A 1/25th AMT/ERTL 1961 FORD STARLINER/GALAXIE CAR CONVERSION.
My long life high school friend Edward ask me to build a replica model car and make it look like the real car that he owned. I said yes, because every time I came down to the “GoodGuys” yearly car show in Scottsdale, Arizona I get to stay free for the 4 day event at his home.
I take the two 1/25th scale “AMT/ERTL” plastic Ford kits home and started to build them real soon. All I had to do is cut the tops off each model and put the Galaxie top on the Skyliner body. It was not lone during the conversion process that I found out that it was a real big job to change one top for another one. One model car was wider than the other one so how am I going to put one top onto another body as it will not fit properly. It was a good thing that I was an experienced modeler, otherwise I don’t think a novice modeler could have done what I did. To the end of this project it was what I call:
“Cut and Fit” until it fits and looks like the real thing.
It was much more time consuming that I bargain for but what could I do? I could quit and tell my friend that it was impossible to make the change. Or I can try and make a nice model for my life long 1950 high school friend. I told him I could do it so I had to keep my word.
Edward gave me some of his “left-over” real lacquer paint that was applied to his Ford. I thinned the thick paint to a “water-like” thickness and used it in my Badger-200 airbrush and the end results was: The model looked like his real car. The top of the car was painted with my X-2 Gloss White Tamiya paint and the silver looking paint was also by Tamiya.
I had to scratch-build the fender skirts and paint them with chrome look-a-like paint, which I had in my paint box.
The other Ford car looked like it needed built, so I spent some time making that left over model. There is no top on it and I left off the back top section of the body. I like what I did and that’s all that counts.
Just study the photos which will give you an idea of what I had to do!
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