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  2. I learnt recent!y that Gerald Wingrove"s wife Phyllis is still alive and well, having moved back to the UK.
  3. Getting back to the PR problem this thread is about, global IPMS perception. We tend to think that just about everyone into plastic models knows about IPMS, and it is surprising how many do not! Many myths and misconceptions have arisen over the years. One is that many think we are an aircraft only society. Another is that the society is too full of nit picking rivet counting experts and nerds and perhaps feel a bit intimidated about making a membership enquiry at a!l. Maybe our passions run a bit high about rules and standards eff that we forget that there are many hobbyists out there who simply want to have a bit of fun out of the hobby whilst learning a bit more. Another problem is, how welcoming are we to someone new arriving at our local club nights. Do we make sure that they are welcomed, or remain in conversation with our little clique in the club blissfully ignoring someone who has just walked in and knows no one?
  4. How realistic a technique is done is a question of accuracy. Which is what I am saying, the two often go hand in hand. We may not judge how many rivets are accurate, or the shade of paint, but a big glue glob along the wing root is both poor craftmanship AND (generally) not accurate. However some glue globs in some places might be. Fogging around the edges of some canopies might also be accurate. My point is the builder needs to let the judges know if this is done deliberately. Encouraging more people to fill out the comments box is something which could pay us back with happier entrants and better informed judges. Dak
  5. IMHO, for the reasons you describe, too much or too little weathering shouldn't be a consideration when judging. The realism of the technique is what should be considered. If the modeler chooses a factory finish or rust dripping to the ground, what matters is how well (or not) it was done and how realistic (or not) the weathering looks.
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  7. History After Nakajima obtained a production license to manufacture Douglas DC-2 airliners in 1935, the Japanese airlines decided to sponsor the development of a smaller airplane to serve routes that they perceived the DC-2 to be too large for. The result was the development of the AT-1, an eight passenger twin engine aircraft which closely resembled a scaled-down DC-2. The prototype first flew in 1936, and was of all metal construction except for the control surfaces, which were plywood. Power was originally provided by Nakajima Kotobuki 2-1 radial engines of 580 hp. with fixed pitch wooden propellers. Production models used the Kotobuki 41, rated at 710 hp, with variable pitch metal props. These were designation AT-2. read more View the full article
  8. After acquiring the Pactra and Floquil brands then discontinuing them, and more lately discontinuing most of the Master Model enamel line, Testors has apparently decided to get out of the acrylic paint business as well. The following are the Testors acrylic paints listed for discontinuation, according to an email I received from one retailer: TES-4399 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic II Fantasy Figure Sullen Grey TES-4604 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Skin Tone Shadow Tint TES-4605 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Burnt Umber TES-4608 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Raw Sienna TES-4609 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic British Crimson TES-4611 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Cadmium Yellow Light TES-4612 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Cobalt Blue TES-4613 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Napoleonic Violet TES-4614 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic German Uniform Feldgrau TES-4625 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Clear Orange TES-4631 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Italian Red TES-4633 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Stop Light Red TES-4646 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Kandy Scarlet TES-4651 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Pearlescent Purple TES-4664 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Teal TES-4676 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Jet Exhaust TES-4687 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Blue Angel Blue TES-4691 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Navy Gloss Grey TES-4692 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Gloss Gull Grey TES-4693 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Aircraft Grey TES-4701 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi-Gloss White TES-4703 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Fluorescent Red TES-4707 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Earth Red TES-4708 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Field Drab TES-4722 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Random Tan (Radome Tan?) TES-4723 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic US Army Helo Drab TES-4727 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Green Drab TES-4729 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Euro I Dark Green TES-4739 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Pale Green TES-4742 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Insignia Blue TES-4744 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Intermediate Blue TES-4746 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Medium Grey TES-4749 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Engine Grey TES-4750 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Euro I Grey TES-4755 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Dark Gull Grey TES-4759 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Light Sea Grey TES-4766 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Camouflage Grey TES-4767 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Aircraft Interior Black TES-4770 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Grau TES-4771 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Gelb (Yellow) TES-4779 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Schwarzgrau TES-4780 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Schwarzgrun TES-4784 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Graugrun TES-4785 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Grauviolett TES-4786 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Lichtblau TES-4789 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Sandgelb TES-4805 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Panzer Interior Buff TES-4807 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Russian Armor Green TES-4812 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic US Army/Marine Gulf Armor Sand TES-4813 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic British Gulf Armor Light Stone TES-4840 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic RAF Sky Type S TES-4846 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Dark Earth TES-4849 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic RAF Dark Green TES-4850 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic RAF Interior Green TES-4851 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Yellow Zinc Chromate TES-4860 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Field Grey TES-4862 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Panzer Olive Green TES-4863 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Light Grey TES-4864 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Pale Blue Grey TES-4865 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Haze Grey TES-4866 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Ocean Grey TES-4867 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Navy Blue TES-4868 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Hull Red KMS TES-4869 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Dark Grey RN TES-4870 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Light Grey RN TES-4871 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Black Detail Wash TES-4873 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Reefer White Flat TES-4874 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Aged White Flat TES-4877 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Earth Flat TES-4879 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Reefer Yellow Flat TES-4880 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Caboose Red Flat TES-4881 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Boxcar Red Flat TES-4882 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Oxide Red Flat TES-4883 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Signal Green Flat TES-4884 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Roof Brown Flat TES-4886 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Reefer Grey Flat
  9. Your best bet to get from the Chattanooga Airport to any of the downtown hotels is Lyft or Uber. The ride should be about 20 minutes and cost roughly $25. I have no idea how long the trip would be on a city bus. Mike Moore
  10. Back on topic, I have been doing a little local research and found those who grinch the most about IPMS being too picky, etc, also don't make much effort to fill out the comments/note section on an entry form. One guy said he didn't understand what the box was for? When people do weird things, they need to note and explain them. We talk about only judging craftsmanship and not accuracy, but these things often over lap. We don't like seams and globs of glue because the are not accurate. I recently had some AMPS guys say the weathering was overdone on a model, yet all the weathering was based on specific photos which I should have included with the entry sheet. Or is heavy weathering poor craftsmanship? Dak
  11. Sounds cool.....but it wasn't the color of Floquil, it was its qualities that made it such good paint. It didn't leave as many brush strokes as most enamels, thinned easily with Diosol (not their later thinner) and sprayed easily and smoothly. Best of all, their whites and yellows went on thinly and opaquely. Is THAT what they're going to produce, or simply the "colors"? GIL
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  13. Those of us who used Floquil paint wrung our hands and gnashed our teeth when (1) Testor's acquired Floquil, and (2) Testor's discontinued Floquil. Now there's a company in the UK (Archive-X) reproducing some of the Floquil colors. There are only two drawbacks: (1) it is frightfully expensive (£12.00 for a 30 ml bottle!) and (2) being enamel, it cannot be mailed to the US. However, for those interested, here is the relevant Interweb page listing available colors: https://archive-x.com/collections/all-paints Most available colors seem to be either railroad or ship colors, but elsewhere on the site is an implied intent to eventually reproduce the entire Floquil line.
  14. Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Many of these aftermarket items are resin, P.E., or a combination of the two mediums. Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BR48110 WWII British Reflector Gunsight item. There are three gunsight variants included, the RP1, RP2, and RP3 variants. The RP1 gunsight is a little more complex in shape and configuration than the other two, having more detail on the sides of the gunsight. The support arms for the clear lens are single-arm brackets, tilting toward the pilot upon which the clear lens is attached. Note that the lenses, which are included in the Hauler package are printed on a small transparent piece of material with the lenses outlined with a black border. There are two lenses supplied for each gunsight, providing an "heir and a spare". The "C" film is to be attached to the RP1 gunsight. The "C" lens is rectangular in shape with rounded corners and is slightly wider than the "B" lens, which fits on the RP3 gunsight. read more View the full article
  15. Welcome back! Last time we had just completed the interior and internal framework, front end and cockpit of the big 1/32nd Scale HKM Lancaster Mk.IB. This second installment will bring the engines, wings, fuselage, bomb bay and wheel-wells together, leaving the final assembly and finish for the last segment of this three-part review. Work is going along smoothly, with just a few exceptions here and there. While I had a few problems here and there, the overall build is simple and straightforward, and the fit is excellent. Let's get back to work! Things to consider before you start. This is a big model. Accordingly, I had to build some jigs to hold components while they were being assembled and finished. Working with 1/2" Gator Board and HoldTheFoam adhesive, I constructed three jigs that held each wing and the fuselage in such a way as to allow the assemblies to be flipped upside down so I could work on both sides (top and bottom). The three jigs were also designed to fit together into the original box, for transport to and from shows. read more View the full article
  16. Still trying to work with the Tech Support folks...
  17. I get this issue all the time. I usually give up and don’t bother to post or even try to read posts. As others have said, this is a problem unique to this forum. I’m using an iPad on the latest iOS release and Safari.
  18. If anyone believes the British are not very competitive by nature, a review of Tudor history alone should disabuse them of that misconception! Whose Empire was it that the sun never set on? Regards, An incurable Anglophile💂‍♂️
  19. Noel: I believe Brits are every bit as passionate about their modeling as we are. However, I believe the difference is Americans are FAR more competitive by comparison, and unfortunately in IPMSUSA, that's bled over into our convention and show contests. Thus, we're always questioning and debating rules, judging, and how IPMSUSA is looked upon because of the way we do things here in the states because it may determine who may get an edge on someone else. In case you're not aware, we're expecting around 3000+ models in Chattanooga for the CONTEST! While Telford may have more models by comparison because of all of the club displays, our "display only" area is quite small and almost all models brought to the convention are competing for awards. Part of this is due to the impracticality of club displays due to the large distances we have to travel compared to modelers in the UK; but it's also how we're raised.....we compete in almost all areas of life; for better or worse! GIL
  20. Continuing forward I assembled the wings and detailed the main landing gear bays. I assembled the rear gun using the resin version and the photo etch gun sight and mounted the cannon gun sight above the dash. I then mount the wings. Found another issue when mounting them. The kit has spars to support the wings. I ended up cutting these off the kit assembly and attaching them to the fuselage. It was not difficult and the wings lined up very well to the fuselage. The engines came then. They were detail painted and then the copper intercooler for the intake was installed. The engines were then put into their cowls and mounted to the wings. The wings were then installed and the entire fuselage was painted with the base coat. Weathered and added the belly 37mm cannon and then the landing gear was painted and installed. Next up will be the camouflage painting. You can see all the photos and details from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ki-45-toryu-nick/
  21. What he said. And, as long as we're here, how about doing it in modular fashion to include all the suck-in door, speed brake, and ventral tail fairing options so one could build ANY Super Hog. Throw in the Special Store, too, while you're at it...
  22. Graham is looking for help with a project and is in search of a 1:72 kit of a Boeing PW9, FB1, FB5 or Model 15 aircraft. He said there was a vacuform kit of it many moons ago but was wondering if there was a more recent copy available? If you have any info to share, post here and I’ll relay your info to him.
  23. Interesting to see how much debate goes onto the IPMS USA forum about PR, judging and contest rules etc in different threads. Certainly do not see this amount of debate on the UK website! Maybe us Brits are a bit too laid back to bother about lengthy debates on our forum. It would certainly be a bit more live!y if there was. I do not think we are any less passionate about our modelling however. But maybe our psyche is just a bit different from our American friends.
  24. I checked out the bus and it says just over an hour to get to downtown. Doesn't sound a whole lot of fun. Anybody going to be in the area and up to taking a rider?
  25. Top of forever wish list: an ACCURATE 1/72 F-84F Thunderstreak -- with RATO! Ed
  26. Message I get with Windows 10 is "attempting TLS handshake with IPMSUSA(XXX).org, depending upon which forum is being accessed... Ed
  27. Gil, Sorry to take so long here, but yes, we will have Dessert bar tickets for sale at the convention. Mike
  28. I'm sorry to take so long getting back here to answer your question. There are lot's of parking options near the convention center, but it is a downtown venue, so none of them are free. There is a parking garage attached to the convention center that is $8 per day. There is another good sized garage behind the convention center, between it and the Chattanoogan hotel that is $9 per day. There are several open air lots that are $5 per day. There are parking meters on all the streets around the convention center, but they are enforced every day up to 6pm. Mike
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