I remember my father telling me of his first car. As the story went it was a new '41 Chevrolet tudoor. He felt that he was going to be drafted and wanted a new car before the war. Dad was a supply Sergeant in the Army and meet my mother while on leave. After they were married he was stationed at Ft Riley and later sent to Alaska and my mother was going back to stay with her folks so dad sold the Chevy to his commander. Dad was somewhat like the " Radar " character in the movie MASH. He got the Commander to loan him his car when he had liberty so he could visit Mom. After the war there was a new '46 Chevy tudoor that I only remember as being a dark Blue. I do remember very well going to pickup our new '49 Ford four door black sedan. I could stand on the floor in the front and just look over the dash board. We didn't think we need any " stinking seat" belts back then.
This is a very nice kit that almost falls together. At one time it was issued in a low rider version with air bags and a lot of other details. The factory air conditioning units hoses even line up as they should. With very little extra detailing you can build an outstanding looking model.
Your tail light conversion looks dead on. Since you're trying to stay with OEM type colors you might want to look at Auto Color Library.Com and Old Car Brochures. Com for color ideas. I like the looks of the Granada Gold on the 1:1, but I am prejudice because my '67 El Camino was that color. The Chevelle colors included a very dark blue metallic ( Danube Blue I believe ) and a light Blue metallic. They also had a dark Maroon with very little or no metallic in it. Another color you might look at is a very light Green metallic that was not very common but looked good on a body style that had a lot of trim on it.
Interesting, I had never heard of this prototype before. I remember a few of the Tiger roadsters with the 260 Ford engine available to the general public and recall seeing a few on the road. What I do remember was that it was a short lived project because of the Chrysler group bought all or part of the Roots group and they didn't like having a Ford engine in any of their products and the Tiger was dropped and the Alpine it was based upon stayed in production for a time. My be some one else has some additional and more accurate information on that. This La Mans project looks as if it could have been a real threat once they got the engine durability issues fixed. The rear body work looks big and bulky to my eye, but what really matters is if it would make the car faster.
Thank you for the input. The interior will be an additional challenge since the seat patterns are different. The '67 seat inserts had horizontal detailing and the '66 pattern was a vertical design. Your wagon and El Camino are outstanding. I really like the showroom look.
I believe that Ford offered the Kellsy Hays wire wheels as an option on the Thunderbird only. I would have to believe that Ford dealers would put them on anything else if you wanted to pay for it. The hub cap setup that Scott mentioned was a pretty common option on the Fairlanes of the day.
I like what you're doing with this Ron. Can you share a little bit about what you had to do on the front fenders ? I would like to do something similar only with the '66 El Camino. I once owned a '67 El Camino and have wanted to update the '66 El Camino body using the Revell '67 Chevelle body. I already have both kits, but you mentioned the problems you had with the front end. Any additional information you could share would be appreciated. I also read that article and think this would have been a really trick car to have owned.
I think I can understand where they're coming from. How many times have you purchased a Revell kit to get the wheels and tires or even other parts ? I've used the 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby to do this and keep an eye on their Bargain area for long unsold kits. While I save money Revell still sells a kit and doesn't have to deal with different wheels and tires that they probably will not make much income off of. It's a smart business decision on their part.
The biggest problem it seems with large decals is the seams for doors and such. As others have pointed out , cutting them into sections might be the best idea. The other thing with a decal that covers a large area is that one part of the decal will try to take a set and not allow you to maneuver the rest of the decal into place.
In the past when faced with similar issues I used a large 35 gal. trash can as a base and a grocery store type cardboard box about 16" by 18" as a paint booth. They trash can put the "booth" at a comfortable level and the box contained a majority of the over spray. The over spray that did escape usually settles down into the trash can. I think if you used your outside balcony on a very calm day you would have little problem with over spray and the odors would be outside also.