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1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria Is Completed

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:03 PM

Thank you Mark!  I really appreciate your reply and comment!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:54 AM

Another nice job Mike.  Lots of different colors and shades to keep it all interesting.  

Keep up the great work. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 8:54 AM

Thank you guys!  I started this build in September 2018 andI took my time with it...on purpose!  It had to look like the picture I found on Google Images and that is the only picture of that car that I could find.  The model does have it's flaws, mostly due to the old tooling.  I've replace some of the body parts due to the old tooling and because my friend streetrod offered them to me along with plenty of advice on how to build this kit.  I have spent much of my time and effort building recent Revell kits and the AMT kits are definitely a different animal.  I now have a couple of Fords to finish up and then I need to build a couple of Mopars.  Why Mopars?  Because I love them!!!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Cleveland Ohio
Posted by Fordman on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 3:16 PM

Great job on this one i like the color combo the stance is spot on looks like you could hop in it and drive it down the road. i've built a couple of these older (amt) kits in the past but they never turned out as nice as yours. Thumbs UpThumbs UpBow keep up the good work . and if you haven't guessed i am a Ford fan (but i've got nothing bad to say about Mopars or Chevys) i just like my Fords.                                                            Jim

Jim    so many kits so little time  Sigh

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Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 1:39 PM

Simply gorgeous! Color selection beautiful! Very crisp and clean looking build! Thanks for sharing! I love it and I am not a Ford fan!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 12:52 PM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 12:50 PM

As I said yesterday, I finished my '56 Ford Fairlane.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 31, 2018 10:29 AM

I am nearing the finish line with my '56 Fairlane!  I noticed that there is no master cylinder on this car, so back into the parts box and I found a power brake booster and master cylinder.  I drilled a hole in the firewall and added the brake assembly.

Another thing I noticed was no pipes to the rear bumper exhaust tips.  I made a set painted and installed them.

I added the trunk lid crest and rear plate holder.  I need to detail the crest.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 29, 2018 12:08 PM

Thank you Jr!  The '56 Fairlane is nearly done and I'll have to do some touchups.  So far, it looking good!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:33 AM

Looks good, MrMike! The Go Mango paint looks good on it! Good luck with the rest! Cool Thumbs Up

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 29, 2018 7:50 AM

Well, I went and did it...I disassembled the '56 Fairlane to modify the mounts for the dash and to reinstall the dash again.  Everything looks like a better fit this time.

More to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 28, 2018 8:01 PM

Thank you Jim!  I am glad you like my '56 Fairlane and I should have it finshed soon, so keep watching!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Fordman on Friday, December 28, 2018 12:02 PM

mrmike    just wanted to throw in my two cents and tell you that is one beautful 56 ford you are building can't wait to see it when its finished                            Jim

Jim    so many kits so little time  Sigh

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 28, 2018 10:53 AM

The 56 Vicky is coming together!  Yesterday, I got the body interior, and chassis together after I installed the glass.  I ran into an issue with the front windshield not fitting correctly.  I had to trim the mount on the side panel top lower the dash and as I was packing things up for the night, the windshield popped out.  I didn't lower the dash enough.  I'll have to figure a way to reinstall the windshieldwithout have to resort to taking everything apart.

The windshield was cleaned up and the taillights have been detailed.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 23, 2018 8:56 AM

I have finished foiling the '56 Fairlane.

Now for some touchups and into the dehydrator for a few hours at 105 degrees to dry the Molotow Chrome paint.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 23, 2018 6:24 AM

Now that I have been able to get my hands on a decent sheet of BMF, I have started foiling the body on this '56 Fairlane.  This took me almost an hour last night including polishing the foil.  So far, so good!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, December 20, 2018 3:20 PM

It's been almost four weeks since I have done anything with the '56 Fairlane.  I took the Fairlane with me to my Play Date with two of my fellow Club members and used Barry's marvelous paintbooth!  I sprayed the Fairlane with two coats of Tamiya TS-65 Pearl Clear and it looks fabulous!  

It is kind of hard to see the pearl, but it is there! 

I decided to paint the engine compartment with Model Master Go Mango to match the exterior and then I placed the body into my dehydrator for four hours.

Next up will be to paint the headliner flat white and then to foil the body now that I have some decent foil.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, November 25, 2018 11:18 AM

I removed the left front wheel from the rest of the front suspension and took it apart.  

I cleaned up all the parts and made sure that all surfaces were flat and clean and reassembled them all.

The end result is the left front wheel sitting as it should.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, November 25, 2018 9:08 AM

Well, the repair of squeezing the front tires towards each other didn't work.  I used a pair of small needle nose pliers and gently bent the spindle arms towards the frame, effectively lengthing the tie rod.

But, lead me to discover enother problem.  The lower A-arm assembly was molded wrong and the left front wheel is canted.  I have an idea on how to fix it, but requires taking the front suspension apart, which I don't want to do.  I may just leave it.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 23, 2018 9:08 PM

I decided to pull out the '56 Fairlane today to work on it a little bit.  I added the reflectors and the headlight shrouds and then I notice the paint didn't match.  I sprayed some paint into a cup and with a brush, I painted the shrouds.

I took the chassis out of the box and placed it on the desk and noticed that the wheels were facing in different directions.  The tie rod seems to be pulling the front wheels in different directions and I really don't want to tear the suspension apart to make any corrections.  I used one of my large clamps to squeeze the wheels together and I'll leave this overnight.  If this doesn't work, I'll have to take the suspension apart and fix it.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:04 AM

Thank you George and you are welcome!  My first car in 1972 was a 1956 Ford Customline 4-Dr Sedan.  Owned it for four months before I sold it for a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500.  As you can see, I have an thing for '56 Fords.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Calmo2 on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:16 PM

Verye nice job! I have been out of the hobby for close to 50 years and my very first model I built was of a 56 Ford Victoria that exact same colour you are doing your is. Why!! Because I owned one just that same colour back in 1967 when I was 17 years old. That picture of the 1:1 sure brings back memories. Thanks for that. George.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 12, 2018 8:20 PM

I finally got the Fairlane painted in two-tone Go-Mango and white.  I need to do some cleanup here and there, but it's not bad.  

I haven't decided if the engine bay will be Go-Mango or white, so this is how it is sitting right now.

Lots left to do on this one.  And, I still have to foil it and clearcoat it, too!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:47 AM

Since I had my paintbooth up and running yesterday, I went and added two more coats of Tamiya TS-26 Pure White to the body and hood, then I tossed them both into the dehydrator for four hours at 105 degrees.  Next up is some wet sanding to remove some trash that got into the paint along the way.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:47 PM

I am now starting the process for painting a two-tone paint scheme.  First, a couple mist coats of Tamiya TS-26 Pure White.  I paint the entire body in the Pure White with the mist coats and will build them up from there.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 3:55 PM

After doing some more research, I have repainted the interior door panels.

So far the only body parts that got any paint are the headlight bezels.

Another coat of white primer and I am almost ready for paint!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 22, 2018 8:13 PM

Thank you scalepeter!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, October 22, 2018 4:56 PM

This is coming along well.  Nice project.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 21, 2018 1:01 PM

Thanks for the suggestion oldcarguy!  That's a good idea!

I have completed the interior of the '56 Fairlane!  I had looked at other images of a '56 Ford interior and I noticed white seat belts with an orange seat surface.  Oh well, too late!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club

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