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In Topic: When is the Macomb County Model Show?

24 September 2014 - 12:43 PM

The show is Sunday, November 16th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Macomb Community College Sport & Expo Center, 12 Mile & Hayes, Warren, MI.

In Topic: 2012 Kia Rio 5-door

23 June 2014 - 04:02 AM



After a couple years of retirement I looked around for something to do that wouldn't require excessive mental effort (was Director of Engineering when I retired), and eventually was hired by Hyundai/Kia engineering center to test drive their vehicles before they were launched for sale to the public.  We drove 8 hours/day in all kinds of environments....urban, suburban, expressway, gravel, rain, snow, etc.  At one time we had three of these vehicles in the fleet and put over 100,000 miles on them in a year's time. 


At first some of the drivers didn't want anything to do with these because they were small, manual transmissions, and being prototypes they were stripped down models.  I absolutely loved driving these cars.  They were fun to drive, handled extremely well and the engine and trans were sized appropriately for the size of the vehicle...very responsive in any traffic situation.  Eventually they became the most popular cars in the fleet with all of the drivers and you can be sure that they were driven very hard...that was part of our job description.  Of all the different models of test vehicles in the Hyundai/Kia fleet over the 20 months I worked there, the Rio's presented fewer problems than any other model, and those that did occur were minor.


You have to keep in mind that the Rio as a "commuter vehicle" being very limited in interior space, although they do seat 2 adults comfortably and they do get exceptional gas mileage.

In Topic: Dean's Hobby Stop Moving

07 May 2014 - 10:35 AM

Just returned from Dean Sills' new location in Owosso, MI.  He bought some of my surplus from me and gave me a very fair price for about 30 kits, and immediate payment.  I strongly recommend Dean's Hobby Stop to anyone for all of their modeling needs.  His new shop is very well organized with hundreds of kits on display (cars, trucks, airplane, military, ships) and is much roomier than his previous shop.  In addition, Dean is a great guy to talk to and very knowledgeable about the model hobby.


Dean's Hobby Stop, 116 N Washington, Owosso, MI., 48867, 989-720-2137, www.deanshobbystop.com

In Topic: Revell's New "Minimum Advertised Pricing"

12 February 2014 - 11:08 AM

I suspect something else is going on with this vendor (GMS Customs).  I used to buy from him until I received a charge on my account for an item that hadn't been delivered yet and wasn't due for another month.  I complained and was told that they charge at time of order.  In effect he is using customer money to finance his operation....he replied that he "is a millionaire, doesn't have to use my money" and that I was now banned from GMS Customs for life. That was a couple years ago, haven't bothered to see if the ban is still in effect.

In Topic: MCW?

10 January 2014 - 03:58 AM

I have been buying MCW products for years, his automotive lacquers are all I use for spray painting bodies and interiors, and his resin products are very high quality.  I use his mail order form with credit card info and usually have my order in 2 weeks or less.  He has never failed to reply to my emails in a timely manner.  I have met Dave at Toledo NNL a couple of times and he is always willing to spend whatever time necessary with me to discuss his products......he is a great resource for this hobby.  I put him, Tom Coolidge, and Modelhaus in a category by themselves for quality products and service for us modelers.