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Here's a new 1:18 MotorMax 1956 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop that was bought on-line. I like the model as it is photogenic in certain areas, but there appear to be a number of major factory defects/quality control problems associated with it.
* The body looked warped and distorted, bowing up the the middle where the doors are located. Sighting down the sides of the body, this was quite apparent.
* The panel gaps around the two doors were uneven and wide, indicating such body warpage.
* The hardtop would not easily position into the body in the holes provided.
* One of the portholes in the top was missing its glass.
* The two windshield wipers were not attached properly and were loose.
* In the engine compartment, the radiator was crooked as one of the mounting tabs was fastened outside its mounting slot. Thus the radiator hose did not fit into the appropriate hole in the radiator. The two chrome exhaust pipes were out of alignment also as a result of the aforementioned non-fit.
* The hood hinge was missing its holddown and accompanying screw that anchors the holddown, making the hood flop around and extremely loose and ill-fitting.
* The driver's side rear wheel was partially cracked on the inside where it was mounted to the axle and made the wheel roll very wobbly and out of whack.
* There were various globs of spilled glue located in different areas on the model.
The model was completely dis-assembled. The flaws were corrected as best as possible, different components aligned somewhat, carpet added to the interior, paint applied to the engine and other parts, and details added here and there. It is a real shame that this particular model is shaped the way it is, either being designed this way, from being manufactured this way, damaged in transit, or some other way unbeknownst to me.