Sunday, April 04, 2010
Ford Y Van
I knew what I needed - something nice and simple to make. A bag of bits that just need to be stuck together. No soldering. No spray painting. No pressure.
Digging around in the unbuilt kit pile I found this little beauty. A whitemetal kit for a Ford Y van from Malvern Manufacturing Ltd. Bought from a stand at an exhibition somewhere that I can no longer remember, it's doubtless been superseded by something ready to use and die cast. That doesn't matter, I can reduce the kit pile and make something suitable for a future project.
The kit is nicely cast with just a bit of flash in the rear windows. The lattice work wheels are very nice and the big surprise is that rubber tyres are provided . Not sure why really as you can't tell what they are made from when painted and casting the wheels as a whole would almost certainly result in something rounder. The instructions are a work of art featuring hand drawn exploded diagrams in that slightly amateurish style I would so love to be able to emulate.
And guess what ? One of the headlights is missing. So I have to do some work after all, but I do have a plan...