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  1. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Is Round2 models down?   

    Y'know, it took me a couple of reads to get this.
    Might be able to help with traffic, but I certainly would not trust them with security!
    Charlie Larkin
  2. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Our police officers   

    Hate mongers actively encouraging police execution has been what I've been reading quite a bit of lately. 
    And it appears that some are acting on it. I find sickening, disgusting, and utterly barbaric that our police are under such purposeful, wanton attack. If ever there was a justification for execution, the purposeful killing of any public safety official is a pretty good one to my thinking.
    However, it also raises some questions in my mind and how much one feeds the other. 
    On the other side, I see a lot of younger police officers acting just as thuggish and irresponsibly. The retired Lieutenant in Marlborough has become a friend of sorts, as we see each other in the hobby shop pretty regularly. It amazes him. Another retired local who went to work at the VA Police, and became friendly with my dad, called them "jack-boot skinheads." 
    When I was collecting ballot signatures for myself, I heard a few people complain about out-and-out rudeness and borderline abuse from some of the younger guys on the force. As one elderly resident said, "I don't know which is worse, the police or the crooks." 
    We know most of the causes of society going wrong, but what is causing the failing of so many of these young officers, who should realize their manner of treating others is just as important to survival as their service weapon, knight-stick (or flashlight,) and HTH fighting skills? I think that's something that should concern us all. Stress? Societal conditions being mirrored? Generational attitudes? I wonder what contributes, and in what proportion, they do contribute to these issues? 
    I wonder what the best way to address it is?
    The forgoing may sound a bit disrespectful; it is not intended to be, but rather, I'm looking at it from the view of someone who, like all of us, cares about people who work in public safety, but also, wondering what they can actively do to make their jobs safer and possibly, their lives a bit easier.
    It does not excuse animalistic behavior by others, but I do wonder how much mishap has been triggered by people with badges acting inappropriately.
    I have friends on the job. If I thought I could pass the physical stuff and handle a gun, I would've tried it when I was a younger guy. 
    After watching things degrade in the last ten years, I'm glad I didn't. 
    It makes me all the more glad those that did, and that truly worthy, have done so. 
    The clowns not withstanding, we owe a debt of gratitude to the ones that are true credits to their sworn duties. 
    Dan and Wayne, thank you to you both in particular. You, from what I have seen, are credits to your profession, and we should be thankful men like you are engaged in it.
    Charlie Larkin
  3. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1956 Cadillac   

    Looks good, Rich. 
    This will be a very nice car when you're done with it.
    Charlie Larkin
  4. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1961 Buick Invicta Hardtop, Update, 9/2 Interior Work.   

    Your interior work is remarkable. 
    Charlie Larkin
  5. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    I will say this in Moebius' defense. 
    They do have super customer service. 
    I would suggest blowing the $5, carefully wrapping the bodies and putting them in a 2-day mail to their offices in Florida with their requested $2.95 to cover postage. You'll get your new bodies, I would think. 
    Or, simply send them some pictures to their customer service by e-Mail. 
    I buy Moebius kits for a bunch of reasons. I like their subject matter, they make a real effort to make a better product, and even with some hiccups, most of which can be fixed with a few file swipes, they're doing state-of-the-art work. 
    I will agree, however, that slightly larger box (say Galaxie-size,) might fix a lot of the problems. Even in the other kits, it's a pretty tight fit.
    Charlie Larkin
  6. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    It probably requires intuitive design, something many of today's engineers are scrupulously taught to avoid, lest a lawsuit result.
    Remember, John Hanle (I think that's how his name is spelled,) was a machinist by trade, and a very good one, and (to my knowledge,) not an engineer by education. The people with the hands-on ability to do these type of products and tools can see these things that today's over-educated/under-intelligent/under-smart types cannot see. 
    Charlie Larkin
  7. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    With the acquisition of Lindberg and their U.S.-based molding (which, I believe reading elsewhere, does other contract work,) I wonder if we might see re-patriation of production and improved QA. 
    Call me what you like, but it's become very apparent to me that the Chinese do not seem to full understand the concept of quality control. 
    Nobody is perfect and small errors do occur, but a lot of what I've seen in foreign-produced AMT/MPC kits leaves a lot to be desired in terms of getting the job right.
    Charlie Larkin
  8. charlie8575 added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    I'm happy to report that the Squires manor (think Cub Scouts for DeMolay,) I help advise and their parents missed this memo.
    I did a build day with them last year- had a hoot, and we're doing another one with them this year, and this time, we're doing painting, foiling, and all the rest of the stuff. 
    The boys are inhaling it- and I don't mean the glue fumes!
    Charlie Larkin
  9. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Buick Custom   

    Very well done. 
    Charlie Larkin
  10. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1962 Ford Thunderbird   

    Nice mild custom.
    For foiling scripts and emblems, what I usually do is put the foil on the bare plastic, paint, and then as you sand/polish the paint, the foil comes up. Some guys have used white vinyl erasers for this, too, and that seems to work well.
    Charlie Larkin
  11. charlie8575 added a post in a topic From the Dusty Shelf in the Basement, Monogram '59 Chevy Impala Convertible   

    Always liked the two-tone on the '59s. Nice job.
    Charlie Larkin
  12. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Volkswagen   

    I could see the green. Looks nice. I've toyed off and on with a Beetle for a putt-putt around town- easy to fix, cheap to run, and they sound cool.
    Charlie Larkin
  13. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 64 Dodge   

    Very nice job on that.
    Charlie Larkin
  14. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Lindberg Auburn Speedster   

    Agreed. Completely, unreservedly agreed.
    Charlie Larkin
  15. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited 1947 Chevy Coupe   

    That's probably part of it, and the other part is Gary is trying to raise capital.
    Price aside, these kits are selling very well, and might end up with an extended-beyond-planned run to meet demand, even at the price. 
    According to Model Roundup's newsletter that came this past week, Gary is actively considering doing the '41s so many of us (me included) have been clamoring for, and that will be a substantial investment in tooling, as a new front-end ensemble, chrome trees and interiors will be required. 
    That said, that '41 Sport Coupe is a beautiful car, and I look forward to having a model of a car that I can use such an un-PC color as "Indian Suntan" on....
    Charlie Larkin