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  • Location North Coast of California
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  1. Aaronw added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    When I worked in Yosemite National Park it was not at all uncommon to see people taking photos with the old glass plate box cameras. It is a hobby and for some that includes less convenient methods. Kind of like buying pre-built diecast cars or building a model from a kit.
    My first camera was a Brownie Hawkeye which was probably 20 years old at the time. Also had a plastic bodied 120 camera at some point. As a teenager I had one of those disk cameras, then got fairly high end 35mm point and shoot from my Grandmother who ended up with two similar cameras. I used that for many years until buying a Canon 35mm SLR in 1999, I debated on springing for that camera and remember the words of the camera store salesman, who said digital will never be used for serious photography... Less than 2 years later that SLR was back in the box as I was using digital exclusively. At least the lens got back into use when I bought a Canon digital SLR in 2010. I remember having to change rolls of film every 24-36 shots, now if I'm taking photos of something like a car or other potential modeling subject I'll take 24-36 shots of a single object just to make sure I catch all the small details.  
    I don't miss film at all, but I can appreciate those that consider film to be a part of the experience. No different that vinyl vs CD / MP3 or vintage car vs new.
  2. Aaronw added a post in a topic D.O.T. numbers   

    Were the fuel tax stickers mounted on a license plate size plate, small stickers about the size of the annual registration sticker on a car?
    I remember seeing trucks with a second "license plate" on the front covered in small stickers when I was a kid. I haven't seen that on trucks for many years now. 
  3. Aaronw added a post in a topic What cool trucks (rigs or pick ups) have you seen lately?   

    One of the crew hauls broke down on a fire at work and this showed up to take it away. Brand new wrecker, this was its very first job, the driver was having to take stuff out of the plastic as he worked. We have several herds of Tule Elk in the area and one of their other heavy wreckers narrowly missed a couple crossing the highway recently, so they ordered a Canadian moose bumper on this truck.

  4. Aaronw added a post in a topic What cool trucks (rigs or pick ups) have you seen lately?   

    Well technically not recently, but I did see this one awhile ago down by the Grapevine. I assume it is a high end car transporter.

  5. Aaronw added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    Saw a VW Rabbit / Golf pickup. There are a couple of these around here, including a tan diesel. Gives me ideas for the new Revell Rabbit kit.

  6. Aaronw added a post in a topic Renwal Models   

    For RC aircraft they make a thin mylar skin. You put it over the aircraft frame and use a heat gun to shrink it into place. I built one years ago before deciding RC aircraft were too much work and expense for what I got out of them. I've never built a balsa and tissue aircraft, but would think the mylar might be an option in place of the tissue and dope.
  7. Aaronw added a post in a topic Did this spoon test of C1's metallizer   

    This looks similar to SNJ / Hawkeye metal polishing powders which are now unfortunately out of production. I had pretty good luck with those powders for doing natural metal finish aircraft. They also had other metal powders which gave different sheens / shades.
    This is an example using the SNJ powder over gloss black.

    With those powders you had to use a cloth to remove the excess powder but the finish is pretty durable with dry fingers, moisture (sweaty fingers) will leave marks but it can be clear coated. I would assume this C1 stuff is very similar.
    Nice stuff for an airbrush challenged individual like me.
  8. Aaronw added a post in a topic micheals craft store   

    They also have a lot of art pens and markers on sale 30% off until the 19th. I picked up several fine point illustrator pens which are useful for detailing the panel lines around doors, cowl vents etc.
  9. Aaronw added a post in a topic 427 Cobra.   

    Wow, very nice and the car looks great in yellow and black.
  10. Aaronw added a post in a topic 427 Cobra Roadster   

    Thanks Roy, I'll have to get a set of those decals for mine.
  11. Aaronw added a post in a topic 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda   

    That is really nice.
    I like the color you used, kind of different but looks good.
  12. Aaronw added a post in a topic 427 Cobra Roadster   

    Nice job on the Cobra.
    Which boxing was this? I just finished the Monogram 427 SC with the red car on the box and it seems to offer different options from yours. It came with wire wheels and did not include any decals for the car badging or the option of a hood scoop. Just curious if it is a different kit, or maybe you got some aftermarket for yours?
    Nice choice of colors.

  13. Aaronw added a post in a topic Announcing...the "Cult Theme" for the 2015 NNL Nats next month...   

    Kind of what I figured but wasn't sure. It is an interesting look.

    Thanks Bill. I thought it was probably just a style thing on these cars, but figured the style came from some functional purpose.  
    Tangent over, thanks to all who responded to my curiosity.
  14. Aaronw added a post in a topic Announcing...the "Cult Theme" for the 2015 NNL Nats next month...   

    Sorry for a bit of a tangent but what is the purpose of the louvered trunk lids, just a style thing or do they actually have some sort of function? I would think cooling, but cooling what, so I'm guessing just cool.
  15. Aaronw added a post in a topic Darts, Valiants, Falcons?   

    Well nice to see there is a little interest here anyway. I'd really only be interested in stock so 3 in 1 would be my choice but looking at some of the recent kits that kind of surprised people, '50 Olds, the Hudsons, '65 Satellite it seems like having the option to offer different racing versions is kind of the in thing at the moment. I know most of these are out there in one form or another whether promos, old kits, or resin but was just wondering if they had a chance of seeing new tooling, based on the same kind of criteria as some of the other recent and somewhat offbeat choices. I didn't see much in the direction of funnycars and drag racers mentioned which is where I actually thought these would be more likely to be found.
    Thanks for satisfying my curiosity. It appears there is some disagreement on the interest these cars would generate as racers, but that seems par for the course, one persons easy money is anothers example of a sure flop.