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  • Birthday 06/13/1968

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    Rob Mattis

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  1. Zona makes a good tool. Been using thier saw for a long time.
  2. Well Ringo Starr has sort of made his post-Beatles career of it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringo_Starr_%26_His_All_Starr_Band Then there's Chickenfoot - Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. Very impressive. I've attempted hand painting on a model, it's very difficult to pull off.
  4. I quite agree. The book was utterly terrifying and try as they might, they never got as good as my imagination for bringing it to life. I think most of us would argee Playboy (and other associated periodicals) had an influence on us growing up. Oh yes. I read through these in my mid teens as well. Bond was not a nice guy. There's no comparison between the books and the movies, though I do enjoy the films as well.
  5. I realized that this is an unusual question on this forum, but it's literally the only place I frequent where most everyone grew up before the video game generation and may have had a well used library card. My mom was a big reader and I fell in love with it as soon as I got past Green Eggs and Ham. I read kid stuff until the age of 9 or so, when I picked up a paper back, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. To call it a life changing moment is an understatement. I devoured everything I could find by E.R.B., Tarzan, John Carter, Pellucidar, Carson Napier. Then I dove into Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, Alexandre Dumas musketeers and Count of Monte Cristo, and from there into Mr. Tolkiens world of Middle Earth and C.S Lewis' Narnia. I also tried my moms book stacks, Peter Benchly, Alex Haley, Robin Cook. Sadly, my reading has fallen off as I've gotten older, with so many other time sinks in my life, but Stephen King has been a favorite. But it was definitely the early adventure books that influenced me the most. Heroes, nobility, brotherhood, self sacrifice, love and honor. These were the finest things a person could aspire to and I filled many, many hours with them. It had a great impact into the kind of person I wanted to be, the person I became and the decisions I have made. I will say though, in our world today, those six virtues seem as outdated as those old pulp novels themselves. And it makes me sad. So what literary works influenced you the most and why?
  6. Kenneth I've run quite a few build offs over the years and participated in many more, and I'm going tell you that the more you narrow the theme, the less interest you will have. So in my opinion - convertibles - great idea. Plenty of kits of all sorts. American only? I would recommend not adding this. Because people who would have ordinarily joined you with the Jaguar or Mercedes roadsters they have planned, have just been asked not to participate. More people join build offs when their planned build coincides with the build offs theme. Also short time frames are a killer as well. I'd go with a fall/winter type length. I wish you luck on the build off.
  7. You're right there. It's so custom it doesn't look custom. No angled antennas or silly visor. If I have to pick the best custom of all time, this would be my pick.
  8. I've done the NASCAR chassis swap before. It works terrificly but it does make the exhaust system problematic.
  9. Joel, the Cannonball CBP is first a build off. Pre-built entries aren't allowed. At the beginning of the year everyone starts with a new kit or kits, and then build them together as a group. After the build off ends Dec. 1, there is a people's choice poll determine the winner. These instructions are in the first post of the build thread.
  10. So I've dug into my kit. The reports on the brittle nature of the plastics are not unfounded. You gotta be REAL careful with it. This kit is made for big and little tires. So if you have other plans like I did, a tire that looks proper, in front, will look small in the back, and vice versa, due to the size of the wheel wells. I have obtained a Revellogram Grand National V6 for some engine bay interest. I'll be adding a better looking turbo and I'm still kicking around the intercooler plans. Not sure where to put it for realism. Will be adding a naca duct for air intake to the turbo. That should be a fun hole to cut with this plastic.
  11. On FB a fella posted two patina/rat rods with a very cool bare metal type finish. He said he'd painted the car flat black via rattle can and then with a soft cloth, wiped testors bottle silver over it. I meant to ask him more, but got distracted and lost the post. Has anyone heard of this technique? I'd love to hear more about it.
  12. Go right to BMF for their stuff. That way what you get hasn't sat on a store shelf for a year. It does make a difference. https://www.bare-metal.com/index.html
  13. I've always though this kit would make a very cool LSR vehicle. I'll be watching.
  14. I guess roll cages and the like are the most common parts scratch built. Also some custom steps for my '50 and fenders from sheet aluminum.
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