Dave Ambrose

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  • Location Poway, CA
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  1. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic UPDATE 02/09 What to use in place of lacquer thinner   

    You're in Southern California. We have a different lacquer thinner. It might well be affecting your O-rings. I haven't seen anything like that in my Grex. but, I am having problems with the air piston sticking.
     
  2. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Guys happy Chinese new year!   

    We had a nice meal, in deference to his British father, we had it at a brewery. Then saw one of our local clubs put on a lion dance.
    He's thoroughly mixed. Everything you could ask for in a son-in-law.
  3. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Guys happy Chinese new year!   

    It isn't, but my son-in-law is half-Chinese.
  4. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic PHOTO ETCHED PARTS   

    Future works best for me.
  5. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Guys happy Chinese new year!   

    Happy new year to you. We're having a small family celebration here.
  6. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Amt Lil Roamin Chariot Restored!   

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  7. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic IPMS Contest question   

    Jefbo, you have it right.
    At least for cars, OOB means you use only the parts in the box in a manner consistent with the instructions. If the instructions call for you to make a cut-out for a supercharger, or hood scoop, you can make those. You are free to use whatever paint, decals, and foil you want. That would include washes. We would accept flocking or embossing powder as a finishing technique. Filler is OK to the extent that it corrects molding defects.
    If you are going to enter a model in OOB, please keep the instruction sheet, and put it under the model. We need to see them so it will be eligible. I hate it when we have to disqualify a nicely done OOB build because of no instructions.
    Disclaimer: I can only speak to the model car judging at Model Expo in June.
  8. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic An Interview with Steve Moal   

    Very interesting article. I like that he sets elegance as a goal. That's too often forgotten these days and it shows in his designs.
  9. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Taking Pictures of Model cars   

    I use a Canon EOS 60D camera, with an 18-135 mm zoom lens and a +2 close-up lens, If I'm shooting at the SDMCC meeting, I'm indoors with fluorescent lights.
    Depth of field is a big problem. I put the camera in aperture priority, and stop the lens down all the way (f/22). I usually need a tripod as the exposures can be anywhere from 1/2 to a couple of seconds. This gets everything in focus. The room light is even enough by itself. If you want good illumination from a flash, you'll need a couple of them and probably diffusers.
  10. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic What are your 2016 building plans.   

    Just finished a TIE Interceptor
    for 2018:
    a '68 Barracuda, box stockThe Revelle '29 Model A. Going to build this one with a flathead motor instead of the Buick motor. I have some nice resin heads, and carbs.Finish a long-delayed build.Start the Pegasus Nautilus
  11. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic How do I delete older posts here?   

    Best to use one of the photo hosting sites. Dropbox might work, but eventually you'll want to chang e the contents of that directory, then the links will break and the photos will disappear.
  12. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic better light   

    I'll second the LED lamp with a magnifier. (I think I have the same one as Harry.) It's helped me a lot, and it doesn't get hot under the lights.
  13. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Shout out   

    These guys are great. I used to visit their shop when I was working in Toronto. They had hot coffee and cookies on the weekend, and were always happy to take the time to talk to this slightly homesick Californian that wandered into their store.
  14. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable UPDATED: 1/3/16   

    This car really looks sharp. There is so much about it that's just right. Gonna be watching this one for sure.
  15. Dave Ambrose added a post in a topic 404 ERROR messages again...and "quote" function is haywire too   

    Oooh, now you tell me. Pasting from MS Word is fraught with problems. If you have to paste from there, paste it in to notepad first, then copy and paste it into the edit window. We used to have a special paste button for MS word, but it never worked quite right, and not it's gone.