GOLDEN SAHARA MODEL
Japanese Yoshihiro Hobara is on a quest to build a series of his all time favorite famous Barris Kustoms Shop created Custom cars in scale 1/25. For this article we concentrate on the model he created of the Golden Sahara I.
The Golden Sahara model: One of the wildest Custom creations to ever come from the Barris Custom Shop. The Golden Sahara was base on George Barris his personal 1953 Lincoln that was in a wreck. The idea for the Custom was sold to Dayton, Ohio based Jim Skonzakes and the Barris Shop went to work. No panel was left alone, and the end result was a stunning futuristic automobile that would shock the custom car crowd for many years to come. Yoshihiro based his model on the Lindberg 1953 Ford Hard Top kit, which was not to far off from the Lincoln the Barris Shop had started with. So that was the easy part. Fortunately for Yoshihiro, the built on the Golden Sahara was captured with some photos which where used in the Barris Technique book Volume 3. Those along with several feature of the Golden Sahara in the magazines from the mid 1950’s and more recent publications were used to research the car. And help recreate the car in 1/25 scale.
Early stage of the built show the 1953 Ford body already shaped to look like the Golden Sahara. A lot of cutting, shaping and adding shaped pieces of sheet plastic as well as body parts from the parts-box have been added to get the body this far.
Long rear fenders were mostly shaped from sheet plastic and left over body parts from other kit. A parts box spare tire cover was reshaped and blended into the trunk. Headlights openings where created from left over parts combined with sheet and strip styrene and blended into the body.
A modified hood was created with the front of the opening acting as a scoop. A peak was added on the front fenders just above the reshaped wheel opening, and parts-box bullets were added to the front.
It is always great to put the first coats of primer on a model, especially when it is so complex as the Golden Sahara. Not you can see the full lines of the body without looking at all the shaded of plastic and filler. Its also the stage where you realize there is still a long way to go. Much shaping and sanding still to be done.
Most of the primer has been sanded away and the body shape is getting very close and is now getting really smooth as well. Now its time to work on the details. Interior, taillights. The front bench comes from the parts-box, and still needs typical Golden Sahara details. The rear bench is all scratch-built.
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