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Recent Woody posts encouraged me look to see if I could find a thread where modelers could post their Woodie builds. This may have been done before but my search did not turn up a thread devoted to Woodie/Woody builds so I have started this one. I think it would be cool to see lots of Woodies in one place,  like the 1/1 annual Wavecrest Woodie Meet in Encinitas California.

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I have been a fan of Woodies since I first heard the Jan & Dean song Surf City with the line – I bought a ’34 wagon and we call it a woodie”. For many years I dreamed of owning a 49-51 Ford Woodie. The Rod & Custom article on Doug Carr and his ’51 Ford Woodie lead to visit his Wooden-Carr shop where he produced the wood pieces for Woodie restorations.

When I realised I was never going to own a real Woodie, I decided to try to build a model of a ’49 Ford Woody. This was over 30 years ago when car modelling was not my main hobby although I had built model cars when I was a kid and over the years a few models of cars I owned. I was very satisfied with the resulting model but it now looks a little crude.

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To get a Surf City '34 Woody I converted a '32 Speedwagon

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This 1950 F-1 Woody was based on a rendering in Canadian Hot Rods magazine. The wood paneling comes from a Cuban cigar box.

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This '48 Ford Woodie was inspired by a 1/1 Woodie I have seen a number of times which has a full Corvette chassis and power train. My model is mounted on the Art Morrison chassis from the AMT Wagonrod and has an LS engine disguised as a flathead. It has real wood paneling.

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I built this '32 Ford Woodie for a display of the thirteen varieties of '32 Fords at a Deuce Days in Scale show. It combines the Rev/Mon 1/24 '31 Ford Woody with the cowl, hood, grill shell and fenders from the 1/24 32 Ford Roadster. It has a Rochester Fuel Injected Corvette engine. The side curtains were made from medical tape. Real wood was used for the paneling. The next Woodie I build will be the '49 Mercury. A local guy has a beautiful green one. The roof is removeable to display the interior and headliner.

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The Porsche Turbo wagon in my avatar image, I built it way back in the early 1990s. The "wood" itself was nothing more than paper that was photographs of wood decor in one of those really ritzy fancy house magazine, which I doubleside taped to the body. If I remember right, the darker areas was some guy's cherrywood bar, and the lighter strips were likely from photos of pine cabinets.

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Ahh, Phil, a subject near and dear to my heart!  Have a small fleet built and just as many to build, at least!

First up, a pair of MPC 28 Woodies.  The yellow one has an extensively reworked undercarriage with engine and bits from a Buttera T.  It was built around 30 years ago and the paint is a bit scruffy.  Reworked into a delivery plus I removed a lot of the minor bracing as it is a bit clunky in my opinion.  The blue one is almost box stock apart from the angle chopped roof and the steel rims - it runs the flathead that came with it. Both models use real wood for the panels.

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Next, some Monogram 1930 Woodies. The beige one has a full banger drive train from a 1930 coupe, plus its hood and firewall.

The dark green one is now nearly fifty years old having been built when I was fifteen.  It is brush painted Humbrol dark green and has remained untouched apart from adding the hood from a 1930 tourer a few years after I built it.  It is a true survivor!

The purple one is about twenty years old and has a flathead, I think from the forty pickup. The wire wheels came with that version of the kit.

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Now for a few fat fendered versions.

The 41 by AMT is almost box stock and a beautiful kit to build.  The design of the chassis ( a Ford problem, not AMT problem) does make it tricky to get it down low in the nose.

The 39 is a resin body that started life as a forty.  Replicas and Miniatures, perhaps - I can't remember as I bought it around 30 years ago. I used an AMT Forty Tudor for a donor kit.  Very nice resin.

The black forty is a diecast but I changed the wheels to red steelies, dropped the nose and detail painted the woodwork.

Finally, the faux-woody, the AMT 39 Chevy Wagonrod.  Another great kit to build and I love the design.  I did my trade mark conversion to right hand drive on that late model dashboard - what a nightmare!  Turns out you can barely see it through those chopped windows! Oh well, I know it is there.  Decided to use non-traditional colours for the paint and the woodwork and I reckon it worked out well!

Have a lot more planned but they are well down the list for now.  Maybe one day I might have a set of Ford woodies from '23 to '48?

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On 4/2/2023 at 8:20 AM, alan barton said:

Ahh, Phil, a subject near and dear to my heart!  Have a small fleet built and just as many to build, at least!

First up, a pair of MPC 28 Woodies.  The yellow one has an extensively reworked undercarriage with engine and bits from a Buttera T.  It was built around 30 years ago and the paint is a bit scruffy.  Reworked into a delivery plus I removed a lot of the minor bracing as it is a bit clunky in my opinion.  The blue one is almost box stock apart from the angle chopped roof and the steel rims - it runs the flathead that came with it. Both models use real wood for the panels.

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This one is like a late 80's time capsule with the tinted chrome and BBS wheels. I like the way you shoehorned the fuel tanks in between the suspension, exhaust and driveshaft too. 

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Talk about timing...

I just returned home after working on a couple of my friend's cars. He just bought this custom '41 Packard. I haven't even had a chance to see if ANY '41 Packard was kitted in any way, shape, or form. This is a custom because Packard did not build a two door woody. This was built out of a two door sedan.

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