A real ‘57 Chevy aficionado, like myself, will look at these 4 cars and see hardly anything that’s the same.
In case you need a refresher on what the 1:1 car actually looks like:
Now let me introduce you to these 4 models from left to right:
1:64 scale M2 Machines (just added some chrome trim that was missing at the top of the fins and at the top of the doors to the c-pillar (interestingly, other versions of this casting actually have this chrome). Also this body came on a chassis with red wheels so I switched it out for chrome hubcaps.
1:43 scale Franklin Mint A red hardtop with a white roof was never offered from the ‘factory’. I took the black 2dr hard top’s interior plus roof and installed them into a red convertible. Shockingly it did NOT go as smoothly as you would have thought. I ended up having to re-glue the inner door panels several times until the doors would properly open and close....very frustrating, not sure if I’ll make a post on this build or not.
1:34 scale Majorette (Chassis, wheels, and full interior from 1:32 scale National Motor Museum Mint) Yes you read that correctly, I cut and shortened the chassis and interior to make it fit inside this 1:34 scale body and I think it turned out amazing!! I’m DEFINITELY going to do a full write up on this one but it will be multiple posts. It took me a solid month to complete during quarantine.
FULL DISCLOSURE: The side ‘vent’ windows should open with the doors, this is an error in the casting that was probably made due to complexity and to increase the rigidity of the roof. Also the ‘V’ on the hood is way too high and too small. Both of these issues are inherent to the casting and I chose to leaves them as is as opposed to the possibility damaging the casting and never completing this project.
Only modification were to source spinner hubcaps off eBay that were offered on this casting in other colors and painted the red ring to simulate the steel wheels. Future plans for this model may include adding dagmars (black tips) to the front bumper. Interesting to note, when I became an adult collector this was one of the first models I bought off eBay. I had always regarded Franklin Mint in very high regard, probably due to their marketing. When I looked closely at the interior, during this little photo shoot, I was quite appalled at the lack of detailing. Because this model is glued together, I’m not too sure I’m going to attempt to dissemble in order to detail the interior. The Danbury Mint version of this car, which I have two of in red, blows this Franklin Mint model away in every way. Unfortunately, it has lots of models piled on top so was unavailable for this little photo shoot.
Now that you’ve been properly introduced to all the models, here are more pictures from the shoot:
I ask you, pick a feature, a body line, something.....now look at it on each of the four cars. It didn’t just change size, it’s a different shape too, sometimes wildly different!!!
How about the hood ornaments? Or the shape of the sides of the front bumper? The size of the Bel-Air shield on the chrome bar in the middle of the front bumper?
Now, on the actual car, the roof was painted Indian Ivory if you bought it in two-tone. So the pure white is incorrect. As far as colors the 1:24 Franklin Mint, is the most accurate. I’ll point something out, from this view it clearly shows the rear parcel shelf on the 1:24 scale Franklin Mint model is waaaaay too narrow (short).
Look at the curve of the c-pillar or how about the size and chrome framing around the vent windows.
Look at the fender to wheel gap of the front wheels. Or how about the width of the white walls? The width of the chrome molding on the sides of the models? How about the location of the 3 gold strips on the top of the front fender?
What about the shape of the taillights or the rear bumper moldings and shapes. Look how heavy and thick the chrome trim is on the two Franklin Mint models, the other two are painted on but this makes for huge visual differences.
“When you collect things that are the same, there differences become apparent” - me
Future Article Ideas:
- Comparison of all my models that are the same scale (1:64, 1:43, 1:24, 1:18)
- Comparing models individually to my actual real car, this would be for proportion and shape accuracy
- Some hybrid of the two above ideas?
Not sure if any of these will ever happen as this would be a large time commitment. Please, comment if either of these ideas interest you or if you have other ideas.