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1967 Ford Bronco
Manufacturer: Johnny Lightning
Release date: 2004 (This one: Working Class Trucks and SUV's)
Catalog number: 600
Date Purchased: June 2007
Date Completed: July 2008
Number in collection: 9

The Ford Bronco was a small SUV produced from 1966 to 1977. It's primary competitors were the Jeep CJ and the International Scout. Although reasonably popular, especially with off-roader's. it eventually faced strong competition from the original Chevrolet Blazer, which offered more space and better on-road handling. Ford replaced the Bronco with their own pick-up based vehicle in the late 1970's.

Johnny Lightning made a nice replica of the Bronco, which I bought in 2007. It features the 'roadster' body style. This substitutes a non opening, low cut panel in place of regular steel opening doors offered on other versions. This gave it a more 'Jeep-like' appearance, but was the least popular body style. It was discontinued long before the end of the product run.

Like other JL cars, they offer nice enough detail to look good as purchased. I've found that with a minimum of effort, can be made to look even nicer. Being an older issue, this is when their cars still had a metal chassis, as opposed to the plastic that the company uses today.

As I originally worked on this car before I started photographing them, pictures will be limited to ones taken during ones taken while writing this article.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.

Disassembly was done by drilling out two body-to-chassis rivet at each end of the car. The parts breakdown is as follows:
  • The die-cast body, painted yellow. Emblems and lights are tampo-printed markings. The grille is white, and the bumpers are silver. I'm not sure if these are painted or printed.
  • An unpainted die-cast metal chassis. Wheels/tires and axles are held in place by cast pins, which have been pressed to hold the axles in place.
  • Tires are soft and have printed whitewalls. Wheels are silver plastic. Backing plates are black plastic, and have the ends of the axles riveted to the inside surface.
  • A black plastic one piece interior with gray painted seats, and a black plastic, floor mounted shifter. There is also a separate black plastic dash and steering wheel. The dash has pins that attach to the interior by heat applied from underneath. The steering wheel appears to be glued to the dash. I didn't separate the shifter or the steering wheel, as I didn't want to damage them.
  • A single piece window assembly. The frame is painted to match the body. It also has a black line between the frame and the clear portion, which simulates the windshield seal on the actual car. It is riveted to the inside of the body, and I didn't remove it. It wasn't necessary to detail the body, and I didn't want to risk damaging it.

I felt that the overall casting and printed markings were close enough to the actual car. After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to detail the car.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear. Covered the wheel centers with Bare Metal Foil to simulate chrome plating,
  • Chassis: Entire piece is painted Testors acrylic flat black. Engine, exhaust system, and suspension details were painted with Testors gloss dark blue, Tamiya flat steel, aluminum, and semi-gloss black.
  • Interior: Area of interior floor underneath the seats is painted yellow to match the body. Remainder of floor, dash pad, and steering wheel are Testors acrylic flat black. Lower dash is painted white. Remaining interior details are highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Body: Painted entire underside of body casting with flat black. Applied Bare-Metal foil to tail lights, head lights, both bumpers, and windshield wipers. Head, park/turn, and tail lights are detailed with Tamiya clear red and Testors flat white. Body panel lines and grille detail are drawn in with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Remaining exterior details are highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Disassembled parts, before reassembly To the left is the car prior to re-assembly.

Assembly was completed by pressing the parts together, filling the old rivet holes with epoxy putty, and touching up the filled holes with paint to match the chassis plate.

Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)

The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 3848 / 151.5 60 / 2.37 3846 / 151.5 1:64
Wheelbase 2337 / 92.0 36 / 1.40 2276 / 89.6 1:66
Width 1740 / 68.5 27 / 1.07 1829 / 68.7 1:64
Height 1819 / 71.6 26 / 1.03 1664 / 65.6 1:70

Johnny Lightning cars are generally assumed to be 1:64, and as you can see, this one is pretty close. I can't explain the variance in wheelbase, but I don't think it is noticeable. I suspect the difference in height is because this car has no roof, but the actual truck that I compared my measurements did have one.

If there is one thing about this model I wish was different is that it had an opening hood and engine detail. I suspect this wasn't done because the lack of a windshield frame would have made the body casting too weak in this area. I'm otherwise pleased with the results of my original detailing efforts, and didn't feel the need to make any changes.

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