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    Clemmons, NC
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    Tom Zuchowski
  1. I seem to remember reading that Ford's bean counters tried for years to kill the Mustang but they just kept right on selling so well . . .
  2. Pet peeve of mine!

    Heh. Given my "error tolerance" when I was a kid as compared to now, I'm not prepared to say that. I do remember one severely warped convertible top from way back then. FWIW, back in the '70's I ran yellow Accel wires on my 1:1 '67 'Vette as they were high-temp tolerant and there was just no way to keep them completely off the headers. With those wires they could lie right across a header pipe with no problems.
  3. According to his autobiography, Mickey Thompson used Pontiac in his Bonneville record car because they had bulletproof bottom ends.
  4. First Car in Space: a Tesla Roadster

    Musk himself said that the first launch was extremely risky, but it would be lame to launch a concrete block when you could do something cool. If you want to launch a satellite to low earth orbit, the retail price for a Falcon 9 Heavy launch is $90 million. The anticipated retail price for a launch on the new (under development) NASA heavy launch vehicle is anticipated to be $1 billion. 'Nuff said.
  5. GM and Chevy Quality

    A recall is not a reliability issue unless you've experienced a failure. Consumer Reports was really liking some of the recent Chevy's, especially the Impala and their trucks. They never had anything nice to say about the Cruz or Cobalt. Recently Chevy has slid into the bottom third of CR's reliability by brand list, which is based on the hundreds of thousands of annual questionnaires they send to their readers. I have noticed that it seems like nearly every brand claims some sort of JD Power award in their ads. By any chance did the Chevy state that their award was for "American" cars, for example? (Seems funny to call cars made mostly in Canada/Mexico "American" and the Honda Accord, which has the most US content of any make, "Foreign.")
  6. Brush painted.

    I know some of the secrets. Use enamel. Thin the paint about 60-40, varies with brand and color. Use a fairly large flat brush. Only brush INTO the wet paint, lifting as you meet the previous stroke. Keep the paint fairly heavy (not too heavy!) and wet. NEVER touch any area that already has wet paint on it except for finishing the next stroke. Light sanding with 1500 between coats. Don't expect even coverage right away, you might need five coats to cover. I've seen praise for Humbrol, especially for gloss black. Finally a coat or two of spray clear is often done. It takes a lot of practice to develop the techniques. I've had some moderate success but my bane is always dust and floating cat hair (arrgh.
  7. Model Cars Magazine no longer at my LHS...

    I suspect that much of the reduction in posting is due to the passing of Harry. He posted a LOT and had some absurd number of posts to his credit. I remember one request for help I had made, and after three days with no response he jumped in and offered what advice he could even though he had no experience with my issue. That one reply got the ball rolling and I wound up with about a dozen posts of very helpful information. I had noticed long ago that Harry was a very significant component of the energy here. Alas.
  8. 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
  9. Modern Rail Dragsters?

    Sounds like my best options are the Bud King and Army dragsters, then. thanks for the info!
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.)
  14. 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.
  15. 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