Back after Okey released the '59 Rambler wagon kit, it was rumored that he had the '59 Dodge all set to go, complete with box art. That never happened and he had the old Xcel versions that he was selling at the time. When he bought the Johan material at auction, it looks like he got the remainders of their '59 Dodge, '56 Desoto and '56 Plymouth stock, either as pieces or sealed in the plain white boxes as I bought mine. These have no interiors and have green glass to mask that fact. Mine wasn't painted, all in white plastic. All that's in the box is the body, glass, very heavy promo chassis, chrome bumpers, wheel covers, and headlights. There are clear red tail lights, and a metal axle. There are two torsion bars, two pieces that must be plastic axle ends and four plastic pins to replace the chassis screws. Very simple, just like Johan sold it. It would be difficult to sell this as a new kit today. The big hurdle is that they'd have to tool up a new interior bucket, dashboard and steering wheel for starters. The tire mold may not be with the kit, so tires would have to be made to fit the wheel in this kit. While those of us in the know would be very happy to have this again, there are a lot of people who wouldn't know the history and wouldn't understand why they were getting a simple kit with very thick parts. That's been a problem in the past with these historic re-releases.
Some folks just aren't car guys. My brothers in law are like that. We had a conversation about first cars and one of them couldn't name his. Even I knew his first car was a 1971 Torino! The other one told me he bought a car for his daughter. I asked what it was and he just said it was small and red. I laughed and asked him how he could go buy a car, title and insure it in his name and not even remember what it was! He called me back about five minutes later and said "Ford Focus". Very proud of himself but I knew he went out to his driveway to look!
My father's first car was a 1954 Studebaker sedan. He loved the 1953 Lowey coupe but couldn't afford one, so he bought the '54 sedan used.. almost good enough! My father was an army officer so they took this car from New Jersey to Ft Riley, Kansas. He got into a fender bender on an icy road and upon replacing body panels, he and his buddies sprayed it green in the post auto shop. He drove it home wet and parked it in the garage. I was two at the time and was excited, exclaiming, "Daddy's new car!" as I put my hand on the door, leaving a handprint. My parents loved telling that story! When I was born I came home from the hospital in this car. In 1962 my father got orders for Vietnam. Yes, this was before we officially had a war so he was a military advisor. Prior to going, he wanted my mother to have a reliable car while he was away for 18 months, so I traded the '54 in on a brand new '62 Studebaker Lark four door sedan. It was beige with a six and manual transmission. This is the first car I actually remember.
I find interesting stuff on YouTube. I've played entire albums, and recently watched / listened to a 2 hr Counting Crows concert. I also like cover songs posted by small bands and individuals. There is one guy who sits on his couch and expertly strums old obscure Harry Chapin songs. I really enjoy those!
I think the color really makes the car. It's not just another cookie cutter car! Great subtle changes Tim. I need to do a channeled version next! As soon as I get a few 90% done projects off the bench!
Wonderful execution Jeff! Please do share with us the reactions from the company! And be careful! When I showed my sister in law a model I built of her first car, she assumed I was giving it to her... so I wound up doing so!
Greetings Richard! As our Rich said, the TriState Model Car Club is in New Jersey. We meet the second Saturday of each month in Perth Amboy. Of course you are welcome to attend. Where in NJ are you? Here's our club website, which includes our meeting schedule through the end of 2016. http://www.tssmcc.org/ And we hold a little show each year..... www.nnleast.com Hope to meet you soon!
This was on the Lindberg Grand Caravan which has a shiny promo type plastic. So it may not have behaved as well as a standard AMT or Revell red plastic. Funny you should mention silver Nick. After I soaked the body and started over, I used my Duplicolor primer gray, then a coat of Duplicolor metallic silver as that barrier coat you describe. Then I looked at it and thought, "This doesn't look half bad in silver." So the Caravan became silver.
Very nice work. I hadn't seen this thread before and read every word. Thank you for the extensive explanations of how you built this to date. I wouldn't consider it "long winded" at all! Just entertaining and informative. I felt like I was at the workbench with you!
Joel, I love the overall theme and execution. It's a cool model for sure. You asked for critique, so I will give some. I know the interior is somewhat obscured in this build with snow on windows, and the main focus being the exterior. But here's a few things I observed in the interior. First, be more careful with your color separation lines. I always use tape for a clean edge, and most often would spray the colors. You could use either Tamiya tape or Bare Metal Foil for the masking. For instance, the bottom of the red on the dashboard would be fine if you had a simple straight piece of tape along the bottom edge. Second, the seat belts. Notice that these are a modern design seat belt. Belts were rare in the 1950s and would have been a large chrome buckle. It's cool to include seat belts in a 1956 Ford though, since the company ran a safety campaign that year highlighting seat belts, safety glass and padded dashboards. If you are adding seat belts, you need to add some thickness to the buckle end. The photo etch piece is flat and you can see that in your finished model. I glue the piece to a thin sheet of plastic, with the loop end sticking over the edge. Once dry, simply cut the other three edges flush with the photo etch edge. Then dab the sides with silver paint, even a paint marker. The edges won't be all that visible but the thickness will be noticed. Hopefully you can see this in the below photo.
I had a problem with the Testors One Coat Clear. I had Duplicolor primer and paint over a red plastic body. I added the clear and it seemed to pull the red color out of the plastic, ruining the paint job. It is probably best over their One Coat colors. but I'd shy away from trying this again. A member of my club swears by this clear though!