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Model Cars, Part 2

Back to the Model Car Exhibit. Again I apologize for the lighting — it was beyond my control.

Here is a fine looking sports car crafted by 18-year-old Paul Bonfilio. He really seemed to accurately forecast the look of cars to come along just a bit later than the 1962 competition date.

This is his model from the previous year that really seems to embellish the design trends of the time. I certainly can see a bit of the 1959 Chevy in those tail fins.

Ronald Will (age 18) submitted this model sports car with an asymmetrical design — most unusual in auto design. I was intrigued by the cockpit with the passenger side closed — I wonder what his idea was for its use.

Another sports car with a similar passenger side closed by a panel — interesting. This one is by Ronnie Steinhilber, age 17, submitted the same year as the previous model. Since Will is from Indiana and Steinhilber from New Jersey, I doubt they collaborated but both came up with that same design concept in the same year.

The previous year Will submitted this sports car design. For some reason this makes me think Studebaker.

Roger Schneider, who was 17 at the time, submitted this design with a fin treatment not unlike the Chrysler Imperial of the time.

Wow! This design by 19-year-old Ronald Pellman has a front-end design that similar to but predating the 1968 and later Corvette. Interesting how many of these models used the bubble canopy which really never caught on in the production vehicles.

Paul Tatseos of Boston, MA submitted this design to the 1958 competition — and really created a visionary design.

Another design by Ronald Pellman (two years earlier than the previous model) with big, elaborate fins complete with taillights mimicking jet exhaust — just like the mainstream designs at the time.

I was quite impressed with this design by a 15-year-old Adrian Bruno of Rochester, NY. It certainly resembles many of the production vehicles of its time and shortly thereafter.

This sports car model, submitted by 19-year-old Gary Graham, won the 1954 senior competition. Pretty sleek looking.

We end with a small change of pace — a coach model created by Paul Rafter in the very first Fisher Body Craftsman Guild in 1930. The model consists of more than 750 parts and Paul spend over 850 hours painting and assembling it. He won a 1st state award in Missouri for his effort. He went on to become an aviation manager for McDonnell Aircraft in development of the XP-67 aircraft (click here if you would like to view a photo). He later represented McDonnell-Douglas for the government committee of Aerospace Industries. He was an expert consultant on fighter aircraft.

Note the small sign which reads "Coach building stopped in 1947 and only car designs were entered after that".


Life is good.

B. David

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