Ace-Garageguy

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  1. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Words/Phrases You're Sick Of Hearing?   

    Maybe some lox, I'm in.  
    After all, we really DO need to focus on leveraging our human assets to minimize throughput-times and maximize our value-added core concepts, while retaining market viability and strengthening our bottom line.
  2. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic The slippery slope of banning donk wheels   

    No, it's retarded carp like this that started it.
                                                                                
    Not really the same thing, now is it? One handles well in a turn, one falls over. Guess which one.

     
  3. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Words/Phrases You're Sick Of Hearing?   

    Jeez..I once worked for a frigging bodyshop...a BODYSHOP...where we had to attend morning meetings.
    I mean, come on.
    Cars come in wrecked, we write estimates. We coddle owners and fight with insurance companies while the techs fix the cars. We fight the techs to try to make them do decent work, on time. We deliver the cars and hope the owners don't notice all the flaws.
    Rinse, repeat. Bang head against wall.
    The meetings just waste an otherwise possibly productive morning.
     
  4. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Am I a bit OCD with my models?   

    X2. I have a lot of in-progress models, some of them drawing out over years. 
    I take the time to do work that satisfies ME. I'm not in a rust to finish anything. 
    It's gratifying to look at the parts of the builds I HAVE completed and to never have to think "gee, I wish I'd taken a little more time so that so-and-so didn't look like carp".
    And to quote Bill Allen, above: "When I see a finished model, my eyes are always drawn to visible mold lines..." etc. I'm not trying to be a picky SOB, and I'm my OWN harshest critic. Flaws jump out at me, on real cars just as much as they do on models.
    Nobody else has to work to the standards I set for myself, and YOU don't have to work down to a standard that's less than what's natural for you just because other people build that way.
  5. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Words/Phrases You're Sick Of Hearing?   

    Ed reminded me...price POINT, rain EVENT, change UP. All those concepts worked just fine in their single-word iterations.
    And what the hell is a value-added-reseller, anyway?  Just a middle-man who marks-up the price. I fail to see the added-value. 
  6. Ace-Garageguy added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    Late '50s Low-Buck Digger
    I first mocked up this little rail job back in 2010, and that's about as far as she went. I've dragged her back out in an attempt to actually finish something, by trying a relatively straightforward project that won't take a whole hell of a lot of scale-engineering, fabrication and bodywork, has a small area to paint, and only needs the most basic engine plumbing and wiring to look right. I'm stretching the wheelbase a little from this shot, and going with a chain-driven (not the chain-drive shown) 4-71 blown Pontiac with Spalding Flamethrower ignition, two-throat Hilborn injection, an in-out box, quick-change rear end and narrower whitewall piecrust slicks. Steel wheels in front on a model-A Ford front axle will be paired with early Palamides (later known as American Racing) alloy wheels in back, and finned Buick rear brakes (Ford backing plates).
    The frame is a slightly modified vintage Revell parts-pack unit and the body shell is a from a vintage Monogram kit. Engine / gearbox is AMT parts-pack based, with some Revell bits. Quick-change is a Cyclone unit, from the old Micky Thompson Challenger I, with Revell '31 Ford axle tubes. Rear brakes will be from the current Revell '29 Ford kit. 
    PS. The '57 gasser is patiently waiting for me to learn to do BMF.

     
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  7. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Words/Phrases You're Sick Of Hearing?   

    If they spoke in real-world English, it would become apparent pretty quickly they had no clue as to what they were talking about...and someone might catch them making a statement they'd have to take responsibility for.
    Corporate-speak is nothing more than the institutionalized version of "dazzle 'em with BS" strategy for taking essay-question exams when unprepared.
  8. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Reinforcing Body Glue Joints   

    I've covered this in some depth on many threads, as I'm the one who pretty well pioneered the fiberglass process, and I've been developing and refining it for many years. I also make close to scale-thickness parts from the material. There's some info here...
    http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/65965-mickey-thompsons-challenger-one-still-alive-feb-8/

    There's also information on my old thread here, from 2010  http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/30/t/97991.aspx

    If you have questions, please post them under the "MODEL BUILDING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS" heading, and I'll do my best to help you.
     
  9. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Gas prices... how low will they go?   

    When someone has a special-purpose vehicle that's intended for a particular function, I agree...who cares about fuel mileage? That's not the primary concern.
    On he other hand, when someone commutes, ALONE, in a massively-huge shiny truck that never gets used for hauling anything other than its owner's butt, it's really pretty stupid.
  10. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Auto ID #193   

    I don't know, and I don't think I WANT to know. 
  11. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Rags   

    I've seen lotsa armor and sci-fi models use it for exactly that.
  12. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Words/Phrases You're Sick Of Hearing?   

    Nah...I jab myself in the eye with a sharp stick for fun. Self-flagellation is strictly for penance. 
  13. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Words/Phrases You're Sick Of Hearing?   

    I've seen "mirrow" (is that even a word?) for mirror, "draw" for drawer, ink "pin", the non-word "marinaise" used for both marinate and mayonnaise, "garders" for garters, "hugh" for huge...these are all pretty common. 
  14. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic 1:24-1:25 scale battery cables.   

    I understand the issue with confusing measurements.
    Couple of problems though..."ignition wire" will most likely be intended to represent spark-plug wires, and it's simply too thin to look right for most battery cables.
    AWG means "American Wire Gauge" and refers to the diameter of the conductor inside the insulation, and the thickness of insulation can vary.
    Your best bet is to buy your wire based on outside-diameter....NOT AWG.
    Typical real-car battery cable OUTSIDE diameter is in the .4 to .5 inch range, or about 10 to 13mm. Divide by 24 or 25 to get the correct diameter for a model in 1/24 or 1/25 scale.
    Typical real-car spark-plug wires are in the 7mm to 12mm range, but 7 to 9.5 is most common. Sacle wires correctly representing this will be too small to look correct for battery cables.
    However, a lot of modelers disregard correct scale measurements, and end up with plug wires that look like long sausages, and battery cables that look like garden hoses. It'sup to you.
  15. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Words/Phrases You're Sick Of Hearing?   

    Oh boy. Even followers of wielders of the Force aren't immune to the phenomenon.
    I saw one the other day going on and on about "lite savers". Then there was the TV talking head who kept referring to Mr. Solo as "Hans". When she was corrected by one of her co-blonds, she said "I thought it was plural".