The 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner replaced the Super Deluxe and was followed by the Fairlane. This model was Ford’s luxury sedan for the mid 1950’s.
When I spotted this model at Hobby Lobby, I hadn’t initially intended to buy it. However, it was a $30 model marked down to $7.50 so I picked it up. This would be my first automobile model in over 30 years as well. What I learned rather quickly is that the paint problems for military models didn’t exist for cars. (The only places I’ve been able to find the period/unit correct colors are online or out of town) During the process, I also gained a much deeper appreciation for some of the cars from the 50’s and 60’s. Namely, that use of chrome! Our new cars use faux-chrome and they don’t have the smooth lines of these classics!
The model pictured on the box was build in a standard light blue as you can see. For my build, I wanted something closer to the 1948 Ford Super Deluxe that Daniel Laruso drove in The Karate Kid. Laruso’s car in the movie was a light yellow. A friend on Online Scale Modelers suggested the following as a guide: 1954 Crestline Sunliner Convertible.
I finished this model on 6/23/2018. I’ve updated the gallery below to show the complete build process.
(You can also check it out in the OSM Group Build.)