Here is a bit of background on this one. My dad's first car was a 1926 Ford Model T Fordor (yes, that is the correct spelling) Sedan. He bought the car in pieces in 1953 for $50.00. He sold the car when he went to college but was able to buy back the car in 1970. We have had the car ever since. The 1:1 car has a mostly original interior and undercarriage. I rebuilt the engine 20 years ago and have used the car ever since. A holy grail has been to create a model of this car. What I have done so far is to take a Revell '26 Ford Tudor, ground off the door moldings and cut the body off from the beltline up. I retained the top. Then I took a front body section of a AMT '25 T coupe and used it for the front door tops. I used another front half of a '25 T coupe and used the front of the rear windows. For the rear part of the rear windows and aft pillars I used more '25 Coupe parts. Finally, I used the back of another Revell '26 T Tudor body for the backlight and the upper portion of the rear body.I glued these pieces to the retained top and then wedded the assembly to the Tudor lower body. Lots of filler and sanding later and you have the product you see above. Showing my hand just a little, this is going to be the centerpiece of a complete set of all six of the bodystyles of the car Ford marketed as the "Improved Ford" for 1926. This will include the easy one, the '26 Touring, a model I have already finished, a '26 Runabout (unequipped), '26 Coupe, '27 Tudor, and the '27 Roadster Pickup. More to come soon.
To say you are doing justice to this kit is a serious understatement. With all you are doing I respectfully suggest that you should get going on a Duesenberg SJ for your next project...from scratch. Might as well with all the scratch building you have done on this one! I have been away for a while but really like what you are doing. Happy modeling! E-
I appreciate the feedback Skip. A couple notes about the model I posted here. First, there were significant revisions to the fenders-the rears came off an MPC '28 Lincoln Phaeton kit if memory serves me correctly. I like how the wheels look on this one but to achieve this look I had to thin down every single spoke of all 6 wheels. It was very time consuming but worthwhile. If anyone is in the area, I encourage them to look over the '29 Rolls owned by the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI. That car has been a major award winner in the past and is holding up very well. It serves as a very good reference for this model, even if you decide to go with different colors. As I did for Art with his ICM 1915 Model T build up, if anyone has specific reference photo needs involving Full Classics and other pre-war cars, I can usually get them in just a few days. This would include the Rolls, Ford Model T's (early and late), Ford Model A's (any stock Model A you could imagine), Thomas Flyer, Duesenberg J's, Packards of the '30's, '40-48 Lincoln Continental, Mercedes 540 K, Cadillac 452, Pierce Arrow, and Lincoln Model L. All of these are sitting almost literally in my back yard so all I have to do is run over with my camera and presto, you have a reference photo. And...it is fun for me!
No, Lee. The Monogram 452 B is a V-16 also. I think the notion of using a shortened V-16 is the best bet. I too am curious about the wheelbase and hood length. Al, you are off to a great start on a V-16 Roadster.You might want to study the sill plates above the running board carefully as some of them have sills more like the V-16 Town Car fender set. Eric
Art, Your compliments and feedback mean a tremendous amount to me. I appreciate the show of friendship from you, as well as many others who have viewed this post, whether they have commented or not. I could not agree more; this forum is a true family and one I am happy to be part of. Thank you for your kind words. Now I just have to get my own model done! John makes an interesting point about the moving assembly line. The assembly line did not "just happen" as we are inclined to believe in retrospect. In actuality it was an evolving product that was very much in development as the Model T itself evolved. In the beginning, men (and in the beginning it was primarily men) moved parts and tools down a line and assembled cars as stationary objects. Later an idea came along to attach a rope to a sled carrying a car frame through the plant. Little by little the process evolved into the moving assembly line that we know today. By the time the line was perfected in the mid 1920's raw materials were unloaded by oar boats and trains on one end of the line (no boxes) and complete cars were being spit out on the other end. All aspects of the process of making the car were kept in house so Ford could control both supplies and prices. A very interesting read is the Ford Shops and Ford Methods that was written by a Ford Motor Company superintendent in 1915 as an orientation manual for new employees. It does a lot to dispel much of the myth of Ford manufacturing as well as help one understand what was really involved in making these cars what they were. John is also correct in this case, not to say "where's the keys?" as the car only had a cast iron tool to actuate the magneto then the car could be cranked...by hand! Great thread everyone! Eric
I have built all three versions of this kit, the Fleetwood Town Car, the Phaeton and the Cabriolet. I consider them among the finest Full Classic models ever kitted. There are many photos of 1:1 cars out on the internet. I will try to find a photo of my Phaeton and get it up here.
I have built both kits several times and they are among my favorites. The only real issue with t he Rolls kit that I know of is a somewhat challenging mating point of the body and front fender. I suggest gluing the body/fender assembly first then painting the assembly as a whole. I also find the fit of the hood/ radiator of that kit to be fiddly and has required some sanding/shimming to get right. Hope that helps!