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1933 Cadillac V16 Convertible Coupe

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I'm using the Italeri town car and convertible-sedan models as a starting point to create a replica of the Convertible Coupe body style. There were three of these built in 1933, and all three are still in existence. Following are pictures of the one I like the best.

 

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The hoods are different between the Convertible Sedan and the rest of the '33 Cadillacs. It's longer and covers part of the cowl, extending almost to the doors. I needed to use the cowl from the Convertible Sedan, with the correct windshield frame. I cut off the back of that hood and attached it to the cowl, then used the correct hood and firewall from the Town Car, adapted to the other cowl.

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Also, the Convertible Sedan had two cowl vents built into the back of the hood. The Convertible Coupe had one on the cowl, behind the hood. I added a thin sheet of styrene to the top of the cowl and scribed the one vent where it belongs.

 

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I used a Johan '31 Cadillac Convertible Coup as a donor for the rear deck and trunk lid. It's little too narrow for the 1/24th scale '33, and a little too short. So, I added some material to the sides and bottom of the trunk lid. I split the rear deck ahead of the trunk lid and added 2mm to each side.

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The rear quarters are the back of a Monogram '32 Phaeton, with the door lines filled in. A portion of the rear apron became the bottom of the trunk lid. The Italeri convertible sedan was cut off between the front and rear doors. That part of the body is the same as a convertible coupe.

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One more thing that's different between the convertible sedan and convertible coupe is the wheelbase. The coupe is 6" shorter. I've shortened the fenders and chassis accordingly.

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And......I'm working on a '32 Coupe at the same time.

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Wow, a lot of work going into that, and to great effect.

Good luck with your continuing progress on it.

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Mike and Nigel, thank you very much, guys! 😃 I appreciate it.

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Inspirational thread.

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This is exactly the sort of model I love to see. I agree with Pico, this is inspiring.  I'll be watching, and perhaps copying, this one.

I remember seeing the maroon car at St. Johns a few years back. I had the misfortune of showing a car in the same class. Several of us were talking when it arrived and the consensus was it would be the class winner, and it was. Not surprisingly,  I did not place!

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Eric, to even own a car that would qualify for the same class as a V-16 Caddy would be a high privilege. What was it? 

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I really can't remember but I think I took the 31 Franklin Pirate Phaeton the year we were in that class. I have been a volunteer at the local Museum and have had the privilege of showing cars on their behalf for many years. My own cars are pretty modest.  I do have a Full Classic Cadillac convertible but it's pretty tame when compared to a mighty V-16. 

 

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4 hours ago, Hoffman said:

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That's the car. I think the guy standing behind the car wearing the white shirt is me.

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On ‎8‎/‎2‎/‎2020 at 10:07 PM, Hoffman said:

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Can you tell us about this top? Is this just the top from the Johan kit or did you massage this one to fit? Again, incredible work here.

 

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On 8/4/2020 at 1:32 AM, Spottedlaurel said:

Wow, a lot of work going into that, and to great effect.

Good luck with your continuing progress on it.

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Gentlemen, thank you for the kind words!

Eric, you asked if the top is Johan. Well, partly....the sides anyway. I did have to massage it a bit, modifying the shape to make the side window opening longer, the profile shorter, and the top wider overall. I cut it apart at the seems, then cut sections out of a Monogram '32 phaeton top, making them narrower than the phaeton but wider than the Johan '31. This Italeri based '33 wound up somewhere in between.

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Following this one!  😳  I attended one Pebble Beach, had a headache at the end of the day from sensory overload.

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