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Resin Roundup: Great conversion scale model station wagons

1966 Ford County Squire station wagon
Price: $100+ (depending on demand)
Available from: eBay at robbbbbb57

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Paul Hettick may not be widely known by name, but his work definitely is. For years he did masters for Modelhaus and built custom one-off models for customers. About ten years ago, he started selling beautifully finished model cars on eBay, drawing a loyal audience and some big price tags. Many of the models were one-of-a-kind, factory-stock conversions of plastic and resin kits.

Now Paul has introduced a series of resin kits of his own. Those include a ’59 Imperial four-door hardtop and a group of Ford station wagons such as this installment’s example.

Paul offers two versions of the ’66 Ford wagon: A Country Sedan and this Country Squire.

The parts are crisp and well-molded. The body requires some cleanup, but that’s to reinforce it for shipping. Otherwise, the parts look good with no pinholes or other flaws.

Paul’s conversion provides the body with open hood, front grill and bumper, rear bumper, wagon taillights, interior bucket, front and rear seats, and a sheet of clear plastic for side and rear windows. In addition, the Country Squire is available with a peel-and-stick decal that will need some careful trimming to fit inside the “wood” side moldings. (Note: The Country Sedan comes without those trim moldings.)

AMT’s ’66 Galaxie hardtop provides the rest of the parts. You’ll need to trim down the rear wheel wells on the chassis to fit under the wagon interior, but the conversion should require little additional modification.

Paul sells his kits only on eBay to ensure that models are available immediately to buyers. So, you do have to essentially compete for one. But I think it’s worth it. 

Olson Brothers’ 1968 Jeepster Commando station wagon
Price: $40
Available from: Resin Cast Model Parts

Olson Brothers’ Meyer snowplow kit
Price: $15
Available from: Resin Cast Model Parts

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Back in the 1960s, MPC was known for offering model kits that were outside the norm, including a series of 1/25 scale Jeeps. Among those was a Kaiser Jeepster Commando convertible that featured the Jeep-y front fenders and hood like the CJ-5. After AMC bought Jeep, they changed the nose to a blocky, more conventional shape and MPC followed suit with its kit. Consequently, the original Jeepster was lost.

But now it’s available again from one of my favorite resin casters, Olson Brothers. The kit includes the body with front fender liners molded in place, firewall, the hardtop roof, interior side panels, and tailgate. If you’d rather have the convertible, though, the convertible boot and rear deck are also available.

Castings are clean with no holes or bumps. You will need to clean up the parts a bit, but otherwise, they’re very good quality. 

MPC’s recent re-release of the ’72 Jeepster Commando provides the balance of the parts. Preliminary test-fitting revealed no problems. So, this kit is a fun and relatively easy conversion. I’ve heard talk of the Jeep being recast, however, so check availability before ordering.

In addition to the Jeepster, I ordered Olson Brothers Meyer snowplow kit. This appears to be a slightly modified version of the snowplow that was offered in MPC’s Jeep kits back in the early 1970s. 

The 12-piece kit includes all the parts you need to set up a pickup-mounted snowplow. It’s a great accessory that offers a unique conversion possibility for your Moebius Ford 4-x-4.


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