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  1. I do not know much of anything when it comes to drag racing, but I seem to remember from another kit. I believe it was the MPC '53 Ford Flipnose pickup , but it could have been something else. This one also had a standalone radiator with no hoses, and the instruction sheet identified the part as "gas tank". I guess for a car doing part-time duty on the show circuit a radiator (which is designed to hold liquid), cold make a fancy gas tank.. Or maybe not. What do I know?
  2. There was this talented Danish guy - Piet Hein (1905-1996) - who had such clarity of mind and command of the language that he was able to pin down his observations on life in just a few short lines. And in verse form to boot. Look up about his "grooks". I like them. LIVING IS... Living is a thing you do now or never -- which do you? THOSE WHO KNOW Those who always know what’s best are a universal pest. SOCIAL MECHANISM When people always try to take the very smallest piece of cake how can it also always be that that's the one that's left for me? A PSYCHOLOGICAL TIP Whenever you're called on to make up your mind, and you're hampered by not having any, the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find, is simply by spinning a penny. No -- not so that chance shall decide the affair while you're passively standing there moping; but the moment the penny is up in the air, you suddenly know what you're hoping.
  3. Oh, but there is no doubt what the most practical solution to this situation is. Both for you personally, and for society as a whole.
  4. Admittedly, and a rope is cheaper still and can be used multiple times. The question though is wether it is fundamentally right to kill them.
  5. This reminds of something I read in a book a long time ago.; Deserves death! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give that to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends. [The Lord of the Rings. The Two Towers. Book Four. I. The Taming of Sméagol. My emphasis. I never had Hitler or Saddam or anybody else cause me great personal loss or grief, but I can understand some might feel it necessary to have somebody killed. Philosophically though, it seems to me that neutralizing them should be sufficient. As in confining Napoleon to the island of St. Helena.
  6. It has been a little quiet around here lately. I have been working on my Skyline on and off, now and then and I'm getting concerned about the deadline. The thing is I haven't actually produced much in terms of progress other than, well - got the interior kind of finished. And I built a huge honking secondary gas tank and stuck it in the rear seat space. My racer will have yet another huge tank in the trunk space, but nobody will ever see that one because the trunk is closed. Now, here is the interior with the tank, carbon racing seat and radio delete right hand dash. I will leave it as is for now. It is good enough to be functional. If time allows before start, I might come back to add a handful of small details, like a donut dispenser or maybe a red bull barrel or other things that might come in handy.
  7. Now, THAT is something I might consider spending $45 (or so) on!
  8. No pics, but last night I saw a late model Mustang with a lit Dominos Pizza sign on the roof. I guess they want to make sure the pizza gets there before it gets cold..
  9. As far as I'm concerned, I would like to see the automatic transmission outlawed. Yes, it may be convenient but it also allows the driver to be less involved with the task at hand. Driving the car, that is.
  10. What irked me today? I went to my LHS to pick up the new Revell '30 ford coupe, only to see the last copy being lifted off the car kit shelf by another customer as I turned into that isle. For a short moment I considered the pros and cons of attempting a hit-and-run, but thought better of it. I'm still annoyed though.
  11. I saw this one a few days ago. I don't know its name, but I know where it lives. -On the other side of my village. And then, in the next village over - the Alfa shop had its bay doors open since the weather was warm. No Alfas in there though, go figure. At least they had some of the real stuff around the back.. And then, a little bit down the road there was this one; Well, admittedly it is not actually on the road, but fairly close to it anyhow.
  12. In addition to some of the ones mentioned above, I also would like a Lada VFTS This one. I believe it is a Saoutchik Talbot-Lago that could be made by modifying the Heller kit. And who wouldn't want an NSU Prinz 1000 TT?
  13. I think I would have to go with the 1970 Volvo 145.
  14. I was thinking the same thing. The work done might not be all in vain. A few well-chosen finishing touches could go a long way. Get the thing closer to the ground, select a tasteful low-key (dark) color, and cover the top in padded vinyl (think Carson top here). And of course put wheels that are suitable for a kustom. That is what it wants to be wearing that chop.
  15. I really think "stealth" is the best approach here. Even if your ride is technically mostly within the law's requirement, and YOU know that it is. - Would you want to risk having to wait for the policeman who pulled you over because he was in doubt, to decide that you are actually good to go? I'm trying to build my racer as unassuming as I can, while still being competitive.
  16. Now whaddayaknow. Did Timo Makinen use grooved discs in 1973? And discs is the back too. Must have been pretty cutting edge at the time.
  17. This is just great! I have none of the new ones, but I built a few of the old ones in my youth. Actually the only Spitfire on my wanted list is AZmodel's IXc "in civil service".
  18. You're talking about the green one now, yes? The fastback.
  19. Front wheels leaning over when turning? I guess it could be made to work, but I see more headaches than benefits with such a system. Usually you want the wheels to stay upright to maintain a large contact patch. More rubber on the road means more grip. Grip is a good thing. If you lean a conventional car tire you will ride on one shoulder while lifting the other and that way reduce the area of rubber-to-road contact. You don't want to do that. For this idea to work you will need to use motorcycle style tires, which has a curved profile. This allows for more rubber on the road while leaning over, but it also means that you will never have the full with of the tire onto the road at any given time. I guess the only benefit from using leaning wheels would be less stress on the tire/rim connection. It would be unnecessarily complicated though. In the instances where the tire might come off the rim due to excessive force, it is common practice to bolt the tire to the rim to keep it in place.
  20. For Crawler Track Shoes you could look at FriulModel http://www.friulmodel.hu/en/metal-tracks-p5/ They make absolutely gorgeous track kits for military applications. These kits consist of individual white-metal links that is assembled with pieces of wire which act as hinge pins. This approach makes it possible to create a realistic articulated track with the right amount of "slack". You will not find any bulldozer track in their selection, but they might have something that is approximately the size you need. From there on I guess you could modify to fit with your own grousers etc.
  21. Well, - that is what you build hot rods from, isn't it? I don't really mean to be too abrasive, but I couldn't help myself. I guess in all of this talkin' there is a message for Revell that a hot rod version would be welcome in the marketplace. But until they see fit to release one, I'm quite happy to rod it myself.
  22. I am not able to see any wrong shapes to the quarter window of the plastic body. The window of the 1:1 car might appear to be somewhat more pinched / tighter radius at the bottom rear, but I believe this to be and optical illusion caused by the brightwork on the windowpane. And yes, I would agree the '41 is different to the body. Most notably the door appears to be shorter on the '41. Hey, hang on. That '41 looks like a business coupe. Longer trunk, shorter roof, and different proportions altogether. Let's not let this thread weer off track, but the rear end of the roof does look slightly different on a "regular" '41 coupe. Sorry Rob. (see below) He beat me to it while I was busy editing my post.
  23. Between single parenting and extended work schedule, the modeling bench hasn't seen much action. It is a good thing the deadline is far in the future. My projects always take a long time anyway. I have started though. I have started roughing out what will become a backseat large-capacity fueltank. I have also set the ride height, and dialed in wheel placement up front. Here is a better view of the temporary bracing put in to keep the wheel in place while I'm building the suspension. Be patient and bear with me. This is going to take time.
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