle specific. No ... we are not burdened with a huge choice of WW1 vehicles either, but it would be nice to be able to use this guy with other vehicles, like the rolls royce as you mentioned. Im surprised they modelled him in the Ford T seat. This might have been as easy to model him without the seat, but fit it? On the other hand, it is a beautiful figure and I can imagine it would look great posed in the vehicle its meant for. Id almost conider buying the ford T and this figure just to pose them together.
SEP 11, 2013 - 09:07 AM
Hi Frank, Yes, I had considered him for the Ford Draisine as well, then released he comes with a seat attached to his bum lol. Maybe they intend to release him in an altered format. I imagine the seat was necessary to get him fitted correctly to the vehicle. As you say with a shortage of figures in this scale the more versatile the better, but drivers especially usually have to be modeled vehicle specific otherwise they won't fit. I got 2 with that purpose in mind. The seat is fairly easy to remove without any obvious adverse effects. I'll see how he fits in the Draisine as I have the parts washed and ready to start on. Cheers Al
SEP 11, 2013 - 09:55 AM
Looking forward to more progress shots from both subjects. WW1 is seomthing that is growing on me a lot!!
SEP 11, 2013 - 10:43 AM
Hi Frank, If you look at the kit seat you'll see it is quilted leather, hence the need for a new seat for the driver to sit correctly. Cheers Al
SEP 12, 2013 - 05:47 AM
   

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