By Maz Woolley
The model pictured is an early Brooklin model which has not been available from Brooklin for some years. However such models do turn up from time to time on eBay which is where the author found his.
I have always had a fondness for the US 1956 Ford perhaps because it so clearly influenced the German Ford Taunus 17m Baroque which is another of my favourites. So when a model came up on eBay missing parts for a bargain price I decided to buy it in the hope that Brooklin could provide the missing parts. The photograph above show the model as supplied missing grille, mascot, and a rear light cluster. Amazingly Brooklin not only supplied the parts for this old model at a very reasonable price but sent them quickly and in a very neat small box. Brooklin has a fine reputation for its after sales service and my experience shows that this is richly deserved.
This model is typical of early Brooklins in having chrome components moulded in but none of them picked out making for a somewhat plain model. As the model was sold at a low price I thought that I could afford to risk picking out key areas of chrome. Having no skill with bare metal foil I decided to highlight chrome badging, side mouldings, and window surrounds using a Molotow “Liquid Chrome” pen which I had already used on other models to replace the Pentel Silver pens that I used previously.
Whilst the end result is far from the standard achieved by John Roberts and shown in Randall Olson’s Ford in Miniature book I think that my detailing lifts the model considerably allowing it to be shown alongside newer Fordor models from Ixo without looking out of place.
The 1956 Ford Fairlane Two Door Club Sedan was sold with either the “mileage maker” straight six of 3.6 Litres or two V8s including the “Thunderbird V8” of 5.1 Litres. All models would have theoretically been able to exceed 100MPH. A base price of $2,143 would have quickly increased if the V8 was chosen and any items taken from the extensive options list.
Whilst detailing the model I used Kristal Klear over the metal light lenses to address another Brooklin shortcoming. I am pleased with the effect which makes them a little more realistic than the bare metal studs as fitted.
At the rear attention was needed as the light cluster was not painted correctly by Brooklin. There needs to be a red centre surrounded by a chrome ring and another ring of red outside. Brooklin just paint the central portion. There is also a tiny reflector at the top of the light fitting that has to be picked out. Finally the decorative fitting on the boot lid needs to be black washed as it is completely chromed on the model as sold.
I like to think that I have turned a scrap box item into a neat model. And one that cost less than a new Corgi 1:43 scale model for the model and the spares from Brooklin.
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