Norman Veber's "Flat Box" Ford
(click the image to go back)
For years Norman has planned to build models depicting
the art work found on Monogram boxes from the early sixties.
These kits came in wide, shallow boxes that many refer
to as "Flat Boxes" and included lots of extra
parts enabling you to build three, six, or more versions.
When Revell reissued the 1930 Model A Phaeton, they gave
him the opportunity to build this Flat Box racer without
having to build it from his original kit.
This reissue also prodded Norman to make a good stock
Model A wheel with scale, round spokes (you can see an
unfinished wheel in the foreground above).
Though Norman set out to build a faithful representation
of the box art, he found that some part just plain needed
improvement. The rear wheels are a great example of where
he deviated from plan, but remained faithful to the spirit
of the artwork by adding the steel wheel center section,
lug nuts and resin valve stems for realism.
One final deviation that doesn't seem to hurt one bit
is the decal for the radiator block-off. Norman wanted
to pay homage to Rick Hoving of the Netherlands who has
been a good friend and contributor of product patterns
to Norman's resin casting business for many years. When
he first spotted the "Flying Dutchman" decal
in the Greg's Custom Graphics product line, he knew he'd
found just the right way to honor Rick.