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1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Rectractable Hardtop


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Here is another of my old builts: dates from 1988/89 - built from the 1988 "Skip's Fiesta" issue (probably because of the Olds Fiesta hubcaps ?) - therefore it could not be built strictly stock (wheels look like 1/24 - diameter a bit too large for my taste, stance also too high). The kit dates back to 1959, and it shows: multipliece body which needs careful and exact positioning and test-fitting of the body parts before gluing, then some filling and sanding before painting.

Spray-painted from the can, trim is silver paint, rear lights transparent red (on chrome), license plates once again from the 1961 auto world sheet. The crude mechanism ("Fred Flintstone type") of the folding top gave me something to think about, but the problems could be solved with the help of cyanacrylat super-glue: to my surprise, it works quite well (needs careful handling, though), but leaves a noticeable gap in the roof. 

The photos are from 2005, but I still have this one in my collection.

Pic of the kit (from ebay.com): 1579060525_SkipsFiesta(1988)fromebay_com.jpg.d8e05aff84ce85c2956279717551892e.jpg

 

Now the model - don't ask me about the name of the color (automotive lacquers from Duplicolor or Auto-K) - I cannot remember anymore...

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26 minutes ago, ATHU said:

Your old builds are most impressive Helmut, really love this one. Keep 'em comming!!

Thank you, Anders - I don't want to bore anyone with my old builts, but I have hardly time for building at present...

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Nice looking Skyliner.  I remember these back in the day as a kid.  The old fellow at the end of the block had one.  At least I think that's what is was, it had a retractable hard top.

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Beautiful job on an ancient kit! I’m really impressed that you were able to get the roof retraction mechanism working. I remember looking down into the rear roof storage bay in a 1:1 Ford Retractable at a car show years ago and being mystified by all the linkages, relays and wiring. Looked like a nightmare to do repairs on.

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On 7/17/2021 at 4:51 PM, cobraman said:

Great job !

Thank you, Ray !

 

On 7/17/2021 at 5:36 PM, plasticprime said:

Beautiful build! Super nice job!

Thank you, Benton !

 

On 7/17/2021 at 11:36 PM, Classicgas said:

Very nice. 

Thank you, Lee !

 

On 7/18/2021 at 3:04 AM, Zippi said:

Nice looking Skyliner.  I remember these back in the day as a kid.  The old fellow at the end of the block had one.  At least I think that's what is was, it had a retractable hard top.

Thank you, Bob - I saw one decades ago at a US car meeting.

 

On 7/18/2021 at 5:03 AM, Kah puts said:

Bellissimo!

Thank you, Glen !

 

On 7/18/2021 at 11:11 AM, ChrisR said:

Looks great!

Thank you, Chris !

 

On 7/18/2021 at 12:15 PM, TooOld said:

Very well done , it looks beautiful !  As primitive as the top mechanism may be it still looks great !

Thank you, Bob - though it is very crude, surprisingly it works!

 

On 7/18/2021 at 5:08 PM, papajohn97 said:

Beautiful job on an ancient kit! I’m really impressed that you were able to get the roof retraction mechanism working. I remember looking down into the rear roof storage bay in a 1:1 Ford Retractable at a car show years ago and being mystified by all the linkages, relays and wiring. Looked like a nightmare to do repairs on.

Thank you, John - I too was skeptical during building if it would work, but it does!

 

18 hours ago, oldscool said:

Very nice!

Thank you, Gerald !

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17 hours ago, Hoffman said:

Helmut, well done! The colors are very close to factory offering cumberland green and colonial white. Looks great!

Really ? I didn't know that !

Thanks, Tim !

16 hours ago, MeatMan said:

Awesome build!

Thank you, Dennis !

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On 7/20/2021 at 6:04 PM, thatz4u said:

Very nice build of difficult kit, well done

Thank you for the compliments, Al !

 

On 7/20/2021 at 7:50 PM, Bainford said:

Very nicely done. The work on the top mechanism looks quite clean. 

Thanks, Trevor - it did need the use of superglue, though (first it fell apart a few times).

 

16 hours ago, slusher said:

beautiful build!

Thanks, Carl !

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On 8/10/2021 at 10:11 PM, doorsovdoon said:

Beautiful looking Skyliner, I love the colour combo. Real nice work getting the roof mechanism functioning.

Thank you Gareth - all I needed is some patience and super glue....

 

On 8/11/2021 at 12:06 AM, iSewen said:

Looks perfect!  I have this kit too, but I haven't found the courage to start it yet 🙂

Thank you, Michal - just try it, it is not that hard to build.

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