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In Topic: Need .005" Purple PVC Or Another Idea

30 October 2014 - 01:10 PM

Try this.. overhead transparency film.. and rit dye.. hot water to nearly boiling.  it's about .005" thick.


I'm pretty sure it will work.. so much so that i'm going to buy some black dye tonight because i have a tinting job i need as well.. from what i've read transparancy film is a different kind of plastic that can absorb the dye.. unlike lexan or something like that.


I'll find out for certain by the end of the weekend.  It's kind of funny this thread popped up, because i've been waiting for the day to get over so i can get to the store and get some black rit dye for my project! (i already have the transparancy film..i use it a lot)

In Topic: Curious; why are there so few tuner classes at a lot of model shows/contests?

27 October 2014 - 08:16 AM

I think


I've been away this week so I thought I'd comment on the last few posts...


I agree with JB that clubs that put out a Tuner/Sport class one year, with no advance notice, and then proclaim it 'didn't work' when nobody knew about it in the first place. They never gave it a chance.  Maybe there were guys who saw it and brought models the second year, only to find the category gone.  In best practice, they would have partnered with interested parties ahead of time to assure that there would be models in the category.  Once you have a little flame, it can grow into a fire!


I also agree with your comments on judges (or the modeling public) making snide remarks about models based on subject matter.  Heck, judges need to be on their best behavior to appear impartial and represent the show / club, but we all know there's folks who just don't know how to act in public.  In my early days of entering contests, late 1980s-early 1990s,  I caught plenty of flack for building mind stretching subjects like a '32 Ford with a VW chassis under it, and gasp!  junkers and beaters.  I had judges make those snide remarks to my face. Things like they 'disqualified - didn't even judge'  my '32 Ford because "it was disrespectful to Ford"!  Never mind that it was probably the cleanest build in their Street Rod category.  I once had a judge tell me my '59 Chevy convertible beater was "a waste of a kit".  So I put these cars away.  About 10 years later a buddy-0-mine urged me to bring the '59 out again.  I showed it that season and won something at every show!  Minds had expanded quite a bit in those 10 years.  Today I tell this story about these two models and people don't even believe it.  But the thinking was that narrow 25 years ago.


And about judges...  one of the big gaps in our hobby is that we don't have any overseeing board that sets judging standards, qualifies judges etc.  Every show is a c-rap shoot, sometimes the same show year to year.  With no qualifications, often judges are just club members who got roped into it,  the guy with the enormous ego, or even attendees they've grabbed at the last minute.  I got out of competing a long time ago since it really didn't mean anything.   Other hobbies (Antique cars -AACA, Stamp collecting - APS) have national / international standards and judges who have apprenticed for years before being allowed to judge.  For instance, I used to display a stamp research project, and I could go to any show anywhere and my points range would be near the same. I would earn a silver award, didn't matter if it was New York City or San Francisco.


But back to the subject at hand.  Yes, there are tons of younger modelers out there that we haven't invited into the family.  I talk with a guy (who is one of us) who works part time in a hobby shop in NJ.  He tells me that he gets plenty of young guys in the shop.  He says they don't complain about price, they are happy to buy a Tamiya kit for $60 and then spend another $60 on supplies and Pegasus after market stuff.  Too bad we haven't pulled them all into our hobby circuit, they are the future!


I think we should take the judges out of it.. egos shouldn't be at play in these things.. give each person who walks in the door 5 tickets, and let them put them into the jar next to the 5 models they like the most.. most tickets win..


I don't think 'technical excellence' or 'most authentic build' should matter.. if it looks cool.. it looks cool.. that should be what matters.. it shouldn't matter how you got there.

In Topic: Curious; why are there so few tuner classes at a lot of model shows/contests?

19 October 2014 - 03:45 PM

I predominantly build them (along with whatever ELSE I seem to be interested in) but when I go to shows, I rarely see classes for them. I'm back in Ohio now so I'm within driving distance of many shows. Is is because they're not cared for as a genre? Like I said, Just curious. I'm interested in hearing your replies (in a respectful manner of course) B) Thank you. Antonio.


I think it's shortsightedness and stubbornness.. it's a long tradition spanning generations.. comments on the subject are pretty much the exact same as they would be, no matter the decade.


go to any decade.. the 1960's, 70's, 80's, whatever.. and you'll find 40 year olds grumbling at the stupid kids and their stupid hot rods.. proclaiming that their hot rods are far superior, and the younger kid's cars are a waste of time and money..


i personally feel that dirt racing is taking a huge hit to its future because of the huge aversion to turners.. it has in essence cut off a whole generation of car enthusiasts from the sport.. since the 'stupid tuners' are just a waste time time and money..


I don't much care of them, but i understand that in the grand scheme of things, tuners are just the modern hot rod that all the kids are interested in.. 


30 years from now, the kids who are into tuners will all be talking about how all the stupid kids are wasting their time and money on their dumb electric cars, and that they should be spending more time working on the superior 4-cylinder tuners..


it's the same thing, just repeated in a new way every decade.

In Topic: 1:64 Dirt Late Model Builds

15 October 2014 - 05:06 PM




and one comparison shot of these cars, and a normal Hot Wheel for scale.



In Topic: 1:64 Dirt Late Model Builds

15 October 2014 - 05:02 PM

A little later in Dirt Late Model history, we come to 1987, where the Wedge Cars were mostly banned.  These smaller bodied dirt late models ruled the tracks.  This is the first decal build of the 1987 Barren County Kit.