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Ford in Miniature

Ford in Miniature

By Randall Olson
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Paperback • 250 x 250mm • 128 pages • 440 colour pictures

ISBN: 9781845840273

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Features

Only book ever devoted to handbuilt models of Fords
World’s most popular scale for car models (1:43)
Rare and desirable models
Devoted to Ford Motor Company Models
Exhaustive collection documented
Huge collection of colourful, high quality photographs of Ford models
Comprehensive list of builders and handbuilt models available today
Captures the unique products of an exclusive hobby
Simply the best collection of most exquisite model cars in the World

Description

Ford in Miniature captures, in more than 400 colour photographs with commentary, the largest collection ever assembled of hand built scale models of American Ford Motor Company cars and light trucks.

Synopsis

This colourful book captures some of the most beautiful and rare scale models of American Ford, Edsel, Lincoln, and Mercury cars and light trucks from the ever made during the classic 1930 – 69 period.

During the last thirty years, a small number of builders have devoted themselves to making, by hand, model cars to scale. Often limited to only a few hundred pieces, these unusual and expensive models have flawless finishing and astounding detail.

For the first time ever in one source, the author has assembled hundreds of high-resolution colour photographs from his and others’ private collections, and from the builders themselves. Read about the history of these Ford replicas, the cars they are modeled upon, and learn where you can get them. This book is a must read for people who enjoy scale models and Ford Motor Company cars.

Independent Reviews

Enthusiast's reviews from ToyCollector.com

I bought this because I'm a Ford freak. I wasn't let down. Very nicely done, if a bit short. He presents cars I'll never own, due to cost and scarcity. When finished, I looked forward to another. He didn't let me down. The GM book is even better. Both are KEEPERS, and good references.

Overall rating: 4/5
Completeness: 4/5
Informative: 4/5
Good images: 4/5
Presentation: 5/5
Value for money: 4/5
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Very nice selection and great coffee table book (it's almost hard-back quality). Lots of info, great articles, superb pictures and lots of addresses. Overall highly recommendable!

Overall rating: 4/5
Completeness: 4/5
Informative: 4/5
Good images: 5/5
Presentation: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
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Review from Classic Car Mart, April 2007

At just under twenty quid, it’s a worthwhile buy if model American Fords are your thing. There’s good quality full-colour photography throughout, close-up enough to show the impressive detail on many of the models featured, together with detailed explanatory captions accompanying each one.

The book is split into separate sections, featuring the cars by their different eras, as well as a ‘Builders’ chapter detailing the many different manufacturers of miniature Fords over the years, what they offered and the quality of their products. It’s not a book for everyone; but if the subject matter is your passion, you’ll love it.
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Review from Classic American, January 2007

There are a few books about model cars, which usually concentrate on collecting European prototype diecast models, or show the reader how to assemble and detail plastic kits. The others tend to be so wide in scope that they can only be described as 'coffee table' browsers, so Randall Olson's new book, Ford in Miniature, will be welcome for anyone into collecting more exclusive 'handbuilt' models.
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From Model Collector magazine, January 2007

This book is devoted to hand built white metal model 1/43rd scale Fords. There are details of the hand builts available from today's manufacturers. Over 400 colour illustrations help bring the title to life. Well-known cars captured in model form include such classics as the Edsel, Lincoln and Mercury. Light trucks are not forgotten either.
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Review from The Automobile, January 2007

If you are into the collection of hand-built 1:43rd scale models and North American Fords in particular, including Lincoln and Mercury, this is for you. Die-cast manufacturers such as Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox are thus not included. This is not just a review of North American products as more than half the current builders come from Europe. The book is largely pictorial and is also an interesting way of showing the history of Ford from the 1930s to the 1960s.
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Review from Model Auto Review magazine, December 2006

Veloce has certainly done Randall Olson proud with the production values of this book. It is dramatically presented, packed with colour and sumptuously glossy. Randall has sensibly eschewed acres of grey text, instead concentrating on informative captions to the hundreds of lovely pictures. He consulted all the experts he could find to ensure that his coverage is accurate and complete, without being too wordy. Coverage is of American Ford cars including Edsel, Lincoln, and Mercury and trucks from the 1920s to the 1970s. In such an extensive and detailed tome there are bound to be a few minor errors, but they are few enough to not annoy the knowledgeable reader, unlike some other books I have read recently. Anyone who is interested in Ford Motor Company products, in American cars or in reading the many inside stories of the world's handbuilt ranges which are told here will love to have this book for Christmas.

Highly recommended.
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From Classic & Sports Car, December 2006

Fords in Miniature focuses on mainly post-war American subjects. Author Randall Olson is a skilled model maker and a passionate blue oval fan, so knows his subject. As well as die casts and collectors' models, Olson also covers kits. The Fords are complemented with chapters on Edsel, Lincoln and Mercury miniatures.
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Review By Nigel Matthews for www.canada.com/province, December 2006

The title of the book says it all, but if you had not seen the title, this book could easily be mistaken for a pictorial guide book of the real thing. The photography and detail is outstanding. The majority of the models showcased in the book belong to the author – the remainder belongs to a close network of friends and fellow collectors who made their models available for display.

Each chapter takes you on a trip down memory lane, showcasing the full-size model range and then goes into detail about the handmade works of art, almost jewel-like quality models that were available in 1:43 scale.

This book will help you understand the different techniques used by various builders, their origins and the countries they are located in. If you have a model collector in your family or you know someone that might be heading down that road, this book is an ideal gift for Christmas.
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Review by Mark Holman for New Zealand Classic Car, December 2006

Well, the title certainly tells you what this book is all about! In fact, European builders and WE more than that, though, because it also covers Edsel, Lincoln and Mercury models produce it. Author Olson is Canadian so he includes some variations from ‘north of the border’, and also some superb Lincoln models made by Australian Andrew Thomas.

This large format soft-cover book starts each chapter with a description of the ‘full-size’ model ranges for that particular decade, then describes which ones were modelled in 1:43 scale. It’s illustrated with hundreds of colour photos of a very wide range of models, and the standard of the photography is impressive indeed because it isn’t easy getting such detail and clarity when photographing small items close up. In many cases, you’d be hard-pressed to tell they are models.

Almost all the models featured are hand-built or the products of top-line resin or white metal kits from brands like Western Models and Brooklin. And what a superb standard these miniatures are!

The captions give plenty of detail and whet your appetite for trying to try and track down some of the models.

Including short chapters on how hand built models are made and on many of the makers featured, this very enjoyable book should appeal to model enthusiasts and to fans of the real thing.
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Review by Wayne E. Moyer for Old Cars Weekly, December 2006

If you re like me – a Ford fan and a model car collector – "Ford in Miniature" will be an invaluable part of your reference material. The book concentrates on 1:43rd-scale hand-built and die-cast models of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars from 1928-'70, and its 128 pages are filled with more than 400 excellent color photos. There's a short description of each with pertinent information about the maker, colour variations and rarity. Introductory chapters explain the differences between white-metal and die-cast models and answer the question, "Why are white-metal models so expensive?" The closing chapters give mini-histories of the companies that have made these models. This one's highly recommended.
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Review by Glen Smale for Vehicle Engineer, October 2006

For the first time ever in one source, the author has assembled hundreds of colour photographs from his and others’ private collections, and from the builders themselves. The photographic quality is of the highest standard, showing some of the minutest details including shots of the car’s interiors and dashboards, complete with readable dials.

Ford In Miniature also offers a comprehensive list of builders and hand built models available today, explaining the origins of hand built models and giving advice to any enthusiast. This is a well researched and documented book and is a must for all model collectors, and lovers of Ford models in particular.
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Review from Classic Car Mart, October 2006

In this book, you can learn how they are made, the origin of hand-built models and feast your eyes on hundreds of colour photographs. Most model images are complemented by an I informative summary on the actual car, followed by the model's key points, and answer the main questions of who built it, how many were produced and, when applicable, what they are worth.

Once you have worked through all this, the back of the book lists each Ford model builder and a world map is displayed with arrows to show reputable suppliers well known to the modelling world.

Although this book is very specialist, it will prove essential to the serious collector.
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Review from 4 Small Wheels, August 2006

The Majority of model collectors guides that we see are aimed at the mass market die-cast and plastic kit models that have become rare simply because they were played with and broken! This time we are looking very much at 'our' type of models with the emphasis on 1:43rd scale, limited production hand built. The subjects are all American market Fords from the 1920s to the early 1970s and the entire book is lavishly illustrated with excellent colour photos. It all looks very comprehensive and includes sister brands from the Ford stable such as Mercury and Lincoln.
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Review by Hans-Georg Schmitt

It is dramatically presented, packed with colour and sumptuously glossy. Randall has sensibly eschewed acres of grey text, instead concentrating on informative captions to the hundreds of lovely pictures.

He consulted all the experts he could find (plus me as well) to ensure that his coverage is accurate and complete, without being too wordy. Coverage is of American Ford cars including Edsel, Lincoln, and Mercury and trucks from the 1920s to the 1970s. In such an extensive and detailed tome there are bound to be a few minor errors (such as describing the very Swiss Rextoys range as Portuguese, for instance), but they are few enough to not annoy the knowledgeable reader, unlike some other books I have read recently.

Anyone who is interested in Ford Motor Company products, in American cars or in reading the many inside stories of the world’s handbuilt ranges which are told here will love to have this book for Christmas. Highly recommended.

   

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