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    D Bellis reacted to DeanKB in Mopar heads   
    Oppression -"prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority "
     
    To equate taxation to oppression is a test that places most of Europe amongst the oppressed masses.
     
    I won't comment further, because it's politics.
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    D Bellis reacted to richdlc in New Arado 234 Book Now Taking Pre-Orders!   
    Hi guys - In case you didn't know, as well as selling books for a living I also publish them..and so it give me great pleasure to announce that I am now taking pre-orders for my company Chandos Publications' second title 'Blitz Bombers, Kampfgeschwader 76 and the Arado Ar234: Luftwaffe Jet Bombers on the Western Front 1944-1945' by Eddie J. Creek and Robert Forsyth.
    Please head on over to my website to place your pre-order and learn more about this and other titles we publish.  I expect to take delivery towards the end of June 2020 but PLEASE allow for COVID-19 related delays! I have been assured that our printers are operating normally.

    www.chandospublications.co.uk

    If you are a US or Canada-based customer and prefer to order from our US distributor, please visit RZM imports here:

    https://www.rzm.com/books/chp/chp6518.cfm

    Many thanks and I hope to take your pre-orders soon!
    Rich

    Here's the product Description:

    This is the first time that the story of the Arado Ar234 as the world’s first dedicated jet-bomber has been told in such detail in the English language. In late December 1944 the Luftwaffe surprised the Allies when it unexpectedly introduced a new, high-speed bomber to its inventory. Though deployed in small numbers, the Arado Ar234B-2 jet-bomber proved itself an effective day and night strike aircraft over the Western Front and a tough challenge for Allied fighter pilots who tried to counter it. Powered by the same Jumo 004 turbojets as the Me262, the Ar234 could attack pinpoint targets such as transport hubs or enemy vehicle columns and troop assemblies in ‘glide attacks’ with a high degree of impunity. The jets were flown by experienced and often highly decorated Luftwaffe bomber pilots who worked hard to master the new aircraft in a short time and amidst the chaotic conditions of a Third Reich in decline. ‘Blitz Bombers’ tells the story of KG76’s operations when equipped with what was the world’s first jet bomber, the Arado Ar234B-2. The book is founded on original unit diaries, reports and other records, as well as various German and Allied material drawn from archives and private collections gathered over many years. It traces KG76’s period working up on the aircraft and its subsequent combat operations over the Western Front from December 1944 through to the end of the war. The Geschwader’s jets took part in operations over the Ardennes, in the ill-fated Bodenplatte attack of New Year’s Day 1945, in missions against the Allied armies driving into the Reich in early 1945, and in a series of intensive strikes against the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen and the bridgehead established there by the Allies in March 1945. Following many years research, the book includes nearly 300 illustrations, comprised of rare photographs of KG76’s aircraft, personnel and equipment, as well as the Allied aircraft and pilots who encountered the Arados in combat, plus key documents taken from the unit’s records. These are supplemented by specially commissioned and highly detailed colour artwork depicting the unit’s aircraft.
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    D Bellis reacted to DeanKB in Mopar heads   
    60.2 cents a litre?! Canadian cents, so in American money about 44 cents!! A litre!
     
    UK petrol duty is 58p per litre. Or, in USD, 72c. Then you add in the wholesale cost of the petrol, together with a penny or two of profit. Then you multiply the whole thing by 20%.
     
    And it could easily be far worse. Before 2011, the fuel duty was increased most every year, but it has been stuck at 58p ever since. If it was increased by 3% each year - as was the initial plan - fuel duty would now be 80p!
     
    This is why Europe drive smaller cars with smaller engines, and is moving towards hybrid & electric vehicles. If you want to change behaviour, hit 'em in the wallet!
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    D Bellis reacted to DeanKB in Mopar heads   
    Maybe it's because you have the space over there,  to store them, work on them & race them? And then it's dirt cheat 
    American cars seem to last a lot longer than European cars. You guys speak of a 1969 this or a 1971 that. Just doesn't happen over here, except for classic cars.
    Do you have an equivalent to an annual MOT test for cars? And road tax? Those, allied to petrol at $7 a gallon makes it a not cheap hobby.
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    D Bellis reacted to MikeMaben in Mopar heads   
    Wow , don't we have great taste ... When my sister got married her new husband had a '70 Challenger (poopy little 318 torqflite).
    He let her drive it to the store one day and on the return trip she swirved to miss a dog and plowed into a parked car and totaled it.
    I bot it from him for like $500 and spent awhile putting it back together.  See before and after pix ...
     

     
    The Holley 950 wasn't too bad . Gas was like $.69 a gallon 
    I forgot to mention re the GTX , the reason the guy I bot it from
    swapped to the 426 stage III wedge heads is because they had
    huge valves to accomodate the 950cfm.
     
     
     
     
     
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    D Bellis reacted to LSP_Matt in Mopar heads   
    As problems go I never found them overly complicated. They're uncomplicated designs, made for mass production. Much like 3K and 4K Toyota Corollas or Datsun 1200,1400,1600's.  I restored those two VW's when I was in my 20's. It's much easier now getting things like King Pins and other front suspension parts than it was back then.  Those hub nuts needed an extension bar and that's about it. I still have my 36mm socket and a spanner for them.  Ditto with the hub nuts on my AU2 Falcon. Crazy high front hub nut tension.
     
    I viewed complicated at the VW shop where they were working on a Lycoming Aircraft engine. Trying to drill out the Champion spark plug that has literally welded itself to the cylinder head. Trying to remove it without removing the head.
    I have some of the aluminium screen printing panels that Continental was using to print the solder onto PCB boards for modern cars...crikey...now that's complicated.  The VW was crimp terminals and a soldering iron.
     
    Matty
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    D Bellis reacted to LSP_Matt in Mopar heads   
    Huh...they were easy to work on. I had a 65 and a 66. both came with an owners manual. The manual showed how to replace the asbestos brake shoe linings, adjust valve clearances and other service items. I can only assume they expected owners, not workshops to do this kind of routine maintenance back then.
     
    My buddies and I used to have some drinks after work on a Friday night. We'd race to see how quickly we could take the engine out of my 66. Record was 17minutes flat from wheels on the ground to engine on the ground. 4 bolts and some other easy to access connectors and all done.
     
    I miss that little car...but not its drum brakes and 6V lighting system
     
    Matty
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    D Bellis got a reaction from MikeMaben in Mopar heads   
    Wait. You don't really think these classics are a family's ONLY car, or do you? 
     
    Um, no. These cars are strictly for pleasure. Wives get the boring family conveyance. The men have their toys. 
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from MikeMaben in Mopar heads   
    Careful! Some Bozo is liable to come along and tell you guys that those awesome cars are no good for baby-seats, getting groceries or taking the family out for picnics...
     

    D
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    D Bellis reacted to williamj in Trumpygawa Hellcat x 2   
    And we have a start.... Finally figured out my own way to utilize the Trumpeter wings and lower Fus. section..they are much better.especially the wheel wells.
    Was going to use the Trumpeter engine cowl but after comparing it with the Has.and checking references and drawings decided to use and detail the Has. cowl (you can clearly see why)Now I wont declare the Has.cowl is accurate..it just looks accurate to me. Also filled in all the deep rivets on the Trumpy parts to be used.
    Stripped the Has. Fus. for a full re-scribe,rivets,fasteners..the part I like the best. Working up a whole new cockpit as well...This will be an F6F/3 Early Cat.
    Thanks for following...more soon as we ain't doin much else right now. Can't even go bloody fishing but this is almost as much fun.
    Cheers.




     
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    D Bellis got a reaction from LSP_K2 in Mopar heads   
    ...Love living life and having fun.
     
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    D Bellis got a reaction from dmthamade in Mopar heads   
    ...Love living life and having fun.
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from dmthamade in Mopar heads   
    Wait. You don't really think these classics are a family's ONLY car, or do you? 
     
    Um, no. These cars are strictly for pleasure. Wives get the boring family conveyance. The men have their toys. 
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from dmthamade in Mopar heads   
    Careful! Some Bozo is liable to come along and tell you guys that those awesome cars are no good for baby-seats, getting groceries or taking the family out for picnics...
     

    D
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    D Bellis reacted to Jerry in New tool for sanding.   
    Saturday afternoon a package from Troy showed up on my doorstep.  My first impression  was the packaging of the product, once I figured how to remove the printed outer sleeve .  The sander is packaged in a very sturdy slip top box that is a great storage case for the tool.  The base, sanding inserts and electrical plug are in the bottom of the inner box and the sander itself is in a molded foam inner tray.  The sanding inserts and 2 diamond tips are contained in a clear acrylic reusable box that would look great on the bench.  Fit, form and function of the tool is of the highest standard and I could find nothing that would be considered a CON.  I figured that like most starter sets for tools, there would be 1 piece of sandpaper in each grit and you would immediately either need to reorder from the manufacturer or find your own source.  However I was very pleased to find not 1 but 10 sheets of each grit in the starter pack.
     
    I also had access to some foam sanding sheets so spent a couple hours putting the sander through it's paces and was very impressed.  It's well built and feels like it will last a long time in the hands of a busy modeler.  I am also a wood worker and have a large number of diamond sanding tips in various sizes and shapes as well as micro files that all fit the tool and are very versatile for working around a model.
     
    I know that Troy is hoping to carry both replacement sandpaper and sanding foam in the future.  One thing I did ask him to research was the possibility of selling secondary sets of the sanding inserts so that the modeler would have the ability to modify them to custom shapes for that special need on a particular model part.
     
    I would highly recommend this tool and will be demonstrating it during our next virtual club meeting - my club held our meeting this past Saturday using a virtual product called ZOOM.  There are a few hiccups to figure out before the first live meeting but we did 3 hours and I know everyone had a great time as we shared new tools and looked at what everyone was working on while trapped at home.  Our club always has a couple video presentation each meeting and they can also be shown over the Zoom format.  Give it a thought for your next club meeting, it will make the quarantine just that much easier.
    Jerry 
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    D Bellis got a reaction from Troy Molitor in Mopar heads   
    It is easy. A 2" spacer is required on the passenger's side (2" steel square tube works). The other 2 mounting points (driver's side and the transmission mount) remain the same. 
     
    Ok, now everyone can go back to the inane prattle about little European Clown Cars. 
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from chrish in Mopar heads   
    It is easy. A 2" spacer is required on the passenger's side (2" steel square tube works). The other 2 mounting points (driver's side and the transmission mount) remain the same. 
     
    Ok, now everyone can go back to the inane prattle about little European Clown Cars. 
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from dmthamade in Mopar heads   
    It is easy. A 2" spacer is required on the passenger's side (2" steel square tube works). The other 2 mounting points (driver's side and the transmission mount) remain the same. 
     
    Ok, now everyone can go back to the inane prattle about little European Clown Cars. 
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in Mopar heads   
    It is easy. A 2" spacer is required on the passenger's side (2" steel square tube works). The other 2 mounting points (driver's side and the transmission mount) remain the same. 
     
    Ok, now everyone can go back to the inane prattle about little European Clown Cars. 
     
    D
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    D Bellis reacted to Dana Bell in BF2C Colors and Tips   
    Hi Paul,
     
    At the time the BF2C was first operational, the Bureau of Aeronautics was dead set against finishes of pigmented lacquers or dopes -- all finish coats were to be pigmented enamels.  Since aluminum-pigmented enamels adhered poorly to metal primers, BuAer ordered the use of Aircraft Gray enamel on metal surfaces.  (The Orange-Yellow enamels were doing just fine on metal and fabric surfaces.)  So, your answer should be Aircraft Gray on all metal surfaces and aluminum enamel on fabric surfaces.
     
    That said, all the 1935 photos of BF2Cs seem to show more of a glow on the metal surfaces than I'm used to for Aircraft Gray.  Digging a bit deeper, I found a January 1933 document allowing Curtiss to apply an experimental aluminum enamel in lieu of Aircraft Gray enamel to the metal surfaces of their F11C-2s.  Since the balance of the F11C-2 contract was subsequently revised to cover F11C-3s (later redesignated BF2C-1s), I'll presume the contract continued to allow Curtiss to apply that metallic enamel on metal surfaces.
     
    That's a big assumption on my part, but (not having access to the F11C-3 contract) that's what I think we're seeing here.  You would still need to mask and spray two colors, since the experimental aluminum enamel was clearly different than the aluminum enamel used on the fabric surfaces.
     
    Eventually BuAer learned to accept pigmented-dope and -lacquer finishes, but that would begin in late 1936 and 1937, well after the BF2C had been taken out of service.
     
    Cheers,
     
     
    Dana
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    D Bellis reacted to Troy Molitor in More New L/G Products from S.O.W.   
    My Macchi is being hammered into submission.  I’m currently looking for a bigger hammer.  All the best my friend.  
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    D Bellis reacted to LSP_K2 in Mopar heads   
    One oddity here, and one that I don't fully understand, is the four door Dodge Chargers. The cops seem to love them and as cop cars, and they can look really awesome, unless of course you're in the rear seat.
     
     
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    D Bellis reacted to LSP_K2 in Mopar heads   
    Yep, here a four door car is considered to be an old ladies car. What I recall (with great fondness), were the various insulting names given to the cars; Ford: Found on road dead, Fix or repair daily, and like that.
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    D Bellis got a reaction from RNoAF in New tool for sanding.   
    An English language review of this sander:
     
    D
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    D Bellis reacted to dmthamade in Mopar heads   
    Four door cars were more a family car, moving the kiddies around, grocery shopping, kinda like the minivan of this era.
     
    Don
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