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Ted,   Not sure what year that Plymouth is as I was never a big Plymouth guy. Had to pick this one up though because I like the idea of a vintage wagon. And yes, I think I am going to try a two tone paint again on this one.

Mike, sometimes the dinky trucks have 17 mm tires. Use a caliper and measure one of the leftovers that you have.

Hello everyone, great pictures all.  Love that '52 Studebaker Cruiser these were great cars ... my BF in high school had a '57 Hawk with 3 duces on the V8.  My offering today happened just by chance.  Took the wife to her antique booth and discovered a small flea market in the parking lot.  Found this guy for $2 so couldn't resist.  Its a 1953 Buick Century convertible and unlike my '54 Chevy I posted awhile back this on has the top down!  Carpetrainman, you said you liked the GM soft yellows so this one should please you.

Here she is in a soft cream yellow with tan leather interior.

Buick 1

Here is a shot with the door opened to show more of the interior.  Both doors open as well as the hood, although the engine is not modeled very realistically, just overall chrome.

Buick 2

Here is the front view, I need to find some headlight lenses but its otherwise nearly perfect.  Just look at that bumper, in solid steel on the real car that thing might weigh nearly as much as my Honda!!

Buick 3

Here is a shot showing the full interior.  Take a close look at the dash board.  My recollection is that it is indeed fairly accurate showing the multi function push buttons in the center on each side of the radio grill.

Buick 4

Finally the rear view.

Buick 5

So there is my car of the day.  Not bad for $2 if I say so myself.  Its perfect year for my layout which is sort of in the "steam to diesel" transition period of the late 50's to very early 60's.

Happy weekend everyone, best regards

Don

Don, you're right about the car and the color....GM's finest hour  Appealing color combo with the tan interior...curious to know what brand diecast is the Buick posted?

@lee drennen posted:

Thanks for the complement Mike. Mike just measured the inter “The Hole”Diameter of the tires in inches for me I think I have some I’ll give you

Hi Lee, the best I can tell it inter hole is 5/16th of an inch.  I Just had a little time to check, I hope to get back out to the train room in a little bit as the CEO doesn't care for NASCAR and I can watch it and work on my fire engine.

It's very cool you have the photo of your dads truck with your big brother! Back in 1964 before July I was inside after July I was t the most 6 months LOL

Joel, I am guessing the outside! LOL

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@JDFonz posted:

Ted,   Not sure what year that Plymouth is as I was never a big Plymouth guy. Had to pick this one up though because I like the idea of a vintage wagon. And yes, I think I am going to try a two tone paint again on this one.

Mike, sometimes the dinky trucks have 17 mm tires. Use a caliper and measure one of the leftovers that you have.

Looks like a 1957-58 always like these Plymouth’s

Lee, great restoration "re-do" on the cab above...looks like the real thing...being your dad's truck right above, you must be the little blond guy up on the cab??

All you guys, coach, Lee, Ted, Joe are putting me to shame with the great restoration work you do...I'm hoping when more of my layout is complete, I'll give the restoration challenge a try

Ted, keep those "Model U's" comin'...great detail work on those, and nothing like a 50's Roadmaster convertible

Thanks for the complement Paul. That punk blonde kid is my brother I didn’t come along till 4 years later. He’s really not a punk now he’s my best friend we’re really close.

Carpetrainman / Paul :  There is no brand name per se on the car.  Underneath on the black plastic frame is embossed a logo of sorts, showing a large wide "S" with horizontal lines flowing from the left side to give the appearance of the letter moving fast.  The id also shows what I expect is the manufacturers model number... SS 5727 and of course..."Made in China". Since I did not get a box, that is all the information I have.

Don

ok guys here is goes, MM/IN/ and Fractions! LOL

so the tire size is as fallows:

Inside                         Outside

8.90mm                    20.80mm

0.332in                     0.8200in

5/16th                    107/128

I this all makes sense!

Plus what is the best way to polish an old window to try and make it look new again?

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Ok Mike,

on the bay search for dinky fire truck 955 tires. You should get some 20mm tires that come up. If that isn’t good, just search 20 mm dinky tires and you will have your choice.

my windshield trick goes like this. I rub polishing compound on the windscreen with my fingers. Then make sure you have it all wiped off. Then dip the windscreen in pledge clear floor polish, which I use, or future floor polish. I set it on a paper towel and let it dry overnight. You’ll have new glass.

if you want to see the results, go back to page 54 of this thread and check out the before and after of the ambulance I restored.

Joel

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