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About TomZ

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  • Location
    Clemmons, NC
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    Tom Zuchowski
  1. I keep seeing what may be Hawaiian scattered about in this forum. Is there a glossary somewhere on this site that might give me a clue what those words and phrases mean? Seems like I mostly see people doing this with French. Hawaiian is a new one for me. It would be a courtesy to those benighted among us (such as myself) to supply a translation in parentheses. thanks
  2. Modern Rail Dragsters?

    Sounds like my best options are the Bud King and Army dragsters, then. thanks for the info!
  3. Modern Rail Dragsters?

    Does anyone offer a modern rail dragster or funny car? The most modern kits I can find seems to be of cars from at least 20 years ago, with many from the '70's.
  4. Any consensus on a new photo sharing service?

    If Flickr is free, what is my advantage paying Fokti $24/year? I'm not opposed to paying such a reasonable sum. But just what is the difference?
  5. Please let us know what happened! I was able to watch live for the items I was interested in. All of them went for far more than I was willing to pay. Guess I won't bother with Sunday.
  6. Another one bites the dust uh

    As far as I know the last LHS around here went out of business about 25 years ago when the owner retired. Since then, a Michaels has been my only option and I have bought literally everything from Hobbylinc.com. Recently a Hobby Lobby opened and I was terribly excited about finally getting a little local hobby access. Much disappointment ensued when I found how little they actually stock. I will buy a can of Tamiya primer or some such on the 40% off coupon on occasion, but everything else still comes from the fine Hobbylinc folks in Georgia. (FWIW I initially picked Hobbylinc out of the crowd because of their exceptional web site. I'm sure there are many other equally excellent vendors.)
  7. The auction info says that it starts 7AM GMT, that's "Greenwich Mean Time," or "Universal Time (UT)." That's the time in Greenwich, England. The time the auction starts for EDT appears to be 10AM as listed right under the item's title.
  8. Mad Max Gigahorse

    Steve, this is the one build that I absolutely look forward to seeing! Thank you for the effort to keep us informed. It's a true wonder. Tom
  9. According to eBay's Help info, you can bid on these lots, on eBay in real time, or you can pre-submit a max bid which will be automatically bid for you in the same manner as a regular eBay online auction. My understanding is that they do not reveal pre-bids until that lot's auction begins. The 18% buyer fee doesn't bother me as much as the $8/hour packing fee plus charges for shipping and materials. You can calculate the 18% and factor it into your bid but shipping could be anything. I got myself approved as a bidder for both days, the approval took about a day. Don't know if I'll bid or not.
  10. I have figured out how to curve the Model car Garage '53 Corvette headlight screens. It was impossible to bend the screens over the kit headlight covers, they were just too small to work with. I hunted around and found a couple of metal tool handles that had rounded butts of about the right radius. Having a larger handle made it a lot easier to bend the screens with my fingers around the handle butts. But bending the screens in two dimensions results in creases, and wrinkling around the edges. So next I used the handles to smash the screens vigorously down against a hard flat desktop, rolling the tool as I pressed down. This smoothed out the creases and wrinkles very nicely. Rinse and repeat about a hundred times. With repetition, the center stretched and the edges shrank and I can control it. Seems to be working somewhat like an English wheel. I'm mostly done and I am very pleased with the shape I am getting. However, it is a slow process. I've got over an hour in them and have a ways to go yet before they are perfect.
  11. Thanks for the ideas, guys. I'll try the gentle bending. And I'll certainly look at the size issue also! I think that MCG uses nickel-silver? Would it help to heat them like you might do to anneal brass PE? Heh. Not much to lose if I ruin them. Thanks again.
  12. I'm building the AMT '53 Corvette, and I'd like to install Model Car Garage's PE headlight grills. I am not a stranger to working with PE, but I'm not sure how to proceed because the grills need to be an elongated bowl-shape and the PE parts are of course dead flat. These parts are the silver-colored PE variety. Has anyone ever managed to put a compound curve in a PE part? Any hints or tips would be very greatly appreciated! thanks TomZ
  13. Who's That Lady?

    That brunette pic is exactly how Laura Preopon looks on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," except she usually wears glasses. Rough lookin' prison broad.
  14. I did read your build thread, it is great! I'd love to get more pics of the engines and cockpit if you have them. Just trying to understand the paint schemes, really. Thanks!
  15. One thing you possibly could do is build the early unblown version of Challenger I and use the injectors and front covers off the Buicks on the Pontiacs. I'm gonna build that one day.