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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Classic motorbikes and cars thread.
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 388
Views: 18,835
I had a Citroen BX before I emigrated from the UK in 1992, a great car that was a lot of fun to drive. Like many examples shown above it had it's quirky things like the single spoke steering wheel and a speedometer that was a rotating cylinder instead of the more usual needle over a disc. I loved that self-levelling suspension and it really helped when towing trailers/campers/caravans.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
People And She Was Blinded By The Light
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 53
Views: 826
Nope, it's just that I have a set in my big rolling toolbox, a set in my small mechanical toolbox and a set in my electrical toolbox. I like to keep things organized and easy to grab when I need specific tools for specific jobs. In addition to the above I have a tool belt full of screwdrivers and other stuff, a plastic tote that contains my battery powered drill and all it's drills/screwdriver bits, a wooden tool chest (built by me almost 40 years ago) that contains most of my woodworking hand tools (plus the strobe light mentioned in another post) and a wall full of small tools in my hobby room (on a peg board system) where I work on the family collection of RC vehicles (one mine, one my wife's and one my daughter's).

Just like lenses you can never have too many tools! :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
People And She Was Blinded By The Light
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 53
Views: 826
Yup me too (all three sets). I've still got a timing strobe light too although it's been buried, in it's original box, at the bottom of my wooden tool chest for many years now!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Abstract I'm Telling You Cap'n
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8
Views: 165
Just open the bilge cocks for a few minutes and she'll go right under! :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
People And She Was Blinded By The Light
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 53
Views: 826
Ahh but, it's always better to 'know' before you 'do', bad things can happen if you try it the other way around! Letting the 'magic smoke' out of electronic equipment is always a sign that someone 'did' before they 'knew'!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
People And She Was Blinded By The Light
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 53
Views: 826
I do and I also know how to de-gauss multi-track tape recorder heads after working as a recording studio engineer for a number of years.

On the subject of "Who knows how to .... " who remembers how to change and gap a set of points on a distributor?
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Three things I learned today
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 17
Views: 467
UPS and FedEx both charge extortionate brokerage fees on packages coming into Canada. I never buy anything from the US if it is being shipped by either of those outfits and will choose the USPS if offered, On Ebay I will also buy things if their 'Global Shipping Program' is offered as their rates for brokerage are reasonable too. The only downside to Ebay's GSP is the delivery time as the package is first shipped to their national distribution site in PA I believe and then it is re-labelled after the paperwork is completed and re-shipped to the buyer so there are two delivery times involved. Pitney Bowes are the people who take care of the brokerage paperwork and I've had multiple packages delivered through them with no issues.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
People And She Was Blinded By The Light
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 53
Views: 826
That's because the singer in Manfred Mann's Earth Band had a lisp and couldn't pronounce the word correctly. It's funny that Bruce Springsteen (who wrote the song) claims it only became successful after MMEB changed the subject of the song to female hygiene products!

---------- Post added 14th Nov 2017 at 10:57 ----------


Make that four. :)
I've always like Manfred Mann in all of his incarnations and styles.
Forum: General Talk 11-13-2017, 09:40 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 730
Views: 54,031
Another groaner!...Made me laugh though. :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-22-2017, 07:09 AM  
People Back Street Tailor
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8
Views: 193
That old sewing machine (and it is many years old...pre 1950's I would say) would probably still outlast a modern version by many years. I frequently used a sewing machine when making the large kites I used to design and build (my 'handle' is Japanese for 'kite crazy') and I would take an old machine over a new one any day. We have four here (not all currently working unfortunately) the newest of which was built in the 1980's, the oldest dates from the early 1950's and it still sews like the day it was built and it formerly belonged to my wife's late grandmother.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-14-2017, 08:02 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 41,988
Views: 1,445,927
Usually yes, where you see an even number of cylinders on a radial engine it is made up of two (or more) banks of cylinders with an odd number of cylinders per bank.


Some US tanks in WWII did indeed use radial aircraft engines as the power source and they were mounted horizontally under the rear deck.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-09-2017, 03:34 PM  
Nature A little moist.............
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 2
Views: 147
Another stunner EM, you do have a knack for making a rose look at it's best.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-09-2017, 01:52 PM  
People Take My Picture, Canoe lake version.
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 3
Views: 294
Got to admire the balance of the folks in the 6th shot! Standing up in a canoe while taking pictures can't be easy! :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-09-2017, 08:15 AM  
Landscape Turkey Day in the Park
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Beautiful shots Norm. Down here the leaves are only just starting to turn but we have other issues to deal with rather than leaves at the moment.

That windstorm that came through on Saturday night split a large bough on the maple tree in our front yard resulting in two limbs lying across the roof of our house! Thankfully not much damage was done (just a few shingles missing from what we can see so far) but the limbs are still lying across the roof and remain partially attached to the tree.

Ever tried to get hold of a tree surgeon on Thanksgiving weekend?!

We called one local guy on Sunday morning who said he'd come over to look at it that afternoon but never showed up. There's no hope of getting anyone today (Monday, the official Thanksgiving Day for Canada) so we will have to try tomorrow. I just hope the wind doesn't pick up again because if the tree starts to move around it could well break the remaining strands holding the limbs and their position on the roof means they would pivot on the roof edge and end up going through my daughter's bedroom window!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-08-2017, 04:49 PM  
Misc Intimate Moment
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Shaving, I've had a full beard all this time except for a three week spell after my former hairdresser decided she wanted to see what I looked like clean shaven. After three weeks I went back to a full beard again as I couldn't be bothered with the hassle. I have a skin condition that means the stubble from shaving grows under the skin instead of out of it which results in irritations, zits and boils. Once the hair is free of the skin it is better to just let it grow. I do hit it with a weed-whacker about once every four to six weeks though. When I start filter feeding I know it's time for a trim!

My current wife (I call her that to keep her on her toes) is quite happy with my beard as she's seen pre-beard photos of me and thinks I look much better with the beard. She's only known me with the beard and we celebrate twenty-five years of marriage in about six weeks time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-08-2017, 04:28 PM  
Misc Intimate Moment
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 5
Views: 254
A task I thankfully said goodbye to in August 1981 and never looked back.

Nice still life photo though.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2017, 10:14 AM  
Nature Bejewelled and lovely........
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Very nice EM. Makes me wish we had 'smellyvision' on here!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-27-2017, 09:44 AM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8,327
Views: 631,938
Sorry to hear that Matt. We have two cats as well as the dog and the older cat is always trying to get outside. A couple of weeks ago he managed it when I had to make a visit to the ER via an ambulance ride. With all the commotion and to and fro by the paramedics he managed to slip through an open door. Thankfully my daughters spotted him in the front yard after I left in the blood box and coaxed him close enough to grab. It only takes a second and they are gone!
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 09-27-2017, 09:20 AM  
Upgrading to a K-70 from a K-30: is it worth ?
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 7
Views: 574
I went from a K-30 to a K-70 and I don't regret it for second. Pair it up with either the DA 18-135 or the new(ish) DA 55-300 PLM and you will have super fast (and silent) focusing. My DA 18-135 stays on my camera unless I need to change it for a specific reason.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-19-2017, 09:04 AM  
Ball Head maintenance question...
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 4
Views: 490
After cleaning it with isopropyl you could try a tiny application of graphite powder (used to lubricate locks) to keep it moving smoothly. I wouldn't use a regular oil or grease as that would hold dust and grit and turn it into a grinding paste which would prematurely wear out your ball head.

A quick way of obtaining a small amount of graphite powder is to take the 'lead' core out of a wooden pencil and file it with a clean metal file over a piece of paper to produce a fine dust (pencil 'leads' are made of graphite). Don't use sandpaper to sand it as you may end up with sand particles mixed in with the dust which would grind away your ball head/socket.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-16-2017, 06:56 PM  
Getting Asahi Pentax Spotmatic in 2017?
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 17
Views: 931
My Spotmatic was one of the originals which had no hot shoe which is one of the main reasons I upgraded it to a Spotmatic II all those years ago.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-14-2017, 07:53 AM  
Getting Asahi Pentax Spotmatic in 2017?
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 17
Views: 931
If you are seriously considering a Spotmatic bear in mind that it has no hot shoe for flash guns, you would need an L-bracket and sync cable for flash use. My first SLR was a used Spotmatic back in 1979 and it was a great camera. Easy to use, light weight and rugged. I did an exchange deal on a Spotmatic II a couple of years later as I wanted a body with a hot shoe. I still have the Spotmatic II body (but it is FUBAR'd now) and the L-bracket and multiple sync cables in a box full of old film gear in the bedroom closet.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-08-2017, 06:46 AM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8,327
Views: 631,938
Looks like the tail was happy too judging by the motion blur going on! :lol:
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-27-2017, 09:36 AM  
G'Day from Down Under!
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 16
Views: 600
Welcome to the Pentax Forums. I've known Biggles_101 (under a different user name) for several years now as we are both Staff members on a non-photo related forum. Looking forward to some more pics of your area of the Great Southern Land.

BTW there are a lot of petrol heads on here so you should soon feel at home when you discover all the classic car and motorcycle threads/photos. Here's a thread dedicated to classic cars and motorcycles to get you started.... Classic motorbikes and cars thread. - PentaxForums.com . That should keep you busy for a few hours! :lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2017, 01:05 PM  
Landscape The Last Post
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 19
Views: 946
Pentax Forums does have a sister site, Nikon Forums which is also run by Adam ..... Nikon Forums - Community Home



If I do ever get back home I will certainly look you up but as I haven't made it back yet after 25 years of living here don't hold your breath! :lol:
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