Thanks John! I made the decals myself. Nothing hard at all, just text done in Microsoft Word. I printed it on my inkjet onto BMF brand clear decal paper. I used the Testors decal fixative. I made all the "Tom Geiger Associates" decals, the word TAXI in many sizes and the phone number on the taxi was my old one when I lived in New Jersey!
Okay, here's my work bench. It's simply a hollow core door, wrapped in brown craft paper. It's sitting on two old night stands. I work on the board in the center of the bench, and do fine work on the glass piece. My spray booth is behind me, you can see the hose near the window.
I don't believe Okey had the tooling for these. I heard that when he bought the Johan hoard, he got the remainders of the Xcel promo operation, which were all of these cars in parts, before they would have sprayed the two-tone paint jobs on them.
Back on the bench and almost done! The big holdup on these was the headlights. The kit lights have a rectangular mounting point that shows through the glass, giving the appearance of those WWII blackout headlights! I spent time trying to modify them, vacuforming new copies (that didn't work out!) and finally came up with two sets that worked. Once past that, I've zoomed through the final steps, although they're fighting me every step of the way. Still not finished but up on wheels....
Three quick bench shots with the cell phone... Front view. The silver one has new clear lights like the ones I just put on my own '96 Grand Caravan. The taxi has ones that have fogged over like most of them have (like the ones I replaced off my Grand Caravan). Note that the bumpers are different between the Caravan passenger van and CV commercial van. I modified the one on the silver van.
Nearly done, just need to do the final details like antennas, mirrors and license plates. The taxi sign and ladder are just placed for the photos. They'll need permanent mounting.
Rear view, I added a rear wiper to the taxi, and the third brake light to both. I have worked on them a bit over the two weeks. I spent some time today, hoping to finish them, but ran into issues. Somehow the glass / interior / chassis wouldn't sit right on the silver one so I spent some time sanding the chassis down a bit to get it right. It's a friggin snap kit, don't ask! I have a busy two weeks at work starting tomorrow so I don't know when I'll get back to them. But in the meantime they're sitting on the bench just like this.
I believe there is another 1929 Ford thread like this but I'll play! Here's mine. Pretty much out of the box. An enjoyable build done over three weeks. It's unusual for me to complete something this quickly, and not to have a stop/start for another project holding it up! I was surprised to win Third Place Street Rod at the recent Liars model car show on Long Island.
Early on I had proposed to do a 1980 Volare from an old junker I have. My secret plan was to scratch build a Tesla chassis with the electric motors, but I never got anywhere near this project. So I'm out! Great work from the rest of you! I'm really enjoying this thread and group build.
Five very nice builds! But you're giving up on the year a month early? Go for six! I never count until the year is officially over because I do this Christmas Amnesty project every year. I try to finish up a long languishing project during the week I have off between Christmas and New Years. I've been doing it for the past dozen years, only not succeeding a few!
Cool concept and work! I'm a rusty kinda guy so I'm into it. I see the current trend on 1:1 cars to save the patina and gloss coat over it. I saw that done on Dallas Car Sharks, on an episode I had in my DVR. One of the dealers had a '66 Chevy pickup that had a lot of surface rust and paint wear, and gloss coated that. I would have to see that in person to see what I think of that concept.