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My 20 for 2020 from Down Under!

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Hi guys,  this ahs easily been my busiest year ever.  I have a target of 12 completed models a year so to complete  20 plastic kits ( and one diecast) makes me happy.  Some were old or older builds but most were relatively new.  Not travelling for work so much because of COVID restrictions definitely gave me more bench time than usual.

First up are the hot rods.  Some of these haven't been see here yet because they haven't been featured in my monthly magazine column for Australian Street Rodding yet so think of these as a sneak preview for later.

I didn't set out to build heaps of Model Ts but turns out that's what happened!  The builds are as follows

AMT 1923 ford t roadster

Pyro 1/16 scale Tee N T

AMT 25 T bucket

AMT 25 T rolling chassis

MPC Vending machine show rod

AMT 27 T Touring

Revell 1930 A coupe

AMT 1932 Custom Tudor

AMT 1934 Ford Towtruck

Monogram 1/24th 32 Full fendered Roadster

Monogram 1/20th 32 Sports Coupe

Matchbox 33 Plymouth Sedan diecast 1/64th scale converted to 5 window coupe

Monogram 1/24th scale 32 hiboy

Thanks to all the great hot rod modellers out there who have made this year a great one for the hobby.

Cheers

Alan

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After hot rods, my next automotive love is speedway ( you guys call them dirt tracks - same thing).

1938 Ford hardtop racer

1934 resin Chevy coupe jalopy racer

FRW resin supermod

Jaymar fibreglass S series Valiant stock car

Monogram Offy Midget

There are two more models that I will photograph tomorrow but it just passed midnight here in Perth so i will wish you all a happy new year !

Cheers

Alan

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They're all nice models Alan! But, that '30 Model A is so exceptionally nice! One of the best!

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Happy New Year mate!

You know which one is my favorite! I have one of those Jaymar bodies, but have kept it unbuilt since the fiberglass is interesting.

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WOW What a model car building factory you have there. You may have set a record for builds in one year. Keep it up.

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I like the rolling chassis and the tow truck, but they are all really cool!

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Yikes! 20!!! I of course dig the hot rods. You sure did cover the bases in terms of scale and kits represented. The AMT 25T and AMT T-Phaeton especially pushed my buttons. The dirtrackers was not something I recalled you did, but the Valiant caght my eye, there, as did the Monogram midget. All the best for a healthy, fulfilling 2021.

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Looks like you had good year Alan, quite the variety!  Really like the Offy powered T Roadster?

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Thanks everyone, greatly appreciate the comments, from all over the world. - I still have to take photos of two more models like I promised. I forgot to put up this shot of a partsbox.com dodgem car so I will add that now.

Yep, it was a terrific year for me - I just seemed to be on a roll and didn't strike any insurmountable problems.  Mind you, a lot of them were fairly straight forward builds but there are a few very hard core, bordering on scratchbuilt models planned for 2021 so I may not manage this output this year.  We will see!

All in all, 2020 seems to be a record year for may members here.  I've loved every minute of it.

Bernard, I have been a speedway nut since I was a little kid. Never did build a real  speedway car, but I did have a very illustrious career in the early eighties, running third place in exactly two (2) mechanics races in the far north towns of Tom Price ( yep, name of a town) and Paraburdoo. Yep, two races, two thirds, what a legend.   Let's just say the guys behind me were bigger chickens than I was!   I have about 60 built dirt trackers in my collection and many more planned but my duties as a model columnist for Australian Street Rodding have kept me rather focussed on hot rods in recent years.

Bruce, I'm glad you noticed the rolling chassis.  All the parts were just lying in front of me while I was building the other Model Ts so I just whacked them together, shot the whole thing in flat black and then added some washes.  It was probably built in one hour total, just for giggles.

And Tom, Tom, Tom, it is high time you just had a nice cold cup of concrete and hardened up!  You are not a real man until you have tackled a Jaymar fibreglass body.  C'mon, I dare you! I want to see that thing done, as a dirt track racer to compete against mine, by NYE2021.  I started to type "showroom stock replica" but even I can't be that mean!

Cheers

Alan

 

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6 hours ago, Bills72sj said:

Quality AND quantity most impressive!

Dang! You said what I was going to say! :D

I guess that makes the point twice over.

I'd have to say that among all of them, I favor the tow truck just a bit more. They're all very well done.

David G.

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Alan you had an amazing year at your bench !  All beautiful quality builds ! :D

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Nice builds and all are quality. Excellent year for you. 

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Wow, you had a productive year! Lots to like here but I especially like the '30 Coupe and '34 Pickup!

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I really like the T chassis and bumper car. Everything is very nicely-done.

Charlie Larkin

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What a great collection you've built there. I've enjoyed seeing some of them come together on your WIP threads here, the Valiant was the most challenging? The finished result was worthwhile, it looks very effective.

The blue AMT '32 is probably my favourite and I like all of the speedway racers. They remind me of what was raced here as stock cars and hot rods on the 1/4-mile oval tracks (shale, tarmac or concrete). That's a form of racing I like, and I need to build a few examples of what was being raced in the '80s when I first started going.

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Thank you guys - it is nice to hear compliments from your peers, even if you are unlikely to ever meet them in the flesh ( I have met Tim and Tom and we certainly had some stories to tell!). 

At lunch today, back at work after the break, i realised that I had my last two models photographed and could have had them u on New Year's Eve - it says a lot for an aging memory, huh?

The plane, one of only wo I have built in my life, is the Lindberg 1/28th???? Gee Bee racer and I still need to apply decals to the Stoned Hoods and Crooks Willys.

Cheers

Alan

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Fantastic year’s work, Alan. The wrecker and Highboy really speak to me.

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