Chicago Fire Department 1972 American LaFrance - Engine Co. 103
A museum grade replica of Chicago's 1972 ALF Pumper for the West Loop Troops of Engine Co. 103
The Chicago Fire Department Classics continue with the 1:50 scale, museum grade replica of the 1972 American LaFrance Engine Co. 103. This is your chance to take home a piece of Chicago's rich firefighting history!
Hand-crafted, limited in production and display ready
Engine Co. 103 is hand-crafted and authentic down to the smallest of features. Production is limited to an elite 40 units and includes a fully-custom display case to protect and preserve the unit.
Chicago Fire Department 1972 American LaFrance - Engine Co. 103 scale model specifications
- Scale: 1:50
- Production Quantity: 40
- Multi-materials including High Def Resin, stainless steel photo etch metal, wire, rubber and other composites.
- Mounted inside high quality, custom display case featuring etched stainless steel I.D. nameplate.
- Model Dimensions: 7"L x 2.25"W x 2.25"T
- Display Case Dimensions: 10"L x 5"W x 5"T
Character, style and personalization epitomize the American LaFrance pumpers that served Chicago throughout the 1970's. Producing replicas of these beautiful rigs that are small enough to fit nicely on a shelf, has been a painstaking process. Over 18 months, each of the hundreds of intricately detailed parts are designed, cast or fabricated, painted, decorated, and trimmed...then organized in small bins, ready for assembly. There is no substitute for the laborious tasks that each of the 35 skilled men and women perform. It is a sight to see as each team member patiently adheres each part to another, consistently analyzing the end result. As you scroll down the assembly pictures, take notice of the parts on each workstation and you will gain a greater appreciation for the process. And don't forget to add these Classic Chicago pumpers to your collection.
Engine Co. 103's History by Joe O'Brien
Chicago Fire Department Engine 103 “West Loop Troops" was organized in 1806 at a brand new 2 story, 1 bay firehouse at 1459 W. Harrison. A year later a 2 story annex was added for Chief Horan’s automobile. In 1969 Engine 103 would move to 25 S. Laflin. The Firehouse on Laflin was built in 1927 and was the quarters of Truck 39. On the day of the move Truck 39 was taken out of service. The building, 21 years more modern that Engine 103’s old house still stands and is still the quarters of Engine 103. In 1972 Engine 103 received its ALF 2000/500 gpm engine. Today Engine 103 runs a 2018 E-One. Fire Replicas also produced the 1959 Mack B ladder used by Truck 39 from this firehouse.
More About the Scale Model
This Chicago Fire Department Engine Co. 103 scale model is a museum grade replica of the 1972 American LaFrance Pumper. Like all Fire Replicas models, every detail is modeled to perfection and with razor sharp precision. The replica features the specific department configuration and graphics, leaving no detail overlooked. The display case is custom manufactured with high quality acrylic and resin. The stainless steel etched plate features the department and truck name, and department seal. This replica is a treasure to be displayed and admired and is in no way a toy.
This is not a toy and not suitable for children under the age of 14. This highly detailed scale model contains small, intricate pieces that may present a choking hazard.