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  1. Some of the 3D parts have better quality than others I have found. However they are better than the resin parts I have bought. It might be the same thing, where the supplier makes all the difference, but I have not been impressed with resin parts. Im trying to improve on my fabrication skills. Its cheaper than resin and 3d parts, but it takes awhile to get good enough to make a good part.
  2. Thanks for the kind words guys. I have bought a few 3d parts from Shapeways...I think. I go to a few 3d sites, and I think they have stores on Shapeways, who prints the parts. It works out good for me. It is a 1/16 scale firebird.
  3. I am working on a 67 dodge d100 for my son. It was supposed to be a father/son project, but he passed away in 2018 from a bactrum reaction. So, Im trying to finish it how we had planned. I also bought a 67 ford f100 that will be mine. The plan is to finish them both and take them on the power tour with my wife. Current state of the d100 is the first picture. Just finished the frame mods-IFS, 4-link, boxing, shortening, and painting. Still tons of work to do. Current state of the f100 in the 2nd picture. Stock for now. Its going to get a 5.0 HO/auto, a crown vic IFS, and 4 wheel discs. Im not touching the body on it.
  4. It will be a 5th wheel. I designed it to hold 4 cars. Im working on the parts that have to move right now. I havent decided on the H2. Im thinking it will be finished off like the H2 SUT (I thinks thats it). Its a 4 door with a short bed.
  5. I know its an old thread, but every time I see it, it makes me want to pack my stuff up and quit. Holy cow.
  6. I bought a few finished models and unfinished kits from a friend awhile back. This H2 was in the bunch, and I decided to do something different. There arent too many duallies on the market, so I decided to try this. The wheels are 3D printed from 3D scale parts. The wheels look great. I added the fender extensions and cut the back off. I think it looks ok overall. I still have work to do, like finishing off the cut on the back, and fabricating a 5th wheel hitch. Im not adding a ton of detail. Its just a low detail model (not sure what they are called). The interior is a single piece, and the suspension came off in 3 pcs, that all screwed on. Im going to use it to "haul" my custom trailer. I made a few changes to it also. And, yes thats my finger in the top picture. Im an idiot.
  7. What irked me today? Our local city officials have declared we are in a "safer at home" situation, meaning if you dont have a good excuse to be out, you could be cited with a misdemeanor for being out. We have had, to date, around 1900 Covid-19 cases in Tennessee...statewide. 13 deaths. We had 2100 flu related deaths last year in Tennessee. Now I know some are saying "this is not the flu" and I get it. But I dont live in LA or New York either. This is beyond crazy, and Im starting to think its something completely different than what we are being led to believe. Anyone here ever heard of a book called "1984" by George Orwell? Hmmm.
  8. So I got a 12" x 24" piece of 14 gauge steel today at lowes. I came home and laid out a grid just like my other plates, at 1/2" centers. Ill scribe them later, Im just getting set up right now. The heavy gauge steel seems to act as a counter sink itself. Ill have to learn how to heat sink other areas in the process, but Im just getting started. Im also learning that the fish mouth of the bars is critical. I can get it to work, and Im sure I can cover up some ugly, but its important on this brass. I also tried plumbing solder, and it sucked. So I am using electrical solder, .8mm rosin core. I laid this out by eye, so Im not sure Ill even use it, but its straight and strong. Its a start. Its for the 1/8 scale Iroc.
  9. Thank you. I hope it doesnt disappoint. So I got a little done today. We are relocating our sound room at church, and I am doing the sound equipment and rewire, so I had to work on that for a few hours today. I managed to get the upper strut supports in place. The picture only shows the left side, but I got the other one in also. And I made an impeller for the procharger, although I didnt get a picture of it. You cant see the brake caliper in these pictures, because I havent made it yet. Im going to make a detailed front piece that you can see through the wheel, but I havent got to it yet.
  10. I dont have a holy grail kit. I have a 1/8 scale Iroc model I have wanted to build for about 10 years. I started it once, and my son fell into the box, crushing it. I located another, before the prices went crazy, and set it back. Im starting to gather parts for it now. I have always wanted to build a model, with no kit parts. 3d printed parts and scratch build everything else. It just seems to be the pinnacle of difficulty to me. I am eyeing a 3d printed COE chevy truck, in 1/16 scale. It would be the most I have spent on a model, and have the least parts- just the cab, hood, grill, and doors. Everything else would have to be printed or scratch built. Im working on my chassis building and scratch building. I recently started playing with the brass tubing. I am really liking that stuff. I might get there one day....
  11. Sorry to hear about your struggles. I married young while in the Army, and divorced after 3 years. Met the love of my life at church, and we will celebrate 22 years this year. We have been blessed with 4 children; 2 girls and a boy biologically, and we adopted another girl (because we are gluttons for punishment) about 5 years ago. Life has a way of making things difficult on us humans. Our son, Isaac passed away March 28, of 2018 due to a severe allergic reaction to Bactrim, which was prescribed for acne. That was the hardest thing I have ever been through. We managed to get through with support from family, friends and our church, which is full of incredible loving people. We still have bad days, but we get through. I still struggle around this time of year, and with things I know were close to him. He was my helper. Now I can work a little. I can be by myself with my thoughts and get through it. I still have strong support in my wife and 3 other children, and my extended church family. You can get through this, just find some support; family, church, friends, a group. Maybe all of them. I hope everything works out for you. In time it will get a little easier.
  12. Here are two more. This is recent. I have started the front suspension. I still have a lot of work left. The box will be the intercooler. The hot side goes in where you see, and then the discharge will be on the top and go straight to the intake. You can see the body is a little warped in the bottom picture. The cage is square, but the body is twisted because of the t-tops, just like in the real firebird with t-tops. I bet this one would leak water too.
  13. Ive been working on this for a few weeks. I didnt want to post until I was sure I could overcome a few issues I have had in the past. I started a drag week mustang, and the body was old, and the cage just sucked on it. Im in the middle of a 1/12 scale drag VW, but I wanted to do a drag week style car. So, I started this. Hopefully Ill be able to crest the hump, and actually finish this model. Its a 1979 Pontiac Firebird from MPC. The engine is a sonny leanard mountain motor 1000 cid billet engine. The transmission is a 3 speed lenco auto, the rearend is a ford 9 inch from the mustang, and the centrifugal supercharger is scratch built to mimic a procharger F3. There are various other 3d printed parts, and some photo etching. Wheels are from 3d scale parts. I know the joints need a little work. Im going to use some fingernail filler my wife gave up on, after I get it together. Ill get a few more pictures, in a little bit. The front end has been separated now, and the body mounts have been added. I also had to spin the supercharger around. It works better with a driver side exit.
  14. Ill definitely be watching. I had my eye on this while it was up on 3d scale parts, Im just too busy spending money on about 4 other large scale kits, and two classic trucks. Way too many irons in the fire. I love those wheels also. Very nice.
  15. Very well said. This is how I feel. Dont lose your mind. Be smart, wash your hands. Have faith that God will help us out here. (dont want to lock the thread with religion) My faith is why Im not too worried....that and I live in a small city, with less than 100k people. We have only had 2 cases locally, both survived. We are currently looking at live streaming church services for our elderly, who have decided to stay home. It makes sense, as they are much more susceptible. And again, sorry for those who are effected by layoffs.
  16. I play drums. I have played since I was about 10. Started in the concert band, went through marching band in high school, got a 5 pc set when I turned 16. Added another 5 pc set when I was in the Army. I typically play progressive rock and metal. Dream Theater, Symphony X, Circus Maximus, and a little Rush. Im trying to learn heal-toe for faster feet, because Im getting to old for the fast stuff.
  17. Thats one figure, which was listed for Australia. Another says every 7 days. Either way, its the media and Hollywood causing panic. Even if you get it, youre likely to be fine. It is NOT an automatic death sentence, like some people seem to believe. The standard Flu virus has a death rate of less than 1%, Covid-19 is about 3%, but experts agree this is inflated because of the elderly, which it seems to spread to faster. I guess if you are in a big city, it might be a problem, but here its just annoying. And I have sympathy for those who have been laid off.
  18. Was this from 3d model specialties? I seem to remember them offering it in 1/12 for awhile, but now its gone. Were there problems with it or what?
  19. As for the economy, they make money both ways. Win or lose. It called hedge funds. I wouldnt stake anything on a bunch of greedy politicians and fund managers. Remember the housing crisis? They sold packaged mortgages as investments to churches and old people, knowing the odds were they would default when the bubble burst, then they hedged their options and waited till it did. They would trade mortality rates in a heart beat, and laugh when we all died out. Im not saying to abandon caution. But people fist fighting over toilet paper is just insane. I can almost see the school closings. Almost. I dont want anyone getting sick or hurt either. But when everyone is freaking out, and hoarding (its hoarding if you bought more than you use in a month) and buying BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH that wont help or they dont need, like hand sanitizer, and baby wipes and formula, when you dont have a baby, its beyond stupid. And those of us trying to stay civilized and not running to the store to buy stuff because we dont need it yet, are faced with the decision to either go now and buy before the stores close, or before some dingbat comes back in to buy more toilet paper (when he bought 37 packs 2 days ago), or to do without. So we get sucked in to the vortex anyway. And every news station and social media post, every news paper, almost everywhere you look, its COVID-19, or corona virus.....Good grief. Im scared what will happen when a major problem really hits us, not just speculation, projections and presumption. Sorry, just my $.02.
  20. I just dont understand the panic. Less than 90 cases throughout the state of Tennessee, and they have closed schools, adjusted a ton of store hours and are having layoffs and closings. What? Never mind the numbers nationwide, like over 80k people have survived this thing, and we lost over 30k last year in a 3 month span...from the FLU? Where was all this worry then? Im past amusement at this point, and Im full on irritated. Im all for personal responsibility, but this is just next level DUMB!
  21. Similar subject, there is an Uber air taxi competition going on, for pilot-less air taxis in large cities. So, computers running the cars, large trucks and a bunch or unmanned aircraft overhead....bad news. As much as I dont trust humans, I have less trust in anything digital.
  22. Thank you for the terminology correction. I worry about using the wrong terms or misspelling words all the time. I wondered about that braising think. It seemed right, but I was 50/50 on the "z". It is magnets I am using. I have had good luck with the magnets on a flat piece of steel. I have a smaller piece, and a larger piece, both marked at .5 inches vertically and horizontally. It seems to work well, and allows me to keep things in place so the cage doesnt warp or lean. Plus its heavy, so it doesnt move around when Im working in the tight spaces and accidentally nudge something. Im going to get a slightly thicker and larger piece of steel and use it for the larger 1/8 models, eventually.
  23. I looked at a few videos on YouTube and they were helpful. I will try to control it with heat sinks for now. Ill also try and use an iron instead of the torch when I start going up, or close to another joint. I bought a bunch of brass, but not enough to start the big 1/8 camaro. Im going to play around and see what I come up with. I still need to get some supplies. And I might get a 1/12 model to start on, and see if switching between works, or if sticking to one or the other is better. I do know one thing, the brass joint is exponentially stronger when done right. I just slapped two small 1/32 rods on a plate and braised them together. No filing, no cleaning, using rosin core solder, and holy cow. It is so strong. So I coped a tube, and set it up, and tried again, and wow. I really want to try to get this down. Im getting better with the plastic, but I still have a ways to go.
  24. I have a 9pc pearl world series. Its a little old and beat up. I have zildjian hi-hats, and a grab bag of cymbals, with Axis double pedals. It works ok. I mostly play progressive metal and rock. Dream Theater, Symphony X, Circus Maximus (the new one, not the band from the 70s).
  25. I have, on Hulu. I love it. I also watched a bunch of them on youtube, but they were not in the US. I cant remember where they were. Its very cool. Lots of very good builders on that show. I love the technic lego stuff. I have lots of those kits.
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