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  1. Tim, a year ago I said I had run out of expletives. This is just piling on!
  2. If you get a good mill or drill press then you can use the circuit board carbide drills. They are super sharp but are quite brittle. You have a high risk of snapping them with a hand held pin vice. They don't take flexing well so you need the control of a mill or drill press.
  3. If you need something other than a "Hobby" grade, you should be able to find it here. https://www.mcmaster.com/drill-bits Been buying my drill bits here for quite a while. They are not the cheap stuff you get in a tin pack, but then I am using them for some precision drilling in brass and aluminum.
  4. Personally, over the years, I have developed a hate for cheap tools. I have been let down by them far too many times. First time was the cheap cast aluminum screwdriver and wrench that came with my Yamaha in the 60's. Stranded on the side of the road(pre cell phone days 😁) with bent tools and unable to fix a simple problem. In my thirties I decided that enough is enough. Spend the money and get the good ones. Which is cheaper? A good tool that lasts you a lifetime or a cheap one you keep buying over and over each time it lets you down! Not to mention the frustration of dealing with the results of a poor quality tool. Yea, I buy the good stuff. At 71 I am to frugal to buy the cheap stuff. Also, with the internet, you can almost alway find the good tools at discounted prices. One story of buying the good ones and I will step off the soapbox. Some time ago, when I was venturing into miniature machining for this hobby, an old guy told me to buy Starrett measuring tools. My response was, "They are too darned expensive" He then told me about a way to save money. Starrett has a tool refurbishment program, to repair and restore old tools to new certification standards. I found I could buy broken Starrett tools on eBay really cheaply and send them off to Massachusetts, and they would send me back a like new tool for about a third of the cost of a new one. You can still have the best tools, but the internet means that you don't have to pay full price for them anymore! Oh and to answer your question, Tamiya. https://www.tamiyausa.com/shop/tools/side-cutter-for-plastic/mk801/
  5. What you are describing is familiar to anyone who has used a lathe. It is called chatter and it is cause by the cutting tool flexing and rebounding. On that basis I would say that this is not the tool for you. By the way, the best way to remedy the problem you describe is to change the angle of the blade from perpendicular to the seam. One pass perpendicular, one angled left and then one angled right. You do that because chatter becomes more pronounced with each pass.
  6. Did the same thing here on the west coast years ago but sports cars were my forte. After winning 3 of the biggest shows on the west coast, I realized that I really didn't have much else to prove. I still build and compete, but my entries are something I built to see if I could improve some skill or technique. If I win, fine, but like you, I go to see what others are doing and to have lunch or dinner with my friends. In August, I am going to IPMS Nationals in Las Vegas. I will be there a whole week for a three day show. I plan of having some great food with my friends. See a show or two. Drink to much a couple of nights and just have a good time. This time I am taking my camera and volunteering to shoot all the car models. I've some skill with a camera and I want to test that to see how many photos I can get published. 😉 Oh and I am entering something I have only seen done one time before and that was by me on a much smaller scale!
  7. Interesting question that begs a follow on from me. Why do you ask? This hobby seems to have two general types of top quality builders. Those who's driving force is to win contests and those who are driven by the desire to do better for the satisfaction of doing something new or different whether they even enter contests or not. I would like to believe that I fall into the latter class. Every kit I do, I try to make better in some way than my last. This keeps me interested in the hobby and I love honing my skills to achieve more difficult details. The upside of building to win, is that if you win, you have achieved your goal. The downside is that there are only a few winners at each show and not winning can lead to feelings of failure. The upside to building to do the best you can, it that each new kit presents new challenges and the satisfaction of succeeding at new skills. The downside is that you never really cross the finish line. There is always something you could do better on the next model. It also can lead you down the path of expensive equipment to do something you never thought possible. https://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/ 😈
  8. Pre registered, T-shirt ordered, room reserved! See you all in August.
  9. Was digging through my model photos and found these of the chop I did on the Red Bull panel as shown in my prior post. Thought some of you might like to see how this was done.
  10. Mike, scale model photography is really a challenge. Unless the lighting is just right most round objects such as spark plug wires look too large. That is because most photos are lit inline with the round objects and thus you lose the shadowing on the bottom than you have when you see the same object in 1:1. In other words, lighting flattens round objects. The best way to change that is to make the light source above the line of the shot. This gives the subtle shadows that make round objects "look" right.
  11. I got it because by chance I happened to have watched this on the Motor Trend Channel last week. Lucky coincidence! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=693060571284149
  12. I agree. There are many different types of model "chrome" out there and each seems to need it's own chemical to take it off. Often that is because there may be three layers or more of different coatings. Sodium Hydroxide(super clean and oven cleaner) will take most of them off, but sometimes you have to go through a series of strips with NcOH and alcohol. DOT 3 Brake fluid also may need to be thrown in the mix. NEVER COMBINE THEM IN THE SAME CONTAINER. Use them separately and rinse them thoroughly. Also get a good pair of rubber chemical gloves to protect your flesh.
  13. Boy, I banged all around this one. I thought I knew it but never found it. Great choice.
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