Accurate Armour 1:35 Fordson E83W Van (Mobile Canteen)
The Fordson E83W, (also sold from 1952 under the Thames brand as Ford Thames E83W), is a 10 cwt (half ton) light commercial vehicle that was built by Ford of Britain at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant (home of Fordson tractors) between 1938 and 1957. The van was sold in Australia as the Ford Ten-Ten, and the E83W was available in various forms around much of the world as Britain strove to export after World War II. In some countries, the 'cowl and chassis' only was imported and local bodies built.
The E83W was aimed at the small haulage, trade and merchant market, sectors in which it sold well. An estate car variant was also available. During and after World War II, many specialist variations such as mobile canteens, ice cream vans and even fire pumps were built on the E83W chassis.
The E83W was powered by the 1,172 cc (71.5 cu in) Ford 10 hp side-valve engine, with a 3-speed gearbox, and was heavily geared down in the rear axle. This made the Fordson much slower than the saloons, with an effective top speed of not much over 40 mph. Apart from the 10 hp engine, the E83W shares few parts with the other small Fords, which does make spares a little harder to get hold of. The front and rear axles are much heavier than the saloon and 5cwt van components, and share some parts such as bearings and other internals with the contemporary Ford V8 models (Models 62 and E71A Pilot). The headlamps were shared with the E27N tractor, for which they were an optional extra only.
Accurate Armour design and manufacture scale military model kits for sale by mail order. Subjects include tanks, AFV's, trucks, submarines, artillery, fortifications, figures and ammunition. Accurate Armour also design and produce display models of military vehicles for the UK defence industry and military customers as special commissions.
This is a model I have wanting to build for a long while and was lucky enough to receive one as a Christmas present from the Leader of the Opposition. The kit itself comes in a box measuring about 10" x 5" x 5" with the standard Accurate Armour Logo on a photograph of the model. All parts inside are in small, bubble-wrapped baggies and then wrapped in more bubble-wrap. Instructions and decals come in another baggie in the box lid.
Moulded in light grey resin, the kit has about 90 parts. There aren't too many issues with the actual parts; one or two warped pieces, easily sorted in warm water; mould lines on most parts, but again, easily removed. There are no sink holes, so the filler doesn't need to come out yet. As usual with any resin kit, it is essential to wash all parts in warm detergent to remove any factory release grease.
The instructions are very well detailed, incorporating close up photos with line drawings and step by step commentaries. It is a good idea to read and understand all instructions before attempting to construct this kit. There is a very detailed interior included with this kit with additional kitchen equipment. Decals in the kit represent, YMCA, NAAFI and Salvation Army. Colour scheme is a light Khaki-Green with a white or cream interior.
All in all, this is a great kit which could form part of a larger diorama or as the centre of a small one. With the addition of a few tea drinking figures, this should look very life like.
Not a kit for the beginner, but definitely one to watch.
Rating: Excellent 5 out of 5