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Funtastic Ford.
Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, September 20, 2019 4:25 PM

Now I know many will disagree with me. I have been working on and off for over two years on Revell's Hide-Away-Ford Hardtop. You know the ridiculous one on the box cover in Red and Black?

 Never in my life did I ever see a Ford from 1959 in that color scheme and NEVER a Fairlane Hide-Away Hard-Top! They usually were in Tasteful colors with Black under White being the most jarring.

 As usual it was a Revell Multi-Piece body. Nothin new there. What's new is the fact that I duplicated all the plastic roof mechanism parts in brass. Now they work like they are supposed too. That goes for the hood hinges and the Door hinges too. Yup. I opened and got operating doors as well as all the rest. I found that because of the Body seam falling in the chrome spear on the top trim run it's best to replace it with Evergreen strip , reshaped to do the job.

     Blending it at the door helps too. As far as the back fenders.The seam is right down the middle of Ford's smaller fin. Thereby intereferring with the chrome run on the fender top. After the glue dries, sand off most of the messed up trim run and replace it with strip the right size sanded to the necessary contour.

 The Suspension is enought to make a grown man cry.So it's gone. It got replaced by AMT's parts from their 57 Fairlane 500 2dr-Ht. I made sure the front springs ,shocks and the same in back work. Right now it's waiting for some fine tuning on panel fit and then gets painted.

 When painting it I am going for Natural Pearl white (Nailpolish) over Anthracite Metallic Model-Master, dosed with at least two coats of thinned Boyds clear. Tires are Firestones from an unremembered kit with Ford Style Kelsey-Hayes Wire Wheels.( Similar to Boranis)with the three blade Knockoff. I will get you photos when I get a new Camera Check that my photos are on the card,Take more and shoot them over from Flickr.

     See I just cannot get myself to build a Good Car model in three or four hours or days. Never have and suppose I never will. Sure I suppose there a few. But they were for play not the living room cabinet. Mom's rules. So the ones I took a long time and was careful with, got to share space with her fine China.

 Oh, in the beginning they were very carefully semi Dry-Brushed in Testors Chrome Silver paint. Now they are not Alcladed, but lovingly worked over with Foil-Chrome in the necessary colors. Catchya later---OldCarGuy

gjgeracci
  • Member since
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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, September 20, 2019 6:17 PM

Have the old Revell 59 Skyliner in the works myself. Looking forward to seeing yours.

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, September 20, 2019 8:44 PM

Yes, I’d like to see it as well. I’ve had one in the stash for years, trying to work up the nerve to start it. 

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

  • Member since
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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:16 AM

Feel free to send it to me, I'll build it lol.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, September 23, 2019 8:21 AM

Hi;

    I gotta tell you though.This has been a Challenging build all the way around. remember the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham? I started to do weird things to it as well. I cut the chassis out from under the assembled body and started doing a true body on frame instead of a shell on wheels.

 I think this kit is up there as a real challenge to even get right out of the box. Oh,I am not saying it can't be done. It just isn't that easy. I would list it as a skill four or five kit. Lots of misfit and weird parts joins.

gjgeracci
  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Florida (from snow to sun)
Posted by PlasticCrafts on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:54 AM

I have both the red and black and also the yellow and white model. The yellow and white one is more accurate with the 57 front bumper and grill not a 59 bumper with a tube grill. It also has the Ford emblem on the hood. I built the yellow and white one as box stock. I also have another yellow and white one which is being mated with the 57 Ranchero to make a 59 Ranchero. Made the mistake of using the yellow and white one instead of the red and black one. I would like to see yours when it is done.

AlC

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  • From: Florida (from snow to sun)
Posted by PlasticCrafts on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 8:01 AM

I have built the 57 Eldorado Brougham and is sitting in my collection. It definatley was a challenge but worth it. I've built the Eldorado. 57 Ranchero, 59 Retractable Hardtop and Testors 48 Ford Coupe. They are all challenges, all multi piece bodies.

AlC

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 11:27 AM

The "retractable hard top" Fords were a Galaxie "Skyliner" model, not a Fairlane 500, so you are correct in that respect, but they were absolutely available in the color scheme depicted on the box cover.

The Galaxie Skyliner was available in pretty much all of the same colors that the other Fords were available in, in 1959.

Pearl white was non existant in that era.

It has only become a popular option in recent years.

 

 

"Torch Red" and "Raven Black"

 

 

"Gunsmoke Gray" and "Colonial White" would have been the gray and white combination in 1959.

Gunsmoke Gray was a medium metallic gray and Colonial White was a creamy white.

Not a very common color combination it appears.

Gunsmoke Gray was a pretty popular color paired with "Geranium", Fords coral color for '59.

This is actually the color that the Revell kit was supposedly molded in.

 

 

 

Steve

 

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, November 4, 2019 12:13 PM

Steve;

      I chose the pearl because I just like it. I actually have not seen in real life any Black and Red ones. So naturally I thought it was a faux pa on Revell's part.

     My 57 Fairlane 500 was the Gunsmoke grey/Colonial white combo. I repainted it in 1985 in Pearl White and Anthracite over the stock colors. It came out Awesome !

    I do believe it looked better than when new! The Ford "spear " inside with the matching dash color was replaced on the side panels and dash with Bird's Eye Maple veneer and the seats were replaced with Four 1960 T-Bird front seats with a custom Console.

      I kept the engine Stock but prettied it up with Chrome and Aluminum accents. I was the first in my Auto Club to add electric fans to the radiator! Kelsey-Hayes Wires finished up the car with a 2" lowering all around and what now is known as " Gangsta White-walls."

 Gosh,I wish I was forty years younger,and had the money and time to mess with cars I had then . I would build the Model car then the real one. Did three like this. All driveable customs. Oh boy I miss it.  Oh! I forgot, the Dash was the stock shape ,But with a stainless instrument cluster and Stewart-Warner Guages!  O.C.G.   

gjgeracci
  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Burleson, TX. Grew up in Pittsburg and Whitehouse TX
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Monday, December 2, 2019 10:40 PM

I have to agree.  The family next door when I was growing up had a red over black '59 Skyliner they bought new.  I rode in it several times with my friend's mother driving it to the grocery store and we raised/lowered the roof to put things in the "trunk" box.  They kept it until around '68 I believe.

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