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      Board Status   07/20/2018

      We're still trying to solve a disk space problem. Unfortunately, it's being stubborn about getting rectified. There will be a long maintenance window this weekend, which I will announce here. Thank you all for being patient. 


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    Sarnia Ontario
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    Mike Miller

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  1. Warming your paint

    Yes. An old electric fry pan and an inch or two of water worked wonders, especially in the winter. Up till I retired from the booth, I would still warm single layer paint and clears in the electric pan, even in warmer months. It takes some getting used to, spraying heated paint, but once you're onto it... We had a rep for a heated nitrogen air system in the shop before I left (can't remember the actual name of the system), but I thought it should work much the same as warmed paint product at a much higher price... Of course, it would be much, much better for water-borne base, especially in humid SW Ontario summers.
  2. How Many Do You Work On At Once?

    At any given time, I've got at least three in the active build category, with usually three or four more in the "once in a while I'll tinker with them" zone. I've tried several times to get down to one at a time but I've found I lose interest in them quickly. I need variety, I guess. Through the summer months, I typically trial fit everything and get most of the paint work done while it's warmer. My spray area is my un-heated garage... It's not uncommon for me to have 9 or 10 bodies ready for assembly by the time winter rolls around. Sometimes I get through them all, sometimes not. There are two or three I didn't get to from last year's pile, still waiting to get put together, and two from the year before that. Maybe this will be their year...
  3. I recall one of my jobber reps showing up in the early 90s and telling me about this great new paste by Farecla, specially formulated for keying blend areas. "The best stuff we've ever seen...!" was his line. I showed him my recipe using water, Comet and a grey Scotchbrite. I told him if there was anything else I could teach him, just let me know... He didn't stay long...
  4. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    To further muddy the waters: Nascar racers ( in all of the top 3 series as well as the Canadian Pinty's series) are ALL unitized construction and have been since at least the 80s. I suspect the adoption of unitized construction happened in the mid sixties/early seventies throughout, but there may have been a few hold-outs...
  5. Manx Dune Buggy

    Very nice! I'm part-way through my own Manx build - hope it turns out half as nice as yours. Love that colour!
  6. If you like Beatles . . .

    I kinda like the Beatles, but I've never been to England...
  7. Get Your Kicks on Route 66......Before It's Gone

    The guy who gave us permission to get our kicks...
  8. Stop resurrecting once great nameplates

    This gave me a good chuckle!
  9. Dale Earnhardt's 1990 Lumina

    Very Nice!!! Derrick Copes favourite car...
  10. Who needs a Keg when you've got a Six Pack

    Very nice!
  11. AMT 1965 Lincoln Continental

    Very nice work! I just picked up this kit last week, looks like it builds up pretty well. I'm 5 minutes from the Bluewater Bridge, where in Ontario are you?
  12. Parts Box Hot Rod

    I love it! A great hot rod, built the way hot rods used to be built. Nice job.
  13. What kind of other nerd are you?

    The main reason I don't get much time at the model bench is because of all the other nerd stuff... I thought once I retired, I'd have more time for hobbies. That hasn't worked out... A big amateur photography buff, woodworking, tinkering with our Super Beetle, still have my hand in auto body repair and paint work, but on a much smaller scale than in my working days, and I spend an inordinate amount of time, it seems, with our three dogs. Oh, yeah... I've been tinkering with blacksmithing the last year or so. Built my own forge, picked up a nice NC farrier's anvil and just got an old Champion #400 blower to replace the hair dryer I've been using. The Champion needs work, so we'll see if it was a good deal or not... The feel and smell of a forge and hot steel is something else!
  14. MCM Problems?

  15. 1/25 AMT 1966 Mercury Hardtop

    My LHS tells me they've not been released yet...