Tribute Dioramas

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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:48 am

A diorama that I've thinking about ever since I found a Gothic cathedral in a thrift shop a couple of years ago was to do something that resembles the iconic setting along the Rhine in Cologne, Germany where Ford has been posing their cars for publicity shots for decades. My attempt seems fairly crude (I think I would have gotten better results if I worked in HO scale). But here they are.

ImageFord at Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord at Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord at Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord at Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord at Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord at Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr
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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:50 am

And here are some historic photos of this location:

ImageFord Taunus and Cologne Dom by Michael, on Flickr

Image1951 Ford Taunus deLuxe (Germany) by Michael, on Flickr

ImageGerman Fords in Cologne, 1965 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageFord Fiestas -- Cologne 2010 by Michael, on Flickr
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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:43 pm

What I should have done to begin with.

ImageFord at Cologne Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by JSB33 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:48 am

Last 2 work really, really well.
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Post by carcollector » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:32 am

Love those vintage pics! Great job. ;)

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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by GBOAC002 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:51 am

x2.

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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by Batman » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:28 am

Very cool! Michael, I'm taking a wild guess... You like Fords! :D

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Post by Tom » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:36 am

Very nicely done, as usual.

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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:59 am

Practical Classics' Reader's Poll Tribute

ImagePractical Classics' Reader's Poll Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

Last month the British magazine Practical Classics published the results of a reader's poll for the top 100 collector's vehicles of 2016. For me there were surprises both for what was on the list and what was not. However there were eight Fords on the list, which I have assembled here as Vangaurds models. The rankings were: #92: Sierra, #89: Granada, #76: FWD Escort, #73: Consul Capri, #61: Fiesta, #44: RWD Escort, #7: Capri, #4: Cortina.

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ImagePractical Classics' 2016 Reader's Poll by Michael, on Flickr
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Post by LUW » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:04 am

Really cool! Love to see automobile history like that.
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Post by JSB33 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:04 am

Michael does all kinds of cool stuff like this. Luc, you will have too ask him what his username means. Its right on point.
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Post by LUW » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:31 am

From what I've seen so far, fantastic stuff!
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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:24 am

E.T. "Bob" Gregorie (1908-2002)

I've been wanting to stage a E.T. "Bob" Gregorie tribute for years, but it took a long time to acquire the rights models to make it work.

ImageE.T. "Bob" Gregorie by Michael, on Flickr

Bob Gregorie was Ford's first in-house designer. He was hired by Lincoln in 1931, and assigned by Edsel Ford to design the British Model Y, which he scaled up for the 1933 Ford Model 40. Gregorie became Ford's first chief of design in 1935. He quit in 1943 after Edsel Ford died, was hired back by HF II and quit again in 1946, but not before designing Ford's new products for 1949 -- except for the '49 Ford, which was a big part of the reason he left. He spent the rest of his career designing yachts.

http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Desig ... ie_bio.htm

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Post by JSB33 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:07 am

Am I right in thinking that HFI was not a fan of him?
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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:47 pm

JSB33 wrote:
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Am I right in thinking that HFI was not a fan of him?
That would be my guess. Styling being for whimps and all that.

Here is a photo with some of Gregorie's much less talked about European offspring:

ImageE.T. "Bob" Gregorie Tribute by Michael, on Flickr
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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by Keko » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:37 pm

What a great job you are doing here Michael. I'm going to try to make something...

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Post by IFHP » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:39 am

Keko wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:37 pm
What a great job you are doing here Michael. I'm going to try to make something...
Thanks Keko. I will be interested to see what you come up with.
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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:49 am

I'm planning a series of "Country and Plant" tribute dios. The idea is to pick a country where Ford had assembly plants, research where those plants were and what products were built in those plants and then select an appropriate group of vehicles around the the theme of a specific plant (I find this really fun).

I started with an easy one; Ford of Canada.

ImageFord of Canada Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

Founded in 1904, this diorama is a tribute to Ford of Canada and focuses on Ford's four principle plants; Windsor (1905-1954), Oakville (1953-to current), Ontario Truck Plant, a.k.a. OTP (1965-2004), and St Thomas (1967-2011).

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Ford of Canada was born in Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit. Vehicle production ended in 1954, but an engine plant continued for several more decades.

ImageFord of Canada Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

Ford of Canada moved auto and truck production from Windsor to Oakville (nearer to Toronto) in 1953. Originally the plant built a wide range of Ford and Mercury vehicles for the domestic market as well as for Ford of Canada's export territories (most of which were RHD countries). After the 1965 US-Canada Auto Pact, Oakville began exporting to the US. Eventually Oakville became a global single source plant for specific vehicles. Current that vehicle is the Ford Edge and Lincoln MK X.

ImageFord of Canada Tribute by Michael, on Flickr

The Ontario Truck Plant (OTP) built F-Series trucks from 1965 (MY 1966) to 2004. The plant is located adjacent to the older Oakville plat and Ford of Canada corporate HQ in Oakville, ON. The plant has now been integrated into in to the Oakville facility.

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The St Thomas plant (near Southwold, ON) started by building cars for the US and Canadian markets. In the 1980s St Thomas became the sole source plant for the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. Lincoln Town Car production was moved from Wixom, MI to St Thomas in 2007. When "Panther" platform car production ended in 2011, Ford shut the plant down.
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Re: Tribute Dioramas

Post by IFHP » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:56 am

Maybe someday there will be a Canadian partwork series (unlikely, but I have to live in hope). There were so many unique Canadian Ford products, it would really have spiced up this tribute of I could have mixed in Meteors, Monarchs and Mercury trucks.

Yeah, I know that there are a couple of white metal Canadian Ford products, but they are awful.
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Post by Tom » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:42 am

Great idea!

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Post by JSB33 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:28 am

At least some of the models made already have Canadian engines in them. (351 Windsor)
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Post by Alex_W » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:05 pm

Very nice. Years ago all of the Ford street rodders wanted big-block 351C (Cleveland) engines because they had so many factory performance options, but their rarity makes them more expensive than the small-block 351W (Windsor). I'm sure having a C engine is a status symbol now, but the W was always a great engine that could be modified to produce serious power. According to one of the locals who is a "Ford Guy" the Windsor is hugely popular with today's rodders because production volume means there is a huge selection of performance parts available for the engine. I suspect that it is also an easier fit given its lower profile. Plus, it's just an excellent platform.

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Post by Keko » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:21 am

Your pics and models leave me without words. It's a pleasure follow and see this thread.

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