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  1. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 58 conversion for Revell 57 Ford Del Rio wagon   

    Agreed, but I'm betting we'll either get a '57 Ranchero or Country Squire first. 
    Charlie Larkin
  2. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    I just got a new set of Rapidographs at Artist & Craftsman in Cambridge. Love them. Great for detail drawings, and where I still frequently ink my drafting to prevent smudging, I really needed a set. I had some Staedlers, but I didn't care for them. 
    I'm looking for one of the lettering guides now; been keeping an eye open on eBay.
    Charlie Larkin
  3. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    My dad belongs to the Photographic Historical Society of New England, and about a year ago, we went to a lecture dealing with this very topic.
    We've increased the number of pictures we're taking exponentially, but the lack of prints and hard photos is actually already starting to make historians' and other jobs harder in documenting our times. 
    An interesting contrast. I'll see if I can locate the lecture notes.
    Charlie Larkin
  4. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1965 Buick Wildcat   

    I just grabbed a Missing Link '65 to convert a '66. And I'm not trying to figure out how to fix the '65 interior to build a correct '66.
    I'll enjoy watching this.
    Charlie Larkin
  5. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    One of the reasons I teach a bunch of pre-teens and teens how to use film and a darkroom is exactly this reason. 
    The process...the hands-on, the full, total understanding of what you're doing and why. The understanding of limits and abilities and why certain things have certain capacities.
    Kids don't get that in school now, in virtually any form, and this is my way of combating that. 
    While what Harry does is remarkable (and I mean that with all sincerity,) the manual versus electronic process is so very different, and learning how to do things with your hands and mind instead of a computer is what a lot of kids need to do in order to help reach their maximum potential.
    That, and it teaches things like patience, technical accuracy, thought and planning. 
    Charlie Larkin
  6. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    You and I are of the same mind.
    In 2013, one of my best friends growing up got married, and his wedding present was photo work. When we got together a few months later, and I was able to present him and his wife with their photos, she said "wow, you did better work than the the pro we hired for the rest of it, and the pictures are really nice. And this is film?" 
    Yep, and as I had a real tight budget at that time, I couldn't even pop for the good stuff like Kodak Portra (best skin tones of any media, film or digital, the wedding and portrait photogs who use film either by habit or request usually use this,) and had to use Kodak Ultramax 400; very good results in a wide variety of lighting conditions and action/still. I was actually rather surprised (and pleasantly) at how well it all came out.
    Charlie Larkin
  7. charlie8575 added a post in a topic AMT 1964 Impala SS   

    Nice job on that. 
    Charlie Larkin
  8. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1961 Buick Invicta Hardtop, Update 9/29, Engine Finished.   

    Hmm...I'll have to get some of those decals for myself. They look good.
    Nice job, Steve. This is going to look really nice together.
    Charlie Larkin
  9. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Slixx General Lee decal sheet   

    Second that.
    Charlie Larkin
  10. charlie8575 added a post in a topic NEW PLACE TO GET PARTS CHROME PLATED!   

    Point of information.
    What is a Deluxe Reading Crusader 101?
    Charlie Larkin
  11. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    Call Vermont Color Labs in Bennington, Vt. They're very reasonable and might be able to help you.
    Charlie Larkin
  12. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    Kodak's film line was bought by Alibris. Their professional stuff has gone from good to WOW and their consumer stuff improved quite a bit. 
    Fuji still makes film in 35 mm, 120, 220, sheet film, and is now making replacement film for several different Polaroids, as is another company. Fuji also makes Velvia slide- probably the closest thing now to Kodachrome- BEAUTIFUL film, especially in 50-speed, the film a huge percentage of award-winning landscape photos have been taken on; as it has color saturation digital doesn't. Really nice stuff, and if you use it in 120- prepare to be astounded.
    Fuji also started making a new line of instant cameras that have been selling like hot-cakes, especially to scrap-bookers and, believe it or not, teenagers! They actually take really nice pictures, too.
    Ilford is still in business, as is Agfa, Arista, and few small companies making black and white film. Black and white is still very much a domain of film, as is large-format photography. 
    All stores still offer send-out. CVS, much to the protest of store managers and customers, pulled their 1-hour tanks about a year ago. As late as the end of the service, my local CVS still developed about 100-150 rolls and disposable cameras a week, and no, it wasn't all from me! However, all the send-out services from the retailers now seize your negatives and give you a CD, and not a very good one, maybe 2-3 MP resolution. I refuse to use those services because of the horrible quality and blatant disrespect for the customer. 
    We still have a couple of local camera shops that can do next-day service (fine with me,) or, if I need them now, there's a fellow in Boston that does monring in/afternoon out; If I get into Newtonville Camera when they open, I can usually get them back that day if they're not real busy, which is uncommon, as they do about 200-300 rolls a week. 
    Vermont Color Labs in Bennington has 2-day, and that includes mail time, at least from here, as they give you a pre-paid sticker with express post and it goes in quickly and is returned overnight at a very reasonable cost. Their developing costs aren't bad, either, and their CDs are nice. When I have a little extra time, I take my negatives and scan them with a negative scanner; even standard Fujicolor has decent resolution, and Kodak Ektar in 35mm can go to about 10 MP; 120 even higher, and that's with current scanning. 
    Film is actually having a bit of a resurgence, and there are a few articles on it around the Internet. Read, you might be very surprised.
    I've actually taught a few kids how to shoot film. Believe it or not, they find it more enjoyable than whipping out their phone or digi-cam. They like the process and the fact that film makes them actually think about what they're shooting. Giving the mind-numbing experience school has become, the kids like the mental exercise. They've found using my cameras- a Canon FD, Pentax K-1000 and SF-10, and my Olympus IS-2, to be interesting. 
    Most colleges are still starting you on a K-1000 and hand-develop B&W. 
    Before anyone asks, I do have a small digital camera for when "now" means "NOW" if it's electronic media; it's not bad, but I always feel something is missing. 
    Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to transcribe this from my Selectric II.
    Charlie Larkin
  13. charlie8575 added a post in a topic "The Jury" A Canadian Dealships Twist On Pontiac`s `70 G.T.O. "The Judge"   

    That's cool.
    Charlie Larkin
  14. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Revell's 2014 Snap Tite Vette   

    That color works very nicely on that car. 
    Charlie Larkin
  15. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 54 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe   

    Looks good. I like the colors, too.
    Charlie Larkin