Growing up around Healeys, my first model car when I was a kid was of course the old Revell 1/25 scale Austin Healey 100/6. The kit first came out in the mid 60's and has been re-released several times over the decades. Surprisingly it's been the only kit of a big Healey to be produced in 1/25 scale. It depicts an early "Longbridge" built 100/6 BN4 - the first of the 6 cylinder/4 seater cars (1956-58).
Built straight from the box, the old castings need some careful sanding and detail improvements to make the grade. I always replace the chunky plastic wheels with some nice etched wire wheels from Detail Master. I also add lots of piping and wiring detail to the engine bay.
Here's the Revell kit built almost straight from the box with just some added details:
The colour scheme I chose for the 1958 BN6 is called Florida Green over Ivory. It featured a "grey" interior with dark green carpets and piping.
Just like the real car, the original colour it was painted in '53 was a light green metallic. Then in '55 the main body and interior were changed and repainted to be the darker Spruce Green. The lighter green still remained visible on all the under areas including the engine bay:
With lots of home made modifications, details and some etched wire wheels, you'd never know that NOJ393 began with the old Revell kit -
So there you have it, where there's a will there's a way! To close, here's a few pics of the out of the box 4 seat 100/6, compared with the heavily modified 2 seat 100/4 model. All built using the old Revell kit model kit from the 1960's...
Until next time,
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.