At one time I was fortunate to have a mint, unbuilt Ideal 1/20th Mk-II in my collection, later sold along with almost everything else to go to art school. Anyway, I have to agree with you, Art, that the kit was quite accurate in proportion and scale. However, it was actually a relatively simple curbside kit with a one-piece body (no engine, opening hood, or doors.) It was very similar in concept to Monogram's 1/20th '55 & '56 Cadillacs, and would be a great companion piece for them on a shelf. It was molded in black, with a red interior, and plated wheels, bumper and emblems, along with rubber tires. While very simple, it would be a great basis for a highly detailed build.
Great project, Steven! I like the color combo you're going for. While the accent inside the side molding would probably have been white from the factory, I'm sure any dealer would've been willing to repaint it in Chestnut for any buyer who ordered a Sunliner with the 406-3x2V FE motor. If you want to change up the wheel/tire combo, keep in mind that most, if not all, high-performance Galaxies had heavy-duty suspension, bigger brakes, and 15" wheels rather than the standard 14-inchers. In '61 and '62 Galaxies with 15" wheels came with either '55-'56 dog-dish caps or '56 full wheel covers. The latter are, of course, in the AMT '56 Ford kit.
Love this kit! Have one in progress, but it's not ready for prime time. Meanwhile, here's another survivor. Ebay find, took it apart, polished the original candy red enamel, and reassembled. All the nice white was brush painted over the black plastic by the original builder. Those cool capped headers are only in early issues of the kit. One of my favorites in my collection.
Very crisp build! Terrific color combo and the wheel/tire combo adds an aggressive look to the little bugeye. I enjoyed owning the MG version, a '69 Midget, which was less of a roadster, having roll up windows, but was still great fun to drive with the top down on a crisp fall day with my pretty girlfriend in the shotgun seat. However it was during that period that we came up with the acronym "TBSC" (Troublesome British Sports Car) for the Midget and all its similar brethren.