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Hi all, this is the 1/24 Hubley kit of the Renault Dauphine. Built curbside style with no real modification other than wheels and lowered some and a couple things added in the rather plane interior. This was a lot of fun! Let me know what you guys think, comments always welcome!

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What a surprise to see a Dauphine, let alone the great rendition you have constructed Phillip. The deep blue with the white stripes adds a zing to the vehicle. The contemporary wheel choice also works on this early 60s model. I am curious if you added the sun roof? As a kid growing up in the middle of Canada the Renault Dauphine was a fairly common sight back in the day and your work brought back a lot of memories. Thanks for exhibiting your work and congrats on an eye catching build.

Cheers Misha

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The Hubley Dauphine is a nice surprise and your treatment works well.

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Cool spin on that!!!! Wonder if those molds are still around?? I saw a case of them at a flea market about 1979 the guy wanted $10 each but you had to buy the case....24 I think?

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I have to agree with everything Misha said about your Renault. Besides the wheels the white stripe changes the whole look from a stock Dauphine.  

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Thanks for the comments guys! Misha the sunroof is stock to the kit. I got this in a trade on the forum here, it was in really good shape! I was curious because this has what I think is acetone glass that has shrunk and yellowed, a few weeks ago I picked up another of these unbuilt in a bag so I assume that’s pretty old! The bag is sealed but there is no glass in it, I guess it didn’t come with it so this build could possibly be a promo?

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47 minutes ago, Dave Van said:

Cool spin on that!!!! Wonder if those molds are still around?? I saw a case of them at a flea market about 1979 the guy wanted $10 each but you had to buy the case....24 I think?

It would be cool if these molds were around and usable, I have seen a resin one that is “gasser” style that looks cool! Man it would be nice to get a case of these for $10 now!

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Neat build! I love this little bugger, I have found a few of them over the years.

To answer the question... the kit was available two ways. One in a box, that version had the interior and glass. Two was a cheaper version, which came in a bag and didn’t have either interior or glass. 
 

Afterthought- There was also a Pyro kit. It had a multi piece body.

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If I had envisioned something like that...I never would have traded it. 😄

Great build! 

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Very nice ! I like it a lot. I like both the ones pictured.

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I actually built that kit back in the 60's when it was new. Yours is far, FAR better than mine was. Great job!

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8 hours ago, NitroMarty said:

I can dig it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That is awesome! Now I need another builder! What chassis did you use?

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9 hours ago, Tom Geiger said:

Neat build! I love this little bugger, I have found a few of them over the years.

To answer the question... the kit was available two ways. One in a box, that version had the interior and glass. Two was a cheaper version, which came in a bag and didn’t have either interior or glass. 
 

Afterthought- There was also a Pyro kit. It had a multi piece body.

Tom, thanks for the info, this had the interior. Back then I can’t imagine the boxed version was that expensive, I think it’s funny they wanted to do a cheaper kit! I just checked the bag kit does not have an interior!

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Nice! My dad worked on these at a Renault dealership in the 70's. The Gordini was a favourite, he said to 'move' around the lot! haha,

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10 hours ago, doorsovdoon said:

Nice! My dad worked on these at a Renault dealership in the 70's. The Gordini was a favourite, he said to 'move' around the lot! haha,

Thanks for the comments, I had been looking for a Gordini for a couple of years ( a fairly reasonable one) I finally scored it a few weeks ago and am thinking of making it as a companion to this!

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Pretty sure Pyro didn't do a Dauphine but rather  Premier and that was multi-piece. Also French company Record did it and if the companion Floride kit is anything to judge it by, it was also multi-piece.

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On 8/30/2020 at 4:11 AM, fordf-100 said:

That is awesome! Now I need another builder! What chassis did you use?

I used the chassis from Round 2's reissue of the old MPC '33 Willys panel truck gasser... worked out really well, since  my build is strictly curbside.

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I was totally unaware that there were any Renault Dauphine kits in 1/25th scale. Philip's builds are really cool!  I like the colour scheme, wheels and the extra detailing of the plain interior.

The only Dauphine I knew about up to now was a 1/32 scale kit from way back by Airfix. It was one of their bagged kits from what I can remenber.

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