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  1. The flaring is a draft angle needed to be able to eject the part from the mold. It does seem a bit steep, but who knows what the designer was thinking.  Yes, it coudl have been made without the angle but the mold would have been more complex.

    I wasn't a fan if the mirror tiles either. They were too thick (and because they were transparent, you could see the out-of-scale thickness).  I'm sure you'll come up with something more appropriate.  Maybe just flocking (although wall-to-wall carpeting in a bathroom seems impractical)? Or just make some opaque tiles from  thin styrene, paint them gloss white and black (or any other contrasting colors), then arrange them in a checkerboard pattern?

  2. While I hate to use that term, the paradigm has shifted.

    If someone has the CAD skills to design and then print (at home) their design on a 3D printer, that part is scratchbuilt just as much if it was created by gluing and shaping (by hand) some pieces of plastic.  In the case of 3D, that "hand" is on a computer mouse carving the design on the computer screen.  The brain is commanding that hand in either method of making that part.

    How about artists (painters)?  While someone can paint painting on a blank canvas using paints and paintbrush, someone else can create just as beautiful paintings on their computer screen. Does the fact that the painting was drawn on a computer make the artist less of an artist?

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  3. 9 hours ago, landman said:

    That is one of the differences, but the grille is the one which stand out the most. I'm not sure what issues your relative had but mine was dead reliable. The worst feature was its skittishness on icy roads, no weight on the rear combined with lots of power.

    We had that conversation quite some time ago, but one thing I recall was that she said the interior was really cheap (low-end). Like the interior door panels made of  cardboard.  But then again, these were econo-boxes, so maybe her expectations were too high.  I'm sure hers didn't have a V8.  I think they were also prone to rusting (but back then that was true for most cars).

  4. 6 hours ago, Monty said:

    So far, the best I've been able to do is get it set up so that the major repeat offenders end up in a spam file, but I was hoping there was a way to block them altogether.  I probably clean 20-30 out every day, and none of them are things I have used or searched for.  I may be the least computer-adept person on here, but I have no doubt someone has made something that would do what I need.  

    Monty, you are not the only one fed up with SPAM.  While at work all the SPAM is filtered before gets to me, I still go through several dozens of emails a day.  That is why I have rules set up to organize emails in different folders, and at the end of the day I purge them. This is a normal thing to do.  You have to realize that you will never be able to magically filter out all the SPAM.

    Most SPAM has nothing to do with items you searched for in your browser. Most come from Spammers who bought you email address on the Dark Web and just use it to flood you with all sorts of nefarious offers, or phishinig for information hoping you will reply or click on some bad link.

    You specifically mentioned Lume deodorant, SonoBello, Byte, Renewal by Anderson, camp lejeune stuff. Those types of emails can be easily dealt with by setting up Outlook rules (since they have keywords for Outlook to look for).   That will at least eliminate some of the unwanted stuff in your Inbox.  Doesn't your ISP have some SPAM filtering already built-in?

  5. I love the sales pitch to appeal  to 21st Century parents (or young responsible adults).

    Visual-motor skills
    Cognitive skills
    Planning and stratergizing  skills

    What a deal - just for less than $50 (including paints and glue), you can develop all those skills building models of ancient cars which were popular decades before you were born. Good marketing plan! :D 

  6. Well, according to the Super Glue ads, small metal-to-metal bond can hold up a weight of a man. ;)  Of course the surfaces have to be perfectly clean and flat.  CA also has very little shear strength.
    But seriously I agree that epoxy is a better choice here. And not just some ordinary epoxy. I recommend J-B Weld, and not their 5-minute epoxy but the long setting stuff.  Yes, you will have to wait overnight, but those bonds will be really strong.  Placing the model in a dehydrator (or somewhere warm (like on top of a furnace or boiler) will also speed up the cure.

  7. That is a very interesting project. I also never knew about this car or the model.

    When I was a kid, we had a VW 1600TL (the fastback). I have a Matchbox diecast of it and some N scale (1:160) models, but I wish someone would come out with a 1:24 version in a kit form.

  8. These cars were real POS, but they were sure unique looking. My GF's sister owned one and I heard horror stories.

    Of course I also understand wanting to build a model of your car.  I have that '75 Gremiln X kit too, because of its unique look.

    I'm curious: what are the visual differences between '75 and the '73? Is it just the details of the "C" pillar?

    What would be really cool is if you could get those stripes done in metallic gold.

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  9. On 9/17/2023 at 11:25 PM, Brian Austin said:

    I have seen a movie (with organ) at the Shanklin hall, but don't recall seeing the Stanley there.

    The car is disparaged in the back room, where the "guts" of the organ are. After the movie there is usually a tour of the back room offered, and that is when you get to see the car. If you did the tour and the car wasnt; there, it might have been on a loan, being serviced,  or something like that.

    BTW, there is a silent movie being shown there this upcoming Sunday.  https://www.wurlitzerpops.org/

  10. 6 hours ago, Bainford said:

    Wow! That thing is insane. And the upright driving position is brutal. How unstable that must have been, not to mention trying to maintain control with those crazy handlebars. How much better it would have been if he laid on the tank and used shorter bars. 

    Hindsight is 20/20. Back then idea idea of streamlining has  not been thought of yet.  Just look at  any vehicle of that era. :)

  11. So a real motorcycle (or at least 1:1 replica) does exist?  Maybe some CAD model designer will make a 3D printed model.

    I love the drive shaft and what looks like large exposed gear driving the rear wheel. And stiff (no springs) suspension! Yeah, that must have been some ride at over 100 MPH!

    While not this specific bike, Aoshima produced a "Vintage Bike" series of 1:16 scale motorcycles like 1918 Harley-Davidson 18F, 1912 Henderson Model A, 1914 Militarie, and 1924 Ace.  Those are cool models. I have couple of those kits.



  12. Yes, there were diecast and resin models of the Tucker manufactured in multiple scales. but no plastic kits in 1:24/25 scale.  I own a 1:43 inexpensive diecast of that car, and it is surprisingly well made. I also doubt it will ever be made as a plastic kit. Familiar faith to the '71-'73 Boattail Buick Riviera - another car I would like to see as a plastic kit.

    But with the 3D printing going strong, there is hope that both of those cars will be made as 1:24/25 models in not too distant future.

  13. Tamiya tape (or generic Washi tape) is much better than any household masking tapes.  Tamiya tape is thinner (more pliable), and it has better adhesive.  But unless you burnish the edges extremely well, the paint will get under the edge. Also if the paint is sprayed on very wet, that also invites bleed through.  Lighter (drier) layer of paint around the tape edge should be helpful in preventing bleeding when subsequent wetter layers are sprayed.

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