Last Friday I watched the Secret service (home land security) convoy on I 80 going from Cleveland to Philadelphia, Several white Ford 4 door pick ups with caps and trailers with one command center Ford conversion as lead unit, sorry had no camera with me.
Nice find, I recall in my boyhood my friend having the T Bird kit with the engine and the front hinged hood. amazed at the model, of course done in white plastic,
who had spray paint in the 60's, The worst thing was those darn little spring clips used to make the hood work, I was a Vette fan (route 66 avid watcher, what great actors, actresses and writers, it was all the car) and dreaded those clips, always had a nice cut on my fingers from them. glad you have the parts, I was going to offer up an air cleaner.
Back in the days when the kits were 4 to 5 dollars they were good buy to get accurate parts Which are now outdated and the kits are now considered rare and ruined by a production run of GREEN plastic windows. There were other kits that had emergency parts like the Force 440, Cop Out, Roscoe's police car and the Nova, Now that the latest being the Lindberg Dodge that had several light bars, The Crown Vics had two different bars, I agree the time is right to purchase castings as the productions have ceased. There are some nuts out here that do build emergency vehicles.
I'd say it is a clone
1. Twinsonic light bar instead of Dietz gumball on roof.
2. Star of life on rear windows, Vid pics and article have no stars on rear windows (maybe omitted to do interior shots)
3. Blue cross on side along with the star of life.
4. Has anyone checked out the tags on the windshield?
I have to agree with you and I have the great pleasure of knowing Charlie as a friend. We ( the fire apparatus nuts) often kid that he has a shrink ray machine or he needs to stop posting the real thing as models. Every time I hear that he has a new project started I believe all the Swiss watches in the world lose a second and all the Hasselblad cameras shutter . He is truly a great asset and mentor to scale model builders. greg
Well you two have dragged me into this thread. I also met Mike at the Toledo Toy Fairs back in the days of the Maumee recreation center madhouses. Here is a pic of my version of his original casting that I got that had yellow release on the fiberglass.
Here is the two versions of the cabs I have an original fiberglass and second version # 56
My version of the safety sedan was one of the only three built by Seagraves. It is based on Youngstown Fire Department's 1958 truck It is only rescue and carries only a booster pump and water tank. the hose bed area is crew and equipment space
Bits and parts are from the AMT ALF pumper, Aurora ALF Pumper, Don Mills emblems, Johan police vehicle, AMT van kit doom window, and plastic fireman sacrificed the masks and air packs
The siren was made using parts from the AMT ALF kit, front bumper was forced straightened ALF with chrome tape center grill cross bars are evergreen square stock sanded to round. The original truck had single headlight fender but was updated through the years with various rehabs including being repowered by a Cummins diesel which why there is an outside air cleaner. This model shows the last rehab paint scheme but with the old lettering the truck had
Danno: looking at your pics of your castings I can't say where they are from as they don't match what I know of Mike's castings greg
Good luck with this project, To be correct the extended section in the rear is actually wider then the van body itself, You can use the rear doors but you have to keep the roll pan below the doors and extend the scribes into it. You are going to have to smash two kits at least so I would use the second one to make a cargo van cut off type ambulance also. I can't understand how you could have a 'mobile intensive care' ambulance on a low top van. Was it a factory or home built ambulance? The blue Braun in the background, I have the scene light pods for that. I have Ford body panel book with dimensions if your interested PM me greg