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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. Great work Brad.
  14. 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. 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.
  16. Some very nice looking models there. I also like the Typhoon cutaway. Glad the show was a success. Mike
  17. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Old habits die hard. Once they're ingrained, they can be pretty hard to break but you can teach an old dog new tricks. As for RTC, not quite yet. I have a few old, surplus notebooks lying around that have The Judge's Rules, RTC, cautions, etc in them. I'll just read them to myself and make notes on myself. Thanks for the offer though.
  18. Small man syndrome. He's only 5' 7". His take on WOTW stank. You can't beat the original version. There are some movies that are sullied by cheesy remakes.
  19. Great venue for a show. When I was in London with The Boss back in 2010, I made a day trip up to the museum and got the opportunity to meet an internet friend, Maru, in person. It was a fantastic day despite the three hour, each way, train ride from Euston Station to Cosford 'station'. Have a good time and I hope it's a great show. Mike
  20. Chuck in reviewing your post and the photos, you did make it clear. I just didn't read all the words. You clearly said, "Remove pin marks at rear." Don't I feel stupid. Move along. Nothing to see here. Sorry about that Chuck. Mike
  21. Thanks gents. Life is good. I'm a very lucky man. I have no real regrets. I used to listen to my mom and dad and they'd talk about going back to Ireland for longer visits, or traveling to Australia, buying a smaller home and the likes. Dad's standard line was "We'll do that when I'm retired." His passing was an eye opener and it helped put a few things in perspective for me. After he passed, we (The Boss and I) made conscious decisions to not wait until we were retired to do things we wanted. Now that I am retired and in relatively good health, we can do more things together. Phil...Fortunately, my pension income is pretty good. After taxes, it is very close to what I was bringing home on a monthly basis. I don't have massive deductions (police association dues, pension contributions, lower income tax rates, etc), I'm not filling the car with gas twice and sometimes three times a week in order to drive the 35+ miles to and from work and I'm not buying coffee (and let's be real - the occasional donut!) by the gallon on a working day and I also don't have to buy lunch, breakfast or dinner on an almost daily basis either. My spending habits, in that regard, have changed quite dramatically. I could say that I spend my money elsewhere but I don't really. There have been no real changes in personal spending habits. With very few exceptions, we don't have extravagant tastes but that's not to say we're frugal and boring either. As I mentioned, The Boss is still working. She has her own consulting business (computers, quality assurance, business analysis, etc) and she is paid very well. Consequently, our household income hasn't been substantially reduced, yet. When I turn 65, my pension will be reduced by about $20,000 per year but with the money The Boss has in her company, our investments, the equity in our home, our Registered Retirement Savings Plans, and our Tax Free Savings Accounts, will ensure that we will be comfortable until we make the final exit in a pine box. We are very fortunate and we know it and are thankful for it.
  22. Sometimes it is easier / better to seek forgiveness than ask permission. There's also that fallback position of: Act surprised. Show concern. Deny! Deny! Deny!
  23. The engine in the cradle looks fantastic Chuck. In the first picture of the unpainted framing, had you already filled and cleaned up the pin marks? I can't see any marks there. Keep up the fine work sir.
  24. Some people never make it to retirement. My dad was a member of the policing community before he passed away from cancer in 1987 at age 56 yrs and seven months. He had been on the job for just shy of 32 years. He was a senior officer in charge of one of the platoons. He was mostly administrative but every once in a while he'd go out with one of the officers on his platoon and get his hands dirty. He enjoyed policing. After leaving Ireland at age 21, he spent four years with the Royal Bermuda Constabulary before coming to Canada and joining the Ottawa Police in September 1955. Shortly before he was diagnosed, he used to joke that in only four more years he'd be able to do more hunting, fishing, traveling, etc. He never got the chance. He was diagnosed at Easter and was dead three months later. I retired from policing on 01 April 2016 after 31.5 years on the job and shy of 55 years of age. At the end of February this year, I outlived my father. I was a patrol sergeant. I really liked and enjoyed my job. My immediate boss was great and I worked with a great platoon of officers. I never minded shift work, preferring to work nights as there were very few 'brass hats' around. Colleagues used to tell me, "You'll know when it's time to retire." and towards the end I certainly understood what they meant. It wasn't the work that helped me make my decision to retire. There were numerous factors that influenced my decision making process. One of the major factors was my dad's untimely passing. With the exception of my mother and her mother, longevity doesn't run in my family! Once I made the decision to retire, I felt better. When I finished working my last shift on 02 January and signed off the computer for the last time, I noticed a change and it was almost immediate. I had some leave time accumulated and I chose to take it in time off in lieu of a cash pay out. Those three months of time off before my actual retirement day really helped transition me to retirement. There was no more getting up at 0430 hrs to get to work of 0545 hrs when working days. I didn't have to worry about having enough officers to fill the patrol zones. I didn't have to worry about dealing with disgruntled members of the public. I didn't have to work shifts anymore. I didn't have to worry about a wonky Executive Command (that's a whole different story for another day!). It was a whole new life. I hadn't slept so well in 30 years. The stress seemed to dissipate overnight. Everyone asked me where I was going to work after I retired from policing. Many hinted I should take a job in a security related field. I retired so I wouldn't have to work anymore. I'm not ready to work anymore. At this point, I don't want to work anymore. I was paid very handsomely for being a copper. Why would I take a minimum wage security job and go back to working shifts for $15 per hour? We are fortunate that we have no debt, no mortgage and I have a very good pension. The Boss continues to work because she likes to, wants to and needs to for her physical and emotional well-being. I started my third year of retirement on Easter Sunday. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. I'm having a blast. Like I said, I'm not working and that suits me just fine. We vacation in Florida for five weeks every winter. I get out daily as I take the monster for a walk of at least an hour. I meet friends for coffee or breakfast on an almost weekly basis. I build models. I play the guitar. I've started reading more. Now that spring, summer and fall are around the corner - you'd never know it with some of this stupid weather though - I like to take a nice drive in the Mustang with the top down, listening to some good driving tunes and just enjoying the freedom of not having to be on anyone else's timetable. Golf season will be starting again soon, hopefully. I enjoy cooking and dinner is on the table every night when The Boss gets home from work. Do I fart around on the computer? Absolutely but I don't spend the entire day on it. Do I like to watch TV? Yes and occasionally I'll binge watch but that's very rare. Every once in a while I need a F*** IT! day. I'm happy with where I am. Sometimes my biggest decision of the day will be bacon and eggs or a bagel with peanut butter and jam. Just when I start to get down or things aren't going my way, I say to myself, "You think you're having a bad day or you've got it rough? Take a look around. Look at the guy beside you. In the grand scheme of things, you're doing alright. It could always be worse." I'm looking at retired life through that lens and in the grand scheme of things, I'm doing pretty well and I'm happy where I'm at. Sorry that this turned to the length it did but everyone is different. Only you will know what retirement will hold and how you will want to fill your days with what makes you happy. The big thing is do what you want and make sure you're happy. Mike
  25. Good morning, Chuck. It's very easy for me to say but don't get discouraged. I know it's easier said than done. This is my first visit to LSP in about a month. My last visit was certainly before your recent engine painting and building tutorial posts. I really appreciate the level of detail that you put into your builds and the time you take to photograph and explain how you do things. I look at your work and the work of some of the other outstanding builders here on LSP and I live vicariously through you because, as you say, "...I'm just not good enough. Sometimes less is more, if you're going to make a mess." At times, I can screw up joining fuselage and wing halves together. Looking at your work inspires me to do better with every build. I also don't think I'd be far off in saying that you and the other 'masters' offer the same inspiration to many other modelers on this forum. Please continue the great work Chuck. I really do appreciate it. Mike p.s. - when does the little rocket come out of hibernation? Still a bit of snow and grime (salt and sand) on the roads here in Ottawa. I fear it will be another 3-4 weeks before the Red Baron comes out of the garage. Sigh...
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