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  1. On 31/12/2015 at 16:28, Loose Cannon said:

    Nice one Owen. I see they weren't impressed by the gearchange, was that before or after your translator refurb?

    My translator has been refurbed for ages, it just not a great gear change. I've checked everything is correct and done the translator measuring, it could just be a slightly worn baulk rings, it's perhaps due for a service. They got one thing wrong, I think I said I used it two or three times a week, not everyday like the article says. Generally a good write up, beat the Ferrari's arse and in the top four of cars to pick out of the bunch.

  2. Something that got me thinking about TFA and the original trilogy, why did Luke bother? The original trilogy Luke spends the whole of the three films with the sole goal to defeat and destroy the Empire and make the universe a better place. What was the point if a new fraction has taken it's place, seems like art mimicking real life. As in real life, at least Luke would know where he stands with the Empire unlike the new lot.

  3. 5 hours ago, Colin G said:

    Did you build the R2 from scratch Owen? I've been looking for a project though the two guides I've read online weren't up to much.

    Yes built the whole thing from scratch with the odd item purchased, but even they needed reworking, for example I purchased the feet, but it took a month to get them looking good as the resin work wasn't great. All the body, legs and dome was made from scratch, all hand cut. You can get all the plans from the Yahoo R2 Builders Club group for free. Mine is built to my spec construction, but the overall dimensions are correct.

    You can check out my Flickr account for lots of photos of the build. Making of R2D2

    The build took about two years to complete, with another year of ironing out faults and niggles. Then since then it's been improvements and upgrades, the latest being the hydraulic pipes, proper copper ones and alloy ends.

    Here's a very early picture of the build.


  4. Well I watched it on opening night after finishing the troop, got home about 3 am. I liked the film, I wouldn't say I was in awe of the film, it was good and it will perhaps grow on me over time after watching it a few more times. I did like the references to the original trilogy and at times I was engrossed in the moment of a particular scene, also Daisy Ridley who played Rey was very good.

    I think what was a disappointment for me and it happens a lot in any action films nowadays is the complexity of the scenes, especially the action scenes. They happen so quickly and with so much added CGI detail it takes a lot of effort to process everything what is going on, so much so that it ruins the pleasure of watching the movie. If you take the original trilogy and the technology of the time it limited the over cluttering of the scenes, so was easier to take in and wasn't such an effort to watch. Maybe it's because I'm getting older I don't want to process all the information new films throw at me, who knows. Or it could be the fact I was knackered from trooping all evening!

    What I do know is at some point in the future I'm going to build a life size full working R/C BB-8, my cogs are grinding already regarding how I will produce my droid. :)

    I'm also at the Odeon Norwich again Saturday. Depending on time I might go and watch again if I get the chance.


  5. Well I'm already, batteries charged and new sound files added. Hopefully it's going to be a fun packed evening, R2 is always popular, especially with the ladies surprisingly, maybe it's because he doesn't look as threatening as some guy in a costume who's face you can't see. Here's hoping I will get to see the film tonight. :)

    This was the last visit to the Odeon.

  6. 44 minutes ago, Bibs said:

    It won't be a flop, they've already sold over £100m in advance tickets! We're going next Saturday :thumbsup:

    Financially it's perhaps not a flop, I just hope the story is not one. I think we can expect something way better than the prequels just by what they have shown in trailers, but no one knows the full story yet. 

    I did an appearance yesterday in the Castle Mall Norwich, at times it was mob frenzy to have photos with the costume group.


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  7. As a massive Star Wars fan I will be going to see the new film like the rest of the entire population of the planet! I just wondered who's going and if you are hitting the 12.01 am shows or leaving it to a later date. 

    I will be at the first evening showing with my R2 in Norwich at the Odeon Riverside. I don't know if I will get to see the film or if I will want to (mind willing, but body not so!) as it will be hard work entertaining all evening, so I might end up nodding off in the film if I go and watch! :) I'm also entertaining again on the Saturday with R2 and the rest of the Star Wars costume group at the same Odeon venue.

    It's either going to be the biggest film ever or the biggest flop ever, hopefully it's as good as other JJ Abrams films.

    The last time I did the Odeon.


  8. On 25/01/2015, 00:38:36, top-plumber said:

    Fabricated this centre exit for my S4 myself. Sounds fantastic. Getting the exhaust gas away quickly is helpful for performance but I'm sure the number of outlets is irrelevant.


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    What size are the original V8 exhaust end trims, 3 or 4 inch? I've purchased my rear centre outlet exhaust valance and have spoken to my exhaust man about converting my system. I've picked two three inch trims with angle rolled edge faces.


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  9. The transport value might be higher today, but give it a few years it will be on a lot for £1000 or less, while my Esprit will hopefully be the same value as it is today or gone higher. 

    Value is a funny business regarding classic cars. Looking on the HowManyLeft site there are just 76 licensed GT3 Esprit's and 23 SORN. Compare that with the Sierra Cosworth (was looking for RS500 data, but can't get that information), but the data for a regular Sierra Cosworth is 894 licensed and 1643 SORN, making it not a as rare as an Esprit GT3, but can still command a higher price. Cheapest Sierra Cosworth on PH, £28,495, never seen a GT3 at that sort of price on PH.

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  10. The people carrier wasn't there when I parked, empty space, but typical I attract something with massive doors that could possibly clout me! I did leave before it left the car park.

    Also totally missed the Ferrari's, wish I had seen those, but it was a long day and by the end with two cameras hanging around my neck all day I was wanting to have a rest! I did get that with the hour wait in the traffic queue!

  11. 22 minutes ago, MPx said:

    Nice pics Owen - certainly captured much of the best bits of a great day out, although you missed my stand of the day.  The display with the simple line up of 5 Fezzas - starting with my fav 288GTO, next to F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari.  Great to see with none of the usual Rari glitz and nonsense or even much of a barrier around them.   And then there was a pulled pork bap for lunch - yummy.

    Of course the car parks were interesting too....none more so that S3 with (I'm guessing) your yellow GT3?  Got a pic on my phone but no technology to xfer it here...Doh!

    It was my GT3 in S3 car park. 

  12. Hi, had a great day yesterday at the first day of the Classic Car Show. It was the first time I've been and I will  definitely be going next year, two days hopefully as one is not enough to see it all properly.

    My day was an early start, up at 5 am setting off at 6.30 from Norwich, picking my mate up at Thetford and arriving about 9.30 am, so made good time as the roads were busy. Went in my Esprit as the car hasn't been on a long run for a while, drove lovely there and back. Return journey had an extra hour added with road traffic hold up trying to get onto the M6, it was a long wait for nothing as when finally on the M6 no accident or anything other than traffic that looked like a hold up. Also weather was not too bad and rained just for a small part of the journey when arriving, so don't know what happened to all the rain the MET promised in the Midlands area.

    The show was very pleasant to walk around, no pushing or shoving in the aisles. Spoke with a few owners, got to see the guests, MIke Brewer and Ed China (he's tall!), also Fuzz and Ant were talking on the stage as well with owners and their cars. Also some some great cars to see throughout the show, a lot of TLC.

    Here are my pictures of the day, I also did a POV video of some of the day with my action camera mounted on my shoulder, just got to edit video before uploading to YT. Also did some normal video as well.

    I spotted these Lotus Elise seats in the Diablo replica, which wasn't too bad a replica.


    NEC Classic Car Show


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  13. Hi, I would love to post some photo's, been wanting to for ages, but was told to refrain from any internet publishing until after the article has been published. I thought it was going to be the December issue which is out now, but it was the Elise 20 years front cover, so hoping it will be out next month. We were all told it runs about a month behind, but it's been two now, so must be out soon.

    I was going to do a write up of the day and photos once the article was out. I also have some in car video of the day to post to YT.


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  14. Hi all, well it's finally here the day of the dragon auction. If you are interested in bidding on IndyGoGo500, please visit the auction site link

    There is more news about the auction in the local paper.

    Thanks for your support regarding the voting and let's hope Indy gets a good price this evening.



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