My First Car
I got tired of building airplanes, but I still wanted to build models, so I though”Why Not A Car?” I went to “D-n-J Hobbies” in a nearby town and just wondered over to their model car section. Wow! There was lots of plastic car model kits for sale. I choose the 1/24 scale Monogram Cadillac convertible kit to buy.
The kit plastic was cast in “pink,” so I thought for a minute that I did not need to paint it, but the idea soon vanished.
The kit went together just fine except the curved windscreen. I broke the first one, then the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ones. I bought my 5th kit and contacted a fellow car modeler who showed me how to attach the clear plastic windscreen after I painted the frame. Boy…did I learn alot about building wrap-around windscreen’s for car models.
Pete, the car modeler, showed me several more things and said I should paint the car because there were too many things that showed up on the kit plastic that did not look right.
He suggested that I should add a gasoline line from the gas tank up to the engine, including brake lines and an emergency brake cable. Furthermore he said to add the spark plug wires and other hoses to the engine. Wow! what a job I had to do, which I never though of. I was ready to quit and just go back to airplane building.
My next operation was to mix up some of Dupont’s automotive acrylic lacquer paint’s and match it to the pink plastic. I added some red paint to my white and came up with what looked like the pink plastic. I had experience painting the lacquer on an airplane, so it went on the car A-OK. The chrome parts were painted with “S-n-J” Spray Metal Gold.
After the engine was finished with all the new parts, it just slipped down into the engine area, then I connected some hoses. The whitewall tires went on along with the hood. The car was done, so it was picture time on my white roll paper tape to my work bench. I even took a photo of it with my clients 1/24 scale P-51B Mustang that I converted from the P-51D kit.
I was happy with this kit and over the next decade or so I built another 29 car models.
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