alan barton

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  1. alan barton added a post in a topic Box art errors   

    Hi William,
    In regards to the roadster v cabriolet issue, Art is correct but I can see where you are coming from.
    The Yellow Jacket is built from a cabriolet body but gives the impression of being a roadster by virtue of leaving off the cabriolet body parts north of the waistline.
    I have a Yellow Jacket and it definitely looks like a roadster but if there ever was a model of a 1930 Model A roadster you would see that the doors are longer and the cockpit is longer.  As a result the back of the body drops down quicker than a roadster body and the beaver panel is shorter as the trunk lid is slid down to match.
    I drive a real Model A roadster and have some coupe quarter panels (same as cabriolet) in my garage and the differences are not obvious from a distance but very evident when side by side.
    Hope that helps
  2. alan barton added a post in a topic Box art errors   

    No pictures but the AMT 39/40 Ford Tudor had one reissue where it was proudly called a 39/40 Coupe. I believe there was a Reveloogram Top Fuel rail that announced that it was the season champion when the season wasn't over yet - can't remeber the details - Amato maybe?

    The one I have never seen mentioned anywhere, however, is the green and white box art for the MPC Fire Tuck show rod. No matter how hard I look there is no evidence of a frame rail in the engine bay - radius rods are there, engine is there, but nothing to hold the front of the car to the back of the car!

  3. alan barton added a post in a topic FOUND: Lamborghini Miura used in the original Italian Job   

    For me it was definitely the Matchbox car, and then I saw a real one in lime greenyyellow and that sealed it!

  4. alan barton added a post in a topic A pleasant suprise part I didnt know I had   

    Hey Tom, remember that 64 El Camino i bought at the toy show when we stayed with you last year? I had lusted after the kit for years but I was also keen to get my hands on the little boat that sits in the back. I had always had the hull and deck of one but nothing else so I was very pleased to find this kit completely intact, even though $150 made it the most expensive 1/25 scale kit I had ever bought!

    When I got back to Australia and opened the kit I saw that it had a little engine cover that looks kinda like a sixties hood scoop. What I didn't know is that for probably twenty years or so I had they same engine cover in my hood scoop box, always wondering what it was off. That now makes my second boat body complete!

    Unfortunately there was a sting in the tail. When I laid all the parts out, some-one had neatly removed every single chrome piece for the boat off the chrome tree - that means the entire engine, rudder, prop, steering wheel, everything. The small size and location of the boat parts made it easy to overlook when inspecting. Don't know if the vendor was a crook or if it was an honest mistake (I'd like to think that).

    Ended up cutting a Corvair flat 6 in half to make a "rare" 3 cylinder boat engine and scratchbuilt all the missing parts. Should make it easier to do it a second time to build up the second shell! Practice makes perfect!

  5. alan barton added a post in a topic How many model A Ford kits are there ?   

    And then I remembered that Aurora also did a 29 Model A roadster pickup called Beatnik Box and a 31 closed cab pickup called Wolf Wagon. Proportions were very good and like a lot of Aurora's 1/32 series, they were based on real rods. If you go through enough 1962-63 Hot Rod and Car Craft magazines, you will find them to be very accurate replicas aside from wheels and the fact that every Aurora had a 409 powerplant.

    Hope this helps the reference files!

  6. alan barton added a post in a topic How many model A Ford kits are there ?   

    Whoops, missed the Attach button. Here's the Renwal 1/48 29 roadster. I also found the Aurora 1930 woody wagon and then remembered that Aurora also did a 29 Model a fire truck surf wagon. These are both in 1/32 but I don't have any photos of the 29.

  7. alan barton added a post in a topic How many model A Ford kits are there ?   

    Thanks for the photo of the Avemger, Greg. Probably the best photographic box art that the roadster ever got. Is it just me or does it look like it has a dropped headlight bar? I've never seen one in this kit but maybe the box art builder tweaked it a little.

    I managed to find a photo of my Renwal kit. Front bumper fell off at some stage but otherwise this is how it builds up out of the box.

  8. alan barton added a post in a topic How many model A Ford kits are there ?   

    Just found this thread and as the owner of a full sized 29 roadster I do like my Model A kits. I think I have all of them except for the roadster, coupe and pickup version of the Hubleys.

    One I ahhavent seen mentioned here is the renwal 1/48 29 Roadster kit. Can't access the box just now but it is pretty cool and included an opening rumble seat and chrome parts. The grill was a bit awkward but otherwise it is a pretty cool kit.

    Also Jordan ( I think) recently did a 1/87 Model A hiboy with a flathead V8 (from another grooping). A cool little kit and obviously they put AMT parts in the shrinkerator like they did with the 1/87 29 Tudor shown above.

    Someone asked about build quality of the MPC/AMT 29 Woody and the 29 Tudor. I can say they both go together very nicely and the opening doors on the Tudor are probably the best executed of any early car ever.

    For my Aussie mate with the 30 Delivery (Cherry Pie) you are in for challenging times! One cheat I managed was to file a square notch across the width of the windscreen header panel/sunvisor. This will let the cowl stand up as it should and let you get the doors somewhere near the openings. Notice I only said " near"! If the body is warped at all, give up now and save yourself years of grief!

    Yep, jbwelda, I remember those huge stickers on the back, especially in my home state of Western Australia. They've been gone for ten years or more now, but they don't call us the nanny state for nothing! Stupid thing was, no matter which side of the car the driver is on, what can a driver BEHIND him do about it anyway. Why did he need to be cautious? And yes, I convert almost all of my dashboards, but sometimes I wish I didn't.

    Thanks, Greg and others, for the great box art shots. Does anyone have a photo of the "A" venger, another variation of the AMT roadster?

  9. alan barton added a post in a topic Resto-Mods & Modern Hot Rods   

    Seems like only a handful of respondents on this thread are actually driving the aforementioned old cars. I have been driving my 29 Model A Roadster hot rod for just over thirty years and about 300,000 miles, for many years as my only car. We're talking peak hour freeway traffic, towing a trailer full of rubbish to the tip, building materials, my next project on a four wheel trailer etc etc etc. Not to mention five trips across Australia, probably one of the loneliest drives on the planet. If it wasn't for my "boring" "cookie cutter" "souless" "too modern" 350 Chevy ('wrong brand") Turbo 400, HK Holden independent front end, 9" rear on coil over shocks and radial tyres with front disc brakes, that car would have spent most of that time in the garage.

    Now, I have driven a stone stock, magnificently restored Model A phaeton. One word. SCARY! Just trying to keep it in it's own lane was a challenge. Brakes, ideal for slowing down from a leisurely pace on an empty road but when some back-to-front cap wearing 18 year old at the peak of human intelligence changes three lanes to drop in front of you and then stands on his four wheel power assisted disc brakes gripping the road with sticky radial tyres, your life flashes before your eyes!!!!!!!

    If you want to look at and appreciate an old car for the technology and looks of its day, restore it. If you want to enjoy driving, protect your family and others on the road and be a responsible citizen, hot rod it!

    Don't forget, if there is ONE example of a particular car restored somewhere in the world, THAT"S ENOUGH! Turn the rest into hot rods and have some fun!


  10. alan barton added a post in a topic '48 Ford Rat Gasser   

    What a transformation! I've got a set of those Caprice mags but it never occurred to how good they look in oxidised metal finish - they are kinda funky in chrome!

    I love your less is more approach to rods - this is a standout!

  11. alan barton added a post in a topic Obscure Kits You Never Knew Were Made...Until Now   

    Hey Russell, when I was a kid here in Australia in the 1960's, those little kits came in the Weeties cereal boxes. We collected them frantically. Still got at least one of each. Aurora also sold them as Snaparoos - a slightly Aussie sounding name for an American model company!

  12. alan barton added a post in a topic Obscure Kits You Never Knew Were Made...Until Now   

    For once, I feel reasonably qualified to answer this one. Yes, it is an Australian promo. Yes it does have a right hand drive dash. I had one when I was a teenager in the mid seventies (light green) and unbelievably found a grey one at a sci-fi collector's show three months ago for..... $5!!!!!!!!! Talk about keeping the poker face on - I couldn't be happier. It is also a little warped and had a broken back bumper. I went to replace the broken bumper with a Ranchero one last weekend but it is about 2-3 mm wider than the promo bumper. I also compared the chassis with a Mercury Comet promo that Tom Geiger gave me last year and it is similar but different - does a Comet have a longer wheelbase or is this artisitic license?

    Last year I saw an Australian four door 60 wagon in an Adelaide antique shop. Only one I've ever seen, white and hideously warped but at $225 it can stay there!

    To the best of my knowledge there have only ever been five Aussie promos but I would love to be proven wrong - I believe they are the Falcons mentioned above, a 1968 HK Holden Monaro, an HK Holden Premier ( I have both and they are beautiful) and a 64 EH Holden Station wagon which I am told was given to dealers, not the general public. You can get a fibreglass copy of all of these but you will wish you hadn't!!!!!

  13. alan barton added a post in a topic ...Sharing some pain...(Lost Parts)   

    I was once customizing a Hot Wheels 55 Chevy pickup with a 57 Cadillac grille and bumper unit ( to replicate a local 1:1 custom) I very carefully sliced the front of the nose off the Caddy to give me the moulding that the grille and bumper unit would fit into. We are talking a sliver of diecast here about 15mm long and about 2mm wide. Some time during the build it disappeared. For good, I thought.

    At least a year later, and after moving house, I started working at a new school. My office was a disgustingly filthy and cluttered cleaner's storeroom. Over a couple of weeks I gutted this horrible room and got ready to paint the walls. I just wanted to vacuum the carpet first when I saw something glint - and there it was.

    Obviously it had travelled on my clothes at some point, or maybe in a box or inside a book, but when you consider that we moved 50 kms to a new house (about 30 miles) and then the school was another 15 miles from home, and I had moved all that stuff around, and it was at least a year later - well, I gotta tell you, you'd have a better chance of winning Lotto than finding that piece!

    Good luck Doctor Jay - we have all shared your pain at sometime!!

  14. alan barton added a post in a topic Ever think about modeling cartoon art ?   

    I have a reasonable collection of those old hot rod comics and as you read through them you will be surprised to see how many of the artists used models as their inspiration. I have seen AMT, Lindberg and Pyro models as artwork - certain details and proportions make it obvious what they looked at to get the drawing!

    In fact, that channelled 32 roadster in the first photo has a passing resemblance to Monogram's 1/32 scale model form the sixties.

  15. alan barton added a post in a topic Did some one say Switchers ?   

    Yeah Scott, I think it might be the photo as much as anything. Sedan deliveries (not panel deliveries ) should be the same length as a Tudor. I will check tonight when I get home against a Revell Tudor. The fact that the MPC body is probably a millimetre or two tall probably adds to the illusion of shortness.