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#41 High octane

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:34 PM

It's a neat kit. I remember as a teenager getting the 'Skip's Fiesta Drive-in' reissue (late '80s) and wondering where the body was when I opened it...first Revell multi-piece body kit I'd encountered. With time, effort and care, it can build up quite nicely.

Skip's Fiesta Drive-in was an AWESOME place back in the mid to late 60's and I was glad that I got to hang out there and enjoy the many cars that passed through that place. There are stories of guys taking their rails off the trailers and racing in front of Skip's! And I do remember the "raid" there, as there were so many gumballs flashing on the cop cars, I though it was Christmas with all those lights. And buses to load the offenders and take them down to the station. What a night!

#42 Harry P.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 03:03 PM

You guys all make it sound so easy. After I built that ruddy thing, I needed six weeks of post-revell-multi-piece-retractable-hardtop-trauma therapy. This thing is worse than IKEA on a Saturday.

Oh, come on, man... it's not as bad as all that! :lol:

Actually, from what I remember (I built mine many years ago), the multi-piece body was not a problem at all. Everything went together well. All I did was replace some of the top's hinge mechanism plastic parts with scratchbuilt wire hinges, just to make things a bit sturdier. But even that wasn't really necessary, the kit alone builds up just fine. It puts many new kits to shame!

#43 Edsel-Dan

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 03:45 PM

I forgot to add this. The ONLY Non-stock parts in the Skip's kit were the Olds Fiesta caps that
replaced the Stock Ford caps.
No skirts, no spotlights, nothing.
Revell issued this version twice, the second in the SSP Limited release.
Revell-Of-Germany returned the Stock 59 Ford Hubcaps, & I think they even redid the metal axles
on the Original & 74/5 Yellow re-issue.
Like I said, I have TOO many of them to not know what is in every issue Except the current Rev USA SSP box.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

I would like some feedback on either the original or re-pop Revell 59 Ford retractable kit regarding detail etc. . The drivetrain and chassis is my main focus for a kit bash with a resin sedan body. Thanks

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:06 AM

Drivetrain and chassis are passable. Nothing great, but passable- this is a 1959-vintage tool. If you REALLY want something a bit more detailed you might want to look into getting an AMT '58 Edsel for the chassis and floor, but the Retractable chassis and engine should be just fine for most instances.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:22 AM

Would the undercarriage from the '60 Starliner work, or did things change drastically between those years?

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:04 PM

Thanks for both comments. Both the '60 Ford and Edsel will work, so I've been told.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:37 AM

Would the undercarriage from the '60 Starliner work, or did things change drastically between those years?


The '60 Ford chassis is beautifully detailed, is the same wheelbase and is the correct semi-perimeter frame design, but the rear overhang is longer than the '59, and it's a bit wider (both easily corrected). Chuck can tell you more about the Edsel.

The Revell '59 Ford chassis detail is about the same level of detail as the AMT '57 Ford, with separate suspension but molded-in exhausts.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 26 July 2012 - 07:38 AM.


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:48 AM

The biggest problem you have with this conversion is the Dashboard. in the 59 Retractable it's moulded to the front end of the car and really shaped funny. Another thing to keep in mind is the retractable is really 1/24th scale.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:55 PM

The biggest problem you have with this conversion is the Dashboard. in the 59 Retractable it's moulded to the front end of the car and really shaped funny. Another thing to keep in mind is the retractable is really 1/24th scale.


Ah! 1/24.........good point....nix the retractable!!!

#51 Joe Handley

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 02:11 PM

Is this kit coming back out sometime soon.

Had a long time customer who happens to own a 1:1 '58 Skyliner come in to my HTU looking for the '59 kit. He said that another member of the local Skyliner club had a couple them and they were new kits. All I could find was the recent SSP issue online so I contacted a friend and customer that happens to be a member of a local model club with this same customer to see if he had heard anything about it, but that SSP kit was the most recent he knew of too.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:58 PM

Is this kit coming back out sometime soon.

 

No, it hasn't been announced as coming back, so that person will need to find an SSP release.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:43 PM

Has anyone tried a '57 conversion with this?

 

 

 

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#54 John Goschke

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 06:13 AM

The Revell '59 Skyliner is NOT 1/24th scale! It's 1/25th!



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:29 PM

The box may say 1/25th but if you measure it out or compare it to other kits  it's bigger, closer to 1/24 :huh:



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 07:05 PM

The box may say 1/25th but if you measure it out or compare it to other kits  it's bigger, closer to 1/24 :huh:

I don't think so. If that were the case, that would make the AMT 59 1/24th scale as well. On top of that, I kitbashed one of these with an AMT '57 and the parts fit perfectly. The only thing 1/24th scale in this kit are the Monogram wheels and tires they put in the Skip's Fiesta issue,

 

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:35 PM

The 59 Ford is a fairly bulky car.



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:10 PM

Nice work, Dave

 

 

 

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 04:07 PM

The part that makes this kit a jewel is the working top

 

You can separate the dash from the cowl with an Xacto blade



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:22 AM

I really want to attempt building this. I think the hinge mounting for the trunk/top cover will have to be modded as the real car does not have those notched in hinges.