MODEL GARAGE

Dream garage cre­ated in minia­ture.

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS -

W e’ve all got a vi­sion in our heads of what our dream garage would look like, and if you’re any­thing like us, the chances are you’d need a lot­tery win to be able to achieve it. Rather than wait­ing for his num­bers to come up, in­stead Chris Hughes has brought out the scalpels, UHU and Hum­brol enamel paints, and cre­ated his own work­shop and filled it with clas­sic Fords — only in 1/18-scale — with the help of en­thu­si­asts and mod­ellers all over the world. Now it’s fin­ished, Chris is only too happy to let oth­ers see and en­joy his hand­i­work.

“I’ve been col­lect­ing rally mod­els along with other mod­els for the past 10 years,” says Chris, who hails from Done­gal in Ire­land. “I went to a lot of car and model shows through­out Ire­land dur­ing this time, and while I en­joyed see­ing all the cars on show, I al­ways loved the idea of some­one build­ing a scale garage to show off the mod­els and to give some­thing dif­fer­ent to the scene for other en­thu­si­asts to en­joy.”

“So two years ago I de­cided build my own Ford garage. I made the struc­ture from ply­wood which I painted first then screwed to­gether. Once I had the clear space of the garage I started look­ing around for things to fill it with! I sourced lifts, tool boxes, and tyre ma­chines from all over the world as far as New Zealand, Canada, Amer­ica and Ger­many, and once I had them all placed in the garage, I then set about sort­ing the smaller de­tails such as the work­shop posters and copies of Clas­sic Ford — in minia­ture, of course!.

“It all came to­gether over the course of a year, and I now take it to car and model shows and en­joy the feed­back and in­ter­est it cre­ates.”

Chris’ garage fea­tures a re­volv­ing ros­ter of clas­sic Fords — this day was clearly an Es­cort-based one!

The garage is clearly used to work­ing on more ex­otic Fords — this me­chanic knows not to push on the teatray... Chris sourced tools and ma­chin­ery for his work­shop from all over the world — in minia­ture, of course.

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