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1/24 Franklin Mint 1934 Chrysler Airflow coupe


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#1 jeffs396

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:32 PM

Has anyone reworked one of these into a street rod?

I just picked up a slightly damaged one CHEAP from eBay, and am planning on converting it into something like this:

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:10 PM

There is a local guy here that has one done as a rat rod.
I do like your picture better and good luck with your picture.
I do like the Chrysler Atlantic style wheels on the front.Not a direct copy of the wheels but close enough .

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

That definitely will be unique. That's a good looking custom. Will be looking forward to your build.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:19 PM

If you could pull that off it will be beautiful.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Here's how it looked when I got it...some paint damage, and a broken RF axle end:

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Someone must have used a spray electronics cleaner of some sort, leaving the plastic underhood items and the paint damaged...the perfect candidate for a restomod! And for just $21.25 shipped :)

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A quick removal of some bumpers and stock wheels, and a mock-up showing the potential of this diecast :wub:

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Next up...disassemble & strip the paint!

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:07 AM

Hey Jeff,
That is really cool. As you know, I'm a big fan of using damaged diecasts.....they provide different subject matter and usually make unique and detailed models. That one's going to be particularly interesting.......looking forward to seeing the finished model.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:23 AM

I hear you Cliff!

Oddball cars that can't be had in styrene but are available in metal...they are all MODELS right? Plus they make great masters for resin casting ;)

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:25 AM

Plus they make great masters for resin casting ;)


Is that a bit of foreshadowing, Jeff?

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

Is that a bit of foreshadowing, Jeff?


Maybe, if there is a demand for it :)

Don't know how many would want a resin body of an Airflow, doesn't seem like it's a popular subject...

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

thats way kool. a very similar car was parked on the street in los angeles near a friend of mines house. i often looked at it and wondered how it would look all lowered down and widened out a little. i didnt even know what it was, really, and still not positive, but that sure looks very similar at least.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

It that thing gonna have a Hemi in it ? LOL

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:41 AM

It that thing gonna have a Hemi in it ? LOL


Hmmm...the inspiration 1:1 has a Viper V10:


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But a HEMI would be cool too...

Or even maybe a vintage, hopped-up HOT straight 8, as these originally were equipped with 'em:

http://en.wikipedia....hrysler_Airflow

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:16 AM

I think the biggest styling improvement that could be done is with the headlights. I'm looking forward to this.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:12 AM

A STEAL OF A DEAL JEFF!!!! I'LL BE WATCHING IT TOO. A PRO STREET WOULD BE NEAT TOO!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:31 AM

May I suggest a V-10 Hemi?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:58 AM

Or even maybe a vintage, hopped-up HOT straight 8, as these originally were equipped with 'em:


How 'bout a phantom Hemi-headed straight eight?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:10 AM

I'd be up for a resin-body Airflow (cough, cough). I've never seen this Franklin model. I'll definitely be keeping an eye open for one now.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

Maybe, if there is a demand for it :)

Don't know how many would want a resin body of an Airflow, doesn't seem like it's a popular subject...


Yeah, I'd be down for one.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

May I suggest a V-10 Hemi?


How 'bout a phantom Hemi-headed straight eight?


Gents, I like BOTH of these ideas B)

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:41 PM

I'd be up for a resin-body Airflow (cough, cough). I've never seen this Franklin model. I'll definitely be keeping an eye open for one now.


Yeah, I'd be down for one.


Here's my dilemma with casting this though...I'm more than willing to hand this off to someone for reproduction, but look at the parts breakdown:

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As you can see, the roof requires an insert, it has opening doors & trunk, its got LOTS of grooves in the body for trim and side vents, etc. And supposedly these were unibody, yet Franklin mint tooled up a separate ladder type frame :huh:

Sooo, how would builders want it?

-Stock (as-is)

-Semi-custom (as in roof insert and side vents filled, doors molded shut)

-Full-on custom (this is where personal preference would come into play, as I'd like to alter some from stock, like, as Rob said, the headlights for one thing)

Thoughts?