“I shall call him, ‘Mini-Bee'”

I painted up a miniature version of my car:

I’m not entirely happy with the sloppiness of the paint job.  My model-painting experience is almost entirely in acrylic, and this job was done with enamel.  I figured enamel would be more durable for something like this.  Unfortunately, enamel is a bit harder to work with and is less forgiving than acrylic.

The paint I used was Humbrol Black Satin 85.  It does not look very much like satin paint to me, though.

X-wing Repaints

I painted up a couple of my X-wing minis.  Here are the two best ones so far:


I was never a fan of the original color scheme of the Moldy Crow.  I thought something darker and stealthier looking would look good.



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The fastest ship in the X-wing Miniatures game deserved to be repainted to look like my Camaro.



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Das Autodoppelgänger

I came across my Camaro’s double earlier this week:

Camaro doubleHe doesn’t have side spears like the ones that I put on my car a few months ago, nor does he have the gill inserts, and I can’t tell if he has a black spoiler or not (and he’s missing two cylinders ;-), but he does have the same hood wrap, fender hashes, and powder-coated wheels as my car does.  It’s difficult to tell here, but I’d bet he’s got the same window tinting, too.

When I first picked up the car from the dealership, the person who sold me the car took a photo of it to show other prospective customers (I had the tinting, hood wrap, fender hashes, and gill inserts put on by the dealer).  On a later visit to the dealership, the salesperson commented that another guy had seen the photo of my car and ordered the exact same thing.  I wonder if this is that guy?

As a driver of a very distinct looking car, this photo also gives me something that might come in handy in the future: plausible deniability.

Camaro Cosmetic Changes

I finally ordered a set of of lower body accent stripes for my Camaro.  I purchased them from Big Worm Graphix.

This is the final cosmetic change I had planned when I first bought the car.  I think they give the lower body a sharp, dynamic look.  What I especially like is that they darken up-facing areas on the car that are normally brighter than the rest of the body due to reflected sunlight.

I put these decals on myself.  It was a little nerve wracking, but I believe I did a decent job.  We’ll see how long these last.

20160726_180540 20160726_180558 20160726_180619 Also new to my car in these photos are yellow rubber lug nut covers, which I ordered from AliExpress.  I just came across them one day and figured they were cheap enough to try.  I liked the look of them, so I kept them on.

I think that about wraps up all the exterior cosmetic modifications I’m going to make on the car.

Childhood Dream Car

When I was a kid, the best car ever was the Lamborghini Countach. It was the fastest, coolest looking car around. I always wanted to have one when I was younger. I remember saying once when I was ten or so that I wanted to buy one when I was older, to which one of my uncles quipped, “You’d better start saving now!”

Today, I own a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS. On a whim, I decided to compare its performance specs with the dream car of my youth. Here are the results of my research*:

1982 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Engine V12 V8
Displacement 4.754 L 6.2 L
Power 375 bhp @ 7000 rpm 426 bhp @ 5900 rpm
Torque 302 ft-lbs @ 4500 rpm 424 ft-lbs @ 4600 rpm
Top Speed 182 mph 184 mph
1/4 mile 13.4 s 12.9 s
0 to 60 mph 5.0 s 4.5 s

Looks like I’m already driving the supercar I always wanted as a kid!


*There’s a few tenths of a second variance in some of the performance numbers I’ve seen, since they are partially dependent on driver skill, but the Camaro consistently outperforms the Countach.