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      12-24-2007, 04:02 PM   #1
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Any model builders here?

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      12-24-2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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I'll go first...some 13 years ago I built this curbside(no engine) 1/24 Aoshima RX-7 made to appear as if tuned by Alpina. Entered it in the 1994 GSL International Model Car Show where it won it's category and Best Paint. In my machine shop, I made the wheels, interior bits, plus many chassis goodies, whole thing took but 28 days, a real speed build for me. The intercooler is mostly photo-etched bits globbered together to look the part. Oh, BTW, this wasn't the first model I've ever built.

Have a couple more cars but now concentrate on military subjects.
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Absolutely stunning. Fantastic work!!! (though it would handle better with a little more front camber and lose the staggered wheels :wink: )

I can't believe you can do that quality work in 28 days.
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yes but not auto building....

architecture school was pretty demanding
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Absolutely stunning. Fantastic work!!! (though it would handle better with a little more front camber and lose the staggered wheels :wink: )

I can't believe you can do that quality work in 28 days.
Thanks. Making the fiddly-bits is a snap as I have been a prototype aerospace machinist/mold-maker for over 30 years. Even have a shop at home, for some years I was self-employed making patterns-for plus providing product-to many scale model after-market companies. Here's my shop...
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Awesome. Here's a coupla messy pics of my shop from a few years ago. I got more toys in there now (and some are missing from those pics.. damn borrowing neighbors! :wink:
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Oh, yeah, making things with your hands... Tim Allen might say, "That there's some man-stuff, buddy.":wink:
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what kind of aerospace items? GA, Corporate, Commercial, Military? or are you into more Burt Rutan space stuff? I've worked GA for awhile (still do on the side) and now I'm in Commercial (Engineering for a major airline... like you can't figure it out from my location :wink
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For years I worked on the military side having produced Star Wars(SDI) components during the research period, radar-guided gunsights for the Phalanx turrets, electrical connections for the Space Shuttle, all sorts of stuff along those lines, nowdays, I work for a helicopter company, you may have seen these...
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nice RX-7.

when I was younger I built some models...you know, the boxes you find in Walmart and bunch the bits out the plastic holders, lol.:biggrin:

But I was never as obseesed as this guy...(might be a repost)



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Yea, I've talked to a lot of Erickson Crane guys... nice copter. I've only got a little time working on choppers, and even less flying them (like .5 hours.... heh).
Sounds like very interesting work during your military days... I would like to get into military aircraft work/design... always cutting edge.

EDIT: Hey are those configured for fire bomber duties?
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Jim,

Those photos are the fire-bombing config, the tank holds 2,500 gallons and can be filled in about 30 seconds.
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Beautiful...
I worked (and still volunteer) next door to Wipaire, South St. Paul, where they are building the FireBoss (a little competition for you). I bet those Helos can be a little more effective though, being able to hover over a target fire... neat
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nice RX-7.

when I was younger I built some models...you know, the boxes you find in Walmart and bunch the bits out the plastic holders, lol.:biggrin:

But I was never as obseesed as this guy...(might be a repost)



I wonder if he has a girlfriend with the amount of time he spends working on his models?
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I finally got around to getting pictures of my little dream car that I built. Took me a while, it came in tons of little pieces- even had to glue in the seatbelts!

My dream the Shelby Cobra Roadster 427




I have a few others (1958 Vette, The "Richard Petty" Superbird, 1970 GTO Judge, 69 Chevelle SS, 1969 AMX, a couple Impala's etc. )... This one though is my doll. <3
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