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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1755 on: April 12, 2018, 05:55:27 am »
On the upside - at least you have work and more coming in which proves that people are happy with your work  :thumbsup:
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1756 on: April 13, 2018, 03:02:15 am »
You need something to take out your frustration on.
I like to split firewood.  I name (out loud) each log for someone who has pi**ed me off and then take a swing imagining I am splitting their head.  Very satisfying.
Also, no one else will mess with you - why go near an angry ranting man with an axe in his hands?


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I usually like to burn wood but I never have to chop it... well.....   I cut it down sometimes to make it fit but the way pecan trees work and the Oklahoma wind ... oh and all the stuff I drag home from landscaping jobs.. there's ALWAYS piles of wood sitting around needing to be burned. That generally tires me out, for sure.... lot of work hauling it all around and stacking it and standing next to the fireball in the heat. Problem is right now, the weather people are calling the fire danger levels around here "historic" and the wind is blowing about 30 MPH so I'll be leaving them piles be.
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1757 on: April 13, 2018, 03:11:31 am »
On the upside - at least you have work and more coming in which proves that people are happy with your work  :thumbsup:
Oh yeah! One thing I've always managed to do is put out the most top notch work. Last year I was getting 5-6 people a week wanting me to give them estimates to start doing theirs. I had to start turning people down and pulled all my advertising (including that which was on my truck). I tried hiring people but back to back I had people refuse to actually show up to work so all that money went somewhere else.

But yeah.... it's pretty good! I'm busier than last year and I've been looking at my books and I ought to double my income this month versus last month. "Winter Break" is over! In fact, I have two today after I go pick up garbage. Going to be kind of warm, too. I got up at 3:15 AM.  :rolleyes:




I'd LIKE to finish up the 737 today. I might wind up too tired, though, so no promises.  :angel: Going to be a little bit warm and plenty of sunlight today and that combo always steals away my energy and makes me feel ill. Cool and cloudy, I can work all damn day and not be too bothered.  :unsure:

Also be working more on the Raptor, too. Told myself I need to get some of the work on the missiles and missile bay doors and missile mounts done before I allow myself to paint.  ;D 
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1758 on: April 13, 2018, 02:27:40 pm »
Well, good and bad news. Transfers are going on but the stupid windows and cheatlines ones are TOO SHORT. Like... I had to put small gaps in each one so the doors would line up on the doors....     I'll have to add in some paint there and also up on the nose where those didn't come together.  It would be easy to say "user error" but it's not me, this time.... Either the spacing of the doors is wrong or the transfers are wrong. No problem there, though, but I noticed after I glue one engine on that the pylon for it had an upward angle.... ALL JACKED UP.. can't have that so I tried to adjust is downward and of course the whole thing snapped off so I've had to re-glue that into the correct angle and will need to sand and re-paint it. Lastly, the red transfers for the tail are acting up.... I'll need to use a wee bit of PVA to get them to settle down and STICK and I'll also be needing to come through with some red paint to touch up where they didn't go over the top.

Otherwise, it's starting to look really good!!! Gloss coat came out looking pretty nice, as well. It looks like an airliner for sure and if the last gloss coat works as well as the first this thing is going to look great, despite all my mistakes. 


I wasn't going to take a picture of it AT ALL but I figure since it's flipped upside-down it won't ruin the "big reveal" too much to snap a quick, low quality picture of it.

I'm ALREADY looking forward to the next airliner. I think I'll do a little bitty one. This 737 is pretty small but I have one even smaller; BAC 111!  Lil feller is about half the length of the 737.  ;D  I can choose British Caledonia or Aer Lingus....     Both are quite nice old school liveries with proper cheat lines and none of this wavy swooshy crap. I'm leaning on Aer Lingus . . .. .



This was a bonus kit. I bought a Trident 1C for $22 after shipping and the box seemed heavy..... turns out this lil guy was in there with it!  :wub:

That's it for now I guess. I think I'll start working on the Liberty a little more or something . I can sand right now and that's what it needs.
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1759 on: April 15, 2018, 04:53:21 am »
Doing my taxes, AGAIN. The hell... I did this already almost 2 months ago but apparently it didn't "take." I sort of remember the thing wanting me to make an account, AT THE END, AFTER I ALREADY DID IT ALL, and I think I might have just gave up at that point? I can't remember so I'm just doing everything again and this new eFile site I'm using is somewhat frustrating. It won't let me put it any information about all the money I spent to make the business run. SURELY that stuff is important? All the fuel and new equipment I bought? The losses I incured from people not paying me? The million dollars of general liability insurance? My vehicle liability insurance????   Good God, this stupid thing says I owe the federal government over $2,000 and when I did it last time it said I owed $340!?!   This is frustrating to no end.... I've been working on it for two hours now and am no closer to the end than when I started. I'm thinking I'm going just have to file an extension then try to find out why in the hell it is that a business owner is expected to eat business costs when if I was employeed by someone else all this stuff would be deductible.  :banghead:

Not a good way to start the day!!!   

Otherwise, I have to go pick up garbage then I have one lawn to mow (It's below freezing right now, I sure picked a good day  ;D  )   then I'll either be back messing with this tax stuff or try to get the 737 finished.  :wacko:
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1760 on: April 15, 2018, 05:04:08 am »
I feel for you Brad C.  I can only imagine how badly designed that website must be.


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« Reply #1761 on: April 15, 2018, 05:19:58 am »
Thanks, bud.

It's terrible. I gave up and will try another. 2.5 hours down the drain. I'm so frustrated right now. It pages for... "Enter income and expenses" but it would ONLY let my put in my income. No matter how I tried to do it, it would never let me input anything about my expense. So, I'll go back to the IRS page and pick another "trusted" eFile vendor and do it all over again. If I can't get it to work I'll just file an extension. I only have until midnight on the 17th to get this done so.........   :rolleyes:

I've done my own taxes the last two years but I've moved into a new tax bracket and the fact that it comes from a sole proprietorship instead of me working for someone else, it's monkeys things all about in big ways. Even after I get it all figured out and get my deductions, I'm still miffed about the fact that a person making the same exact amount of money working for themselves as a person who works for someone else has to pay wildly different taxes. I don't get it... that person gets to keep a lot more of their income than I do because I have to put back ~30% of all I earn into overhead... all that gas, repair work, oil, insurance, etc.  JUST SO STUPID.  :banghead:     

But anyway.... next year I'm going to go back to using the free tax prep people that I had been using and see if that works. Probably wont because all the forms and stuff are different. If not that, I'm going to just hire a CPA or something. I wish there were a way to hire myself as an employee and give myself a W-2 instead of doing all this 1099 crap but I think that may constitute fraud or something.  :wacko: ;D
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« Reply #1762 on: April 15, 2018, 09:46:02 am »
Extension filed. This is making me in too much of a foul mood and whether or not I get it filed today, tomorrow or the next day, I won't be able to PAY on it until later anyway so I need to file the extension regardless because I won't know WHAT to pay until I actually file and now this way I have time for that if things keep going wrong. What's stupid is they say, "Oh, you still need to PAY by the 17th of April, but you have until October 15th to file." UHHHH, how the hell do I know what to pay if I haven't filed?! So stupid. One has to come before the other. Turbo-worthless says I should just GUESS at it and mail it to the government not knowing what I ACTUALLY owe. So stupid.

To hell with this nonsense, though. I'm going to finish my last cup of coffee then see what's going on around here. Going to find something to paint on or something. It's windy again, so no sanding and yesterday before I WAS going to sand the wind kicked up so I didn't get that done, either.  ;D   Typical...I mention that I'm going to sand so the wind changes direction in under 15 minutes to where I can't.  :o ;D
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« Reply #1763 on: April 15, 2018, 12:23:31 pm »
The other night after I decalled the 737-400, I took the opportunity to do all the transfers that were ready on the Raptor stuff. Wasn't a whole lot, but it's another 10-12 transfers out of the way and less to worry about.



Turns out what I thought were "little" fuel tanks that stored inside the weapons bay (why I came to this conclusion??? I'm not sure!!!) are actually JDAMS.  ;D   Well, I already painted the damn things Doo-Doo Brown so .... ... ...   I don't want to change it. Maybe the Somalis painted them all so they wouldn't stick out so much in satellite photos or something. Who knows...  I might paint the fins a different color, though.

Now.... we having the RED STUFF on the tail of the 737 go all to hell so I'm going to have to paint that on. Laaaaaaaame.  ;D I wanted to use PVA to get the ends stuck down.... they are supposed to wrap around the curves at the front and rear of the fin but wouldn't stick on their own. So, I tried to put the PVA on them today (done this plenty in the past with no problems) but these things just wouldn't stay together and started crumbling. Oh well!! I'll clean it up some more then get to painting I guess.


Huh!

Oh well, the rest of the transfers seem to be working fine and look stellar!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #1764 on: April 15, 2018, 04:02:51 pm »
Throwing in the towel on the infernal Boeing 737!!!!!  Gloss clear started to eat my transfers. They were all crackling and bubbling and stuff so I just put the thing in the corner to dry. Hopefully it won't be so bad after everything dries up. All I have left is to take of the remaining masking tape and do away with any ridges that built up along the edges. Uhhhh.....  there for a minute I was having a really nice, shiny and decently smooth finish but this thing just won't die and is determined to kick my azz no matter what. Still... I'd wager it probably looks OK. :unsure:

We'll have a look at that later but for now I FINALLY got some half way decent pictures of the Fokker D.XXI.









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I know it's too glossy but for some reason I couldn't tone it down. Some did, but a lot started turning into a candy coat!  :o 

Oh well..   For now I'm going to swill some beer because it's my weekend and I am CAUGHT UP at work thank God!  :o ;D ;D   Here in about half an hour or so I'll peel the masking off the 737 and see what kind of end product we have...
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1765 on: April 15, 2018, 05:32:17 pm »
Book me a flight and get me the hell out of here!   ;D


Mistakes and problems all the way to the very end, including after lifting the last masking tape! It's STILL not right!  :unsure: ;D  But, you know what?



I looooooove it!  :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :lol:


























Mistakes galore.... but.. I picked up a great deal of knowledge on this one and some tricks, to boot. Next one will be even better. Gimme some more!!!!! I love me some airliners.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1766 on: April 16, 2018, 06:11:05 am »
Fokker looks good mate, as does the U.S. Airways bird  :thumbsup:

I sympathise re your tax returns. I have to admit however that my experience of filing my Tax on line with H.M.'s Inland Revenue was pretty good. The online form was easy to use and fairly quick. Now that I'm retired they don't want to play with me however  ;D
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« Reply #1767 on: April 16, 2018, 07:21:28 am »
Ha! Go figure!

Problem here is there is no way to go directly to the IRS with this stuff and that's why, among other reasons, it's such a pain to get done (in my experience). It has to be done via third party and none are the same and there are so many it's hard to keep track of. I hate it! I wish I could just go to IRS.gov and fill out forms, but noooooo, even the IRS themselves shuffle you away to a private company third party. It's very stupid!

I'm starting to believe in tax reform if for nothing else than to streamline some things and make it easier. YOU'D THINK THE GOVERNMENT WOULD WANT IT TO BE AS EASY AS POSSIBLE TO TAKE YOUR MONEY FROM YOU..........     ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D   I mean... more people actually pay tax than get it all back so why the hell would the gov't make it hard to give them money?! I just.... sheesh. I see why CPAs exist and why they are doing a booming business. Same reason lawyers exist.  There should be a rule of law that says the lay person ought be able to understand and interact with the government without being forced to hire a third party simply to play ball.


I just wish I could remember the company I used in years past (all free, but of course, in being free you just get no-frills returns done, if I owned some massive business and had tons of assetts I wouldn't "free-file and to get those types of returns done they definitely charge)     Last year everything worked fine. Year before that everything worked fine. THIS year, things are a disaster and nothing comes easy!  I do know one ting.... this time, when I finally get it figured out and find a good tax site to use, I'm going to write it down.  I might not be having half the problems I am now if I hadn't forgotten which sites I used in the past.  :angel: ;D



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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1768 on: April 16, 2018, 07:36:12 am »
I just wish I could remember the company I used in years past (all free, but of course, in being free you just get no-frills returns done, if I owned some massive business and had tons of assetts I wouldn't "free-file and to get those types of returns done they definitely charge)     Last year everything worked fine. Year before that everything worked fine. THIS year, things are a disaster and nothing comes easy!  I do know one ting.... this time, when I finally get it figured out and find a good tax site to use, I'm going to write it down.  I might not be having half the problems I am now if I hadn't forgotten which sites I used in the past.  :angel: ;D

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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1769 on: April 16, 2018, 08:41:04 am »
Thanks for the heads up! I will check them out tomorrow morning. I'm going to try again to get them filed before I go to work.


This would all be pretty hilarious if it turns out the one I filed 2 months ago DID go through....   :o    Pretty sure they wouldn't have accepted my extension if it had, though. So... wishful thinking on my part.  ;D




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