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  1. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    What I'm still REALLY curious about is that I have used the same identical method to post photos here since I joined this site in 2012. 3 different computers, three different browsers, same procedure works for me every single time...and is blazingly fast with Chrome and my current hot-rod computer.
  2. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    Bill, I've been thinking one reason the photo-hosting sites may be charging now, or charging a little more, is that people (like me) who run ad-blockers seriously interfere with the advertising revenue stream that is generated by the crapp that I used to have to sit through as my photos loaded.
    If the ads are blocked, they aren't getting watched, and the pay-per-view income streams to the photo-hosts that many advertising schemes work on dry up.
    There's no free anything. If photo-hosting sites are going to survive, they HAVE to generate income somehow...and I think some people forget this particular economic necessity.
  3. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...   

    VERY nice, big improvement. Saw her over on the build-thread and came here for a better look. That rear 3/4 shot is bad-to-the-bone. 
  4. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    ONE thing that MAY be happening to Photobucket users...and Bill Geary's comment above made me think of it...
    "Bandwidth" and "storage space" are TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS.
    "Storage space" is about how many photos you can park digital copies of on the photo-hosting server's memory. "Bandwidth", as used here, means how much TRAFFIC there is between those photos and people on the web looking at them. It's kinda like your bank charging you extra if you write a lot of checks every month.
    You can be well under your maximum free "storage space" on Photobucket and STILL run out of "bandwidth" every month IF you post on multiple sites and / or a lot of people are looking at your photos. 
    This is the reason that I signed up for the minimum paid account on P'bucket a while back. I had nowhere near my free storage full, but I was posting a lot and getting a lot of views. My photos started disappearing mysteriously, only to pop up again later.
    Then I figured out what was happening. 
  5. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...   

    Oh yes, liking this a lot. Great colors for it too. And thanks for all the parts-source info. 
  6. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Happy Thankgiving Everyone   

    A good day to think about giving a helping hand to someone who's not quite as safe and warm as you are. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Fight back against the idiocracy...   

    OMG!!!  IDK !!!
    Do they still read, period?
    Does anybody?
  8. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic I just finished super detailing my Tamiya Lotus Type 49 kit   

    Beautiful model of a beautiful car. For me, this will always be the golden-age of F1. The cars were elegant, logical and straightforward, with prominent mechanical elements contributing to the design.
  9. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Fight back against the idiocracy...   

  10. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Austin Healey   

    Me too. 
  11. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable   

    Cool project, Dennis. Good use for the newer Ala Kart body bits. 
    The one huge thing to hate about the later A'Kart kit is the ridiculously underscale engine. I've measured a real Red Ram, and the early kit got it very close to right, but the "new tool" kit's engine is a joke. Interestingly, the OLD (correctly scaled) Ala Kart engine will fit in the NEW Ala Kart body, so why they blew the scaling, I'll never ever know. There ARE some things on the newer kit that make it great for kit-bash fodder though, like the very nice dropped-and-filled front axle, the wheels and tires, etc. (as I'm sure you know).
    I've always thought the newer kit caught the stance, proportions and balance of the real car a little better than the original kit did, and I've had a hankering to combine the best bits from both kits to make one accurate Ala Kart.
    Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing this one of yours come together.
  12. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Does this need to swim in the purple pond or can I fix it?   

    Strip it.
    Wet-sanding will only smooth out the clear. It looks like you shot your clear too wet and have disturbed the metallic particles in the silver by re-wetting them too much, which lets them fall over and become blotchy.
    Get your procedures down by testing before you commit to painting a model you want to look good.
    If you don't have any spare bodies to practice on, I have found that soda bottles that have molded details make excellent stand-ins for practice-painting. Scuff them with Comet, hot water and a stiff toothbrush (also the far...method of prepping model car bodies). Then primer and paint with the materials you're trying to learn.
    The Testors materials you're using WILL produce quite nice results...

  13. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Channeled '29 interior?   

    The Revell interior panels really are hugely thick. You could build really fat door and quarter interior panels if you wanted to in 1:1, but that's not the way it's usually done. I wouldn't.
    Here are a few real cars for comparison. Though one is an RPU, the panel thickness is pretty obvious on all of them.

  14. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Amt 36 Ford?   

    Just to clarify my position on these...I love this old kit. I've never bad-mouthed it, and I've overcome the top-fit issues on several. It's well-proportioned, and the earlier-release chopped-top 3-window version is one of the coolest rods ever kitted...IMHO.
    It DOES take more skill and effort to produce a first-rate model than some others might.
    Bernard Kron's chopped 3-window is one of the coolest of the cool...

  15. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Wiring question   

    Here's a simplified version of the Ford system Steve posted just above. Lotsa Fords use the remote solenoid as shown, and it can be mounted on the firewall or an inner fender...especially on a custom or rod, you can put it anywhere you want it, for the most part. A remote Ford-style solenoid can be used on non-Fords too, and is sometimes used to shunt heavy current.
    As you see, the big heavy + wire runs to the solenoid, and out the other side to the starter motor itself. 

    Lotsa other cars, NON-Fords, have the solenoid mounted on the starter housing, in which case, the big heavy + wire runs directly to that (as per the LOWER schematic in the second post).
    NOTE: Your big heavy + and - wires are roughly 1/2" in diameter, or larger, on a real car...significantly larger than plug wires. In 1:25 scale, use .5 mm wire (or about .020 inches...much larger than your plug wires should be).