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  1. The simple answer to this issue is to stop booking these events in way undersized venues. We need 100,000 square feet and 700 plus room venues. Embassy suites have nice facilities but will never be large enough. Have you all forgotten about our vendors who have to pull out early on Saturday so we can convert the vendor room to a banquet room. We need to grow up folks and realize these facilities may seem priced right but DO NOT meet the needs of our convention. And I will say it $55 for convention registration is like the national minimum wage. It is not keeping up with the times and severely hampers our ability to enter other larger convention markets.
    6 points
  2. Today was held our 2023 Vacation Picks.... WooHooooo, I got the week off for Nationals!!! I can't wait to place a bunch of mediocre models on the tables that won't win anything. The best part? In-N-Out Burgers!!!!!!
    4 points
  3. Well, after much chopping, filling sanding and other general mayhem, this combination of the RS Models P-322 1 and the MPC P-38F models have been beaten into a semblance of the very first Lightning, the XP-38. For those who might be interested in the hows and whys, the build thread is HERE. The pics: Thanks for looking in. Ed Quote "Dispensing the Tribal Wisdom since before there WAS a Tribe!"
    3 points
  4. As I have pointed out elsewhere, $225 for a room is what my wife is paying for a quilting convention this year. And registration for another convention I just attended was a flat $100 ... plus additional fees for classes and such. I don't know if IPMS members are truly cheap bastards, or it they haven't kept up with the reality elsewhere. In my mind, the ES breakfast is the biggest attraction -- it would cost about $30 for DW and myself ... or more ... if we had to purchase it separately.
    3 points
  5. Gil, I respectfully disagree with your position that more could have been done by me or my staff. We can agree to disagree, but I am not revisiting the room block management by my staff or even Hilton/Embassy Suites. Now on to the bigger issue: If you need to alert me to something or if you have a true complaint, please contact me via my e-mail – chair.nats2023@gmail. This e-mail I have made readily available in the past month or two and have posted it here on the forum. Complaining to me personally via a public forum is not conducive to healthy, constructive and professional communication. I do not know you personally and you do not know me personally. Therefore, all communication that I could potentially have with you will be professional. In past forum posts you have used explicit language in a post(s) directed at me. In light of my desire to use professional language with those I do not know, this crossed a line. I am not in any way offended by harsh language in general, but I do not use it with those I do not know personally. Those who use it with me, or even directed at me, I tend to “zero-out” as toxic persons. I have made a habit in my life to not fight with toxic people, I just walk away. What concerns me the most, however, is the overall health of IPMS/USA. There are many other members who read the posts on this forum, yours included. When you continue to badger the host committee with things outside their control, I believe it makes members think twice about volunteering to lead such a large and complex event as a national convention. After being in a leadership role for this upcoming convention for a few years now, I have much regard and respect for those that came before me, and hopefully many more that will come after me. The kind of language and pointed accusations you make in this forum, in my opinion, do not help in the recruiting of future volunteers to help execute an event that is literally the pinnacle of our society. People are members because of our convention. I ask that if you have opinions or complaints about how a person or team is doing their job, use private communication first. Doing so is in the best interest and health of our fantastic organization, IPMS/USA. Respectfully, Len Pilhofer
    3 points
  6. Let me very clear....I'm not implying ANY malfeasance... nor hankypanky....I also know they booked a block of as many rooms as they could, even if that number was lower than we would desire. I'm saying that while Len and his crew did an admirable job in trying to give everyone a fair shot at making a reservation and to prevent gaming the system; they failed to follow through with important information they should have known and passed on to us. If you check out the DF here under the "UPDATE" thread, you'll see I was asking Len and his team to get with the Hilton folks to find out ANYTHING we needed to know to book using their system. There's NO reply after Aug.10th to my inquiries. After a single reply to my first set of questions that generally just reassured us they were working to prevent gaming the system, there's no answer to my request to ask the Hilton more specific questions and pass those answers on to us. Yes, they opened the system on time, and it worked smoothly and quickly as long as you DIDN'T ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE DATES. Almost every failure I've read of, and mine included, failed because the system automatically rejected ANY attempt to add Tuesday the 1rst to the reservation attempt. I think this is information that Len and his team could have known, should have known, and failed to pass on to us. The system itself was misleading. The system allowed you to change the number of rooms being booked, as evident by several people saying they booked multiple rooms. The system also allowed you to change the number of attendees from "1 adult" to 2 adults (or whatever your needs). The system also ALLOWED you to CHANGE THE DATES....implying that it wouldn't be any problem, but it is now clear that doing so caused a failure. Some people were quick enough to drop back, drop Tuesday and go with the set 2-5th and got their reservation; which is yet more proof that THAT was the "glitch". IF the hosts had gotten with the Hilton folks and asked the simple question: "What can make a reservation attempt fail automatically"?; they might have been told "trying to book outside of the dates 2-5th. Again, MY personal beef is that after almost begging the hosts to follow through with the Hilton group to find out that kind of info; they didn't. IF they did, they never posted it on the DF were I posted my concerns; nor did they post it on their FB page either. All they provided were the links, the code, and the assurance it would operate. Unfortunately those assurances came up short. As I said elsewhere, this will at least provide a learning opportunity for the future, by the new Nats Committee as well as any future hosts. Whether the answer is to be sure the contract allows for expanded dates during the week, and/or a better job of communication about the reservation system being used, as well as better and more concise information for our members before reservations go live; I hope it works toward a smoother booking system for all. I'm also sure that Len and his crew will work towards trying to help people like me going forward by making us aware of cancellations, as well as toiling to provide a great convention for the attendees. This was an unexpected hiccup, and hopefully will be one of very few going forward. Gil
    3 points
  7. You just can't slow down Paul Gill and Co. Here's another of their kits (sculpted by Mark Van Tine). This time it's the Big Muddy Monster. I have to admit I didn't know much about this guy. But because I collect Sasquatches, amongst other things, I had to pick him up. An easy one this time - only 2 parts - the bust/base and the hand - of well cast resin. Not finding a lot of pics for this guy, I stuck to my tried and true trio of browns. A gray for the tree trunk, and the the color will be from the green vines. Oh yeah there's a yellow lizard in the back too. 😉 I decided to carry the green onto the sign, and then to tie the whole thing together added a little swampy algae green wash to the fur... With that I was done. Thanks for looking.
    2 points
  8. I had to do something to help me get back into my studio without feeling I was sitting on the Sun. So I simply changed my time there from afternoons to evenings, and aah, so much more comfortable. So my so that I actually finished something. This was a new figure in the Star Wars story for me. Black Krrsantan (nicknamed Santy) was a Wookie bounty hunter first seen in Darth Vader 1 comic in 2015. The IMHO ill fated Boba Fett mini series on Disney+, he was paid to get Fett... This kit, from Gillman Productions, is a 4 piece 1/4 scale bust. A very clean kit, it had only the slightest mold line thru the head hair - twenty minutes and that was cleaned up. The screen grab above is the image I used as reference. But it amazed me that the vast majority of the images were from the comics. I remembered that his pauldrons were a steel/silver color, but all of the comics images had him with gold/bronze color. So if you want to be different and do the comic Santy, the pauldrons is a way to make the difference. I stuck to Vallejo's Steel for mine. Even tho Santy is just black with gray streaks , I couldn't just leave the straight black. So here and there I mixed in a dark brown to make things a little more interesting. I didn't realized while watching the show, but on the kit his two scars were prominent. I painted them a tan color - WAY to bright. With a number of washes I was able to tone it down. The belt was a simple 3 colors, and I also toned that down with some Citadel Nuln Oil. The base was last and it was supposed to represent a bldg. in Mos Espa (?) Here tans filled in the space. Some metal colors for the machinery on the side completed the project. Thanks for looking.
    2 points
  9. But you cannnot put 10 pounds of sausage in a 5 pound bag, no matter when or how or how quickly or slowly or efficiently or fairly you do it! The on-site hotel simply will not accommodate all of us. However else one may criticize the system this year, it was fair and even handed, giving everyone a level playing - field shot at a room. Having to deal with yet another new better (?) computerized electronic medical record system at my hospital, I can confidently affirm that people place way too much faith in these machines. They hinder as much as they supposedly help. “Open the pod bay door, HAL.” And even if the hotel failed somehow, ( and I am not suggesting they did) that is on them- not on Len and his team. Nick
    2 points
  10. I had no problems. I was sitting there when the clock hit midnight and had a room by 12:01. Dak
    2 points
  11. BLUF: If you could not get a room for Tuesday, or even Monday night, and you want one at the convention rate (to add to your existing Wed-Sat/Sun reservation), e-mail me and I will work with ES to add those days to your reservation. Details/Background: From where I was sitting last night it seems the Hilton reservation system worked as we were told. I'm glad that part worked out. I know many of you could not get into the block in time before it sold out. Unfortunately, the convention hotel for this upcoming convention is in very high demand. I will not get into it here, but the economics of the convention drive us to find these smaller/affordable convention centers with attached hotels that are not as big as we would like. A larger analysis needs to be done - and it will - by IPMS/USA as a whole regarding demand/location/pricing. However, what I want to address here are additional nights if someone could not get those when they booked last night. The way the convention contract is written, IPMS/USA is required to fill a very high percentage of contracted rooms in order not to be financially penalized by the hotel. The room block primarily focused on the Wed through Sat night dates...with checkout on Sunday (6 Aug). There are a healthy number of nights for Tues (1 Aug) in there as well but not the entire 260. Some of you were able to grab a Tuesday night, and some of you, no. As of right now, with all the reservations we have with the hotel, we are at, or very, very close to, 100%...which is good as it gives us a very strong bargaining position to add more room nights at the front end of the week. Now that we are in this sold-out situation with demand still as high as it is, I will go back to Embassy Suites and ask for additional room nights at the convention rate for Tuesday, 1 Aug. If you hold a reservation for 2-5 Aug and wish to add Tues, or even Monday, send me an email at chair.nats2023@gmail.com. Include the first and last name that the reservation is held under, and I will work with Embassy Suites next week to add those dates to your reservation at the convention rate of $160 per night. As usual, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at the e-mail above. -Len
    2 points
  12. Yep, yet another cluster f**k! I hit "book" at 1:07 and it wouldn't confirm. Called the reservation number and they said it had already sold out. Tried calling the hotel directly and although reservations answered (but they're "sold out"), no one at the front desk would answer the phone when they tried to connect me. SO now I guess we wait to see IF the hosts can expand the room block to give us another chance to get in. NOW you may see why I was harping on seeing if the Hilton was ready or not. Find it hard to believe they sold out in LESS than 10 minutes! Gil
    2 points
  13. Good BBQ would sell more banquet tickets. Have you considered having food trucks roll up during the day? Several local shows have started doing this to rave reviews. There's not much nearby, and "up the road" and/or "across" the interstate involves a 2 mile drive which will come as a surprise to those not accustomed to one-way frontage roads, and the u-turn lanes before the lights will frustrate some.
    2 points
  14. This kit is an amalgam of the 1961 vintage Airfix Churchill with a few extra parts for the flame conversion and a new trailer. The tank needs a lot of love to bring it into the 21st century and the trailer is rather plain and needs extra work to improve its looks.
    2 points
  15. One year? Why once a year? We could run an experiment in the Journal: a quick survey with a QR code (and a big survey button at the top of each page on the website)... the number of responses to a series of short single-subject surveys might tell us how many people actually pay attention. Want to improve participation? Offer a $1 discount on membership renewal for each survey completed after 4 or 5 and see if the number of respondents increases.
    1 point
  16. From the Tokyo Hobby Show, Tamiya just announced a new tool 1/48 F-35A. Should be a massive improvement on currently available kits and with lots of potential international markings options, it should prove popular! NEW TAMIYA F-35 KIT ANNOUNCED 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit. Wingspan: 222mm, fuselage length: 326mm. Realistically depicted Radar absorbent material (RAM) sections. This kit can be-assembled with one choice of the three ordnance patterns – stealth mode, air-to-air mode, and beast mode. Ordnance parts can be-attached under wing. Features realistic renderings of the following sections: Weapons bay inside details including depictions of wiring Engine nozzle, cockpit, and landing gear bays Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat (multiple-piece design) Ladder which extends from nose left side Nose undersurface side details Y- shaped air intakes Engine nozzle (5-piece design) RCS (radar cross section) enhancers affixed to top and bottom sections (two for each, four in total) during basic training exercises Boxes stored in nose landing gear bay Choose from open or closed weapons bay covers and canopy (the latter is interchangeable), up or down flaps, and extended or retracted boarding ladder. Includes a realistically recreated seated pilot figure with Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) and various kinds of ordnance: AIM-9X Sidewinder x2, AIM-120C AMRAAM x2, GBU-12 Paveway II x4, and GBU-31 JDAM x2. Transparent parts capture sensor windows. Comes with nine marking options - U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Italian Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force, and Royal Netherlands Air Force. (Also, drag chute fairing component is-included only for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.) Includes canopy masking stickers and a full-color painting guide.
    1 point
  17. It was a few BPMS meetings ago that a fellow figure modeler handed me Wild Bill. Thanks, Joe! This is a 75mm miniature bust from Dolman Miniatures. Apparently sculpted on the computer, and the details are crazy! The kit is flawless resin body (tho if you really look, there are remnants of grow lines) and the hands are pewter. The base is resin from my stash. I don't seem to have an out of the box pic. Sorry. Looking at a few screen grabs, he's wearing a worn, brown leather jacket, and a white-ish scarf- An unreal level of detail! We all know what John Belushi looked like, but I needed a portrait to make sure I get as many details as I can. Having a medium skin tone and a scruffy 5 o'clock shadow, that will help the look. Don't forget about the lifted eyebrow either. 😉 The shadow was done with the "poor man's airbrush" - pastels. For what reasons a dark blue works best for stubble beard. The flight cap looked like a combination of leather and fabric. There was no clear screen grabs of Belushi's jacket. He's got patches all over the place. The best place to go for this is the model's page on the Dolman site. The hardest patch is the one down his arm that point out the various cities. Because (I guess) it was designed on the computer, the artist was able to write the names of the cities in. But what I learned the letters were very shallow and I couldn't get the dark paint to sit in the letters and survive adding the white over the top. My choice was to use a .05 pen. Even with that I think the pen was larger than the letters. Oh well, I did the best I could. The idea was to paint the base a WW2 Olive Drab color, and then use a printout of the movie poster. In my rush to get finished - this was on my desk for a looong time - I took the final pics without the name plate. 😛 Thanks for looking. And for the sake of size comparison, here it is with a US Quarter.
    1 point
  18. The fifth week of the P-61B I started assembling the nacelles and detailing them. The photo etch set has all the interior walls and bulkhead details. This required a couple of days sanding and scraping the kit details off the parts and preparing them for the photo etch parts. With the basic walls installed I started adding more of the details. First was the mounts for the oxygen tanks. The oxygen tanks themselves were made from 2.5mm styrene rods. These were cut to length and the ends sanded down to round them out. They were painted with insignia yellow and slid into place. On the bulkhead I added all the photo etch for the wires and hoses. The part of the hoses seen in the photos sticking out will ultimately attach to the landing gear strut. Just to note a fellow modeler noted that the kit struts have the incorrect length so I ordered the SAC metal landing gear struts for this kit. They should arrive early next week. After assembling the nacelle halves I needed to cut out the supercharger intake screen so that the photo etch screen could be attached. For the top side of the landing gear bay I needed to remove a plastic brace and then install the photo etch panel. I am now working on adding some more details in the landing gear bay then I can get the assemblies mounted to the fuselage. There are more photos and details from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-61b-black-widow-lady-in-the-dark/
    1 point
  19. I play 6-string and 12-string guitars (acoustic) and 5-string banjo, and am trying to get my 76-year-old fingers to learn mandolin. My repertoire is folk, country-folk, and folk-rock. I can also sing lead vocals and harmony. Having said that, I don’t know if I’ll be attending Madison in 2024. At my age, that’s too far ahead. But I’ll be at San Marcos next year.
    1 point
  20. I don’t know exactly when I started this kit, but I do believe it was sometime after I came home from overseas deployment in early 2006, and moving out of that house in summer 2011. I did a few improvement mods to the cockpit and fuselage, but most were not well referenced and I decided to just resume construction to get it done. I’ll get ahold of another kit and have another go at it somewhere down the line. Anyways, this is how the kit was this afternoon when I pulled it off the shelf of doom. The fuselage was mostly together and seams cleaned up, and basic wing and tire construction completed So this evening I installed the wings and a little bit of reference inspiration… I’m gonna be working on this during the usual paint or glue drying pauses on my F2A, and if that one is completed first, it will be full speed ahead here.
    1 point
  21. Mark, it’s gonna be great to get another sideliner completed. As well as resuming work on my Buffalo, I also resumed work on my P-40. First up was drilling out the exhausts after that I installed the exhaust stacks and from portion of the nose, as well as the nose gun fairings I also figured out a way to add some sheet styrene after closing up the wing into the wheel wells to fill the gap and replicate the missing skin and wing spar in there. I also filled the mount point for the drop tank, as AVG Hawks we’re not able to mount drop tanks lastly I had previously added the horizontal stabilizers Just about ready for some basic painting…
    1 point
  22. Due to a steady stream of houseguests here since the Labor Day weekend, I haven’t had much bench time. Until this weekend. I resumed work on my F2A. First up I installed and drilled out the exhaust stubs, and then glued the landing gear struts in place. Since all of this will be aluminum lacquer, there is no worries about adding those parts at this point next I detail painted, added a wash, then installed the engine lastly I have added the horizontal stabilizers and the engine cowling front. I’m just about ready to start some paint soon!
    1 point
  23. Here's number four in my obsession. I painted it as a bronze cast gun would have appeared in Royal Naval service. Strictly out of the box with the exception of closing in the backs of the wheels, which you can't see anyway, and adding a "bore" to the gun rather than the open maw the kit has.
    1 point
  24. Do you need good mud? Try mixing tile grout (pick the color you want) with clear gloss polyurethane paint. The more grout you add tends to make it flatter. However, you can coat it with the gloss polyurethane. Dak
    1 point
  25. This past weekend, I went with a friend out to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson located next to Davis Monathan AFB. I really have to say “WOW” about that place. It has one of the most comprehensive collections that I have yet seen in an air museum. I’ll share a few photos here some air team aircraft a Tomcat in one of my favorite marking schemes an original Phantom An overview of some of the outdoor displays This C-130 I had to photograph, as it was from the Tennessee ANG, who flew support for my class in Jump School at Ft Benning once upon a time. I had to wonder if I had jumped from this particular Herky Bird. There is even a museum within the museum, dedicated to the 390th Bomb Group, that has a complete WWII history of that Group in WWII. Long story short, I took slightly over 100 photos, and would have taken far more, until my phone battery was on its last legs. Here is a link to my postimage album with the rest of the photos https://postimg.cc/gallery/kXb8R8G If you’re ever in the Tucson area, make it a goal to see this place! It’s an all day affair.
    1 point
  26. Nicely done! Most impressive! I may be in the minority here but I like this version more than the later Thunderbolt version.
    1 point
  27. After 11 months and 2 days I'm finally calling this one done. It's not the most fancy one out there in the galaxy, but this is my hunk of junk. The first model started in over 35 years, and the first one that I've ever tried lights and weathering on. I've got a looooooong way to go with my weathering skills, just lucky I've got another 13 Falcons in my stash to get it right.... I'm more than happy to take pointers, advice and yes, even a little criticism because it's through these things I learn better ways of doing this.
    1 point
  28. Greetings, I thought I would share some of my work. All models are scratch built from boxwood and brass. The sea bases are carved and painted boxwood. All display cases and bases were built by myself. HMS Queen Mary, 1913. HM Cutter Alert RN Duilio
    1 point
  29. The Dom 2.0 (or is it really a 1.5?) improves the leg jointing and has some new arm parts. The rotary hips is a feature all mech kits should have. The only downer is that the parts that used to be ABS are now molded in that sucky KPS styrene. It’s like going back to 1980 when kits didn’t have poly caps. Well, separate bases take up less shelf space, so your approach makes sense. Have you done or are planning to do a Gundam “Last Shooting” or Gundam vs Gouf dio with the Gouf losing both arms?
    1 point
  30. Thank you! The schilling is almost exactly 1” or 25mm. Makes for an easy reference. Currently I have HMAV Bounty under construction, photos of her coming soon. She’s at the rigging stage and nearly finished after 10 months of work. Up next will be something from the steam and steel era, or perhaps something from WWII.
    1 point
  31. Wow,brilliant work on that model, I love the versatility too! The pic with two rocket launchers in each hand is so bada** looking! Best pose EVER! Sensational work man! Keep them coming!
    1 point
  32. When I decided on doing a Sherman Crab, I looked at my options. The Airfix Sherman Crab is based on their ancient Sherman I kit, which is very very basic and some say dimensionally incorrect. However, the Crab mechanism, while also a bit basic, is useful, but being in 1/76 it limited other kits that could be used with it. Enter the Matchbox Firefly kit, which is in 1/76 scale. It's based on a Sherman V, the A4 version with the Chrysler multibank engine. It just so happens that this was also one of the more numerous of the Sherman types supplied to the UK (mainly because the US didn't want them) and was quite often adapted to mine clearance duties via the Crab conversion. A quick check showed that the Airfix Crab unit fit nicely onto the Matchbox hull. However, there are a few changes that needed to be made to change it from it's Firefly configuration to a "normal" A4. The square loaders hatch on the turret top and the bustle radio compartment were removed as was the gun cradle on the engine deck. I didn't need to reinstall the hull MG, which was removed from Fireflies to provide for additional storage of the large 17 pdr. rounds, as it was also removed from the Crabs. I substituted a normal 75mm barrel for the 17 pdr. of the kit as well. The Airfix Crab arms were missing the guard on the left side, so I added that from sheet stock. Then I added assorted other detail parts from other Dragon and ESCI kits, which while 1/72 scale, fit and looked fine and I added track return guides to the bogey units out of left over PE fret material. The flail rotor and chains provided in the Airfix kit look silly, like they are starched out straight, so I substituted a piece of styrene tubing for the rotor and used scale chains for the flails. Along the way, I decided to do a D-Day Crab, so I needed deep wading trunks. S&S models makes white metal ones for all Sherman types. I had to modify mine as most photos I found showed the rear one not having the deflector head, so I cut it off and added the ribbing on the top. There was also a water/dust proof covering over the mantlet and hull MG position, so this was made out of tissue soaked in white glue. Final touches were tools and stowage from the spares box, lane markers, extra chain holders and hull periscope extensions from an SandS models Crab conversion kit I didn't use and wading trunk braces and antennae made from stretched sprue. I noticed in the photos that the serial number decals on the hull side look cloudy. They aren't in reality. They do, however, have a slightly different surface that apparently photographs this way.
    1 point
  33. You have quite the collection of One Year War mobile suits! Is the G-3 Gundam going to be taking on a Zeon MS? Char Dom perhaps?
    1 point
  34. I put together this >> https://ipmsusa.org/about/national-contest-committee/ipmsusa-national-contest-results E
    1 point
  35. This is my most recent custom build of bandai's 1/100 MG 2.0 Gouf. Gave it a custom color scheme. Also threw in the bazooka from another kit.
    1 point
  36. Here is my version of the Valom B-45 in 1/72. Out of box and a great set of canopy masks from Hannants. "North-American B-45A/B-45C Tornado kabuki masks all windows and clear parts, wheels, antiglare shields (designed to be used with Valom VAL72120 and VAL72121 kits) Manufacturer:..New Ware" Unbelievable time saver ....PS Dust is photography, not model. Caracal decal and they were fantastic. Alclad over Tamiya Gloss Black. Natural metal over-coated with Alclad Aqua Gloss. This gloss is not happy with Solvaset residue. All decals must be wiped down before final coat of Aqua Gloss. This kit is a bit of a modeling challenge for seams and fit in many places. O well as our friends in Britain say "Couple swipes with a sanding stick ". Forgot to mention I did add bit of riveting to enhance overall surface panels. Happy Birthday USAF and Thanks for Looking Comments always welcome Regards Bill D.
    1 point
  37. Joshua, I might have already. I judge at our local Orangecon contest every year and I've seen some pretty huge Gundams on our tables! You ain't kidding man!
    1 point
  38. Cool, I like Ma.K. I was sent a 1/72 scale Ma.K hovertank as a gag gift by a friend because he knew I build 1/72 scale armor exclusively. It was armor after all! Yes, I did build it and tried weathering it a bit like a real one too. I do like it a lot.
    1 point
  39. Welcome, My oldest built Gundam's years ago. My IPMS chapter has a member who builds them. A lot harder then most know. Hope to see you in San Marcos next year.
    1 point
  40. Talking with a friend of mine who waited until 1:01 AM local time (12;01AM Central Time) to log in and book his room, he said it went smooth and quick as silk running off a table. In five minutes he had his room reserved and at the convention rate. Unless there was a massive attempt by hundreds at the same time that would block the system, this seemed to work perfectly...at least at the time it opened.
    1 point
  41. Looks great! If that is 1/100 scale, I can imagine how big that would be in 1/72 scale! Wow! Brilliant work; the realism is astounding!
    1 point
  42. In no way do I blame Len’s team or the hotel, it looks like they both did what they could, kudos to them! There was no way everyone that wanted to was going to be able to stay at the Embassy, good on the San Marcos team for having 3 overflow hotels with a convention rate. And there are not many if any hotel booking sites that would not of at least had minor issues when hundreds of people log on at the same time. I think it’s great that the IPMS Nationals has grown to be so popular it draws so many people, and regularly gets 2500-3000 models on display at the contest!!
    1 point
  43. Greetings all, A quick reminder that the Embassy Suites room block for the 2023 convention will go live tonight at midnight (central time). I have activated the links on the www.nats2023.com webpage that will take you directly to the Hilton reservations webpage for our room block. The group code is "IPM" if for some reason the link does not work for you, and you have to navigate to the Hilton system via a different path. This group code unlocks the rate of $160 per night for the duration of the convention. Also linked on our convention website (on the "hotels" page) are links to the additional 3 overflow hotels. Group code for these hotels is also "IPM". The rate per night for these hotels is $152 per night. Local/sales tax are not included in any of these rates. -Len
    1 point
  44. Got my reservation with not one problem. Was the fastest, easiest reservation I have made yet to the Nationals. Great work Len. Looking forward to being there next August. David Von Almen, Gentleman modeler
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  45. Welcome back. This is gonna be a very short tour, at least compared to what I've done in the past. We won't even need the trams as everything happened in the Motor Pool. Let's go in and see what's happened this past week. It's air conditioned so the heat won't bother us. We'll start with this Dragon M1128 Stryker MGS that I got. It went together so fast, I didn't even stop to take pics! Here it is after twenty minutes or so: There were three pieces of photo-etch to put on this. One on the bottom, the other two on top: This little thing is now ready for paint. Wow, only thirty five minutes of work. Now if things would cool down enough to start shooting paint... Until then, we went to work again on these. I could even consider them shelf queens of a sort since it's been about a year or so since we first started them. These are my Japanese mortar towing trucks; there are two kits inside the box. The first one had been built some time ago as an open topped vehicle with the mortar in firing position. The second one will be a closed topped one and towing the mortar. Here's where that one is right now: Here they are together. These are both almost ready for paint now too: Next up, we got the torsion bars on the IT-1 Drakon tank: Later we added the roadwheels, but I apparently didn't get pics of that. I did get pics of the roadwheels installed on the T-62 though: We then turned it over to check wheel alignment. Looks pretty good so far. We'll see how good when the tracks go on: Meanwhile, we went to work adding the hatches and all the other bits and bobs to the turret to finish it up. When it came time for the grab handles, the instructions said to use copper wire. Well, I didn't want to mess with wire, so we pulled out my stash of styrene rod, chose a size that looked about right and then started installing them. We drilled holes in the turret sides and then measured out the length of rod and cut them to size. We bent the one end and then cemented it in one of the holes in the turret: Later, when they were dry enough, we bent the other end and inserted it into the second hole as shown by one in the pic above. We had cut the styrene rod long enough that the tension caused from inserting the other end gave it a natural bend that looked perfect: We then mocked up the whole tank to see how well it has come together so far: Looking good so for if I do say so myself. After building all those T-64, T-72 and T-80 tanks with all the greeblies on them, I still say this turret is too empty! That be all for today; as I mentioned, it's a very short tour. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
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  46. Very nice! The Gouf is one of my favorite mobile suits, and I must say it looks sharp in desert colors. The Feddies’ MS, not so much. Who wants a desert GM? Ha ha ha!
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  47. Welcome, Joshua!
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  48. The '34 is almost done, just a few small chains to go. This will be on the train diorama. A really fun build. Once the gloss yellow plastic was tamed, the rest was excellent, especially the details (the hood's Ford logo, for example).
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  49. Don't be so hard on yourself Lawrence. It has happened to us all. I have made plenty of mistakes in the past. Years back when I was an AC builder, I built a 1/32 scale F-4 Phantom that I was quite proud of. I took it to the club meeting and proudly displayed and discussed the build with members. After my presentation, I asked if there were any comments. A good friend of mine said the star and bars are upside down! I couldn't believe I missed something so obvious. EMBARRASSING, and everyone had a good laugh!! Most of the meeting was then spent by the group discussing mistakes all have made.
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