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My Fare Lady - a Revell 1:24 Austin FX4 Taxi re-imagined


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This was meant to be a stop-gap build - a mild custom conversion in the style of a 1930s sedanca de ville or coupe de ville style town car - but it kind of took me over for a while!  To quote from the WIP thread...

 

"The thinking behind it (yes folks, there is some!) is out of sympathy for the humble subject of this kit.  Imagine if you will the life of one of these old ladies, bustling around London day in day out, carrying every class of person from thieves and rogues down to estate agents, bankers, share traders and politicians.  Dressed in sombre black and harried Cinderella-like, cut up and honked at, I imagine one of them would yearn for the day when they too could wear a posh frock and transport the nobility and gentry to and from the Albert Hall or Covent Garden Opera House, gliding elegantly through the traffic with a motorcycle escort and being admired on all sides.

 

That is the premise behind this build, a mild makeover which will include a sedanca de ville style body conversion and an engine swap, the diesel lump giving way to a US V8. A tasteful two-tone paint job should complete the makeover."

 

Apologies for the number of images, I tried two different light settings and these are the best of the two.  The occasional blurred image is due to the limitations of a phone camera, I'm still looking at getting a decent camera!

 

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I hope you like it!

 

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Yes, I like it 😁

 

I've always thought the dimensions of the kit look a little off but your approach negates all of that by bending the rules to your own shape. Top marks for being inventive and carrying your vision though, whatever you were smoking to get you there! 

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Thanks @Anteater.  I'm not sure what I was smoking either, it's all a bit of a blur... :pipe:  Good fun though.  I now need to work on my skills a bit to improve the standard of the builds.  Hopefully being able to see better will help!

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Looks very good, just think what you'll be able to achieve when you can see what you're doing!

 

Like the others I do like the paint scheme. Not a particular fan of the sedanca style on any car, but I can't argue with the execution - it's some very good cutting and shaping work to make it work this well.

 

Hope the op goes well and you're back at the bench before too long.

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Thanks guys, a lot.  Having seen the standard of the models you have each presented your comments really mean something.  Thanks also for the good wishes, I really appreciate them.

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Re-imagined is, definitely an understatement,  a very original idea and brilliantly executed.   When you first displayed the wheels I thought it was a mistake to replace the originals,  however I'm happy to report that I was wrong and they really compliment the great colour scheme.  Hope everything goes well and already looking forward to the next one - Andy 

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Looks cool!

As soon as I saw the first picture, I thought "Wallace & Gromit" for some reason. 😜

I think they would be happy to have this in their garage.

Brilliantly done!

👏👏🙂

 

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@JeroenS, @Toftdale, @kapam, @Stickframe: Thanks hugely for your kind comments.  Kapam, you're not far off the mark, there's definitely a whimsical air to this conversion and I can just picture Gromit at the wheel with Wallace in solitary splendour in the back - toast in hand of course!

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1 hour ago, Bobby No Mac said:

Is it just me unable to see the pics? I'm just getting 'spacer.png' links (the old trick of right clicking and selecting 'open link in new tab' isn't working either) :cry:

I can see the images on my Samsung phone.

 

Great transformation of a hum-drum vehicle!

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