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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: July 13, 2005, 06:18 PM »
I grabbed another clone commander the other day.  That brings my total to about 27 or so.  I'll keep building up my little clone army.


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Someone already mentioned it, but I use testors dull coat.  I've only done about three custom figures, but it has worked great on each one of the custom ships I've done.

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Click on the link above.  I've added two more pictures.  Now you can see what the ship will look like.  Of course, it's still clean and I've got a some weapons ports to add still.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So how many times have you seen it?
« on: July 4, 2005, 05:05 PM »
Twice, but I think I'll probably get in at least two more times.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite cuss word?
« on: July 4, 2005, 05:02 PM »
Lately I've been referring to people who do stupid **** as

****tards or ass hats.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite TV show?
« on: June 24, 2005, 05:33 PM »
In no particular order:

MASH
Friends
Joey
ER  (my wife got me hooked on this)
Desperate Housewives (another one my wife hooked me on)
Sopranos (still need to see season 5 and 6)

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: June 23, 2005, 02:24 PM »
My most recent is a complete Death Star w/ box as I have mentioned in another thread.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Second anniversary present
« on: June 22, 2005, 03:01 PM »
One thing I fogot to add and didn't take a picture of, the original foam and box were included as well.

Woo-hoo!!!!!

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Vintage Kenner / Second anniversary present
« on: June 22, 2005, 11:50 AM »
Well, yesterday my wife and I celebrated our second anniversary. We went into the garage to get the car and go eat...I find, a vintage Death Star playset.

I about flipped my lid. I opened it up, and lo and behold, I find the dionoga and rope for the set. She said it was complete.

I bet my wife is better than anyone elses. I had said a while back that I had always wanted one as a kid. She got on the 'net and searched and ended up at The Earth. I haven't checked, but I'm guessing she got a pretty good price on it as Joe is usually really competitive with his prices.

Anyway, I now have to find a place to put it and display it prominently in my SW room.

I can't get the picture to work here so click on through for the picture. The cat was not included in the gift. He was what I tied my wife's engagement ring around when I asked her to marry me...he was her birthday present that year.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-4/701369/deathstar.JPG

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Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Re: New custom WIP pics!!!
« on: June 21, 2005, 11:32 AM »
Updated with three more pics.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 50lbs in 6 weeks. Can I do it?
« on: June 20, 2005, 02:19 AM »
I'm big into fitness and weightlifting, so I'd like to offer a bit of advice.

For your workouts, start with some sort of cardio training in the morning.  If you are bad out of shape, just do 20 minutes and work up to 30.  This is the optimal time for MOST people to do cardio.  Do this on an empty stomach.  This will allow your body to utilize stored body fat as energy.  When you are finished, drink a protein shake for breakfast.  Do that within an hour of your workout because that is when your metabolism should be at it's highest.  Also, breakfast generally should be your biggest meal of the day.

Next, have a cup of yogurt or fruit for a midmorning snack.  When you start working out, your body needs more fuel to keep going.   I know that sounds weird, but frequent meals keep your metabolism up, thus increasing the amount of body fat you are burning.

Have a light lunch of chicken or something high in protein.  You can always through in a salad for variety.  High protein is the key.  Protein helps your body grow muscle.  In return, carbohydrates store as fat if not used.  Muscle tends to allow your body to burn more fat that carbohydrates.

Midafternoon, grab another snack, maybe a piece of fruit.

Should you feel the need, you could do a weight workout at this point.  Even if you are not trying to build muscle, toning the muscle you do have can help burn off excess body fat.  This doesn't have to be anything long and elaborate.  Simply work something like your upper body one day and your lower body the next.  Then take a one day break and do it again.

For supper, you can have a moderate sized meal, but be sure to keep it low in carbs.  Later in the day, your metabolism slows down and therefore so does it's ability to burn body fat.

If you are still hungry when you go to bed, feel free to down another protein shake.  This protein helps repair the muscle you destroyed when you were working out for that day.  The more protein you take in, the less sore your muscles also will be.

I know this is a lot of info.  Don't get discouraged if your weight doesn't drop as fast as you want.  You will plateau as you mentioned, but keep a positive attitude and you will work through it.  Also, loosing up to 8 pounds a week can be unhealthy for some.  Generally, loosing 2-3 pounds a week is a good goal.  Be sure not to measure your body weight everyday.  Your weight can fluctuate up to 5-10 pounds a day. 

If you have questions, feel free to shoot me a PM and I'll be happy to help you out.

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Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Re: New custom WIP pics!!!
« on: June 14, 2005, 09:23 AM »
Are you building one of those junker ships made from scrap like in the X-Wing series?

I am unsure.

I sure am.  It's obviously an ugly, primarily combining parts of a TIE interceptor and X wing.

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Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Custom X/TIE ugly pics!!! UPDATE
« on: June 13, 2005, 05:50 PM »
My newest custom is on the way. I've said this before, but I'll go ahead and say it again...some of you guys and gals may have seen my custom gunship and snowspeeder over at RS.  If you haven't and want to, you can run a search over there under custom gunship and snowspeeder.  I go by the same name over there.
Now, I've got a new one in the works.  Hopefully I'll get it together before the end of summer and I've got to start teaching again.

http://www.villagephotos.com/pubbrowse.asp?folder_id=885450

Click on the above link and you'll get 5 pictures so far. Click on each picture and you'll be able to get a description of what I've done so far and will be doing later.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Favorite Vintage Playset(s)?
« on: June 13, 2005, 05:35 PM »
As a kid, my favorite to play with were the Hoth sets.  I had a cousin that had a Death Star, but it was pretty stripped down and I only saw it once.

However, a few months ago my wife and I were at a train store and I went to the back where they had a bunch of vintage trains and other toys.  I stumbled across a death star, but far from complete.  I've traded with the owner before, but kind of thought he was an ass so I didn't really want to give him any cash.  I mentioned to my wife I had always wanted one but never had one.

Next week is our anniversary.  Earlier this month a box arrived and she put it in the garage.  I caught her on google with a list of stuff pulled up that happened to be SW.  I'm guessing she managed to find a DS for me.  She did tell me it wasn't cheap what I got.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Best vintage deals you've gotten
« on: June 13, 2005, 05:31 PM »
Last year, I got several pretty good deals on figures.

I picked up on eBay an EV9D9 and Barada w/ weapon for $30.  I don't remember if the auction was mislisted or something, but I just got lucky.

I managed to win Amanaman in two auctions in the same night, each I won for $40.  I ended up trading one for an A wing pilot.

I also picked up an ESB 41 back Bespin Han in probably C7 shape for $30.

I also got a number of deals on several Ep I figures near the end of the year.

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