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April 2018
A new subject for the ‘Current Project’, the 1932 Convertible 
Victoria ‘J’ Duesenberg, built by Rollston to a design of 
Gordon M. Buehrig.  This is one of my favorite Duesenberg 
designs, the proportions for me are perfection.  It is a big 
car but does not look heavy - a personal means of transport 
for the man who has everything - and that is just was what 
Duesenberg was all about.  
You brought six wheels an engine and a chassis.  Fenders, 
hood and radiator shell were also provided, but could and
 were also modified to suit what ever design you wanted. 
With these you then went to a custom body builder who
 would design the body to suit you personally. 
There were three chassis clothed in this body style, this being
 the first of them.  I was commissioned to build the first model for the current owner, and was brought in early on to it’s full restoration, so photographed it in several stages of it being restored.  Unfortunately the owner changed the colour from the original ‘fish scale’ simulated metallic platinum to a two tone light and dark maroon as can be seen here: 
Having collected all of the data from the actual car, I was determined that one day I would build one for my own collection and paint it to match it’s original colour and finish, a small sample of which was found hidden in the car and discovered during it’s rebuild.  Next month I will explain how I managed to represent a fish-scale simulated metallic finish, when I come to that part in the ‘Current Project’. 
 Just two models have been built, one for the owner, showing the car as it is today, and one for my own collection, showing the car as originally built.  An interesting feature is the length of the doors, so long in fact that there are two opening handles on each, so the doors can be opened from the rear seats as well as from the front seats.  This is a car that you would need a double garage to house it, if only to be able to park the car and then get out of it in the garage.
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A new edition to my ‘Model Makers Showcase’ this month. 
Bruce Von Stetina has now completed his excellent model of 
the Donald McKay designed and built clipper ship ‘Lighting’, 
considered to be one of the fastest and most remarkable
 square rigged ships ever built, with at least two 24 hour runs
 logged at an average of 18 knots.  The reason for this can be
 clearly seen in Bruce’s model with the very fine hollow lines 
at the bow, fine enough to cut through water like a knife 
through butter in a gale, but not as fast as the tea clippers in 
light winds.
She had a short but eventful life, like most ships of her day, 
of just 15 years, caching fire after just loading a full cargo of 
wool at Geelong in 1869.  She burnt to the waterline and was 
eventually scuttled, thus ended the ‘Lightning’, one of the 
most outstanding sailing ships of all time.
A recent diving expedition  visited the wreck of the ‘Lighting’
 and recovered some small items of burnt timber, one of which Bruce has obtained and mounted on the base in front of the completed model.  A nice idea that I think adds further to a very fine model of the subject.

Should any one have found insperation from my books and this web site in assisting them to create any form of work, I will always be pleased to hear from them, and if we can put together a series of photos such as can be seen in the Galleries of  ‘Model Makers Showcase’ to help inspire others, please drop me a line or two to < gaw@wworkshop.net >  You never know what you can do until you try, and seeing other do it, is often the super that can get you started.







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An After Sales Service to my book readers
Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.
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NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.
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I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’

<http://www.carblueprints.narod.ru>
<http://www.the-blueprints.com/>
http://www.smcars.net/
http://leander.mutsaers.us/
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