1/18 Duesenberg wire wheels

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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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A lot of work but they do look so much better, well done

Wayne

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Wow

Very nicely done so far

Lovin' it

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Very nice! Did you build any jigs for the drilling? I would like to see them if you did. I like seeing how guys do things like this.

Mark

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What a difference ! Nice work.

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Beautiful! That was a lot of very tedious work, but the end result is worth it.

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Fantastic result-worth all the effort. I built this as a Hubley 100 years ago and loved the finished product. I did a black with maroon in the cove 2 tone. But I had no skills to improve those wheels. They 'make' the car.

Please post the whole build.

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You're apparently turning a very good kit into a masterpiece. Those wheels will make a very big difference, and if you approach the rest of the kit with that spirit, you'll have the best one ever. Engine is amazing. Kudos.

You're new to this forum, but obviously a highly skilled and experienced modeler. Is there a place where we can see some of your other work?

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Wow the wheels look so real..

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well worth the effort!!!!!

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Great Wheels!

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Great job. Those wheels look great.

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Very nice! Did you build any jigs for the drilling? I would like to see them if you did. I like seeing how guys do things like this.

Mark

Hi Mark,

No jigs, sorry. I did all this by hand by just clipping out four plastic spokes at a time then sighting along the marks I made in the rim and the hub to drill holes through the rim and into the hub. Then I'd CA-glue the .015" steel wire spokes in place. By doing only four spokes at a time as I worked my way around the rim I was able to keep the hub centered within the rim and the spokes parallel to each other. If a person had an indexing head for their Sherline lathe (I don't) this would be somewhat easier and more precise. Still, having said that, I'm happy with the result.

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You're apparently turning a very good kit into a masterpiece. Those wheels will make a very big difference, and if you approach the rest of the kit with that spirit, you'll have the best one ever. Engine is amazing. Kudos.

You're new to this forum, but obviously a highly skilled and experienced modeler. Is there a place where we can see some of your other work?

Hi Skip,

Thanks for the kind words and your astute observation: I've been an airplane modeler for years and have written over 50 articles for FineScale Modeler, Ships in Scale magazine, the IPMS/USA Journal, and the Nautical Research Journal. I've written two books which you can see here if you have the interest:

http://www.amazon.com/Vietnam-Scrapbook-Pilots-Squadron-specials/dp/8974756552

http://www.amazon.com/Large-Scale-Armor-Modeling-Building/dp/0764339532

One example of my work can be found here: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/dd/dd-661/192-bs/dd661-index.html

If you want to spend a little money, you can download some other stuff here: http://www.kalmbachstore.com/fspdf018.html

All that notwithstanding, this is my first serious car model and I must admit to some feeling my way around in the dark. This forum is a great place to learn new methods and techniques and to meet other modelers, all of whom I have found to be positive, upbeat, clear-eyed buoyant extroverts.

Cheers!

--Bob

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As well you should be- artfully done!

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Hi Skip,

Thanks for the kind words and your astute observation: I've been an airplane modeler for years and have written over 50 articles for FineScale Modeler, Ships in Scale magazine, the IPMS/USA Journal, and the Nautical Research Journal. I've written two books which you can see here if you have the interest:

http://www.amazon.com/Vietnam-Scrapbook-Pilots-Squadron-specials/dp/8974756552

http://www.amazon.com/Large-Scale-Armor-Modeling-Building/dp/0764339532

One example of my work can be found here: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/dd/dd-661/192-bs/dd661-index.html

If you want to spend a little money, you can download some other stuff here: http://www.kalmbachstore.com/fspdf018.html

All that notwithstanding, this is my first serious car model and I must admit to some feeling my way around in the dark. This forum is a great place to learn new methods and techniques and to meet other modelers, all of whom I have found to be positive, upbeat, clear-eyed buoyant extroverts.

Cheers!

--Bob

Stunning stuff -- especially the USS Kidd, with its opening hatch doors. Bummer about the damage.

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thats just to much .....

way to much



eye candy :wub::lol:

stunning !!!

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

Good chance that all of us here are seriously demented.

Fabulous work, and one more among the ways of wiring wheels. I've bookmarked your before 'n after photo as an inspiration for a Jo-Han '31 Cadillac idea I have rattling around in my head. That one seems like a nice kit, except for the wheels.

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I have so often thought about using this exact method on a smaller scale wheel but never got brave enough to try it. Now I might have to do just that at some point. You did a fantastic job and the wheels turned out beautifully!!! :)

Kevin

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WOW these are great wheels !

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Wheels are very impressive...

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Stunning! You ARE crazy, just like most of us! Awesome work!

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That's some great detailing there, looks very nice.

God Bless

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Beautiful work you do, very talented we are blessed to now have another exceptional builder in our mist. I love learning from builds like yours thanks for sharing.

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Nice job on your build, the wheels look great. They make the whole model really pop. I would be the type of person to try doing the wheels like that. I find doing tedious details relaxing.

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