Tabletop Village

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Great stuff! I have to make it down there one of these years for that show. Hopefully in a year my Giants are in the playoffs and I can catch a game at the same time. :D
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JSB33 wrote:
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I think that you have enough cars to "Fordify" and picture taken :D
Thanks. I really enjoy the challenge of doing that. Like saying, "humm, what is the closest Ford model I have to a Sunbeam Alpine"?

Another thing that I noticed when I did this diorama is that I now have a lot of North American vehicles. When I began collecting in ernest ten years ago I was mostly collecting European and Australian models. It wasn't that I didn't want US Fords, but quality renderings were just not very available. I'm glad that things have changed.

Here are a few Old Ford Picnic photos that are not 1:1 reenactments:

ImageOld Ford Picnic 2019 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageOld Ford Picnic 2019 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageOld Ford Picnic 2019 by Michael, on Flickr

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ImageOld Ford Picnic 2019 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageOld Ford Picnic 2019 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageOld Ford Picnic 2019 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageOld Ford Picnic 2019 by Michael, on Flickr

Of all the models in this photo, who can identify the most unlikely Ford to ever to seen in the US?
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Behind the black '30s tourer there's a Latin American (Argentinean?) car in metallic beige. That's probably it.

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I'm trying to remember if Ford Cortina made it to the 'States? Capri certainly did. Or is the red Falcon an Aussie version?

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Ian, there were some Cortinas here but I do not think it was officially imported.

The 49 Wagon by the picnic table is my favorite scene here.
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JSB33 wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:57 am
Ian, there were some Cortinas here but I do not think it was officially imported.
Jeff,

Cortinas were imported here in the 60's by select Ford dealers. I remember our local dealer having a Lotus powered one sitting next to a Shelby Mustang in about 1966. I think when the Mustang was introduced in 1964, most Ford dealers in the US didn't feel the need to carry another small two door. Cortinas were more popular in Canada and you still see a great number in British Columbia.
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Thanks for the update on Cortina. I was swapping car sales brochures with a couple of collectors in the US and Canada during those years. I was more interested in Falcons, Galaxies, T-Birds, Lincolns and anything not available in England, and sent them items on our UK Anglias and similar.

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Tom wrote:
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Behind the black '30s tourer there's a Latin American (Argentinean?) car in metallic beige. That's probably it.
Tom has it, the 1980's Argentine Falcon a most highly unlikely sighting in the USA. There are a couple of Australian Falcon in this set too, there is a cult following for this cars and a few have been imported as vintage cars since dawn of the internet.

Cortinas were sold here up to 1970 (replaced by the Pinto). Here is a US Cortina ad from 1966.

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That is something, I think I have seen like at the most 3 Cortina's in my life. I wonder if they never made it to the center of the country?
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That is something, I think I have seen like at the most 3 Cortina's in my life. I wonder if they never made it to the center of the country?
I would imagine not many English Ford dealers in the heartland. Chicago probably, maybe St. Louis?
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JSB33 wrote:
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That is something, I think I have seen like at the most 3 Cortina's in my life. I wonder if they never made it to the center of the country?
I would imagine not many English Ford dealers in the heartland. Chicago probably, maybe St. Louis?
Not sure about those places but Northern OH was not a hot spot for Cortina activity. :lol:
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Back in the early 80's, the Falcon was a very common sight during the summer months, when Argentinians invaded our beaches (my state and one state down from me). In my opinion one of the worse cars that they drove here.
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Back in January 1987 I rode a bus from Uruguay to Blumenau (and later on up to Sao Paulo). I do recall seeing a an Argentine Ford Taunus pulled over at a roadside garage with the hood up and the family standing around. At that time, Ford products in Brazil and Argentina had very little in common.
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Here we have a somewhat bland modern suburban commercial district featuring modern buildings by Menards.

ImageTable Top Village Starbucks by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord Mustang II King Cobra by Greenlight by Michael, on Flickr

ImageTable Top Village Starbucks by Michael, on Flickr

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Good to see everyone practicing proper social distancing, but no masks in sight. What will Governor Inslee say? :D
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oldirish33 wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 11:48 pm
Good to see everyone practicing proper social distancing, but no masks in sight. What will Governor Inslee say? :D
I've actually seen some mini-diorama on Facebook with masked figures.
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Nice job, like the night lighting. For the Starbucks you should have someone sitting behind a laptop (not actually working though, they never seem to).

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I wonder if they are lining up at the dollar store for TP, hand sanitizer or or disinfecting wipes.
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I wonder if they are lining up at the dollar store for TP, hand sanitizer or or disinfecting wipes.
Pretty sure that is the case. In the wee hours, long before the store opens. Only two per customer PLEASE.
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ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

Small Town USA, Early 1970s. Inspired by this photo taken in Shelton, WA.

ImageEvergreen Square, Shelton, WA, Circa 1973 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

Unfortunately I can't get foreground and background in focus at the same time, so I had to alternate.

ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

The Goldvarg Galaxie 4-door sedan really comes in handy for scenes like this.

ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

ImageSmall Town U.S.A., Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr

ImageSmall Town U.S.A. Parking Lot, Early 1970s by Michael, on Flickr
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Those look great, excellent.

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Nice Michael! I love the 70's photo from Shelton. I had been by Shelton numerous times over the years headed up or down 101, but never in the town until this past December. Is that square still there?
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Nice representation.

Pretty cool license plate on the Demon in your original picture.
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