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Gallery-15 - Duesenberg


Here we have the final assembly of the Rollston Convertible

Victoria - It will be seen to follow my normal practice - strip,

separate out the parts for painting from those for chrome

plating - note the amount of chrome required for just one

1930’s Duesey.


The most interesting point for me about this particular project

was the the original paint finish, which was in the 1930, the

nearest thing that they could come up with for a metallic

finish.  Unlike today where aluminium powder is used to

obtain the metallic effect, in the 1930’s the solution was found

to be ground up fish-scales, mixed with a clear lacquer, the

effect being very interesting.  I do not know what it looked like

when new, as I never did find anyone who had attempted to

try and reproduce it as originally used.  But did see several

examples of it as an old warn out finish about to be stripped and repainted with modern acrylics - what a shame.  The finish had the appearance of a metal sheen, but was quite course, it was not that you could see the actual fish scales, but there was a grain there, not like we know of today as a very fine metallic finish.


So how to reproduce such a finish with out the use of a metal powder in the mix.  I did contemplate grinding up fish scale, but gave that up on the second thought, then Mica came to mind, and with that Eye Shadow, as used by those who think God did not make them pretty enough  - dear ones, Mica eye shadow is not the answer, but we will not go further into that one.


So I entered the hallowed halls where these things are sold, and vehemently stated that “No it was not for me to use on my self” However the smiling young lady who served me, after getting into a conversation with her, turned out to be a former art student, and  was very interested in the use to which I was attempting to put it, and was also impressed when I showed her the  finished results.


The Mica eye shadow is obtainable in several shades, grey light and dark, and then tending around to pink.  The original specification for the Rollston Convertible Victoria, was platinum which is as far as I can assertion is a colour not unlike aluminium, but slightly more grey than white.  The Mica eye shadow that I found was extremely fine, and appeared to have little if any carrier wax or grease with it, and dissolved readily in the clear cellulose that I used with it.  It would thin readily for spraying, but it was important to keep it on the move, as it did have a tendency to settle if left for any time.  The adverse effect of this was that it was quite difficult to respray a part and match the colour/density of the Mica.  However practice makes perfect, and with a little experimentation it was possible to obtain the desired finish over the complete model, as can be see from the photos.  The Mica lacquer mix was sprayed over a suitable grey gloss cellulose finish, as there is little colour in the mica, when thinned for spraying.  Note the metallic sheen, where no metal was used in the paint.  Although it does show a metallic sheen, close inspection shows a very fine speckled crystalline texture to the finish.  The sort of scale fish-scale effect that I was aiming for.



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For those looking for more information on the construction of the Falls of Clyde, I am running a ‘Log’ on the building of it on the ‘Model Ship World’ web site.


Check out < http://modelshipworld.com > and search for ‘Falls of Clyde’


Most of the photos will  be the same as here, but there will I hope be more insight into the actual working of the materials and building of the model.


Four photos are added at the start of each month and relevant text on the building.  It should be running for a considerable time to come, and hopefully will not repeat what I have here too much.










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