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  1. On 1/20/2018 at 5:47 PM, Ace-Garageguy said:

    3) Yup. Maintenance and competent repairs when necessary make ALL the difference. But many electronic components will NOT be supported in the future for most of the now-new vehicles. Keeping one running will be much like keeping an old Windows 95 computer functional.

    My car is a 2006 Scion xB with 130k miles on it, and I still actively use a Win98SE computer at home. :D  I could even dig up my 486DX2-66 PC with DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.1 installed. It probably still works. Same goes for my Sinclair ZX81 computer.

    That xB is my first ever new car purchase, and to me the newer cars are much better made than any older cars.  I drove my share of 70's Camaros, Dusters, Pintos, Thunderbirds, Cadillacs, etc., and they were all much less reliable than my xB. Granted, I bought them all used, but even if I bought them new, I am convinced that they would be nowhere as probable as my xB has been so far.  Even if they would be ok mechanically, their bodies would be rusted after 10 years of Northeast winters.

  2. On 1/19/2018 at 8:15 PM, 665@213 said:

    I was wondering if there's anybody out there who does custom decal work, in a timely manner. I've got a few things I would like to get done. I haven't had any luck with the Testors decal program and paper. I need them printed on clear decal paper as they will be going on an orange car. Thanks for looking!

    If the car is orange the decal images will need a white undercoat. Without it the color images on your decal will be translucent and the orange background will make their colors look way off.

  3. On 1/19/2018 at 11:22 AM, Ace-Garageguy said:

    I had no clue. I first tried to peg it to some eastern European manufacturer (it looks like it could be Wartburg 353-based), then thought it might be a stillborn Fiat safety-car prototype (it has proportions not entirely unlike a 131), and then searched all the bizarre safety-car prototypes from everywhere. It never occurred to me it could actually be a production car. Yech. 

    I was also way off. Like you I thought it was Easter European. To me it has body lines of one of the many reincarnations of a license-build or a copied Fiat.  I'm glad others were able to find out what that "thing" was.  Yuck!

  4. On 1/16/2018 at 3:26 PM, Ace-Garageguy said:

    his is the .012" beading wire I favor. For production car wires, it's tough to beat, and looks the part quite well.

    This will be blackened to represent the old Packard wire once the lengths and shaping are completed.

    It can be bent into sharp curves (which it will hold) but also makes a nice smooth curve if that's the look you want.


    Even ignoring the fact that it has metallic color, and even painted with a black Sharpie it will have non-realistic sheen to it, then like your pictures show, the way it curves doesn't look anything like ignition wire harness in a factory-stock car. You said it can be formed, but the Detail-Master wire is much easier to form.  We all have our favorites.  If I was worried about spending too much money on my modeling supplies, I would not be building models. :)

  5. 5 hours ago, crazyjim said:

    I'll let everyone in on a secret even though it'll kill my business.  Go to ebay and search for 30 ga kynar wire.  I use a guy out of California.  I believe his name is Ping Fong.  He had free shipping on the wire.

    That is a standard wire-wrapping wire. I used lots of it when prototyping circuit boards. I have oodles of it around my workshop, but I find it of limited use for 1:25 scale cars.  While the 30AWG wire itself is 0.010" in diameter, the overall diameter (with insulation) is around 0.016" which is too thick for factory-stock ignition wire. It is acceptable for some heavy duty racing wires, but I don't build many of those models.

    Also isn't beading wire simply enameled wire?  The enamel is translucent so the wire looks like it has metallic color (not a solid opaque silicone-like color).  No go for me.

    insulated wire extracted from old electronic devices is a good idea, but again, too thick for ignition wire. But it makes for good hoses.

  6. 11 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    3M makes an adhesive marketed specifically for temporarily adhering sanding discs to pads, but in typical 3M fashion, it's wildly overpriced now (because the cost is always added into the "material" bill on any body-shop job). I think you'll find plain old garden variety rubber cement will work at least as well for model work.

    Yes, it is cheaper, but it is not fun using a small brush to coat a 9x11 sheet. Plus, does the cement self-levels or the brush creates uneven layers of glue?  Spraying is much easier and produces an even surface.  You don't need that expensive special sanding disc-adhesive variety - only the craft-type removable variety (from Michael's or Hobby Lobby).

  7. 2 hours ago, kitbash1 said:

    Because I have grandchildren who are nothing like the generation before them. Even my own two kids are better equipped then the kids in those videos. That's what gives me hope.    

    I think that they are in the minority - the general population (and their offspring) seem to still be going in the wrong direction.

  8. On 1/13/2018 at 7:22 PM, kitbash1 said:

    Definitely a product of the Public Education system in North America. We have the same type of Dim Witted, Vapid Flakes  in Canada. Hell, our Prime Minister is a great example of this Dim , Simple minded thinking. I weep for the next generation who have to cleanup the mess left by these idiots.

    And what in the world makes you think that the next generation will be any smarter than this one?  It seems like we are going on the opposite direction. :wacko:

  9. 12 hours ago, Jim N said:

    Pardon my ignorance, but what are the metal pieces and where did you get them?  That is a clever way to clamp model parts.

    Looks like he made it all himself. Welded some nuts to a bent steel rod. Pretty clever (if you have welding equipment handy).

  10. 6 hours ago, Rob Hall said:

    Been 'warming' up yesterday and today (mid 30s today) after the deep freeze...supposed to be in the 50s Thursday..all the snow will melt in my yard...then ice and snow Fri and the weekend.. :(

    That sounds like the weather report for the Boston area. But we have over a foot of snow on the ground  - one day of 50 degree weather will not melt all that snow.  It will barely put a dent in it.

  11. 6 hours ago, iamsuperdan said:

    I'm still not sure if these flat earthers are just trolling, or if they legitimately believe it. I really hope it's the former.

    I'm afraid that they are serious.  We also have non-believers that humans landed on the moon, or even traveled beyond the Van Allen belt.

  12. On 1/5/2018 at 2:19 PM, Ace-Garageguy said:

    Here's a link to an article from Psychology Today, published in 2011.It cites results of several studies and polls that are alarming in their implications about the literacy and awareness of the American populace...like the sad fact that more than 40% of Americans DID NOT READ A SINGLE BOOK OVE

    R THE COURSE OF A YEAR...and unbelievably, 18% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth.

    That explains the ever growing Flat Earth Society.  :wacko:

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