I had thought this was going to be easy, until I started looking. As with the Sixties Chevy and the Mini Mopar Muscle articles, I found an abundance of riches. Maybe even a superfluity.
We’ll cover 1949 to 1959 FoMoCo products, and I’ll touch on Lincoln, Mercury, Thunderbird, and Edsel. Briefly, so I’ll only show you one other Edsel. What you don’t see here, you’ll learn about some other time. Patience, padawan.
We’ll begin our tour with the 1949-51 ‘Shoebox’ Fords. AMT did the 1949 coupe and 1950 Convertible, both with the usual (for older kits) variety of custom and drag parts. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t do a mix and match, so naturally, I have;
But that’s easy. Suppose you want another body style, say a sedan? These days you can buy resin bodies for all sorts of things, in quality levels ranging from amazing to abysmal, but back in the seventies you were on your own. So when I did this Crestliner…
…I had to rely on sheet plastic and putty. I could have inserted a roof section from a second kit, but that would have been expensive. And those kits were hard to find down here. The side trim is a bit wonky, true, but after all, it was painted freehand by a teenager.
But suppose you want, say, a ’51 Victoria? I cobbled up this from a 1950 convertible. I filed down the convertible top to remove the ribs, and approximate the curvature of the Victoria roof, then cut out the rear window opening, and used styrene from an old shirt box for the window glass. These days I’d use some styrene strip for the window moldings, but again, this was teenage work. And, as I didn’t have the right parts to hand, I used ’49 Mercury bumpers;
Speaking of Mercury, here’s a 1949 Mercury in standard form, from the old AMT kit. Not sure about the two-tone green, and I’ve been told my paint separation line isn’t right. But I’ve never seen a real one, so…
And here it is as a custom. This is the more recent Revell kit which comes with the chopped roof, and a choice of several grilles, bumpers and taillights. Unlike the old AMT kit, it can’t be built stock. The old AMT kit has a lot to offer, many more choices, and in some ways is all the better for it;
Moving on to 1953 we have this recent-ish Lindberg kit. There’s also a convertible version, but I prefer cars with roofs, as they’re such an integral part of the style. Like most of my countrymen, I’ve never owned a convertible, nor ridden in one. The colours might not be Ford-correct, but they’re period. Some people in the street behind us had a ’53 sedan, and this is how I remember it;
Our next stop is 1956. In 1965 AMT brought out this fantastic 1956 Ford which I regard as one of their best-ever kits. As usual for the era it offered stock, custom (several) or drag versions, and in this case with the option to build a Crown Victoria version, with or without the clear Skyliner roof. So much choice! Here are two; I have many others.
What about a Thunderbird, you ask? Sure! This Monogram kit has its origins in a metal-bodied kit from 1977. Later redone in plastic;
A quick detour to Lincoln, with this resin kit of the 1956 Premiere, from the now-defunct (and sadly missed) Modelhaus;
For 1957 we have the Fairlane 500 from AMT – which I converted to a base Fairlane. Because I could. This one’s another teenage build of an old AMT kit with all those great options;
Revell has recently done the Custom two-door sedan and the Country Sedan wagon;
Back to the Thunderbird. This time the excellent early-sixties Monogram kit;
A quick stop-off for the Edsel. Funny how people are drawn to life’s failures. For years modelers wanted a kit of this car, and finally, AMT delivered. I heard of one guy who has built sixty. No, not me, I only have eight. So far;
And on to 1959, with the ancient Revell kit of the Galaxie Skyliner, with an operating retractable top. Award yourself a gold medal if you can get it to work. It can be done, but in my experience, the roof flap hinges break after two or three cycles;
So there you have it, a selection of Fifties Fords. One of these days I’ll have to post Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor – models which fit into the theme of a post but just didn’t fit! See you next fortnight for Independents Day.