Lifelong modeler, and occasional writer. I do the semi-regular "Commercial Break" light commercial column in Model Cars, among other projects. My "day job" is somewhat linked to the automotive and injection-molding parts of the model hobby- I am an injection press operator. I work for a company which supplies various mounts and anti-vibration devices to manufacturers such as Navistar, Daimler, Case New Holland, Cummins, John Deere, and Harley Davidson.
I also have a stable of 1:1 projects, including a '67 Plymouth Fury, '47 Ford 1-1/2 ton flat bed, and a '66 Minneapolis Moline G1000.
I'm a modeler of average skill, but I do try to improve. I have probably built more Moebius Hudson Hornets than anyone else on earth, for whatever that's worth. I won't say I could probably build one in my sleep at this point, because I'm pretty sure I actually did build at least two of them in my sleep.
I'm a big music and movie fan- I tend to lean toward comedies as far as movies, but musically I'm all over the place. Like most '80's kids, I wanted to be Michael Knight when I grew up.
Here are my core beliefs... (generally speaking, there are always a few exceptions)...
I like anything without a small block Chevy. If it came with one from the factory, fine, but putting one into anything else just seems lazy at this point. I can't tell you how many otherwise nice cars are pretty much ruined by the presence of a bellybutton "tree-fiddy". Yes, they're cheap to build. But if "cheap" is the only justification you can come up with to do something... there may be other, more important aspects you've missed.
Function > Form... Not to say you can't have both. But if given the choice? I want something that works reliably, even if it's appearance induces dry-heaves.
I'm not afraid of Ebola, ISIS, flesh-eating zombie goats from Jupiter, or whatever the 24 hour news networks say I should be afraid of this week.
Muscle cars are immensely overrated. A powerful engine in a chassis with all the torsional rigidity of damp pasta, rolling on bias-belt tires and drum brakes just seems like a bad idea. I really don't think they'd be as in demand if they didn't have so many baby boomer's fond memories attached to them.
Grunge didn't kill hair metal. A growing string of progressively cheesier hair metal bands killed hair metal. It imploded under the weight of its own congealed layers of Aqua Net.
Unlike Eric Clapton, I DON'T get off on '57 Chevys.
I don't get why people gripe about modern pickups being too big... then turn around and fawn over something like a '59 Cadillac, which is a good three feet longer and about half a ton heavier than it really needs to be.
Old cars look better, but new ones drive better. I'm sorry, but I'd rather have a modern car for a daily commute on modern highways with modern traffic. You may know your old car's limitations, but the moron in the Impala who cuts you off at 70 MPH doesn't.
I'm a Ford guy, but I like anything I consider to be cool... domestic/foreign, old/new, none of that matters. If I dig it, I dig it.
Mercs look like Hudsons... not the other way around. The Step Down is a full year older, ya know?
I'm convinced that a good two thirds of Americans who possess a valid driver's license still don't have the foggiest idea how to operate an automobile.
I do believe you get what you pay for, but on the other hand, I've never been let down by a freebie.
Star Trek > Star Wars, and mark my words- Star Wars is only going to get worse. All you guys who were bashing Lucas will be begging for him to take it over again when the Disney stuff gets out.
I don't see the need to bring back The X-Files... Supernatural is filling the void just fine, as did Warehouse 13 to an extent. That being said, I'll probably be tuning in. I've had about all I can stand of reboots, remakes, and retcons. This is starting to apply to cars, too.
I'm known to like tacky stuff like street freaks and "ricers", just because they get under people's skin. And no, not all tuners are ricers... do your homework.
WRC > pretty much any other racing series.
Unless you personally manufactured every single part on your car (1:1 or scale), you sound like an idiot when you say "built not bought". Even if you DID manufacture every single part on your car, you had to buy the materials, so... yeah...
Any mouth-breathing doofus with a Jeg's catalog can build a 500 horsepower big-block these days. Get the same amount of power out of something like a Ford Ztec four-cylinder and then we'll talk.
I have no problem with hybrids. The sterotypical hybrid driver on the other hand? Let's not go there.
There's been sucky music all along- it's not a new thing. For every Led Zepplin there are 20 Nickelbacks. Van Halen is great no matter who was on vocals. Yes, that includes Gary Cherone. But hands down, the best Black Sabbath albums are the ones with Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Mob Rules being the best of those. Not knocking Ozzy (or Gillan, or Martin...or the guy from Fleetwood Mac who was in the band for about two weeks) but sometimes the replacement trumps the original.
I don't understand why so many Americans gripe about "foreign" cars, but are perfectly okay with their Korean laptops, Chinese phones, and Canadian bacon.
As far as American luxury cars, the suicide-door Lincoln Continentals were as good as it ever got. Everything after those has seemed kind of half-hearted.
Using the "why don't you show us your models" isn't a valid slam against somebody if they're ridiculing a kit, but it's okay if they're trying to insult an above-average modeler.
Pepsi > Coke.
Politically I'm a centrist 90% of the time, though I can lean left or right depending on the subject at hand. If you're any kind of politician, I hate you, no matter what your affiliation. As far as religion... don't even get me started.
Somewhere out there, there's a special lady meant just for you... and by the time you meet her she's already been married to a total loser for a decade.