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July 2018


The final one of the trio of Duesenbergs, plus a fully detailed ‘SJ’ chassis and spare engine mounted on a stand are now completed, to form my own Duesey collection  I have built almost 50 Duesenberg models over the past 40 years, for collectors around the world and still think of them as a high point in American automobile design that has never been surpassed - who knows how they would have developed had the great depression not snuffed them out, as with so much else at the time.


It was the Duesenberg that started my interest in the automobile as a subject to create in miniature, way back in 1967, and my last client collector in the USA before I retired, was a member of the Duesenberg family.  He did not own a Duesenberg but did devote a room in his family home, dedicated to the work of his former namesake, with an example of my work forming the centre piece that I was privileged to create for him.


I will now be  taking a couple of months off - it is holiday time after all - and return in September with a start on the third of the Falls of Clyde models - OK auto enthusiasts, it is a ship, but as my regulars will be aware, my emphasis is not so much the subject, but the answers as to how to make it, ie - materials and their manipulation - and this is common to all subjects.


The model is of the waterline type, of an iron ship, with brass taking the place of the iron.  The half model and the centre section model of the same  subject can be seen HERE, together with the many tools developed to complete them, several being of interest generally to all model making.  So it will be with this final model - two of the more elaborate examples of the new tools are shown here - they will be covered in great detail when I get to that stage in the building program.


When the ship model is completed I still have several more  car models to complete for my collection, as can be see  HERE, each with it’s own set of techniques, many of which have not been covered in the past, so stay with it, and ‘watch this space’











































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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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Falls of Clyde in 96th scale

Pantographic copier for the lathe - ships wheel spoke 96th scale

Pantographic engraver - ships wheel box name board.