Ford Flivver. 1/48 Williams Bros.
Here’s one I’ve been wanting to add to the collection. It started out as a weekend build last week, but I needed time for my gloss blue to dry. As it is one week is stellar for me in terms of getting a kit done!
I don’t know the actual release date for this kit but most likely it has been around longer than I’ve been alive. The parts come on one tree of crisply detailed parts with flash being almost non-existent. The rib detail showing through the fabric covering of the wings and tail is nicely replicated as are the stringers showing through the skin of the lower portion of the turtle deck. The cockpit is simple with a seat, instrument panel and control stick. The rudder pedals are molded into the fuselage halves as is the throttle and inner structure. The truss structure could’ve been molded in greater relief but for what you can see through the cockpit opening what is there is probably good enough anyway. The cylinders of the three cylinder Anzani engine are the jewels of this kit. They are TINY but the fins don’t look over done and the intake trunk and pushrod/rocker assemblies are also nicely represented. (I made the mistake of cutting the stub of the exhaust collector off thinking it was a molding defect. I should have looked at the drawing a little longer!) The landing gear struts are also tiny but I was able to get the tail wheel free floating inside the cutout on the rudder. I did replace the vertical struts on the tail wheel with wire as I thought it looked better than using the thicker kit supplied parts.
The building process is quite care free (apart from tweaking the cutout for the wing as I mentioned in the WIP) and you can keep your tube of filler nestled in its drawer. I painted it with Testors dark blue out of the little jar and metallic silver out of the spray can. I will miss not having the metallic silver as it is great for replicating silver doped fabric as well as aluminum lacquer on planes that are sprayed with it. (Or will this color be hanging around as it is not part of the Model Master line?) I’m not sure when the kit I purchased was released but the decals went on without a fuss. (You just need to keep numbers and letters straight and spaced correctly yourself as they are all separate. I like this better as there is no carrier film covering the paint between them as on the Super Ace.)
I am happy with how it turned out, but when taking the magnified photos some things jump out and say oops. (In fact, it’s probably best not to click on the photos to view them! Having the pictures blurry on top of magnifying trouble spots is just insult to injury! I think I’m done taking model photos with my cell phone, at least for final articles!) The cockpit coaming over the top of the fuselage is one example. Looks great to the naked eye but when I took a super close up photo to prove that yes, there is a wind screen on this thing, it just looks like jagged sadness. That said it’s far from a six footer and looks fantastic on my shelf!
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