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A look at Dave Hills Phantom Passenger Pickup Collection....30 years later!

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  • Member since
    October 2015
A look at Dave Hills Phantom Passenger Pickup Collection....30 years later!
Posted by Tim Boyd on Monday, October 29, 2018 2:48 PM

Dave Hill is among the most talented model car builders and automotive designers I have run across during my decades in this hobby. In the mid to late 1980's, Dave designed and built a series of 1/24th and 1/25th scale street rods and customs that built on an idea from another highly talented automotive designer (and in more recent times, author) Thom Taylor.


Thom's idea was to apply the styling of the 1934 Ford passenger vehicle line to a roadster pickup body style, which of course was in high-contrast to the original Ford factory pickups of that year, which used what was essentially the prior generation 1932 Ford passenger car styling. Dave took that idea and applied it in (miniature) to a variety of model kits from AMT and Monogram. The result you see here.


I showcased Dave's 1948 Ford Phantom Pickup in my then-monthly "Modeler's Corner" column in Street Rodder magazine. Dave's design subsequently took the form of a real 1/1 scale Street Rod built by Gary Vahling of Masterpiece Rodding in Colorado, unveiled in finished form in 1989.


In more recent years, Dave has taken commissions for hot rod era automotive design and authored many articles in magazines such as Custom Rodder and various titles of the Buckaroo Publishing Empire.


I hope you enjoy these images that I photographed on the back deck of my home near Atlanta on a fall day in late 1988, which I just rediscovered during a major reorganization of my home office and model studio.

Thanks for looking....TIM

  • Member since
    October 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Monday, October 29, 2018 4:24 PM

Thanks for sharing! I was out of the loop during this time frame, so it was a treat for me to see these! People like Dave and of course yourself are so gifted at this hobby! I truly enjoy just looking at your work!

Thank You

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, October 29, 2018 5:13 PM

Very cool! A nice blast from the past. I remember when the ‘48 Ford was built. I still have the magazine somewhere.  


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