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Well finally getting around to working on a new project today. Still depressed from the Super Bowl so have to do something.
Just got this '53 F 100 and am wondering if there are allot of fitment problems like the '56 F100 that has been on here before. Anyone want to chime in please do so.
I think I'm going to build this with a wood bed, wood side rails and ends. Thinking it would be cool to make it into a farm stock hauler like my dad's was back in the day. Or perhaps hauling wood or some other project. Thoughts?
Here are a few shots of the box for now.post-11131-0-86849900-1391977548_thumb.jpost-11131-0-22087700-1391977559_thumb.jpost-11131-0-21936300-1391977567_thumb.j

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I love this kit! There's so many things you can do with it.

The only problem I can think of is where the dashboard meets the bottom of the windshield. It seems like the windshield sticks down too far and the dash ends up too low. I simply sand off the windshield to bring it up a bit.

Good luck!

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I love this kit! There's so many things you can do with it.

The only problem I can think of is where the dashboard meets the bottom of the windshield. It seems like the windshield sticks down too far and the dash ends up too low. I simply sand off the windshield to bring it up a bit.

Good luck!

Thanks for that bit of info Pharoah. I think this will be a fun kit to finish. What do you think of the sideboards cattle truck theme? Thinking of building a trailer also from another old PU that I have to go with it, you know a hog hauler!.

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Hog hauling trailer made out off another '53 Ford bed should be easy peasy.

Add a "Farm Use Only" tag to it.

The '53 has the door detail moulded onto the inside of the cab

and it's very shallow too. I took the pleated bed cover and made door panels

for it. Solder window cranks and styrene arm/pull and you're set.

Went a different route with a sectioned cab and hood on my '53.

Seat is from a '53 Ford.

Hoping to get a second one soon.

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to address the glass I went with clear styrene

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Keep us posted Mike.

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This kit has been around in various guises since around '62 or so . Other than box art changes and redesigned decals , little else has changed ; perhaps just its custom wheels and tyres !

The optional DeSoto Fire Dome Hemi builds-up nicely ; it has two induction options !

The stock L-Head V8 --1953 was its last year-- is pretty nice as well ,

Pros :

- Building options

- Easy assembly

- Gads of accessories

- Moulds / tooling have survived very well over the kit's lifetime

- Easily-detailled dash board

Cons :

- The aforementioned dashboard-to-windshield fitment

- Faint interior door panel "details" , moulded-in

- Rear bumper fitment is *trying*

- "F-100" hood emblems are easily buried under layers of primer / paint / clear (foil impressions can be helpful here)

Verdict :

A gem of a kit whose time has come again ; time for Round2 to reissue this beauty !

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You'll have to make your own inner door panels (as has been said here) as the details molded to the interior doors are barely there. Here's how I did mine using sheet plastic, BMF & flocking...

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I got past all the mentioned issues! I opened the doors so I made my own door panels. I used clear plastic for the windows and never even tried the rear bumper! One of my all time favorite kits!

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Hog hauling trailer made out off another '53 Ford bed should be easy peasy.

Add a "Farm Use Only" tag to it.

The '53 has the door detail moulded onto the inside of the cab

and it's very shallow too. I took the pleated bed cover and made door panels

for it. Solder window cranks and styrene arm/pull and you're set.

Went a different route with a sectioned cab and hood on my '53.

Seat is from a '53 Ford.

Hoping to get a second one soon.

RSCN1270-vi.jpg

to address the glass I went with clear styrene

RSCN1271-vi.jpg

DSCN0810-vi.jpg

Keep us posted Mike.

I like the way you did that interior. Yeah, the trailer should be a fun add on to this project. My dad had a trailer made from a 49 pickup bed. all home made, we used t haul hogs, chickens etc in it and in the picup we hauled cows, steers, and a couple of times our best saddle horse. The truck would be tail heavy so the steering was should I say VERY light. made one wonder if the wheels were even touching at times. My dad never worried about it, just kept plugging away!

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This kit has been around in various guises since around '62 or so . Other than box art changes and redesigned decals , little else has changed ; perhaps just its custom wheels and tyres !

The optional DeSoto Fire Dome Hemi builds-up nicely ; it has two induction options !

The stock L-Head V8 --1953 was its last year-- is pretty nice as well ,

Pros :

- Building options

- Easy assembly

- Gads of accessories

- Moulds / tooling have survived very well over the kit's lifetime

- Easily-detailled dash board

Cons :

- The aforementioned dashboard-to-windshield fitment

- Faint interior door panel "details" , moulded-in

- Rear bumper fitment is *trying*

- "F-100" hood emblems are easily buried under layers of primer / paint / clear (foil impressions can be helpful here)

Verdict :

A gem of a kit whose time has come again ; time for Round2 to reissue this beauty !

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excellent take on this kit!

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You'll have to make your own inner door panels (as has been said here) as the details molded to the interior doors are barely there. Here's how I did mine using sheet plastic, BMF & flocking...

INTERIORBEFOREASSEMBLY800x596.jpg

wow, nicely done...now to just get to work

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I got past all the mentioned issues! I opened the doors so I made my own door panels. I used clear plastic for the windows and never even tried the rear bumper! One of my all time favorite kits!

lol, great camper! In fact it is bad ass!

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Wow---now I want to dig out the one that I have!!!

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Love this kit to death. This was my first nice AMT kit I had ever built and needless to say I loved it. I plan on getting the new reissue when it hits shelves.

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