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alan barton

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    Perth, Western Australia
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  1. Yeah, I'm with you Snake. Not to say that blowing one up wouldn't have been great fun but money was hard to come by when I was a kid and it usually took a month or more to save up for a kit , or paint and glue. To this day I am still working with parts that I got back in primary school or high school, so it must have paid off. I think about the most destructive thing I ever did as a kid was throw rocks at bottles at the rubbish tip when we accompanied Dad to dump garden rubbish or whatever. But like I said, it sounds like fun. Maybe if I found a totally destroyed, glued bombed, paint burned monstrosity at a yard, I could contemplate it but fireworks are banned in Australia so it is a moot point anyway! Cheers Alan
  2. Thanks Kit, thanks Tim. No photos tonight but have primer on the body and its looking OK. I have also repaired two ancient bits of damage on the mouldings on both the running board and rear fender. The.pickup bed is close to primer and centre crossmember is looking ready as well. Still need to fab up a Jag rear end crossmember to get the stance on the money. might get some photos up next weekend , all going well! Cheers Alan
  3. Every day is a school day, Rodney! At some rod runs, these events were called rodkhanas. Was very popular for a while - Aussies have tended to have very active rod runs for decades - more about cruises, drags, gymkhanas or go- whoas, even burnout comps, than lawn chairs. Cheers Alan
  4. Tom Geiger's house, where strange ugly toys and models go to die! Hee hee hee, sorry Tom, couldn't resist! Cheers Alan
  5. What they said! Simply one of the coolest T bucket models I have ever seen. This is a very inspirational model that overcomes many of the awkward proportions that often plague T bucket models. Just stunning! Cheers Alan
  6. That's the one. A young guy built it in the late eighties, on unemployment benefits, would you believe! Did absolutely everything himself. The thing handled like a go-kart and regularly won gymkhanas. I seem to remember it was his only car at the time. Cheers Alan
  7. Jackson, there was a very nice metallic blue, flamed South Aussie Model A roadster pickup that ended up in Perth years ago - I think Lance Fussel owned it. It had an HR Holden front end. The original builder fabricated quite squared off box structures to clear the wishbones but because the headlight bar was dropped low enough to nearly touch the top of them, you barely noticed it - might be a plan for your front end. And yeah, my body cracked a windscreen post the other night. It is a little known fact that the industrial chemists at Revell once offered their plastic formula to the Pringles potato chip people. Pringles rejected the formula as they said it would make their potato chips too brittle! Undeterred, Revell used the same formula to make models into the 21st century - only more recent white plastic models were actually buildable! Cheers Alan
  8. This just might be the best seat cover I've ever seen! Reeeeeally nice texture and authenticity there, Roy! Cheers Alan
  9. The Bare Metal foil is a clever solution to the frame tin. I will be putting a rear engined 27 T body on my Piranha frame , shades of Ol'Noisy, the Speed Sport Special and will be sure to borrow that trick! They say that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger but I don't know, that paint snafu would have hurt a lot. Unfortunately you do not belong to a very unique club! My last coat of clear on a Candy Apple green Aurora 34 coupe turned out to be gold........ And did you know that if you try to polish a minor paint blemish on a glossy black Deuce, with Tamiya Filler Putty instead of Tamiya Polishing Compound, it does the blemish no good at all???? Sigh. If you want to get those headers right out to the sides of the body, what about the ones in Monogram Snake/Mongoose kits? They go under the frame. Revell Buttera funnycar kits over the frame could bridge the distance as well. Cheers Alan
  10. Oh yeah, after much deliberation, I have finally settled on a colour - Lip Gloss by Dulux. It is very close to Boyd's red, perfect for the eighties, and though It is a hardware store paint, I have had very good results with it over Tamiya pink primer. Cheers Alan
  11. Still no earth shattering movement but the bodywork is getting closer! Surprisingly, none of the brains trust here noticed my earlier gaff - turns out that shortened smoothie bed up the top is not from a Hot Rod series Revell Model A, but from the Monogram T bucket trailer - I couldn't work out what the odd mounting brackets underneath were all about! Turns out they are the axle and towbar mounts. It is also about 5mm shorter than the stock bed which suits this build perfectly. A happy accident! I seem to be bogged down with a lot of heavy bodywork lately and my efforts to refine the swage lines on this cab were not going well so last night I threw caution to the wind and filed everything off and started again. It will need primer to tell me if it was worth it but so far so good. The roof and the sunvisor were scratchbuilt from flat styrene and the swage lines are down with Evergreen. If I can get the bodywork finished by this weekend I can get back into fabricating the mounts for the Jag rear end and generally tidying up the chassis. Cheers Alan
  12. My brain must work a bit different! I never noticed the Ford engine ( and should have) but I did think "That's odd, cobraman's building a Chevy!"
  13. Hi Guido, I have the Ramchargers, Garlits Wynns Charger and young American kits, all built, and have the remaining frame from my childhoods Galloping Ghost 2 and I can assure you that it is indeed based on the Ramchargers kit with different body panels. Cheers Alan
  14. Those lights look magic - and you are right about the chrome rings, it needs them. Just drill your holes a fraction bigger and recess the chrome ring inside the frenched tunnel - yummy! Cheers Alan
  15. That Revell stuff is doing a good job of correcting AMT's shortcomings on this kit, Jim. I like the overall theme a lot. One suggestion, the AMT windshield frame is very thick in all dimensions. With a sharp X-acto followed by sanding sticks you can put it on a diet which helps immensely! Cheers Alan
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