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  1. Where in the world is Doc Nickel?. MildBill, Sep 24, 2014
    1. He's not wearing shades. Must be another bear. n/t. eddi, Sep 24, 2014
      1. Nah he's undercover!. FireFrenzy, Sep 24, 2014
    2. Re: Where in the world is Doc Nickel?. Shadowydreamer, Sep 24, 2014
  2. On the subject of nifty places... Shadowydreamer, Sep 24, 2014
  3. Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #6:. Doc Nickel, Sep 24, 2014
    1. Re: Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #6:. Shadowydreamer, Sep 24, 2014
    2. Old Caterpillars are interesting machines. Irregular Logic, Sep 24, 2014
      1. Winter cats.... Doc Nickel, Sep 25, 2014
        1. Re: Winter cats.... Stu Friedberg, Sep 26, 2014
  4. UPS stores to have 3D printing at 100 locations.. secretweaponevan, Sep 23, 2014
  5. Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #5:. Doc Nickel, Sep 23, 2014
    1. Panoramic software. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 23, 2014
      1. Software wasn't the issue.... Doc Nickel, Sep 24, 2014
  6. Some exciting possibilities.... TeflonSoul, Sep 22, 2014
    1. Hope he went with one that has a gas solenoid already. Bruce Bergman, Sep 22, 2014
      1. Pretty sure.... TeflonSoul, Sep 22, 2014
        1. Hobart has a great setup. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 23, 2014
        2. Gold Gas is just a trademark for several C25 blends. Bruce Bergman, Sep 24, 2014
  7. Damnit Doc... Shadowydreamer, Sep 22, 2014
    1. No wonder!. MildBill, Sep 22, 2014
    2. What Again?. eddi, Sep 22, 2014
  8. Jinx Tazering a Bullwhip?. Chris "Foxx" Yost, Sep 22, 2014
    1. Re: Jinx Tazering a Bullwhip?. Shadowydreamer, Sep 22, 2014
      1. THe Empire will survive, the question is will Alaska and points Great White North? n/t. eddi, Sep 22, 2014
        1. Re: THe Empire will survive, the question is will Alaska and points Great White North? n/t. Shadowydreamer, Sep 22, 2014
  9. Old 3000psi MaxFlow?. LudavicoSoldier, Sep 22, 2014
    1. Maxxies.... Doc Nickel, Sep 24, 2014
      1. Good info!. LudavicoSoldier, Sep 24, 2014
  10. The double barrel. Al Williams, Sep 21, 2014
    1. Gunsmithing.... Doc Nickel, Sep 22, 2014
      1. 12ga.Conversion?. Al Williams, Sep 22, 2014
        1. More gunsmthing.... Doc Nickel, Sep 22, 2014
  11. PBCrap is closing down?. Shalom, Sep 21, 2014
    1. Probably has something to do with lack of advertising.... David Johnson, Sep 21, 2014
      1. ...er, make that "printed", and a little fix on what name should be showed. Fubarius, Sep 21, 2014
      2. PBCrap Magazine. Doc Nickel, Sep 21, 2014
        1. Wow. Chris "Foxx" Yost, Sep 22, 2014
          1. .... um..... Doc Nickel, Sep 22, 2014
            1. That's cause most players would rather spend the money on more paint. Raphael, Sep 22, 2014
              1. I disagree.... Doc Nickel, Sep 24, 2014
                1. Same with RC magazines. FireFrenzy, Sep 24, 2014
  12. comic for 2014-19-9. Vitrbjorn, Sep 18, 2014
    1. You just tried too early. Mark Trombley, Sep 19, 2014
      1. Re: You just tried too early. Shadowydreamer, Sep 19, 2014
        1. Updates.... Doc Nickel, Sep 22, 2014
  13. Nitre bluing a shotgun barrel + receiver; Potential heat treatment issues?. Brandon_ha, Sep 18, 2014
    1. My search says bluing is done about 290F. Mark Trombley, Sep 18, 2014
      1. Several different kinds of bluing.... Doc Nickel, Sep 18, 2014
    2. It's all about the temperature.... Doc Nickel, Sep 18, 2014
      1. So thats out.... Brandon_ha, Sep 18, 2014
    3. Re: Nitre bluing a shotgun barrel + receiver; Potential heat treatment issues?. Irregular Logic, Sep 18, 2014
    4. brownell's resources for gunsmiths. Nighthawke, Sep 20, 2014
  14. Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #4:. Doc Nickel, Sep 18, 2014
    1. Good stuff...thanks again for sharing.. nt. BigMatt-MadCustoms, Sep 18, 2014
    2. Re: Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #4:. Shadowydreamer, Sep 18, 2014
    3. Like the pics. Joseph Houk, Sep 21, 2014
  15. Poor, poor, Red, (N/T). Shadowydreamer, Sep 17, 2014
  16. Cutting 10 gauge steel. Otter_Chaos, Sep 17, 2014
    1. Jig saw. Mark Trombley, Sep 17, 2014
    2. No one tool.... Doc Nickel, Sep 18, 2014
    3. Nibbler if you are doing a lot of cutting.... fredvb, Sep 18, 2014
    4. Depends on where you are located. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 19, 2014
  17. So apparently I'm a welding shop now.... Doc Nickel, Sep 15, 2014
    1. Re: So apparently I'm a welding shop now.... Shadowydreamer, Sep 15, 2014
      1. More on this car. Shalom , Sep 16, 2014
        1. Forgot to mention. Shalom , Sep 16, 2014
          1. Found him. Shalom , Sep 16, 2014
    2. That's the joy of Old Cars, they break. Bruce Bergman, Sep 15, 2014
    3. Just don't do it.... Joseph Houk, Sep 21, 2014
      1. That's fine - as long as you keep the vultures away.... Bruce Bergman, Sep 22, 2014
  18. 3000 picture time lapse engine rebuild.. Jeff Pace, Sep 15, 2014
  19. William Doxford and Sons marine engine shop (56K killer!). Nighthawke, Sep 15, 2014
  20. Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #3:. Doc Nickel, Sep 15, 2014
    1. That sense of scale .... Stu Friedberg, Sep 15, 2014
  21. Doc's Vacations Slides, carousel #2:. Doc Nickel, Sep 12, 2014
    1. Re: Doc's Vacations Slides, carousel #2:. Shadowydreamer, Sep 12, 2014
    2. Really enjoyed your last 2 posts.... BigMatt-MadCustoms, Sep 14, 2014
      1. I've got.... Doc Nickel, Sep 16, 2014
        1. I look forward to them..nt. BigMatt-MadCustoms, Sep 17, 2014
    3. Glitter Gulch. Listessa, Nov 11, 2014
  22. Modding M98 Flatline Barrel to attach with APEX 2 barrel tip (with pictures documentary). Ryker C., Sep 12, 2014
    1. So, is it just me, or.... MildBill, Sep 12, 2014
      1. Nope, thats the norm. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 12, 2014
        1. Apex. Ryker C. , Sep 12, 2014
  23. Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #1:. Doc Nickel, Sep 11, 2014
    1. That otter has it pretty well sorted out all told. FireFrenzy, Sep 12, 2014
    2. Additional reading.... Doc Nickel, Sep 12, 2014
    3. Re: Doc's Vacation Slides, carousel #1:. Shadowydreamer, Sep 12, 2014
      1. Wartime.... Doc Nickel, Sep 12, 2014
  24. Flatline+Apex 2 = pure awesome with insane tricks. Ryker C., Sep 11, 2014
  25. Private blog week begins!. Doc Nickel, Sep 11, 2014
    1. Yay photos!. Salda007, Sep 11, 2014
      1. TestiNg Testing. FireFrenzy, Sep 11, 2014
      2. Test.... DouglasMawson, Sep 12, 2014
    2. test....nt. BigMatt-MadCustoms, Sep 11, 2014
    3. Registering an account with N54. Thru-Hiker, Sep 11, 2014
      1. This.. J. Cook, Sep 11, 2014
  26. Attention all Guild regulars.... Doc Nickel, Sep 10, 2014
    1. A week or two..... end times are near..... BigMatt-MadCustoms, Sep 10, 2014
    2. Just don't burn the place down.. MephitMark, Sep 10, 2014
    3. There are alternatives to fighting you know.... Nighthawke, Sep 10, 2014
    4. So assign some mods. MarkT, Sep 10, 2014
      1. Yep ^ =) NT. Mawson, Sep 10, 2014
      2. I fill in as a mod on MCB, and could here too. nt. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 10, 2014
        1. Options.... Doc Nickel, Sep 11, 2014
          1. You can setup mods in a group. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 11, 2014
            1. I'll look into that.... Doc Nickel, Sep 11, 2014
    5. Well it'd suck but do whatever you want man. FireFrenzy, Sep 10, 2014
      1. Yep, your place.. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 11, 2014
    6. Captcha + Moderator volunteers + pass out Mallets. Bruce Bergman, Sep 11, 2014
      1. Limited capabilities.... Doc Nickel, Sep 11, 2014
    7. Doc I am pretty famiiar with N54. B, Sep 11, 2014
      1. Blocks of IPs. Doc Nickel, Sep 11, 2014
  27. Doc and Roger vs the Space-time continuium... too late n/t. eddi, Sep 9, 2014
    1. Oh, no -- nononononononononono..... CF, Sep 10, 2014
    2. TWB 10Sep14... Swampy and Red. Andrick, Sep 10, 2014
      1. It's not easy.... Doc Nickel, Sep 11, 2014
        1. wound. Jeff Pace, Sep 11, 2014
          1. Go gray. FlyingWrench, Sep 11, 2014
            1. Grey...?. Doc Nickel, Sep 12, 2014
        2. Totally easy to tell the difference,. FireFrenzy, Sep 11, 2014
  28. Hobby Gear Motor Question. Derranged gadgeteer, Sep 8, 2014
    1. Try here. Tim, Sep 8, 2014
      1. Motors. Theobservantwolf, Sep 8, 2014
      2. Thanks, but waaaaaaay too big. Derranged gadgeteer, Sep 10, 2014
    2. Try Bison or Hansen (nt). Ari, Sep 8, 2014
  29. OT: Retaught myself some AutoCAD.. Deus Machina, Sep 8, 2014
    1. How'll it be made?. Derranged gadgeteer, Sep 8, 2014
      1. A few options.. Deus Machina, Sep 8, 2014
        1. Shapeways. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 8, 2014
          1. Haven't thought about cutting.. Deus Machina, Sep 8, 2014
            1. I know a guy. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 8, 2014
              1. I'll give that a shot.. Deus Machina, Sep 8, 2014
                1. It looks fairly simple. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 9, 2014
                  1. I'll pull up the 2D soon.. Deus Machina, Sep 9, 2014
                    1. Metric?. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 9, 2014
                      1. Re: Metric?. Shadowydreamer, Sep 9, 2014
                        1. Meh. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 9, 2014
                          1. Metric.... Doc Nickel, Sep 9, 2014
                            1. Re: Metric.... Shadowydreamer, Sep 9, 2014
                              1. sigh.... Doc Nickel, Sep 9, 2014
                                1. Plus it's not like it's hard to use both at the same time.. Fubarius, Sep 9, 2014
                                  1. Re: Plus it's not like it's hard to use both at the same time.. Shadowydreamer, Sep 9, 2014
                                2. Re: sigh.... Shadowydreamer, Sep 9, 2014
                                  1. Right-hand drivers. Bruce, Sep 9, 2014
                                    1. Sweden did it. Danish Lurker, Sep 9, 2014
                                    2. Re: Right-hand drivers. Shadowydreamer, Sep 10, 2014
                                      1. In proper civilization yes,. Bruce, Sep 10, 2014
                                        1. Re: In proper civilization yes,. Shadowydreamer, Sep 10, 2014
                                3. easier or more intuative.. MephitMark, Sep 9, 2014
                                  1. The UK still uses miles on the roads.. Flank, Sep 9, 2014
                                    1. Re: The UK still uses miles on the roads.. Shadowydreamer, Sep 10, 2014
                                      1. Devil's advocate.... J.Cook, Sep 10, 2014
                                        1. Well not exactly. FireFrenzy, Sep 10, 2014
                                          1. I try to stick with precentages with known error.. Flank, Sep 10, 2014
                                            1. Re: I try to stick with precentages with known error.. Shadowydreamer, Sep 10, 2014
                                              1. +1 on Google conversions. Danish Lurker, Sep 11, 2014
                                  2. Re: easier or more intuative.. Shadowydreamer, Sep 10, 2014
                                4. Base 10 not *only* benefit to metric. Danish Lurker, Sep 9, 2014
                                  1. Except that.... Doc Nickel, Sep 10, 2014
                                    1. Re: Except that.... OlPaint, Sep 10, 2014
                                  2. re: Base 10 not *only* benefit to metric. Chloered, Sep 11, 2014
                      2. My default semismartass answer to this whole metric v imperial thing is. FireFrenzy, Sep 9, 2014
                        1. Calculations.... Doc Nickel, Sep 10, 2014
                          1. Re: Calculations.... Shadowydreamer, Sep 10, 2014
                            1. Re: Calculations.... FireFrenzy, Sep 10, 2014
                          2. Calculations... Chloered, Sep 11, 2014
                          3. A Practical Point. Gladmech, Sep 13, 2014
                            1. Re: A Practical Point. Shadowydreamer, Sep 13, 2014
                              1. Degree of Precision. GladMech, Sep 14, 2014
                                1. Re: Degree of Precision. Shadowydreamer, Sep 14, 2014
    2. Count me in for two if they look decent (n/t). 63VDub, Sep 10, 2014
  30. Revitalizing a classic. OmniMech, Sep 7, 2014
    1. Re: Revitalizing a classic. Steve Rupp, Sep 7, 2014
      1. Greasy. OmniMech, Sep 7, 2014
        1. Super lube - cheap and great. Jeff Pace, Sep 7, 2014
    2. Reg seat. Watch the videos... replace ONLY what's absoltuely neccessary.. nerobro, Sep 7, 2014
    3. 'Maggotry.... Doc Nickel, Sep 8, 2014
    4. it's simple.... Cyco-Dude, Sep 8, 2014
      1. Update on the 'Mag. OmniMech, Sep 11, 2014
  31. Something interesting for the firearms tweakers.... Doc Nickel, Sep 5, 2014
    1. Defintiely airsoft, definitely awesome. Hans, Sep 6, 2014
      1. Hm. MadLarkin, Sep 7, 2014
    2. paintball options. B, Sep 6, 2014
    3. I can't see the muzzle of it so there is some doubt..... Nighthawke, Sep 7, 2014
      1. ... "Doubt"?. Doc Nickel, Sep 8, 2014
        1. Muzzle peeking. Nighthawke, Sep 8, 2014
          1. Well... Sort of.. J.Cook, Sep 9, 2014
    4. thats nice work. MSquared, Sep 8, 2014
  32. Recent filler strip. tkzv, Sep 5, 2014
    1. re: recent filler strip. Theobservantwolf, Sep 6, 2014
      1. Re: re: recent filler strip. Shadowydreamer, Sep 7, 2014
        1. Probably.... Theobservantwolf, Sep 7, 2014
        2. Here 't'is. Theobservantwolf, Sep 7, 2014
          1. Oops... Attempt #2!. Theobservantwolf, Sep 7, 2014
            1. Re: Oops... Attempt #2!. Shadowydreamer, Sep 7, 2014
              1. Re: Re:...aw, you get the idea.. Theobservantwolf, Sep 7, 2014
                1. I have to ask..... Doc Nickel, Sep 8, 2014
                  1. Re: I have to ask..... Shadowydreamer, Sep 8, 2014
                  2. Re: I have to ask.... Theobservantwolf, Sep 8, 2014
                    1. Scraps.... Doc Nickel, Sep 9, 2014
                      1. Consider it done!. Theobservantwolf, Sep 10, 2014
  33. Swampy's outfit looks like mine the first few times I played. n/t. eddi, Sep 5, 2014
  34. slightly confused on the range. Romulan Cmdr, Sep 4, 2014
    1. to wit:. tmk, Sep 4, 2014
    2. this might explain it.. Dalfsson, Sep 4, 2014
      1. Eh-sorta. Romulan Cmdr, Sep 8, 2014
        1. They were calibrating. Bruce, Sep 8, 2014
  35. Flyaways. caldaq, Sep 3, 2014
    1. Re: Flyaways. CF, Sep 3, 2014
    2. Re: Flyaways. Shadowydreamer, Sep 3, 2014
  36. OT; molds and casting resin, picking the right materials?. Deus Machina, Sep 3, 2014
    1. So ask them. MarkT, Sep 3, 2014
    2. Just played this song and dance. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 3, 2014
      1. Hmmm.... Deus Machina, Sep 3, 2014
        1. Harbor Freight has some decent looking vacuum pumps. Bruce Bergman, Sep 3, 2014
          1. Thats what we just got. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 3, 2014
      2. What did you use for the chamber?. MarkT, Sep 3, 2014
        1. These. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 3, 2014
          1. Yeah, that's a little out of my current budget.. Deus Machina, Sep 3, 2014
            1. Careful on that. Renegade_Azzy, Sep 9, 2014
  37. Tippmann M98 Pistol update #1. Ryker C., Sep 2, 2014
  38. In the vein of famous phrases.... tmk, Sep 1, 2014
    1. Is this what BZWRAT sounds like?. Bruce, Sep 1, 2014
      1. Ah, Yes, the "Bullfrog on Steroids...". FleetCommander, Sep 1, 2014
        1. the 110th TFG. Dalfsson, Sep 1, 2014
          1. Selfridge Open House. Rocket T. Coyote, Sep 1, 2014
            1. That place is still open?. Squirlly, Sep 3, 2014
              1. Most definitely, Selfridge is alive and kicking. n/t. Steve Rupp, Sep 5, 2014
      2. CIWS. Jeffrey Pace, Sep 1, 2014
        1. Phalanx CIWS is a smaller caliber - 20mm M61. tmk, Sep 1, 2014
        2. C-RAM. MSquared, Sep 4, 2014
          1. Better to try and miss than never try and get creamed. Bruce Bergman, Sep 5, 2014
      3. Mount It In A C-130. Rocket T. Coyote, Sep 1, 2014
        1. Re: Mount It In A C-130. Retromash, Sep 1, 2014
        2. Forget the C-130.... Salda007, Sep 1, 2014
          1. Exceeding The Speed of Paintball. Rocket T. Coyote, Sep 2, 2014
            1. Paintball?. Salda007, Sep 3, 2014
              1. Paintball Jet. Spike, Sep 3, 2014
                1. Panavia Tornado.... CF, Sep 3, 2014
                  1. Re: Panavia Tornado.... wolffan, Sep 4, 2014
                2. Re: Paintball Jet. OlPaint, Sep 3, 2014
                  1. Sabb Grippen fighter.... joecrouse, Sep 4, 2014
                  2. Needs more old school CAS.... Steve Rupp, Sep 5, 2014
          2. airball field. Machtyn, Sep 3, 2014
  39. Could have used a famous phrase in todays strip. Bubbachomp, Sep 1, 2014
    1. That was famous, whippersnapper!. Peter Sadlon , Sep 1, 2014
      1. a little before my time, but..... Bubachomp, Sep 1, 2014
        1. Nope.... Snowtroll, Sep 1, 2014
    2. Re: Could have used a famous phrase in todays strip. CF, Sep 1, 2014
    3. How's about this one?. FleetCommander, Sep 1, 2014
      1. *twitch twitch*. Urban Werebear, Sep 6, 2014
  40. Hey Doc! You're famous!. Skrugg, Aug 31, 2014
  41. Tool gloat- table saw. Nate, Aug 30, 2014
    1. Just remember the basic safety rules.. Fubarius, Aug 30, 2014
      1. I learned something.... Nate, Aug 31, 2014
        1. feather boards. Fubarius, Aug 31, 2014
          1. Yeah, that top-of-the-board featherboard.... Nate, Sep 1, 2014
        2. Behind the blade.... eddi, Aug 31, 2014
        3. Re: I learned something.... Chris, Sep 1, 2014
      2. Thanks for sharing. I learned a few things. nt. newmaticarsenal@yahoo.com, Sep 1, 2014
      3. Blade height. THAT guy, Sep 6, 2014
  42. TWB 8-29 3000/min. Joe, Aug 29, 2014
    1. Bpm not fps. Golite, Aug 29, 2014
      1. 50 bps from an automag? Really?. Mawson, Aug 29, 2014
        1. On second look I may have read that wrong, and made my title entirely too argumentative.... Mawson, Aug 29, 2014
    2. Tangent.. Shadowydreamer, Aug 29, 2014
      1. Retangent.... Doc Nickel, Aug 29, 2014
        1. Re: Retangent.... Shadowydreamer, Aug 30, 2014
  43. Why wouldn't it?. Peter Sadlon , Aug 29, 2014
  44. Lashs Paintball Presents: The Siege. Wolf, Aug 27, 2014
  45. Hot steel!. Doc Nickel, Aug 27, 2014
    1. Re: ALS Challenge. Nohbody, Aug 27, 2014
      1. Patrick Stewart vs Ice Bucket. Grace and Dignity.. eddi, Aug 27, 2014
      2. here a new failure...och looks like broken spine.. smorizio, Aug 29, 2014
        1. Heads up!. Snowtroll, Aug 30, 2014
      3. So where do the sketches go?. Eponymous Coward, Sep 1, 2014
    2. Re: Hot steel!. Ryker C. , Aug 27, 2014
    3. ' just-for-fun blacksmithing'. Rusty, Aug 27, 2014
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