Pete J.

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  • Location San Marcos, Ca
  • Full Name Pete Johnson

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  1. Pete J. added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    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
  2. Pete J. added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    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! 
  3. Pete J. added a post in a topic It's not just California. The southwest is in a serious draught.   

    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.
  4. Pete J. added a post in a topic What Did You Get Today?   

    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.

  5. Pete J. added a post in a topic 71 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler   

    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!
  6. Pete J. added a post in a topic It's not just California. The southwest is in a serious draught.   

    Don't be buying any lake front property this year!  I hear you man.  SoCal is really trying hard to cut back.  I don't know how many brown yards there are out there.
  7. Pete J. added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    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!

  8. Pete J. added a post in a topic hydrochroming has reached model builders on   

    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.
  9. Pete J. added a post in a topic Food for thought, Are models intentionally made with...   

    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.
  10. Pete J. added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    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.
  11. Pete J. added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

  12. Pete J. added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    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!
  13. Pete J. added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    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. 
  14. Pete J. added a post in a topic Bugatti 100P - Stunning Aircraft from the 30's   

    SOB, Why did you have to do that!  I just blew my whole years modeling budget and now I have a ton of metal to turn!
  15. Pete J. added a topic in The Off-Topic Lounge   

    Bugatti 100P - Stunning Aircraft from the 30's
    In the 30's Ettore Bugatti was well know for his race winning autos but few knew he was teamed up with French aviation engineer Louis de Morge to create what is a mind blowing aircraft that was such an engineering masterpiece that it is a wonder by todays standards.  Twin engine, coaxial counter rotating props, V tailed and sleek beyond belief, the aircraft never flew because WWII intervened. The aircraft was almost ready to fly but when the Germans invaded France, Bugatti hid the aircraft and it was forgotten until just a few years ago.  A pilot by the name of Scott Wilson put together a group to recreate and fly the blue bird and it has done high speed taxi test and is almost ready to slip the surly bond of earth.  If you have any interest in aviation of wonderful things from the 30's you must look at this.  It is hard to believe that this was designed 80 years ago.  It looks like it could go racing in todays races.  Here is the link to the kickstarter page.  
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