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1942 FORD STREET ROD

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After a week of family functions and other issues I was finally able to get back to some uninterrupted workbench time and I finished up this little 1/48 scale Tamiya kit of a 1942 Ford Army Staff Car which I made into a little Street Rod. At only 5 inches long this is a tiny little car compared to the 1/25 scale cars that I'm used to working on. I did the best I could in painting the plastic tires/wheels. First I painted them flat black and then did the neatest job I could with these old eyes of mine to paint wide whitewalls with flat white paint. Then I glued on polished aluminum baby moon caps from MCG which made perfectly sized full Moon hubcaps for this little guy. I painted the body with Pactra RC car yellow paint, added a couple of small flame decals (from the chopped '49 Merc) and a black pinstripe decal to the trunk. Putting the BMF trim on this little body was a real beeyotch as the molded trim was so thin that the foil didn't want to stick. I finally got it down right and then clearcoated the whole body to lock in the foil. The bumpers, grille and headlight bezels are painted chrome silver. This was a fun project and a good good break from other builds. Thanks for looking in on it.

The front turn signals and taillights are MV lenses which I glued into small drilled depressions in the body.

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Edited by Ramfins59

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Wondered how that little car would look built up, good job!

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Cool and great idea. Nice work on that little Ford - little as in scale smallness. I like the custom touches.

I have a small collection of "off-scale" kits that are fun to build and offer something different. In the military section, there are numerous kits in 1/35 and 1/42 - even some with full engine detail. People are missing out!

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Looks good ! Me thinks your old eyes are better than my old eyes. Nice job !

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Thats really cool Rich, thats a nice hotrod. really cool color for a street rod....

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that's a "box art" hot rod if there ever was one

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Stunner.!

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That's awesome! I sure wish they made this one in 1/25. Looks period perfect!

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Thanks to everyone for their great and positive feedback on this build. As I said above, it was a fun build in a scale I've never done before and was a good diversion from my other builds. I'm glad I picked this kit up.

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