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4 Doors, omigosh, Snatch Em Up!

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
4 Doors, omigosh, Snatch Em Up!
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:39 AM


        How many of you wish the four door Auto had NOt been forgotten by the Model car manufactures, U remember Jo-Han offering a plethora of Buicks ,Chryalers and Caddies? Oh, Oldsmobiles too! with four of them door things. There were and are even today with the homogenized versions,More four door cars than Two door versions. Nowadays An old Phart like me can't stoop low enough to get in a HYUNDAI Veloster, Much less a Nissan coupe or a Toyota Coupe. Four doors, In most just barely. I wonder what Body parameters thay are fitted to.The Handsome and or Pretty, or the Old and Grey. Certainly not the latter!

       In Models, some cars just look more imposing and formal. I wish they were still with us in more brands and types. the Four door Chevy from the't remember the name) Was a refreshing breath after so Many iterations of it's two Door sibling. A Buick or Caddy, Olds or Pontiac with four doors, Shoot! Just like the neighbor's car. He had Kids too!. Two doors wouldn't work!

       Oh, a late update? of sorts anyway. There was an American mfgr. that produced  there were,either 1/24 or 1/25 friction autos in the late 50s that were all four door cars. A Chevy. Pontiac ,Buick and Caddy. They were either available as Cop Cars, Firechief cars, or Sheriffs cars and some as Taxis.They were .98 each and so well detailed they easily matched AMT or JO-Han for body detail.No window glass or interiors.But, they could go like a Bat outta %%%! The thing is they didn't stop gently! They were easy to repair as long as you could find all the bumper and grille pieces.The Bumpers actually worked! I don't think I ever had a busted body.

     But then, Looking at one one day,I thought, I wonder how I could make wondows for these. yeah Right! Then came interiors f Balsa. Paint jobs and covering up the half engraved signs on the sides trunks and tops.  That's when I first ever used Plastic Wood on a model in plastic. It did work with those Odd plastic bodies though.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:59 PM

Well TB, 2-door coupes sell sexy better than people movers.  The E-Stang caused many car enthusiasts to recoil in horror.  A 4-door Mustang?  Blasphemy!  But it's not even a Mustang, it's moe like a crossover SUV.  Double blasphemy.  I can't wait for Chevy to follow up with a "Corvette" minivan.  Dead

Now if someone kitted an Aston Martin Lagonda, THAT would be interesting.  That car trumps the SUX-2000 from Robocop in over-the-top excess!

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:24 PM

Modern Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 are available in kit form

 And I have the AMT 65 Lincoln continental with the suicide doors in the stash.



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Posted by PFJN2 on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:33 PM


I'd love to find a model of all the cars that I have owned in real life, but as TB notes, there are not that many four door models out there, which seems a shame. Tongue Tied

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 3:01 PM

I think I mentioned before I'd just like more sedans from the 20's to mid 50's. 2 doors,4 doors whatever as long as it's not another coupe or roadster.  But don't take those away to do it. I suppose it's a tall order as the crowd coming up like the exotics and modern.

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 4:55 PM

I like doing vintage cop cars, so the omnipresence of 2-door designs has always been a major pain in the dingus. Lindberg did a nice series of late-'90s/early 2000s Crown Vics (and a Taurus, I think)...but with the possible exception of the old MPC Dodge Monaco -- which has been easy to find in releases from "Blues Brothers" to "Dukes of Hazzard" and even as the "Joker's Goon Car" -- good 4-doors from the '60s-'70s have been pretty few and far between...and now, expensive when you can find 'em at all.


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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, November 17, 2022 6:28 AM

Vintage taxis too is the realm of 4 doors. Try and find a 47 Plymouth 4 door, good luck. Or even a 1960 for that matter. Checker ?

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 20, 2022 9:33 AM


         There were some Checker looking cars around for a while.They were made fo car loads on Lionel "O"Scale trains. If you look carefully they do Resemble, Checker "Marathon" automobiles. It would take a lot of work BUT the results are astounding to say the least. A fellow in a Model Rail club in California did just that using one of those and some Revell 57 Chevy glue bombs. Didn't look half bad either!

          Many of their cars had either Chrysler(Read Plymouth) running gear or G.M.(Read Chevrolet Here) there were some, Much older that used gear from I believe Continental Engine sources too! The Bodies were so well engineered, even with a four piece, base door part, configuration(G.M. never did get that part right) that if bent, (yeah, collision time!) you could put 55 fenders, lights and doors on a 78-82 year model too. They bolted right in place!

        For these, Hit the train Shows! Remember, they did NOT have interiors so REVELL Blister or Thin Boxed Custom parte Interior parts can be used . The sky's the limit here. The stretched Chassis from the 50s era AMT model cars will work as well!




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