Videos make scale-model cars appear to be full size – The Journal

January 5, 2022 by No Comments

Jim Grace is a self-proclaimed “carthropologist.” 

A what?

According to Grace’s Linkedin page, a carthropologiste “seeks to highlight the role and significance of the automobile in our culture, lifestyle and history.”

One of those ways is a YouTube video series he’s doing on the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild, a national automotive design and model-building competition for teenagers that was held from 1930 to 1968. Prizes were scholarships which propelled many to careers in automotive design and engineering, as well as into other arenas.

The cars were done in 1:12 scale and typically were the result of 1,000 hours of work in design, modeling — first in clay, then in making a template so the design could be done in wood — and in painting, finish and trim work detailing. Except for the rubber tires which were supplied to the contestants, all parts were handmade, down to the hubcaps and window trim.

Several automobile museums and a concours or two have displayed the Guildsmen’s work, and Grace is calling attention to the program, it’s models and the people who created them, through his videos.

One amazing thing about the videos is how Grace has been able to use the magic of videography to make the cars appear to be full-scale vehicles. 

He posted the first video, an introduction to the contest and the cars, in the fall of 2020:

And a second in the late summer of 2021. In this one, we see how the cars were designed and created as Guildsman Tony Simone re-creates and his filmmaking daughter, Meghan, documents a car he did but did not enter in the contest. 

Why didn’t he enter the car into the competition back in 1960? Because he also was working on another entry, for which he opted to make his entry, and for which he won a national scholarship award:

Grace’s YouTube series is titled The Amazing Cars of the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild.



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