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  1. 5 hours ago, Bugatti Fan said:

    The search engine is not precise enough when looking for something specific.

    For example I wanted to search for any Ferrari Daytona threads.  What did I get?  Every instance the word Ferrari was found and every instance the word Daytona was found.

    Literally thousands of irrelevant posts put up to wade through.    Is there a way to refine this or not?     I just gave up in frustration.

    This is not unexpected.  If you did a similar Google search, it would also result in matches which have both or either word in them.  What you typed in was Ferrari OR Daytona.  Like someone else mentioned, if you put that 2-word phrase in quotes, that will give you results of that exact quote.

    This is what the default search criteria are: https://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/search/ . By default it searches entire forum for match to any of the words.  But even if you select "all words", it will show matches where either of the words Ferrari and Daytona are anywhere in the post (not just next to each other).


  2. Here is a long abandoned Texaco gas station in Hooksett, NH.   Looks like it has been abandoned many decades ago. I'm surprised it is still standing. Also surprising that there is no graffiti on it. The container was tagged (but it might have been tagged before someone dropped it off there).  Maybe the structure is too old and decrepit for taggers.




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  3. 3 hours ago, Hi-Po said:

    I am in agreement with Steve and Skip - light to dark with the paintwork

    I agree in general, but in this specific instance it doesn't really matter since both black and sliver are very opaque. Ether can fully cover the other.  But even then, to me it makes sense to paint the silver first, mask it, then spray the black.  Now I'm wondering in what order the 1:1 cars were painted. :)

  4. 11 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    Chlorine is a chemical element; it has symbol Cl and atomic number 17. The second-lightest of the halogens, it appears between fluorine and bromine in the periodic table and its properties are mostly intermediate between them. Chlorine is a yellow-green gas at room temperature.

    You are correct of course.  My goal was to point out that in the household bleach it is lye (sodium hydroxide) that reacts with aluminum in the "chromed" plastic parts.  The chlorine (in the form of sodium hypochlorite) does the actual bleaching of laundered fabrics. At least that is how I understand this.

  5. On 3/24/2024 at 3:03 PM, kensar said:

    Well, after an extensive internet search, the only method of stripping aluminum coatings I found were to use bleach (7% sodium hypochlorite) or lye (c).  The bleach did not do an adequate job, even after soaking overnight.  I went to a hardware store and got 100% lye, used for clearing out stopped up drains, and mixed up a strong batch of about 40% - 50% NaOH.  Soaking the parts for 2-3 hours removed the plating (but not the clear yellow coating that makes the surfaces smooth).  So this is what I will do to strip the chrome from the parts.  I guess the aluminum coating is thicker on Trumpeter parts than parts from other manufacturers.


    Ken, Trumpeter "chrome" is *NOT* a typical aluminum coating used in other kits. It is some different metal electroplated (much thicker layer) onto the plastic. But I'm glad that whatever you came up with worked for you.  Be very careful with such strong solution of sodium hydroxide.  Best to use glass container.

    BTW, most household bleach contains a blend of both, chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) and lye (sodium hydroxide).

  6. 4 hours ago, Joe Handley said:

    Yeah, I’ve seen videos of wrecks from lack of talent compared to HP or just plain stupidity/entitlement, enough to make me think that a real drivers Ed and/or mandatory high performance driving experience type classes should be mandatory above 200-250hp and/or above 5000lbs.

    Well, just because someone took the mandatory education and know how to handle the vehicle, there is  no guarantee that they still won't make a dumb choice and go wild.  Some people can't help themselves. They just don't think of consequences. 

    Call me cynical.

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  7. 5 minutes ago, Tom Geiger said:

    Dale, as great as he looks, is in his 80s!  He said he offered to teach people how to go it and assume his aging equipment but nobody wanted to do this work. So it’s over.

    And he didn’t give any notice because of what happened to Don Holthaus when he graciously gave notice!  

    Oh, I don't blame Dale or hold it against him.  But it is sad that this leaves the more advanced modelers with nowhere to get their parts "chromed".  The spray on chrome paints out there simply do not match the reflectivity or durability if the vacuum metalizing process.

  8. For some reason Trumpeter instead of the typical vacuum metalizing using aluminum (like most model manufacturers), actually used electroplating process to cover the plastic with relatively thick layer of metal. I don't think it is actual chrome but it will be very though to remove.  There have been threads here about this in the past.  Just have to find one.

    EDIT: I looked and no luck. Looks like nobody found any simple or easy way to remove it.

  9. On 3/7/2024 at 2:16 PM, doorsovdoon said:

    I wouldn't be surprised. I've been reading up about chrome plating for some hours now (I know little about it) though thankfully plastic chrome looks to be safe from these little Hitlers... for now. Not sure if they could, to be honest. Vehicle headlights are chrome plated plastic, we'd be driving with very dim lights if not plated. lol

    Not quite.  As you found out, there are different ways to "plate".  The chrome electroplating process of things like vintage car bumpers requires a lot of nasty chemicals.  Things like headlight buckets are likely vacuum metalized (just like it is done for plastic kit's "chrome" metal parts).  The metal is usually aluminum, not chrome and no nasty chemicals are involved.

    Besides, most new cars usually use some sort of projection headlights which do not have the typical reflector you would see in conventional halogen headlights.

    But if chrome electroplating is banned, how will people be able to restore vintage cars?  I think this planet is getting out of control as far as the environmental craziness goes.

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  10. On 3/18/2024 at 4:06 PM, espo said:

    Had a crown break while eating a sandwich at lunch today. I had broken one on the other side of my mouth a couple of weeks ago and the dentist did the impressions and sent them off for a new crown and installed a temporary crown on that side. Now I have to go get another temporary crown for the side that broke today. 

    I also had one of those acrylic resin temp. crowns break on my several years ago on my back molar.  I just cleaned it really well in 99% IPA and glued it back together using CA glue.  Then I put it back in and the temporary cement was still on the tooth stump.  It held until my permanent crown arrived.  Of course I was not chewing on that side. :)

  11. 5 minutes ago, Beans said:

    Is the purpose of the question to determine how to remove them whole and re-use them?

    I don't see any way they can be removed then re-used.  

    Exactly.  While it was not specifically mentioned in the initial post I could only assume that the reason for removing "without destroying them" for re-using.

  12. 1 hour ago, FoMoCo66 said:

    Now I know a good idea when I hear one. And that idea sir is GREAT.

    It might be a great idea, but in today's world someone would  complain and kill it.  After all, you can buy a gun and ammo without taking any training, so why would you need it to drive a hot car?    Both guns and cars can be deadly.

    It is not about being a good driver - it is about being silly macho guy, and not thinking of consequences. You know? Like begin responsible for your actions.  It's just people being stupid.  You can't fix stupid. Those muscle cars can be driven gently. Nobody (but someone's dumb brain) forces them to step hard on the gas pedal.

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