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Christopher Moroni
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Remember that great old & heavy 1/18 Hubley diecast 1932 Duesenberg SJ kit from the early 1960's? 

Most of us had one but were intimidated by all the necessary (and dangerous) flash removal, filling and sanding. Not to mention those stupid paper adhesive interior & whitewall stickers.  As I kid, I simply shortened chassis, creating (in my mind) a much cooler vehicle w/posable steering. Similar to Ford's Quadracycle.

Fast forward about 46 years...   I thought I'd try again, without chassis cuts. My goal is to replicate a rolling Duesenberg chassis only, not unlike Jay Leno's. With lots of tedious work (which others have done before to this very kit) an "Exoto-like level of detail" is possible.

To date, my mods include a sealed, greased & smoothly working steering gearbox/drag link, separate cowl/firewall, lengthened muffler w/heat shield and exhaust cut-out pipe...just to name a few. I've also added lead split-shot in EVERY void available. As is, this far-from-finished model already weighs close to 2 pounds! 

Like so many other projects, it's now time to take a break and "clear the bench."  You'll note, I've harvested parts from a few 1/18 junk Duesenbergs.

Duesenberg parts
duesenberg 12
Dussy Chassis 2
Dussy Chassis
duesenberg 11
D 3
D 2
D 4
D 5
D 1
D 9
D 7
D 11
D 10
D 15
D 13
D 14
D 16
D 17
D 18
D 19

 

 

 

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Gavin
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My dad & I had 2 of those Hubley kits.  Not sure what happened to them, but I haven't seen them in multiple decades.  Sounds like a cool project!


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Marty Johnson
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Well, this is an interesting and unique project.  Looking good, Professor! 


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Rich Sufficool
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I loved those Hubley kits. I loved the Model A sedan I did and now I'm wondering whatever happened to it. Chris... not only do I love your work but your choice of projects sometimes makes my head spin.


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Christopher Moroni
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Posted by: @rich-sufficool

I loved those Hubley kits. I loved the Model A sedan I did and now I'm wondering whatever happened to it. Chris... not only do I love your work but your choice of projects sometimes makes my head spin.

Thanks Rich. My head spins too... all the more reason to (as I noted) take a break and "clear the bench!"


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Christopher Moroni
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Posted by: @marty-johnson

Well, this is an interesting and unique project.  Looking good, Professor! 

Thanks! a TON more to do... let's see what happens. 🤨 🤔 🤨 


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Christopher Moroni
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Posted by: @gavin

My dad & I had 2 of those Hubley kits.  Not sure what happened to them, but I haven't seen them in multiple decades.  Sounds like a cool project!

Yeah, no surprise. Everyone, it seems, had a Hubley kit at one time or another. Back in the day, these were actually considered "challenging." 


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@marty-johnson 

I agree 101%  !!!!!


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Bob Jackman
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Wow what a project. I can't wait to see the next episode. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted by: @bob-jackman

Wow what a project. I can't wait to see the next episode. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Bob.. ....it may be a while. 🙄 🙄 🙄  


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Mike DeTorrice
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This looks very cool and will be quite a display ! I still have my Hubley Duesenburg and also somewhere major parts of a Hubley Packard.


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Posted by: @mikedetorrice

This looks very cool and will be quite a display ! I still have my Hubley Duesenburg and also somewhere major parts of a Hubley Packard.

I bet you do Mike. To my knowledge, Hubley produced only one 1/18 kit (this Duesy in a few variations). The others were mostly 1/20 (?) I have a few of those too.


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