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Modelhaus 1960 Merchero

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  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Atlanta GA
Modelhaus 1960 Merchero
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:11 AM

This is one of the last two Modelhaus resin kits I purchased (nearly 4 years ago...). I love '60 Mercurys and especially the Colony Park style trim, so I added the wood trim to the phantom Merchero resin body. I went with the classic black paint, red and black interior, and dark woodgrain trim. I modified some decal art I had grabbed from Google images, changing the color and width of the grain itself and it was printed on a color laser printer, to be applied over a light tan (Tamiya spray) base. I also took advantage of adding "Merchero" lettering to the woodgrain. This was a fun project, uses Z-Man resin wheels/tires with hubcaps snagged from a '69 Chevelle CV kit. Bed rails are from Detail Master. Wood framing made from Evergreen half round strips. All it needs now are some surf/beach decals for the rear window and a matching surfboard.

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:25 AM

Very tidy, Bob. I find most phantom Ranchero/El Camino type builds don't always come off so well, but I really love the styling on this one. It has great lines, and your details have really hit the mark. Excellent work.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Atlanta GA
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:36 AM

Bainford

Very tidy, Bob. I find most phantom Ranchero/El Camino type builds don't always come off so well, but I really love the styling on this one. It has great lines, and your details have really hit the mark. Excellent work.

 

Thanks! I believe the inspiration for the resin model came from a Jairus Watson illustration; I think Don also did a '61 Merchero as well. This model wasn't available any longer near the end of being able to order from the Modelhaus in early 2016; it may have only been in the catalog a year or two. Glad I got one when I did!

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:58 PM

Ageed, lines really work on this one, Bob. I'm especially biased, having grown up with a '58 Colony Park wagon and then a '60 Montery convertible as part of Dad's every-two-years new car routine. A nice casting plus building skills produced a real beauty!

chucky

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, April 09, 2018 5:27 PM

The most wonderful thing about this sweet machine to me are lines of the B pillars & roof line  , the ' swoopyness ' is perfect . I always wondered why the ' Chrysler mob ' never did a car based pick up . (Not including the Shelby Charger 2.2 thing from the '80's !!)

  • Member since
    December, 2007
  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, April 09, 2018 6:05 PM

Beautiful job on the Merchero Thumbs Up. Great work on all the detailing and the foil looks excellent.

Isn't it nice to have a few Modelhaus kits stashed away. I have 2 left that are still in their boxes - Someday Smile.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, April 09, 2018 7:58 PM
Beautiful work on this, nice & clean with just the right amount of personality!
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:40 PM

I love these.  Really great work.  Inspiring. Yes 

Just keep picking away at it...

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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:41 PM

That's a very cool looking custom!

It's very refreshing to see a custom that is tasteful these days.

No vomitous "day glow" colors.

No god awful giant chrome wheels and rubber band tires.

No cheap looking mis-matched hood scoops or deck spoilers.

No gigantic ugly engine parts sticking out of the hood.

What were you Thinking?!! Big Smile

Pure class!

And great minds think alike!

This convertible that I built several years ago would make a great companion! Wink

 

Steve

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2007
  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:45 PM

Goofy62

That's a very cool looking custom!

It's very refreshing to see a custom that is tasteful these days.

No vomitous "day glow" colors.

No god awful giant chrome wheels and rubber band tires.

No cheap looking mis-matched hood scoops or deck spoilers.

No gigantic ugly engine parts sticking out of the hood.

What were you Thinking?!! Big Smile

Pure class!

And great minds think alike!

This convertible that I built several years ago would make a great companion! Wink

 

Steve

 

 

 

Hey Steve be nice,

You just described my entire building style - LOL.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions 

 

 

                                     

 

 

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Atlanta GA
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7:44 AM

Goofy62

That's a very cool looking custom!

It's very refreshing to see a custom that is tasteful these days.

No vomitous "day glow" colors.

No god awful giant chrome wheels and rubber band tires.

No cheap looking mis-matched hood scoops or deck spoilers.

No gigantic ugly engine parts sticking out of the hood.

What were you Thinking?!! Big Smile

Pure class!

And great minds think alike!

This convertible that I built several years ago would make a great companion! Wink

 

Steve

 

LOL thanks! The resin conversion really looked good to my eye; very subtle and the style looks like it could have been a factory effort...that's what I like in customs, not throwing every cliche at the basic car like throwing spaghetti on a wall and seeing what sticks! So I stuck w/the "factory custom" look for this model, with just a bit of attitude from the wheel/tire combo and slight rake. It's funny/ironic that a common custom trick was using a '60 Mercury grille on '59 El Caminos.

Love that convertible!! I now have 3 or 4 restorable coupes and a resin R&R wagon which might also be a mild custom w/woodgrain. When I was a kid my Mom drove a black '67 Colony Park w/red interior for a couple years; I think that helped w/my color choice Cool

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 8:05 AM

Treehugger Dave
Hey Steve be nice, You just described my entire building style - LOL.

Haha, This made me laugh out loud. Cheers Dave.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Myrtle Beach SC
Posted by bob29579 on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 6:47 PM

Wow.  That came out really nice.

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