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  1. 5 hours ago, BlackSheep214 said:

    Oh I pay attention in my area. Some of the rich folks are too cheap to buy them or prefer an automobile to fit their lifestyle. I'm talking Audis, Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac/Lincoln SUVs, Corvettes, etc...

    Some of the luxury makes you mentioned now have EVs too, and more will be coming in the future.

  2. 3 hours ago, Vintage AMT said:

    I like the feel in the seat when I stomp on this.*


     Pretty sure I won't get that with an EV!! Too each his own I guessB)

    Question?  Have you ever driven an  EV?


    I have, and I was amazed at the instant and silent acceleration. No throttle lag or turbo lag - it just goes instantly!  Not only I was pushed into the seat, I could feel the blood draining back from my face! Electric motor have maximum torque at zero RPMs,  And this was a plain Tesla Model 3 (low end Tesla). 

    That ride in the Tesla was a birthday gift from my GF last October. She heard me mention few times that I would like to experience driving an electric car (like the brake-less driving, and fast acceleration) - well, I did experience all that.  She rented that Tesla for one day, and we both drove it.  I think it was the best birthday gift I ever got.

    If you have the funds to do it, I highly recommend to rent one of the EVs for a day. It will change your view about those vehicles.  These are not little put-put toys. EVs are real cars with  lots of power.

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  3. I was building models long before any sort of social media or even Internet.  I read modeling magazines, and visited hobby shops. Both excellent sources of information. At some point I joined local modeling club and that was like an "in-person forum".  Opinions and modeling techniques are freely exchanged in real time between club members. Then I joined few online forums while still reading magazines and being a club member.  "Physical" (not  online) model contests are also excellent places for learning techniques and exchanging info with others face-to-face.

    I have no desire or time to join FB or watch hours of YouTube videos. If the online forums disappear, I'll survive. If the model club breaks disbands,   I'll just go back to being a lone-wolf modeler (if I'm still alive).  It is not that complicated, or the end of the world.

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  4. Sharks do not have metallic-sheen scales.  They have skin.

    The lower part of a shark would be light gray (as one of the earlier photos shows), not silver or metallic or color shifting. The article above confirms that.  I have the promo (assembled) model and the lower part is factory-sprayed silver, which as we know is incorrect.

  5. 3 hours ago, thegeneralbushdiy said:

    Certainly, using acetate for crafting the vent windows of your convertible kit body sounds like a great idea to achieve a more realistic look. Acetate is often preferred for such applications due to its flexibility and ease of shaping.

    Do you actually have a source of real acetate?

    Not picking on you specifically, "Acetate" is a old name for clear plastic sheets, colloquially used for decades by modelers. I doubt that any of the clear sheets available to modelers today are actual acetate.  They can be Plexiglas/acrylic, Lexan, PVC, PETG, Polyester or similar materials (and of course the clear polystyrene you mentioned).  Those materials all have slightly different properties.  Pigeon-holing them under the name "acetate" IMO does a disservice to modelers.  Sorry, but I had to mention this.

  6. There are lots of EV here in the New  England region.  I'm actually surprised just how many there are.  Over a decade ago I used to play "count the Priuses" game on the highway, and there were plenty. Past few years I used to play "count the Teslas". Today there still are quite a few Teslas (which are easy to spot), but just as many as Teslas, there are lots of other fully electric cars from from many different IC car manufacturers, and those EVs look list like any other IC based cars, so they are hard to spot. But if you pay attention, there are plenty of EVs around.  At least around here.

  7. 2 hours ago, ewetwo said:

    Worth a try. I have the cans upside down now so I can see which ones leaked. Maybe I should keep all my cans upside down LOL

    Nor sure how storing upside down will work for you. Think about it.   Since the cans leak the liquid inside, and the leaking occurs at the bottom of the can, if you store them upside down the only thing near the bottom can seal will be the gas propellant (not liquid).  It it leaks, it's gas, so it will be invisible.  The only way you will know the can slowly leaked the gas over time will be loss of pressure (it won't spray anymore).  Since slow leak of gas cannot seal itself over time (like the liquid which hardens as it leaks), the defect will be invisible.

  8. 6 hours ago, Mike 1017 said:

    I just clicked the link. You don't see the contact info in blue?fireballmodelworks@gmail.com <fireballmodelworks@gmail.com>; 

    As I explained in detail earlier, when I click on the link you posted I get to the main page of the Fireball website, not to a Gmail email links. Yes, there is another place on that page you have to click to get contact info. But whatever, this is obviously pointless, and the actual correct email  address was already provided here. I guess I'm just being too pedantic.  Sorry.

  9. 12 hours ago, Fat Brian said:

    I use the same stuff, I was just saying it could be used that way. 

    Brian, I was responding to the initial post where Gary seemed to imply that the brake cleaner has a smell similar to the orange tube Testors cement. At least that is how I interpreted his statement.

    And yes, Tetrachloroethylene (brake cleaner) will attack (melt) polystyrene, so it cab be used as liquid cement, but to me it doesn't smell like the tube glue.

  10. Bob, think about it logically.  Complete items made up of 2 parts, such as the rear end, or engine block can be just glued together without test fitting them first. Why? Because even if they have to be modified to fit into the model, the modifications can be made to the assembled block or rear end. There would be no advantage, as I see it, to being able to modify them in separate halves. The halves halves either fit together or don't. If you think about it, you will see what I mean. But if you don't see it, that's ok too.  Like I mentioned, I'm just voicing my take on test fitting model parts.

  11. As I viewed the initial post I also thought the photos were reference photos of the 1:1 cars, rather than model photos.  Absolutely amazing!  I went back to view the photo again and is still looks to me like 1:1 car, not a tiny 1:24 model.  Usually things like headlights or taillight lenses give models away, but in this case, it is all perfect!

    I went back again now knowing for sure that it is a model and now I can see that the windshield "glass" is thicker than 1:1 glass, and that the concrete texture of the island where the pumps are is slightly rough, but I really had to concentrate to look to find things that were "off".

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  12. 40 minutes ago, bobthehobbyguy said:

    I think the point is he has a process that works for him and he feels it worthwhile to assemble the whole kit with white glue. I think his results speak volumes.

    However there is nothing keeping others for using a modified process. I will continue to follow the videos for this project.

    I don't think  anybody is stating that he is doing something wrong, or that you should stop watching his videos.  I know I'm not saying that, but I also think we are all free to offer some additional suggestions too. I'm simply mentioning that I use a "modified" process of logically determining which parts will be temporarily assembled.

  13. 1 hour ago, Pat Minarick said:

    I will never use baking soda again. I know it will start an argument,  but if you live anywhere that is damp or humid alot you will be sorry. You can use Micro-balloons , it's a filler for remote control airplanes with epoxy or superglue. Haven't had any problems with it and works about the same.

    No arguments here. Baking soda and CA  always was and still is a bad idea, especially since many filler alternatives exist, are easily obtained, and inexpensive.   And for quick hardening there are multiple brands of CA accelerators. Person who thought that idea up should be banned from giving modeling advice forever.

  14. 13 hours ago, Force said:

    It takes 50-55 KWh to produce 1 kilogram of hydrogen from water with electrolysis wich is the only environmentally safe process, and you will get 33 KWh energy back from that kilogram of hydrogen when you use it, so the efficiency is about 60-70% or even less, but you only get water vapour after you use it as it goes back to water.

    If the hydrolysis used 100% solar, wind, or hydro energy, that would make the production "clean".

    Electric cars are more efficient, but then the source of electricity is questionable and what I mentioned above applies here too.

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