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#1 DuesyKid

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:40 AM

Hi, my name is Andrew and I'm 12.

I just started building model cars with my Stepdad last year and so far have completed 2 cars: the Revell "Kurtis Kraft" Indy racer and the AMT 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline. Both have placed in the Portland Roadster Show model car contest. The '51 Chevy placed 3rd this year, but my very first build (the Kurtis) placed 2nd over all!

My Stepdad and I enjoy building cars together, especially the classics. We have built a pretty good collection of vintage Revell, Monogram and Jo-Han kits.

Now I am starting my entry for next year's Model Show and Contest....something a bit different then most kids my age are building, the Monogram 1934 Duesenberg Weymann Torpedo Phaeton (an original 1963 issue). It will be lighted and no detail will be spared , because I'm determined to win Best of Show and First place in the Junior Division.

I will be starting a build thread on the Duesy and giving as I make progress....so wish me luck and stay tuned!

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#2 slammedi'am

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:50 AM

Welcome,congrats on the wins and some very nice builds!



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:05 AM

Great work Andrew! :)

I really enjoy our time on the hobby bench together and teaching you the tricks and skills to build and nicely built kit. You have learned a bunch and continue to improve greatly.

The Duesenberg will certainly be a fun project and you will hit it out of the park for sure!   Can't wait to get started!

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:46 AM

You're 12?  :blink:

 

Wow! Your models look better than some guys can manage after building for years!



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:48 AM

Welcome, you keep up that work and you will have them cars driving in no time.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:04 PM

Andrew has a real knack for this and is only getting better. 

 

I'm the Stepdad in question and the one responsible for getting him sucked into this hobby :)   He is a very bright kid with LOTS of talent...and plenty to learn as well.  The Kurtis was (as he mentioned) his first attempt. I had talked about getting him a starter kit, and a friend of mine bought him that one as a birthday gift.  When it came time for paint, I gave him the pointers, let him practice then turned him loose on the Kurtis...assuming what we would probably end up with exactly what one would expect for a kid's first model.  When he actually put paint to plastic I was blown away by the perfect Yellow coat that he applied...as if he had been painting for years.  He then turned to me and asked "Is this good?"  :D

 

A few weeks ago, we practiced using the air-brush and he did great!...gave hima box of old kit bodies and turned him loose after we practiced mixing paint and practiced brush control.  He nailed that too.

 

My dad got me into model building when I was little and know I can pass it on to him.

 

He and I are excited to get rolling on the big Duesenberg


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:15 PM

I think we'll be seeing some amazing models from this young man in the coming years. Welcome aboard, both of you!



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:57 PM

Wow indeed, those are great. Welcome

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:28 PM

Welcome Andrew. Those are some awesome builds.



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

You're 12?  :blink:

 

Wow! Your models look better than some guys can manage after building for years!

REALLY!



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:56 PM

Thanks everyone, Its a really fun hobby :)



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 06:25 PM

Welcome to the forum Andrew and those models are really nice. I can see that your stepdad is leading you into the right direction.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:49 AM

Welcome, young man!

Nice to see a guy like you who is interested in the "classics". I've always considered Duesenbergs as America's first Muscle car.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:58 AM

You're 12?  :blink:

 

Wow! Your models look better than some guys can manage after building for years!

 

I agree what Harry said, your builds are superb, flawless paint and trim, can't wait to see what you do with the Duesenberg ....



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:10 AM

It is great to see there are young people out there that are still willing to do something fun and constructive with their time. You are a very talented model builder Andrew like many here have said. Keep up the awesome level of work and most of all, have fun doing it and spending time with your stepdad.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:14 AM

Welcome to both Andrew and Clayton!   It's a great hobby and even more fun when you can do it together.  This is a nice board to participate on.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:25 AM

Welcome, young man!

Nice to see a guy like you who is interested in the "classics". I've always considered Duesenbergs as America's first Muscle car.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

 
I like the fact the he appreciates the great "Classics" as well.  The Duesenberg was acctually his choice.  As we were leaving the awards ceremony, he turns to me and says  "Ya know.....all the other kids built muscle cars...the same old stuff. If I'm gonna win Best of Show...I need to build something impressive and unique."
 
"Like what?" I ask..
 
"How about a Duesenberg?"  :)
 
We picked up the Monogram '34 Town Car, but it wasn't enough of a statement.....so I hunted this original Monogram 1963 issues kit of the 1934 Weymann-LaGrande bodied Torpedo Pheaton J-526 (chassis # 2554).  Weymann-America had built 2 "Brunn" Torpedo Pheatons before closing down in 1932 and when Duesenberg wanted 2 more...they contacted Bert Walker of the A.H. Walker Co.   Walker leased Weymann's old factory and many former employees to build J-526/ Chassis #2554  and J-548/ Chassis #2583.
 
It will get a color update as the tan coachwork and black top don't leave much to the imagination.  I believe Andrew picked a nice deep Navy blue color with red leather interior/tan top.  I think his color choice is slick. :)

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:11 AM

I have seen a 1:1 Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton in that color scheme and you are right, it was slick. I have built the kit in question several times and it is very nice. I couple words of advice though. Make sure the wheels are pointed in the same direction and that they are strait up and down. That can be a bit of a challenge with this kit. Also, I think the model begs for seperate window cranks and door handles to dress up the interior and maybe a better set of gauge faces. One thing that is a real detraction is the set of wire wheels. First of all I think a Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton should have a set of solid disc wheels (not all of them do but they sure look good that way). You can get a set of discs from Aardvark Models and they are very nice. Alternately, if you prefer the look of wire wheels you might think about either shaving down the spokes of the kit wheels and redoing them with Alclad or really shooting for the moon with a set of hand laced wires. In any case, I welcome you to the hobby and to the small group of us who build Duesenbergs. It is really nice to have a young builder who likes the classics! Have fun.

 

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:22 AM

Welcome to both Andrew and Clayton!   It's a great hobby and even more fun when you can do it together.  This is a nice board to participate on.

 

Thank you kindly!   I have so many happy memories building with my Dad, I get the same enjoyment and happy memories helping Andrew. :)



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:52 AM

I have seen a 1:1 Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton in that color scheme and you are right, it was slick. I have built the kit in question several times and it is very nice. I couple words of advice though. Make sure the wheels are pointed in the same direction and that they are strait up and down. That can be a bit of a challenge with this kit. Also, I think the model begs for seperate window cranks and door handles to dress up the interior and maybe a better set of gauge faces. One thing that is a real detraction is the set of wire wheels. First of all I think a Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton should have a set of solid disc wheels (not all of them do but they sure look good that way). You can get a set of discs from Aardvark Models and they are very nice. Alternately, if you prefer the look of wire wheels you might think about either shaving down the spokes of the kit wheels and redoing them with Alclad or really shooting for the moon with a set of hand laced wires. In any case, I welcome you to the hobby and to the small group of us who build Duesenbergs. It is really nice to have a young builder who likes the classics! Have fun.

 

Eric

 

 

I agree.  I have built the Rollston bodied roadster and the Town Car in the past and it was always a trick getting the wheels to line up right.  I agree that the wire wheels have some issues that need sorting out.  I looked up Ardvark Models, but couldn't find any referrence to disc wheel kits for the Duesenbergs...am I looking in the wrong place?  As for wire wheels, do you have a lead on a good manufacturer?

 

I love the Duesy kits, but the Jo-Han V-16 Cadillacs are my favorite.  I have always felt Jo-Han's "Classic" kits were superior to anything on the market in detail, accuracy and quality....just the entire "Frame-Pak" packaging is above and beyond....but I digress :)

 

Thank you for the pointers and I know Andrew will appreciate any info, leads or pointers!