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1923 Ford Model T Deport Hack
The roaring 20s marked the real beginning of the Station Wagon: A Wagon to pick up people from the train Station. While there may have been a pre-1920 automobile modified into a crude depot-hack, the Star motor company was first to create a production station wagon in 1923. The 1929 Ford Model 150-A was the first mass-produced station wagon.
1929 Ford Model A Station Wagon 150-A
WAGON 1850 New York Coach Builders   Boot Hill Express
MODEL Monogram
#6735
(1967) 1/24
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#2703
(1985) 1/24
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#PC188
(1994) 1/24
 

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A most unusual car with a most unsusal history. Click Here for the complete story.
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I had to include this because of the Hearse connection. Originally molded in orange. The 1985 version was in yellow. I built one of these in the 80s and it was a lot of fun. Includes skeleton, tomb stone, and 10 gallon big hat.
 
 
WAGON 1912 Ford Model T Depot Hack
MODEL Gabriel/Hubley/JLE Scale Models
 
(Gabriel #26443 / Hubley #4023)
(1976) 1/20
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The Depot Hack is what the Station Wagon was invented for. The Model T was often customized into a Depot Hack by a variety of specialty shops.
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120 metal and plastic parts.
 
 
WAGON 1923 Ford Model T Depot Hack - Express Wagon
MODEL AMT
#T142
(1976) 1/25
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I have not seen one of these in person, but it looks pretty cool. Molded in black. Tooling was modified to produce T panel kit.
 
 
WAGON 1924 Citroen B14 Normande
MODEL Heller
#729
(1985) 1/24
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A European version of a depot hack. I know I'm stretching the definition of Station Wagon pretty far to include this.
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I don't think I have had a model from the French Heller company, but this one looks interesting.
 
 
WAGON 1929 Ford Model A Woody/Pick-up
MODEL MPC
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#300-149 [Wild Ones]
(1965) 1/25
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#305
(1960s) 1/25
Box and built car by L. Howland

#6518
(1987) 1/25
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#31220 [Buyer's Choice]
(2002) 1/25
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#38592
(2007) 1/25
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The first station wagon to be offered in a regular catalog. Although built on a car frame, the Ford Model A 150-A wagon was first listed in the Ford Pick-Up catalog in 1929. The first wagons were only available in Manila Brown, with wheels, fenders, and most metal finished in Black. The wooden body was made of maple with birch plywood paneling. Only 12,000 of the 150-A and similar 150-B wagons in their 3-year production run.
AMT #31220 Instructions
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Pros: A great custom-ready kit. Parts for both Pick-Up and Woody versions so you will have nice leftover parts for future models. Nice hot-rod extra's such as engine and wheels. Even a nice Schwinn Stingray bicycle is included. The paneling is a separate piece, which makes it easy to substitut real wood. Modeled in a nice Manila Brown color is you are too lazy to paint.
Cons: As a many-reissued kit there is some lacking of details. For example the Ford emblem in the grill is unrecognizable and some glitches on the inside roof. The wooden frame is about twice as thick as should be for correct scale. A good deal of flash needs to be trimmed from the edges and carved out of the details. Would have been nice to have the windshield frame be movable. The steering column is difficult to work with.
Summary: This kit is perfect for hot-rod conversion. A must have for any station wagon collection. Could be a lot worse. I'll keep hoping for a re-tooled release and/or a nice photo-etched detail kit from Model Car Garage. The original release contained the bike, surfboard and surfer figure and woodgrain decals. Original release could also be built as a truck.
 
 
WAGON 1929 Ford Model A Station Wagon
MODEL Gabriel/Hubley
 
#4858
(1965) 1/20
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#???
(1975) 1/20
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#4006
(???) 1/20
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Metal body with plastic parts and rubber tires (total of 35 parts). #4006 has 75 parts. Box states "Made of Metal - Just Like the Original Car" but the real body was wooden. I 1/20th scale kit.