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Pete J.

Member Since 07 May 2007
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Best darned airbrush place on the planet!

15 September 2014 - 01:17 PM

I am very lucky to live in Southern California. Having said that let me explain what happened to me on Friday. I have an old Badger Crescendo 175. It was my first real airbrush(metal not all plastic). I really liked it because it was kind of like me, big and kind of fat. It fit my hand very well.

Well, some time ago, it started blowing paint past the seal into the air valve space. I contacted Badger and they said it was the seal(or bearing) and on the early models, it wasn't replaceable. So I messed with it to try to get it to work and eventually something jammed and I couldn't move the needle any more. I tossed it in the drawer and forgot about it when I got a Tamiya HG.

Now this was probably 15 years ago. A couple of months ago, I was cleaning out my shop and came across it and the following week, I happened to be in Anaheim at Coast Airbrush picking up some stuff. I mentioned it to one of the people who runs the place. He said I should bring it up and he would look at it.

Well, last Friday I roll into the shop and they give the brush to one of the techs and he starts messing with it. Turns out the needle, and the needle tube are bent and the bearing is shot but replaceable. It takes him about 30 minutes to get it back up and running like new. Now I am happy to have my old friend back.

Good enough right? Not really, I ask him how much and you know what it cost? $21 and change! I am just blown away. He just charged for parts, no labor. You just don't find that kind of service often and I figure they deserve a good word!

Lower Left Coast NNL

15 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

Anybody else going to the NNL in Oceanside Saturday? http://www.lowerleftcoastnnl.org/

Here's one I'll bet you havn't seen!

09 August 2014 - 07:32 PM

This isn't the best shot(cell phone camera in a moving car) but I have never seen one of these before.  I see Tesla's just about every time I head up to LA on the I-5.  Really quite common.  In fact I am more likely to see a Tesla  rather that a Ferrari or Lamo.  But this one is definitely different.  It is a totally blacked out mat black(like a wrap) Tesla with red badging.  Still has a dealer "plate" on it.   Lord Vader, your car is ready!

I build for Fun, I build for myself.

29 July 2014 - 07:55 AM

I am starting this topic to help dispel an apparent myth about those of us who build to a high level of detail.  This is not about who should do what, or a diatribe about the "correct way" to build models.  It is my personal expression of how and why I build the way I do. 
First a confession.  I build models in all levels of detail from "out of the box" up, but prefer the model with all the correct nuts and bolts and a high level of detail.  I also occasionally do commissioned builds, but it is not my occupation.  I do enter competitions, but generally only bring one model because my style of building is slow.
  Often when I display a model, someone will invariable say something like "Great model, but I build for fun" or "Great model, but I build just for me."  This implies that I don't have fun building or that I am building my models to impress someone else.  This just isn't the case. 
  I build for fun!  One of the driving factors in building a model is learning as much as I can before I crack the box open.  I love to read about my subject to come to grips with what went into the creation of the original vehicle.  There are great resources out there for this now that the internet is as robust as it is, but I still enjoy sitting down with a book and digging in.  It is fun to find out things about a subject I never knew. 
  Next, I get a great deal of pleasure out of creating.  The more I can add to what came in the box, the better.  Just ask my long suffering wife.  I don't know how many times she has put up with me walking into the kitchen with a part almost too small to see, beaming with pride. "Very nice honey, what am I looking at?"  She is a saint.  To me creating some little part that really accurately represents a part on the vehicle in miniature is a source of pride.  Overcoming the  obstacles to get it just right makes me happy. Making it functional is even better.  It is fun to grow ones skill set.hoodpin.jpg

  I build for myself.  Yes, I do.  The building I do is really for me.  Of all the models I have built, only one is on display in my house.  That is a small 1:1000 scale zeppelin that my wife likes.  All the rest of my builds and all the trophies are in the garage in boxes.  Not because my spouse won't allow it, but because I build for the thrill of being creative.  For some this will be hard to understand, but when a build is done, the fun is over.  There is very little pleasure in staring at a finished model.  It only makes me want to get back out to my shop and have some more fun. So the building is for me.  I can't really share the building with others as it is a solitary pursuit.  I build for my own personal pleasure.


  Am I a trophy hound?  No.  I go to contest because I enjoy spending time with people who share the same passions that I do.  I like talking about building models with others.  This is the social side of our hobby.  I find it great fun to find a model on the table that has something I don't understand and finding out how it was done.  There is a lot to be learned from other builders.  Everyone has something to teach me.  It is a little like the building aspect.  For me the contest is over when there is no one left to talk to.  Trophy's?  Don't care!  If I get one, it goes in the box in the garage with the rest of them.  Yes, it is nice to get recognized, but I would rather go to an NNL type of format but there are fewer of those around. 


  If you are a detail nut, how to you know when you are done?  Well, frankly there is always something else that could be done, but sometimes you just run out of things to do.  I have always said, I will have built the perfect model when a three inch high person walks out, starts my model up, and drives off.  Some times I run out of things to do, sometimes another project comes along that steals me away from the one I am working on.  At that point I button things up and am done. 


  So, the next time you see a really well detailed model on the table and think it is a lot of work and thus no fun to build, think again.  All of us are in this hobby because it is fun, but just what that fun is depends on each modeler.  My version of fun is not every ones cup of tea, but it is mine.  I don't denigrate those who don't wish to detail the heck out of a model.  As long as they are having fun, I truly appreciate that.  All of us build for ourselves. Otherwise it is not a hobby, it is a job.  Enjoy it and appreciate the differences in each builder and the models they bring.

I have got to start building some of these

29 July 2014 - 06:31 AM

I wasn't sure where this should go but it is under glass.  $1,000 on sale for $400?  Wow, I have got to get me some frames and start building some of these! In all fairness, they are very nicely painted and assembled. I have seen them in the Tamiya headquarters in Irvine. :blink: