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Jan 23 14 7:19 PM

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My first car, purchased in 1966, was a 1959 Nash Metropolitan.  My second car was also a Nash Metropolitan.  Between the two, we had enough parts to keep one running!  Anyway, I have been looking for years for a kit of my first car and last year I was lead to Modelhaus, a vendor of kits of older, sometimes esoteric American vehicles, usually resin castings based on a manufacturer's promo model supplied to dealerships.  This 1959 Metro is based on a Hubley cast metal kit issued for the 1959 and 1960 Metropolitan.  I thought the kit to be quite good, considering it's 54 year old heritage.  Some filing and grinding was necessary to get the chassis and tub to nestle into the body, but that is what modeling is all about, right?

The model was painted using DuPont Centari Enamel automotive paints, sanded out to 12000 and polished out using Model Car World buffing compound and finishing wax.  Chrome work is Bare Metal Foil.

The first photo was taken in 1966, on the road to my girlfriend's (now my wife of 44 years) house in West Virginia.  The rest are a selection of shots from my Photobucket account, which can be accessed at

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Mark E. Young, Jr. MSgt, USAF (Ret) IPMS 5494 KC-135A - Built When Man Thought He Could Burn Water

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Jan 23 14 10:45 PM

Beep-beep! Beep-beep! His horn went Beep-beep-beep!  Your little car is so cool! My first two cars were so common-place(Ho-hum) that there is no way I would ever find a model kit of either. You got lucky.

Adios, Larry.

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Jan 24 14 9:18 AM

Thanks, Larry

I had forgotten all about that song.  One of my favorites of the day.  My Dad had a 1951 Rambler American station wagon for a while and later on, a 1962 Rambler Ambassador sedan.  In all reality, the song was about a Nash Rambler, not the Nash Metropolitan.  Close enough though.  Thanks for opening another door along memory lane.

Mark E. Young, Jr. MSgt, USAF (Ret) IPMS 5494 KC-135A - Built When Man Thought He Could Burn Water

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