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The Best Public Restroom In L.A.

It is inevitable.  Go out often enough, and you’re going to have to use someone else’s facilities to relieve yourself.  If you’re anything like me, you experience a bit of trepidation just before opening that lavatory door at the thought of what could be lurking on the other side.  I’ve visited more than a few establishments that seem to actively go out of their way to dissuade customers from seeking relief in their water closet.

But not L.A.’s best hobby shop, Kit Kraft.  In fact, I’m surprised there’s not a queue just to go inside.  Yes, it’s clean.  And there’s a toilet.  And a sink.  But mostly, there’s a lot of excellent eye candy.

Make the jump for more of my photos of Kit Kraft’s kooky can.

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Let’s Make Something Beautiful: Turn A Nazi Bomber Into A Spaceship

Scale model making is one true subculture that has yet to go mainstream and be turned into a reality television talent show.  Probably because it would be the world’s dullest program, populated by nerdy old farts who’ve sniffed too much glue.  Don’t believe me?  Go to any hobby shop– well, any of the few remaining hobby shops that still sell scale models– and watch the model makers in their natural habitat.  You’ll likely find it’s an excellent cure for insomnia, especially if you dare engage them in conversation.

I can say this because I am a scale modeler and I know it’s kind of a boring hobby to anyone who’s not also an enthusiast.  I used to feel the same way until I got into it.  There are many different kinds of model makers.  Personally, I prefer the subject of WWII aviation.  However, I also love science fiction.  But unless you’re just dying to build something from Star Trek, Star Wars, or Battlestar Gallactica, there are few options.  The good news is, with just a little bit of creativity, your stodgy old Jerry Blitz bomber can become a Martian warbird like this:

To find out how I did it, follow me after the jump for a rather photo-intensive explanation.

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