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  1. I'm one of those shoppers who actually reads labels. I can attest to the fact that product sizes are shrinking. It's the dirty little secret of food producers/manufacturers. A one-pound can of coffee is now 14-15 ounces. Same size can... just less coffee in it. They do this to almost all packaged foods.

    You're not the only one to notice what has been going on for several years now. Just see what Incredible Shrinking Products others see out there. This is a good one.

    Things like cans of tuna have been shrinking for a long time. Not only is there less product, the cans themselves are made from much thinner steel.  Peanut butter packaging seems the same on the outside, but if you look on the bottom of the jar, instead of being flat, there is a deep dome there, reducing the volume and weight of the product!  Sneaky tricks!

    I had to laugh last time I picked up box of Nabisco Chicken in a Biskit crackers. While the box looked normal, there was something strange about it. When I brought it home I compared to the onld box I still had and there was less product in the new one. But the box was slightly shorted and not as deep as the old one.


    It also does burn me up that when the oil (and gasoline) prices skyrocketed in the early 2000's all the shipping companies and airlines all jacked up their prices due to the fuel costs. Now that we are back at the early 2000's cost of fuel, nobody is lowering their prices. The airlines just announced that they are raising their prices and raking the record profits. :wacko:

  2. Be careful when using steel BBs in water-based paints. They will rust, ruining the paint. Even some type of stainless steel will rust in certain paint formulas. I use glass beads used for jewelry making from an arts/crafts store (roughly the same size as BBs).  BTW, if you ever opened an empty spray paint can, those rattling things inside are actually glass marbles.

  3. The name. ;)  Seriously, going by smell and the finish, they seem identical, except for the bottle they are in.  I'm assuming that you are asking about the enable paints (not water-based acrylics). I usually stay away from them as they never seem to fully dry, and their bright and shiny finish dulls really easily when handled.

  4. I use a very similar technique to Pete's (the white glue is used to stabilize the emblem while sanding) except I don't used BMF (too thin and fragile). I use regular kitchen aluminum foil.  Remember to always make few extras (in case one is lost or broken during handling).  Don't ask how I know...

  5. Strong lighting is vital for miniature model work. I often work on 1:43 or even 1:160 scale models.  On my workbench I use 2 sunnex gooseneck 20W halogen lights and 2 magnifier  lamps with  3000K "Kitchens and Bathrooms" GE fluorescent bulbs which have CRI of 85 (pretty decent CRI for fluorescent lamps).  The halogen lights also have an excellent CRI value. The halogen lamps have very small heads so I can position them very close to my face and to the work area to focus the intense light exactly where I need it.

    The Sunnex lamps aren't cheap, but they are well worth their price.  I bought mine about 150 years ago. I just checked their website and nowadays they offer a whole range of LED-based lamps. Still, I like the halogen ones for their high CRI.



  6. Perezky you evil man. I just looked up Tomy cars. You are correct.  Those are very nicely done and would look great as an addition to my Matchbox collection.  More to buy I guess! 

    LOL!  They are nice!  Some not as well proportioned as original Matchbox ones, but they have nice paint jobs and most have operating features.

  7. Any '64 Studebaker would be cool. The last major big facelift Studebaker ever did to its cars. And a great one at that. The last year for Studebaker's own engines, hardtops, convertibles, and Hawks. Canadian built only Studebakers in '65. So only sedans and wagons with Chevrolet/McKinnon engines after '64. So 1964 gets my vote for the above reasons.

    Funny - Couple of years ago I saw one of those in what looked like original unrestored (but good) condition at a local supermarket parking lot (used as a grocery getter). ;)  Talking about unique cars!

  8. HAHAHAHAHAHA! You've got it right. Right now we have government "ON the people, IN the people, and TO the people." And I've had enough of it, too.

    My old Dad used to say, "Vote everybody who's in OUT, and vote everybody who's out, IN." I'll be doing exactly that this time around. Hey, it couldn't get any worse.

    Oh yes it can - and it will. No matter which party gets in. Trust me on that one. :wacko:

  9. I'm also not sure about this aversion to nail polish.  Nail polish is simply a solvent-based lacquer.  Similar to to the automotive touch-up paints you buy in a car parts store or at a car dealer.  It is also similar to several brands of model paints (like Scale Finishes).

    If you think about it, paint/lacquer is manufactured in large quantities and then it is poured into small bottles (like hobby paints or nail polishes).  If I were to take some orange nail polish, thin it a bit with lacquer thinner and pour it in a Scale Finishes bottle with their label, you would use it and never know that the paint came from a nail polish bottle. ;)

  10. Yeah, it's just that I know folks over there and for whatever reason they don't want to come on this board. Maybe it's because they have to register and whatnot-----------I don't know. Nevertheless, I don't have enough time in the day to figure out the cantankerous reasons of why I can no longer post there. The Comcast rep tried to tell me that it's got something to do with my OS in the PC and laptop.

    No! I'm having this problem on ALL my devices including my iPhone and tablet when it comes to WIFI! So it's not the OS, it's something on Comcast's end that they can't figure out, and I'm sick of trying. :angry:

    I'm not sure that I would want to see some of the Spotlight forum members here. :wacko:

    I have Comcast as my ISP at home and I have not problems accessing that other board.  Can't you take one of your wireless devices to some random WiFi hotspot in your town and see if the problem still happens on those networks?  Or can you try shutting off the WiFi on your phone and trying to access it through your phone carrier's network?

  11. Bill, I think some of this diluting of those American value was due to the fact that there was a major change in the global economy. The world has become a much smaller place and less isolated than it was let's say 40 years ago. Instead of doing everything in-house (and keeping the know how within the company and within the country), large companies have expanded into many different locations all over the world. The R&D is no longer just kept in USA.  They can do it cheaper in other countries.  Which brings up another point: the bottom line. Now it seems that more than ever before (at least in my lifetime) all that the corporations seem to care about is maximizing their profit and pay off the shareholders. Plus all the mega-mergers where there are fewer and fewer companies competing with each other is also stiffing innovation. That is how I see it and there doesn't seem to be any way to reverse these trends.

    The other thing is that the population is getting lazier when it comes to logical thinking. With the Internet and easy and instant access to the entire knowledge of the world, nobody needs to think anymore - we just "Google it".   The technology makes us not want to think - especially those who don't remember days before the Internet or a smart phone.  Why learn cursive writing or arithmetical operation in your head when the computing devices which are ever-present in our lives can do all of that for us. 

    Like I said: I don't see a good way to get things back to the good-old-days. The cat (the tightly interconnected global economy) is out of the bag and we can't turn back.  But as a naturalized immigrant  I can tell you that while I can see lots of negative changes have taken place since I arrived in the good US of A, we still are much better off than many other places on this blue planet of ours.

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