Hudson Miniatures 1914 Ford Model T Fire Engine
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very Rare. Large (1/16) scale fire engine kit. Dated 1949 and very highly detailed for that time. Features numerous wooden parts that are either die-cut, factory saw cut or machined, wood stock, metal stock, beautiful plastic wheels, grill, steering wheel and lanterns, metal stock and parts, die-cut cardstock and two big sheets of excellent plans/instructions. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the sealed bag. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions. Hudson Miniatures created a very popular line of automobile kits in a constant 1/16 scale shortly after WWII. The kits sold very well...so well that you could argue that Gowland & Gowland borrowed Hudson's subject matter for their ground-breaking 'Highway Pioneers.' The Hudson Miniatures 'Old Timers' even spawned a line of imitators, with Fador's 'Smallster' being one of the better in quality. Sales did drop on the appearance and popularity of the much smaller (and less accurate) Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' in 1951. When the all-injection molded Gowland kits proved not to be a passing fad, Hudson quickly planned and released his own all-plastic, small-scale competition called 'Lil' Old Timers Quickie Kits.' The kits were of excellent quality, but it was too little too late. Additionally, sales of the excellent wooden kits faltered further in the next few years with the introduction of accurate, 1/24 and 1/32 all-plastic cars in the mid 1950s. This forced Hudson to discontinue the wood kits and the plastic line was sold to Revell and subsequently re-released. Today, these excellent, big 1/16 kits are often the only model available of these early automobiles. In the mid 1960s Aurora thought so highly of Hudson Miniatures that they purchased the wood kit assets and released a very small number of these in all-plastic models.
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