no pictures, blame Best Buy
I'd love to show you pictures, but Best Buy misrepresented the service
agreement they sold me and have had my camera for over two months.
Along with this, they sent it to a third party for repairs instead
of the manufacturer, this third party repair center returned the
camera without making the requested repair.
Their customer service was been appalling. The local store did
not return a single call. I had to initiate every correspondence
regarding the camera. I called their main customer relations number
and was repeatedly cut off in mid-sentence by a very rude woman
who kept saying, "Sir, are you trying to tell me how to do
my job?". Well, some one ought to. I asked to speak to her
supervisor and she refused.
Best Buy has definitely lost my trust and business.
48 Hours and officials in Florida have found that Best Buy's salespeople
have misled their customers about the value of a manufacturer's
warranty vs. Best Buy's paid one. And if you do buy one, it might
not do exactly what you think it will do. CBS News Correspondent
Bill Lagattuta reports.
August 12, 2002
I spent the summer moving, working and soul-searching. The debate
was over what the base color the SkyPirate should be. The choices
were Dupli-Color Ultra Silver and Dupli-Color Pewter. The Ultra
Silver has a bright almost brushed aluminum finish, but the shadows
reflected off it are a little light. The Pewter has a unique 19th
century, industrial quality and is a bit darker. I went to NAPA
Auto today and ordered five cans of Dupli-Color Ultra Silver.
April 13, 2002
NAPA was fast. I now have five cans of Dupli-Color Ultra Silver
and can begin painting.
The strake/wing joints are still having problems. Now they're bulging
Looking back, I wish I had taken more photos. Especially, the ugly
parts, like how messy I get when doing the epoxy, the Elmer's Fin'N'Finish
phase, the painting and all the cussing.
August 18, 2002
The humidity and mosquitos have produced a fairly comical approach
painting. I dash outside, and lay down a coat of paint. Before the
wet paint can fog from the humidity, I rush back inside and let
it dry a couple of minutes. Then I walk it out to the storage unit
From the "do as I say, not as I do" department, I switched
horses in the middle of a stream, twice.
I tried some Krylon Silver on an aluminum can and was impressed,
especially at the lack of streaks. So, I tried some on the SkyPirate.
It didn't do as well with larger areas and seemed a little soft.
Now it's back to the Dupli-Color. The Krylon Silvers still looks
like it has its place somewhere in another project.
The size and complex fin arrangement are right at the limits of
what I can successfully paint with spray cans.