How did I join American LaFrance? It was the movie – Flaming Inferno that I saw in the cinema in 1974. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an America fan and later more and more also about the fire engines over there. They’re great looking, powerful, and unique in their kind, American and only America. And when I saw the American LaFrance vehicles in the film driving to the scene, I was hooked. Since that time I’ve been a fan of the American LaFrance brand, which unfortunately hasn’t existed since 2007.
Later there was also the American LaFrance Aero Chief, but before this kit went on sale I had already built a snorkel mast on the turntable ladder chassis myself.
Representing this title page from 1982, you can look at some articles about the models I built in the archive. This issue contained my first article about American LaFrance.
At that time I painted all my models by hand, no spray cans, no airbrush and chrome plating of components was not an issue at all. Sure, we all started small and kept evolving, most of us. Click here for the archive: Modell Magazin
And how to build hoses yourself, I’ll show you here.