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About Grastens

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  • Birthday 09/13/1993

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    Radio-controlled vehicles, ice hockey, cycling, and mechanical engineering.

    The Lancia 037, too. You can message me if you happen to like Lancia-related nonsense, spam, and/or tangents...

    You can also message me if you want to share your RC concepts or projects. Most of the time, the only thing I can contribute is a listener, but I still enjoy hearing about new ideas!

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  1. In the span of about 132 days since I last posted, a few things have happened: - Tinypic is now charging for image hosting. I have lost essentially all my images to this and my other build threads. I needed some time to figure out alternatives, though not much since I had not done much of note by the time I learned of this. - One reason I have not done much of note is because I moved in with my partner while I started a new job, only to lose said job weeks later over some fundamentally-bad management practices. They haven't even paid me yet... - All this means that I am shuttling between where I live now and where I used to live while temporary engagements in the latter keep money where I need it. The seasonal nature of my current work means I will be once again unemployed in a month, anyway... - In the move, only my Ferrari 312T3 and an already-completed Lancia (the 037 4WD-H tribute) made it to where I currently live. The decision was made since the former looked to be the lightest and easiest(!) project for me to hammer out before the end of the season. If I wanted to get to the action, I would have the latter to rocket down the street, but as of writing I have yet to do that. It all adds up to one seriously-depressed sometimes-RC-car-modeller sparing half a day to lay down a second coat on this project's ABS plastic shell. I masked as directed and set out on what should have been ideal conditions, but once again ended up with more orange peel: I might stick with brushes from here on out... I would not mind orange peel that much if the decals that form significant parts of the livery of this shell were not so glossy and uniform. I made nice, slow passes from sufficient distance with the paint can, or so I thought... Nonetheless, the red is an excellent shade, and seeing the two-tone scheme even in this rudimentary stage is appealing. Small miracles have been: all the parts surviving the trip to the new place; less dust in the work area I can use now (and in a controlled-humidity environment!); and the support of my partner in my projects while I find my way out of this trying time. My partner's brother in town also has a 3D printer and really knows how to use it, so I may also be able to trouble him for a minor piece or two for the cockpit. I head back for the temporary engagement tomorrow, to be gone for just over two weeks. That should give the paint sufficient time to cure, after which I can begin filling in the various ducts, intakes, and details with their prescribed colours.
  2. An inspired build from (as speedy_w_beans noted) were essentially leftover parts! The carbon-effect vinyl looks quite impressive, and the performance you have gotten out of the rig is even better. Amazing as always
  3. Your example certainly makes a compelling case for Tamiya to have released this. The attention to detail for this one really makes it stand out - it is a good-looking "what if...?" with all the period details in place.
  4. Another vote for the GT Power system, which somehow seems a bit nicer than the many similar no-name units offered by overseas vendors. 3Racing also makes a decent light unit, with plenty of LEDs in the box and an option for proper brake lights when the LEDs are plugged in a certain slot on the unit. The GT Power unit also has this feature. As stated previously, the main unit can be bulky, but is easy to use and set up. Once you find a place for it on the car, you are well on your way to a nice setup!
  5. I really hope we see a race series full of Comical Tamiya buggies - and I don't mean the DT Fighter Cup, purists The pseudo-dampers on the side are a fun touch.
  6. From TC member wolfdogstinkus: They were not
  7. @netsmithUK apologies! I was unaware of that. Still, I look forward to the documentary
  8. Excellent idea! The presentation looks great so far My curiosity was piqued by the last paragraph in the members' e-mail: Do you know something that the rest of us don't?
  9. Great news! I will be checking my local hobby shop
  10. I am confused - is that not the purpose of: Or more like an offshoot of that thread that is solely for Tamiya kits, and includes comments on running surface?
  11. My partner accepts my hobby, and has on occasion commented on the quality of my work. Simultaneously, it has been understood that at this point in our lives, it is interfering somewhat with our future. It is not that I am somehow less of a candidate because I enjoy this hobby, but the expenses do tend to pile up with new parts, models, finishing supplies, and so on. Once we have enough to establish ourselves, I can return full-time - though the irony is that there will not be much time by then... The most trying time was when I bought that Bruiser - my partner did not really understand how I could spend that much money on a model, but admitted later that it made sense once the chassis was together. On the opposite end, when I put our names on my Lancia 037 4WD-H project and painted the cockpit figures after ourselves (with full-face helmets, it was really down to eye colour and some minor nose bridge sculpting), I earned some goodwill that day These days, the hobby has been put on hold. I have enough supplies to finish three in-progress builds and polish off a fourth, but my other hobby in road bicycles is the more prominent pastime. As a bicycle mechanic, I call it professional development , though more seriously, it is a hobby the two of us have really gotten into, so it is the one I can keep on with. I figure that the pastime of radio-controlled models is only a factor in anybody's relationship around here because we are that passionate about what we build and run. From my experience, model train hobbyists are much the same way (if not more so, to allude to the original post); it is a bit difficult to be a 'casual' model train enthusiast.
  12. The bike has been something of a rolling laboratory. That role continued with my introduction to tubeless tires: A Schwalbe Pro One kit and accessories introduced me to the concept, but the first tires that actually got rolling were a set of Hutchinson Fusion 5s. The carbon-alloy wheels from previously have some rather-pronounced shoulders on the rims, so I went tubeless on these: Despite never being advertised as tubeless-ready, I found that the shoulder profile and rim bed shape were both friendly to the technology. With the airtight rim tape, special valves, and a good dose of sealant, the tires held air with no weak spots. The shakedown was on what was incidentally my first-ever group ride. Riding with the other mechanics from the bike shop where I work, I found it a bit ironic that the least-established of us (me) should be the one with the loudest bike: The leader was more skilled than the rest of us, so in our attempts to follow him as he jumped his bike over curbs, I bent the rear wheel. The brakes did not rub until later, and fortunately it came out with a bit of truing. Otherwise, it was a grand day out, and the rest of the bike survived: Having no tubes in the tires did actually make a small difference in speed and comfort: I was the only one riding aero-section wheels, but had less trouble spinning them up to speed to catch my groupmates in sprints. The curb mishap could have also easily led to a pinch flat, but nothing of the sort happened. There is still nothing wrong with inner tubes, but I am glad to have tried tubeless. And if nothing else, I am now our shop's go-to resource on installing them! I look forward to the next opportunity in 5 years when someone comes in to ask about installation help
  13. It looks great! Do you suspect this little rig has more power than the 1:1?
  14. Nice concept for a build! And some tricky driving to be done there in the film
  15. Now that is some slick packaging! This extra attention to running details is certainly helping this build stand out
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