Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 39

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Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 39 scale model

The first museum grade Chicago E-One Tower Ladder 39

The first museum grade replica of Chicago's 1985 E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 39.
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.

Chicago Tower Ladder 39 features over 750 intricate parts

Hand-crafted, limited in production and display-ready.
Chicago's Tower Ladder 39 features true-to-scale parts that are individually designed, cast or fabricated, painted, decorated and assembled over the course of a year. From the stainless steel ground ladders to the flashlight on the dash, Tower Ladder 39 is authentic to Chicago's rig. Chicago's Tower Ladder 39 is limited to 75 units.

Tower Ladder 39 includes a fully custom display case

Preserved and protected in a custom case.
Truck 39 measures 11 inches long and includes a fully custom case measuring 15.25"L x 6"W x 5.25"T. The case includes a stainless steel nameplate featuring the truck/department name and CFD scramble logo.

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Chicago Hurricane Tower Ladder 39

Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 39 Scale Model Specs

  • Scale: 1:50
  • Production Quantity: 75
  • 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

About Tower Ladder 39 by Joe O'Brien

Tower ladder 39’s 1985 E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder was the first Tower Ladder put in service by the Chicago Fire Department. This truck would pair nicely with your Fire Replicas Engine 123 or the 2017 E-One Tower Ladder 39.  

Starting in 1927, Chicago was expanding by annexing more smaller towns. The fire department also was growing. From 1927 until 1929, 14 new Truck Companies were established. The first new truck company was Hook and Ladder 39. Truck 39 was established in 1927 and moved into a brand new firehouse on Laflin, just south of Madison, with a straight frame trailer pulled by a White tractor. Truck 39’s most notable rig while at this station was the 144’ Mack Magirus, a six section aerial that also had ground ladders attached to the side of the aerial. 

In 1969, as the city was still making cuts, Truck 39 was taken out of service and Engine 103 moved into the the firehouse. In 1974 a new firehouse was built on 51st Street east off Western Ave for Engine 123. The new 3-bay station would also see Truck 39 re-organized and put in service with Engine 123. The first rig would go in service as Truck 39 using Truck 21’s old 1970 Ward/Grove. In 1981 the station had an Engine, Truck, Snorkel and an Ambulance.

In 1985 the first E-One Hurricane was placed in service as Truck 39. This was about a year after Snorkel 5 was taken out of service. In 1987, Truck 39 became Tower Ladder 39. The E-one ran front line as Tower 39 for 11 years. In 1996, the same truck then went in service as the newly- created Tower Ladder 54, replacing a regular rear mount Truck 54. Tower 54 would run the same E-One Hurricane front line until 2005. After 20 years as a front line Tower Ladder the rig went to the spare pool, and I believe it is still a spare today. This rig has been running for 34 years.

More About the Scale Model

This Chicago Fire Department Tower Ladder 39 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.

Safety Warning

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.

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  • 5

    Posted by Tony on 6th Jul 2021

    Looks amazing! Great show piece!

  • 5
    Chicago FD E-One Hurricane TL- 39.

    Posted by Robert Knowles on 4th Jul 2021

    Another "class act" model from Fire Replicas !!!! From photos of the actual apparatus I've seen, this model is as close to the real thing as you can get....Very nicely detailed all over the model. Several hundred intricate pieces go in to building these models and the workmanship is top notch..... I have yet to buy a Fire Replica model to complain about yet..... If you are a Chicago FD fan, make room in your display case for one of these models !!!!!

  • 5
    Chicago E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 39

    Posted by Mark Bowden on 17th Nov 2020

    I pondered over buying this Vintage E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 39 as I already have the Chicago E-One Tower Ladder 39. I decided to buy this one because of the “Then and Now” factor when displayed together. As expected the quality and attention to detail was of the highest caliber. The warning labels on everything from the tower platform to the engine cover to the ladders to the tailboard were realistic and if these old eyes could focus enough then I am sure I could have read them. The ground ladders are simply amazing. I loved the open jump seats on both sides of the engine cover (brings back memories and a bit of a shiver from those cold winter nights). Some of the nice touches included the foam canisters and the plastic stokes below the massive ladder. This one sits proudly on the shelf above my original Tower Ladder 39. When I pick it up, it is like holding the real truck in your very hands.

  • 5
    Chicago 1985 EOne Tower 39

    Posted by Joshua Slagel on 22nd Oct 2020

    This replica is just as amazing as all of my other ones detail is amazing and little changes noticeable from the other 1985 EOne towers like the travel Height on the ladder . I also really liked the history section given for these replicas I wish they would do that for all of them !

  • 5
    Great Aerial Platform

    Posted by Rodney Rickert on 3rd Jan 2020

    Outstanding detail of a rare E-One Hurricane..

  • 5
    TL 39

    Posted by Jim on 5th Jul 2019

    I had the privlage to ride along many times on this very rig when she was in service. You guys did another great job in duplicating the real deal !!