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Pete J.

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  1. Boy was I off base. Because of the angle of the photo I could have sworn that it was a prototype based on a Renault 4CV! Spent all my time rooting around in European manufactures. Would never have guessed it origins . I got the rear engine but totally missed the front wheel drive. What a weird little car! Thanks for posting this.
  2. Been on my book shelf for years and I agree. Even if you don't take your building to his level, the tips and techniques you can pickup from these books is amazing!
  3. The crazy rich buy all sorts of bits and bobbles that are beyond the comprehension of us mere mortals. They will spend $100,000 on faucet fixtures without batting an eyelash. $17,000 for a model of an ugly car that they might own is meaningless to them. All I can say is congratulations to the model building company for being able to sell it.
  4. Peter, The closest I have found to bright lines and much easier to straighten and bend is silver solder. It is used by jeweler and nut cases like me for soldering photo etched part. Although it is true silver bearing, it doesn't seem to tarnish. It also comes in a wide variety of diameters, some very small. Worth a look. https://www.amazon.com/No-Clean-Silver-Solder-SAC305-031-Inch/dp/B00WDEDFJY/ref=pd_lpo_469_img_1/142-8830657-9846356?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00WDEDFJY&pd_rd_r=a81b6c52-8193-4300-ab37-d7e839a36126&pd_rd_w=qEewz&pd_rd_wg=QMdWQ&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=QV9PZKEA3ST5T9GJF720&psc=1&refRID=QV9PZKEA3ST5T9GJF720
  5. Here is another source for out of the box thinking. This is lead wire used for tying fishing lures. I bought this assortment some time ago and it is a lifetime supply in a wide variety of sizes. https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Lead-Wire-Assortment/744541.uts?slotId=1
  6. Richard, if you are using Photoshop for this, I would suggest using 2017 version of Sketchup Make. https://help.sketchup.com/en/downloading-older-versions. It is free and easy to learn. There are some idiosyncrasies to using it, because it is designed to be used architectural CAD program and at sizes under an inch there are some issues. The work around for parts smaller than an inch, is to design them in foot increments in decimals and treat a foot like and inch. Once you get use to that, it is really simple. I especially like it for laying out round object like bolt patterns on rims. If you try it and have questions, please feel free to contact me. I'm not an expert, but I play one on TV😆. Seriously, I am self taught but willing to share what I know. Before I started using this, I did it the old fashion way with pencil and paper and an old set of drafting tools I had left from college. This just works quicker and is more accurate for layout. As to IPMS, I watched their discussion with interest and it got very heated at times. If I were to summarize what I saw it would be that the scratch building category was all about manual manipulation of raw materials to build a model. The key word is manual. I can understand that to some degree. I have recently seen some amazing 3D printed wire wheels and appreciate all that went into them, but once the file is done, you can print an infinite number of them that are all the same. Quite a differant set of skills from the person who machines four hubs and rims manually on a lathe and then hand threads them with small wires. To me it is obvious who is a "craftsman", though others would disagree. That is what brought up my question about CAM mills and lathes. Apparently, that is not the same as 3D printing in the opinion of the people who made the decision at IPMS, though the distinctions are in a very gray area.
  7. I agree! Once I build a 40 Ford coupe that I chopped the top, narrowed the entire body(took a strip out of the middle) shortened the nose dramatically and gave it a mid-engine flat head V-8 and centered the driving controls and seat on the center line of the car. I short, I messed with about everything. To highlight those changes I took a standard body, glued it up and painted it in gray primer. I placed it on the table with an explanation that it was there to highlight what I started with. I don't know how many people came up afterwards and commented that it was great to have the primered piece there for reference. It did win a couple of awards and I suspect it would have done nothing if I hadn't given people a reference.
  8. I think I have the make, just having trouble finding the model!
  9. This discussion has been ongoing at IPMS for some time and here is the rule that resulted. "Scratch-Built models may incorporate parts from other kits, but these should be generally unrelated to their original identity, except for minor parts such as wheels, guns, etc. Computer-design/programming and 3D-machine printing are not considered as "scratch-building" for defining Scratch-Built entries in our national contests. Models determined to be scratch-built must be entered in the proper scratch-built category." Please hold your comments about IPMS. I didn't post it because I felt IPMS is the ultimate authority on the subject but just to add to the converstion. Personally I find it interesting that IPMS excludes 3D printing but says nothing about CAD/CAM machining. In my opinion the skill set to machine aluminum with CAD/CAD machines is very similar to 3D printing we are just working with a differant material. Why exclude one and not the other? To me this just creates more questions.
  10. 🤣"Probable Rip Off" I have never heard that before and I love it! In my opinion Pro means you get paid for it. Now if I were to do this(I've done commissions before but never sold on any auction web site) I would be inclined to use "national award winning" and list the awards. That would say more about your skills than just Pro built. Seeing that still wouldn't guarantee a quality job, but at least it would be more meaningful.
  11. Because Renshape comes in blocks much thicker that styrene and can either be carved or machined. It is great for making body bucks and other large three dimensional shapes. It is a substitute for wood that is easier to carve.
  12. ....and be prepared for sticker shock. It ain't cheap
  13. My first time with a new camera. Could have done better with the Telephoto but not bad for the first try. This is the hospital that my wife worked at for 30+ years. I've also spent way to much time here as a patient!
  14. Ok, I was way off. I think is definitely has the looks of the Alfa double bubble. I spent all my time rutting through Italian cars. Should have know it is French. It kind of has the lines of a Citroën DS if you squint just right and have a few glasses of burgundy under your belt. 🤪
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