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Jantrix

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  1. 2018 Cannonball Run

    Welcome race fans, to the 11th annual running of the Model Car Cannonball Run. This year’s run is shaping up to be especially memorable as the racers will have to leave their beloved V8’s at home! That’s right, the only allowed power plants are in-liners of any variety. So expect some serious mad scientist engineering as our race teams are going to strive for every last possible horsepower. There is no shortage of in-line power plants available, both foreign and domestic. So which engine gets chosen and why will be of particular interest. The rules: The theme is in-line engines. Your build must feature an engine or engines with all cylinders in a row, of any variety. 1. The build can be either a new or started kit up to 25% complete. A rebuilder or parts box special is okay too. 1/24 or 1/25. If you absolutely must do a 1/20 model we’ll likely bend the rules as we have before, but that’s the limit. EXCEPTION TO RULE 1. If you have a previously started racer from a previous running of the Cannonball (SA or MCM) 50% complete or less, they are eligible to run this year as long as they meet the theme requirement. All of our previous runs are still available on either of the two forums. If you are going to do this, please be certain it was involved in a previous run. I’ve decided to continue this rule from last year, as the goal of this CBP was always to get people building and finishing models. 2. Before starting please post a photo of your kit(s) or pile o’ parts. No limitation on type of vehicle or technology used. I have a feeling we’re gonna see some weird stuff this year. 3. The car must appear to be street legal. Headlights, tail lights, license plate etc. 4. As always, have fun and watch out for two priests in a red Ferrari. That’s it for rules. The following is just FYI. - You may start a separate build thread for your build if you wish, but please keep the CBP thread updated. - The car can be as eye catching or non-descript as you wish. Bright colors and/or racing livery will make you more noticeable to local law enforcement, but that’s your problem. - Build time begins on January 1st, 2018, local time and ends at 11:59PM on December 1st, 2018, local time. That’s 11 months’ folks. - After the finish, we will create a poll and we’ll have the “race”, a public vote. - A few weeks prior I’ll start a completed builds thread, for posting up your work and we’ll work the poll from that thread. Take some GOOD PHOTOS! I cannot emphasize this enough, good photos are essential. No one has won this with crappy photos in poor lighting. - You may build as many models as you wish for this CBP but only one can be entered in the public voting poll after Dec. 2. - You can enter this CBP at any time up to 48 hours before the end date.
  2. CANNONBALL 2017

    Okay the 2018 thread is up. I was able to write it up a day or so ago on my wife's laptop even without internet.
  3. CANNONBALL 2017

    Welcome to the 10th annual running of the Model Car Cannonball Run. This will also be called the Brock Yates Memorial Run as we lost Brock back in October 2016. When we started this CBP in ’08, I’d no idea that we’d still be doing this 10 years later. I’ve been very proud to be part of such an excellent group of modelers. So without further eloquence, let’s get to it. First off, there is no theme this year. It’s what we call “unlimited”. Build whatever car that you’d like to try to run cross country in. It’s always been very popular with a lot of variety. The rules: 1. The build can be either a new or started kit up to 25% complete. A rebuilder or parts box special is okay too. 1/24 or 1/25. EXCEPTION TO RULE 1. If you have a previously started racer from a previous running of the Cannonball (SA or MCM) 50% complete or less, they are eligible to run this year. This is a one year only rule change to commemorate our tenth running. All of our previous runs are still available on either of the two forums. If you are going to do this, please be certain it was involved in a previous run. 2. Before starting please post a photo of your kit(s) or pile o’ parts. No limitation on type of vehicle or technology used. 3. The car must appear to be street legal. Headlights, tail lights, license plate etc. 4. As always, have fun and watch out for two priests in a red Ferrari. 5. Optional – As a memorial to the late Brock Yates, without whom there would be no Cannonball Run, add his name to the build in some way, a license plate, bumper sticker or something. Or add the original Cannonball logo. Or choose a car he drove in the Cannonball. Anything you can think of. Be creative. That’s it for rules. The following is just FYI. You may start a separate build thread for your build if you wish, but please keep the CBP thread updated. The car can be as eye catching or non-descript as you wish. Build time begins on January 1st, 2017 and ends at 11:59PM on December 1st, 2017. That’s 11 months folks. After the finish someone will create a poll and we’ll have the “race”, a public vote. A few weeks prior I’ll start a completed builds thread, for posting up your work and we’ll work the poll from that thread. Take some GOOD PHOTOS! You may build as many models as you wish for this CBP but only one can be entered in the public voting poll after Dec. 2. You can enter this CBP at any time up to 48 hours before the end date. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of our past winners of the nine Cannonballs we’ve done to date. As you can clearly see, even though it is a public vote, it is far from a popularity contest. Each winner turned in top shelf work that could win awards in any judged contest. It is also to be noted that on top of turning in great work, they also represented themselves well with some outstanding photos. Congratulations again to all of them.
  4. 2018 Cannonball Run

    I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge last years Cannonball winner. Bruce Coy. Bruce has set the bar high, just like all our past winners have. Okay. Lets get creative. I started this thread early for planning purposes only, no building until Jan 1. 2018 Cannonball Roster Jantrix
  5. Stupid Is the New Smart

    This has been a concern of mine since I started to really watch what my sons were watching. Recently even channels that should have educational shows like Discovery, History Channel, Animal Planet have terrible mindless dreck on them. My wife and I have recently moved into the country, away from people because living among them has become so onerous.
  6. Reliving your modeling youth

    Nah. I'd venture to say most of us do it. Some of the older stuff is a little pricey now though. I only just recently got my hands on the Johan 60 Desoto which was a favorite when I was a boy. I build them similarly but not necessarily the same.
  7. CANNONBALL 2017

    What does everyone else think? Now or wait until the end of the month?
  8. Collection pics!

    Here's my built models in my new dedicated hobby room. My unbuilt stash is about 65 kits and generally unremarkable. I build a good variety of stuff I think.
  9. Cale, thanks. I'm looking specifically for the livery on the model box.
  10. Yep. Building this one. Doing it OOB for a club challenge. But that's no reason not to make it look authentic. BUT, apparently photos of the featured car are as rare as hen's teeth. Even on John Greenwood's website. Lots of photos of the #49 and #50 car, but not much on the #48 with these graphics. I mostly concerned with the appearance of the wheels (chrome or aluminum), the side pipes (chrome or silver) and a few other small details. This seems to be the only car of JG (of this time frame) to have five spoke wheels. The rest have Minilites. If anyone has any reference on this car, please let me know.
  11. Thanks guys. As I said, hens teeth. I'll go ahead and check out five spokes of the period and paint the side pipes black. Much appreciated.
  12. CANNONBALL 2017

    Honestly this is why the Cannonball CBP still exists. We have a group of really great people who understand that competition or no, this for fun. Some of these guys have been with us since the very first run on that other forum. Terrific builders and good friends. Otherwise, I'd have given this up long ago. A big final thanks to Mike for driving this home for me. I've only got internet for a few minutes at lunch, at work, and dealing with the poll would have a pain in the butt. Much appreciated. We'll have internet at the new homestead in the spring. I will be posting up the thread for next years run before Christmas, so people can post up their plans before kick off on Jan. 1. Pay close attention to what people are posting up so that you don't end up doing the same thing. With a limited field of kits with straight engines, it's quite possible. Randy, thanks for your offer to provide gifts for the finishers, that's very generous. After perusing your website, it's a safe bet you'll be seeing an order from me soon.
  13. Crazy Weekend...

    Momma said there'd be days like this. Glad yours is doing okay.
  14. Engine wiring question

    Where there are a few kits that have a sort of generic V8 that could be this or that, most kits are pretty good about identifying the engine that is featured. If you don't know for certain what the engine is, post up some photos in the Q&A section and some one here will set you on the right path. After that, Google will show you where your spark plug location are. I'm sure you'll do better than I did on my first attempt. This is the ultra rare 7 cylinder alternate spark plug location hemi.
  15. CANNONBALL 2017

    Congrats Bruce. A great looking Cuda. This is Bruce's second win in a row folks. He tied for the win during the 2016 Aussieball Run. Pretty darn impressive. The work this year has really been setting the bar high for next years run.
  16. CANNONBALL 2017

    Erik, that is some super work. Although Mike and a few others included the Brock Yates references, yours is based upon Brock's cars and I think he'd be proud of your versions. Well done sir.
  17. CANNONBALL 2017

    Not surprising. You are a tremendous builder with a knack for picking interesting and fun projects for the Cannonball. That's a hard combination to beat whether you vote for yourself or not. Three CR wins is testament to that. I've only managed to finish a model three times out of ten. I need all the help I can get, so I don't feel bad at all about voting for myself.
  18. CANNONBALL 2017

    I have. Every time.
  19. "Berlin Buick": On the Bench 12/4/17

    This sure put a smile on my face today.
  20. CANNONBALL 2017

    Excellent work on the poll Mike. Thanks very much. Great field of racers this year with some real imagination mixed in. Outstanding work everyone. Expect next years run to start at the end of the month.
  21. Terrible Box Art

    Nuff said.
  22. CANNONBALL 2017

    When in doubt, scuff it up, add a wash, and call it weathered.
  23. Tool and part storage

    I'll look into that.
  24. Okay. Long story short. New house. HOBBY ROOM! But a small one. About 9'x10'. Most of my stuff has been spread out in previous homes, in garage, closets, under beds, etc. So lots of little storage bins, boxes and Rubbermaid drawers. It's not going to work in this room anymore. I need cabinetry this time I think. With 2"-4" drawers. I need recommendations. I'm no Norm Abrams, so building my own cabinets is likely not gonna happen. Anyone found anything from Ikea maybe? Something like a Stanley Vidmar, but without the heart stopping price. Any help would be appreciated.
  25. 37 Chevy Rad Rod - UPDATE 3/17

    I'll go through this thread and re-post the photos as this one will be the first model to hit the bench in the new hobby room.Stay tuned.