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July 20 in Cars, Trucks, & Motorcycles
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 . . .
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.
Yes. Ertl grew out of Hubley. When I built them long ago they were under the Hubley name.
Nice. I've got a Hubley Duesenberg (the town car) in the closet that's been half-finished for 40 years.
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.
It was Bob Steinbrumm who's name I spelt incorrectly.
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.