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!
I am now scratchbuilding the interior. Here are the door panels I made up. One has some wash to bring out the details. Candidly, I am not sure I like it as much as the other so I may re-do it. The armrests are quite severely angled. Such matches the real car.
1911 Ford Model T Torpedo
1913 Mercer J-35 Raceabout
1917 Roamer Phaeton
1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Sedan
1929 Franklin 137 Runabout
1929 Lincoln L Locke Club Roadster
1930 Cord L-29 Phaeton Sedan
1930 Cadillac 452 Madame X Convertible Coupe- Fleetwood
1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet
1931 Ford Model A Deluxe phaeton
1932 Lincoln K Dietrich Convertible Sedan
1932 Duesenberg SJ Murphy Roadster
1932 Packard 12 Dietrich Phaeton
1932 Stutz DV-32 Roadster
1934 Auburn 12 Salon Speedster
1934 Ford V-8 Phaeton
1934 Packard 12 Dietrich Convertible Victoria
1935 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe-Rollston
1935 Mercedes 540 K Spezial Roadster
1937 Packard 12 Convertible Sedan
1939 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet (the prototype of course)
1948 Nash Ambassador Cabriolet
1949 Buick Super Convertible (with a stick of course)
1956 Continental Mark II
1961 Lincoln Convertible
1962 Lincoln Convertible
1962 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
1964 Imperial Convertible
1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback, 289 HiPo 4 speed (of course)
1966 VW Cabriolet
1968 Checker Marathon Wagon
1972 Mercury Montego GT 428 CJ 4 speed
1995 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition Merlot
2015 Dodge-3500 Dually with Cummings, tow package and Atlas 28' fully enclosed transporter with 1' extra height.
There are a LOT more but this is a good list to start.
Do you know the landau bars are mounted upside down in this photo? Theball is supposed to be topside so they can fold. So far this is the only flaw I have yet seen in your impecable build of ths model Keep at it.
Here are my humble contrubutions to the topic. Sort of opposite poles here. I offer up my '68 Jeep Commando with a V-6 and my 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Ascot Phaeton with an OHV strait 6 with dual ignition. Good topic you have going here.