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#81 LWBNomad

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 05:27 AM

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! 

 

In chapter 8 of Gerald Wingrove's book, "The Complete Car Modeller", he wrote, "... adapting some of these techniques to the excellent metal Hubley kit, may be a useful foot in the water, before going it alone from scratch."

 

Bob's stellar build shows what can be done with the Hubley Duesenberg kit (later re-issued by Gabriel) as a base.  I'll be watching for the January Model Cars magazine.

 

Can't help but wonder what Bob will do next. A scratch-build?


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#82 BSteinIPMS

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 09:54 AM

High praise indeed, Christian, for which I thank you. Gerald Wingrove is, of course, not originally from this planet since his artistry and skill level are so high. I have six of his books and I grovel before his greatness. But you can still collect your 5 £!

 

Thanks also to Tom and Stan for their kind remarks; much appreciated!  I've added one more photo which shows the model more clearly out of its mirrored case, being careful not to use any that appear in the article itself. Thanks also go to Gregg Hutchings and Harry Pristovnik for accepting the article in the first place. I hope you fellows enjoy it.

 

Cheers!

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 05:24 PM

Wait...what???...the model is done!!??

 

Absolutely beautiful...breathtaking!!!

 

Bob, please check your PM's.

 

Tom



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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:40 AM

Wow Bob! This is beautiful! A fantastic transformation! Well worth your efforts! Congrats on the article.



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 04:36 AM

I'm building the Gabriel (former Hubley) metal kit of the Duesenberg SJ LeBaron Dual-cowl sweep panel phaeton. After viewing the kit parts I began the process of wondering what had possessed me to build this flash-ridden kit. I found normal modeling tools such as files, chisels, bench grinders, and sledge hammers worked well.  :wacko:

 

One of the many items requiring correction are the wire wheels. The six wheels come in two halves, meaning 12 pieces total. The spokes are not round and are waaaaay overscale. I was filled with dismay.

 

Not being very bright, I began the laborious process of de-chroming the wheels in bleach, scrubbing the residue off with a toothbrush (an old one, mind), and replacing the spokes one-by-one. All 468 of 'em. I began by clipping out 4 spokes at a time, drilling .016" holes at the proper angle from the outside of the rim into the hub, then inserting lengths of .015" steel wire from the hobby shop.

 

Years later, well, maybe not years, but at least a month or two, I was done. The wheels were airbrushed with Alclad II Gloss Black base, allowed to cure and harden for a week, then airbrushed with Alclad II Chrome. This stuff is fantastic. The photos show the "series of unfortunate events", as the movie and book title go, and I hope you all approve.

 

My wife thinks all is not well with me........ :rolleyes:

 

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AWSOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   i dont think your  CRAZY  for doing this.........i for one love to make REALISTIC items myself....and you have really captured the  REALISM   with your rims.......CONGRATS  



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Posted 28 October 2014 - 02:57 AM

Fantastic Work!

 

David G.



#87 Eric Macleod

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 12:11 PM

This is absolutely fabulous. It is, without a doubt, the best model based upon a Hubley/Gabriel kit I have ever seen. So...how about showing us what can be done with a Packard?



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Posted 19 December 2014 - 01:09 AM

Having built one of these I can really appreciate the transformation you've achieved here. I've never seen ANY Hubley/Gabriel kit built so beautifully.



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Posted 22 December 2014 - 04:46 AM

Having built one of these I can really appreciate the transformation you've achieved here. I've never seen ANY Hubley/Gabriel kit built so beautifully.

 

Thanks for the kind words, Peter; much appreciated. The January 2015 issue of Model Cars magazine will carry this model on the cover and have an 8-page building article within. Hope you find something useful there.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 12:42 PM

 

Thanks for the kind words, Peter; much appreciated. The January 2015 issue of Model Cars magazine will carry this model on the cover and have an 8-page building article within. Hope you find something useful there.

Cheers!

--Bob

Looking very much forward to that.



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Posted 24 December 2014 - 05:14 AM

Beautiful

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 03:49 PM

Looking forward to the January 1915 magazine.

Meanwhile I was hoping to see more details from LWBNomad's wheelbuilding, I was expecting more info about how to handle the outer wheels.