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Pete J.

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  1. On the other side of the planet we has similar fixes. I remember an old Ford(I think it was a 54) running rough and Dad got out and rest the gap on the points with a matchbook cover. Ran fine after that. Dad always has a rudimentary tool kit in every car he owned. Hammer, slip jaw pliers and a screw driver. I swear he could fix just about anything with those. Machinery was simpler and people were more mechanically inclined back then. I have one memory of the school bus driver, out on a rural dirt road changing out a front wheel bearing. That is when I learned to proper way to grease a bearing. 😄
  2. Not really. It just means you would get further from home when it breaks and you have to walk back!😏
  3. Really looks good except for the twisted coat hanger exhaust. I need to find this one. I like it.
  4. Found it. My what a weird little car!
  5. Haven't found it yet but in my search, I found a plethora of ridiculous little cars. I won't say what I searched because that would be fertile ground for future Quizzes. ðŸ˜ĩ
  6. Has to be a high performance vehicle! Check out that camber and toe in. Looks like an F1 car! Ferrari? Yup it's definitely a post war Ferrari Gran Prix car!😆
  7. The factory isn't all that remarkable but the Joe Martin Craftsmanship museum is a not to be missed destination if you are ever in the area. When ever I am feeling full of myself as a model maker, I go by just to get a solid dose of humble!😏
  8. Oh yea! I have probably sent easily twice or three times the amount on tools as I did on the basic machine. I also have the advantage/disadvantage of living 30 minutes from the factory. That means that the only time I have to reconsider needing the new piece is the 30 minutes in the car before I get there. 😎
  9. I had intended to use the over/under shelf method after I bought the mill. I've owned the lathe for much longer than the mill. However I found if far more efficient to have both out at the same time espeically for making tire rims. Each rim I make required several operations on each machine and it is much easier to chuck the raw stock up in a three jaw chuck an swap that between mechines( I generally have the rotary table mounted on the mill) than try remounting it on each machine after each operation. Keeping it mounted on the chuck and just unscrew the chuck off and screw it onto the other machine.
  10. Aaronw, good to hear that perspective. Sounds like each tool was built for a range of jobs and the overlap in ranges is somewhat limited. I've always like Sherline for the plethora of options. Often times it is not the tool but post sale support you get that becomes important as time passes. It seems like I often run into something I can't do with the basic tools. Nice to have a catalogue of options. Oh and I like Sherlines catalogue for the descriptions of how the tool is used. Thanks again.
  11. Mark, I have some interesting memories of this little aircraft beyond the James Bond association. When I was a young pilot, these came out as a "subscription" kit build. In other words you paid your money and they sent to parts to build when they became available. I was quite tempted to build one. Jim Bede designed and produced these on a shoe string and as such very few ever got done. He used the money from the first lot of parts to fund the second lot and so on. If I recall they were originally designed to be powered by a Rotax wankel engine and for many builders this was it's main down fall. The engines were very hard to get so a lot of the kits just ended their days in the back of a garage under a tarp. In all, it reminded me a lot of the Tucker Torpedo story. Having said that, they were cool little aircraft. Unfortunately, they were very high performance and required skilled hand to fly and wound up killing a fair amount of their builders. Kind of like what seems to happen to all too many super cars. Just because you have the money, doesn't mean you have the skill.
  12. I posting here because I want to see what Taig owners have to say. I am a Sherline person and have never see a Taig in person, so I am not qualified to comment. I hope you get some constructive comments.
  13. I have no idea where to begin with this! I suppose I could start with ugly, but the Pontiac Aztek is all that comes up!ðŸĪŠ
  14. I catch a lot of grief from some members of this board because of the cost, but Alsa Easy chrome with there new clear coat is the most durable "chrome" out there. They have a new clear coat that they are selling for $80 a gallon(yea, I know, you don't need a gallon) but the introductory kit includes 4 ounces of easy clear. Since their 2 oz hobby kit is $139, thats not a bad deal. https://alsacorp.com
  15. Tim, amazing bit of work on the whole intake set up! I was going back to the bench to do some work and saw this. It is now a tossup if I take this as inspiration or realization that this is so far beyond me that I just quit! ðŸ˜ĩ I really need to get back to the bench just to cut some metal!
  16. Best Bond ever? Yes but I liked him best in Indian Jones and the last crusade. That wry caustic humor that he did so well, very well played. He will be missed.
  17. This is the Philco radio I remember. Lots of them around when I was a kid.(pre TV).
  18. A good quality tool like the one above can get quite expensive, in the high $200 range and may be more that what we need for modeling. Starrett makes a very precise protractor that can also be used for under $75. I got one for working on my benchtop mill and lathe. Very nice tool for the money. By the way, when working on the small scales that we do, precision is everything. Good measuring tools will save a ton of frustration. Don't be afraid to spend the money for quality when it comes to measuring tools.
  19. IMCTH did three kits. This one, a mustang and Bf-109. Got the other two, perhaps I will get around to them one day!ðŸĪŠ
  20. Yup, thing was the size of a house. Back then there were only a few companies making mainframes. Philco was one of them. I suspect that this was a hold over from WWII when they were a huge government contractor for electronics. Just did a quick search for the Philco 2000. It was the first highly transistorized high speed computer. They were also the leading manufacture of transistor radios at the time. Pretty much took Texas Instruments baby and ran with it.
  21. Not true! Your watch has far more computing power. I took my first course in programing in 1967. We used a Philco 2000. One of the most advanced computers at the time. We could only run rudimentary calculations using programs written on punch card, batch processed over night. A hundred cards(lines of code) was a huge program. I recall my instructor starting the class with this line. Computers are not smart. They are 3 year old idiots who can think really really fast and only do precisely what you tell them. The computers that were used for the space program were for telemetry only. They were an outgrowth of computers that the Army developed to compute artillery trajectory tables. There was no CAD. The design and construction was all done with pencils on paper and blueprints.
  22. I'm an ex Air Force pilot so yes, I build aircraft. I have also owned more than a few sportscars(240Z, 911, MR2) and some hot hatches so yes I build auto subjects. It is always a matter of what look interesting in my stash at the moment. A trend? Well if you call doing this for 60+ years, yup, it's a trend.😉
  23. Can you imagine the stack of blueprints that made up the Saturn V, LEM, and crew module?. I wonder if they were ever digitized or if they are rotting away in a crate in some warehouse. 😎
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