I only have two actual power tools purchased from HF: an ultrasonic cleaner, and a tiny miter saw. The saw is supposedly good for small diameter metal tubing, but I wouldn't trust it for anything tougher than wood or plastic. That being said, I find them to be a good source for small, non-powered items like spring clamps, flush-cutters, airbrush-cleaning brushes, probes, files, alligator clips, etc...
I only received one kit - my wife got me Revell's 1941 Chevy Pickup kit, which I'm looking forward to doing something interesting with. I did get a few other very cool things, like t-shirts, collectibles and art prints, as well as a coffee mug with with a structural diagram of a caffeine molecule printed on it.
I think this is a tough question, since it's hard to know if the people you choose would have anything in common musically, but picking people all from the same genre would just be boring. Throwing together a few names that are influential on me, I'd say: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) on vocals and keys/programming Chris Wolstenholme (Muse) on bass and backing vocals Ty Tabor (KIng's X) on guitar Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) on guitar and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) on drums.
I built an original release of the kit way back when, I was never really satisfied with my work on it. I'd love to try again, and apply techniques I've learned since then. First thing, that chrome needs to come off, it's not at all accurate to the filming vehicle. Shades of dark metals would work much better, I think.
I find myself working on multiple projects lately, but not more than three at one time. Sometimes I get bored with a project and need to switch up, sometimes I get frustrated and need to switch up, sometimes I may be working within a particular theme or color scheme, sometimes I may work on multiple items with the intent to parts-swap and kitbash. On a couple of occasions I have started additional projects in the hopes of having more finished builds to bring to a show. I build models from multiple genres, sometimes that will lead me to start an additional project while one is already going.
I really like what you've done with the model, Virgil. Very nice weathering work, as usual. What are your thought on the kit itself? I've had ideas of getting one to make into a 1/35 steampunk or dieselpunk mecha.