I'm getting into the home stretch now. I got the seats and gear shift glued to the interior floor, I also did some dry brushing on the frame and headache rack in anticipation of adding some chain and binders there. Finally, I built a bracket to hold the tail lights and license plate. Does anyone know where I could find a current style North Carolina truck plate?
I'm not Andy but I do see what he's talking about with the rockers, the whole thing is just too flat. The body on the real things curves under a couple inches but the kit is just absolutely flat. Compare the pic of the kit below from Chuck Kourouklis with the picture of the real thing. Fortunately, it's something that can be fixed to a large degree with a bit of sanding and maybe rescribing the bottom door line.
The axle in the Bronco kit is a Dana 44 which is the same type of axle used in 78 F-150s but the configuration is wrong. The F series trucks have their axles mounted with the differential on the drivers side with the pinion on the top of the axle so it's called a Dana 44 High Pinion. The gears in these axles are also reverse cut because the axle is technically mounted upside down. The Bronco has the standard mount Dana 44 with the differential on the passenger side and the regular low pinion. Since the Firestones truck is badged as an F-350 the correct axle for it is a Dana 60 with the same high pinion, reverse rotation configuration.
I honestly can't tell if these things are the work of a genius or a slight case of severe brain damage. There is an old guy near me that turns junk and scrap metal into yard art and what he does is incredibly creative but the execution is also much better. As many of these builds as there are you would think the skill of the builder would have improved at some point.
Check out this one, it's just a painted soda bottle with wheels. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Hand-Made-1-24-8-1-2-long-Farm-Tractor-for-junkyard-diorama-parts-/381518576880?hash=item58d4477cf0:g:mj8AAOSw5dNWldRF
This guy raises so many questions. Some of these builds look really old based on how dirty they are and some of the kits being long out of production, did he inherit these atrocities or is he selling off his builds from when he was an alcoholic or drug user? Did the same person who built the kits also build the diorama, because it's not too bad while the models are... special. There are so many builds with the same style and "quality" they have to be from the same builder and not someone selling off bought collections from different sources. I go through some of his listings in awe such a thing could exist and that it's for sale.
The grille and bumpers could be had in white on the super base models. The dash is pretty confusing, I've seen brown and gold ones with a body color dash and red and blue ones with a white dash. Maybe there is a factory option list out there somewhere that would tell if a white or body color dash is part of a trim package or option. Here is a link to some good early Bronco information.
Your writing style in these reviews inspired me a bit. I actually have great memories of riding around with my grandparents in that car but even by the early 80's my family knew the car was something to be ashamed of. They all would make little jokes about it say how much of a steaming pile it was.