Elevate your modeling today.
Whatever scale modeling means for you,
iModeler brings all the pieces you need and people together
so you can easily share, show and learn.

The Mighty Duesenberg

June 16, 2013 in Automotive

This is a representation of an SJ with a LeBaron dual cowl phaeton body.
It is the original Hubley version of this kit. 1/18th scale combination metal & plastic parts. All major body parts & engine block are metal & screwed together, The interior, trunk. grill, top & lights are plastic.
I know I built this kit in ’80/’81 because I was working on the road then & remember being in my hotel room in the evening filing, not sanding, on the metal pieces. The body was brush painted with I believe Floquil railroad paint & the top & trunk sprayed with Testor’s little bottle paint. When I bought my first bottle of this type paint it was a nickel. The whitewall tires were done with a product called “Gesso” I feel like this looks more like a whitewall than anything else.
The kit molds have been rereleased by different owners over the years. Each time with more metal flash to file.
Thanks for looking & putting up with my rambling.

7 additional images. Click to enlarge

People who liked this article:
Profile photo of Milan D.Milan D.Profile photo of EditorEditorProfile photo of George WilliamsGeorge WilliamsProfile photo of Steven DavisSteven DavisGuestProfile photo of Jack MuganJack Mugan

7 responses to The Mighty Duesenberg

  1. oh my al…these classics are turning me on…sweet paint job

  2. Al….What a classic. Beautiful elegant and sexy vehicle from a period of great style. Do you still use “Gesso” for white walls today? Very nice build as usual.

    • Yes to the Gesso. It’s water based & you just keep brushing the coats on till you have good coverage. It’s best it the tire has a hard edge for the sidewall. I’ve not tried it on plastic whitewall inserts but if you rough up the slick plastic it should work. The insert type whitewall is too white for my tastes.

  3. Nice job love the two tone paint!

  4. Mighty is the word, are the pictures recent?

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.