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  • Location Maitland, NSW, Australia
  • Full Name Brian Little

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  1. Brianl added a post in a topic To rake or not to rake   

    Bottom one... just a little rake & keep the whole thing low. Should look good when done, The wheels look very good
  2. Brianl added a post in a topic Shelby Series 1 "Coupe" GTS car....8-7-16 update -front lighting   

    Great minds...
     Very nice work on both the roof graft & the paint.  
    It really is a car that looks way better as a coupe, shame they never did the real one
    I did the Toyota 2000 conversion purely because that is what I had. It didn't take long to realise that the Viper roof was a much better way to go as I had to completely redo the glass openings & it took a lot of tries to make a rear screen that was acceptable (almost). I spent weeks filling & sanding.
    Keep up the good work & Dave... finish yours mate!

  3. Brianl added a post in a topic '32 Ford - the Silver Brick   

    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. If a rat rod is rusty/dirty etc what would a clean one be called? A "bunny-rod". Have we started a new trend??
    Travis, lines on the roll bar are dings (or weld lines, probably seem welded tube) never mold lines !!!!!! Truth is I had to shorten it, then broke it, then missed the final clean up. 
    Tom, the engine came from a very old "Matchbox" kit of a de Havilland Tiger Moth out of the UK. Matchbox put out a series of very good 1/32 aircraft & cars in the mid eighties that included the moth & an awesome Auto Union GP car with a fully detailed twin supercharged engine, Wish I still had that one. I turned the Gypsy motor upside down (or right way up) & added the supercharger. Running the drive belt off the front of the motor that was now the back made it more interesting. It may seem weird but I try to make all of my cars sort of do-able.
    Hope it inspires some ideas.
  4. Brianl added a topic in Under Glass   

    '32 Ford - the Silver Brick
    Although I'm not to keen on the more extreme rat rods I do like the attitude & engineering in them.
    Started off with the Revell '32 Ford Sedan kit. Power is a de Havilland gypsy aircraft engine with a scroll type supercharger driven from the back of the motor. Being air cooled it doesn't need a radiator which gives it a different look. Nose is the nacelle off the Tiger Moth kit that the engine came from. Frame is from the kit. I cut it at the firewall & turned the middle section upside down to put the floor on the bottom of the chassis. The rear end is scratch built. I was going to do a graffiti type paint job but the clean silver looked so good I decided to leave it at that.
    Thanks for looking

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  5. Brianl added a post in a topic '32 Sedan   

    Hi Dirk
    Sorry but I didn't take many photos of the chassis build. The ones below show an early rear frame that didn't let me put the seats far enough back but you should get the idea.
    I was going to zed both front & back but when I set the rear axle up I realised that to zed the rear chassis would not work so I scratch built up a setup that would be more interesting to look at through the open roof. The standard kit chassis has the floor on the top of the frame so I was going to cut it out but by cutting the chassis at the firewall & turning the floor upside down I got the lower floor & a cleaner looking front frame. There is not much more to it really.
    Airfix do a 1/24 Focke-Wulf 190 with a twin row radial in it too.
    Steve, you must have been talking to my son, he said exactly the same thing about the silver paint. I was going to add some rust & stickers but the clean look it has now is it
    Thanks for the comments

  6. Brianl added a post in a topic '32 Sedan   

    Latest pics.
    About 80% done. Just the little bits like pedals, dash etc to go.

  7. Brianl added a post in a topic '32 Sedan   

    The Gypsy engine came from an old Matchbox Tiger Moth kit. It was 1/32 but a big 1/32 so it looks OK I think. Technically it is upside down but it looks good with the individual heads etc. The earlier moths had a heads-up motor so its not totally unreal.
    I also have the two twin row radials out of the 1/32 Beaufighter kit ......  if only I could get my hands on a 1/25 R4360.
    Chassis is almost done so I'll try to post some more photos soon
  8. Brianl added a post in a topic '32 Sedan   

    Thanks for the comments
    Thanks for the tip David. The problem was I have a new light & was mucking around with different cloth filters.
    Bill, you are right in line with my thinking about the proportions. My son calls them art cars.
    Wheels are off than old Long John parts kit. Well spotted
  9. Brianl added a topic in On The Workbench   

    '32 Sedan
    Never was a big fan of some of the more radical rat rods but they make for interesting models. Started with the Revel '32 sedan & started cutting. One of the things I do like is the odd ball engines used. So this is a de Havilland Gypsy aircraft engine with a scroll supercharger! There is a triple carb setup to come as well. Opening up the roof will let me do some detailing of the rear end & cockpit area which doesn't happen often. No real ideas on colour yet but it won't be black!
    Thanks for looking & sorry for the lousy lighting, I was experimenting.... badly

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  10. Brianl added a post in a topic Post up your fastest model!   

    Got to go to Utah for mine
    One old school & one for the jet age.

  11. Brianl added a post in a topic Mustangs!   

    So many awesome builds!!
    Considering I have loved Mustangs since I was a kid I have more in the box than on the shelf but this is my favourite.

  12. Brianl added a post in a topic L700-RR   

    Thank you for the kind comments gentlemen. It was a bit of a worry posting a bit of a weird idea on a truck site but it was a lot of fun to get done.
    Steve - there are bits of this kit that are a pain in the proverbial but one of the secrets of custom building is that it lets me duck around the hard bits !!!
    JT - I did play around with the idea of transporter but there other weird things in my head that have to get out so it'll have to wait till another day. I have a Merc SLS AMG GT3 sitting here. if I get a street version I could cut & shut it into a modern version of the Merc transporter they used in the 50's.... Anyone care to have a go at that one?
    Thanks again
  13. Brianl added a topic in Under Glass: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    Finally done & pretty pleased with how it looks. This was my first truck build & a lot of fun. Started with the Lindberg L700 kit & added a Viper V10 with turbos! Since its a race truck it was lowered a little & a few aero mods added.
    Hope you like it.

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  14. Brianl added a post in a topic Cobra Wagon   

    That is the first time I have seen a roof on a Cobra that looks like it should be there. Well designed, well built !!
  15. Brianl added a post in a topic L-700 RR   

    Probably not enough progress to justify a lot of photos but at least it is progress. Engine installation is complete bar the radiator hoses & blow off valves that need to go on after the rear body is in place. Silver is stripe colour & will be masked for the overall orange. 90% of the cockpit detail is done just waiting for paint before fitting