I made my first, and probably last, trip to Hobby Lobby yesterday. monumental waste of time that was. I hate those huge sterile stores especially when there is not much to recommend them inside. do they always have one quarter of the store filled with "holiday" (since the Christ in Christmas seems to be irrelevant to the great unwashed buying public these days) carp...is it always like that or have they started "the season" already...in August? and kits...just the normal AMT/Revell stuff and not much of that either, maybe 50 kits total if even that. no Tamiya, no fujimi, didn't even see any "foreign" manufacturers represented. absolutely nothing there you cannot buy elsewhere cheaper. actually went there for some Tamiya primer...no luck, only Testors in stock. people working there seemed pleasant enough (as opposed to Michaels) but cannot see any reason to ever step foot in there again. oh for the true LHS of which there are none around here anymore (just like true independent hardware stores) so its the net for me looks like. and money is not even my prime motivator as it is for some. I know this thread was about wallys world but seems to me two peas in a pod. the big boxing of amerika, taking your money elsewhere one five percent discount at a time. jb
this whole story as related by AA reminds me of the railroading of Honorable Marcus Garvey, one of Jamaicas national heroes, at the hands of the American political establishment. Typical smearing of perfectly great ideas by great men, by those small minded people with small ideas who manage to get themselves either elected or appointed to power and then look around for people to crucify to further their own ambitions. jb
then I believe you probably got one Chuck; I have not been billed or anything. if it is in your PW then you got it, if not then its probably on its way to your PW. it probably went out of stock again just from pre-orders (I neglected to submit a preorder, I thought the price was too high. I have since rethought that) jb
IMO the USA became a wasteland of automotive design in the 70s and has never recovered. all the interesting designs are from Europe and Asia, whether anyone likes that or not. its been strictly a game of catch up but don't really try too hard to catch up on the part of America, very very few, and generally unsuccessful ones at that, vehicles have been exceptions. I cannot think of any right offhand, certainly none of those "nostalgia" designs, some of which might have been a bit better had they dared to put something approaching a performance engine in them.
another good idea is to invest in a bottle of pledge/future/whatever and paint everything the matt color of your choice and then after that is dry pick out some of it with the Future to make it glossy, items like the console shown above. much easier than doing it with actual paint plus it comes right off with ammonia if it goes out of bounds or you don't like the look, and it will not harm the paint under it like solvent paints will. I used to use fuzzy fur for carpeting etc but now embossing powder is my thing, great stuff and much more in scale look than the shag carpet that fur used to look like (unless it was tamped down) the other thing is to run some Detailer over parts of the panels and let it settle into nooks and crannys before wiping the majority off the top surfaces jb
still gonna come down a scale inch or three front and rear, and the rear track needs to be brought in by a few mm's, but its looking pretty decent. almost time for a coat of primer on the body. photo updates:
I like those shock towers. now this might be a bit stupid but I think maybe you have the top of the shocks in the upper lightning holes, Tim, and perhaps they are supposed to be up in the top of the tower. could that be possible? I like the angle they are at but I was wondering what is that upper part for if not the top shock mount? headlamp mount? looks great though! jb
I hate to mention this and don't want it to blow up here...but the spacing on the exhaust headers does look awfully long in the center on the built motor, though they look pretty ok to me as to the spacing of the pairs of pipes. That makes me agree with someone somewhere that maybe the real cause of the situation is the length of the heads and probably the block that they mount to. looks great otherwise especially those six deuces on the log manifolds, and the pipes look kool too with those curved tips. jb