The development of the automobile in the first years of the 20th Century revolutionized public transportation. The famous Model T 'Flivver', the first automobile to be manufactured on the assembly line, sold at a price that every workingman could afford.
By the early 'teens an even bigger impact was made with the advent of trucking, quickly replacing the horse-drawn wagon for the delivery of goods. The simple and affordable Model T was a favorite chassis, and many coachbuilders began crafting a wide variety of truck bodies and styles to meet almost every requirement. In fact, the 1913 Model T was used by August Fruehauf (1868-1930) to create the first 'tractor-trailer' truck, marking the beginning of an American legend in trucking.
A 'heavy duty' chassis was soon offered, called the Model TT, with a longer 125' wheelbase and offered with a worm-drive rear-end, but with a top speed of about 10 MPH. The standard rear-end as modeled here was optional, and best suited for light duty hauling. A wide variety of bodies were offered by independent coachbuilders to fit the standard TT chassis, of which the utilitarian 'Stake' or 'Flat' bed was the most popular. They were usually quite colorful, and emblazoned with the company name as an early form of 'rolling advertisement'.
The Model This high resolution 1,576,291 poly CAD model was created in SolidWorks™ from research, field measurements and hundreds of photographs. It is full-size (1:1) and accurately scaled, with most parts individually modeled. The modeling quality allows for extreme close-ups and rendering.
It is ideally suited for hero and foreground shots within early 20th Century period sets and CG’s. There is no motor, only the “basic block” and oil pan that shows under the chassis. All parts were color-mapped in SolidWorks™, and migrate to the .obj format. The stake sides can be removed.
The SolidWorks™ model was converted to .obj using SymLab Composer. Thumbnail renderings were created in KeyShot3 Pro from Luxion.