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PeteJ last won the day on March 11

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  1. Thanks, that's all I wanted to know. It todays world of e-commerce, I have somewhat become accustomed to multiple follow up emails when purchasing something. If that is the process then I'm good with it. Not trying to make extra work for anyone. Thank you.
  2. Sorry to start a new thread for this but I didn't get a reply yet on the registration thread. I have registered electronically and was wondering two things. Will I get any confirmation, either electronic or hard copy, other than my receipt from the web site or paypal? Second, is there any way I can confirm my personal information on that registration? Thanks
  3. Registration

    I've registered all ready but being an old guy, I was wondering if I will receive any paper or electronic confirmation of registration/banquet/t-shirt other then the receipt from the shopping cart?
  4. Paint fumes

    Yup, me too Gil. MBP(Models By Pete) is in my own single car garage.
  5. Paint fumes

    I'm with you Gil. I really am not fond of any paint fumes, but if I had to choose one it is the alcohol based ones. My family is full of people who work in hospitals and I associate the smell of alcohol with visiting them in their work place. Unfortunately, over the years I have "sniffed" a fair amount of paint fumes and have kind of become "nose blind" to them. I know because when I am sitting in my shop, oblivious to the smell and my wife comes out and comments on the strong odor of paint.
  6. Flying to Nats

    Rick, just make sure to pressure relieve the box. A couple of very small holes drilled through will do the job. Somewhere between a 60 and a 70 wire gauge drill bit and a pin vise with do the job.
  7. Flying to Nats

    I am driving as I did the last time Nat's were in Phoenix. Flying actually takes longer. By the time I factor in the time to get to the airport, check in, go through TSA, wait to board, fly, disembark, wait for luggage, go to the the auto rental counter or wait for the shuttle and drive to the airport, it takes close to 6 hours. Not to mention the $700 for rental car and airline ticket. I can drive from San Diego in about five and a half hours for the cost of one tank of gas and I don't have the cost of a rental car or wait for a cranky shuttle driver. Yup, I'll drive.
  8. Nice and neat vs utter chaos

    I am always baffled with how much space our hobby requires but how truely little of that space we actually use for building. Most of us only really use about two square feet for the activity. The rest seems to be storage.
  9. Not sure the powders are available any more. There have been several, but none of them lasted on the market very long. They seem to be either toxic or flammable or both. Pure speculation but I suspect that they are aluminum powder based which is actually quite dangerous to your health and wellbeing. Most of us use either Bare Metal Foil or paints(Alclad being one of the brands). There are also aftermarket plating services. A little research on Youtube will give you several tutorials on how to use either.
  10. ...or you could strip it, clean up all the seams and sink marks and use Bare Metal foil on it. I actually like this better than any kit chrome or paint. You and also handle it pretty easily without worrying about fingerprints.
  11. Scale Motorsport is closing

    There are plenty of garage businesses that do automotive but Matthew took it to a whole new level. His stuff was absolutely top shelf, much like Model Factory Hiro. He had a connection with Tamiya that other aftermarket suppliers just couldn't do. He got pre production information in many cases and some may recall that he had a joint Tamiya/Scale Motorsport kit of the Porsche 956. Tamiya did the plastic and Matthew did the photoetched, machined parts, carbon fiber decals and a detail DVD. The kit had both the Tamiya and SMS logo went for about $125 if I recall right but try and find one now! It is just too bad that he is shutting it down.
  12. Just a heads up for all you automotive builder. As many of you probably know Matthew Wells at Scale Motorsport has had the business for sale for a while. So far no one has stepped up with a good offer. So, he has decided to shut the business down. He is selling off the stock and not reordering any, so if you have something that you would like but have put off buying it, now is the time to act. He tells me that when something is gone, it is gone for good. I sent in my last order to cover all the kits I currently have because I am sure that if I don't and I want it later, I will be stuck with stupid ebay prices. Matthew is a good friend and I expect to see him around contest so it is not the end of enjoying his company, but I will miss Scale Motorsport. Top quality stuff. Sorry to see it go.
  13. Panel Lines

    Actually it works best if you use an "Old Guy" computer!
  14. Panel Lines

    Nick, are you going to Phoenix? If so, we must make it a point to share a pint! Cheers!
  15. Panel Lines

    Nick, I like your distinguishing between a miniturest and an impressionist form of modeling. However I would say that we are all of the Trompe l'oiel school. We take materials and make them look like something else. That is until we take up the mill, lathe, shot bag and english wheel. For the majority of builder on this form, virtually nothing we use in modeling is the "real deal". We use paint on plastic to create the appearance of hundreds of other materials. Very little that we make actually works like the real deal and when it does we make a big deal out of it, because is it rather rare. Granted there are a few modelers out there who are the exceptions. The people who build anentire aircraft out of aluminum held in place by actual rivets. Controls that actually function and cars that run and are made entirely from metal, but these people are truly rare. You can find a lot of them at this web site. http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/rooms.htm In the meantime the rest of us are trying to fool the eye. Now as to panel lines, nothing we do is truely to scale. If it were, the lines would come close to disappearing, whether it be access panels on an aircraft or shut lines on cars. But we are stuck with what our brain remembers it thinks it saw which is often a composite of distant views and close up view. When we stood next to an aircraft, we saw panel lines and that is what we remember. Up close we saw the bug splatters and oil drips and that is also in our image. Our brain builds a composite and that is what we expect to see and if we don't see it, we feel it lacks realism, whether it is true or false. This applies to every model we see. All of these various things things try to equate to what our brain tells us we saw and what we see on the table. The closer the model gets to that mental picture the better we like the model. Sometimes it is a small detail, other times it is the subtle shading of a faded paint job, but it is alway about our mental image. This is why when you spec out models, often the dimensions are off. I remember reading in S. Tamiya's book that they subtly changed the dimensions of models to accommodate the humans normal viewing perspective. His early car models looked to narrow, because they are almost always viewed from ground level. When the model is viewed from above, that is not the mental image that we normally have and they look off. Perspective is very much part of our world, but we must blend that into our build to make them "look" right. The pure technician will never make a model that "looks" right unless it is scaled up to something close to 1:1