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  • Scale I Build 1/25 and 1/24

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  • Full Name Chris Drysdale

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  1. Spex84 added a post in a topic Road Warrior Corvette   

    I'd say this could be a great opportunity to depict aged fiberglass (it has a distinctive appearance, just google "abandoned corvette derelict" or similar) and maybe some brackets and bolts to hold on the pieces that are attached to the body. In reality, it would probably have holes cut in the body so any heavy metal additions could be welded to the frame. Or, just don't worry about it...many people won't even know that 60s Corvettes aren't steel!
  2. Spex84 added a post in a topic Scam 'Bay Listings?   

    I'm thinking someone must have written a program that strips photos and descriptions from listings, automatically creates user profiles (hence the profile made up of strings of numbers), populates new listings with the "borrowed" photos and text, and offers the "item" for sale for a low price and free shipping. Heck, they could probably even pay some mouth-breathers to do that work.
    Then, if they are doing this across a wide enough swath of product categories, they could potentially reel in enough suckers that they'd make hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per day. And they're pretty much untouchable because they're overseas. Nice!
    You really have to be careful these days. If it looks too good to be true...well, it probably is.
  3. Spex84 added a post in a topic 32 Ford A/SR   

    Wow, beautiful work! I'm so glad to see this project has been revived
  4. Spex84 added a topic in General   

    Scam 'Bay Listings?
    I could have sworn I saw a thread on here about scam listings. Couldn't find it, so I'm starting a new one.
    I just saw a listing for thirteen 1990s Revell/AMT kits, all of american subjects, for sale for a "buy it now" of about $24 bucks, with free shipping.
    Location: China
    Just a reminder, practice safe shopping; don't click "buy it now" and fund these jerks!
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  5. Spex84 added a post in a topic How much have you spent on a build?   

    *Dollar valve
    Hahaha. Good typo.
  6. Spex84 added a post in a topic How much have you spent on a build?   

    I think I understand both sides of this...I do track my spending, but I don't tally up what each individual project cost. The dollar valve of the hours I've sunk into any model far exceed the cost of the kit and parts.
    I try to avoid buying online when shipping prices are nuts, go easy on the paint purchases (paint seems to east cash very quickly), and find craft supplies at the dollar store/from salvage rather than purchasing new kits. I'll put in the time to clean up a glue-bomb or strip paint from a partially started garage-sale kit rather than buy new.  I don't buy photo-etch and other expensive aftermarket parts (much).
    My big indulgence recently has been 3D printing some small items and trying to make molds and cast then in resin. The $$$ this has required in failed experimentation is starting to bother me, but I told myself going in that I was going to just spend the money for the sake of the experience, regardless of the results.
    It's all about the experience...It feels good to complete a project and know that not only was it enjoyable, it was also cheap. Thriftiness has an especially delicious feeling for some people (including me).
    On the other hand, maybe someday I'll go nuts and load a model with aftermarket parts, just to glory in its shiny expensive excess. I just don't really get my kicks that way
  7. Spex84 added a post in a topic Revell 4th Quarter 2017   

    I knew the parts were interchangeable, but I'm still sort of surprised to see they swapped the '30 coupe's mag wheels and blown engine into the '29. Interesting. Does this mean later we'll get a '30 coupe kit with the nailhead? That would be cool.
    *on second thought, I think it's the '29 BODY that has been swapped onto the frame/engine/etc from the '30 kit.
    Or perhaps the '30 coupe kit will get a new engine, inspiring us poor suckers to buy it so we can swap the new mill into the '29 roadsters we purchased previously. A guy can dream
  8. Spex84 added a post in a topic 32 Ford Jet Rod   

    Wild! I love the asymmetry.
    It might be in early stages yet, but it already has a certain monolithic sculptural beauty
  9. Spex84 added a post in a topic '35 Mercedes Benz Hot Rod - "Mad'am"   

    Cool, for a long time now I've been thinking that one of these Mercedes would make a great hot rod...it looks like a blend between '32 and '34 Ford, just larger. Glad to see someone else actually building it!
  10. Spex84 added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

    Yep, it's a treat to just sit here and watch. I love those boxed suspension links. Can't wait to see what you do with the bike.
  11. Spex84 added a post in a topic 34 Ford Coupe A/A   

    Love it, in particular the various metal details. Those splash guards and the scoop are extra cool.
    I wish it was real, so I could hear it run
    Great work! Feels good to have something finished, eh?
  12. Spex84 added a post in a topic Problems with Dust   

    I keep my models in the basement where A: it's cool and B:there's less dust than upstairs where activities, carpets, clothing, and humans generate a lot of dust! My bedroom and kitchen get so dusty, I wouldn't ever keep a model there unless it was sealed up tight in a case of some kind.
    Even in my basement, models left out over a period of months will end up with a light coat of dust on them, so I keep finished models in a display case made from a fish tank turned up on end. It's enclosed on all sides but one, and that side has a sheet of plexiglass cut to fit tightly in the opening, so it's well sealed.  Too many commercially available display cases have big gaps at the edges where dust can get in, and my place is so dusty it would be "game over" with one of those cases, probably within a couple weeks.
    The best way to keep models dust-less is to seal 'em up tight! That way, the general problem of dust in the room can be dealt with separately.
  13. Spex84 added a post in a topic A 1925 T-bird? The Thunderbucket!   

    Love it!
    I enjoy seeing models built in this mid-60s style. Just enough eccentricity to make 'em interesting-- in addition to the nicely finished paint and detailing, that is! The 390 looks very sharp, considering how simple it is out of the box. I dig how the stock gold valve covers work with the red paint. Way cool
  14. Spex84 added a post in a topic Photo bucket: Class action suit?   

    What's driving me nuts is that even those Pbucket photos that are still visible, seem to be impossible to right-click save. For a long time now, I've had this problem where Pbucket images saved to my harddrive were showing up blank, and I could only get them to work if I navigated to their original location on Pbucket. Ok, fine, they want site traffic. But NOW the photos seem to be displayed in some kind of dynamic carousel gallery, can't be saved, and can't be drag-n-dropped to save them either.  So if a Google search turns up Pbucket images, or I see something in a thread that I want to save, I'm out of luck. I don't understand this; it's bizarre and self-destructive on Pbucket's part. What am I supposed to do, bookmark it and return to Pbucket every time I want to see a particular image??? That's insane!
    I've been reduced to taking screenshots of the images instead, which I quickly crop in Photoshop and save.
    Screw you, Photobucket!
  15. Spex84 added a post in a topic AMT '51 Chev Coupe custom wip   

    Crazy! This is very interesting so far.
    I assume you are lengthening the rear fenders to match the long boattail?