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I love this era of automobiles.  I have all of the old Entex/Minicraft/Bandai classic car models - 1/16 Packards, Mercedes, Duesenbergs, MG, Jaguar, Cadillac, Rolls Royce, etc.  They need work, but they sure can build up into a pretty model.

When I was (much) younger, we were sitting around the dinner table and my Dad mentioned he had a '37 Packard sedan.  I was probably around 16-17 at the time, as I was able to drive.  i went down to our local hobby shop and ordered the Entex kit of the '37 Packard formal sedan.  At that time I think it was around $30-40, and I had to order it, and I put it on layaway as well as that was a lot of money for me!  

Dad never paid much attention to what I was building, so i was able to covertly put the kit together.  Painted in a dark blue with a black leather top, I thought it came out pretty good by my 17-year-old standards.  I presented it to my Dad, and he looked at it and said, 'I never had a Packard, I had a Plymouth!.'  Needless to say I was not happy, but even my Mom jumped in and told him he had said he had a Packard!  Slip of the tongue, I guess.  

I have another one in my stash now, that I hope will look much nicer than my earlier attempt.  My Dad's gone now, but I may still do it in that dark blue just because . . .

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Looks like you have created the proverbial silk purse from a sow’s ear! 

The only metal car kits I recall from my youth were by Hubley. Is there any relationship between those and these Ertl kits? 

Beautiful work as always, Ron. 

Regards, Nick
 

 

 

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Yes. Ertl  grew out of Hubley. When I built them long ago they were under the Hubley name.  

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Nice. I've got a Hubley Duesenberg (the town car) in the closet that's been half-finished for 40 years.

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Hubley, Gabriel, Ertl, Scale Models. Those old car kits have certainly done the rounds.

I have built the Duesenberg and done some detailing work on it, and it makes up into quite a nice model. In one of the copies of Model Cars Magazine from about 3 or 4 years back there is an absolutely superb super detailing job done on the Hubley Duesie by Bob Steinbaum (please correct me if I have his name incorrectly spelt) who I believe is a fellow member of IPMS.

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It was Bob Steinbrumm who's name I spelt incorrectly.

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Still got it wrong!!!   It is Bob Steinbrunn.     Apologies Bob if you are reading this!

I have deviated a bit from Ron' s lovely build of the Hubley Packard, that he has done a very nice job of it.

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