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Modeling cars from classic 50-60s sit coms; color photos, info please

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Modeling cars from classic 50-60s sit coms; color photos, info please
Posted by Wick Humble on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 1:26 PM

Though I've never attempted dioramas, I'm now modeling cars from classic '50-60s sit coms; for instance: Bud Anderson's (not the Kat) '30 Model A beater from  Father Knows Best, Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherfords classy '40 Deluxe Convert from Leave it to Beaver, and maybe the '31 Chevy roadster rod (with deuce grille and 265) from Donna Reed.  I have plenty of refernces for thise three, and afew more, from DVD's of those shows; but of course they are all black & white.

I need to find some color photos, or at least color info (please) to proceed.  Actually, June Cleaver mentions that da Lump's car is "that awful purple", and from the show I can tell it is lacquer, and not bad at that.  The car is basically stock, but had the outside door handles shaved, and the sound track supports the rap of a true flathead set of steel-packs!  James Anderson Jr.'s jalopy, on the other hand, has a very rudimentary flame job, very obviously done with a 1-in. brush and Rustoleum, it what is probably blue -- but I don't want to proceed without knowing for sure!

The diorama I plan to begin with would be the episode where Wally Cleaver and Eddie Haskell pull a pay-back gag on Lumpy (he planted whiz-bangs on the engines of their old Chevy's)  by chaining his rear axle to a tree next to the Rutherford driveway.  This, of course, is ten years in advance of  American Grafitti, and likewise would have been a disaster in real life!  I want to show the '40 dead in the street, the rear axle rebounded on the chain, and perhaps Buds A-bone parked on the other side of the street.  Figures: well, we will see!

Can anyone hook me up to color pics, or at least supply accurate info regarding these media cars?  For that matter, anyone know what became of them? You know, cars were such a big part of our kid culture, back in the late, lamented day, that it is probably hard for a Gen X'er or later to even comprhend.  The streets were safer (despite all the rat rodders' depictions of punks, b----es, and rumbles!) and it was what we Boomer's LIVED, folks.  It was analog, hands-on, and damned exciting; who needed 'Nam for spicy living?  Or drugs -- beyond beer -- for that matter.

Help out an elder modeler (Class of '63; as are Wally/Eddie -- except like that other alumni -- NY Military Academy -- I didn't dodge my military obligation!) to finish his life's builds.


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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 3:08 PM

Here you go, if it exists in color it exists here:

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Racer H on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:16 PM


For info on the “Father Knows Best” Model A … you may wish to contact actor Billy Gray (who played Bud). He can be reached via his website: His contact info is at the bottom of the page.


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Posted by Wick Humble on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 1:06 PM
Racer H,
Thanks for the lead; should have thought of that myself!
Hooray for Billy (Bud) Gray, he replied:
I needed to give it some thought and all I come up with is a vague gray (or is it grey?): SORRY!
Billy Gray
Which may be actual; it's possible the production guys at FKB who undoubtedly supplied the A-bone as a 'prop' did do the hand-painted flames in gray and white, for best reading on what they knew was never going to be viewed in color!  It sort of 'read' medium/light blue/white to me, so I think I'll make my model using some '51 Merc powder blue I have on hand.
I'll post some photos of the diorama when it's done!
Wick (James W.) Humble



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