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The ’64 Falcon Futura hardtop was the first project I worked on for Trumpeter. Don Banes of Stevens Int’l, a distribution company, asked me to provide the illustrations for the series of new kits. He requested that the hardtop illustration resemble the old Pontiac ads from the 60’s painted by Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman. The color pallet was borrowed from an illustration in the ’63 Pontiac sales brochure. The building behind the car was also borrowed from a sales brochure.

The street version of the hardtop included the fiberglass “Thunderbolt” hood and several hi-performance engine options that I was asked to indicate. This required a high perspective so see into the engine bay. I found a ’65 four-door sedan at a repair shop and set up the camera on the roof of my truck. My wife and I posed next to the car.
Unfortunately the engine in that sedan was a six so I built the model kit engine Trumpeter provided and photographed it from the same angle. I dropped it in using Photoshop and made the line drawing with all of the changes needed to finish the illustration. The engine compartment is wired and plumbed correctly. It was my idea early on to have the girl to be the one working on the car and not her embarrassed boyfriend.

Trumpeter asked that the convertible not have a background to save on costs. So I included a background without including a background. A few brush strokes allowed me to give the illusion of a country road at speed. It took a few minutes and still told a story.

The custom convertible was designed to resemble the show cars built by Ford at that time for the custom car show circuit. I wanted to illustrate another blue car at night after the success of the AMT ’62 Pontiac. This time I wanted the car to reflect into wet pavement which always adds a bit of romance to the illustration.

The stock ’65 Ranchero was to be shown from the front and still see enough of the bed to indicate what model it was. I wanted a ranch scene so I dug out a photo of my wife leading our horse and included it as part of the background. Sheryl actually painted the horse and the tree. I changed her into a blonde for the box art.

The custom Ranchero was slightly different with a set of mag wheels and a tubular grille. I thought the car needed to be parked at the beach this time so I found several photos of different backgrounds and people at the beach and combined them for the box art.
I produced the illustration of the Hollingsworth ’57 Nomad at the beach immediately following this project. (That illustration is in the commissions gallery.)