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Norristown, Pennsylvania
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Aug 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm
I like it!
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Jan 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Cool.. In a really creepy way!
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Sep 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm
"And when I die, And when I'm gone..... " you can cart me off to the graveyard in something like this beauty! I like the way it sits and the gangster whitewalls on the Cragars.

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1959 Cadillac Hease model (Morticia)

Last updated Oct 26, 2010  

Photo of a 1959 Cadillac Hease model (Morticia)


(Since this is a model car, I will only accept challenges from other models, toys, and "Non-Car" cars!)

My younger brother is a member of a community theater acting troupe whose main occupation is hauntings in October. He's 6'8" and about 180 lbs soaking wet. His character is the grim Reaper, and he does it well. The troupe's 'truck' is a 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Superior-bodied Hearse that he picked up a few years ago and since then he's been taken with hearses. I've picked up any scale diecast hearses that I've come across for him, including several from Johnny Lightning and Matchbox over the past few years. The only hearse model kit that I know of was produced in the late 60's by Jo-Han and is rare (and therefore, expensive) today. I've always preferred the sort of spooky look of the more rounded late 50's-early 60's hearse bodies over the more squared-off later ones, so when Polar Lights came out with a model of the "Ecto-1" ambulance from the "Ghostbusters" movies, I jumped at the chance to build one into my fantasy hearse model. It is styled loosely after pictures of the car featured in the movie "Harold and Maude", but I couldn't resist adding chromed Eldorado-style tail light pods and mag wheels, and lowering it two scale inches in back and four in front. I also added all the trim that was deleted from the movie car.


Polar Lights "Ghostbusters Ecto-1" 1:25 model

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All kinds of crap (light bars, racks, tubes, etc) that the studio added to the ambulance for the movie that I didn't bother putting on the model. Instead, I had to fill and finish roughly two dozen holes in the body!


I started by filling the mounting holes for the "Ghostbusters" paraphernalia that the hearse wouldn't be needing: ALL OF IT! Then I blanked off the bulk of the quarter windows, leaving the small triangular windows beside the rear cargo door. The landau irons are homemade, as are the curtains in the cargo door and rear side doors. The cargo bay is completely finished, including casket rollers in the floor and tasteful lighting and draperies inside the quarter blanking panels. I cut open and hinged the cargo door, which was originally cast with the body. I added Cragar S/S-style mag wheels, which meant that I had to find "Gangster whitewalls" from my parts box to fit them - I didn't have any mags that I liked that would fit the kit tires. The suspension was lowered, 4" in front, 2" in back.

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