Monthly Archives: March 2013

On an Adventure I Go

So, yesterday, I told you guys that my friend and I were headed into the mountains to fly fish and hike/camp and enjoy the outdoors. Well, the weather is going to be rough this weekend, so we cancelled our trip.

As I was heading out the door to head home for all of Spring Break, my friend jokingly mentioned that we should go to the beach for a few days. Ten minutes later, we had planned our trip to Panama City Beach (How typical, right?) for a couple days to camp and enjoy the beach!

So, on that note, don’t expect any awesome pictures and stories (Read: Lies) from our fishing trip– expect beach pictures! We’re only staying for four days, so we have a lot of ground to cover. We’re driving overnight, and I’m stoked to get to go.

On that note, I strongly encourage all of my readers (Yes, YOU) to be random when things don’t work out in your favor. Don’t just put your head down and accept it– aim to change it. Do the unexpected. Do things out of character (In a positive way). Do what you wouldn’t ever expect to do. Go somewhere new.

If it weren’t for that joke, I would be sitting at home right now doing homework.

Hopefully I come back with plenty of stories and killer pictures for you guys. Stay tuned for details!

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The Week So Far

So, this past Sunday, some friends and I decided to go to a local park to celebrate the spring weather. We played soccer, threw some frisbee, laid around in ENO hammocks (which everyone should get), and I also tried slacklining for the first time. If you don’t know what slacklining is, go check it out! A simple Google search will suffice.

I have to admit, I was really bad at it, I’m still really bad it. But I loved it, it was a great experience, and really opened my mind to new athletic possibilities. I enjoy challenging myself. Whether that be physically, mentally, or spiritually. If you don’t challenge yourself, how can you make yourself better? If you settle for what you can already do, you are settling for mediocrity. 

I don’t accept mediocrity. You shouldn’t either. Realize that stepping up to a challenge, no matter how big or small, is already a strong display of your character. I refuse to let myself stop growing, and stepping onto that slackline for the first time in front of a bunch of people was humiliating because I immediately fell off. Right onto my face. 

Learn to laugh at yourself. If you wait to do something until you’re perfect at it, you will never be perfect at it. 

I’ve been trying something since I got back from Brazil. Try this:

Challenge yourself to give in to pure insanity and reckless courage for 30 seconds to 1 minute a day. That’s it. It’s so simple. Give it a good “Who cares” and just do what it is you want to do, say what you want to say, be who you want to be.

In Brazil, I gave in to this “insanity” for about 15 seconds, and it ended up getting me a trip to Rio for 4 days with 4 incredible Colombians who are now great friends of mine. Stop caring about what other people think, stop thinking about what will happen if things don’t go as planned, screw the plan, just do it. (Not original, I know, deal with it).

The very worst that can happen is things don’t go according to plan, and you learn from it and learn to laugh at it. Am I telling you to drive your car off a bridge to see if it floats? No. Don’t go do anything irrational, just do something that you normally wouldn’t. It’s quite simple. And the payoff is an incredible feeling.

Go find your slackline. Today, tomorrow, the day after, and every day for the rest of your life. I promise you’re going to enjoy it.

Oh, and also take note here in the next few days– I will be heading out to the mountains to backpack and fly fish for a couple of days. So be looking for updates to the Fly Fishing section for photos, stories (Read: lies), and findings from our trip into the Smokies!

Tools of the Trade

Alright guys, so I promised a post detailing my adventures with my first Custom 1:64 Datsun 510. Go check out the article under the Cars//Minicars section!

Here’s the picture I took of (almost) all the tools I used during this project.

Here are the tools I used in the making of my custom Datsun 510. Read the whole post for details on how to use 'em yourself!

Here are the tools I used in the making of my custom Datsun 510. Read the whole post for details on how to use ’em yourself!

Okay so first, lets talk paint. For cars, it’s freakin’ important. I’m currently using Model Master enamel paint, and it goes on smooth. I love it, and it does its job. For the 510 project, I used all Model Master paint.

For the body, I chose Chevy Engine Red

The hood and overfenders on the car are Matte Black

and for the finishing touches, I used Metallic Grey for the exhaust and back bumper dust.

Model Master makes great paint, and if you’re a hobbyist like I am, and haven’t checked them out yet, you need to. Trust me.

Alright so next comes the paint brush. I’m not terribly picky when it comes to which brush I use, I just picked up a generic 4-pack of fine-tip brushes and using just one did more than accomplish the task at hand. What’s more important than a brush while working with 1:64 scale is a steady hand holding the brush.

For blades and nippers, I am using a number one (#1) X-Acto knife, which is perfect for cutting the tape at fine angles, and just a generic pair of nippers to manipulate misplaced paint and tape. Which reminds me, tape is a huge part of any paint job, so grab some Tamiya Yellow Modeling Tape– they even sell refills for extra cheap!

Now for my favorite part (Joking this is the worst part ever, kind of)– the sanding tools. I grabbed a 5-pack of low-grit (High numbered) sandpaper. In the picture, from left to right, the numbers are as follows: 3600-grit, 4000-grit, 6000-grit, 8000-grit, and finally, 12000-grit.

All of these serve their purposes, but I mostly used the 4000 for buffing, smoothing, and shining, and the 6000 and 8000 for the finish touches to remove any swirls. Also worth noting, I just used a regular old shop file to remove the paint, it’s really not that difficult, and I don’t think it’s necessary to leave a diecast model in a bag of brake fluid or something equivalent for 48 hours to remove the paint. I spent 15 minutes filing the paint off of this 510– suck it up and just do it.

Yes, in the picture, you do see nail files. These are obviously rather coarse, and I used these for the final scratches and dings on the paint. They also work great for removing the paint, if you don’t have a shop file handy. The other files, the skinnier ones, are ones you can find at any modeling store– I picked up 5 individuals, from coarse to fine to extra fine. These are great for reaching the tiny cracks and details for taking paint off, shaping, and I even buffed with the extra fine (along with the 6000- and 8000-grit squares) and I love the look my 510 has now– it’s a SuperJalopy.

What is not shown is the can of primer, because it is rather large, but any primer will really work– just make sure you sand it and smooth it before you paint! Any questions, leave them in the comments, hopefully I’ve been thorough enough. Keep checking back for updates and make sure you go check out the pictures of the 510 in the Cars//Minicars section!