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alan barton

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    mostly 1/25

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    Perth, Western Australia
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    Alan John Barton

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  1. Asphalt Modified Tires Question

    Hi David, easily the most critical part of any model car in turns of finished appearance is the tires. Size and shape, in my mind, are infinitely more important than tread or sidewall detail. If those PPP tires look good on your car, they are right for your car! I would much rather run tires on my models that make the finished product look right than use a tire that is technically more correct but maybe not quite the right diameter or profile. So yes, they can be a credible alternative. Cheers Alan
  2. Kaufman Falcon Tribute

    Really enjoying this build Geoff. The printed discs are sheer genius - I am going to have to try that one on my next build! Cheers Alan
  3. Daniel, I built one when they first came out, must one about 10 years ago,, maybe more. I don't have the car as it was done to help out a friend so I cant go and check it but two things I remember are as follows. Firstly, i painted one smooth coat of Testors spray can blue and that was enough to make it impossible to fit the chrome trim for the side mouldings. The job was done quickly and I seem to remember that I used no primer. The chrome on these kits is so tough that you just abut need an angle grinder to remove it . Proceed with caution. As it happened, I broke one of the strips at a door join but believe it or not, the chrome plating did not break and I managed to get it onto the car still in one piece. The second thing was that I recall that there was either no rear parcel shelf or an undersized shelf and you can see through into the trunk. Otherwise I remember it being pretty straight forward - I only had a week to get it done after work so It can't have given me too much grief! Cheers Alan
  4. Silver Sapphire Little Deuce Coupe

    I must have missed this before, Phil.. What a courageous effort! I looked at building this car many years ago but when the Danbury mint version came out, I took the easy route and bought one - it is trlyan outstanding example of the diecast industry art and easily my most prized diecast in the collection. I think you have done a credible effort with the interior , especially the buttons. I have a friend that does clinically accurate piping with jeweller's wire but I haven't tackled it myself yet. As you say, sitting on the table it should look very nice. It s also neat to see this car with the axle behind the spring as in all post 35 Fords. It is a feature you rarely see in a model. Good luck with your deadline! Cheers Alan
  5. Double Kit Custom 32 Sedan

    Hi Jose, love your truck. Shortening those pipes must have been a challenge! I'm not particularly fond of the appearance of the Edsel based grille but it just seems to look so cool and right for period show rods of this era. It's definitely been growing on me since I started my project. Maybe this post will end up being a repository for all the AMT custom grilled hot rods out there? Cheers Alan
  6. 1932 Ford Chopped 4-Door Sedan Conversion

    Dennis, I am in awe of your craftsmanship around the window openings! I have been modelling forever and have a reasonable skill set but the biggest obstacle I come across to completing my chop top projects is getting all of ol' Henry's window mouldings back to perfect. It seems like just one extra swipe of the file or sandpaper and you have a gouge or a groove or some mark that requires more putty and then you're back to square one. So here you are with a car with no less than six windows and no less than eight posts and you have them looking absolutely flawless. That is a skill that I will continue to dream of mastering. My hat is off to you, sir, that is truly magnificent. And, might I add, that is a very fine chop. We have a fair few chop top 4 doors here in Australia, simply because very few two door sedan anythings were sold pre-48. 1928, 29 Model A Tudors and 39/40 slopers are about the only ones I can think of. Go to an Aussie rod run and you are bound to see at least one chopped 32 4 door and a maybe a few more chopped 33-34 four doors. Cheers Alan
  7. Double Kit Custom 32 Sedan

    Thanks for the photo Norman, that definitely confirms that I need to go with a dropped axle. That Tudor looks sweet even without the fender running board unit. It looks like he also might have used the Revell 29 Hiboy nailhead, judging by the pipes. It is an interesting twist on the original. And oldschool, you are dead right about the whitewalls - gotta have 'em! I am very keen to use the AMT parts pack ones as they are so nice and period perfect but I will decide for sure when I get a better front axle happening. It's great to see all the love for this old girl from everyone and I am very keen to get it just right. Final completion might be delayed a bit as we are in the middle of winter, not conducive to painting candies! I will keep the chassis and interior updates coming. Cheers Alan
  8. Double Kit Custom 32 Sedan

    Thanks for the comments and support guys! I am enjoying this one even if it has had a few small challenges along the way. Got a bit done last night. First, I made a paper template of the roof opening and then transferred it to some clear celluloid that will eventually be used to produce a coloured insert. This should be a lot more accurate than a floppy paper template. Then I carefully glued a strip of thin evergreen along the inside edge of the roof opening to produce a ledge for the clear insert to eventually rest on. While that was drying, I went scrounging for a suitable radiator. I found this chromed one from unknown source and with a minimum of filing it fit inside the custom grille shell. With everything looking good I dusted a light coat of primer on and this is where I am at now. But man, that stance! I just can't see getting this puppy to fly with the straight tube front axle. Do I go with a dropped axle or is that veering to far from the AMT spirit? Cheers Alan
  9. Double Kit Custom 32 Sedan

    Thanks Rodney. It is a fairly simple build but there are some details that will take extra effort to get just right - and stance is a big one! For once bodywork should be the least of my issues! By the time I get the chassis squared away I'm hoping there will be some warmer weather for a nice day of painting. Cheers Alan
  10. Double Kit Custom 32 Sedan

    Hey Craig, that is absolutely stunning! Sorry for the tragically late reply, I have been focussed on some other projects, both 1:1 and !;25 and hadn't got much more done so just tonight I thought I would post something and I find your drop-dead gorgeous Vicky! I love the Radirs, I adore the recessed insert in the rear and I can't hep thinking there is something tricky going on with the grille. if I get anywhere near close to this high standard of finish I will be a very happy camper. Last time I posted I hinted that something was about to change my original plans. I really should have got back earlier but anyhow, one of our fellow forum members who goes by the name of muncie got in touch with me and generously offered me a near-mint Tudor body to help with my project. To say I was gobsmacked was an understatement, I mean, who gives up such a rare part? Steve, I am indebted, believe me. To further the surprise, when Steve's package arrived in Perth Western Australia he had also chucked in another grille, saving me from sawing off the front of my coupe! And some lights, and the original instructions. It just doesn't get cooler than this! Meantime, my work has had me travelling a lot so modelling has slowed down a bit but I wanted to show you how this old showcar is shaping up. I very gingerly removed the top insert and will be putting a narrow flange around it to allow a tinted roof insert to drop in place so that all those beautiful pleats don't disappear. I'm not sure whether I had trimmed my pipes as I once had them fitted to a childhood Paddy Wagon build but there seems to be a bit of conflict between the pipes and the frame so I will need to massage these. I am using pins to line them up with the heads so hopefully I will get everything where it should be without too much stress. Steve just proves how good people are and what a great place this is for like minded people to hang out. I'm not sure when I will get the next installment done but thanks everyone for following along this far and I hope I can do the old girl justice. Cheers
  11. Chevy Nova Race Car

    I am really enjoying your conversion work here, Geoff. I'm currently midway through a conversion from an American Ranchero to an Australian XP ute and I can really relate to the challenges you are facing here. Your rear pillar conversion is looking very convincing, can't wait to see it with the trim in place! Cheers Alan
  12. Anyone Up For A 1964 Valiant Convertible?

    With slightly skinnier tyres and a four door B pillar that Valiant stock car could have raced at any number of Australian speedways in the early seventies. Nice work Tom! Cheers Alan
  13. Educate me on Model T speed equipment

    Here's a Fronty for you from the amazing engine collection at the American Museum of Speed in Lincoln Nebraska.
  14. Ford Flathead V8 101

    Thanks Ace, I really enjoyed that. I was always aware of the shortcomings of a flatmotor but never fully understood exactly what caused them. That guy made it beautifully simple to understand. I have been a teacher and a trainer my whole life and it is always a joy to hear someone who can deliver as smoothly as that and with such clarity. And I wouldn't mind that monster of a flatmotor in my cabinet either! Cheers Alan
  15. Rusting products

    Tommy, that is easily the best weathered engine I have ever seen. Those rusty exhausts are incredible and the greasy shine on the rocker arms is totally convincing. If I were to pick up that gearbox, I can just feel the grease on my hands and then wiping them off on my jeans.! This is automotive art at its finest. Cheers Alan