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Lindberg 1953 Ford Victoria

October 2007
RELATED TOPICS: 1950S | 1/25
1953 Ford Victoria
Lindberg No. 72172
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $14.99
Pros: Chrome parts done well; decals have nice detail
Cons: Dashboard fit; decals will not lay down properly with water

Lindberg's 1953 Ford Victoria was originally introduced in 1999. I built one of the first kits, so when I was given a chance to build and review the latest Victoria release, I did so.

Most of the items have stayed the same throughout the kit. One item that I was pleased to see is that the builder now has a choice to make the kit with dual exhausts; in the first release, there was only a single exhaust.

There are a couple of assembly issues that need to be addressed before the Victoria kit will fit together properly. One is the fit of the dashboard when placing the body over the interior and chassis; there is about a ¼ inch gap between the body and the frame. You will need to modify the interior tub where the dashboard is attached.

To do this, before gluing the dash to the interior tub, use the original mounting flats on the interior tub and measure down ¼ inch, then cut it out with a motor tool. Make sure to use a slow speed, so the door-panel portion of the interior doesn't melt.

You will also need to cut down the firewall the same amount. Again, pick a point on the firewall, measure down ¼ inch, and cut with a motor tool. With these modifications, the Victoria kit will fit together in the proper position on the chassis and frame, just as it is meant to.

One repair I had to make (and hopefully you won't have to) was to the head- light area on the right fender. The plastic mold was never fully filled, and the head- light area was partially missing. Luckily, I was able to rebuild that section by using automotive body putty.

After applying the body putty, I carefully carved the fender to the correct shape, and applied a coat of primer to seal the putty and prepare the Victoria body for paint.

After applying primer, I waited a day and wet-sanded the body with 600-grit wet-or-dry sandpaper, then laid down three coats of gray urethane base coat. After it dried for a few hours, I taped off the roof and painted it with three coats of white urethane base coat.

I let the Victoria dry overnight, then applied chrome foil to the window frames and other areas that should be chrome. After chrome foiling, I sprayed the Victoria with three coats of Tamiya clear to seal in the base coats.

After I allowed two days drying time, I polished the Victoria's body by using an AMG polishing kit, and followed that up with Slick and Smooth.

After polishing, assembly could finally start taking place.

Before placing the body over the chassis and interior, all that is necessary is to glue the windows and mirror into place. With those pieces attached, the body can be fitted into place.

After the body has been installed, the chrome trim and bumpers can be glued into place. There were absolutely no problems with applying any of the chrome trim and bumpers.

The only thing that needed to be done before applying any of the chrome was to remove some extra scale.

The decals that are supplied with the kit are nicely detailed. When you apply the decals, however, you will need to use some setting solution, because the decals don't take a firm set using only water.

Even with some of the issues that I encountered with the Victoria kit, I would build another one, and I recommend the purchase of this kit.

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