by: Darren Baker [ ]
With the release of two 1/24th scale Ford Model T cars from ICM so far, they have also released a three figure set to accompany these models. These figures represent Henry Ford, a mechanic and I believe a potential customer.
ICM has changed their packaging for all models, or so it would seem from the last samples that arrived with me. The product is now packaged in a plain cardboard flip top box. The usual box top lid made of thin card is then placed on the cardboard flip top box. I feel this is an excellent move on the part of ICM now that large numbers of models are being ordered online and have to survive handling by various postal services. Well done ICM. Inside this new packaging you will find a re-sealable plastic bag containing the model parts and a single double sided sheet of paper covering construction.
This new product from ICM is quite well moulded and has no moulding faults. The clothing replicated is suitable for figures from 1910 through to the 1940’s. There are moulding seams to content with, but these are thankfully light and should be easily dealt with via a sharp knife and a little scraping.
The figure representing Henry Ford looks to have been inspired by a photograph taken in Buffalo, New York in 1921. Everything about this figure tells me it must be that image as the only difference is that in the photograph the bowler hat is inclined forwards and on the figure to the back of the head. The coat has been moulded in three parts and has good definition to the collar. The buttons are a little soft detail wise and so I would stamp out some circles to improve the definition. The coat having been tackled in this way by ICM also has very good undercut detail all around the hem of the coat. Crease detail on the figures trousers are well represented, looking natural rather than contrived. The portion of the waistcoat, shirt and tie are nicely represented and so when painted should look the part. The shoes are a little soft as regards lace detail, but otherwise quite good. The bowler hat is especially well moulded and really does look the part. The face does look similar to Henry Ford, but it is difficult comparing the photograph to a three D image that is one colour, there are no hands visible on this figure as they depicted as being in the pockets of the figure.
The mechanic is suitably attired in work mans overalls and open necked shirt, this is topped off with a flat cap, as such this figure looks like a workman from anywhere in the Western World. Crease detail is again very natural which will add nice detail to the finished figure. The shirt being worn by this figure has the sleeves rolled up; typical of workers the world over involved in manual labour at that time as going topless was frowned upon. I would suggest a little scribing is done around the shirt sleeves to improve the look of cloth around the lower arm. The figure is shown with a screwdriver in the left hand and has good finger and thumb definition; however again a little scribing between the fingers will improve this area. Facial detail is good overall, particularly where the ears are concerned. I may be wrong but I believe most manual workers of the time had a moustache, but this figure does not have any facial hair. The flat cap has been moulded with a separate peak and this will also add some nice detail.
The figure I have called ‘the customer’ is the one I like the most due to the interesting pose. This figure has a three piece suit with the jacket open and a shirt and tie. The left side of the jacket is pushed back, which is a nice touch, and the left hand shown in the left trouser pocket. It is the hand in the pocket that is the only thing that bothers me as the pocket does not looked bulged where the hand is. The jacket has again been moulded in three parts and this has provided that nice undercut detail and results in something that looks like cloth rather than a solid piece of plastic. The figure is wearing a flat brimmed trilby hat and I really like the effort that has been put into replicating this aspect by ICM. The hand visible again has good finger and thumb detail, but again a little scribing between the fingers will lift the detail higher. The facial detail is excellent for injection moulded plastic, the moustache is very well done on this figure.
This is a very good figure set from ICM and will provide a great aid in portraying scale when placed next to the Ford Model T Cars produced by ICM. I also feel that the large scale aircraft fans will find many uses for this figures as they could be placed next to any aircraft in 1/24th scale produced from WW1 through WW2 and a little beyond, civilians and politicians are often seen around aircraft of this period and that goes for Germany, Britain and America. Great work on this one ICM and with more uses than perhaps you envisaged.