WW2 Pilot Model--The Ford Pygmy

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WW2 Pilot Model--The Ford Pygmy

Post by Bob N » Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:02 pm

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Just out! My newest book concerning jeeps. Think of this as a photo book that details all the pertinent aspects of the Ford Pygmy.

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The Pygmy as it is today at the museum
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The seven inch headlights were replaced sometime during WW2 by Ford.

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The Pygmy during Army testing.

WW2 Pilot--The Ford Pygmy
$19.95
by Robert Notman
Genre: U.S. Government
Paperback: 56 pages
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Description: A photo book exploring the details of the Ford pilot in the race to build jeeps

AVAILABILITY: In Stock, will ship in 2 business days
Product Number: 21054122
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Synopsis:

Explore just about every inch of the Ford pilot Pygmy in photographs and essay. This is one of only two of the original "jeep" pilots known to have survived through today. The other is the Budd bodied Ford pilot. The author had full access to the jeeps in the Veterans Memorial Museum of Huntsville, Alabama. The Ford pilot is an amazing vehicle. Check it out!
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A portion of each sale will go to the Veterans Memorial Museum of Huntsville, AL.

This book is available from Cafepress at either www.cafepress.com/42FordGPW or by calling TOLL FREE (US) 877.809.1659
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Post by DavidA » Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:13 pm

I see there was a little difference in the light that I have and the light that the PYGMY had. After excising a piece of the NOTMAN PHOTO, I used some cut/paste to show the difference. Does anyone have the marker like the PYGMY? I think most of us have the version to the left...which is right...right? :?

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Post by Bob N » Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:46 pm

You do realize that the Pygmy was the pilot and just because it was or wasn't on the Pygmy --- doesn't mean it was on a GP. Sort of like the seven inch headlights on the Pygmy, I would wager that the GP has a wee bit smaller lights, eh?

What I'm saying is don't discount your parts just because of what you see on the Pygmy. Here's a photo from back in the day from the collection of the Veterans Memorial Museum...

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Unfortunately, it is not crystal clear but I believe these are the very same BO marker lights that you see on the jeep today.

But hey there are many more NOTMAN photos in the book. :lol:

And I'm going to start working on the Bantam, Ford and MA prototype book soon. I have a ton of NOTMAN photos for that book. :lol:
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Post by Rory Grenier » Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:28 pm

Bob,
I just ordered your book, I will check it out :wink:
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Post by DavidA » Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:46 pm

Thanks for sharing your photos Bob :) . As you can see, there are some very different things going on with the Pyg. The GP obviously was different but my question was, is it possible that anyone has that same light on their early GP?

I love that one you posted of Laurel and Hardy in the Pygmy. :D Note the license plate, does anyone have a better shot of the text on that license? Very cool photo.
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Post by Bob N » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:19 am

Thanks Rory, hope you like it.

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Plate says as best I can tell:

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  HOLABIRD

U            O
S     2      M
A            D
   TESTER

This is in part based on plate number 11 as used on the Checker Bantam that was tested at Holabird.
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Post by John W. Rymark » Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:35 am

Ok, the sample looks great and I'll bet it is a great book.

It is described as a "picture book." So, how many pictures and what is the price of the book?

Thanks, and good luck with your sales,
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Post by blynch » Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:23 am

Ordered! Professional, friendly ordering system. When can we expect general GP book?????????

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Post by Bob N » Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:56 am

John, I didn't count the pictures but generally there are at least 2 pictures per page. The printer says there are 56 pages. The price as above is $19.95 plus shipping. I suppose it is actually a wee bit more than a simple picture book as I do have a running editoral describing what is in each picture and any information obtaine from the museum.

I just confirmed with the museum that the Pygmy did in fact have different BO marker lights than the GP.

GP? Well, actually I'm planning on doing a threesome BRC, GP and MA. The prototypes.
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Post by blynch » Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:38 am

My copy of the book just came in the mail...Wow! A MUST BUY for all prototype folks! I have personally viwed the Pygmy four or five times, and counted ten or twelve small quirks that I have never noticed.

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Post by Bob N » Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:50 am

Thanks for the nod Blynch! I know I was floored the first time I saw the plywood on the Pygmy and it was ALL correct and not Bubba at work!
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Post by Rory Grenier » Tue Jun 14, 2005 5:52 pm

Bob,
Nice book, !!!!!!!!
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Post by Bob N » Tue Jun 14, 2005 5:54 pm

I really appreciate these compliments coming from you prototype guys. One day I hope to join your ranks...until then I guess I will have to dream and write about them. :lol:
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Pygmy book

Post by Michael Browne » Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:21 pm

Hello Bob N,
Received copy of your book yesterday and found it to be excellent, both quality & content. For one who will probably never see the pilot model in person it is a great way to see it in detail. A real must for prototypers. Keep up the good work Bob.
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Post by Bob N » Tue Jun 21, 2005 1:44 am

Thanks very much Michael. Glad you liked it! Out of curiousity, how long did it take to arrive after you order it?
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