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Old 03-25-2007, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Anybody Build Vintage Hubley Model Kits?

wanted to see if anyone else builds metal hubley models. i have a 29 roadster thats bare metal with black wheels. i just ordered a woody wagon off egay and was wondering some ideas to paint it. i cant afford to buy a real car yet so i figure these are the closest thing. i tried to get a pic of my model on here but i cant get the pic small enough. i ll keep playing with it.
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:02 PM   #2
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A couple of years ago, I found a Hubley kit at a flea market. I remember seeing these in the Hobby Shops as a kid and just had to get it. I picked up the Model A Vicky kit. My 2 teenage sons and I tore into building it. Every time one of us had some spare time, we would grab a file or some emery cloth and get to it. After a couple of weeks we proudly displayed our completed "A". I just picked up a Hubley Model A Roadster. These kits are getting very difficult to find up here in Canada. My younger son and I are working on this one. Some of the parts are in primer and ready for paint. Attached are some pictures.
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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Default Re: Anybody Build Vintage Hubley Model Kits?

I am working on one with my son right now. It takes hours to remove all the casting flashing and smooth up the edges.
A dremel tool helps speed things along. I couldn't imagine not using one.
he is 6 years old, but can build stuff like this. Once we put it together, he will be taking it apart and rebuilding it over and over.
We are going to paint it this week and start putting it together.

They come up on ebay and sometimes at swap meets. I buy them if they are reasonable. Despite the tedious prep work, they are really good kits. Well worth the time spent with your kid especially.
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: Anybody Build Vintage Hubley Model Kits?

Here's some 'stockers' I built many years ago. First group are Model A's and the second pic is a '32 Chevy. I also have a Linclon & a Packard to build, but have never gotten around to it. Ditto for a few A's that I want to chop, etc.



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Old 03-27-2007, 04:06 PM   #5
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The only thing to remember with them are they were made when die-cast models didn't have a lot of detail. They are rather 'chunky' and some seem a little off in proportion. If you want detail and accuracy in the model I would look toward a plastic kit.
If not go for it, they are easy and fun to build. Just remember to etch prime them before painting, after all they are metal!
For info on painting the wood grain ask over on this site,
http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/comm...um/default.asp
Just don't tell them I sent you, I got kicked off for upsetting someone they are VERY PC!
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:34 PM   #6
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Have I got a deal for you regarding building Hubley Models. I would like to invite you to have a look at our Hubley Custom Diecast Group on Yahoo.com. Our club is for people that enjoy building and exchanging information on the Hubley Diecast Models that were built in the 1960's. That is a lot of great information and many, many photo albums of Hubley cars.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HubleyCustomDiecast

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Old 06-20-2009, 07:15 PM   #7
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i have about 20 of them
and for Christmas a few years back i took the roadster that my dad built (and i demolished as a kid) and restored it to perfection.
i detailed it to the max
machined some actual engine parts, taillight buckets and a full interior.
the old guy almost shed a tear
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:16 PM   #8
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yes but don't think they were vintage back when I did ,,lol
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:51 PM   #9
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Not me. I like plastic. It's much easier to modify and swapping parts with other kits is easy...there aren't many kits in 1/18 to rob parts from.

Whole lotta choppin' goin' on.




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Old 06-20-2009, 07:56 PM   #10
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i actually made a hot rod out of one
i used 3/16 key stock and made my own z'd frame
no fenders
i didnt chop up the body since i didnt think i could weld it back together
turned out cool
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:05 AM   #11
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While looking for my old pinewood derby car for another thread. I found a couple of models my dad had built when he was a kid. Go to research them and found this thread. Here's my dad's old Hubley's that I've been hanging on to.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:39 AM   #12
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I sell the Hubley models at Carlisle and Hershey. There is a French-Canadian guy who always buys me out at the fall Hershey show. I get them in many places and have about 20 in the boxes right now. I also still have 5 built models that I put together way back when. Hubley's are kool.

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Old 07-24-2009, 08:52 AM   #13
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I am into the Hubley plastic kits. Always looking for good "builder" quility plastic kits of the wagons.

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:05 AM   #14
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I sell the Hubley models at Carlisle and Hershey. There is a French-Canadian guy who always buys me out at the fall Hershey show. I get them in many places and have about 20 in the boxes right now. I also still have 5 built models that I put together way back when. Hubley's are kool.

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Do you have any of the kits like the one's my dad built in my post above? I'd be interested if you do, I'd like to build one to display with his.
Thanks, Jack
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:25 AM   #15
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Murph,
Do you have any of the kits like the one's my dad built in my post above? I'd be interested if you do, I'd like to build one to display with his.
Thanks, Jack
Jack, They are the Hubley "Hot Rods" and are pretty rare in the box...and pricey. I have two that were put together when I found them. I'll take some photos and send them along. PM me your e-mail address.

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:59 AM   #16
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I remember reading with some awe that serious Hubley metal fans got their kit parts copper plated so they could use solder for filling seams and such...that's dedication!
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:23 PM   #17
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I believe I saw this same Group on ebay in the Q&A section. They were HMK.Org with emaIL INFO@HUBLEYMODELKITS.ORG.
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:34 PM   #18
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I personally only have one . Im trying to get away from toys.Use to collect various toys,Got away from it for a few years and now Im building models and real cars also.Again ,I got into boats for awhile.
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:39 PM   #19
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I buy them,build them,restore them and sell them...my current projects are a Packard Dietrich,and a Packard Sport Pheaton...love it !
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:12 PM   #20
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I have about 50 of these kits in my basement ..years ago I bought them , various stages of assembly ..some missing parts, some complete ... and sorted everything out , built a few, but I have them all in seperate boxes here and I want to sell them ..anybody interested email to me off list smokinguitarplayer@gmail.com. I am near Reading Pa. would prefer to sell the lot.
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