Model Citizen: Paint and body man gives "dead" cars their due in 1/25 scale | Hagerty Media
The entire classic and collector car hobby is built on the concept of preservation and restoration. It's the reason many readers come to the Historic Vehicle Association website each day. It's written right into the HVA's mission: "Through the collective efforts of enthusiasts, specialists, and professionals, the HVA aims to help ensure that our automotive heritage is more broadly appreciated and carefully preserved for future generations." https://www.hagerty.com/media/automobilia/model-citizen-paint-and-body-man-gives-dead-cars-their-due...
Incredible. Mike's realism is "unreal"! I've seen other people doing this same thing, but none of them I've seen were this good. I had to look at the picture of the '66 Fairlane gasser in the garage multiple times to figure out that the car and garage were not the real deal. Can't imagine the patience that goes into doing these.
I looked and looked at that '66 Fairlane a long time, too. Even the lighting is unbelievable. The light coming through the "garage door", and the light coming through eave rafters above the wall? Simply astounding!
This is art in its truest form. An incredible eye for visual accuracy and authenticity....down to the tiniest detail. The photography is also a huge part of the visual experience. If I happened upon Mike's display at a car show, I'd hover around the table as well...probably miss the rest of the show. Like all artists, I envy their ability to make a living doing something that they truly enjoy.
Wow very impressive! Four grand is pretty cheap for that kind of work. I found myself duplicating mine and friends classic cars using 1:64 hot wheels cars and putting them back in the cardboard/plastic cases and giving them away. The detail is not as impressive as Mr. McGee's but always brings a smile. Favorites are a '66 Galaxy, 2012 GT500, '58 Fury (Christine), and a '57 Chevy.
What a gift! Mike takes us all down memory lane in the finest way. My Dad took his old cars to a junkyard body guy with ratty old Saint Bernard watchdogs in Philly. I followed suit with my first beater.
I had a 1976 Chevy Caprice 2dr just like the model. Still miss that car. Got it used when I was in high school. Saw it years later at the junkyard. I had no room at the time for it so I had to let it go. Great talent to do such awesome work.
If I'd not had the lead in of "in 1/25th scale", I would have sworn that I was observing an overhead view of a REAL junkyard! In my model building days, I attempted to create one or two "wrecked" cars, but I was too much of a perfectionist who always wanted my models to look pristine. This artistry is simply astounding; it reminds me of an article that I read awhile ago about an artist (who's name can't remember) who created extremely life-like dioramas of vintage buildings and cars as well! 🙂
what a talented and creative man. Just thinking of doing this is incredible, to have the ability to do it amazes me. I would love to have a dioramas of these models in my basement. Who does'nt love junk yards!
Like Papa-Tony below I could have thought I was seeing an aerial view of a real junk yard. But the Ferrari 250 sitting there... That car would be worth over a million or maybe a few million since they go for 20 million in good shape. But I'm not here to nitpick. The 250's appearance involved me all the more--got me thinking this way. Then I started looking for more valuable cars. What an awesome sight. Looking at it brings up memories, and memories that I would like to have. Thanks very much for introducing it here.
I have been building model cars in 1/24th scale for over 50 years and have never seen anything that was this great before. Using 'real rust'! I've seen people trying to duplicate rust, myself included, especially in military vehicles but nothing compares. The scrap pile is simply awesome.
Mike you are an awesome artist. I loved building model cars. Started a 9 years old until my 30's. If I get to old to work on my real cars I will diffidently get back into models again. IF I see a kit I like I buy it.. Just can't find the time to build them. You have inspired me.
I used to steal some money out of Mom's handbag to buy my AMTs. I couldn't help myself. I got very good at putting those things together and making them look "real". Nothing like this though. This is a real talent Mike has developed, very creative, and expert. Closest I got: a friend of mine used to like to stage "accidents". So we used a single burner electric hotplate to soften our cars, bendng the "metal".
What a "Really", "Really" - Cool hobby and the results the same. These classics show what most of those cars ended up looking like. Ok Ok, I'll admit after I read the first few paragraphs and understood what was going on I simply scrolled and looked at the pics.....but still enjoyed the article and now want to get a few models and see how bad I can make them look; although thinking back to my model making days that may not be that difficult. Anyway, cool, enjoyed it article.
Comments before mine say it all... McGee's work is simply fantastic! I consider myself to have an eye for details but this is 'over the top'. Thank you Mike for your work -- and many thanks to Hagerty for giving it the public attention it deserves. This work needs to be in the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum or the Museum of Modern Art. More people - and not just car geeks like us - need to see this. Mike's talent goes far beyond the love of cars.
I am so impressed at the realism of these models and grounds in which they rest. I was a big modeler back in the day. I got my first model, A 1958 Ford Skyliner when I was 5 years old. My dad helped me glue it together. At the time I had contracted Rheumatic Fever so I needed something to keep me occupied while I was confined to my bed. I was so excited that I could assemble these models and by the time I was better(I was in bed for 18 months straight), I had amassed a fleet of nearly 3 dozen models. I kept modeling until I was in my early 20s' trying to make every car or truck that I owned. It's a great hobby for concentration and coordination and self esteem. Kudos to Mike, I am so envious of his work!!!
As a kid in the 50's I built many Revell & Monogram models and loved doing it. I picked this back up in my 40's with airbrushing stripped diecast cars. Just wish I had the talent to create a display like this. Hope he considers allowing a museum to display it. That would be great.