Archive for the ‘Kustom Kulture Art and Collectables’ Category

I loved making model cars as a kid. They were great for playing out some of the ‘great’ ideas I had for full sized rides. At the time I thought they were pretty reasonable, but looking back on them now the build quality is far from good and the ideas aren’t so great either.

I do however, still love a really well put together model car, which is where Peter Carpenter (aka Carps) comes in. He was kind enough to let me post some pics of his model car building efforts, which I’m sure you’ll agree are pretty damn spectacular! Thanks again for the pics Carps!

First cab off the rank is this gorgeous Deuce Tudor. The body is a Revellogram offering, with a Hemi sourced from their 5 window kit. Paint is a custom mix, with a candy red base, black and a magenta pearl. “The idea was to to build a contemporary style Hemi powered Hot Rod with a close to stock body,” explains Carps. “The few subtle changes include the filled roof (using a ribbed wagon panel) and removal of a few small details like the cowl lamps and spare wheel. The luggage rack is from an old AMT Deuce Phaeton kit”. While its sexy as hell, the detail is amazing – the Hemi is even wired in the correct firing order!

Also on show today is this towering gasser. The ’40 Coupe body is from AMT, which was left over after the rest of the kit was raided for another custom project (just like the real thing!).  Carps tells the rest “I have no idea what the front axle was from, but it fits in a fabricated cross-member and uses the shairpins from an old AMT Deuce kit. The front wheels & tyres are from the Lill Coffin kit and are fitted with Hurst Airhart disc brakes as would have been used in a ’60s gasser. Under the bonnet is a ‘327 Chevy, from the AMT 34 coupe kit, but now with the Enderle injection from an AMT ’55 Chev”. Again this is a model with some amazing details, like the pin holes where the trim has been removed and not filled!

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When I post a home or building on here it’s generally art deco or mid-century modern in style. For something different I thought I’d post this cute cottage, which is for sale in Leura in the Blue Mountains.

From the street its your typical little cute mountains cottage. Inside though its beautiful, with more than a hint of retro charm, yet not too over the top kitschy. I love cooking and that kitchen with all that bench space is awesome, not to mention that open back deck which is begging you to invite some mates over for cocktails. The clincher for me is the bathroom, I don’t think you can beat black and white checks and a clawfoot bath!


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You’ve got to love it when you find a new shop which has really cool stuff at decent prices. We had one of those moments last week when we visited Doug Up On Bourke in Waterloo, Sydney.

The place is chock full of vintage goodies of all different kinds, from vintage mechanic signs, old cabinets, lights – even a full size taxidermied camel! If you’re after something with a bit of an industrial vibe or just want to check out some cool stuff, drop in for a visit. We left with an awesome pair of aluminum bedside drawers from a hospital, from the early 60s at a guess, for a very reasonable $120 each.

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The Dymocks Building is one of those beautiful old buildings in Sydney that you can walk past without noticing. However if you go inside, you’ll find some gorgeous art deco style elements and the kind of soul a modern shopping centre will never match.

Completed in 1932, the architecture buffs refer to it as being “Interwar Commercial Palazzo Style”. It was designed to house a range of variety stores, and to appeal to people who wanted to get off the busy Sydney streets. Of course the bottom floor was home to the Dymocks book store, which is still operating there today. Well worth a sticky beak if you love old buildings and are in the area.

Photo above: Sydney Architecture

And while I’m in an art deco mood, check out these scales I got at Clarendon Swap for $10.

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If you’re ever up the upper mountains, it’s worth a stop at the Victory Theatre Antique Centre. Located in Blackheath, it features a number of small stores, most with their own focus. From antique jewellery and furniture to mid century collectibles, it’s got a nice range of stock in there. Prices for most things are generally reasonable, and occasionally you’ll find a good bargain in there too.

And one more thing, the Blackheath bakery doesn’t do a bad pie or sausage roll. If you’re looking for a nice spot for lunch, a couple of blocks west is a really nice old school park (like the ones you find in country towns) with plenty of shade.


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I thought I’d post up some of the cool old stuff we’re collecting for the wedding. Though the date hasn’t been set, we’re looking at a year or two. This will not only allow us to save some cash up in the account, but also give us time to scour op shops, vintage stores and ebay for all kinds of stuff to have a wedding that reflects our taste and style. So with that, I thought I’d share some of the cool stuff we’ve come across in the last few weeks we just had to buy.

Firstly, we’ve got the kind of find you just never come across. We bought 2 crates of vintage Johnson Brothers plates off Jen from vintage clothing co Zipper On the Side. She was having a garage sale and clearing out a load of her old stuff. These plates were used by a hire company for events back in the 50s and 60s, and they’re even in the original crates! I’ve found an original ad so you get a feel for their era. So damn cool, and so much better than hiring boring white plates.

Secondly we got a bunch of old preserving jars from an op shop in Wagga. It was your stereotypical op shop, with that smell of moth balls and the dithering old ladies on the counter. We got lucky with these, less than 12 hours later the section of town these were in was completely evacuated due to the risk of the levee failing! Luckily it didn’t though. We’ll use these as table centrepieces, with some candles in them and some other old items as well. At $25 for 16, that’s just over $1.50 each – bargain.

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Check out these home decorator mags we picked up from Peppergreen Antiques in Berrima. Both mags are from the UK and the early ’60s. As you can imagine some of the articles and the ads are pretty cool.The modern day equivalent of Practical Householder would basically be Better Homes and Gardens – it’s got how to’s for the DIYer, design and style tips, and other similar articles.

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The other week we visited the Sydney Antique Centre, so I grabbed some pics to give you an idea of what the place is like. They’ve got a nice mix of more traditional antiques, plus a healthy dose of retro and vintage items. You’ve got to love some variety in window shopping!

The Centre is set up over two floors, and like many others is actually a series of individual stalls or shops. Upstairs is generally a little more high brow, so there’s lots of glass cabinets and shiny things inside them. With everything from truly antique pottery, art deco china ware, antique furniture, jewellery and so on, there are some great things to drool over. Downstairs is a little more relaxed and a little more towards the retro end of the scale, with a number of clothing shops, vintage furniture and collectibles, and some great kitschy items too.

For more info visit the Sydney Antique Centre website.

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Every Australia Day long weekend for the last five years I’ve made the trip down to CRAKK. Officially known as the Canberra Rod and Kustom Kruise, it’s one of the best runs I’ve been to and I’m counting down the sleeps like a little school kid. This year word went out that they were looking for trophies for the pushies, so I decided to put my hand up. One I love bikes, but more importantly it was a great opportunity to support an event I love. Plus it was an excuse for another art project! Here’s a quick blow by blow from concept to finished trophy.

First step was some simple sketches to feel out some ideas. I figured a hacksaw was cool because it was the kind of tool you’d use to chop up a bike frame.

Make a template.

Cut up some steel.

Find an old ’90s mag to chop up. A razor sharp x-acto knife is perfect for this.

I purposely went for an old mag to get black and white pics. This will make them more monochromatic and make the lettering stand out more. I layed the pics out so I get a rough feel for how many I needed.

All decoupaged up, and drying in the sun.

For the text I wanted painted numbers. Lettering is a skill in itself, and I think much more difficult than pinstriping. I love street art so I took some inspiration from that and decided to go with a two layer stencil. First some red primer for the background and then a cream for the letters themselves. I used a clear overhead sheet, as this doesn’t curl at the edges like paper tends to. The end result is a cleaner edge with less underspray.

And I missed taking pics of the cream stencil (I was finishing it off and cooking a lamb roast at the same time!), so here’s some pics of the finished article.

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On the weekend I scored this cool old Aussie mag. At $5 I just couldn’t pass on it. Given that it’s targetted at kids, I can’t see that there would be a lot of them around anymore either, and it’s in pretty good condition. And imagine that, Holdens and Fords being advertised in the Australian Hot Rod Cartoons mag!

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