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Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by mgy125 on Wed 30 Dec 2015, 5:19 pm

So this one is my current workbench project.  A brief history follows:


This Duesenberg (# J212-2234) was originally built in 1932 as a short-wheelbase four-door Derham-bodied sedan. The car was sold to Dr. Seeley Mudd, who sent the car to Bohman & Schwartz to have a new body installed. Upon his specific desires, this new car would be exact to the dimensions and requests of Dr. Mudd.

The car, now known as the "Mudd Coupe", rolled out of the Bohman and Schwartz shop in 1937. True to Dr. Mudd's vision, the bold, yet some might say sinister, design of this Duesenberg employed aerodynamic principles that were only experimental in the 1930s. Body panels were covered with leather-like Zapon cloth. The car also featured a large sliding sunroof. When it was new it was all black.



Here are a couple of photos...

The car as it first appeared in 1932.






This is the car in its current restoration. Unfortunately at some point the 'waterfall' chrome grill was replace with the typical Duesenberg set-up. Fortunately the resin kit has the 'waterfall' grill which I think makes the car.



The following are the resin kit on the work bench. The kit was done by ScaleKraft. Unfortunately they went out of business back in 2005.  Some of the moulding is lacking sharp detail, but they have captured the line and length of the car quite well. Note the 'waterfall' grill.






The chassis and running gear is coming from 2 old broken Monogram Duesenberg SJs.  I had to take about 10mm out of the chassis length to get the correct wheelbase.  This is currently riding on the stock Duesenberg wheels and tyres which put it up in the air. I am awaiting some 17 inch rims and tyres from Chris so I can get the proper ride height and some of the body/chassis fit better.
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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by allan on Wed 30 Dec 2015, 6:47 pm

Nice to see a classic built up popcorn bigthumbsup
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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by Deaf as on Wed 30 Dec 2015, 7:29 pm

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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by Antwon on Wed 30 Dec 2015, 10:28 pm

Wow I never knew this kit resin existed, look very cool.
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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by 70cudatj on Thu 31 Dec 2015, 12:12 am

.... very interesting ... very interesting popcorn
Always like to see a unique build ...
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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by mgy125 on Thu 31 Dec 2015, 7:41 am

Antwon wrote:Wow I never knew this kit resin existed, look very cool.
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I stumbled across it on Ebay US about 6 years ago. Haven't seen another like it since.
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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by DeeCee on Sat 02 Jan 2016, 7:38 pm

Love that shape, it will be a real beauty when done i think.
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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by zenrat on Sat 02 Jan 2016, 9:23 pm

That's very nice Tom.
Make a great custom...Very Happy

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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by cdansie on Sat 02 Jan 2016, 11:35 pm

Hi Tom
Posted the wheels this morning

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Re: Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg J Airflow Coupe #J212-2234 1932

Post by mgy125 on Fri 08 Jan 2016, 5:21 pm

Wheels have arrived.  Now for some trial fitting on the weekend.  Thanks, Chris.
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