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    hey guys, as a hobby of mine or just for fun, i like to build little stuff out if spare electronic parts(motors, switches,lights, gears, etc). mostly stuff like little alarms, little electric cars, some solar stuff, you know the type. if you like to do the same, i'd like to hear some stuff you've made or want to make, but need help.
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    Tinkering...hmm.... well I tinker on old Mopar musclecars. I have a 71 440 Cuda ala' Nash Bridges. Hopefully one of these days I will have it finished. Money is a big factor is working on one of these money pits. When I was in high school 12 years ago me and my dad fixed up this old RoadRunner. I guess this is where it started.

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    There's a small chain of stores around here called Axman Surplus. Absolutely the coolest place to go and dig around in. They've got everything from old French gas masks to nerf balls to specimen bottles to every electronic component you can think of. Need an air regulator from a scuba set up? They've probably got one for $5. [img]smile.gif[/img]

    My tinkering hobby grew into R/C airplanes and just this last year into an R/C helicopter. It's complex, demanding, expensive, and frustrating as all hell. Hobbies kick ass!

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    Very cool [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img] Some of the things I've made:

    A potting bench, a flower pot console, I have done sculptures out of clay, I've sewed window treatments, I make a new Xmas item every year, ususally a wreath, tabletop centerpiece, or mantel piece, more recently I made some egg ornaments (process of getting the egg out of its shell is gross). :shescrafty:
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    i'd love to get an r/c airplane kit, but like you said...expensive as hell. believe it or not, you can do alot with those little rubber band powered gliders. one winter maybe 2 years ago, i took the little plastic wheels off the plane and cut skis out of a pepsi can. it worked good to my surprise. after that worked, that summer i did the same thing but cut floats out of florists foam. it was a bit heavy, but worked pretty good in the water.
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    <blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by ANGEL4U:
    more recently I made some egg ornaments (process of getting the egg out of its shell is gross). :shescrafty:<hr></blockquote>

    Angel, how do you do that? I can barely crack one open cleanly. I can see myself making a real mess of trying to keep the shell intact. What do they look like when they're done?

    Mark, I've always loved flying things. I spent hour upon hour out in the park playing with rubberband powered models. Those things are still a kick! I've got some buddies that are a bit more creative than I am. Working bomb-drops on one of their planes, and one of them is going to have an airborne camera sometime next year.

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    [ November 28, 2001 at 11:39 AM: Message edited by: MikeL ]</p>

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    excuse me angel for answering the question, but the way i've seen eggs emptied is to put small pinholes on the top and bottom of the egg and then put your mouth over one of the holes and blow. the yolk and egg whites just ooze right out.
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    excuse me angel for answering the question, but the way i've seen eggs emptied is to put small pinholes on the top and bottom of the egg and then put your mouth over one of the holes and blow. the yolk and egg whites just ooze right out.

    oh yeah mike, i've seen pictures of r/c planes with cameras on them. i've seen model rockets with them too. we used to build rockets and put little crickets inside them. not a nice surprise when you open the chamber up. guts everywhere!
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    quote:
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    Tinkering...hmm.... well I tinker on old Mopar musclecars. I have a 71 440 Cuda ala' Nash Bridges. Hopefully one of these days I will have it finished. Money is a big factor is working on one of these money pits. When I was in high school 12 years ago me and my dad fixed up this old RoadRunner. I guess this is where it started.


    Pretty sweet man! My dream is to one day get a '68 Camaro SS 396 to tinker with. Gotta convince the wife of that first. It took me enough prodding to convince her that the new Mustang GT I bought would be reliable transportation.
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    <blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by MikeL:


    Angel, how do you do that? I can barely crack one open cleanly. I can see myself making a real mess of trying to keep the shell intact. What do they look like when they're done?

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    As Mark VH mentioned, you do put holes in the top and bottom of the egg, but I never put my lips to it.....I used a straw...it also helps if you shake it up first. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    They look pretty when they're finished, and Martha gave me the idea. This tree is full of eggs that I know Martha didn't blow

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    <blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Limecuda:
    Tinkering...hmm.... well I tinker on old Mopar musclecars. I have a 71 440 Cuda ala' Nash Bridges. Hopefully one of these days I will have it finished. Money is a big factor is working on one of these money pits. When I was in high school 12 years ago me and my dad fixed up this old RoadRunner. I guess this is where it started.<hr></blockquote>

    My friend's uncle just took me for a ride in his 68 Charger he built. Get this, it has no power steering! I guess it makes the car go faster. My friend's dad had a lot of trouble drving it. But lemme tell ya it was one fun ride!
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    <blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by ANGEL4U:



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    <blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Unchained Wolfie:


    My friend's uncle just took me for a ride in his 68 Charger he built. Get this, it has no power steering! I guess it makes the car go faster. My friend's dad had a lot of trouble drving it. But lemme tell ya it was one fun ride!
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    Believe it or not a lot of guys into Mopars rather not to have power steering or A/C. Performance wise headers and a power steering box are a headache. They can rub and also boil the fluid. My Cuda has a fresh 440 I put in it. When I first idled out to the street (illegally) I thought something was tore up. The car wouldn't move and smoke was pouring out from underneath. Turns out it had a little more power than I realized and the tires couldn't get traction. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img] Later on I smoked them for 250'. Big Blocks rule.

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    Sorry to bring up a dead post, but I wanted to share something I've got going on these days.. My dad is now in his 70s, and he spent his life being an awesome carpenter. My older brother had no issues inheriting woodworking skills.. like my dad, he's in the process of building his own boat. Me... not so much. I got bored one weekend and decided to resurrect and old wooden game we had back in the 70's. It's called Skittles, and I equate it to like an Amish-style pinball game. You take a top, which is a circle with a stick through the middle that has been sharpened to a point, wrap a string around it and pull, making the top go through the board, knocking down miniature wooden bowling pins that are preset up with points. I'm kind of proud of how this turned out. I'm actually considering putting a few together and selling them on Ebay.. This video below is not my board, or my video, but here's how it operates:

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    That looks awesome. I'm a bit of a woodworking hack myself. Mostly just odd & end type stuff. Biggest thing I ever made was king size head & foot board out of reclaimed heart pine for sweet thing and I. Matter of fact I just laid hold of a truck bed full of ship lap today from an old tenant house on some family land. Gonna finish off the outside of our garage bathroom with it. It's old & funky. Still got a good bit of the whitewash on it too. It'll look cool once it's up. Plan on roller hanging one of the old doors from the same house as well. We'll see. The boys have got to pull a gagillion nails out first. Better make sure they're tetanus is up to date.
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