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  1. I've built a bunch of these, Jim, including this one. Stance is everything - the rear just has to be a freckle higher to give it some serious tuffness! Love your wheel detailing. Cheers Alan
  2. Chuck, I really want to thank you for those beautiful photos of your two magnificent models. The level of detail plus your outstanding photography really has one wondering if they are scale or full-size! Beautiful work. As my second kit ever as a primary school student was an AMT 57, I have had a life long love for the kit and saw no need to look further. I have two built, a red hardtop and a white convertible after a bit of surgery, plus a Nomad conversion coming along. Your two examples here show me that I might just have to check the Revell snapper and the AMT Pro Shop next time I
  3. I like it! It's got a real Zinger feel to it - modelling for fun, as it should be! The colours suit the theme perfectly. Cheers Alan
  4. O.K. Kit, when this thread finally reaches its conclusion, you have to start a Kit Karson Tribute 34 pickup build thread! That is one nice truck! Cheers Alan
  5. OK, a long overdue update. The first photo shows the chassis getting close to its first coat of primer. The blue stuff is original Blue Beetle plastic, the white is Evergreen repairs and modifications. I have spent quite a bit of time so far working out how to mount the Jag rear. I have a small collection of old Jag parts and intend to scratchbuild some missing items. My only concern is that as per the title of this thread, scratchbuilding most of a rear end is not really in the spirit of one of Tim's builds - his knack for kit bashing is legendary (mind you, I never did have a stash of L
  6. Wow, Dennis, this is ticking a lot of boxes for me. My second ever 1/25th scale kit, way back in 1969, was the AMT 57 Chevy. It is one of only a handful of models of mine that have, over the years, disappeared with almost no trace. I think I just customised the poor thing to death. Amazingly I never used the full custom front and rear ends and still have them to this day. I have a very rough body that someone drilled out all of the trim holes and then painted in brown hammertone - it is as bad as it sounds but perfect for exactly what you are doing here. A good mate of mine, 59Buick, has o
  7. These are cool kits and I have built four so far with another two to do. You do have to pack 10 pounds of potatoes into a five pound bag but that is part of the appeal. I like where you are heading. For anyone who is interested, those rims originally came from the Tommy Ivo FED. Cheers Alan
  8. As a big fan of El Caminos, I love your model, Oliver! Very tasteful and very nicely balanced. Cheers Alan
  9. As I looked at the first photo of the button tufting I thought "why doesn't he just use pins?" and then saw the second photo with the button tufting on the inside as well and thought - "Man, that just might be the cleverest idea I have ever seen!" Great to see these old rods being recreated in scale. I have a few Aussie examples on the bench at the moment. Royce must have been a short guy - there can't have been much leg room in that cab, and that comes from a guy who drives a Model A roadster with a recessed firewall! I have a Model t closed cab project of my own, but lacking any s
  10. Wow, that's a kick in the guts. I was just reading through this post and loving the proportions of the model and was thinking about what I would say to Steve about it..... What a shame - clearly a very talented builder. Cheers Alan
  11. Thanks John. The fin is now on and all blended in but the primer split on me ( a long crack down the inside of one of those tyre fairings) so I have a bit of repair to do before I finally get some paint on the thing. It is a very pretty racecar, very smooth flowing lines as you would expect from a LSR car but still, very pretty. Cheers Alan
  12. Huh!!! I just bought that colour yesterday to paint an Edsel for our American Graffiti club project. Great to see what it looks like on a rod. I'm thinking maybe a 37 Chev coupe gasser might get a coat or two. The tub is progressing beautifully. I still cant get over how good those wheels look! Cheers Alan
  13. Yep, this one gets better every post. Like it a lot. Colour choice, wheel choice, the whole vision is working for me. A very contemporary custom using very old components. Cheers Alan
  14. 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, pain
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Tom Geiger's house, where strange ugly toys and models go to die! Hee hee hee, sorry Tom, couldn't resist! Cheers Alan
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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 Pri
  21. This just might be the best seat cover I've ever seen! Reeeeeally nice texture and authenticity there, Roy! Cheers Alan
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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 sw
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