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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Incredible, Handmade, Working 1932 Duesenberg Model

I first learned about this unbelievable modeling accomplishment on The Jalopy Journal, but it has apparently made the rounds to the Hemmings blog.  Louis Chenot hand built a completely functional, 1/6 scale model of a 1932 Duesenberg SJ from mostly raw materials.  The Jalopy Journal provided detail.
It took Louis six years to build, with over 15,000 hours invested to make every single hand-built detail 100% accurate and completely functional. The car has over 6,000 parts (966 just in the wheels and over 300 in the head, for example), and almost every part was built from raw materials like brass, wood and stainless steel. The supercharged motor runs on propane from it’s fuel tank, through the fuel pumps, and into it’s twin carburetor set up, turning 4100 rpm. Event the starter motor works. The clutch operates and the transmission shifts through all 3 gears and reverse.
It makes one wonder what he could do if you sent him enough materials for a 1/1 scale model.  Hmmmm.

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