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I attempted to fabricate a Landau top onto a convertible. The wire wheels are Kelsey-Hayes versions from MotorMax's 1953 Buick Skylark convertible. Used the fastening discs from a Burago kit to attach to the Ertl axels. The wheels roll.

The landau top is styrofoam. Air intake is brushed aluminum. Top attached with white glue.

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I'm curious about the inspiration behind the mod, is it to replicate a 1:1 car or just a fantasy mod?

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Is this the 'Sonny' or the 'Cher' version? :giggle I like it! It has a sorta 60's, over-the-top, showcar look to it!
 

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Sean, the truth is I have a number of these convertibles that I bought from a modder who took the Hemi engines, the wheels and convertible boots off them.
I just hated to see them stuck in a box going to "waste" so I decided to put a top on some. The Landau top is much easier to attempt than a full hardtop, which for me is an extreme challenge and something I cannot do at this time with what limited experience I have. I suppose the underlying and subconscious idea of some sort of show/entertainment-type car was present in doing this. It is NOT based on any 1:1 car that I am familiar with.

in my humble opinion, the wire wheels with fat white wall tires makes all the difference in the look of the car.
It was really fun seeing what the final result would look like. And the wheels and tires set it off.

I'll be the first to admit it is a weird looking one. And there will be those who think it is a POS. But that's perfectly alright and expected. I did have alot of fun constructing it and seeing the final outcome. And I'm honored that Al and others like it!!!
 

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I must confess that it is from a meat tray package (actually from a fresh, air-dried chicken product tray). The curves seemed perfect for fitting to the body of the car, yet the tray was too wide. So the tray was sliced longitudinally, a section removed, and the two halves glued back together. Like I mentioned above, to try and hand form a complete top, especially the sides and corners, seems way out of my league. Using this styrofoam, I figured if I screwed up, I wouldn't be out anything but the paint and time. The syrofoam takes latex flat paint quite well. I find it FUN just messing around to see what the cars would look like with different crazy applications such as this. IF I had a Master Modeler to apprentice to, now that would be a different story!

Here are a couple of other examples that were done a while back.

This GTX top is made with fiberboard and masking tape.


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This GTX top incorporates some strofoam, fiberboard and masking tape.


Here are the two side by side.



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