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    I just encountered (this morning) an otherwise reasonably intelligent "professional" woman who HAD NO IDEA THAT CALLER ID COULD BE FAKED.

    There are people out there who are more gullible and less paranoid than the average population. They don't really ponder things and will pretty believe (without questioning) anything they hear.

  2. Won't work with this style of fan spray nozzle.

    Believe me, I've tried.


    True, they use totally different valve in the can.

    We have the Testors type of a valve (stem in the nozzle plugs into the can), Tamiya spray valve (the can has a stem on which the nozzle gets installed), and the fan-spray valve (similar to Tamiya but there is also a metal rod which opens the valve). Neither of those 3 types is interchangeable. That is why using an airbrush is the ideal solution: decant any paint you want and have perfect control of the air pressure, paint volume and spray pattern. You can also make your own custom paint mixes. That dreaded airbrush cleanup after painting is really NOT-THAT-BAD!  Trust me. :D

  3. Wow, this post to me seems to show a typical mob-mentality (so prevalent in USA, especially since the Internet made it very easy to communicate one's opinions to thousands or millions of other like-minded people).  I did not watch the video at all (with all these comments I didn't find a need to do it).   There are all sort of really weird videos on the Internet - you can pretty much find anything.  Why don't we comment on all of those? It seems that the MCM mob picked their victim: some unsuspecting person or a modeler who 4 years ago made a video of doing a poor job assembling and painting a plastic model kit.  Really?!

    Maybe we should be chewing-out people who post videos of smashing all sorts of devices, frying them in microwaves, or putting them in a blender?  A plastic model in a blender?  How's that for a video?

  4. Yes Peter, I found that helpful; I sourced the carpet from such a supplier and was amazed at the extent of the accessories. Virtually all I found were 1/12 scale however. The carpet nap turned out perfect for 1/8 scale.

    But you are looking for tiny 1/8 scale vase which will most likely be a medium size 1/12 scale vase. Scale is irrelevant for object like that, or sometimes even can be used to your advantage.

  5. I also have been using PB free account for few years, problem-free.  I moved there from Imageshack.us when they killed off their free accounts (and I lost all the photos there - but had a backup).
    Today I got an email from PB apologizing for the recent outage due to some problem with a website update.  I am not on PB 7x24 so I didn't even notice a problem.

    I do hate their user interface (after the "new and exciting" update few years back). The ads don't bother me (I use AdBlock Plus).  Running Seamonkey Browser (yes, you've read correctly) on Win XP SP3 and Win 7.

  6. Neither a land-line (which is what I use) or caller ID will stop this craziness.  99% of the illegitimate sales or phishing calls spoof CallerID (one even showed my own phone number calling itself!). I'm also on the Do Not Call Registry and that doesn't seem to help.  So, it doesn't matter whether you use a land-line or a cell phone - they still find you.  I never used to pick up the phone but just having the phone ringing while I sleep (work night shift) or even when I'm up is annoying,  What I started doing recently is to pick up the phone and not say anything. If it is a human calling they will eventually say "hello". It is is a robo-call it waits for me to say something first before giving me the spiel. For those I just let the headset sit on the table for 15 minutes or so. They don't seem to be able to hang up so they have to pay someone for the 15 minute call.  That is probably nothing for them but it makes me feel better. :D

    As for the IRS scam calls, you should check this page and report them here.

  7. They also lose mail too. I once paid a bill and it never got paid. Then the following month I get a bill that's two months charge plus a $20 late fee for the previous month. The lost check was never cashed.

    With millions of mail pieces they go through every day, stuff like that can happen. It happened to me too.  I also had a package from Japan (non-tracked) lost in the mail for few months. Finally I received a large envelope from USPS which contained the top of the package box and an official form stating that the package got damaged and that the box top was the only thing from the package they found.

  8. My trick (pretty sure I invented it, 'cause I've never heard anyone else doing it) is to scrub the tire with a coarse abrasive cleanser (like OLD Comet...the "scratch free" stuff is useless), hot water and a toothbrush. Elbow grease, effort. De-shines ALL the tire, including down in the tread groves.

    You're welcome.   :D

    I've done that too (honest). :D  It does take lots of elbow grease.

    I was also contemplating spraying the tread with Dullcote, to dull the grooves, then using sandpaper to to scuff the rest of the tread, but I have not tried that.

  9. Maybe it's just me, but it seems the majority of the responses deal with precision milling of metal material. The OP also wants to work with styrene. My gut tells me a Sherline might be overkill for styrene.


    When making scale model parts (either 1:6 or 1:700 scale) precision is a good thing.  It is not an overkill for styrene. Like Art I have owned my Sherline since the '80s and have upgraded it multiple times.

    This 1:160 (N scale) model I built has the headlights turned out of styrene rod (painted with Alclad II brass) while the bell, siren, and the water nozzle (on the running board) are turned out of brass.



  10. Steven, that is a brilliant idea.  I too struggle with putting foil on my kits and never thought about using painters tape as a guide.

    I can vouch vouch for that technique too. I've been using it for years and I thought I invented it.  :D But obviously others had the same bright idea.  The other good thing about that technique is that the tape automatically (and cleanly) pulls up the extra foil.

  11. As Art mentioned, 3D printed prototype mock-up are already being extensively used in the industry. 3D-printed masters for resin or pewter cast models are also already used by several companies.  In time I'm sure that more and more companies (or cottage industries) will be using that technology.  There are several 3D printing technologies and dozens of printers which vary in printting resolution from really coarse to so fine that the printed items look like they have been injection-molded. Of course the cost of the fine-resolution printouts are much higher than the low-res ones.  But if used as a master, it pays to invest in a high-res printout.

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