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Plastheniker

1935 Auburn Speedster - The Abysmal Lindberg/Pyro Kit Completely Reworked

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Hi,

 

Though the Auburn Speedster is one of the really iconic cars of automotive history there never was any usable styrene kit.

Whatever you hear about the Lindberg (former Pyro) kit don't believe it - everything is much worse. The kit parts are crude and mostly out of scale. Fit is disastrous. A lot of important parts aren't replicated at all. Worst of all OOB the finished kit is so ill-proportioned that it looks rather like a caricature:

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After 60 years of modeling and several hundred built kits I think this is the poorest kit I have ever seen. Lindberg's claim on the box "Authentic Scale Model" is a joke even if you consider the age of the kit - Revell's kits of the same era are still usable.

 

After comparing the box content with an excellent scale drawing found on the web it was clear from the start that this would be a challenging and very time-consuming project.

 

As expected I had to convert almost every spot of the multi-piece body:

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All the rest of the kit was completely useless because it was so poor and so incorrect that it couldn't even be modified. Finally the finished model was half conversion and half scratch build, and my sacrifice of time exceeded 900 hours.

 

Since the proportions are now very different some more pictures than usual in my topics may make sense.

I hope the result is acceptable:

 

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The phrase"making a silk purse our of a sow's ear" was never truer than her.  Congratulations on a fantastic job!

What did you end up using for the wheels and tires?

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WOW WOW WOW - mine ended up in the trash basket. Yours is absolutely stunning as are the real cars.

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That's quite a transformation!

I'm glad that you did it because I would have never even attempted it & now we have a fantastic looking build of one to look at.

One of the very few pre-war cars that I've ever really liked.

Fantastic work!!

 

Steve

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Outstanding!  I built one of these a while back and can attest to the quality (or lack thereof) of the original kit.  Another gem from your bench Plastheniker.  Love the colors.

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That really is beautiful, Jurgen. I can see why the original would have inspired you to want to get it right, but it looks like a truly mammoth task, with a stellar result at the end. I don't suppose you took some moulds from the final body before building the rest did you? ;-P

Good to see you back again!

All the best,

M.

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I hope the result is acceptable:

 

Acceptable doesn't even begin to describe it! That is amazing work that has resulted in a truly beautiful model. It's one of the greatest feats of model building that I've ever seen.

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Very fine indeed...but that's what we've come to expect from you.

I always knew this horrible old mess could make a beautiful model with enough applied (and highly skilled) effort, but all I've ever used it for is the basis for customs, and a parts source.

Your work here is the inspiration I've needed to make a pleasing stocker from it. And thanks for showing us all so much about how you achieved it.

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Stunning, absolutely stunning. That sir is true modeling craftsmanship. Take a bow, well done!

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I can only echo what others have posted, a magnificent effort with amazing results.

the lindberg/pyro 48 Lincoln is just as bad.

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As always, Jurgen, you have done a great job. You have much more patience and persistence than I do.

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Absolutely amazing work. More than silk purse from sows ear more like beautiful diamond from sows poop. Truly shows what can be done by a talented modeler.

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Truly amazing what you were able to accomplish, congratulations.

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Acceptable doesn't even begin to describe it! That is amazing work that has resulted in a truly beautiful model. It's one of the greatest feats of model building that I've ever seen.

X2 and then some. Great result.

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I can only echo what others have posted, a magnificent effort with amazing results.

the lindberg/pyro 48 Lincoln is just as bad.

I just bought the 48. No wonder the price was lower.

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I really can't say anymore than what the others have already said. Truley magnificent work!!

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All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!    -I think that this is the most reworked build I have ever seen, its not the usual "hack job....fill it with whatever, and smooth it out" job, it looks like plastic surgery -pardon the pun. that convertible top looks REAL!!....how'd you accomplish that?

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