Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner motor and spark plug wire detailing

I moved on to seeing how the engine would fit, so cut the pieces free from the sprue and loosely assembled it. I tape the body together again, as it kept falling apart.

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I was checking to see if I could lift the air clear a touch as it sits almost on top of the distributor. There does seem to be room to do this. Not 100% sure though, so instead I am going to try some thing else I think.

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Above is the view from the side showing a gap. Further inspection showed this was down to the front suspension not being seated correctly.

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Here is a look from the bottom, the wheel shaft should be quite a bit higher, it looks as though the bottome suspension is not even touching the chassis.

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Above I am holding the front suspension in it’s correct place. The gap between wher the hood would be and the air cleaner is now much smaller.

On to getting ready for spark plug wires…

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Being a firm believer in using what’s at hand (some would say, a cheapskate) I found some wires that may do the trick.

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Close up picture shows how the air cleaner really does touch the distributor.

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Looks messy but the air cleaner covers it mostly. I don’t have the tiny drill bits that I see many model builders using, so I cam up with a plan, more on that below.

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Air cleaner on and it does not look that bad. Here you can see the first wire goes from the coil, to the centre of the distributor. The second wired comes out of the distributor, over the valve cover to the spark plug.

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Same as photo above, only now without the air cleaner.

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My cheapskate wires!

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Here is where you usually find them, tied around cables too keep them in check.

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Test fitting and seeing how it all looks inside the engine bay. Looks like it will work to me.

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The method I use is a bit messy, basically I heat up the wire, then push it into the distributor while it is very hot and melt a hole. I have made nine holes in here. With all the wires in, I don’t think it will look too bad, but time will tell.

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With the air cleaner on the wire is almost not noticeable, and the messy distributor even less so.

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Test fitting a wheel, I really like the look of these wheels!

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The cylinder heads have pointy bits on them. Initially I thought they were meant to be the spark plugs, so I butchered two to take the wires.

Figured out that they actually represent the exhaust headers going onto the cylinder heads. The photo above shows that I added four holes, roughly where the spark plugs actually would be.

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Another shot showing the holes where the spark plug wires will go into.

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Underneath, you can see the wire poking through. This is ok as there is s gap, between this part and the engine block.

Almost time to slap some paint on the motor!

Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner mock up

Following the unboxing of my FordĀ Fairlane 500 Skyliner I got started on the kit, first unpacking it all so I could see what was inside.

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First bit I put together was a wheel, as I had wanted to see how the chrome looked, along with the ‘whitewall’ that simply fits into the tire.

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I must say I am quite impressed with how it turned out.

Next I got started on the body, this is a multi piece body, so you need to assemble the sides to the front fenders and firewall with the rear body panel. I mocked this up, using masking tape to hold it together. I also popped the trunk on, again, to see how it looked.

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A different angle, here from the top/rear, with the hood open.

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Left hand side of the Ford Skyliner.

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A view of the rear body panel, with the trunk on. I think this is going to be a bit of a pain to line up.

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Front of the car, I like the detail on the badge on the hood, the mark below is from cutting it off the sprue. This will be a bit of a pain to cut clean up properly and get ready for paint.

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All for now, hope you enjoyed it!

Revell Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Unboxing

I recently bought a kit from a local hobby shop here in Maia, Portugal. The Ford Skyliner caught my eye mainly because of the box art, it was just so different from the other car plastic model kits.

In the video I take it out the box and do a quick inspection of the parts included inside. I have yet to decide exactly how I am going to build it, but do have an idea on the colours to use, more on that later though.

I have built kits in the past, with varying degrees of success and decided to give it a try again.

With winter approaching here in Portugal and my family and I having settled into an apartment, my usual leisure pastimes just won’t be possible (woodworking, tinkering in a garage). I am hoping that this and other plastic model kits will be a good distraction over winter.

I hope to document the process as much as possible as I go, so check back!