I've been building model cars in apartments for almost 25 years, and have painted, both brush and by airbrush indoors all along. Secret? None really--I've used spray booths all along, started with that small and somewhat crude Badger unit, upgraded in 2010 to a PACE Peacekeeper, both of which use squirrel cage blowers and a length of dryer hose to exhaust out a window. To keep hot air out in the summer and (more importantly) cold air out in the winter, I simply made a plywood panel to fit in a sash window, with a 4" dryer vent in it--NEVER a hint of either paint fumes nor any overspray dust anywhere. True, these types of spray booths are an investment, but the finest and most-used model building investment I have ever made. Art
Yes, for starters, the body of AMT's 1940 Sedan Delivery is way too narrow out back, by a good 6-7 scale inches. That body shell should taper ot wider from A-Post to B-Post, then be somewhat rounded all the way to the back end. The Sedan Delivery used the same rear fenders as Ford's 1940 Station Wagon, which while having the same shape when viewed from the side, are mounted to the body along the very crown of the fender, not inboard of that as on a coupe or sedan. Art
I've always questioned the description of that body shell as being the Craftsman Series shell though, given that it does have an opening hood, which part and the area underneath are exactly the same as the original '63 Convertible 3 in 1 build I restored simultaneously with the Prestige Hardtop I was building, given that the Craftsman kit was little more than the unassembled promo--although there could well have been some tooling slides that were interchangeable. IIRC from building it up, the '64 Firewall part was virtually identical to the one in my '63 Convertible kit that I disassembled and restored. Art
Just as with any discussion of early AMT Trophy Series V8 Ford kits, it's wise to remember that the first five of those kits ('32 Ford roadster and coupe, '40 Ford coupe and sedan, and the '36 Ford coupe/roadster) were all designed and tooled in the era late 1958-60/61. and as such were fairly crude by today's standards. After all, the age group they were aimed at were then 10 or 11 too perhaps 15 or 16, and none of us kids back then had anything like the skills and knowledge we've gained in the intervening 55+ years. What we saw back then as cool, fantastic model kits really don't stand much close scrutiny today. Also, it's fair to remember that the kit designers and pattern makers at companies such as AMT were also in the midst of a learning curve as well, still developing the skills of referencing real cars along with developing their industrial pattern-making techiques into the realm of creating really good scale models. With all of this in mind, when critiquing kits of that now long-ago era, it's only fair to keep this in mind, when viewing them from the point of view of living in this digital age. Art
To carry this a bit further, into the realm of trivia: Ford wanted the '53 Pace Car to be unique, as it was part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Ford Motor Company. They approached Kelsey Hayes (who by the way produced all of Ford's "wire wheels" from 1926-35, they being not "wire" but forged steel spokes, resistance welded to the rims and hubs for a very strong yet light wheel for the era), who were making wire wheels for the then-new Buick Skylarks. K-H responded by creating center hubs to match Ford's lug bolt pattern, but with the same rims and spoke pattern as the wheels being done for the Skylarks. Just one set of 4 was made (the "spare" wheel attachment for the trunk lid used a faux wire wheel trim piece). The late Bill Harrison from Monta Vista CA (name should be familiar to older modelers in the San Francisco Bay Area) told me of going to a parts swap meet in the Bay Area back in the 1990's with a friend, who just happened to have bought that Pace Car, and was in the process of restoring it, BUT the car was missing one of those 4 very exclusive wire wheels. They were scoping out a display of parts and wheels in a swap space, and Bill happened to spot a worn K-H wire wheel. Bill's story to me was that upon questioning the dealer, they were told that it was an odd wheel, looked like a Skylark wheel, but it wouldn't bolt up to a Buick brake drum--and THAT was the missing wheel from the Pace Car.
Nope, 2-seater Thunderbird "wire wheels" were simply the wheelcovers described by Scott. The first post-1935 Ford to be built with true wire wheels was the 1953 Ford Crestline Convertible that was used as the Pace Car for the 1953 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. That car was given to winner Bill Vukovich Sr. as part of his winnings, and wound up, of course, in California. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels were of course, an option on the 1962-63 Thunderbirds though. Art
Reminds me of the JETEX powered model car kits, both the balsa wood kits, and the Monogram "Salt Flats" car from about 1961 or so--you used a JETEX 50 rocket engine, which worked sometimes, less often than ideal--but they did scoot when everything was hooked up! Art
Tim! It sure did come back to me in pristine condition (you got enough toilet paper left at home after packing it? ) My sincere thanks for returning it, proof positive that we model car builders truly are a FRATERNITY! Thanks again! Art Anderson