Metal Earth model of a Ford Model T

Metal Earth: 1908 Ford Model T

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The Model T is a moderately challenging Metal Earth model with 31 pieces on two sheets of metal. Assembled, it measures 3.51" x 1.95" x 1.79" (9 x 5.0 x 4.6 cm). Ford's Model T was the world's first affordable, mass produced automobile.

Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).

Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.

Are you curious...?

Ford sold 16.5 million Model Ts during its production run from 1908 to 1927, making it the eighth most popular car ever built -- which is pretty remarkable when you consider that it was the first automobile that ordinary people could afford. Prior to Henry Ford's assembly line using interchangeable parts, cars were expensive, hand-crafted playthings for the wealthy. Ford described his vision for the Model T this way: "I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one – and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."

Why was it called the Model T? Ford had started with the Model A when he founded his company in 1903, but the sequence included quite a few prototypes so there were not 18 production models leading up to the T. Before the model T came the now-forgotten Model S, which was an upgrade of the company's previous hit Model N. When the Model T finally ran its course, Ford didn't create a Model U; instead he started over with the Model A again because the new car was such a quantum leap over the old.

By 1918, half of the cars in the US were Model Ts, and most of them were black; Ford told his management team in 1909 that "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black." But in the early years from 1908-13, the Model T only came in gray, green, blue, and red. Green was available for all body styles, but gray was only offered on the town car and red was reserved for touring cars. By 1912, all Model Ts were midnight blue with black fenders. Ford's black-only directive wasn't implemented until 1914, supposedly because black paint was cheap and durable.   

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