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Ron Hamilton

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Early Father's Day

18 June 2015 - 07:12 PM

Earlier this week, I paid a visit to my uncle, who is the patriarch of our family. When I was a kid, he would get a new Thunderbird every few years from 1962 through 1970. It worked out pretty good for me, as his salesman, who was also a good friend, would give him promo when he visited the dealership for service, or when he was buying a new car. He kept a few, but he also gave me a few of the promos, which of course I played with, or modified as a budding model builder. I really liked the cars he had, and I intended to have all of them in scale. 


One of the models I built as an adult, was a replica of his 1965 Convertible, which was Prairie Bronze, with a black interior. I reproduced this one in scale several years ago.




I decided to give him the car for Father's Day several months ago, so I installed an engine (it was a curbside), and gave it to him when I visited him and my aunt Tuesday of this week. He and my aunt really got a kick out of it. They are both in their 80's and don't get around like they used to. 


Being the nice guy that he is, my uncle went to his man cave, and brought up four old promos from the '60's.


A 1964 Convertible




A 1964 Hardtop




A 1965 Hardtop Radio




and a 1968 Hardtop Radio




They all were down in the cave for over 40 years, and I truly think he forgot about them, and remembered about them when I gave him the '65. He gave me all of them, but I told him that they will be restored, and returned to him in about a year. Fortunately all of them are complete, just extremely dirty. I asked him did he want them returned as promos, or can I paint them? He told me to do my thing. 


The plan is to clean, and re-do the chrome on all of them.


The '64 Convertible will be repainted Light Blue Metallic, with the Light Blue Metallic interior, as his '64 Convertible was that color combination.  It will be fixed, and the trim will be done in Bare Metal.


The '64 Hardtop will be painted in his Favorite Football Team's Color Combination, Burgundy, with a Gold Interior, and Bare Metal trim. He has been a season ticket holder of the Washington Redskins for as long as I can remember, and is a rabid fan.


The '65 Hardtop Radio will be restored as it is.


The '68 Hardtop Radio will be painted and trimmed out like his '68 Landau, which was Pale Blue, with a Dark Blue Vinyl Roof, and Bare Metal foil trim.


This '66 was in pretty bad shape when I got it, but I was able to bring it back to life.




I have a replacement '65 Convertible to put in my collection,


DSCF4052_zps210dfe5c.jpgand yes I will do it in Prairie Bronze, with a Black interior and up top, like my uncle's car.


He is the last link to my past, and  I love him as if he were my Dad.

Hubley 1960 Ford Wagon, aka The Country Squire

30 May 2015 - 01:46 PM

Here it is with all it's glory.





All ready for some water sports.





 I want to do some minor touch ups on the wood trim, the parking lamps, and the tail lamps.


Some how, I want to do a speed boat. Some day.

1965 Olds Convertible Finished!

18 May 2015 - 11:09 AM

I finally finished the '65 Olds. 




The engine is a representation of a 1965 Oldsmobile 425 "Starfire" engine, which was in Dad's Car.





I am happy with this one, and I think Dad would be proud, as it is built as a tribute to him.

The Hawg Chronicles

22 March 2015 - 06:10 PM

A couple of years ago, I ran across a Johan '61 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Built-up. It was unpainted, but was missing its fornt wheels, and one of the fins was broken off. I got it prettty cheap, and I figured that one day I will fix the car up to go with my '61 Lincoln Continental Sedan.




Fast Forward to last year, I was at a model Meeting, and I was purchasing an old built-up from a good friend, when I told him about the '61 Cadillac I had, and asked him had he come across any '61 Cadillac Wheels and Tires in his extensive parts collection. I went into a box, and handed me a built up '61 Cadillac, that was crudely painted, and missing one of its wheels. He gave it to me as a gift. Both of its fins were broken, but other than that it was all there.  Last month I came across a rathe sad looking '61 Cadillac Promo, that was warped, but it had an intact fin, and a set of wheelcovers. About a week ago, I stripped the painted  Cadillac, and fixed the fins with sheet styrene, using the promo as the pattern, and pirated the wheels and tires from it. I also fixed the fin on the unpainted one, that also had holes punched in it for mirrors and spotlights, that I filled in. I put both of them up on wheels for now until I primer and paint them. One of them will be Black, with a Beige or Gray  contrasting interior, and the other will be another '61 Cadillac Color Combination.










Since I was able to get 2 sets of wheels and tires, they can both be done as Replica Stock Cars. I have a lot of painting to do one it gets warm.



Here is another one I dusted off.

22 March 2015 - 05:47 PM

Last week, I was in the basement looking around, and I noticed this forlorn AMT '63 Ford XL Hardtop in a bag. I polished it up, and re-did the bare Metal Foil.






I built this one when AMT first brought out the Prestige series of kits. I have at least 7 '63 Ford XLs in the stash waiting for me to do something with them including 2 original convertibles, a Square Roof Hardtop, which I am restoring as a full detail car , using the guts from a '60 Starliner, and an original annual '63 XL Sports Hardtop. I painted it with good old Testors Model Master Paint, in a color called Champagne Gold, which is remarkably close to a color that was on the real car.