Good points, but this is a problem with those who have grown up with technology and don't know any different. There was a time when the first year in engineering schools was spent in the machine shop becoming a knowledgeable machinist, if not a skilled one. Now engineers go straight to the computer labs and create unbuildable stuff. You need to have a hands on knowledge of materials and processes to design and build. Same with math. You need to be able to understand the formulas and how they interact to be skilled and pencil and paper is the best way to get that knowledge. Plug and play is the worst deficiency in the world. I had a computer tech teacher back in 1968(yes they had computers then but they filled rooms) say that a computer is not smart. It is just a five year old idiots that can think very fast. That is still true. You have to be able to phrase a question correctly to get the right answer. That starts with a pencil with an eraser and a pad of paper. Learn how to do it the old fashion way and then you can manipulate the technology.
The opposite of your issue with the big truck is my MR2. I have Maserati air horns on it, because the drivers of big, jacked up trucks don't see me, even though I try to not sit in a blind spot. They just start coming over. Worst are the big SUV's. A quick blast of the air horns gets their attention. By the way they are also great for scaring the heck out of cats that wander too close to the front of the car. Ever see a cat walk on water. ;-0
Actually am a firm believer that there is an etiquette to horn honking. Lights turned green and the driver is digging for something in the back seat. One very light "toot" . You turned in front of me and I had to adjust my speed to accommodate you. Slightly longer "Honk". You waited until the last minute and were in the outside lane and needed to go right, "double honk". It's rush hour and you can't plan ahead any further than your hood ornament and you force your way into my lane lane where there is no space and the line is already backed up. Lay on the horn for a good long time!
What the non-Californians don't get is that this drought is impacting the whole US. Californian's central valley is responsible for about 11% of all the produce in the US. It is fed from runoff from the snows in the Sierras as well as flow from the Colorado river. As this drops, the cost of water goes up and the cost of produce goes up. It doesn't matter where you are in the US, if you had fruit or vegetables to eat in the last week, there is a very high probably that at least some of it came from California. Prices go up here, they go up everywhere. This is why the drought here matters to everyone. Most people don't think of California as a farming state, but it is.
Don't know what this is??? It's a bunch of model parts. Special model parts. Ok, so it needs a little work. Well maybe a lot of work. It is bar stock 7075 grade High strength aircraft aluminum Actually, I am very happy to get this. I have a local source for 7075 aluminum but they only carry round stock. This is 1"x1/2"x6' and it will make up into a lot of parts. Why am I so excited. It is kind of hard to come by, but when it comes to machining parts, you can't beat it. The regular 60XX aluminum is good, but this stuff gives a much better finish, it is easier to machine and it doesn't gall(stick to the cutting heads) nearly as easy as the 60XX stuff. Down side? This six foot piece was $53 plus $26 to ship it! Still glad to get my hands on it. This is several years supply. I suppose it would have been cheaper if I had ordered more. I will have to do that next time.
Wow! This brings back memories. A fraternity brother of mine's dad was the Lincoln, Ford Mercury dealer in Laramie. One year he showed up with one of these is red-orange. Bad to the bone, muscle car for the end of the era!
Not sure what he does and I have yet to find a reason to meet him but this guy lives around the corner and 5 houses down from me. This is not the high end section of town(this car is about 1/3 the cost of the house) so some of the cars I see sitting in his driveway are crazy. This was there the other day. Nice looking Lambo! Got to find a reason to meet this guy. Maybe just a knock on the door would do!
This process has been around a while but really isn't something you could do at home for much less than $400. It uses Silver Nitrate and once sprayed on you have to rinse it with deionized water. Here is a video that explains the process. http://www.alsacorp.com/products/chromefx/chromefxvideo.html
I suppose copyright and trademark infringements could be behind the design deficiencies. That would make sense. Here is another possibility. S.Tamiya in his book flat out states that sometimes the models are not done to scale to make them "look" right. When we look at a model we have an entirely different view that we do when we look at the real thing. Walking up to the real thing, our perspective is ground level. When we look at a model it is as if we were flying high and above the object and that is s distorted view. Tamiya corrects for that making the models slightly narrower. For the accuracy buff(I was going to say nut case, but that would offend too many.) who pulls out the calipers, this artistic license will be apparent. To the rest of the world it will "look right". I am not suggesting this is the case for the truck you mention as I am not really familiar with trucks. I only offer it as a documented possibility.
I guess I am lucky because the suspension is not permanent. This is my 5th cardiac "event" and I have had 4 battles with the big "C" not to mention other trips to the surgical suite to fix an umbilical hernia and get the gall bladder out in my 65 years, but this is the first time they suspended my license and the Doc says I am ok to drive but the state disagrees. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel but I am still getting cabin fever. I am using UBER when I have to be somewhere but the more frequent trips to places I enjoy have stopped abruptly. It is an abrupt change and very uncomfortable, especially then I feel fine.
Frikin week four and I am ready to kill someone. My license is suspended because I passed out and went to the hospital and the Doc has to file a report with the DMV. Stuck at home or going when someone else can drive me. You really don't know what it is like to rely on someone else for transport until it happens. Two more months of this BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH!
You do know that the person who out bid you may have not just bid $1 more don't you. The other person may have put a bid in for $100 more, it is just when someone bids they eBay system will only go over last bid by the minimum bid increase amount. I don't eBay a lot, but when I do, I set an amount for the maximum I will pay and then put that in at the last minute. If I get it for less, great. If not then I didn't over pay for it. As far as I am concerned bidding at the last minute with the maximum you are willing to pay is the only real way to play eBay's game. It is a bit like poker. I am not going to show my cards until the final show down.