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Mike999

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    Michael S. Smith

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  1. Testors brush paint

    Some people have had a lot of trouble, using that trick of BB's in acrylic paint. Over time they can rust and do other weird things. Here's a thread about it from the FSM forums: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/70618.aspx Just as a fun experiment, I recently painted a body Metallic Blue with a custom mix of Testors Dark Blue and Silver, thinned with Testors Enamel Thinner and shot thru an airbrush. Both bottles of paint had a price of 35 cents on the caps, so they were OLD. I often buy kits at flea markets, and they often have old bottles of Testors paint in the box. I just wanted to see if I could get away with it. It turned out pretty well, and I hope to finish the build soon. Around 2025, maybe...
  2. Stupid Is the New Smart

    The Jaguar had to have a trunk to make the joke work. :-P Not a joke... “I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness... The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” Carl Sagan in one of my favorite books, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark ." He wrote that book in 1996.
  3. Stupid Is the New Smart

    That story had a lot of weirdness in it, I could only hit the highlights. It was covered extensively by local media in Florida and the national press. Just do a search on "Teresa Sievers murder." I learn all kinds of useful stuff from the true-crime shows, and a lot of it could have come from The Onion. For example, on a recent "Snapped" episode, I learned that you should make sure nobody is watching when you toss your spouse's dismembered torso into a Dumpster at 5 AM. That was Valerie Pape of Scottsdale, AZ. Who sort of stood out, even at 5 AM. She was wearing designer clothes and high heels, and hauled the torso out of the...er...trunk of her Jaguar.
  4. Stupid Is the New Smart

    James F. Welles, PhD, has written 2 very entertaining books on that subject: "The Story of Stupidity: A History of Western Idiocy from the Days of Greece to the Moment You Saw This Book" and "Understanding Stupidity." Reviewing "The Story of Stupidity" on Amazon, one reader wrote that the book "leaves one astounded that the human race remains at the top of the food chain." https://www.amazon.com/Story-Stupidity-History-Western-Present/dp/0961772913 https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Stupidity-James-F-Welles/dp/0961772905 And I didn't know Wal-Mart sold lock picks either.
  5. Along with all the other good ideas in here: when an electronic device in your house fails, take it apart. You'll usually find several different gauges of wire inside and other useful stuff. My mother's old answering machine recently died and gave up some different sized wires, plus 2 small LED display screens that could be used as large-screen TVs in a 1/25 scale limousine or van.
  6. Stupid Is the New Smart

    Amazing story of stupidity recently covered on the ID Channel. Two criminal masterminds rented a car in Missouri, for a trip to Florida where they would commit a murder for hire. So sitting in MO, they entered the victim's FL street address into the rental car GPS. Sure enough, the GPS took them right to her door. They checked out the house, then drove to the nearest Wal-Mart. Where they bought "flushable wet wipes, 30 gallon trash bags, a lock pick set, black shoes, water shoes and black towels." They bought all that stuff in full view of the store security cameras, not bothering with caps or any other disguises. They went to the beach for a while to catch some rays, then broke into the victim's home, waited for her to return, and beat her to death with a hammer. After the killing, they programmed the return trip to MO into the GPS. Then they returned the rental car...with all the GPS data intact. The real punch line: one of the killers was known locally as a computer whiz and IT specialist. But I guess he never learned how a GPS works. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/docs-husband-plotted-murder-of-florida-doctor-killed-with-hammer/
  7. missing versions in kits

    Some eBay vendors in places like Ukraine have a work-around for that: they flatten the original kit boxes and put the sprues in a smaller box for shipping. At least one Ukrainian company, ICM, tends to put small kits in big boxes. Those vendors also warn buyers that they do not put an Invoice in the shipping box. That keeps nosy Customs inspectors from figuring out the real vs. declared value of the shipment. I saw an eBay listing just yesterday where the seller mentioned those 2 things, and laughed. Years ago I ordered some kits from Ukraine and they were shipped with the flattened boxes. It confused me for a minute when I opened the box but it was pretty easy to figure out.
  8. What did you get today?

    Or more space in the big plastic parts tub. (I currently have 3 of those. For Complete Bagged Kits, Early-Model Parts and Late-Model Parts). I fall for that trick all the time at HL. "I already have 4 of these kits. But it's ON CLEARANCE!!!" Most recently was a Revell '59 Cadillac that had been opened, re-wrapped and put on the HL Clearance shelf. Got it home and nothing was missing. But this was the last "small box" re-issue, where all those parts were really crammed into a small space. The roof posts were bent, so somebody took it home, then returned it for refund or exchange, I guess. Anyway, in that case it was worth the (low) price just for engine, air conditioning parts etc. etc. Or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it...
  9. Hmm. Interesting. In the past few years, ITALERI has re-issued 2 of the old ESCI 1/24 Land Rover kits: the LWB 109" as a hardtop rally vehicle (shown above). And the open British military version, released last time as "Land Rover LWB 109" FFR" (Fitted For Radio). The only 1/24 ex-ESCI Land Rover ITALERI hasn't reissued is the basic 109" LWB with raised soft top (shown below). Just last year, ITALERI updated its very old 1/35 scale Land Rover III as a Spanish "Guardia Civil" version. For the first time since the 1970s, it had some new parts: optional left or right hand dashboards and a new hardtop. I'm guessing REVELL planned to re-box the new 1/35 scale kit and changed its mind. And got the scale wrong in the announcement, which sometimes happens. That kit didn't seem to be a great seller. Not long after its release, it was selling at a deep discount from some American internet vendors. But I am just guessing and don't have any insider info. It would be nice if ITALERI or REVELL would re-issue more of the ex-ESCI 1/24 Range Rover kits. Especially the British/Dutch Police kit, which had optional dashboards and chassis parts for left or right hand drive. For future reference, here's a link to the Revell-Germany Fan Board, where 2018 releases are being discussed: http://s13.zetaboards.com/RevellAtions/topic/9085571/1/
  10. New from South Carolina

    Welcome, neighbor! I'm also in the Upstate, near Clemson
  11. Another MPC variation on that Jeep, circa 1978. This one can't decide what it wants to be, with Army "Ordnance" markings and a recoilless rifle, but also a chrome bumper/fog lights, modern wheels/tires, aftermarket bucket seats etc. (With a Thompson sub-machine gun resting on the driver's seat, no less!). It looks something like the vehicles called "technicals" these days. Or maybe a parade car for the dictator of a small developing nation...
  12. Even way back in the 1980's, this kit was very rare and often went for >$100. I remember seeing them in the classified ads of That Other Model Car Magazine. (And for all my complaints about eBay and old-kit dealers, it sure is a lot easier to find rare kits nowadays.) Can one of our local historians give us some background on this kit? Like why it had such a short run and has never been re-issued?
  13. What did you get today?

    Marhaba! Were you in Jeddah? I lived there from late 1989 to early 1992 and often went to a hobby shop...the only real hobby shop I ever found there. It sold Tamiya and Revell paints, tools etc. It also had many old kits still on the shelves. I had better luck buying kits in the toy stores, which were numerous. ESCI sold a lot of kits to toy stores in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia! Many were still gathering dust and I bought quite a few of them at a discount, after some haggling with the managers. For some weird reason, I also remember the first time I saw the Revell '69 Shelby GT-500 was in a Saudi toy store.
  14. What did you get today?

    Here's an old thread with lots of info about the kits: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/7226-yodel-american-police-series/?tab=comments#comment-50440
  15. Thanks, nice to see that card. I don't remember ever seeing one, and my friends and I went thru a lot of Trophy kits when I was a kid. I have an original AMT '32 Ford Sport Roadster and '40 Ford Sedan in the stash right now. Neither kit has a card like that. Recently sold an original '40 Coupe and it didn't, either.