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Pete J.

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  • Birthday 11/05/1949

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    San Marcos, Ca
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    Pete Johnson

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  1. What did you see on the road today?

    Didn't notice the plates, but wouldn't have recognized them anyway. I don't live around there any more, but if they are, they have a long way to go. The photo was taken in western Montana!
  2. How cold is it where you live?

    Have family in Missoula and I use to live over the border in Spokane. When you retire there, be sure you have a good stock of models. Winters get very long and boring. Worst part is the very short daylight hours. Good luck with cabin fever. It is very real!
  3. How cold is it where you live?

    High over the last two day was 62. Sun is shining and cloudless skies. Great weather to work in the garage and get some modeling done!
  4. Autoquiz 412 - Finished

    Boy this is a toughy! In this era there were hundreds of similar designs that all followed this pattern. I've exhausted all of my best guesses! I know what it isn't. Just don't know what it is!
  5. Ok, this is me trying to be helpful and a little annoyed. Can we possibly get a new topic that is dedicated to compressors and airbrushes. I would guess that a several times a month if not per week, we get someone who has basic questions about buying an airbrush or a compressor or using one. Now I try an be a helpful person, but I am really no longer inclined to engage on the subject any more. Frankly i'm tired of repeating myself and perhaps others are tire of reading my same posts over and over. I guess I am assuming that there are others who share this feeling. If we had a topic dedicated to the subject, members could reference the prior posts and save a lot of time not having to wait for responses. I think it is a frequent enough topic and basic enough to our hobby to warrant it's own topic. Thanks
  6. What did you see on the road today?

    My cousin in Montana posted this the other day! First off, How the heck did that get it up there. Second, the snowmobile is worth far more than the car. Last - Get a trailer man!
  7. Tools for Photo Etched parts?

    Yup, like occasionally poking yourself to make sure your blood has not completely coagulated!
  8. Tools for Photo Etched parts?

    Bending and clipping is only part of the equation. You should also spend the time and money to get a really good set of tweezers to handle the small part with. Cheap tweezers will cost you more in lost parts that you will ever spend on the best tweezers out there. Jewelry supply houses such as Otto Frei carry a wide variety, but spend the money. Good tweezers are carefully ground to parallel and with near perfect alignment. These are "Diamond" tweezers, designed for jewelers to handle precious stones. They don't want them going "twing" and see a diamond disappear before your eyes. I have a couple of sets. One in brass for handling parts that have been magnetized. Go cheap and spend your time on the floor looking for impossibly small parts.
  9. Oh, s***! D***! Whoa! Yahoo! Oh, s***, you had to start over again! D***, that takes a lot of courage! Whoa, this is better than the first time around. Yahoo, your back at work and I am so happy to see this! Stunning work Randy. Keep it up!
  10. how many models have you built?

    Good Question- In the "Modern era" probably 50+ By the modern era I mean Since I got back into building the second time which happened after my son was about 5, so the modern era is the last 25 years. I built many, though I have no idea how many, from when I was a child until after my first year in the Air Force. In pilot training we had a contest for the students who built them as decorations for the Squadron ready room ceiling. Stopped then until my son came along, so there was a gap of 15 year. It is kind of interesting. In my modern building I can remember details of each build, but it doesn't seem like I built over 50. It seems like far less. Many of them I gave away.
  11. OK..........I gotta compose myself!!

    Gorgeous kit, but I am not even remotely tempted and no it is not about the money. I just never liked the "Daytona" body style. Something about it just seemed wrong to my eye. It just didn't have the nice curves of other Ferrari's. Would rather have the GTO or the Nart or California spyder. More pleasing to my eye.
  12. Just one point. Paints don't actually "dry" per se. They cure. Part of that process is "off gassing" which means the solvent departs the paint as part of the chemical process. The issue with the thinkness of the paint is how long that process takes. Lacquers and other "fast drying" paints actual flash. That is they create a skin on the top that appears dry but the paint underneath is still soft and partially cured. Once the paint flashes, surface contamination like bugs or dust won't settle into the paint and mess up you finish. What is actually happening is that below the surface the solvents continue to migrate to the surface and have to pass through that flash for the paint to fully cure. During that time, surface contaminants may not get through but you can still get fingerprints in the paint because the substrate is still soft. Also at that time the solvent can be working on the plastic underneath and crazing it. The thicker the coat the longer it takes for the solvent to leave and the paint to be fully cured. An rule of thumb that an old painter told me was that double the thickness quadruple the cure time. Cured paint can be handled, sanded and polished. Uncured just makes a mess.
  13. I agree with the metallic comments. You really don't need to do a complete strip and clean of the paint brush though. If you have a top feed, empty the cup and blow a little thinner through the brush. Since you are using solvent based paints, acetone is cheap on works. With solid colors, don't worry about it. Put the brush in the holder and walk away. I know some are going to call me nuts, but I have left paint in the brush overnight with no issues on solid colors or clear. If you use a siphon feed, have a second bottle with thinner only. Pull the color bottle and cap it, and blow the thinner through and you are good between coats. Pulling the needle and nozzle and cleaning all the passages is only necessary if you change color or are done for the session. A good clean and lube of the needle and seals keeps it running well and freely. One other maintenance tip. Pull your needle gently across a piece of tissue or paper towel while you rotate the needle between your fingers. It is snags any fibers, then you have a damaged tip. A light polishing on some very fine grit abrasive paper can fix that and keep your pattern even.
  14. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    Wow, that looks great! Nice work. Ok, so maybe I missed it. Where did you get all the "luggage"?