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  1. The pitch: 1. Carry out a series of armed robberies in the Retail DIY sector. 2. Develop and implement a Zombie Apocalypse. The investors: The guys who backed Theranos.
  2. Quite apart from the ethics of the thing are the practical problems. If you plan an armed robbery of your average Lowe's store, and they don't happen to have much cash in the service desk register, you're really at pains to find something to take in a hurry. You probably don't have time to wheel the getaway car around and load in something of any substantial street value, such as a gas grill, snow blower, deck furniture, bags of mulch, or road salt. And even if that is your ill-considered plan, if your getaway car is a van or pickup truck, well, you're missing the point of "getaway car." So you are left with grabbing whatever's handy at the front end - LED flashlights, tape measures, candy, watch batteries, cheap pocket multi-tools, carabiners, miniature cans of WD-40, small bungee tie-downs, possibly a few drill or driver bit sets, maybe a five-gallon bucket to carry it all in, and, well, I suppose you could demand the employees give you their aprons. As a felony, it just doesn't seem like a good investment.
  3. I think AFV Club has made noises like they would produce a MIM-14 -Herc, too. The key is producing an accurate launcher, since the Revell launcher is semi fictional. If either or both companies do the above, I'll pay a high price for the kit. Meantime, I'll relegate my Revell kit parts to science fiction builds.
  4. I suppose it's more efficient that beginning a new thread to hash out an old discussion again. I wonder how many of us do not chase realism so much, as we do other artistic qualities. For car modelers, I'm under the impression that they are often trying to create a near-perfect replica that is acknowledged to be an ideal replica, with flawless workmanship, instead of something that, if photographed properly, would look like a real motor vehicle. This is the basis for ship modeling where crew, water, and weathering are not to be seen, and the ship is mounted to a block of wood instead. This pursuit is a real challenge, especially considering how unforgiving gloss finishes, chrome, and other aspects of car modeling can be. Occasionally aircraft modelers do this, too.
  5. So now this Marie Kondo is the new self-help industry sensation. She teaches people how to adopt a Japanese-culture-inspired minimalist life: let go of non-essential possessions, minimize clutter, and so on. Kondo sounds like she's just who I need to help me reign in my bloated model- and model-supply stash. But I kinda feel Japan is largely responsible for the mess I'm in now. I've probably personally bankrolled a bullet-train line just through Tamiya, Hasegawa, and Gunze yen alone.
  6. At least some of us have been diagnosed with something like ADHD, or would have been had it been a thing when we were younger. We struggle to organize and stick to a plan on complicated projects. Writing things down, especially checklists, is a tactic to overcome this personality feature. (It's a good tactic for anyone, really, and is a tradition in many professions.) This prevents us from suffering nuisances like painting and masking in the wrong order, or worse, gluing canopies on before control sticks or ejection seats are in place. I've learned that if I at least jot down a checklist (well, in Evernote, anyway) I avoid bitter mistakes that really stall a build. Writing is thinking, so I not only create a forget-proof list, I usually do a better job considering alternative ways to complete the build, too. Similarly, logging work that I've done helps me remember how to do things successfully. Just the other day I sprayed some Alclad primer onto a model, and it came out fuzzy. Previously I figured out (probably air pressure change) how to get it to lay down smooth consistently, but I didn't write down how I did it. So I now probably need to experiment with it again. Of course, one needs to review such notes. Yes, it's more work. But the alternative for us is more frustration.
  7. That's bananas! You're diving from low to ridiculously low altitude while attacking some probably very dangerous people on the ground, and you're fishing around your cockpit for for the rocket release. If it wasn't for the very real production priorities you cite, we'd think it was sheer spite. This is an ideal thread: amazing build, with lots of historical context. Threads like these are why text-and-image message boards can still be awesome in 2018.
  8. Well, they're not the first furniture maker to sell absurdly priced chairs that look terrifyingly uncomfortable.
  9. He's not just using the Royal We. He's hoping you'll think there's a few Moai present and take an order for several umbrella drinks. Because on the interwebz, nobody knows if you're just a single Moai.
  10. I think this thread has already passed the service life of real production aircraft. F3H Demon? F11F Tiger, maybe? Our goal is to outlive the C-130.
  11. What, did you wander off to Facebook? You realize Facebook will gradually turn you into a raving, incomprehensible lunatic who is liable to believe all sorts of silly things, right? Here in this thread, you'll become a raving, incomprehensible lunatic who is liable to believe all sorts of silly things almost immediately. Now that's value. 😊
  12. Listen, if this involves snipping coupons out of newspapers, I don't think it's a great idea to let most of the CoV use scissors. And besides, are there still newspapers?
  13. All members of the CoV are reminded that, when there is any sort of approaching possible or verified danger, they are encouraged to shout "We've got COMPANY!" Because it seems that this is a relentlessly successful script addition to action movies. The line has been around at least since the 1990s, and yet scriptwriters assume it'll never go out of style. Also encouraged: if there isn't time to articulate all of "we've got COMPANY!" shout "INCOMING!" instead. if somehow circumstances are suddenly becoming or likely to become dangerous generally, and you are on some form of remote communication to someone who is not on scene, say "We've got a situation here." These, too, seem to never grow old for action-movie-going audiences, despite having been around for decades.
  14. You're right, the uniforms are a bit technicolor. In the past few years I've aggressively pursued scale color since in previous projects my models - vehicles, airplanes, figures, foliage, everything - seemed too dark unless I flooded the area with light. So I've either chosen paints that seemed lighter shades of the "proper" color, or scale adjusted them myself by adding white, tan, or yellow. I should do the latter, because adding white especially tends to fade them a bit. When I choose a lighter variant out of the bottle it's often really bright for military shades. The other big challenge for the Cold War modeler is chasing that dark, almost chocolate OD for vehicles and hardware. On the real thing it very quickly looks almost faded black or dark gray, under a coat of dust. But with a model, I want to suggest to the observer that it's an Olive Drab shade characteristic of the U.S. Army in that era. Thanks!
  15. I also suspect that economy of scale might still matter when pricing injection-molded products. If there were more people buying Airfix kits, then Airfix (and a different type and scale of supply chain) could potentially charge a little less per kit to cover costs and make equivalent or more profit. If this has any validity, then the fact that the market in Europe, North America, Australia, and possibly elsewhere has changed from lots of kids to fewer, mostly middle-aged adults is probably a factor in kit prices going up faster than inflation.
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