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Scott Colmer

Member Since 23 Jul 2008
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In Topic: Your worst builds

Yesterday, 07:28 PM

It is either this one... Built box stock in the early 70's. Got a Hemi, snorkel scoop, and yellow paint with fish eyes in the late 70's. And finally got tubbed with printer's plates in the mid eighties. The tubs were fast and dirty just get the feel of working with the aluminum. 

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Or this gnarly effort at making my own trike. The body was made from light panels from a left over kitchen remodel. Smooth side for the body. Bumpy side for the seat, I loved Testors dark blue bottle paints. It covered everything in one pass!

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In Topic: Tesla Founder & CEO Elon Musk interview, March 2015

19 April 2015 - 05:57 PM

A bit of a wandering thread, but all good stuff. 100 mpg carburetor? I'm not seeing it. It will take more than a magic fossil fuel delivery system to increase the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and still maintain a minimum amount of power. But it seems like you all put that one to rest.

 

So the point of the video was AI in cars. Yep - I see that coming. If art predicts life, I Robot is right there.

So here are my predictions:

 

. Say good bye the the profession of cab driver. Imagine a fleet of cars, many quite small for personal local travel that can be accessed and paid for through a phone app.

. Car ownership will be based on the desire to drive, rather than the need. Most of the "e-taxis" would be electric because most travel is well within battery range.

. Look for lots more solar power and electric energy storage. 

. I don't think "free driving" will go away soon. But be sure there will be a lot of computer navigation and assisted driving. To the point of the video, there may be a time where free drive in certain situations is outlawed.

 

I experienced assisted driving when driving a fully loaded Caddy. It vibrated whenever I neared the lane markers or when another car was in my blind spot. Pretty cool. BTW - That car was own by my wife grandmother and it was recently crashed with her in it. I don't know what caused the incident, but all that assist stuff can't stop everything - yet. 

 

We just recently added Tesla stock to our retirement portfolio. It still bounces around like a ping pong ball, but so far I have been pretty good with my picks. I'm planning to hold it for a long time.

 

I bought Tesla because I love the car and hope to own one someday. And... Elon Musk casually mentioned he might market energy storage systems for home solar systems. That will be a huge market when the electric companies start charging for moving the power you create on your roof. 

 

Scott


In Topic: Whats the weirdest kit in your stash?

17 April 2015 - 06:32 PM

I have a few different ones of this series. 

 

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In Topic: Post your oldest model picture

12 April 2015 - 08:43 AM

I wish I would have kept all the others too. Like John, some were destroyed. Many met their fate one day when my older brother and I were bored and used beach towels to snap them to pieces. Many were just taken apart and put in the parts box. Some were given or traded away. I might have even buried a couple in the front yard. I burned a few to the ground as well. Boredom can be hard on car models.

 

 

I still have three of the originals and the pieces of another.

#1 survived best. A second issue Horntoad. Just a I built it in 74. A little of the chrome is off because I was unaware the chrome stripping abilities of Fantastik.

#2 is a scratch built trike with a VW engine from the Sand Crab that is 95% percent there with only a few broken pieces. The body is built from plastic light panels and brush painted testers little bottle dark blue.

#3 is the Thames panel from the 70s. I rebuilt it for the last times in 87 or so.

The pieces I had left were from the Young American. Glad to see that one reissued.

 

 

Bernard, Sam, and Tom - Great pics. I always like looking into the background to get the feel of the times. Even the lighting and tint adds to the nostalgia of it all. The models look like  they are well built too.

 

Scott


In Topic: Airfix 4 stroke engine

12 April 2015 - 05:00 AM

That's very cool, Kenneth.

Neat piece and you did an excellent job with it.  Makes me want to get one.

 

Scott