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Ford in Miniature: Rare Scale Models of Classic American Ford Motor Company Cars & Trucks 1930 to 1968 (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury & Edsel) Paperback – August 29, 2006

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Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace, Dec. 28, 2006

“If you are like me – a Ford fan and a model car collector – Ford in Miniature will be an invaluable part of your reference material … This one’s highly recommended.”

MCM,  April 2007 
“...a very worthwhile reference.”

 



The International Plastic Modelers' Society, USA
http://www.ipmsusa.org/index.htm (undated)


'Ford in Miniature' is billed as the first book ever devoted to handbuilt model Fords. In its 128 pages and over 400 color photographs, the author has attempted to provide a comprehensive listing of all the 1:43 scale handbuilt model Fords, Edsels, Mercurys, and Lincolns available for the model years 1930 through 1969.  What are 'handbuilt' models, and why would IPMS members be interested in them? According to the author, a handbuilt model is built entirely by hand out of white metal or resin. They are normally sold pre-built, but are occasionally sold as kits. They generally contain far more detail and are truer to scale than the die cast toys one finds in many stores these days; they are built in limited numbers (generally 1,000 or less); and they are fairly expensive, ranging between $75 and $300. Traditionally they have been 1:43 scale, although recently several manufacturers have been offering them in 1:24 and 1:18 scale as well. The accuracy and detail are what make them interesting to IPMS members: they provide, ready-made, what many of us strive for in our own models. While I tend to build 1:24 scale cars, I have a small collection of these handbuilts as well, which I purchased for all of the above reasons as well as the fact that they offer subjects that I can't get in 1:24 scale. I'm sure I'm not the only scale modeler whose interests include handbuilts.  But I digress.

The book in question is organized into six chapters. After an introductory chapter, the next three are each devoted to one of the makes produced by the Ford Motor Company in the US: Ford (and Edsel), Mercury, and Lincoln. Each chapter begins with a brief summary, decade-by-decade, of some of the more significant models available. The summaries are then followed by page after page of photographs of models arranged by model and year. The photos are of high quality and provide an interesting look at not only the models themselves, but at the improvements in model details and quality over the years and from builder to builder.  Chapter five is devoted to a brief description of many of the companies that have produced these handbuilt models over the past 30 years or so. A brief history of each company is provided, along with a list of Ford models they have produced. Chapter six lists suppliers where one can purchase handbuilts. The text is generally well written. It is obvious that the author has not only a deep affection for his subject, but also a good understanding of the hobby and its history. The photos are numerous and of excellent quality. My only complaint is that too often the same view of the same model appears in numerous photos: first alone, then with one or two similar models, or maybe with the box it came in. Most photos show the front three-quarters view; rear-end shots are few, and interior shots are very rare. All in all, I found this book to be quite interesting. While I have no intention of getting into serious collecting of handbuilt models, I enjoyed learning more about them and seeing all the models. I will definitely refer back to this book now and then for inspiration on color schemes and occasional detail information. My thanks to Veloce publications for providing this review copy.



The Automobile, January 2007

If you are into the collection of hand-built 1:43rd scale models and North American Fords in particular, including Lincoln and Mercury, this is for you. Die-cast manufacturers such as Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox are thus not included. This is not just a review of North American products as more than half the current builders come from Europe. The book is largely pictorial and is also an interesting way of showing the history of Ford from the 1930s to the 1960s. 

About the Author

Randall Olson grew up in the small city of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the center of the North American continent. He has vivid memories of cruising across the vast flatlands of his childhood in the Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler land yachts of the 1950s. A love for these automobiles became a part of his life, as did his enjoyment of photography and scale model motorcars. Randall has combined these loves in Ford in Miniature. The author lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada with his wife and twin teenage sons. He is a business consultant, skilled miniaturist and diorama builder and is working on his next book in this series.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845840275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845840273
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,662,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randall Olson's photography and descriptions are great for collectors of 1:43 models. This is part of a series, and I now have every one of the four. They all compile a virtual time capsule of the state of the art in fine modeling in the scale. Well done, Mr. Olson!
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Lots of color photos featuring high quality 1:43 scale models. Every hand-built manufacturer is here. Brooklin, Motor City USA, Western Models, Provence Moulage, CCC, Conquest, BBR. Does a good job of illustrating why 1:43 is mostly a "gentlemen's hobby." These models aren't cheap.

My only complaint was that the author devoted a bit too much space to the crude one-off models from obscure builders like J Rettig and Enchantment Land Coachbuilders. I would much rather see multiple photos of one of Motor City's masterpieces than have it share space with some converted 1/43rd-ish toy covered in sloppy chrome foil. Yuck.

The only error I found: The 1964 Ford Country Squire on Page 64 is a plastic slot car from Ideal's Motorific line - not an AMT kit.
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A well made book. Stiff glossy fold over flaps front and back protect this well researched and fine presentation of color photos. I got it for the LIncoln & Mercury sections and they did not disappoint. Would love to see more of the 1960s and early 70's models.
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do yourself a favor and buy this (as well as "GM In Miniature"). This offers a wonderful background in the making of these models, as well as photos and details of the models themselves. The paper and photo quality are outstanding as well.
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Collectors of model cars prefer to spend their spare cash on model cars, not books on model cars. I can understand their priorities, but in the case of "Ford in Miniature" they really ought to reserve a few dollars for an exceptional book that puts an important part of their hobby in perspective - 1:43rd scale handbuilt models of classic American cars. Randall Olson displays a knowledge of Fords and handbuilt models like few others with a stunning array of color pictures and loads of inside information. His book will surely become a standard work for the model collector - at least for that discerning collector who is willing to spend a little on books on model cars, and not just model cars.
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