Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 23 scale model
The first museum grade replica of Chicago's 1985 E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 23.
Here's another opportunity to take home a piece of Chicago firefighting history. This 1:50 scale model of Chicago Fire Department's E-One Hurricane Tower is a museum grade masterpiece, and a worthy addition to elite Chicago collections. Truck Co. 23 is hand-crafted from over 750 intricately detailed parts and limited in production to only 25 units. It also includes a fully custom, display-ready case.
Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 23 Scale Model Specs
- Scale: 1:50
- Production Quantity: 25
- 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: 11"L x 2.5"W x 2.75"T
- Display Case Dimensions: 15.25"L x 6"W x 5.25"T
The History of Truck 23 by Joe O'Brien
In 1891, Truck 23 was organized in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago. The original truck was a horse-drawn combination truck, which had 7 ground ladders, a 40 gallon chemical tank with 250 feet of 1 inch rubber hose and a hose reel at the end of the truck with 350 feet of 2.5 inch hose. In 1906 the new two story brick firehouse was built on the same site as the original Town of Jefferson firehouse. Truck 23 received a standard truck at that time as Engine 108 was organized at the new firehouse on Lipps Ave. As this area still had a lot of prairies, it was not unusual from spring to fall that this house had to respond to a number of prairie fires on any given day. This station over time would have trucks shoehorned in as the rigs got larger. In 1981 a new fire house was built a few blocks away. The new four-bay station had wider and higher bay doors for the modern rigs. In 1985, Engine 108 got a brand E-One Hurricane. A few months later, Truck 23 got the fourth of the six E-One Hurricane Tower Ladders. In 1987 Truck 23 was officially renamed Tower 23. After 15 years of front line service as Tower 23 the 1985 Hurricane, shop number D251, was put into the spare pool for another 15 years.
More About the Scale Model
This Chicago Fire Department Tower Ladder 23 scale model is a museum grade replica of an E-One Hurricane 95' Aerial Platform. 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.