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Tom Geiger

Member Since 07 Jan 2007
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In Topic: ...Sharing some pain...(Lost Parts)

Today, 11:40 AM

Hey Alan, good to see you on the board!   :)

 

Folks I don't lose little parts.  I lose BIG parts or even whole boxes of parts.  It was a running joke for years that I lost an entire shoe box full of early Falcon built ups and parts cars. It was missing for something like two years.  And it turns out it was in plain sight. It was the bottom box in my closet and was clearly marked "Old Matchbox Cars", so I never opened it in the search. Of course the opposite end of the box was marked "Falcon Parts Box"

 

I had a Hubley Dalphine.  Now I have most of it.  I lost the body some ten or more years ago in my model room.  Haven't seen it since!


In Topic: What Irked You Today?

Today, 11:32 AM

I heard "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on the radio this afternoon.

 

anyone want to go there?

 

I've already had enough Christmas music!   My wife found a station that was playing it non-stop over last weekend and had it blasting in the house.   That's when it hit me that most of the songs were being sung by dead people...  Karen Carpenter, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra... so I started busting her chops about "Dead Christmas".


In Topic: What Pleased You Today!

Today, 11:30 AM

I will get to see my daughter today !!  The wife and I are picking up a rental car about noon today and off we head for San Diego to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter. Will return on Sunday so we will have lots of time with her. Christmas she will come here for 8 days. I love this time of year !

 

We drove from PA to NJ last evening and have been here with my two daughters.  There were big snow warnings for today so we figured we'd get here early.  I work from home so it didn't matter whose kitchen table I sat at today!   Tomorrow we will drive to my wife's sister's house in NJ for Thanksgiving dinner.  This is the sister who had the green Chevette I built the model of,  and I have it along. I can't wait to see her reaction when I show her.


In Topic: Complaints and grievances with your models

Today, 11:22 AM

I'm not an expert so feel free to call me on this if you know better..

 

Flash is the product of misaligned tooling.  When the molten styrene is shot into the mold, small amounts of it manage to seep out through the cracks, and becomes flash.  Like every other mechanical thing,  tools get cranky as they get older.  Money must be spent for a tooling tune up that makes sure that the molds close tight together and moving parts like slides and ejector pins are working correctly.

 

There can be other variables like the temperature of the molten plastic and the pressure / speed it's being shot into the mold.


In Topic: What Irked You Today?

Today, 11:01 AM

I participated in a Black Friday sale ONCE, about 20 years ago.  My daughter was smart and would request one big item for Christmas instead of a bunch of junk. That year she wanted a 13" color TV for her room.  Bradleys had a different door buster sale every hour.  The 5am sale was a Daiwoo brand TV for $49. I got to the store and there was a huge stack of them in the aisle. I grabbed one... then it hit me, I didn't have a TV that nice in my model room. So I grabbed a second one for myself!  

 

I also did my time in working on holidays.  Back when I was young I worked in a convenience store where the manager had her two kids working there. They got all the good hours and that meant the rest of us all always got stuck for the holidays.  My family always worked around it, holding dinner until I got home at 6pm,  or eating early so I could be at work by 5pm kind of scheduling.