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Old 08-27-2011, 11:28 PM
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1956 Packard Caribbean Hardtop.

I have started a 1956 Packard Caribbean Hardtop, about 1/20th scale (5/8ths inch to the foot). By 1956, the Studebaker-Packard merger was two years old.
My usual strip-and-panel construction. I have tried getting more accurate with my models, many times, but a lack of patience and proficiency in geometry gets in the way.
I finally realize that I like my basic method; its consistency, predicatability, simplicity, and its look. I've done so many models this way on the paper modeling forums, that it has become my trademark method. It's the way I build a car.
I started with an old magazine advertisement as the reference for my profile drawings and subsequent patterns.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:37 AM
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I like your basic method too. Leave the absolute accuracy to the other guys. Your models have a uniqueness in style and finish that makes them stand out from the pack.
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:19 PM
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Thank you for that affirmation. Writers, artists, and musicians eventually find, and make peace with, their own styles, and so it is with model builders.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:01 PM
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I like historical cars much too. In fact, step by step some of famous carmakes go into the history, but we usually don't remark that in the process at time, like US examples Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, GEO, Plymouth, Rambler, Packard, AMC, Eagle, or Russian Volga, ZIM, Chaika and Moskvich, and more east-european brands Wartburg, Trabant, Polonez, Tarpan, west-european brands NSU, Talbot, decades of British makes and more, etc... The list would be too long...

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Old 08-28-2011, 07:34 PM
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Looking forward to this build. Thanks for showing us how you create the model in the first place. If this has the flavor of your Nash Airflyte, this will be a treat. Cheers,
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:15 PM
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Now for the assembly of the center body section. You see why it's called strip-and-panel construction. The panel parts that you saw in the first post, are joined by strips. The strips for the center section are two and a half inches wide.
Notice the half-inch wide strips along the edges of the undersides of the strip parts. This makes the edges double thick for easy gluing. I don't like to use flaps for gluing; it's cumbersome, and can be sloppy, so I glue edge-to-edge, strip edge to panel edge.
When joining two strip segments together, as with the bumper segment to the grille segment, they are connected, by both being glued to a piece of paper
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:22 PM
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Now for the roof strip and trunk section strip.
After that, this subassembly is glued to the other panel.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:26 PM
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Finished center body structure.
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:53 PM
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This model had even more effect in history, becauce it was taken as a nearest pattern for the Soviet VIP limousine '1959 GAZ 13 Chaika in fact (pleace compare):

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The british Top Gear TV-carshow has told about it, and certainly, with its traditional humour sence (available at YOUTUBE).
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:23 PM
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This model had even more effect in history, becauce it was taken as a nearest pattern for the Soviet VIP limousine '1959 GAZ 13 Chaika in fact (pleace compare):

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The british Top Gear TV-carshow has told about it, and certainly, with its traditional humour sence (available at YOUTUBE).
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