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Posted 12 May 2015 - 12:50 PM

Outside makes sense, the bushing flange would hide the gall marks.


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 12:56 PM

The steel ball trick works, finding the right size one is another story. That is why I recommended the center punch approach.

 

They won't gall ... it 'shmoozes' material uniformly to reduce the ID of the up-right bushing hole.


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 01:48 PM

The center punch approach works for adjusting a framing square so its legs are a perfect 90 degrees apart. Hammering in one position opens the legs up, hammering in another closes the legs. This works on both steel & aluminum squares.


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

Hey John, your new TrueScale Manta Ray body is here, and look what I found in my decal "box of horrors":

 

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They are Revell press-on transfer Pinewood Derby stickers. No way to apply these inside, so don't flip it over with this body on it.  :)

 

I tested orange paint on a GTP body - believe it or not, Model Master Fluorescent Red acrylic, backed up with FasWhite, is the perfect color.

Are the people naming these paints color blind? :shok:  This ain't red, not by any stretch of the imagination.

Also applied one of the smaller dice to see how they would look (the bigger ones are for your body):

 

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 11:41 AM

Here ya go, John.  The orange turned out perfect - in person it pops much brighter than the photos.

Should match the motor well.

 

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Decals are inside, except for the dice:

 

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 05:34 PM

I had the opportunity to test drive John's Manta last weekend on the King at Peachtree City.

It's sweeeet. Ran it for a few laps, no bad habits, smooth and gets on down the straightaway real well.

Zero deslots. I have to say, just for the record, it handles well and it scoots. Mission Accomplished :)


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