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  1. Hi Jim, may I suggest that any rear axle unit from an AMT 25 or 27 Model T kit (any version) will give you a more delicate assembly than the fairly robust Model A or 32 type axle you showed earlier. The T axle does not have that flat circumference ( the 'banjo") but it would only take a few moments with a file to fix that. It would be more in keeping with the size of the Thames components. Love your work so far - the wood frame detailing is very impressive. I'm at work at the moment but when I get home I will check my stash for some 1/32nd scale Pyro Plymouth artillery wheels - these also may be more to scale than the 37 Ford pickup ones. Cheers Alan
  2. Thanks guys, yep, they are very simple beasts but a great memory of the origins of our hobby. The box art is fantastic but for now, I would be happy to simply create a replica of this style of model to be representative of where it all started. I have a beautiful old English kit of a Maserati F1 and it came with pressed paper louvres to be glued on to the hood. How cool is that? The original builder started carving the shape of the nose onto the body block ( a firmer wood than balsa) before giving up. It also came with rubber tyres on aluminium wheels with clear plastic spoke inserts and foil grille detail. The instructions are printed on incredibly delicate tissue paper. This morning I did find an image of the instructions for an ACE A-V8 and it mentioned that the scale was 3/4 inch to the foot which is 1/16th scale so I might just use that to establish my sizes. Still, if anyone has an original that could be measured for me, I would love to hear from you! Cheers Alan
  3. HI folks, hoping some one may be able to help me with a project. As well as building plastic models, I collect toy hot rods of every size, shape and material imaginable but I haven't been able to track down an Ace balsa wood kit. Just for giggles I want to construct a replica of an Ace T-Rod. I found a set of plans off the net but there are no dimensions as the blocks of balsa were already pre-cut in the kit. Does anyone have one in their collection that you could measure and give me the length, width and height of the body from? I can scale it up from these dimensions. The diameter of the tyres would be helpful as well. Cheers Alan
  4. They reckon 2020 has been a bad year for the planet but it has been an awesome year for plastic scale rodders! I've always been a big fan of sports coupes, especially as they were the only Model A coupes that arrived in Australia originally. The proportions on this puppy are amazing! Cheers Alan
  5. You made me go wow! It is a nightmare to get these things together , to give them a decent stance and to not have the headlights pointed in every direction! You nailed it. If you ever tackle a second one< a little trick I learned is that if you file away some plastic from the back of the sunvisor, it will let the cowl stand up straighter which in turn improves the door gaps. Cheers Alan
  6. Wow, I didn't expect that! I have a couple of these in the stash - looks like it would be worth tackling! Did you attempt to hinge the doors? Cheers Alan
  7. That works! I purchased a resin version of your body about twenty or more years ago and built it curbside. I seem to recall that the original builder used Anglia fenders, the front ones at least. Interesting that the Cobra parts were so comfortable in your creation! Cheers Alan
  8. Really neat little roadster, Chris, with a colour scheme I would never have thought of. I love how clean your dash detailing is. If I could make one suggestion, some skinnier front tyres would take a bit of bulk out of the front end and retain the light agile look that Model As are known for. On the other hand, if you love fat tyres, then that is just fine as well! Cheers Alan
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    ASA Camaro

    Ashleigh, I think I can help ! I have built several ASA Camaros but all as dirt cars so I have never used the screens. Will have to look when I get home tonight. PM me your adress and I will get it sent to you. Cheers Alan
  10. It has been a bit of a wait but the mailbox had good news in it today. Tarheel Rick had sent me a small care package all the way from North Carolina. Inside was a brand new grille/front bumper, rear bumper, taillight panel and surrounds, taillight lenses, fender ornaments and maybe best of all, a complete glass unit all from his 61 Galaxie full custom project. I started after dinner tonight and found a few surprises. Now I have an original survivor 61 convert from my teenage years but had never had the hardtop. Turns out the chrome parts and the glass are different to the convert and suggest they may have come from a promo based model. The easiest bit was the front grille assembly. The mounting plate holes don't quite reach the radiator support panel but the plate itself interferes so that took a little carving to reconcile. At the rear, I drilled and filed a new slot to insert the mounting tab - this worked perfectly and the holes line up with the original screw posts . Bewdy, mate! The taillight panel had to be shortened and the concave mess under the boot lid is going to need more excavating to let everything rest where it should. I removed one taillight, trimmed two mm off the checkered trim panel and it looks like it will fit up fine. I also relieved some plastic off the back edge of the chrome taillight housings - they didn't want to quite snuggle into the 63 openings. My biggest challenge will be getting the windshield to fit. Turns out I have made the roof a touch narrow at the top of the frame. I have a few ideas about correcting this but will sleep on it first. So before heading off to bed tonight, I want to publicly acknowledge the tremendous act of generosity of Tarheel Rick in getting these parts to me. It is no small effort, not to mention the extortionate postage costs that we all seem to be suffering from these days. Rick is a classic example of the type of person that makes it so much fun to participate in this forum. Last year Muncie volunteered up that amazing Tudor body and now Rick has sent these parts that are just priceless to me. I once sent a front clip of a Monogram S'cool Bus to a guy on here years ago and I guess it just proves the goodness of "pay it forward". I just hope that some time in the future I will be able to return the favour to these guys, or maybe someone else on here that needs a part that I just happen to have. Model builders are the BEST guys! These parts make all my efforts so far that much more worthwhile and they will be the crowning touch when I get the last finessing of the bodywork completed. I can barely wait to see this in black and white! Rick, I am indebted! Cheers Alan
  11. You've seen all these before but this thread is too good to not be a part of. There are some outstanding models here but yeah, that black RP has me all shivery. What a stunner. When i post with captions it doesn't always work so I'll just list them. First issue AMT 34 pickup in orange and brown Built nearly forty years ago, one of my first adult builds and first ever paint stripping effort Lindberg 34 pickup in cream and maroon AMT 32 roadster pickup cut down from a closed cab, found in an Adelaide antique shop Lindberg 32 Roadster Pickup in teal Lindberg 32 Closed cab pickup in blue Keep 'em coming guys! Cheers Alan
  12. Just a thought, I wonder if the curved upper corners of a sedan windshield frame would help with your upper class interpretation here. Seems like that straight top edge is a bit harsh just below the smoothed flowing roll onto the roof. Actually. it reminds me of some of the old home made conversions of sedans into trucks back in the war years - farmers could get more fuel rations with a commercial vehicle rather than a family car so many were hastily cut down into trucks. Cheers Alan
  13. Hi again Roger, sorry for the delay but here is that side shot you wanted. And blizzy63, I love the Hot Wheels inspiration - I might have to pinch that idea as that is exactly the colour of the Hot Wheels Vicky in my collection!
  14. OK Ray, your wish is my command. Here's one from downunder, pretty much box stock except for wheels and tyres. For something different I tried fadeaway stripes in candy green - came out pretty cool even thought the clear softened the edges a bit.
  15. Similar but different, I keep telling myself I am not going to build any more scratchbuilt or semi scratchbuilt models, just ones that are stored one to a box so that as my completed model tally goes up, my stash drops in size. good plan, eh? Been trying for ten years. Built eighteen models this year, exactly two came from a single kit box. Nahhh, not working for me! Cheers Alan
  16. Don't forget the Red Ram Dodge Hemi out of the new tool AMT Ala Kart. It's a lot closer to 1/32 than 1/25th! Cheers Alan
  17. Hard to come up with words that really cover both the model and the real thing! I am guessing your model is 1/8th and abut the only things that came from a kit are the tyres? That is one very impressive skill set you have there, sir. How do you even begin to measure something like that when there isn't a single straight, parallel or concentric or even symmetrical line anywhere on that body? Like any rod or model builder ( I'm sure we are all guilty of this!) I immediately starting pouring over your photos to look for hiccups, whoopsies, those little giveaways that you might have missed something. I can't find a single imperfection. I don't know which one was harder to build, 1/8th or 1/1 but they are both a measure of your incredible skill and dedication. Add me to the long list of people who said "Awesome!" Cheers Alan
  18. Looks like you have some good plans here, Jordan. My hiboy version stalled a long time ago, but one day..... If I could respectfully offer two suggestions for improving the look and feel of this kit. Assuming you are building it with full fenders, could I suggest that you take the coarsest file you own and remove as much plastic as you dare from the crown and front face of those fenders. They have a very unnatural shape compared to the real car and can stand a fair bit of weight reduction. Secondly, see if you can drop thus bug-eye like headlights a lot closer to the fenders, and probably a bit forward as well. Google will be your friend here. Revell did a great job on these kits but those two things really take the edge off them. Cheers Alan
  19. Can't be certain but I reckon that would do the job. It looks smaller than the Revell Model A - maybe there's one in your stash you could compare it with? Cheers Alan
  20. Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed my project. It's a simple beast but sometimes you need to step away from the full blown mega detailed stuff. The stance is probably my favourite part, especially that I just massaged the stock components. Tom, the taillights are from the kit! I was hunting through my lights box looking for something a bit different and then noticed the kit chrome sprue - waidaminnut! They were perfect and considering the age of this kit, period perfect as well! They are a little tricky to run the clear red over the chrome surface but I like 'em! Cheers Alan
  21. Hi Speedshift, just found this thread so I'm probably a bit late but.....there is a very small flathead four engine in the Hella Citroen kit. Don't have anything handy to show you but maybe someone here knows the one I mean - a spindly, boat tailed, solid wheeled 1920's car. If you want to get close to the size of the original English banger, this may be the ticket. Cheers Alan
  22. Fantastic news! I really miss my fix, and that cover looks awesome! Cheers Alan
  23. Plenty to like there, Tim. really like the stance on the black version. Cheers Alan
  24. I don't think there are nearly enough modifications to this little pickup/towtruck to warrant a build thread but here's what I did anyhow. This is a Lindberg release of the AMT 1934 Ford Pickup. Just one of those amazing kits that speaks volumes on the quality of AMT kits in the first golden age. Laser sharp detailing, perfect proportions and just in need of an update in running gear if you want to produce a contemporary model. The fenders are painted Testor's Burgundy Red metallic while the body and bed are Testors cream, both are enamel straight from the spray can. Wheels on one side are the 34 wires in the kit while the other side are 40 Ford rims and hubcaps. I widened the rears by cutting the outer rim off a Monogram 56 Chevy hubcap wheel. This gave me a slightly larger diameter outer rim which made for a perfect fit in the Monogram 1/24th scale rear tyres. The dropped front axle had a lot of the spring removed to get it much lower. I actually put the stock axle in by mistake the first time - there is so little difference between the stock and dropped axles in this kit. I grafted a second carb onto the stock AMT flathead. I didn't even do wiring on this engine because the hood is so awkward to remove without damaging the paint that I don't want to risk it. The towing boom is straight from the kit but is not glued in at this stage until I decide whether I am going to display it as a pickup or a towtruck. Please feel free to drop a comment or critique. This is my second build of one of these models and I have a stretched ramp truck, a panel delivery and a channelled retro rod to get done along with a gazillion other projects! Cheers Alan
  25. My apologies in advance for going completely off topic but ....... did anyone else ever notice that the box art shown above doesn't have a chassis? I noticed this as a fourteen year old (a long time ago) but no longer have the box - the photo above re-assures me I wasn't imagining it! Cheers Alan
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