Scale Auto – October 2019

(Jacob Rumans) #1 15


Anyone who follows the auto

industry knows that the

American pickup truck is a

phenomenon unlike any other automotive trend

around the world. Ford F-Series pickups, already

the best-selling truck in America for over four

decades, has also been the best-selling automotive

The AMT Model T Trophy
Series double kit, first issued in 1960 and
reissued in 1964 (left) included parts to
build the 1925 Model T pickup. However,
that version didn’t appear on the box art
until the mid-1960s Ford Dealership
Promotions kit as a Runabout (bottom
center) and the late ’60s Fruitwagon
release (top center). Earlier full-size Model
T-based pickups wore aftermarket or
owner-constructed bodies rather than
factory-assembled offerings. The AMT ’
T Depot Hack kit produced in the 1970s
shows an example of just such a pickup
with its open-bed Express Wagon.

We’re going to focus
on 1/24 and 1/25 scale fully
detailed Ford model kits with
some curbside kits included,
particularly when a fully
detailed kit of a subject
wasn’t produced.
We will give priority to kits
that build a showroom stock
pickup replica.
When possible, we’ll show
the original version of a kit. In
many cases, these model kits
have been reissued, and we’ll
see some of those too.
By neccessity, more than a
few good kits will be omitted,
but we’ll try to show at least
one example of each
generation of Ford pickup
Unless otherwise
mentioned, the kits shown
are all 1/25 scale and feature
4x2 drivelines and regular

by Tim Boyd


product of any type for over 35 years. In fact, Ford sold just over 1 million F-Series
pickups in the U.S. and Canada in 2018. What’s more, you’ll find the F-Series,
Chevy’s Silverado, and Fiat Chrysler’s Ram consistently occupy the top three
sales spots in the entire automotive industry (including cars, trucks, crossovers,
and SUVs).
It’s not surprising that over the last sixty years, the popularity of pickups has
translated into thousands of great kits for modelers to build.
However, despite soaring sales at dealerships, there have been only three kits
of Ford pickups from the last 20 model years: a curbside, an unassembled promo,
and an expensive though well-detailed import.
Even so, Moebius Models has introduced all-new kits filling two big generation
gaps in the mid-1960s to early 1970s, and Round 2 is starting to produce
modestly updated reissues of some ’70s and early ’80s AMT and MPC truck kits.
The first mass-produced Ford light-duty domestic pickup was the 1925 Ford
Model T Runabout with pickup body. So, let’s start there!
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