As Judge Judy says, "Ummm, is not a word!" The phrase, "To be honest..." AKA "To be perfectly honest..." is always followed by a lie. My new irking phrase is in car ads... "Low Mileage Lease"... they're hoping to make it sound nice, like "Low Mileage Car". But what it is an artificially low lease number because they know you will exceed the 8,000 miles a year and owe many thousand upon attempting to return the car. I don't lease, but I know a few folks who got caught up in this scam!
And here's one that drives me completely nutz... It's friggin $5 The dollar sign goes before the digit. I can understand someone from another country doing this since some currencies are expressed this way... but these guys are American born, American raised, have been in stores for most of their lives and they didn't notice $5!
On my stamp collectors board there was a whole thread on "My Bad". Yea, I don't like that one at all. It's a cop out from apologizing. And when people say "I'm all about..." and it's usually something far removed from what you think they're about! And any product with the word "Easy" in it's name seldom is easy.
It's more being part of an event, the camaraderie. And the challenge of seeing if you can indeed build a credible model in the 24 hour time span. There is nothing like working at midnight and knowing that there are 50 other people doing the very same thing. And giving a progress report with photos at 3am and three people instantly reply.
I don't know the packaging, but I'd be blaming the seller on this one. Unless it was in a solid box and that was literally squashed. Reminds me of the time I bought a Chrysler convertible built up and the seller sent it bare in a bubble mailer. Of course the windshield frame got creamed!
Never! I have models with BMF that are over 20 years old and it hasn't deteriorated or pulled up at all. Look at real cars and you will see that there are variations in tones of 'shine'. Paint shines at one level, chrome and aluminum trim at others. Sealing BMF under paint just makes everything blend together in a toy-like way. Paint, clear (if you must) and then BMF.
Fantastic work! When I saw the finished photos first, I wondered what panel truck back end you mated to the pickup.. then your build photos show that you scratchbuilt it all! Amazing! I'd love to buy a resin copy!
Dave, I read your post last evening and have been thinking about you all night. First and best advise, never make a major decision when you are under major stress. I am a survivor of being in charge of the care of four elders who suffered long illnesses. My father lived with me while dying of cancer, leaving behind my mother who suffered from early onset Alzheimer's for 10 years. Once they passed we got no break, my in laws fell ill, my mother in law with Alzheimer's and my father in law from diabetes, losing both his legs and being bedridden for 8 years. This is all behind us now, and left us with the feeling that we did the very best to see our parents through their illnesses and deaths in a dignified and loving way. I don't know how we got through it, but we did. There are many resources and options for you in your situation. At these times we become stressed and tunnel visioned, and continue what we are doing that is causing us health damaging stress. I can tell you the resources we used, the decisions we made and how we got through. I can say that model building helped me through situations in my life. It doesn't have to be long bench sessions that lead to finishing a model. I found spending a half hour whittling on a part, or even just viewing the contents of a kit, to be meditation quality relief from my stress. Looking through a box and dreaming about how you will build a model, is participating in the hobby and is fun. Sometimes I just sit at my bench and open my unfinished project boxes one at a time. And when I have a spare minute, I check out the boards and catch up on what others are building, and the friendships we have formed. Don't lose that! I don't have your email address or I would have sent you a long one! Please do drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can talk on the phone if you'd like!
and they adjust the percentages of the contents... I worked for Nabisco for a while and I saw interesting stuff in their offices. For instance the Planters division adjusted the mix of nuts in the mixed nuts cans every week based on the commodity prices of each type of nut. So if you are going through a can and think to yourself that there's more Brazil nuts in there than usual, you are probably right. That was the nut they could buy cheapest that week.