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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: August 12, 2005, 04:26 PM »
After putting $50 worth of gas in my truck yesterday, I actually considered selling my beloved 4X4.   If I could find another pickup, possibly the Titan, with better mileage, I might consider getting rid of it.

Although gas really is creaping up slower than inflation, it has made a huge jump in the past year and a half.  Living on a teacher's salary that increases at a lower rate than inflation, this is shortly going to become a sticky situation.  Lucky for my wife and I (both teachers) I don't drive my truck except to work...but she drives about 30 miles one way in her little Hyundai Santa Fe.  Her mileage is pretty good, but not so much for my Ford. 

FWIW, if you guys are having some issues, a tune up and regular oil changes will help to a degree.  The engine will run more efficient...also be sure to keep your tire pressure at the recommended levels.  Preventative maintenance will help with fuel efficiency, as well as long term damage to the pocketbook when something breaks.

Sorry that's long, my mind is kind of jumping all over the place.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 50lbs in 6 weeks. Can I do it? The Verdict!
« on: August 12, 2005, 04:21 PM »
Awesome Kevin!!!

If you are in the Dallas area for a little paintball, let me know and I'll blast away with you.

Good job.

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 9, 2005, 07:26 AM »
Will do Derek.  I'm anxiously awaiting more parts this week.

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 8, 2005, 07:20 AM »
Just an update.  Going through eBay I picked up a Dragon figure.  Then using Optoys I picked up Dragon gloved hands and a couple of Dragon uniform parts.  Then going back to eBay, I picked up some Dragon body armor, a Dragon M4, and a BBI helmet clip mike and radio.

I'm going to wait for all this to show and then see how it fits together.  I've managed to get a figure through a trade here and it's in the 12" scale so I'm going to use it first and see if the equipment fits.  If it does, then back to ebay the DML figure goes.

Feedback / Re: Ook's feedback
« on: August 6, 2005, 12:33 PM »
Super trade.  I got more than I asked for and received my package two days after we finished negotiating.  Super communication and really friendly.  Thanks!!

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 6, 2005, 12:09 AM »
Actually, they were navy berets.  I'm  not doing a beret thought, probably a helment and goggles.

I've also been looking at Optoys and from a 12" seller on eBay with some good stuff.

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 5, 2005, 11:41 PM »
Thanks JJ.  That was what I was thinking but before I go off and start picking up gear, I wanted to make sure I didn't screw myself out of money because the equipment didn't jive.

FWIW, I'm making an USAF Security Forces soldier from Iraq.  It's what I did when I was in the AF.

Other Toy Lines / BBI/Dragon custom w/pics
« on: August 5, 2005, 11:21 PM »
I'm working on a custom military figure and before I get too far into it I want to check on something.

For you 12" guys, are Dragon and BBI figures the same? I can't seem to figure this out. I've guessed that they are different figures. However, if they are different, will the Dragon accessories work on BBI and vice versa?

I know they are all in the same scale (which someone at RS was kind enough to point out to me)  ::) but are the accessories, such as hands, helmets, assault vests, etc.

Any help would be appreciated.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: August 2, 2005, 10:48 AM »
I have a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport. Nice bright cop-attracting Red. ;D

This is the first vehicle I've purchased brand's my Lt mobile!

An occifer in a Liberty and not some hot rod??? ??? ;D

I drive a champagen colored 2000 Ford F150 4X4.  It's got all the fixin's...grill guard, headache rack, bed rails, step up bars, and oversized tires.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« on: July 22, 2005, 05:16 PM »
I love sunflower seeds, so send him on over Mikey! 8)

On a less positive note, my Angels, who were steamrolling along quite beautifully throughout June, have hit the skids here after having gotten swept by the lowly Mariners in a 4 game series. Still have a decent lead in the West, but this is definitely not the type of momentum we wanted to carry into the All-star break. But hey, at least the break will temporarily halt that momentum...

Dodgers... Well, they suck far worse right now. Since 3/4ths of our team is out injured (for most of the season), I don't even know any of our current everyday lineup outside of Jeff Kent. Freakin' pathetic. Even worse when you consider that we removed all the names from the jerseys this year, so most Dodger fans can't even figure out who the **** is on the field at any given time (without matching numbers up in the media guide). ::)

I wouldn't worry about it.  My ******* Rangers have lost 5 of 7 since the All Star break.  My wife and I are headed out tonight and Sunday so hopefullly we can jump back into second and take the next three from Oakland.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: July 20, 2005, 04:30 PM »
I guess I got lucky with my red ARC.  I went into Walmart one day and saw several pegs of them and grabbed two the first time.  I came back the next day and grabbed another, opting to leave a few for others.  Then I came back two days later and haven't seen one since.

I opened two of them and ended up selling one of them last year sometime.

I'll be happy to sell it then at cost plus shipping.

Good luck getting that cockpit cover... of if you can't get one, maybe you can try and make your own? Even if it wasn't clear that would be ok, something solid jet black might look pretty cool.


I've actually thought about that, but I don't think my skills are that good...yet!  I guess I could try using a mold of one of the ones I have now and then just painting the whole thing black.

I haven't gotten a lot of responses so I don't know if anyone is still interested.

If you are, progress is coming along well.  I'm still have to attach a few things and add a little more weathering.  I'm also having a bitch of a time getting an X wing cockpit so I've resorted to ebay and we'll see if I can get it.

I'll post picks of the finished product as soon as a canopy shows up.

Modern Trading / Re: Have / Wants - 7/19
« on: July 19, 2005, 05:32 PM »
I've got an MOC Saga Imp officer and a few loose ones. 

PM me if you are interested.

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