Looking for more pics of this '29 Murphy boattail

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19 Apr 2006 02:37 #4737 by Lee Owens
Lee Owens created the topic: Looking for more pics of this '29 Murphy boattail
I believe this car is the is the subject of Monogram's kit with a metal body from 1978. I just scored one on eBay for a song. I'd love to see more photos so I can build a better model of it.

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19 Apr 2006 14:46 #4741 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic: THIS ONE I can help you with!
Car #2221/J-198--Murphy Disappearing-Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe, the second of six built. Restyled by George Thurmond in the 1930s but restored back to what you see here by Rick Carroll c. late 1980s.

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Copy & paste into address bar and go. Gives you a rear view of the same car.

Also, when I went to the ACD Museum a couple of years ago they had leftover copies of a memorial booklet for Gordon Buehrig, filled with pictures of Duesenbergs--many of them from the side, which I assume are the ones you need for your models...They're not on their website but maybe the museum still has a few copies for sale.

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19 Apr 2006 15:27 #4743 by Kevin
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I believe the Monogram model is actually based on the only LWB Murphy Torpedo Roadster. J-120-2354. Originally built for George Whittell, who owned numerous Duesenbergs in the day. Whittell cars are distinctive because he added chrome hood side doors, and tool/battery box doors.
There is a great picture of the car on the orange Automobile Quarterly.

There were only 5 SWB versions.

It's a great model, have fun putting it together.

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19 Apr 2006 17:37 #4745 by Chris Summers
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Having never seen the Monogram model, I provided numbers for the photo car.
Kevin, I was looking for the original owner of J-120--thanks!

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19 Apr 2006 22:45 #4748 by paul111
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Lee

there are some great pics of this car in Dennis Adler's book 'Duesenberg'.

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25 Apr 2006 07:42 #4760 by Lee Owens
Lee Owens replied the topic:
Thanks guys.

CMHS- I can't get your link to work.

Kevin-
I can't wait to start that model. I want to make a resin copy of the main body piece, then use it to make other boattail Duesies..or maybe sell a few. When I get home, I'm going to try making hand-laced wire wheels for my 1/24 Duesenbergs. I have a feeling I'm going to break a lot of tiny drill bits, but it will all be worth it if it works out.
Hey if you're into building the models, I have resin copies of the hood sides that have arc-shaped louvers. It's off a diecast and looks really nice. You'll need to add about .125" or so to the length. (I had them copied "as is" so I could use them on other classic cars. Just adjust to fit whatever car. One set is on Jo-Han's '31 Cadillac Town Brougham. The hood sides in the Jo-Han Caddys are awful.)

Paul- I have that book, along with Fred Roe's and J.L. Elbert's. Unfortunately, I'm 9,000 miles from home in Afghanistan. But hey....only 7 more days 'til I fly. Woohoo!

Thanks again. Lee

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