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Emmons' Models

The Models of Don Emmons
by Mark S. Gustavson

Don is one of the leading builders and advocates of our hobby and he has graciously assembled an exhibit of his work for display at the Museum.

An entire display case is consumed by Don's remarkable collection. Until you see all of these great models in one place, it's hard to fully appreciate the full impact of Don's work on the hobby. How many project models can you identify?

This exhibit presents nearly every model that Don built in the early Sixties, and it is truly stunning. This exhibit was first enjoyed by visitors to the Twentieth GSL Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention in late April of this year, and to say that Museum visitors were amazed by the models would be a gross understatement. 

Possibly the most famous of his models, Don's replica of the Stroppe Mercury can be enjoyed. Also, check out the photo in the background, and the magazine cover coverage of Don's '29 Ford roadster! Both models are in splendid original condition.

Don's work is not only historic, but presents his pioneering work in the early days of our hobby, and the collection takes its place among the premiere influences on the first Age of our hobby.

Visitors can also enjoyed Don's replica of the Mura brothers Willys pickup as well as Don's sectioned '49 Ford custom that appeared in at least two magazines.

 

Don Emmons' Willys Pickup

 This model was the feature of a two-part, high intensity "how-to" article in two issues of Rod and Custom Models ("A Potent Pickup = A Potent Model) in the November and December 1964 issues. Among other accomplishments, Don wrote the "Modelrama Q&A" column in Rod and Custom Models from July '64 through January '65, then onto the regular issues of Rod and Custom.

Don Emmons' '29 Ford Roadster

 This model was the feature of a two-part, high intensity "how-to" article in two issues of Rod and Custom Models ("A Potent Pickup = A Potent Model) in the November and December 1964 issues. Among other accomplishments, Don wrote the "Modelrama Q&A" column in Rod and Custom Models from July '64 through January '65, then onto the regular issues of Rod and Custom.

 

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