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I got a Resin '51 Ford tudoor from Star Models but I just haven't gotten around to building it. I have owned 2 different '51 1:1 tudoors years ago and also wanted to replicate one of those cars. The Victoria came out in late in the '51 model year. Ford offered a model called the Crestline which added a sweeping side molding from the front fender to just behind the front door where it connected to the standard side molding. Remember very early on GM came out with a tudoor hardtop and Ford didn't have anything until '51 to compete so they offered the Crestline. I have built a Resin '51 Crestline and they really look great with the tutone paint and vinyl roof. Besides the grill area the dash is the biggest difference between the '49 thru '51. That would be the hardest part of the conversion. The '51's also had concealed trunk hinges and the '49's and most '50's they are on top of the trunk and the panel between the trunk and the rear window. also starting in '50 they had a small "brow" over the license plate that had the latch and light for the license plate. The '49's had a chrome handle affair with the right side being the latch handle and the left side being used to lift the trunk lid. The Resin body of the '51 I got from star looks right on and the dash board looks perfect to me so that maybe a place to start for a tudoor. I either of you start one of these please post them here as I would enjoy watching your builds.
This and the '49 Ford coupe are a couple of my all time favorites. As a child my parents had a black '49 four door. The one thing that has always made me wonder about the reissues is the Victoria hardtop is gone. The original and a few of the early reissues had the option of a chopped Victoria hardtop that would use the chopped windshield that is in this kit. I did one years ago and redid it in '08 and got a first place in a Custom Themed model show. I always look for someone to cast one in Resin but no luck so far. If anyone knows of someone casting the Victoria roof either stock or chopped I would appreciate someone letting me know.
I built the racer kit for a friend a few years ago. He owned a Volvo wagon at the time. I used seats from the old AMT '57 Ford for the four buckets and created smooth floor boards and a dash, left hand drive and used the race car instruments. He wanted a black car with tinted windows and it turned out real nice. I wish I had taken pictures of it back then. This is a really great kit that I would do again given the chance.
Very clean looking build. It's always nice to see a stock build. You mentioned the license plates were a first for you. There should be a more local decal supplier that my have plate decals to use if you want. If not there is a company called Goffer here that offers European plates. They may be listed in the After Market section on this site.
The way you slice and dice the body you make it look easy. A thought on the over all length. The front end seems long since the Comet is a much larger car to begin with. Do you intend to go that way or are you thinking about shortening the front end ?
My personal opinion is that Photobucket has done something illegal with the whole photo thing. Maybe someone here has a better knowledge of the legality of it all and I would be interested in hearing their views. My thought is that since you have an agreement on the personal photo thing and then Photobucket wants to change how they do business. I can understand going from that point forward charging a user an annual fee, but I don't think it is legal or ethical to make it retroactive to the photos from before they changed how they do business. Anyone else share my opinion ?