1956 Ford Thunderbird (T-Bird)

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Here is the box art for the Revell 1956 Ford Thunderbird (T-Bird). At the time of this posting I'm not sure how I'm going to build it. I might just do box stock...if I can. Sometimes I can't help myself and just have to do more, like wire the engine.

I'm doing research on what color(s) the '56 were available in along with the interior colors. You can visit my research page

1956 Ford T-Bird Revell Box Art

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These are the parts tree for the 1956 Ford T-Bird. See my box opening video:



Kit parts laid out

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All the parts have been removed from the sprues. There was actually more flash on them then I originally thought. There were also two fairly large mold lines along the top of the left and right fenders. They got sanded off and the seam line between the headlight frame and the fender was made deeper. Actually, all the panel lines will have to be made deeper, as they are fairly shallow.

The only parts not shown here are the dashboard and some of the chrome parts. I'll be stripping the chrome from the steering wheel, the valve covers and the air cleaner cover. I think they are too chrome looking and don't look real.

All parts are off the sprues

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This is a color chart of factory colors available for the 1956 Ford T-Bird. At this time I'm trying to decide what color or colors I want to use?

The instruction state that this kit is of a car from the Early Production. I'm really not sure what color scheme I want to use. I'm leaning toward:

See my Part 02 Video below the color chart that provides a quick update on the build progress.

Factory color chart of the 1956 Ford T-Bird

Part 02 Video from YouTube - Quick update



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All the parts have been primed using Vallejo 74.615 USN Light Grey Primer.

I think I've decided what color scheme I'll be using. It will most likely be a Fiesta Red body with a Raven Black Roof. Now I have to determine the interior colors available from the factory for 1956.

Parts are in primer

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Some parts that were primed on one side are now flipped over and primed on the other side.

Flip side of some parts primed

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It's difficult to see in this photo, but some parts were painted either Tamiya X-18 semi-gloss black or Tamiya XF-1 flat black. The engine and transmission are painted with Vallejo 71.084 Fire Red.

Some parts painted semi-gloss or flat black. Engine in red

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The body is painted with Tamiya X-7 Red. The roof is painted with Tamiya X-1 Gloss Black. The frame and floor pan is painted with Tamiya X-7 Red mixed with Tamiya X-2 White in a 25:75 (Red/White) mixture. This color is what the kit suggests when painting the body red. After checking...the factory color of the underside is approximately this 'pink' color when the body is Fiesta Red. The frame rails will be detailed in Tamiya X-18 Semi-Gloss Black. The exhaust pipes will be done with Vallejo Metal Color 77.723 Exhaust Manifold. The mufflers will be done with Vallejo Metal Color 77.704 Burnt Metallic and the gas tank will be done with Vallejo Metal Color 77.716 Semi Matt Aluminum.

Body and undercarriage are painted

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Another view of the body and undercarriage painted and on the drying rack.

Another view of the body and undercarriage after painting

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As shown in previous photos, the body is painted with Tamiya X-7 Red and the roof is painted with Tamiya X-1 Black. This red is close to the factory color of Fiesta Red and the black is the same as Raven Black.

Body and roof painted

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In this photo I'm showing how the T-bird will look in red with a black roof. The clear coat has not been put on the body or roof at this time.

Testing how the black roof will look with the red body

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I decided to also do the interior in Tamiya X-7 Red to match the body color. This was also a factory option in 1956. The seat and side door panels will have white insets. I have not decided what shade of white yet. I'll be trying, and using one of the following:

Interior is painted red to match the body

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The undercarriage, frame, exhaust pipes and gas tank have been detailed. As stated in an earlier photo here are the colors that I used:

Undercarriage is detail painted

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The dashboard is painted with Tamiya X-7 Red and still needs to be detailed. There are several decals to use. One for the silver trim and others for the instruments. The brake pedal will be painted with Tamiya XF-85 Rubber Black and the pedal bracket will be painted with Tamiya X-18 Semi-Gloss Black.

See my Part 03 Video below this photo that provides another quick update on the build progress.

Dashboard is painted red and still needs to be detailed

Part 03 Video from YouTube - Quick update



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