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  1. drummerdad

    Impressive

    Ive seen some models I would pay that kind of money for, if I had it to spare. Some of the 1/8 scale builds here would be well worth that, but Im sure they would have to go for a lot more. I like his work, though it isnt my style, I can appreciate the talent.
  2. It might be the way they are packaging them. I have removed a kit from the box, and repacked it, and couldnt get the lid back on. The boxes are typically just big enough to get the kit in. If you dont stack the parts right, it could cause pressure, even without a crushed box. I recently bought an old 1/16 Lamborghini Countach (my dream car). I had been waiting for a good deal, and found one. The box was damaged, but not crushed. I pulled the kit out, and the parts are so warped, I dont know if I can build it. All the parts could have fit in one box, but it was loosely packaged in two large boxes, then another even larger box. All the parts seem to be warped....doors, body, tub, everything. So, I dont know what happened.
  3. I looked, and couldnt find anything either. Im glad they are allowing EFI now, but I stopped watching televised NHRA racing years ago. The body can be factory steel, or Carbon fiber by an approved manufacturer. Im not sure if there is an advantage to the CF, since they are still restricted by weight and shape. I did read the CF bodies have smart chips installed so they can scan them, instead of using the templates to insure accuracy. I also read they are working to eliminate the hood scoops, and killing the 500 cid DRCE platform, and going with smaller supercharged engines, closer to what the manufacturers make. IDK, whatever. Maybe someone else knows. Sorry.
  4. What are you doing for Wheels?
  5. Good luck. I have been searching for awhile, with a little success. A forum member named astroracer said he could machine wheels and he gave me a reasonable price (which I wont repeat without his consent, just message him), along with the suggestions above. Tires are another story. Most big scale guys make their own. You can get about any tire you want 3d printed. If you want top notch wheels (machined aluminum) and custom tire sizes (3D printed) itll cost close to $600. I am saving for the 1/8 iroc, and plan to do this, later. I have dropped back to 1/16 and 1/12 scales. Much cheaper, more parts, and big enough that I can see the parts.
  6. OK. Thank you. When I get back around to my 1/24 stuff, I might give you a try. Your wheels do look nice.
  7. I dont have a facebook account, and dont want one. But, I will use my wifes, if you offer large scale wheels. Anything in 1/12 or 1/16? I looked, but without a login, its a short page.
  8. I havent driven the T/A, I have driven the scat pack. Its a monster. I bought my charger RT, with the rt package a few years ago, as my first dodge, and Ill never get rid of it. Its an outstanding car. I would love to have a challenger scat pack, but when its my turn to get another car (we just traded for a Durango, when its paid off, its my turn) I think Im gonna build this one up. These hemis really love boost, but they are expensive. Its a great car, the 5.7 runs like a top and the thing flat out moves for such a heavy car. Either way, youll enjoy it-T/A or Scat Pack.
  9. Good. Im glad someone can use this, thats why I came back and put it here. I spent some time last week just looking through shapeways online pages, to see if there were any more parts. I started following a few designers that make some nice stuff. You will have to let me/us know how good it looks when you get it.
  10. Mine is easy, like a lot of names here. Im a drummer and the father of 4 kids. On some forums the name already exists, so I add my birth year. Easy. I dont have an avatar, because I am a technological retard, with a chromebook, so I cant resize a picture. Ill get around to it someday, maybe.
  11. I am an Avionics installer for Bell helicopter. I fabricate and install custom mounts for radios and equipment, wire, program, test, and fly them off( I get to fly in them, but I dot get to pilot them). The equipment can be anything from GPSs, and HF, or UHF radios, to electronic news gathering, law enforcement or medical package installs.
  12. I have been trying to force myself lately to just finish a model.... I have a bad habit of loosing interest, after getting heavily involved in the build, and putting it aside, for lame reasons. Needs parts or paint(which I tend to rob from half finished kits), work on a simpler build for awhile(this one only needs paint, NO MODS on this kit), just got a new kit and I need to start buying stuff for it....Its horrible. Ill eventually finish one though. Just as soon as I get all the parts, paint and tools, while Im still interested in the kit.
  13. Thank you Ralph. I have been watching some of your builds, as well as some of the other guys building the 1/12 and 1/8 camaros. I emailed TDR and the said they werent making them, and were way too busy to take on any projects. I searched for days, and finally found that link. But, as my luck goes, I forgot my login and password for shapeways, and Im waiting for them to email back, and unlock my account. I suck with computers anymore. But I do want to get one of those LS3s. That will fix my engine needs..... Now I just need some 1/12 and 1/8 wheels and tires....
  14. I have looked around and tried to contact Ralph, with no reply. I did happen across this today... http://shapeways.com/shops/3d-model-specialties I havent orders one yet, but they seem to have an LS3 and a FAST intake, among other parts. Has anyone bought, or used one of these engines? They have a lot of 1/12 scale stuff on page 2.
  15. Thanks everyone for the input. I can get CAD files online for some things ( at places like 3dcadbrowser.com.), but not everything Im looking for . I guess Ill just have to find someone who can print them. I inquired with TDR about printing an engine, but they are very busy. I guess I need to go directly to Shapeways, or another 3d printer. I think TDR also has wheel and tire files. To be honest, I have been in a situation several times where it would have been good for me to know CAD design, but Im old, and stubborn, and I put it off. I tried to learn once with a friend when I was applying for a patent, but he was very good, and got over my head very quickly. I used googles sketchup, and adobes 3d software for awhile, but never got good. Any more I am learning to hate technology. Im fascinated with the things that can be done, but I feel dumb trying to learn how to use them. I guess I need to get over it, or find another hobby.
  16. What I have seen happen, is the owner of a company will stand for or against something for as long as they are alive, against the will of the other board members. Then when they pass, the company is left to individuals who have to make decisions based on financial common sense, not sentimental reasoning. Think of what it costs to keep the car insured, and kept in a climate controlled building, with a curator, etc... I have seen several examples of this in the auto industry. The board of directors are left having to make hard decisions. To them its just a car. It is costing them money. It will go for a lot of money, that will take thousands in costs from the red column to keep the car up, to millions in the green column for the sale. Its just business.
  17. I have been struggling, like many of you I am sure, with the lack of aftermarket parts, especially for larger scale kits. I know a lot of you make your own, and I am in awe of the skills displayed here on the forum. I dont have those skills.This creates a problem for me. I try to build every model, like I would build the real thing, If I owned it. And everything needs to be modified. So, I start a project, building like I would a real project, then I hit a wall. I can make some things, and I am working on my skills, but when I hit these walls, the projects go back in the box, and I go to another project. Most never get finished. My most recent stumbling block is wheels and tires. What a mess it is trying to find wheels and tires for any scale other than 1/24-1/25. I have a 1/16 bug, and a ducati project that both need custom tires, and I cant find any. Not to mention my 1/8 iroc that is driving me crazy. I have so many plans for it, and there are not a lot of available parts. I need a way to make parts. I contacted a few places about 3d printing an ls1 engine in 1/8 scale. They said they couldnt do small runs. I know you would need a 3d file, but shapeways has 3d files on a couple of tires, and I am sure I could find a file. I found one for the ls1 (with help from a member of this forum). Would it be practical to get a cheap 3d printer? I know nothing about 3d printers, so I dont know if the detail would be sufficient for 1/16, 1/12 and 1/8. I am planning on taking some classes on cad, but life gets in the way a lot. I would be willing to spend maybe around $500 for a good 3d printer, if it would allow me to print some tires, and wheels, and maybe that 1/8 ls1 I have been drooling over for the iroc.
  18. 71 Barracuda Lamborghini Countach Ferrari 355 Ferrari Enzo Dodge Viper (any of them) Dodge SRT10 truck (standard cab, 6 speed) Dodge charger hellcat Cadillac CTSV GMC syclone There are a lot more I would love to have....But these are the cars I would buy today, if I had the money.
  19. I agree. If thats what your friend wants, its no big deal. Typically they use nylon ratcheting straps on dynos, to position the wheels exactly where they want them. I also just remembered, wheel chocks for the front tires. The dyno is a great idea. I might make a mobile one on a trailer, like you see at car shows.
  20. Looks good. I like it. Dont forget to add straps and anchors to strap the cars down. Maybe a large fan also, and exhaust ducting. Not trying to ruin what you have, because I like it, and might build one myself, but I dont think they dyno funny cars. The engines make way too much power( Matco reports they use a torque measuring device in the rearend of their top fueler, that has spiked at 12,000 ft lbs), and the conditions would be very dangerous considering the potential energy the car can produce at full power. They might run the engine alone on an engine dyno, on alcohol, but I think they use other measurements, and calculate approximates. Still very cool.
  21. I have a sheet of metal taped down to my desk. It wont move. The pain is, if I switch projects for any reason, I have to move all the parts from the jig. Im still working on a system that will work for my situation. The magnets work, once I get them placed, but switching projects stinks. Maybe itll keep me from switching back and forth so much.
  22. To be honest, I dont like the chopped roof. It might be the hood blisters, or the scoop, but the roof doesnt do it for me. I will follow though, because I was so impressed with the work on the J. And that red falcon you posted is amazing. I prefer stock body lines, with subtle tweaks. But this isnt my build, so good luck. Also, sorry about the J. That has to be hard to stomach. I have been following you and a few of other guys here, and trying to learn a few tricks. I guess this helped me too. I wont be putting any frames on a mobile jig. Im also getting ready to try some brass soldering.
  23. That is correct. It is most noticeable in the top fuel, and funny car applications. They can grow to almost 6 ft tall at the finish line. This decreases the contact patch area, but increases the roll out, making the car travel farther for every revolution of the engine. They use multiple clutch set ups, that bring in another clutch plate, every few milliseconds, that allows them to feather in the power. Its a fine line between the clutch plate engagement, and the decreasing of the contact patch, which reduces traction. It has all been factored in to the equations they use to determine set up. As the tire gets taller, it gets skinnier. Thats why you see some guys blow the tires off at mid track.
  24. ^ That is what broke the auto industry, and it will break the education system as well.
  25. Haha. Yes, I sidestepped it. I tried working with a few CAD programs in the past, and didnt have very much luck. I just cant get excited about CAD. I know its necessary, and this 3d stuff is crazy, but I dont want to spend hours in front of a screen building a digital picture or file. I spend enough time looking at this thing already.
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