1/24 15R Ace Model Shop 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible
Multimedia Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Dated 1946. Although Ford is not mentioned, there is no mistaking that this is the Ford Sportsman Convertible. Well designed kit is primarily wood with plastic wheels and tires and with some metal details and other metal parts. Features main wood parts that are all cut to profile (cut in two dimensions) or die cut and with other wood stock such as dowels. There are four excellent one-piece wheels/tires with tread from plastic , and a small clear wax paper sack with some small metal parts (like a steering wheel, etc) and metal stock as well. There are excellent instructions with detailed building text, full size three view drawings, photos of the assembly process and a very nice photo of the built model. The kit has been inventoried with all parts present, and the small parts bag is still factory sealed. NOTE: there is minor and neat assembly. The grill, hood and axle blocks have been glued to the chassis. Quality of assembly is perfect; it lines up flawlessly with the instructions. There is no other assembly. Ace Model Shop was in Pasadena, California and the mailing address was 60 N. San Gabriel Blvd. Later the address was simply Ace Products, Pasadena 8, California. Most of the kits seem to be from the 1940s and up to the early 1950s, but production could go back earlier. The owner was Mr. Gordon A. Babb. Mr. Babb was born in 1897 and we know little else about him, except that he had a vision for quality. Most solid 'display' kit producers in the 1940s simply provided plans and blocks of wood, maybe with a few accessories. Ace went well beyond that with all cut-out parts, fully formed wheels and even some metal parts, occasionally small plastic details and sometimes even decals. The plans went well beyond the average also, featuring numerous views (not just three), detail views for sub-assembles and even text instructions. There were at least 15 car kits in the line and also many military vehicles which were popular kits in World War 2. We don't know what happened to Ace 'Models Of Merit' but the introduction of plastic kits (started by the Highway Pioneers) put an end to most wood kit production.
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