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Any recommendations on Hard Drive Data recovery services?

13 December 2014 - 03:27 AM


I just had a hard drive failure on my computer. Fortunately, most of the data was backed up, especially the thousands of pictures. But there is data that haven't been backed up in a few weeks. So, while not exactly an overly critical emergency, I would like to explore the possibility of properly recovering the data on the hard drive. I'm a computer techie but this is beyond the DIY and office/home techs. 
When you google Data recovery services, there are so many options it is mind blowing. However, digging deeper you find most are scams or less than "reputable" outlets.
Does anyone have any experience in this? Any recommendations?


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2010-2013 Corvette Grand Sport (Conversion)

22 November 2014 - 01:37 AM

Hello gang!
  I'm BAAAaaack!!! :)   Well, after 6 years away from the workbench I'm trying to get back to it.  Life has been hectic and "interesting" for me.  The hobby had to be sacrificed for a while.   I'm trying to get at least a few minutes a day on the workbench.  Many stalled projects I didn't even remember starting :)   I feel like a total newbie starting from zero.   So I'll start with something quick and easy.  A curbside snapper just for warming up.... Or so I thought....
  In 2010, Chevrolet introduced a new model in the Corvette lineup: The Grand Sport. Offered in both coupe and convertible, it had wider body cues from the Z06, performance suspension, Z06 brakes, but most importantly,  distinctive side vents in the front fenders.  The Grand Sport was made from 2010-2013.  There are no model kits of this car.  So, the best way to get a model company release something  is to scratchbuild it yourself :)
  To keep it "simple" (HA!)  I will attempt to convert a curbside snap Z06 into a Grand Sport.
First of all: Pics of the real cars.  I haven't decided on a color yet.  Pictures from the internet (ebay motors)
As I said, to keep it simple, I'll just rework a curbside snap Z06.  An all out conversion can be done using the Z06 and base coupe models but that would take a lot of time.
started hacking......  I'm officially back!!!
Getting there, but still some fine tuning needed.
The side vents have been a challenge.  I needed a material that would bend but hold the shape.  I tried brass, but the piece I had  was too thick.  Then I tried styrene but it kept breaking at the bends.   Then I tried aluminum from a soda can and it was better, but couldn't get the bend as sharp as I  wanted.  So I tried clear thermoformed plastic and it worked better than the previous attempts.  I still think thin brass sheet should be the best option but I don't want to wait.
Getting the vents identical in shape and size but mirror image left and right was also a challenge.

And this is where we are as of now....





Both sides look similar but still a lot of tweaking is needed.  I need to decide whether permanetly attach before painting (prototypically correct) or work them as  separate units (easier to work with). 


I hope you like this.   I'll keep you posted on the (slow)   progress.  


Glad to be back!


1/64 Shelby Cobra

27 October 2014 - 05:44 PM



   Well over 10 or 15 years ago, I got this beaten up Hot Wheels Shelby Cobra with a broken windshield. It was pretty banged up.  I took it apart and stripped the paint, and then it sat in a box for over a decade.  I recently found it along with the wheels I planned to use back then. So after over a decade of neglect, I took it out and did a rather quick job on it just for fun.  Nothing fancy. No modifications except for the scratchbuilt windshield and replacement wheels.  

I wanted to do blue with white stripes but it would look similar to the Jet Threat I just did. So I went with black.













Just a fun little project...



Jet Threat II Grand Sport: 1st workbench activity in 6 years

11 October 2014 - 07:10 AM


I know this is not a plastic scale model. But at least is a scale car. For the first time in 6 years there has been activity in my workbench.
About a year ago I started playing with this old Hot Wheels (1/64):


(More details here:  http://www.modelcars...showtopic=94052 )






And it ended up like this:





I added seat belts and a racing steering wheel









Just for fun I made a parachute for it........



Done with Cobra Colors paints that were sitting for over 8 years but after vigorous shaking, came back to life.

Cobra Colors Corvette Admiral blue and Corvette Arctic White

Tamiya tape played an important part here as well.

Still pending, believe it or not, a final polishing and buffing.

I'm warming up!!!!!


What do you think?



Restoring/customizing a Hot Wheels for the fun of it

24 September 2014 - 06:15 PM

   It's been about 6 years and counting since I last worked on a model car.  I'm not back yet, but in the meantime, I started fooling around with this about a year ago.
But first some history behind it:  As many others, I grew up playing with Hot Wheels.  I'm not ashamed to admit that to this day, I still buy them as I have been for almost 40 years :)
Back in December 1979, while in fourth grade, we had a Christmas secret friend gift exchange at school: The teacher had our names in a bag and you pulled one. You had to buy a gift for that person but it was a surprise until the last day.  I think there was a budget cap of $3 or so....   Anyway, I received 2 Hot Wheels that for some reason became my all time favorites to this day: a Tricar X8 and a Jet Threat II. I played with them a lot. After wearing them down, they were painted (more than once) with brushed nail polish among other abusive things. I still have them both and they are part of my history!
When eBay came along in the late 90's, it became a source of older Hot Wheels. Long story made short I now have dozens of Jet Threats and Tricars among many others.
 Last year I found this little puppy on eBay. It was almost left for dead so I had to rescue it.  It has seen better days so I thought, why not taking it apart and rebuild it?



Took it apart and seems it did a lot of off road in the past. The raw metal turbine and chassis were a bit pitted.





The body was stripped. The chassis and the turbine are in the process of polishing. They are not getting back to mint condition, but I'll try to get them as good as I can.




The body was sanded smooth and primer was applied.  Then sanded again and applied more primer and re-sanded  until the body was as smooth as it could.  Keep in mind this is 1/64.....




Took a year between disassembly and primer.....


Stay tuned as a color scheme has been planned and is in the process.  will post more as it progresses.....