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TomZ

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About TomZ

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  • Scale I Build 1/25 1/16 1/12

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  • Location Clemmons, NC
  • Full Name Tom Zuchowski

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  1. TomZ added a post in a topic Modern Rail Dragsters?   

    Sounds like my best options are the Bud King and Army dragsters, then. thanks for the info!
     
     
  2. TomZ added a topic in Wanted!   

    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.
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  3. TomZ added a post in a topic 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?
  4. TomZ added a post in a topic Large kit/promo collection going up for auction - low opening bids   

    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.
     
  5. TomZ added a post in a topic 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.)
     
  6. TomZ added a post in a topic Large kit/promo collection going up for auction - low opening bids   

     
    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.
  7. TomZ added a post in a topic 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
  8. TomZ added a post in a topic Large kit/promo collection going up for auction - low opening bids   

    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.
  9. TomZ added a post in a topic PE headlight grills for '53 Corvette   

    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.
  10. TomZ added a post in a topic PE headlight grills for '53 Corvette   

    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.
     
     
  11. TomZ added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    PE headlight grills for '53 Corvette
    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
     
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  12. TomZ added a post in a topic 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.
     
  13. TomZ added a post in a topic Revell Tommy Ivo Showboat / Mickey Thompson Challenger   

    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!
     
  14. TomZ added a post in a topic Revell Tommy Ivo Showboat / Mickey Thompson Challenger   

    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.
  15. TomZ added a post in a topic Revell Tommy Ivo Showboat / Mickey Thompson Challenger   

    Ace-Garageguy, those Challenger pics are gold! I have Googled high and low for reference pics in preparation for building this kit and found very little, certainly nothing this good. Do you have more?
    I read Mickey Thompson's biography, Challenger, a while back. He was the first to ever take a hemi to Bonneville and blew it up four times in a single week. Don't know if he was doing something wrong or what, but he couldn't keep one together once it was modified for power. He loved the Pontiac engines and used them a lot because they had really strong bottom ends. I've seen it said that he was forced to use Pontiacs because they sponsored him, but he went to them because that was the engine he used.