Building the Ford Falcon 1963 from Salvat publisher 1/8 scale

by Mario Covalski © Modeler Site

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This is the 1/8 Ford Falcon 1963 from the Salvat Publisher. The model is provided in 100 weekly fascicles, each one includes history and parts to build the model. The model is mostly made of diecast and plastic parts, is heavy as 9 or 10Kg, but lacks of details, mostly in the engine bay area, and some parts are odd represented. So I added lot of them, fuel lines wiring...etc. The body and other diecast parts are already painted, very well, but the plastic ones should be gloss instead satin. I got the full collection and here a photo array of the WIP, which demands almost 200 hours. Right now I’m working in a V8 version using a V8/292 engine from the Ford F-100 truck model also from Salvat. (pictures at the end)

The most relevant details added were

I replaced all the spark plug tubes for real cables.

I completed the distributor following the pictures of the real motor.

The wiring and pipeline were added also having as guide real pictures.

The engine oil dipstick was represented using alu tube and steel rod.

Bolt heads were added in different areas which lacked them.

Parts were painted and weathering was made on the exhaust manifold and other parts.

The battery was also detailed and a wash was applied on the terminals.

The engine bay was painted in semigloss black in areas provided in red, as the real car was black in such zone.

The electric shunt was represented as well as all the brake lines.

The brake pump was painted and detailed with brass bolts.

The front spring were replaced for soften ones, which allows the suspension to work under the weight of the model. This is an strange point as the model was represented as if was elevated, but with very hard suspension, so the front was very high.

The exhaust tube and silencer were repainted and weathering was applied.

The parking brake was represented using pictures of the real car as guide.

The transmission shaft was cut from the universal joints and replaced for plastic rod.

The radiator received brass mesh in both faces, then the whole was painted matt black.

I spent several hours trimming the front suspension in order to get the steering works correctly, anyway looks fragile.

White bands were handpainted in the tires according to the epoch, using Humbrol acrylic matt white paint.

The doors were adjusted for a smooth working

All the body was polished using 3M polish compound and wax.

Many paint details were applied and you can see them in the below pictures.

The Falcon V8 (under construction)


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