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Dave Ambrose

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  • Birthday 05/31/1955

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  • Location Poway, CA
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  1. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Site Maintenance now scheduled   

    I probably shouldn't worry about downtime too much. It's not like we all don't have something else we can do. Like maybe work on something from that monster kit stash in the closet, cabinet(s), attic, or storage shed out back. 
  2. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Site Maintenance now scheduled   

    The editor is pretty close to a preview, except when you embed pictures. Don't know if we'll see anything like that, but I can ask. You can edit your post afterward. 
  3. Dave Ambrose added a topic in General   

    Site Maintenance now scheduled
    The board will be going down for maintenance, Friday November 24th at 8 AM Pacific. We should be up by 1 PM, but it could be longer or shorter if I get done sooner than I expect. 
    This will be a big upgrade. I expect the board will be somewhat different when we come back online. We'll be moving up a a few revisions, and they almost always tweak the appearance when they change versions. There are a few things that need improvement, so this should overall be a good thing. 
    I don't expect to be fixing the gallery during this maintenance session, but if I can, I will. 
    If you still need an excuse to skip Black Friday shopping expeditions, we will need people to check things out when we come back online. You're welcome. 
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  4. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic getting back to the hobby   

    Welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy it here.
  5. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    Yes, they are special. Sometimes not in quite the way we hoped.   My grandson turns three tomorrow. 
  6. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Lil' Hot Dogger Show Rod   

    Very nice! It's amazing what superlative finish work will do for a simple kit like that. 
  7. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Co-op job needed   

    There's a bunch of stuff he could do, even beyond the forums. What was his classwork like, and what requirements would we need to fill?
  8. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Very nice (and unexpected) birthday present!   

    Those things are awesome, and you have a wonderful friend. That circular illuminator should be a real help. 
    Many years ago, I had to work one Saturday. So did my wife. I took my three kids to work, brought my wife's box of fossils, some sodas, and set them down with the soda, and fossils at an inspection microscope in the lab. Didn't hear a peep out of them for three hours except to ask where the bathroom was. 
  9. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic AB issues,, still a struggle   

    I haven't run into any problems with spoons vs. bodies, but that might just be luck
    You second point is well taken. I'll have to try that. 
    I haven't run into any coverage problems with opaque paints. My technique is to go find the corners and other hard to get to spots, and spray them with a light coat first, then spray the main areas going front to back, then change the direction 90 degrees and spray again going side to side. Learned that painting rockets and aircraft. It seems to work well.
  10. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic AB issues,, still a struggle   

    What size of tip are you using in your airbrush? I use a number 5 in my Paasche VL, and it still seems a bit small sometimes. 
  11. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic AB issues,, still a struggle   

    My preferred testing medium is a white plastic spoon. Same plastic as our models, cheap, and the curve on the back side gives you some idea of what it will look like on a fender. I got a lifetime supply at Costco for $10. 
    Orange peel is caused by the paint being too dry when it hits the model. The two possible cures are more solvent, and/or a slower drying solvent. Also make sure you're putting down enough paint. The part should be wet, and you'll have to discover the difference between enough paint and runs. This is all best done with spoons. 
    Another factor which you don't control is humidity. On a dry day, the solvent will evaporate more quickly. I see you're in Ventura and I presume that you're in SoCal too. I don't spray paint anything when there's a Santa Ana. It's too windy, and I have yet to find a solvent that evaporates slowly enough. 
    My own experience with airbrushing Tamiya was a disaster, and I haven't tried since then. 
  12. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic You may know me by another name?   

    No worries. If you remember your old user name, I can take that older content, and put it under your current user name. 
  13. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic You may know me by another name?   

    Welcome to the forums. If you can PM me your original user ID, I can merge the two accounts. 
  14. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic RIP Gord Downie   

    I love their music I was fortunate enough to see them when they performed here, and again in Toronto on Canada day. Truly a talented singer, songwriter, and performer. He funded some amazing charitable projects too. Truly someone worth missing. 
  15. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Off to the cardiologist   

    Good luck. As much as we like to believe otherwise, medicine is not an exact science. Took a several tries and a lot of perseverance to get my afib problems resolved, but I'm doing great now. Hopefully, you will get well too.