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FORD 1956 THUNDERBIRD

AMT/ERTL 1/25 SCALE

PT 1 The Chassis

I decided to break up my years of constant aircraft builds (except last year’s Meng GT40) and try keeping my mojo going with the cars I love and drool over. The kickoff build is the gorgeous 1956 Ford Thunderbird in factory correct Ford Raven Black (Gravity of Spain Lacquer) and a two-tone B&W interior. My POA as always is basically OOB, no plans to even wire up the engine, just concentrate on the finish.    

The instructions reflect the era and absent are any color callouts at all. 

I did purchase a PE set of mostly the small exterior details to replace the softly molded-on one’s. All the chrome parts have been dechromed (which took forever) and the plan is for either Alclad or AK Chrome to be the replacement. 

The first release of the kit dates back to around 1962 and I’m sure it was the state of the art 61 years ago, just not what I remembered. My kit is a re-release in the American Graffiti boxing of 2002 (?). Details are soft, injector pin marks are big and almost everywhere. Part fit for the era must have been great, by today’s standards, not so good.

With construction underway, a lot of time was devoted to cleaning up and removing mold lines from the body shell, every part and filling in injector pin marks, with the worst offenders being the five under the hood (yup, on our side of the pond, it’s a hood and not a bonnet).

The engine also required a lot of clean up and some tweaking, being a 292 V8. After all the work, fit is OK but not great.  

Research showed I will be using the included Connie Kit, as it was standard on the ’56 model, allowing more useable trunk room.

First up the underside of the chassis, which was primed in MRP Black and the final color coat being Tamiya Semi Gloss Black Lacquer. I decided against dry brushing to bring out a lot of the details, as I wanted my T Bird to look showroom new, as delivered.

Exhausts were primed, piping air brushed with Alclad Burnt Metal and the mufflers Tamiya Aluminum Lacquer.

Prominently missing are the shocks and being OOB, they will remain missing. The gas tank was finished in AK Aluminum and the creases highlighted with Tamiya Dark Brown Panel Line Wash.

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I’ll be watching this one!  Not sure why, but I just cannot get into building car models.  I spent my youth building real cars, restored my Mustang over the years, love looking at detailed car models and I even have a huge 1/18 diecast car collection.  But just cannot get into building them.  
Peter, I’ll just live vicariously through you on this build! 

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What a nice break from the usual planes Peter. I think, we need more cars and bikes here for a change. Your Thunderbird's underskirts look wonderful. BTW, I started a car kit myself yesterday.

Cheers Rob

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Thanks Hubert - I remember the kit and have found memories as well. Not too far down the road, I'm planning on building the Monogram '67 427 Convertible: Sunflower Yellow, Black Hood Stripe and a pleather interior. Those sure were the days.

 

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I've got a White '56 T-bird sitting the shelf. A Dark Blue '55 Chevy and a Yellow Deuce Coupe too. They were part of a series that had metal bodies. IIRC, not a lot of assembly either.

They look great and my 3-year-old grandson likes to look at them too.

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Thanks Carl

Just a nice way of changing the pace and type of models that hit the bench. I remember your last car build, a Tamiya Super 7 Lotus - I thoroughly enjoy following your build. Maybe the next GB might be a subject that will allow for some car entries. 🤞 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Peterpools said:

Maybe the next GB might be a subject that will allow for some car entries. 

That's not a bad idea Peter. Lots of car companies made engines and other bits for aircraft and tanks. Some even made them outright. 

Ford:

- jeeps, trucks, lots of tank engines, Trimotor

GM:

- trucks, Wildcat, more engines

Chrysler:

- M1 Abrams, tank engines again, 

Mitsubishi:

- Zero, lots of postwar JASDF planes

Benz:

- plane engines, staff cars,

Rolls Royce

- Merlin, Griffon, Spey

Porsche:

- various tanks, Kubelwagen

Definitely lots of possibilities for this. 

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1 minute ago, HubertB said:

One subject that always appealed to me was « 12-cylinders engine». That would open the field to a lot of aircrafts and, on LSM, some cars and even, I believe, some tanks ;)

Hubert.

The Meteor was a detuned Merlin used in several British tanks. I think many Russian tanks had V-12 engines as well.

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6 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

The Meteor was a detuned Merlin used in several British tanks. I think many Russian tanks had V-12 engines as well.

You’re right. I just did a quick search. Many tanks had a V-12, including the German MBT of WWII, the Russian tanks from T-34 to T-72 …

Plus trucks, and even boats …

(the cars and aircrafts are an easy group to identify)

Hubert

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On 7/9/2023 at 10:03 PM, Peterpools said:

Thanks Hubert - I remember the kit and have found memories as well. Not too far down the road, I'm planning on building the Monogram '67 427 Convertible: Sunflower Yellow, Black Hood Stripe and a pleather interior. Those sure were the days.

 

Hi Peter.... when it comes time for your Corvette, I'm not sure how accurate you want to go with it, and if it is going to be like your other builds, I am assuming that you would be as accurate as possible...... the body paint color caught my eye, IF you are striving for complete accuracy Sunflower yellow , is not the yellow to use for 1967. Actually at that time, I believe that yellow was a Pontiac color, and wasn't used on Corvettes until 1971 color code 912, and there were 1977 Corvettes sold in that color in '71.  The actual color you may be looking for is "Sunfire Yellow" code 984. 2325 units were sold in '67 in Sunfire Yellow. Also Sunfire Yellow was only available in 1966 and 1967,  1968 was Safari Yellow code 984, 1969 & 1970 was Daytona Yellow code 984 ( same as Safari Yellow ) , 1971 was Sunflower Yellow code 912 Sunfire yellow, ( to me ) is a rather light washed out yellow and not a bright yellow.

Interior colors available with Sunfire yellow were , black, white and teal blue, AND the stinger was the same color as the interior ( the Stinger, is the hood decal that goes on the scoop) so black interior , black stinger, white interior white stinger.. etc....

I am ABSOLUTELY NOT telling you what to do or how to paint the up coming Corvette kit, but I thought as you are a gent who strives for accuracy, and I am a Corvette guy, I thought I would throw in my 2 cents worth.... ignore this info if I have over stepped.... I have lots of info on Corvettes and am a Corvette owner for over 30 years and have judged Concours Corvettes at special Corvette shows for the 'Quad C'  here in Canada.

Jeff

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Speaking of Corvette models…..my sons building this 1:1 ‘67 right now.  Dropping in an LT4.  This is it stripped down and he’s painting it to match the car.  New custom chassis is on the way too.  
 

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HI Jeff

Thank you for the offer down the road when I build the Vette. The Sunfire yellow I purchased from Gravity Paints (Spain) does show the correct body style Vette on the label and is listed for the "67 model. I doubled checked my references and yes the correct code for the "67 model is: Sunfire yellow 984. I should be good to go down the road.

 

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