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1948 Ford Convertible Junker Model – Barn Find

March 19, 2011

by Iggy Perez

I built this car a long while ago, after pausing it for almost a year. I had started this junker but it was let undone in a box, forgotten. After I re-started it, I had a “barn find kind of build” in mind, as if someone would have just found it and pumped air in the tires to make it roll to the trailer or so – I try to think of different junkyard diorama scenes while building my junk model cars.

49 Ford Convertible Junkyer Interior

I custom made the inside of the doors with the missing interior panels, based on the real ones, and painted them in the body color. I like to do that detail a lot – you may have have noticed this already :) . I also made broken upholstery and leaned the front seats forward. I made holes in the dashboard where some of the instruments belong. The steering wheel is unfinished on this pic.

49 Ford Convertible Junkyer Unfinished Body

While building junk model cars I like to test fit the parts. This pic shows the car in an unfinished stage, with almost no weathering on it. The paint still looks bright and shiny. The hardest part of building a junk model car – for me – is to damage the shiny paint.

49 Ford Convertible Junkyer Detail Inside Door Panels

This pic shows how the broken passenger window has been pulled down and is not inside the door. You have to look inside the car to see this, right behind the passenger seat. In this pic you can see how the rag top is partially opened and the door handle is missing, with a rusty hole instead. You may also notice the difference to the previous picture when it comes to the paint – note how the hood has changed. I used a chemical to get rid of the colored layer and make the surface rust paint visible. I haven’t used this technique in my latest models anymore, though.

49 Ford Convertible Junkyer Detail Door Sill

The door sill is specially rusty on this car. I custom built the rag top with wire and paper, and made some holes in it (you can actually see this pretty well on the first picture at the very top).

Now that I think about it, there are a few things that I would have done differently now. I would have still made slightly flat tires and made some wiring in the engine compartment. I would have also done the seats so broken, that you can see the seat structure (I made that in a 34 Ford Roadster and it makes the car look even more “junky”).

This last pic shows a detail of the rear fender. Note that fender border is rather thin. The seam between the body and the holding piece for the bumper is also a bit rusty.

49 Ford Convertible Junkyer Rear Fender Rust

I N  R U S T  W E  T R U S T !



Michael Akai March 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Iggy, I believe that this Ford is a 1948 Ford Convert.
I was 10 years old when they came out, the 2dr. sedan was used as Police cars here in the States, in Chicago they were Black, with a Red Bubble Light on the roof, we kids had a saying back then, because the Police were really hard guys, and if they saw a bunch of kids hanging out, they would run us off, so when we saw a Squad car, someone would yell out, What Are Pennys made of, and we’d answer Copper! and run like heck.
And those cars never wanted to die, they were so Heavy, and that Flat Head, had the best sound with Dual Exaust.

Max March 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Hey Boys, another amazing work, congratulations!!!!, but this is a 47 or 48 the last fat fender Ford, the 49 was an all new line! See you soon from B.A. Argentina

Iggy March 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

Hey Mike!
Hey Max!

that is totally right! It is a 48 Convertible NOT a 49. It is even written on the Revell kit box! My bad. I just corrected the title.

Thanks for reading and for the correction!


arco bot March 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Amazing job! I realy envy your tallents!!!!!

Iggy March 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Thanks! We have fun doing this :) and meanwhile, we have fun with this blog, our website and our ebooks too!

Thanks for posting. We like to share this with you and we appreciate every comment posted.


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