MODEDLING: Studebaker Time

Studebaker is one of many failed auto makers.  They made some interesting automobiles after WWII.  This post describes Mike George’s construction of a 1947 Studebaker using a Yat Ming 1950 Studebaker as a starting point.

Mike George describes his modeling below:

I’ve seen mention that the Yat Ming 1950 Studebaker Champion, advertised as 1/43, is actually closer to 1/48. I model 1948, so a ’50 model car is too new for me. I watch an on-line auto auction site, Bring-A-Trailer, and a few weeks ago a ’48 Studebaker Champion showed up. It is significantly different than the ’50 model, but it seemed like a worthy candidate for modification. So, I ordered a Yat Ming car. The price is very reasonable and the detail is quite good.

Out came the file and saw. The taillights have to be moved from vertical to horizontal, so some filing is necessary on the tops of the rear fenders. The hood was cut out and the fronts of the fenders were also removed. The new hood is fabricated from .060 styrene in layers with a lot of filing after it dried. The new grille is made from Evergreen styrene bits.

It appears this body style appeared in 1946, so I’m assuming that is what mine is and is a couple of years old. I didn’t want it to look too worn, so I stuck with minimal weathering. I hope no Studebaker purist looks at this, because I’m sure there are lots of details that aren’t correct, but the changes totally change the appearance of the car from a strange jet-age appearance  to a more traditional post-war body style. I couldn’t locate drawings, so all the modifications are done from looking at the BAT website photos, but there were at least 50 from many different angles.

It seems like most photos I see of stations in this era always have a late model nice car parked under the eaves, so I assume station agents made pretty good money! I’ve placed the car at the Ellijay depot and it adds some nice variety with yet another true 1/48 vehicle.

I want to thank Mike for writing up his automobile conversion.

Next time I will start a short construction project on building a Rock Island Fowler clone boxcar using a San Juan Car Company kit.  I know the kit is not currently available but I understand the new owners are planning a return.   My conversion is based upon an article written by Charlie Morrell in O Scale Trains.  By the way, Protocraft has released new decals for this series of cars.


1 thought on “MODEDLING: Studebaker Time

  1. My dad entered a Doctoral program at Stanford in 1958 and we moved to Palo Alto. Purchased a used Studebaker as our second car. My 6th grade buddies and I deemed the rear end to be the nose of a Cessna 310 to give it some cool status.

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