Ford Model A Delivery Truck
Livery: Railway Express Agency
Jordan Models - Highway Miniatures
Jordan Models - Highway Miniatures is a series of very popular, highly detailed 1/87 - HO scale plastic kits of early North American vehicles, circa 1890 - 1950: automobiles, buses, carts, fire equipment, trucks, and horse-drawn wagons. The first models were kitted in the 1950s, of pressed metal body parts and fenders that had to be cut out.* Today they are mainly injection-molded.
Jordan Products are packed in small card boxes that open at the ends. The model content is identified by an affixed black-and-white photograph of the built model. A well illustrated yet unclearly narrated instruction sheet is provided.
Inside are several sprues and single parts, molded in color. These 46 parts are individual pieces or on sprues:
1 x acetate film
1 x decal sheet
1 x screen
1 x white body top
2 x clear headlamps
6 x green body parts: body, cab, floor
6 x red wheels
13 x black parts
15 x black parts
These are impressively fine parts molded almost to scale. There are no sink marks or noticeable ejector circles, but plenty of flash and seam lines are obvious. The green plastic has swirls in it. Over the years the crispness of the tooling has deteriorated and some detail has softened, although I think most is sharp where important. Plastic characteristics vary from slightly soft for black parts to almost brittle for the green pieces.
During assembly I discovered that my CA superglue bonded black parts tight, yet did not bond the green pieces as well. Ambroid liquid glue worked acceptably on all parts.
Jordan Products put a lot of effort into their models. You will need sharp nippers or blades to remove the parts, and I suggest a magnifier and tweezers to handle these fine parts. Individually molded are levers, steering wheel and column, chassis framing, driveshaft, horn, brake drums, axles, and other pieces.
Each wheel features good tire tread and hub detailing.
colors and Decals
Basic painting guidance is provided although the components are molded in color.
A small sheet of decals include Railway Express Agency markings.
Jordan Highway Miniatures are impressive with the amount of fine detail. However, these are old kits and they show it. The different plastics used for different components is aggravating.
Large parts for these small models clean up easily. Smaller parts require a delicate touch.
I built my first Model A truck as a teenager and I still have it. With intermediate modeling experience these little models can build into good models for your layout or diorama.
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* 87thscale.info. Jordan - Highway Miniatures.
[Web.] 16 November 2005.