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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. Micro drill bits

    Yup, got to go to a non-hobby supplier. Hobby shops and ebay will sell you the cheapest stuff they can find. MSC, Grainger or McMaster-Carr and search wire-gage bits or if you have the need for the really good stuff, circuit board drill bits. The circuit board bits are generally carbide bits and will be sharp but also somewhat brittle. I only use those on my Sherline mill. In this case, you actually do get what you pay for!
  2. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    Got a pair of them off of Shapeways. Just go there and search for 1:24 scale K&N air filters. Should pop right up.
  3. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    You'r most welcome. Thanks for running this little shindig
  4. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    The porsche I choose has the roof rack. I am going to have to scratch one up for the Alfa.
  5. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    I have to agree with Rob. Still doesn't meet rule 7.1- " They must be of a type designed to carry passengers with either a saloon or sports bodywork, estate cars (station wagons) are not acceptable. Commercial or military vehicles such as light trucks, vans, ambulances, pick-ups and utility 4x4 vehicles are not eligible." This may have started life as a civilian vehicle made by a civilian auto company but it is clearly modified for military use. Rolls-Royce has build a large amount of military equipment over the years as they are one of the preeminent engineering companies in the UK. The fact that it has a RR badge on it wouldn't automatically qualify it for this rally.
  6. Batman Cobra . Not good

    Love the design! You took a design concept to the logical end. The design came together very nicely. Too bad about the paint. That aside it would have been a show stopper. I especially like the integration of the roll bar.
  7. BANTAM FUEL ALTERED - New pics 12-5

    Tim, I really appreciate your comments about the Fordham grinder. I suspect that a lot of modelers are shaking their heads at $600, but you are quite right about a quality tool. For many those sort of tools are just way out of reach, but it is a tool you will never have to replace unless you run over it with a truck. I will say that the tools don't make the craftsman but by the same token, having good tools means less frustration. I have had the discussion with my wife about tools and I always go back to my old saying, "I could build a house with a swiss army knife, but why would I want to?" A quality tool encourages you to do more. Oh, and by the way, the engine is really a piece of jewelry, so it makes sense that you would be using a jewelers grinder on it. Stunning piece. Keep up the great work. It is an inspiration to all of us.
  8. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    Doesn't pass the "no military vehicle" test!
  9. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    I remember using roof rail systems like that in the 60's. There were many roof rack systems in the 50's through current day that were adjustable for various cars. They used gutter clips to hold them on and had adjustable width bars. They have a lot of options. They have attachments for snow skis, surfboards, bikes canoes and a just plain basket. I had the ski rack for my 69 Mustang when I was in college so I have to believe you are on the right track. You could also use something like Brian suggested.
  10. Tamiya putty still soft

    I thin tamiya tube putty often but I don't use lacquer thinner. I use Tamiya extra thin cement. If fact I have a bottle of their cement reserved strictly for that purpose, because the brush is a great tool to mix the putty. A little blob on a piece of ceramic tile and use the brush to transfer the cement and mix it works quite well for me. You can also use the brush to fill very small gaps quickly. Makes for a solid bond also since is bonds the plastic to the putty.
  11. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    Having looked at a lot of the real deal photos, I suspect that major surgery to the body panels would be frowned on. Taking out an interior parts such as seats, carpet and non structural bulkheads to increase stowage would probably be ok, but changing the profile of exterior panels wouldn't. It is still about having a passenger car. No pickups, trucks, station wagons, panel vans or other large capacity hauling vehicle are permitted. Yes, it is about getting as close to the line as possible, but it is also all about maintaining the spirit of the challenge. That is driving "regular" passenger cars from Peking to Paris.
  12. Peking to Paris Rally CBP

    To all who requested them, the decals are in the mail. With the exception of Jhedir6 and W409 you should have them by the end of the week. The envelops may look like junk mail but in the return address they have "Peking to Paris Decals" so keep an eye out for them. For Niko and David, I have no idea how long it will take to get to you. Finland and Canada deliver on their own schedules. For the rest of the Board members who are participating, I have three blank decals leftover. If anyone is interested let me know. I will send you the blanks at no charge.
  13. US Air Force Mustang NOT what you think!!!

    We can rebuild him! We have the technology.