I saw this 50 Chevy canopy express truck at an antique machinery show in September and thought it would be nice to make a model of it or something like it.
I had a 40 Ford panel truck that I built over 40 years ago sitting on a shelf falling apart, so I decided to use it as a base for my model. I can't find a 40 Ford truck like this on Google, so maybe Ford never made any that year. I found pics of Model A's and 50 Fords,but nothing in between. So maybe this model is a phantom. Anyway, I cut openings in the sides and cut down the rear door to make it a tailgate.
I made side rails for the side openings, and a bulkhead between the cab and bed. The veggie crates and racks are made of balsa and coffee stirrers. Veggies are pictures glued into the crates. I plan to display the truck in the parking lot of my 1959 diner and ice cream stand dioramas. I plan to weather it a bit, since in the 1959 setting it would be almost 20 years old.
This is a mockup.
I plan to make the rolled up tarps for the sides and rear from some landscape fabric.