Ford Thunderbird 1955 - scale 1/20 paper model built by Ruben Andres Martinez
Hello dear friends.
It's been sometime since I last built anything. And having lost interest in the skeleton RAF Se5a, I decided to take a different challenge.
This is a Ford Thunderbird 1955 - scale 1/20 paper model.
The kit was originally released by Otto Maier Verlag in Germany in the year 1957. It was designed by Hubert Siegmund
The kit was scanned and made available to the public by AGK.
If you wish, you can download it from here: http://www.kartonmodellbau.org…ford-thunderbird.shtml.de
Beware that the instructions are in German.
I will show a construction report, and a rough translation of the instructions in every step in case somebody is interested in building this kit too.
The kit was printed on 200 gsm white cardstock using laser printer.
Cut out where indicated. Fold where necessary according to the lines. Attach parts #2 and #3 to the designated points (in parentheses) on part #1.
Note that the flaps of the front and rear fenders fold alternately to the inside and the outside. The inside tabs will hold the hoods, and the outer tabs will hold the side parts.
Before anything else, pre-shape part #4 folding where indicated and slightly curve the seat part to ensure a proper and easy fit. Before closing part #4 make sure that you curve and glue part #5 (the shift gear tunnel) to part #4. Don’t forget to cut and glue the pedals and the carpets at this point. If you wish you can use a pin as the shift changer.
Then attach the seat and the front wall to the side walls. Glue part #6 to part #4 covering the dashboard and gluing where indicated on the side tab, and then attach part#7 to part #6 covering the speedometer.
The steering wheel with its column is mounted in the end: roll part #8 and attach the steering wheel to it. Then glue to the indicated part on the dashboard. Since there will be a lot of manipulation while gluing the windshield and the sides of the model, there is always the risk of snapping the steering wheel. So if you wish, you can leave it aside and be the last part to glue to the model.
Finally put the assembled inner part between the ribs of part #1 and stick to the ribs, and to the bottom of part 1. Don’t forget to glue the small vertical back tab of the seat to the vertical part #3.
Parts 10 and 10a
This is a tricky part. Be patient and work carefully.
Cut out the inner parts of the windshield where indicated. Carefully curve the parts to give shape. Use acetate to simulate the glass, use the contour of the part #10a as a template for it.
Part #10 will face outside the car, while part #10a will face to the inside of the car. The acetate will be sandwiched between them.
The long strips of parts #10 and #10 will sandwich the long upper side of the doors. Part #10a will glue inside the door. Part #10 will glue outside.
Use the numbers in parenthesis to guide you.
The windshield must be properly aligned with the dash lines of part #6, so that the front hood and the sides match perfectly.