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"Drag Racer" movie, 1971

20 April 2015 - 05:45 PM

Kinda cool but mostly plotless film about a guy's desire to become a top-fuel driver back when there were still a few front-engine cars running in the class. Lotsa shots of Lions, Irwindale, etc. in the mid-6 second, 220mph days. Other drag classes too, including pre-wing altereds, and the old twin-engined Freight Train gas rail.


Mostly car shots, with just enough plot so your girl wouldn't go to sleep from total boredom if you took her to it.





For some more great old drag action, be sure to check out the film "Old School Drag Races" too.


Holy cow...I WANT this...

17 April 2015 - 03:02 PM




Tesla Founder & CEO Elon Musk interview, March 2015

12 April 2015 - 05:45 PM


Wild home-built Russian ATV...watch the video: this thing rocks

11 April 2015 - 06:04 PM


Testors lacquer cracking FYI

03 April 2015 - 03:56 AM

I've seen several complaints that Testors lacquer clearcoats crack over time, so I thought I'd share some of my own experience.


A model I built in 2012 for the Revell contest required a hasty re-work of the decklid in order to get photos in for the deadline. I stripped the deck and primered it with Duplicolor, blocksanded and applied color and clear all in the same day, then wetsanded and polished it the following day.


6 months later, the paint on the deck had visibly "shrunk in", lost most of its gloss and showed slight orange peel. A careful sanding with 6000-12,000 grit paper, wet, and a re-polish brought it back up.


Now, almost 3 years later, there are visible cracks in the clear on the deck. There's probably not enough clear left to wetsand and polish again, but a scuff and respray with a couple more coats of clear should get it.


The rest of the model, which was given sufficient flash time between coats, and was also given plenty of shrink-time after primer, looks just like the day it was polished in '12.


The moral of the story: don't rush it.