Post by 383 Silverado on Feb 19, 2020 9:15:31 GMT -5
Good finish on this one Russ. I missed being at ModelFiesta but it was the day after Valentines Day. Can't leave the wifey high and dry on Valentine's Weekend. I emailed the San Antonio IPMS chapter and expressed that next year NOT to hold it on that weekend. They emailed me back and were going to bring that up in the next meeting that they had and understood the problem. Hopefully next year they can adjust fire. I'm going to try and make ModelMania in Houston though.
The last time I was there was in 2015. Seemed like to me there was a fair amount of vendors there. They took up two ballrooms for that show. One ballroom was for the model show and the other was for vendors. I'd really like to go back this year if at all possible.
Don't laugh, but it my "first" career I was an automotive tech/mechanic/blacksmith, and while I was fortunate enough to spend most of that time as an Acura, then Lexus tech, and while I never had to do anything other than service the occasional used BMW or Merc in a professional capacity, I know exactly of that which you speak. Keep this to yourself, but I was actually a factory "certified" (meaning I could fog a mirror) Fiat tech, last time they tried to stay in this market. Now I just laugh at them, limiting my exposure to inspecting them, Alfas and Maseratis at the end of their lease periods. Still junk. And all those Jeeps and Chryslers that are Fiat under the skin? Pity the fools.
I know all to well what you're sayin Russel.
I was a machine builder who started out as a machine repairman. Years back the fastest cutting (gears) machine was a Pfauter, built in West Germany. I came along when there were still a lot of ex WWII guys working. Production folks loved them, because they'd easily make production quotas. Yet when it broke they also knew that they'd be doing nothing for quite awhile (think days and often weeks). I left that company for money mostly, but that danged Pfauter also helped! Later (ten years or so) a new player entered the market. The company I worked for actually rented the very first gear hob Gleason manufactured in New York. No blue prints or service manuals, and you were on your own! I got to baby sit that thing everyday it ran. When it broke, I headed strait to the watts line, and spoke with a team of engineers who designed it. A lot of that machine was completely redesigned because of it breaking down. Big Al was so impressed with that hob, that they bought another twenty with all the engineering revisions. One day the Gleason guys were in the plant setting up one of the twenty machines. We walked across the street to get something, and walked right past a Pfauter hob! I knew it was there, but told the boss I'd never seen or heard of one! Those guys hated it so bad that they painted swastikas on it! Gleason ended up buying out Pfauter and killing that hob for good. Now Pfauter builds Gleasons in Germany. gary