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  1. ax365

    LSP CENSORSHIP??

    Try to please everyone and no one will like it. A while ago, one of the mods sent me a PM informing me that he had deleted my signature (Cops...the biggest street gang in the world) because someone found it offensive. Did I have a hissy fit and storm out because I had been censored? Nope. I told him I really didn't care and my signature now informs people that I'm not posting a new signature because someone found my last one offensive. Life is too short and I have more pressing issues to deal with.
  2. I'll take my 2017 GT over my old 1972 "Q" Code Mach 1 and my old 2002 GT convertible any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Curb weight is a bit higher in the 17 but gas mileage is much better. Brakes are much better. Multi link independent rear suspension makes for a better ride. 435 hp vs 275 hp (72) and 265 hp (02). The selectable drive and steering modes are nice features. I think the front end on the 17 is the nicest looking grille on a Mustang ever. While I liked my 72 and 02 Mustangs, the 17 is my favourite.
  3. Sorry I'm a little late to the party but here's my mug. My friend Paul (left) and myself on the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Course in January 17. Before I played it, every time I watched the RBC Heritage Classic and someone missed an incredibly short, easy looking putt, I'd say to myself, "How could you miss a putt like that?" Now I know EXACTLY how they could miss a putt like that. It was like putting on a tile floor. Mike
  4. I got the 400A package as well. I had to replace the top in the Little Yellow Flash Banana in 2014. The seal around the back window was notorious for rotting out. The top I had installed came with a lifetime warranty for the seal around the rear window. I preferred the new top over the old one. The new one was a cloth material and not that vinyl like material that came from the factory. Never had a leak around any of the seals or into the interior though. I got 14 good years out of her and she only had just over 60K miles (103K kms) when I sold it. What dashotgun said. When I was buying mine, I tested the 4, 6 and 8. While the 46 and 6 were adequate, the 5.0 is a real kick in the pants when you open it up. The IRS makes all the difference in the world. You don't feel like you're going to see the rear end slide out to meet you when you're going around a bumpy curve. I also think that the front end on the 15-17 Mustang is the nicest looking one they've ever put on the car. I even got an 'Sto & Sho' under bumper licence plate mount so I wouldn't have to drill into the front bumper. Must be an anomaly because I haven't encountered any of the issues you've identified, Scott. Gotta love a shoebox. BTW...nice collection of Strat bodies hanging on the wall. I have a black 50th Anniversary Edition.
  5. I know I'd be scared stiff if that happened to me. Hopefully the doctors are able to give you a firm diagnosis and that the news is good. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, sir. Mike
  6. I've had a bunch of cars over the course of time that I don't have any digital photos of. I've had a 69 Plymouth Fury III, blue, four door, a 73 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus, dark brown with gold metalflake, a 72 Mustang Mach 1, "Q" code, red, a 75 Pontiac Firebird, burgundy, 350 4 bbl, a 78 Trans Am, black (no screaming chicken or other decals), T/A 6.6, 4 speed and an anemic 83 Trans Am, black / gold, t-tops with a 5 speed. I always wanted another Mustang so in 2002, I bought this 2002 Mustang GT, 4.6L, 5 speed. When I retired in 2016, I ordered this 2017 Mustang GT, ruby red, 6 speed. Only options are a full sized spare and voice activated nav system.
  7. So much for working smarter rather than harder on stuff you won't see. Just funnin' ya, Chuck. You know that no good deed ever goes unpunished? That seems to have happened here. It's unfortunate that the detail was covered up but it's very impressive none the less. Enjoy your vacation and decompression time. A battery recharge is never out of order. Mike
  8. Just sit at the bench and do one small thing; five minutes worth. Before you know it, those small things add up to one big thing. Many others have offered pearls of wisdom. I have a a 35th Tamiya Tiger 1 ( I know...it's a target, not a plane ) that's been on hold for about six years. For the most part, it's ready to paint but I just can't seem to get there. Some day...
  9. ax365

    HK Lancaster.

    I'm looking forward to this release as well. I have already broached the subject with The Boss. Her reply, "Go for it and have fun!" In many other circumstances, that could be interpreted as "Don't you dare!" or "Have fun sleeping in the spare room." but this time it was sincere. I don't have many vices or other expensive tastes so she was quite supportive when I said I was going to get one of these kits.
  10. ax365

    HK Lancaster.

    Nope but I'm 6' tall and at the time was about 260 lbs so my girth simulated the bulk of the Irvin jackets and everything else. For a big airplane, there's bugger all room inside. And the noise of four Merlins on the flight deck, and no ear protection except for foam ear plugs, was unbelievable. You could feel it in you chest. This is my friend, Mr. Bob Bradley. He completed a full tour as a mid upper gunner on a Lancaster with 576 Sqn, RAF. He proudly wears the Bomber Command Clasp on his Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.
  11. ax365

    HK Lancaster.

    Enjoy it, Graham. About 15 years ago, The Boss got me a one hour flight in the CWH Lancaster. I can't put into words the emotions and feelings of that one hour. One of the other guests that day was a Polish pilot with 33 wartime sorties on Wellingtons, Halifaxes and Lancasters. When he spoke, everyone listened. The entire day was a real eye opener. The 60 degrees of bank over the museum before we landed was indescribable. The turbulence we encountered during the flight ( a very windy day that almost canceled the flight) gave everyone pause to imagine what ops on a bomber would have been like...except it wasn't pitch black outside, we weren't being coned by searchlights, we weren't dodging night fighters and we weren't having to deal with flak. Just walking around inside caused one to be off balance. The I tried to imagine the smells and other sensations one might have encountered. It was a truly humbling experience. And yes; my shins lost the argument with the main spars while getting to the flight deck. One thing the veteran did tell us was that the aircraft would not have been buffeted around as we were experiencing. The combined weight of the fuel and bomb load would have made the aircraft very stable during taxi and take off. As I type this, the feelings I encountered that day come to the forefront.
  12. Splendid work, as usual, Chuck. You've done a very convincing job on that Merlin. Mike
  13. ax365

    Kinetic F-86F-40 Sabre *Completed*

    Great work Brad.
  14. ax365

    Kinetic F-86F-40 Sabre *Completed*

    Very nice work Brad. I've built two of the Italeri 32nd scale Sabres (same kit, except for wingtips and slats) and you've done great justice to this kit. I have one of these in my stash and it will be an RCAF Sabre 6 ( RCAF 421) based at Grostenquin, France, 1962. Keep up the fine work. Mike
  15. ax365

    Augusta Masters

    Saw some really good golf and some not so good golf. Glad to see Jordan laugh at himself on the 12th on Sunday after safely clearing the water in front of the green just like Tiger did on Saturday after his missteps there Thursday and Friday. Sorry to see Rory muddle his way through the round after the promising start and missing his opportunity, until next spring, to win the career Grand Slam. Sorry to see Jordan miss his putt on 18 to take the lowest 18 hold record in the final round. Nice to see Hoffman's ace on the 16th. Ugly to see what Finau did to his ankle while hamming it up after his hole-in-one during that contest. Reed was lucky that his second shot on 13 didn't roll back into Rae's Creek. Fowler made a good charge. Like him or loathe him, it was nice to see Tiger back at The Masters. A win or tournament for the ages? Not in my opinion but some good golf nonetheless. When I had the opportunity to play Harbour Town (no Augusta National, that's for sure) a couple of years ago, it gave you a very good insight into playing a PGA course. I used to say, "How can you miss a short putt like that?!" Now I know how they can miss a putt like that. Gives you a great insight into how good those guys, and the women on the LPGA Tour, really are.
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