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1/25 Decals for ‘50’s - 60’s vacation theme build

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1/25 Decals for ‘50’s - 60’s vacation theme build
Posted by Papajohn on Monday, June 10, 2019 12:32 PM

I recently saw a beautiful original ‘53 Ford station country squire wagon (last of the flatheads) at a local car show that depicted a typical family vacation car complete with luggage/ picnic basket in the back and those nostalgic ‘50’s national parks and state   tourist decals in the rear quarter windows. This car is inspiring me to do a build using the Lindberg/ AMT ‘53 Ford convert/ sedan and a Flintstone resin wagon body. I think I can handle the wood trim based on materials/ techniques I’ve learned from WWI biplane builds but before pursuing I was hoping to find some supporting decals.

Does anyone know of a source for 1/25 scale window travel/ tourist souvenir decals? I’d also love to find some uncut sheet decals for 1/25 scale ‘50’s plaid seat covers for the build. would like to exhaust possibilities before going to the trouble of printing my own.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 10, 2019 4:30 PM

Those travel decals can be found in the Revell '49 Mercury Woodie Wagon.  Off-hand, I don't know where you could find plaid seat cover decals.   

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  • From: Central U.K.
Posted by hayes on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6:22 AM

Try Scale Motor Sport, they do upholstery pattern decal sheets - www.scalemotorsport.com 

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 8:35 AM

It may be worth checking the model train world for decals. Actual parks decals may be difficult to find, but they often have selections of period Americana decals and dry transfers intended for diaroma building, that might look right for your project.

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Posted by Papajohn on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:16 AM

Thanks guys for all the tips. The ‘49 Merc wagon may be a really nice alternative to the ‘53 Ford option, unfortunately these kits appear to be rare these days (currently $70 on greed- Bay!!!). A reminder of why we all accumulate model kit stashes and the practice the policy of “if you think you might want it buy it now or you’ll regret it later”. I’ll add this to my list of my scale model swap-meet ‘hunt-for’s”.

i checked out the Scalemodelsport website for upholstery decal options, no plaids but a few other possible ‘50’s  dinosaur-vinyl type seat cover patterns. 

So nice to live in the Internet age where one can ask an arcane scale model question and find relevant helpful answers the next day, thanks guys!

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