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Resin Roundup: A pair of transkits give you precisely the model you want

Backdate a Ford Pinto wagon and convert a ’57 Ford Custom two-door to a four-door sedan
You know that feeling when you see a model car kit and you just wanted a slightly different version of what’s offered. Maybe you wanted a four-door instead of a two-door. Or maybe you wanted the same model but a year earlier. 

Resin model manufacturers to the rescue! By performing slight modifications to a plastic kit, resin conversion or transkits can provide those different versions to save you extra work. 

This month let’s round up two transkits for Ford cars from Morgan Automotive Detail (MAD).

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1971-72 Ford Pinto station wagon
Price: $40 plus shipping

MPC released a kit of the Ford Pinto wagon in 1978. At the time, we were driving a ’74 Pinto, which had a different nose. I always thought it would be fun to build a model that more closely resembled our car, and even tried grafting the nose from an earlier MPC Pinto Pro Stock kit to a wagon body.
Now, I don’t have to. Kris Morgan at MAD has released a cute early Pinto wagon transkit. It includes the body, front and rear pans, chrome-plated front and rear bumpers, plated grill, clear resin headlight lenses, and a set of Pinto emblems for the fenders and tailgate.
The parts are cleanly cast in white polyurethane resin and look like plastic kit parts. The parts show very little flash or other flaws.
All the parts are essentially a drop in for the MPC 1978 kit. And remember that ’74 Pinto wagon I mentioned? With a little fiddling, you can install the pans and bumpers from the ’78 Pinto to come up with a close replica. And the woodgrain decals from the ’78 MPC kit fit this version, too. Wins all around! 

1957 Ford Custom four-door sedan
Price: $35 plus shipping

Revell’s ’57 Ford Custom has been a popular and versatile kit, with stock, drag, and police versions offered. This resin conversion from MAD provides even more options. 

MAD’s kit consists of only four parts: the four-door body, two four-door interior side panels, and a front seat. As with the Pinto, the parts are molded in clean with no flaws, bubbles, bumps, or holes. MAD removes much of the flash after molding so modelers have little trimming or cleaning to do.
Everything else can be sourced from the Revell kit. Test-fitting showed that the resin body and door panels line up well with the plastic kit parts, and that assembly should be little different from the plastic kit —except for adhesive. Remember, resin parts do not respond to plastic cement, so you’ll need to use superglue or two-part epoxy to assemble those parts.
Obviously, this kit could be the basis for a police car. Many agencies used the ’57 Ford sedan as a cruiser, but this could be your basic grocery-getting family car, too. Ford offered some great two-tone color schemes for this car that would result in a satisfying factory-stock model. And of course, the gasser drag parts should fit as well.
If you’ve never built a resin kit and are wondering about possibilities, either of these Ford transkits from Morgan Automotive Detail would make great starter projects. They’re simple, well-done conversions.


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