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1/32 scale 1932 Pierce Arrows

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Many moons ago I started building the Pyro 1/32 scale 1932 Pierce Arrow kits, both the Convertible Phaeton and the Custom Convertible.  For some reason I don't remember, I put them both back in their boxes barely started.  With a resurgence in my interest in these Pyro classics, I dug them out and vowed to finish them both.

So here we go... starting with the Custom Convertible.  The first picture shows my lack of progress when it went back in the box.

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The second model is the Convertible Phaeton and it was pretty much in the same stage as the Custom Convertible

This is how it looked out of storage:

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... and after adding paint to the body and installing the engine and most of the chrome parts today.

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These classic Pyro kits are excellent for their age and go together extremely well with no fit problems.  They are fun to build and represent some vintage and classic automobiles that are not available in any other scale.

More to come.

Tony

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Very cool and a wonderful start. Would you mind posting a pic (no pressure of course) of how they compare in terms of size with a 1/24 or 1/25 kit? Just very curious about these.

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Here's the Custom Convertible pretty much completed:  A little disappointed with the size of the spokes on the wheels, but not much I can do about t at this small scale.
3.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg With this one done (almost - just have to align the hood, paint the tail lights and the running boards, and add the radiator mascot - all things I didn't notice until I took the photos!).  Then I can get back to the Convertible Phaeton.

Tony

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I like these models a lot. I built the phaeton maybe 20 years ago exactly matching the box art and did the Lincoln K as well. Its too bad the Pyro 1:24 cars were not as well proportioned as the 1:32 cars. They would have been magnificent. Yours is looking excellent. 

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5 hours ago, Eric Macleod said:

I like these models a lot. I built the phaeton maybe 20 years ago exactly matching the box art and did the Lincoln K as well. Its too bad the Pyro 1:24 cars were not as well proportioned as the 1:32 cars. They would have been magnificent. Yours is looking excellent. 

I agree. The Pyro 1/25 scale kits (Auburn, Cord and Lincoln) leave a lot to be desired.  I did finish an Auburn a short while ago after a lot of time modifying the basic kit and swapping some parts with the later Lindberg re-pop._0007.thumb.jpg.11596ab0667887f77e90449cd32ba643.jpg

But I digress...

Here's the almost finished 1932 Pierce Arrow Convertible Phaeton.  Just have to add the folded convertible top and take one more photo!  (I always forget something.... however obvious!)

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It's been along time since I started this model back in 2012/3 or thereabouts.

Tony

 

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4 hours ago, retriever said:

I agree. The Pyro 1/25 scale kits (Auburn, Cord and Lincoln) leave a lot to be desired.  I did finish an Auburn a short while ago after a lot of time modifying the basic kit and swapping some parts with the later Lindberg re-pop._0007.thumb.jpg.11596ab0667887f77e90449cd32ba643.jpg

But I digress...

Here's the almost finished 1932 Pierce Arrow Convertible Phaeton.  Just have to add the folded convertible top and take one more photo!  (I always forget something.... however obvious!)

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It's been along time since I started this model back in 2012/3 or thereabouts.

Tony

 

I like this and your choice of colors a lot. Well done.

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Great looking pair of classics, Tony!!!🤗👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😎🏁

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Nice!!! My father was into classics and I grew up on many of the Pyro and Life-Like 1/32 kits because of him. While the ones I built have been lost to time l inherited his collection of built and unbuilt kits when he passed. Brings back lots of memories, your builds look great!

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Very nice!  What did you use for the tires?   The Pyro classics I ended up with always had these very basic vinyl tires with no sidewall detail of any kind, and never seemed to fit very well.

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6 hours ago, Richard Bartrop said:

Very nice!  What did you use for the tires?   The Pyro classics I ended up with always had these very basic vinyl tires with no sidewall detail of any kind, and never seemed to fit very well.

The wheel on these "classic" Pyro 1/32 kits come in two halves, with tires and wheels all molded as one.  So the tires have to be painted... (very carefully!).

The Pyro 1/32 scale brass car models came with separate wheels and vinyl tires which were much easier to build,  Those are probably the ones you are thinking of.  But the vinyl over time can deteriorate and the tires split.

Here's an example of the vinyl tires on a Pyro 1/32 scale 1911 Mercer (slightly modified from the basic kit).2.thumb.jpg.c0256e4cd7192eec4ae56aa0906fd1b8.jpgTony

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That's just it, this was a 1930 Packard coupe that had the vinyl tires.  This was purchased some time in the 70s, so it looks like somewhere along the line they decided to "upgrade" the kit.

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