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  1. 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. 




  2. On 3/20/2020 at 8:57 PM, afx said:

    Glad you started a thread on this build, look forward to seeing more of your work.

    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. 





  3. 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....

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 



  6. 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. 









  7. 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. 

  8. 2 hours ago, bobthehobbyguy said:

    Relax and be safe all. We will get through it. And remember if you can't go to church God makes house calls.

    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. 

  9. 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. 

  10. 2 hours ago, alexis said:


    In regards to your last statement..

    "Im scared what will happen when a major problem really hits us, not just speculation, projections and presumption.  "

    The COVID Crisis, IS a major problem. A sickness that doubles the number of victims every three days, is the very definition of "Major Problem".


    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.


  11. 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? 

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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. 

  15. 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. 

  16. 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. 

  17. On 3/13/2020 at 8:19 PM, Roadrunner said:

    What kind of drums do you have?


    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). 

  18. 8 minutes ago, Pete J. said:

    So, have you been watching the new fox show Lego Masters?  That is such a kick.  They just built 6' bridges and then tested them for strength.  A couple of them held a half a ton!

    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. 

  19. I think the cost is not too bad, if you watch where you buy. But its easy to drive the cost up. I have found if I scratch build, or go to larger scales, its exponentially more expensive. 1/24 is cheap, unless you add a bunch of detail parts. 1/8 is just expensive. I like the 1/16 for now. Plenty of kits, not much more than the 1/24 and I can get detail parts. If I had to guess, I think I can finish the 1/16 firebird and be in about $200-250 total. It has 3d printed wheels, tires, engine, transmission, shifter and fuel cell. I added some brass 4-link brackets and a few other odds and ends. Not too bad, and it could be done a lot cheaper. Itll take another few months to finish.......if I finish it.

    On the other hand, I also collect Lego, and it is getting expensive. I buy 3 or 4 kits a year, usually used, and spend probably $500 to get them. And they are built in a few hours, and Im done. I have thousands of extra parts to play with, though. And if I dont like it, I can tear it apart easily. 

    My other hobbies are playing drums and classic trucks. Drums are expensive, but if you buy sticks or cymbals, itll set you back a few bucks, but they last a couple of years. The trucks? Holy cow. Building cars/trucks is outrageous. I need coil overs to get one on the road (long story), but thats going to be $1200. A radiator is $400. The trucks are almost always on hold for budget constraints. Its easier to get a $50 3d printed part here and there, than that $750 carburetor you need. Its easy to spend $35k on a custom car. Im at about $10k on the D-100, and need another $5k to make it road worthy. The F100 is about $2k, but itll be on the road this summer, as a nearly complete, stock 67 F100. 

  20. Thats a great build. I never thought about making a jig with legos. I have a bunch of them, but I would be afraid I would glue to it.

    That guy also uses a bunch of brass inside the styrene, and to reinforce his joints. That might work. I also thought about using brass for just the base, and then switching to styrene for the upper portion. Most of the bars on the lower portion are straight and flat. I know there are some exceptions, but generally that is the case. I could use brass rod at the joints, and use brass tubing only as the base. 

    And thanks for the kind words on the Firebird. I have been working on building my own chassis for a few years and this is the best I have done. Im really happy with it. 

  21. Here are a few pictures of a new project Im working on. I havent started a build thread because I have a tendency to get bored or frustrated and shelve the project. This is the farthest Ive ever been on a tube chassis and Im still very happy with it. But I have a few questions for you experts. 

    Obviously this is styrene. I know my gaps are a bit big, but my solution will be to use some fingernail filling powder my wife used for awhile. Ive already tried it, and it work well. So Ill address the gaps later. Ive read that the styrene is good for support on some larger scales. Im really liking the 1/16 scale. There seems to be more kits available. And now with 3d scale parts making wheels (which I am using in this build) the options are slowly opening up. Im trying to work up to my 1/8 scale Iroc Camaro, and while it will never be as epic as the ones Ive witnessed here, I would like it to be nice. But Im not sure about styrene at the 1/12 or 1/8 scale holding the weight. So I bought some brass tubing and a butane torch, and Im experimenting with that. 

    The question is, how do you braise the new tube in, without the other ones falling out under the heat? Ive only started a few small tube junctions and they are falling apart when I go to add another bar close by. Im having good success holding everything with magnets, and I have seen you guys build using wood, which makes sense, but how are the other tubes not falling out on you? 

    In case anyone is interested, the model is the 1/16 scale firebird from MPC, the wheels are from 3d scale parts, and the engine and trans are from 3d model specialties. Its the 1000 cid mountain motor from Sonny Leonard, the trans is an automatic 3 speed lenco, and the centrifugal is all scratch built to mimic the F3x. If you see any glaring issues, Im okay with criticism. I know some of the tubing sizes are off. 





  22. Ill agree cars today are more comfortable, and refined. They also give people a false sense of being a good driver. NO. You are NOT a good driver. The car kept you in the lane, prevented you from rearending the car in front of you, stopped you from locking the brakes up, and spinning out going too fast around the corner, and it PARKED ITSELF. You are not a good driver. The car is a good driver. 

    Also none of these cars will last even 25 years. You will never see a 2020 anything running around in 2045 or 2070. Not going to happen. I have a working 67 ford f100, and a project 67 dodge d100. They just keep on going. 

  23. 4 hours ago, Fat Brian said:

    It has since started to come out that he wasn't really a flat earther, he was just using them to fund his amateur rocket/stunt man career. He had setup a kickstarter for a new rocket that failed, then he tried again saying it was to prove the earth was flat and it succeeded so he kept it going.

    Thats probably accurate. There are safer and easier way to snap a picture of the curvature (or lack thereof) of the earth. I watched a show on netflix, called beyond the curve, or behind the curve, and it was about the flat earth society and a few of its members. The best part was when they got their super expensive laser to measure the flatness of the earth, and the math showed it to be curved they were all like "well, this laser was made by people who believe the earth is round, so they may have built it in a way to re-enforce their theory." Those people have serious credulity problems. 

  24. 3 hours ago, peteski said:

    Cute, but the impenetrable ice wall at the edge prevents that. Plus cats do not like cold. ;)

    Then, if the Earth was actually spherical, wouldn't cats try to roll it and unwind its yarn? :P


    Silly theories! Doesn't everybody know by now that the Earth is a donut-shaped?


    That shape is officially called a Torus. Crazier things are still being taught in school, in high school AP biology as a matter of fact. 

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