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  • Birthday 07/04/1955

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    Pittsburgh, Pa.
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    Jim Sulli van

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  1. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    This is probably my most rare one. I have no intention to build it as it is from the box.
  2. Anyone build Pinewood Derby cars? Show 'Em

    Cool cars Rat Roaster! Nice use of repurposed material. The Mako reminds me of the cars that HOK (House of Color) uses as their paint chips.
  3. Anyone build Pinewood Derby cars? Show 'Em

    Now those are some fine cars lunajammer!!! We don't have anything like that race around here to my knowledge. A fund raiser sounds cool. You will have politics sad to say. I'd like to see the running dog car. There was a place to ship your car for adult racing back then. I never tried it as you could not be there. I think back then it was the WDRL. I did a quick net search and it may have changed to NPWDRL. I haven't built one in a good while. I do have two half finished but I can't find where I put them.
  4. Anyone build Pinewood Derby cars? Show 'Em

    Well...from the lack of responses I guess that there aren't that many modellers who did the Pinewood Derby thing. I thought that there would be more. Maybe that's why the subject never came up. ChrisBcritter you've got a great old school car there!!! Nice! Might be time to build it cobraman??? My first post was a bit "out there". I'll post some pics of the car I did for the first year that my son could participate. Bear in mind that when I built it to run at our troop derby it did not have the front wing. The "fenders" stuck out beyond the starting dowel. That is where the name for the car came from, I know that the other parents thought that I had an advantage. We put it at the end of the track and the finish light did not come on until the actual nose of the car went under it. They wanted me to run it backwards. The car won our troop race (I didn't make many friends in our troop). It did not do as well at the regionals which is the race that I added the front wing for. It was suggested by the Scout Master because of the controversy. I shoulda left it off. One additional thing, I mentioned that I had a friend that let me use his wood-shop. I had also made a two lane test track to the Cub Scout specs. This car made a lot of passes before it ever raced. As an aside, the wheels on it are not the ones it ran with. I had them from an older car. I used the wheels that were on it for his next years car.
  5. I did a search of the site and didn't find anything on this subject. Being they are cars (for the most part) made from wood I thought this may be an interesting topic. There are modellers on here that build wood ships etc. To start it off I thought that I'd post one that my son ran back around the year 2000 when he was a Cub Scout. Yes, I know, the kid is supposed to build the car. I built his cars and he lined them on the track (which is an important thing). I had a friend who let me use his wood shop. He was a professional wood-worker. The character, snake and border were made from aromatic cedar glued to the pine block. It stood on display but had to be lowered to run. This was built for the last year he could compete. I wanted to go out BIG! What did yinz build?
  6. Badger airbrush custom paint book wanted

    Bump to the top as I'd still really like to find this. It is the book I used to teach myself how to custom paint back in the day. I'll also trade airbrush stuff if you're not interested in models.
  7. Let's see your TV and movie cars!

    DeathProof Nova I have the Charger and the Challenger both about half finished and the Mustang is unstarted.
  8. I'm looking for an old "the Art of Custom Painting" Badger airbrush book. I have models and model related stuff to trade. Send me a PM please. It is this specific book.
  9. I will try to answer your questions Miles to the best of my limited knowledge. 1.) If you look at the first line in the description part of the Master airbrush link you posted you will see where it states the diameter of the three needles/nozzles that the airbrush will spray a 2" wide pattern. That is the info that you need to look for when viewing MFGs sites. That should be good for what you are doing. As an aside, to get that 2" pattern also depends on the distance between the airbrush and the surface you are spraying. Of the two you posted links to I would go with the Master. Should be a better one for what you want to do and with the additional needles/nozzles it is more versatile. The first link looks to be an airbrush used for cake decorating. 2.) If you decide to use propellant bottles plan to purchase a few at a time. There's nothing quite as "joyful" as running out of air in the middle of a paint job. If you get a compressor try to have it turned on so you know how loud it is. You not only need quiet, you also need one that produces the CFM that the airbrush requires. Along with an air regulator. That is the one reason I personally would not use propellant cans, no way to adjust the air pressure. If your neighbor is fussy with noise, how is she with smell? Depending on what type material you plan to spray, like lacquer, you will need a good source of fume removal. Acrylic, not so much. I try to avoid noisy compressors so I have none to recommend. 3.) If you are on a limited budget try the local craigslist. I know that here in the 'Burgh some sellers think they are gold but I've gotten deals on quite a few. You may be able to find a complete system at a reasonable price. Go to various MFG websites to look for the ones that fit your need so you know what to search 'craigs for.
  10. Cleaning Airbrush

    When did lacquer thinner become "illegal"? Steve I am fairly certain that he is talking about the disposal of used material. Some places do have laws against it, (California?) but I'm not certain about PA. He may also wish to be environmentally conscience. I'd like to suggest a way of disposal which I believe to be legal. Keep a can, (metal or glass, preferably metal ) and a lid handy with saw-dust in it. Pour the left-over material into it. I use old (clean) socks to flush my airbrush into. It keeps it contained to something that can be thrown away at some point and used to clean the airbrush. I would suggest leaving the lid off the can and the sock(s) in the open until they have flashed off/dried. This must be done in a SAFE place to avoid contact with heat/open flame. Once dry, put the lid on to seal it. It can then be disposed of.
  11. Cleaning Airbrush

    It may be useful to people replying to your topic if they knew what type of finish you are spraying. Lacquer, enamel, acrylic etc. If it's lacquer, and you don't want to use lacquer thinner, I'm stumped. I do like your choice of race cars BTW. Jim Hall was ahead of his time IMO. I'm a 2D & 2F guy myself.
  12. Advice For Those Needing Parts

    A descriptive title would be the best option. In lieu of that I've found that on my computer if I put my mouse cursor on the title, a page pops up that shows the original post. I can see what they are looking for without the need to open the post.
  13. What in the Sam Hill

    Go big or go home?
  14. Flyer for those near the Pittsburgh area who would like to buy, sell or enter the contest: