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  1. It started when VHT paint came out and you'll notice that many of the early drag cars with white headers also carried VHT sponsorship decals. It came in a number of colors but if you want to draw attention to your product paint the headers bright white!

  2. 20 hours ago, Spex84 said:

    Ultra slick! For a while now I've been wanting to do a Euro sportster/Ghia/Comete-styled '49 Ford, but you beat me to it :D

    Love the fade job and Keystones, and the Chrysler grille works surprisingly well. Smooth integration of the nerf bars too--how were those done? Are they optional parts from another kit, or sprue, or ???

    The molded side trim/accent line is inspired--I almost missed it because it's disguised somewhat by the paintjob. Love how it blends into the fender flares.

    Do you have WIP pics of this model?


    First, thanks to everybody for the compliments. Feels good to be appreciated!

    The nerfs (and the side molding) are made from half-round Evergreen styrene. Very simple to do! The side molding is there mainly to emphasize the horizontal for the center section of the body. I've noticed that on a lot of 1:1 sectioned Fords the overhangs look too shallow compared to the center section of the body so I used the molding, the flares and the paint fade to emphasize the horizontal in the center and the vertical at the ends.

    I do have some WIPs of the build that I can post later. Didn't take as many as I often do, however.

  3. This is the AMT '49 Ford coupe (great kit, I think) sectioned about 3/16". Back in the 50's, the shoebox Fords were probably the most frequently customized cars and definitely the most often sectioned. It turns out to be a lot of trouble - even in 1/25 scale but the low look is worth it.

    Paint is Duplicolor Metal Cast decanted and shot through a Grex. The grill is from a '57 Chrysler 300C and front turn signals are actually the stock taillights re-purposed.

    Hope you like!








  4. Beautiful work as always!

    As far as the high stance, you are absolutely correct. That's how they looked. Many sports cars of that time were simply "jacked up" by the manufacturers as the easiest way to meet new federal bumper height regs. More sophisticated solutions were left for later re-designs. As I recall, MG's a really bad case of it.

  5. That's a great looking build!

    However, as something of a wooden boat geek, I am required to add this bit of trivia: The Robt. E. Lee, the Robert E. Lee, and the R.E. Lee are three separate and different vessels. So it's not correct to say that you've built the Robert E. Lee!

  6. 17 hours ago, iamsuperdan said:

    Interesting that this one has two different front end treatments. I think if the inner lights were moved right next to the outer lights, these wouldn't be so bad.


    I definitely saw some Falcon in the second one.

    Most early styling prototypes use different styling treatments on each side so that they can be easily compared while keeping the costs own. Sometimes they're even done as a two door on one side and as a four door on the other.

  7. On 9/19/2018 at 7:45 PM, Sixties Sam said:

    Excellent build! Brings back memories of the many I built back in those days. One minor nit pick: I would lower the grille shell so the top of it is level with the cowling on the body. Personal preference, I guess. Good work!


    Actually, I agree with you, Sam. There are a number of little issues that I have with it but, hey, it displays pretty good!

  8. 17 hours ago, fordlover632 said:

    Where did you get the boat kit

    The Hydro Hawk is a combination of the AMT 1959 vintage speedboat kit and a Jimmy Flintstone '51 Stude resin body. It helps that I know a little bit about boatbuilding and was able to plank up the transition from one to the other pretty much like you might do in 1:1.


  9. Thanks, everybody, and I'll try to answer the questions without actually quoting them.

    First, I plan to hang on to the up top for possible future use.

    The taillights are the customizing parts from a '53 Studebaker kit just laid down horizontally.

    And as Spex84 said, the rear passengers would use the steps and grab handles to just climb right in. It's kind of a rumble seat arrangement.



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