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Gallery-15 - Duesenberg

The Rollston Convertible Victoria has always been one of my

favorite Duesenbergs.  It is a big car but the proportions are

perfection, as is the case with most of Gordon Buehrig designs,

and as was the case with the Derham Tourster, also from his

hand. The chassis is the long wheel base chassis with standard

Duesenberg ‘J’ engine.  The traditional curved louvres forming

the sides of the hood, were cut with the aid of the Louvre Press

and a purpose made table.  This consists of two plates of ‘gauge

plate’, the bottom one bolted to the Louvre Press table, and the

top one attached to it by way of a bolt and ball race, so that it

pivots at the point of the centre of the spare wheel on the car. 

A series of grooves were machined in this to correspond to the

spacing of the individual louvres.  The ‘D’ shaped cutter wheel,

as used on the straight louvre plate, was then positioned to the

centre point of the louvre radius.  A clamping plate was made for the top to hold the metal being worked in place.  This was cut out to the shape of the finished louvre set, the sides of the cut out acting as a stop at each end of the cut louvre.  Thus a left side could have a set of louvres cut to shape, then the top plate turned over and used to form a right side set of curved louvres, the two being a mirror image of each other, with the centre of the radius matching the centre position of the spare wheels.

The chassis construction is the same as with the previous Duesenberg miniatures, one of the advantages of the subject, set up for the ’J’ chassis and you have the makings for several dozen completely different body styles. The general construction for the body also follows my normal practice, hard wood pattern, then copper or brass sheet hammer worked over it to form the metal body panels.  A brass frame is them made to take the panels, which has provision for bolting to the chassis at the correct mounting points.

Here we see the completed construction, then being disassembled to separate out the painted parts from those to be chrome plated.  Next month I will discuss the painting, which in this case was quite unique, as the original used fish scale to simulate a metallic finish, in fact the very first of the simulated metallic paint finishes for the automobile - watch this space.


For those looking for more information on the construction of the Falls of Clyde, I am running a ‘Log’ on the building of it on the ‘Model Ship World’ web site.

Check out < > and search for ‘Falls of Clyde’

Most of the photos will  be the same as here, but there will I hope be more insight into the actual working of the materials and building of the model.

Four photos are added at the start of each month and relevant text on the building.  It should be running for a considerable time to come, and hopefully will not repeat what I have here too much.