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1940 Ford Panel Truck - Finished with Decals!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
1940 Ford Panel Truck - Finished with Decals!
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, August 3, 2020 4:20 PM

I am going to start this horrible AMT/ERTL kit. Bought it years ago for $8.99 when Michaels was closing out a bunch of these kit, I think when ERTL got out of the business. The box says its a 1940 Ford Woddie but there is no wood on it! 

I really didn't like how the rear wheel opening wasn't open. Also the hood didn't fit very well. Here is that photo:

So, I remembered that I had a fender unit and accompanying parts from a 1940 Lindberg kit that I didn't use. I dug then out and they fit perfectly! Hey, this modeling hobby can be a lot of fun! Thanks for looking! Cool 

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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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:46 AM
yes, that does look better. keep up the good work

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

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  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:22 AM

Here's a head's up;

      Look at the body closely. It was a Woodie! They used the same molds, just modified them. Why? Who knows? Anyway the reason I say look at the body is this, The roof line is too square for the Sedan delivery. That vehicle had a more rounded body .

      What puzzles me is why the box would say that and you get a poorly made rep of a Sedan delivery. Maybe you shold contact someone and see if you can exchange bodies. Use that Photo Feature on your phone to prove your point. Misleading Advertising !

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:28 PM

Thanks, Aussie and Metalbender! I appreciate your comments!  Metalbender, I think that ship has sailed. I am not that well-versed in the differences between a 1940 panel truck and a woodie. And I don't think anyone would supply me with a new body, especially since ERTL is out of the model business and the model manufacturers make mistakes all the time on the proper shape and proportions of a body. 

I will be happy if I just get this turd put together without any major flaws. I used a part of a can of Deja Blue to paint the fender unit and a partial can of Light blue metallic for the rest of the body. Looks a bit odd but its growing on me! First, I painted and mocked up the rear suspension, frame and body to make sure that the wheels will line up with the rear wheel opening. Looks good! Thanks for looking! Cool

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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  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 9:41 AM

Well;

      What's wrong with that? I like that color combo. Based on the box I assumed you bought it recently at say Hobby-Lobby, sorry!

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Posted by Builder X on Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:27 PM
Looking good !
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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, August 7, 2020 7:16 PM

Thanks, Metalbender and Builder! I appreciate your comments! 

Well, after I slept on it and my wife made a comment that the two colors or blue clashed. The darker color has a little more purple in it that clashed with the light blue. So I wanted to see what a new color I had bought looked like so I painted the hood, body and window shade with Tamiya Dark Yellow. I also found the wheels and beauty rings for the Lindberg 40 Ford so I painted the wheels and now I have everything finished but the hardware and decals. Thanks for looking! 

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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  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:01 AM

Well, Darn:

 I like it either way !

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, August 10, 2020 5:03 PM

Thanks, Metalbender! I appreciate your comment! 

It's finished! I thought I had a decal for it but it doesn't really fit the color scheme so I'll have to make one. I had to use clear acetate for the windshield and wing windows as the clear plastic in the kit was ill-formed and wouldn't work. No mirrors eithe inside or out were provided so I found an outside mirror in my parts box. The engine, which I realize should be chromate green, did not include exhaust manifolds or heater hoses. I left the exhaust manifolds off but added a upper heater hose from the parts box. I cut off the magneto from engine block and replaced it with a distributor. I didn't waste any more time on engine detailing. 

Although it wasn't a very satisfying build, here's what I did accomplish:

  1. Got another poorly manufactured kit out of my closet.
  2. Used up some paint remnants and tried a new color that I will use on another build.
  3. Used some spare parts from my parts drawers. I have a 4 drawer chest full of parts from various kit bagged by the kit that they came from. My son will have a chore some day getting rid of all this stuff. 
  4. Made it over the 250 build models mark, No. 251.
  5. Passed some time instead of going crazy during the Chinese Virus Pandemic. 

Here are a few pictures:

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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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:23 AM

May have been a rough kit, but you served it justice.  Mighty fine looking panel.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:55 PM

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how one makes a silk purse from a sow's ear. Well done, Jr. Love the colours, looks great.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by kevracer on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:38 PM

I love the color combination- super sharp build. Thanks for sharing

 

Kevin

Kevin Triplett

Walnut Creek CA

 

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  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:55 PM

40 Ford, my favorite body style of all time. Sedan,coupe, and panel. 

Jr this one is a beauty, of course look who built it. Thanks for inspiration and sharing.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:17 AM

Thanks to all for the very kind comments! I'm gonna find or make some type of logo for the sides. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:44 AM

I did get some decals on this one. I tried to print my own on white decal film as clear decal film really won't work well with my printer. But this "Experts Choice" decal paper that I bought online is really too thick and looks more like a sticker. I tried to do some lettering on the white decal film, and even though I cleared it with lacquer, it shriveled up and the printing wore off. So I salvaged the picture and combined it with decals from the 41 Chevy pickup. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:25 AM

Hmmmm;

 Is that what I should look for? You know when My custom fenders get delivered. Nice job on that.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:47 PM

Thanks, Metalbender! I don't know exactly how to answer your question but thanks for the comment! 

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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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:00 PM
Looks good, nice work!
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Posted by Builder X on Sunday, August 16, 2020 6:50 PM

Nicely done! Looks like its ready to haul some parts!

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, August 16, 2020 9:39 PM

Thanks, Spencer and X! I appreciate your comments! Cool

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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