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  1. Latest from the CDC on the Delta variant. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html I plan on wearing a mask. Not as a political statement, but for the same reason I would wear a bandage if I had a cut. I am 71 and fully vaccinated, but prudent use of any health aid where there is a risk of severe illness or injury is common sense.
    5 points
  2. I've been wanting to build this aircraft for a very long time and have had two in my stash. I really wished I wouldn't have gotten rid of my Dragon Me-262A-1a Nachtjager version but this Tamiya A-1 kit was a good kit to build. I had set out to build Franz Stigler's plane from JV-44 late in the war. I read Adam Makos' book , A Higher Call several years ago and he was one of the main people that the story centered around. Long story short....he was going to shoot down a severely shot up B-17 and decided to lead them out of Germany instead. Afterwards he was assigned to JV-44 (pretty much Germany's last remaining fully operational air defense unit which was made up of the very best remaining fighter pilots) where he flew this aircraft. If you haven't read this book I won't give anything away but I'll just say that is a very powerful read. The kit is one that has been around for a while from Tamiya: There are a couple of schemes that could've been his bird but this is the one here that I went with as it just looks so dang cool.... I used Vallejo acrylics to replicate the paint and went with Eagle Cals for 95% of the markings and Peddinghaus for the #3 numerals on the side. Note.....never use the Peddinhaus offerings. Other than the #3 the stencils and other markings were just way out of scale. I had some trouble with the windscreen ended up removing it, sanding the fuselage and windscreen joints to get a better fit but that was about the only problem I had out of this awesome kit. Anyhow....after 6+ months...here is the completed build:
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  3. LA just reinstituted the mask requirement. I haven't tossed my masks just yet. Washed and ready to go in the bag. May choose to wear one regardless. We are bringing in exposures to variants from all over the country.
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  4. And now the reply is moot. "The order cited the Southern Nevada Health District’s Friday recommendation that everyone — regardless of vaccination status — wear masks in crowded indoor spaces in response to a rise in local COVID-19 cases and an increased positivity rate." (from LV Review-Journal) If the Delta variant is really getting this bad out west, maybe we should all reconsider attending and not contribute to the spread.... this will be a call I will personally make as this develops over the next few weeks.
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  5. Finished my A-3B bomber this evening. Started with the CollectAire 1/48 resin EA-3B, so I had to saw off the plain tail and convert the backside by adding the gun stinger and rear radar bulge. The side door and windows had to be eliminated and the nose "sharpened" a bit too. This is one of CA's better, later edition kits with the wingfold option, dropped flaps and slats, and PE parts for the cockpit. I chose these markings (Caracal decals) to match the CA resin A-5A Viglante bomber (converted from the RA-5C) I'd built some years ago. And in-progress pics... Wing assembly test fitting Tail conversion work Side door and windows filled Engine assemblies The CA resin A-5A Viglante bomber that it matches... Comments, critiques, and questions welcome, as always! Cheers! Gil
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  6. Working on DML's Tiger 1 (kit 6608) as number 112. The more I research the Tunisian Tigers, the more confusing it gets. There is an awful lot of contradictory information. Well, the objective is completion, not perfection. Dak
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  7. When I started building this kit I decided to re-scribe the model and it went well for a while. As I progressed AMS got hold of me because I felt some of the panel lines weren't perfect and so I put it away. Then one day I just said phooey to AMS and started building as is. So here is the A-20 out of the box that AMS caused so much anxiety.
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  8. I got this kit in a grab bag of kits I bought. It's from the 1956 molds and even had the pilot's head molded in halves integral to the fuselage sides. There are many inaccuracies and omissions, so to build it 'right' would be a real waste of time as there are now many other much better representations, including Airfix's own excellent re-tooled one. But I decided to do it just for fun, so I did it as a desk model and since it was to be in flight, I added the 'spinning' prop. I also rigged it, which was not called for in the instructions, and added the antenna, which you may notice is the wrong configuration, but since there were so many other 'problems' and it was simpler to do this way, I settled for it amongst all the other inaccuracies, which includes the markings. The kit's decals were useless, so I got some out of the spares box. They actually belong to a Hawker Fury of First Squadron, but hey, in for a penny in for a pound, inaccuracy-wise.
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  9. Ya know...that's really ALL you had to say. But thanks for the diatribe, bud.
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  10. Wow! Just think, of all that model making time that has been used up on the lengthy posts in this thread? Regarding, responses (or lack of), it must be remembered that IPMS world wide is run by volunteers who give up a substantial amount of their time to keep the society running. So to get this in context, they have to fit this in with infinitely more important facets of life like work and family commitments.
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  12. So basically this is all a contrived controversy to further a political (within IPMS) agenda? It's bad enough that politics infiltrates every aspect of modern life, but it's really frustrating when it makes an appearance in our hobby, our escape. Bring a mask, place it in back pocket, play it by ear. Problem solved
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  13. Sorry Nick, but I totally disagree, not with what you say about the masks, but your giving them a pass on ignoring this forum. I may not always be an agreeable person when it comes to IPMSUSA policies, but I do believe I've always been a FAIR person. I am NOT asking for Mark to change any policy he's empowered to make. I'm asking for an update! The very suggestion you wrote would be a perfect example of such an update...."we're not sure at this point, but we MIGHT need to still require masks, so be prepared"! The problem is, it comes from you, and not from Mark or another NCC member empowered by Mark to pass along an "official" update. There are enough Eboard members here, past and present, that this forum stays up to date on their business. In fact THEY post their minutes here somewhat regularly for the few of us interested in the business of the Society. And yes, you are correct in that does represent very few of the entire membership; and yet THEY do so. What makes the NCC think they're less responsible to the membership than the Eboard? On the other hand, the NCC ONLY posts once a year in the Journal. They've never even bothered to simply repost what they put in the Journal HERE, and how hard would that be? Heck, up until a couple of years ago, until myself and a few others pushed the issue, the NCC meeting at the Nats was CLOSED to the general membership, and generally not even posted so anyone interested would know when to attend if they desired! It was even clear they did not really want any of the judges there either. EVERY public action they've taken for decades has only reinforced the idea of the NCC being some sort of secret Cabal that looks down on the members it serves! Sorry, but asking them to monitor and use this forum hand-in-hand with the Journal is NOT asking too much of the NCC, though it seems to be more than they are willing to do. Gil
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  14. Noel: Did you read my original question? They (Mark and the NCC) already wrote in the Journal that masks are REQUIRED for judging. I'm asking for an update on that since it was written for publication before restrictions were lifted. More importantly, no matter your stance on masks, now I want to know why they cannot monitor the OFFICIAL IPMSUSA forums for legit judging questions. And, as I've mentioned, the NCC has a HORRENDOUS reputation when it comes to being responsive to the membership. Yes, I'd like an answer to the question. But I'm also interested in whether ANYONE ON THE EBOARD will hold them to account for not serving the membership better than they do. Gil
    2 points
  15. No.....as usual, you ignore everyone's answer that what YOU think is important, is not; and continue to argue the point. You've had at least 2 (or more) national judges with over 20yrs experience tell you that your example is just a part of judging, and we cannot always tell which way to go, or catch everything, or always be right. When YOU judge, feel free to try to solve this dilemma in a way that satisfies you, as none of us can do so. Gil
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  16. As Ed Grune noted in his posting on July 28th, under the topic labelled Masks for judges at the Nats?? within the Forum named 2021 IPMS/USA National Convention, he stated “The NCC in a Zoom meeting addressed our plans on how we will perform our judging duties this year.” We held that NCC Zoom meeting Sunday afternoon, July 25th. The day after, I sent some emails to Convention Chairman Bob Lomassaro, to follow-up on some issues raised by the NCC members. And on the next day (last Tuesday), while I was preparing notes to post on our website here, announcements of new policies started coming from various Nevada officials and agencies, rendering moot some of the items we had discussed at our Sunday meeting. The most comprehensive review of the new masking requirements I’ve found to-date are in the following article from The Nevada Independent News, July 27th, as reported by their Megan Messerly. The underlined items below are my own way to emphasize points that may be applicable to our judging task and teams: “Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in the vast majority of Nevada counties will be required to wear masks indoors in public places starting Friday (July 30th), state officials announced Tuesday. The new state mask mandate follows a Tuesday recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public settings when they are in areas of substantial or high transmission, which currently includes 12 of the state’s 17 counties (including Clark County). Though the new Federal policy is only a recommendation, an emergency directive issued by (Nevada) Gov Steve Sisolak in May automatically makes any guidance offered by the CDC binding in the state of Nevada. A new emergency directive issued by Gov Sisolak on Tuesday reiterates phrasing from the May directive — clarifying that all individuals “shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering in a manner consistent with the guidance issued by the CDC, and any subsequent guidance issued by the CDC” — while also giving counties a three-day grace period (to this past Friday) to implement the new policy. . . . . . The (Nevada) Gaming Control Board, in a Notice to Licensees on (last) Tuesday, noted that the new mask mandate will be binding on gaming licensees in the flagged counties — including those on the Las Vegas Strip. In other words, gaming establishments in those counties will be required to ensure that employees, patrons and guests are wearing masks pursuant to the state’s emergency directives.” Nevada officials said this past Thursday the recent mask mandate will be in place for at least two weeks – so at least until Friday, Aug-13th. Nevada officials will evaluate the transmission rates every Tuesday; Clark County Commissioners will review this topic again on Aug-17th – the day before the start of our convention! So while conditions and restrictions might change, we won’t know until we’re actually at the convention. For a county to relax the mandate, it would have to reduce transmission rates to Low or Moderate in the CDC guidelines for two consecutive weeks, officials said. Only five other Nevada counties are currently in the low and moderate stages in community spread of the virus. Want to bet now on the over/under odds for Clark County to reduce their transmission rates by Aug-13th? By Aug-20th? So now it looks much more likely that we will be required to wear masks as we do our Friday-night judging. We (NCC members) plan to meet with Convention Chairman Bob Lomassaro Wednesday evening to get a briefing on what he will have been told our masking requirements may be. I expect word will get around to the convention attendees Wednesday-through-Friday, and I will brief the gathered judges at our Friday-evening session before we start the actual judging. Plan for us to be required by duly-authorized, -elected and -appointed State and County officials, to wear masks as we do our Friday-night judging. If you will object to that, then do not plan to help with the judging this year; we’ll look forward to your help again next year or a following year. We will still have a task that needs to be completed, so please don’t use the likely masking requirements as your own opportunity to mount a self-serving soapbox and decry “government oppression”; you’re not required to help us judge, and so you can go to your room or some other semi-private area and not have to wear a mask that Friday night. If all judges need to wear masks, the procedures the NCC discussed at our recent session are to have the 3-person teams keep sufficient ‘social-distance’ between themselves and other judging teams. This will likely require some teams to move over to the other side of a row of tables, or to move further down the row to judge another category that isn’t so close to a category that’s currently being judged. We expect it will take longer to judge all the categories in each Class, due to having to maintain ‘social-distancing’. When a team has completed judging a category and filled-out its Judges’ Worksheet, they will return it only to their Class head judge or his designated assistant. Only the Class head judges will take completed Worksheets to Eileen’s team of data recorders, to reduce their risks to virus exposure. It will be more important this year than in prior years, that all judges attend our Friday-night Judges' Briefing before we actually start judging all the categories. We'll cover our procedures in detail at that time. The convention's Seminars schedule currently shows our Friday-night meeting starting at 4pm (16:00), but it will start later than that. The Model Room will be open until 5pm, and the Class head judges want to stay in that room as long as possible before our briefing, to make sure late entries get into the correct categories -- particularly if they may need to be moved to different tables or to a different Class. So while our meeting room is available starting at 4pm, our briefing will most likely not start until at least 5pm. I'll update this posting if new information becomes available Mark Persichetti IPMS #14324
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  17. An article came across my newsfeed. There is a StarTrek convention scheduled at the Rio the week before we're there. Tickets still available for annual Star Trek Las Vegas convention Aug. 11-15 (ktnv.com) The hotel staff will look at us and think we're the normal people!😁
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  18. VENDOR LIST 7212021.xlsxFinal vendor list.
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  19. Shade is your friend Cameron. Either under cover in the car or simply park the car in the shade. There is a bus stop style entrance on the east side of the convention center where you can [part and quickly bring your entries into the convention center and then go park your car on any level but the top of the parking garage. Joe
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  20. Read the rules. The Host club does not have to provide power or space to anyone without 30 days notice. Section I #6. As for it being a "poor excuse for throwing them up against the wall" What else do we throw up against the wall? We can have more power available at less cost to the membership along the wall. Center tables all require their own drop. Each drop cost money. Along the wall I can have one or two drops and power dozens of models. I personally believe it is a waist of IPMS USA money to provide power for anyone's models or dioramas. DC power only and write it into the rules. Models must be self contained, PERIOD. NCC Write it into the rules. I truthfully think the biggest issue is will we have enough room for all the entries. Joe Porche' Not written by an arm chair quarter back. The person who personally spent dozens of hours going back and forth on the model room layout and will take full responsibility for it. Don't like it hit me up, we can have a spirited conversation. 702-296-9976 or jwporco@gmail.com
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  21. Thanks Joe. I'll let the wife know.
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  22. The purpose of the survey was to take the membership's "temperature" regarding the popularity of GSB vs 1,2,3. The survey has no ramifications whatsoever, and there are no plans (known to me anyway) that any changes are forthcoming or being considered by anyone. Hopefully, the E-board will take another survey in 3 or 4 years just to keep an eye on the popularity of the two systems among the membership. In short, I wouldn't lose any sleep worrying about any big changes to the current contest structure.
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  23. End of discussion. Everyone needs to look at the latest update on the 2021 Las Vegas website. Effective July 31st Nevada is putting the mask mandate back into play. Everyone has to wear a mask in the in-door setting. So mask up boys. David Von Almen, Gentleman Modeler
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  24. Just to clarify..... In GSB there is NO "out-of-the-box" division, because there is NO NEED for it. OOTB was created to compare "apples to apples" in 1-2-3 competition. Since NO model is being judged against ANY other model in GSB, there's no need to consider whether it's OOTB or not. The degree of craftsmanship determines an individual model's award; and degree of difficulty and/or scope of effort CAN affect the overall judgement on craftsmanship. The idea of OOTB not getting a GOLD at Jaxcon is not a rule but a GUIDELINE, and it reflects MY personal philosophy and experience in judging. I totally agree that a model CAN be built "flawlessly" OOTB. But then the question becomes: does THAT level of craftsmanship (making no mistakes) command the awarding of the HIGHEST award? I tell my judges that IF they REALLY think it does, then award a GOLD. BUT...stop and think...have you EVER seen an OOTB build go on to be nominated for a Best Of award? I haven't.....Sure, OOTB MAY win in a 1-2-3 category simply because it has less flaws than the others...but what does that mean overall, especially compared to other models in its genre with much higher levels of craftsmanship that may or may not have won their category? This also gets to the very HEART of why I prefer GSB. In 1-2-3 it's very possible, especially in the biggest categories, for an extremely well built model to get NOTHING, simply because 3 or 4 "labors of love" with 1-2yrs of effort put into them to show up that year and ace it out of placing. In GSB ALL of them get recognized according to their merits, and no one model keeps another from getting an award. If you're planning on trying GSB at your show, you can set your criteria accordingly. My only caveat is to keep in mind 2 things: First, the usual criticism of GSB is that they're "soccer awards" so everyone goes home feeling good about getting something. You have to set the bar higher than that. Second, while you do not want a GOLD to be nearly impossible to get, it needs to represent the EXCEPTION, and not the "norm". Think about the level of work you see at IPMS shows overall....there's a LOT of very well built models on the tables....and that's the norm.....so you want to recognize the builds that are better than that as Golds. In my mind, a perfect OOTB build is the "norm" we ALL strive for.....but Golds involve more than that. But then again,that's just MY personal opinion, and is not only debatable, but carries NO weight at any other GSB show! Gil
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  25. This kit was going into the dumpster and the hobby shop owner asked if I wanted it. It had been started with tube glue. The cockpit and nose guns were firmly glued in place. Yet I took this and another 1/32 kit home. Having never built one before I was looking forward to seeing what I could do with it. Lots of filler was used and in the case of the nose gap I used a plastic card shim. With all sanding most of the raised detail was lost. So I re-scribed the kit and it was not that hard at all. I knew I could not get a good natural metal finish with all the scratches on the plastic. So on went the OD and NG. The stripes were easy to do since the width in 1/32 was very close to a roll of Tamiya tape. Painting the wings was easy, but the booms took a bit longer. The biggest problem was getting the stripes aligned. Decals were hard to find for this scale and I settled on a print scale set from one of favorite eBay dealers. The decals were very thin and folded over easily and I lost a couple. I found a photo of the actual aircraft and I noticed the nose cap is a different tone in black and white photos. I could not get a definitive answer if they painted or just natural metal. The decals did not have the inboard letters on the rudder assembly so I cut out a mask and painted it on. It is out of box, or rather out of the dumpster.
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  26. Hunter, it sounds like you've already got the technique down based on the grits you listed. Keep using those, and then cover the missile with a leveling type primer that fills all the tiny micro abrasions and you should be good to go.
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  27. Recently we had our Distressed Kit Auction at my IPMS meeting to commemorate our first face-to-face meeting in 17 months. We called it "Christmas in July". With a small amount of money I earned on a small job recently, I supported the club with these purchases... No, these are not chocolates: But actually this tin contained the old Airfix HMS Iron Duke already started: I got this mostly for the tin since I have an Iron Duke finished, but I will still finish the battleship as a sister to the old Duke. Next I got some more Model Master paints; although this was the smaller container of them: Next was this desk lamp that was donated: After I tried to use it; I realized why it was donated: It barley stays up to shine the light where I need it! Anyway, moving on... Next I got this for free since everyone in the club knew that nobody would bid on it anyway: Finally I got a plane I've wanted and gotten outbid on in two other auctions; now I have one: Later, I saw a few things sitting on a side table with a sign that said "Free" so I picked this up: I guess someone moved on to something else and decided to leave it for someone else to continue using. I also picked up two brand new Paasche airbrushes and a compressor set together which I did not get a pic of. Those will be donated to our Hobby Day Hall for people to use at Hobby Days. Finally, I was helping my church with a fund-raising summer sale and boutique and I saw this book that I was gifted for all my help: I've already looked through it and it is really fantastic. That's all I have for now. Time to get back to the bench....
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  28. Work continues on the Hornet hangar bay walls. While reviewing the few photos I have I noticed that the hangar doors roll up. I used some styrene tubing for the open doors and rods for the closed ones. The open door ones were painted the exterior color 5-O Ocean Blue due to how they would roll up. As for the brand of paint I am using, I will be using Scale Colors for the ship. The colors are 5-N Blue, 5-O Ocean Grey and 5-H Haze Grey. Once these were installed I then began to add fine details to the walls. I added doors to match the ones on the outside and then added ducts for the vents on the port side. A few platforms with railings and stairs/ladders were added as well. Other details I noticed in the photos were added as well. There are many pipes and cables which will be added later. I will be using the pipes to hide wiring and fiber optic lines when I add them. The walls were then painted and installed. I am currently working on the aft elevator then I need to build up and detail the fantail. This coming week I have a couple of days where I won’t have time to work on this but am planning on starting the aircraft by the end of the week. See more photos and details from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-350-uss-hornet-cv-8-doolittle-raid/
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  29. Agree With Mr Morrissette.
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  30. Only recommended so...no thanks Dave
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  31. I have no dog in this fight, as I’m not likely going to the Nationals this year. But as of this weekend, the regional health officials are recommending masks be worn again due to rising COVID case numbers. No mask mandates have been issued yet, but be prepared. So any folks planning to go had best add a mask to their packing list. AP Article on Vegas masks
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  33. Try here: https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/0/9/3/148093-20-instructions.pdf
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  34. I lived in Phoenix for more than a decade and stored my unbuilt kits in a locked portion of my carport with no issues. The only time I have had a kit melt is when I left the box on top of our toaster oven. Not good.
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  35. Thanks Mark. I’m looking forward to the old school simplicity of the old Speckled Warthog. Being an old boxing, the molds will still be fairly well fitting… for a 70’s Revell kit… 🤨 And in the meantime… Happy (belated) Birthday to me Pt.II: My other eBay bargain score arrived this afternoon! Woohoo! All the way from Lithuania in less than two weeks. I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile for my 1/48 Red Air Force I opened the box and had a peek inside… oh what a lovely looking kit! Even the decals don’t look like the old ICM stuff. They sure have stepped up their game. Now to get a PE rigging set for this little beauty…
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  36. Great Build. Agree on the "Higher Call" book..Great Read and Interesting human retrospective. I have also built Stigler's Africa 109, his Late war Bf109G, and the Me 262. Enjoyed your Model. Cheers Bill
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  37. Hence, my usage of the word generally. And you are absolutely correct about having unexpected turnout, either high or low. We had to "rekajigger" our layout at 2005 as well as almost every local & regional we did because of this.
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  38. Dak This will be my last reply on this. Ok, I went back and looked at my convention issues all the way back to 06 (14 conventions) . There were only 2 years that Dio's were up against a wall, 07 and 19. There was bleed over from the main isles in 12 and 13 to tables up against a wall. So to say dio's are always up against a wall or make it sound like Dio's are always pushed aside or relegated to poor viewing positions simply isn't true. MOST entries that are powered these days are done so with batteries. Very, very few are powered via plug in. I've seen more aircraft,cars and sci-fi that are under their own power more more than i have seen them powered via extension cords Especially these days compared to say 15 years or more ago. So in closing as the numbers have shown you're making suggestions' for an issue that doesn't exist. Jim
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  39. Good looking build of an underrated and under appreciated bomber! Gil
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  40. Welcome back to the plant everyone! Thanks to Hobby Day I got a great amount of work done so this will be a long tour of the manufacturing plant with an intermission in between. All aboard as we head over to the hanger first. I was determined to make some more progress on my A-400 because I'm getting tired of that thing cluttering up my workbench. I shot some grey over the fuselage to see how well the nose and all looks; and then hit it with a glosscoat for decals: I'm pretty pleased with the way the nose turned out. Next I shot the wings with the grey and gloss to even this up: After that, I had the urge to mock this up. I dry-fit the tail and wings to this to see how big and bulky it is: Thinking about how I'm going to proceed on this plane, I'm planning on removing the tail and decaling it. Then I'll cement the wings in place. When they dry, I'll fix and/or sand the seams around the wing-fuselage joint and then re-paint it with the grey and gloss. After that I'll add the decals; seal them and then add the tail to finish this Big Bird up. As for the other Big Bird (Antonov) I'm still re-touching the paint on it. Hopefully I'll be able to make progress on it soon. After that, I wanted to start something simple and nostalgic. That's when I found the bagged Frog kit of the Swedish Vampire. Perfect! I started with the "cockpit": Yes, I will be painting that guy. Later I cemented him into one half of the fuselage to see where and how much weight to add to the nose: The white is the Gator Grip Glue I used on the flattened bullet fishing weights. After that, I cemented the fuselage together, added the wings, booms and tail; used Vallejo acrylic putty to fill the seams and sanded the joints: Just need to paint the pilot, mask and add the canopy and I'll be able to paint this little bird. Next I went looking for something different to build. What can be more different than a helicopter? I found my little Japanese OH-1 Observation helicopter AKA "Ninja" and started on the cockpit: And that's as far as I got on that because I need to paint that interior. Then I pulled out my Christmas present from my sister: the Russian Kamov Ka-29 helicopter. Started the cockpit on that too: Next I did the main cabin interior, seen here behind the cockpit: In order to make sure the upright bulkheads lined up properly, I added these sub-assemblies to one of the fuselage halves to allow them to dry in the proper position: That rear bulkhead was adjusted after that pic was taken... Later I painted the whole interior: Kinda bland; only two colors, black and blue! As the paint dried, I assembled the main rotor hub: That looks a lot more complicated than it is. That is all I have on my aircraft so we'll continue on to my vehicle manufacturing. I painted the interior of the searchlight on my 1/35th scale Patton tank: Later I'll be mounting that to the turret behind it and then add the final parts to finish it off. Since I had cleared the desk of almost every small scale armor model in progress; it was time to start some more. Since I had built a Centurion; I decided that I should just go ahead and build al the rest of the ACE Centurions I had in the stash. First Centurion up was the British Centurion Mk.5 that will be done up as a Berlin Brigade tank. I started by assembling the lower hull: I continued by adding the roadwheels and suspension bogies: Later I added all the upper hull plates and assembled the turret: The next Centurion I started was the Australian Centurion Mk.5/1 Long Range. I assembled the lower hull with bogies and wheels; and then did the rear external add-on fuel tank. That is the little box behind the lower hull: The final Centurion variant was a one-off test vehicle the British built to counter the JS Stalin class of tanks. It is labeled the FV-4005. The lower hull was assembled just like the other two: Then I built the big boxy turret: This thing carries a 7.2inch howitzer on it; that is why they needed such a turret. I placed the turret on the lower hull even though I hadn't added the top plates to it. And yes, it does come with a recoil spade: There it is; the British KV-2! Moving on, it was time to start something else. I'd been wanting to start the Italian Centauro B1T, so that one came out next. I built the lower hull: Then the upper hull was assembled: Then I went to build the turret for this, but remembered the difficult time I had with the hull/turret fit on my original Centauro. So, I test fit the lower turret plate to the hull and found I needed to remove that raised ring on the upper hull: Then I had to widen the hole a bit, as well as thin the edges: There! Now it fits AND turns smoothly: Okay, now I could assemble the basic turret: Then I looked at the main gun and found that the usual ACE issue of sink marks on the barrels was exhibited here so I filled that with Mr. Surfacer again: At least that one was not quite as bad as the previous gun on the Centurion Sho't... After that I started another wheeled vehicle, this time a V-150 with a 20mm gun. I'm going to do this one as the Cadillac Gage Canadian car. I assembled the lower hull first: Then I built the diminutive turret: That was as far as I got with that. There is an interior that goes in there that I'll be adding later, even though it won't be seen once the model is built. I'll know it's in there! After all those rough ACE kits; it was time to start something a lot more simple and easy to build. I pulled out my recently-acquired Japanese Type 96 APCs and started the Type A one first. These kits are the Tamiya of Braille Scale! These models allow you to have steerable wheels in the front. They give you the parts to not only make the wheels turn, but to turn consecutively using this type of system: That gets covered by the bottom plate that also holds the main wheel hubs in place. They also give a somewhat rudimentary interior: The rear hatch also opens and closes: Then I built the upper hull, adding the hatches and other parts. The mini turret on top is just dry-fit now. Check out the fit; that top is just sitting on top of the vehicle: I then built the Type B APC, doing all the same things as I did with the Type A version. This one has a machine gun (Ma Deuce) instead of a 40mm grenade launcher like the Type A. I also left the main driver's hatch off because I'll be showing it open. Later you'll see the difference on that: The Type B model comes with troops from the Rapid Reaction Force that these Type B vehicles are assigned to. It even has a 120mm mortar with it. I had to assemble them all: After I took that pic, I noticed a second sprue with the parts for three more soldiers so I built them afterward. And that completes this latest tour of Maddog Manufacturing. I hope you enjoyed it. As always, comments are welcome; thanks for coming in.
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  41. Perhaps one day we can do away with the need for electrical outlets supplied by the venue. With the availability of inexpensive rechargeable power supplies I'm surprised people still need it now.
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  42. Phones have done a disservice to modelers simply because most don't know how to use them correctly when photographing models. Instead of backing away from the model and zooming in most just get close and end up with distorted images of their work. One can take good model photos with a phone but the use has to back away and then zoom in on the models. This gives a more normal perspective.
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  43. Earlier this morning, I posted the following reply to Gil's complaint against me in his post that started this thread. I had this particular forum page opened, and another forum page opened to Gil's initial query on May 30th in the section for logged-in members only (in Contests & Judging). I had intended to post here, but instead I did my copy-&-paste onto the members-only forum -- two pages opened, and I picked the wrong one! But since this is the particular discussion thread that started with Gil's big complaint, I've now placed my reply to him here, and I will attempt to delete my now-duplicate posting under the other initial May-30th posting by Gil. Okay, Gil, here is my “Official Reply” that you demanded, to answer your immediate question: Neither the NCC nor I in particular, plan to insist on any masking requirements that are stricter than any local standards in effect during the course of our 2021 convention. Elsewhere within this site’s forums, on May 14th Convention Chair Bob Lomassaro posted “Nevada just lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated people in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.” The chain of decision-makers for masking requirements at our upcoming show would logically seem to be: Nevada’s Governor, Las Vegas’ Mayor, Clark County officials, then perhaps the Rio’s own local management. And even within IPMS-USA’s structure, the NCC would follow the decision-making lead of the local planning team and the E-Board. My comments on this topic within my article in the most recent Journal stated “. . . In addition, all judges should plan on being required to wear masks (bring your own – don’t assume the host chapter will be providing 200-plus masks!). . .” My wording of “plan on” is not the same thing as your own careless or sloppy paraphrasing of my statement as being “judges will be REQUIRED to wear masks while judging.” I have no idea of how or why you made that illogical leap. The general message that I wanted to convey in my article is that our judges should be prepared in case the local conditions and mask-wearing requirements in Las Vegas have changed again by the time we get to the convention, and perhaps become more restrictive. You implied that you and so many others need “. . . the latest information ASAP, as it may affect peoples travel plans!” From that comment of yours, should I infer that, if you may be required to wear a face-mask during judging, you may decide instead to not attend the convention? If that’s the case, let me assure you we can still accomplish the contest judging whether you show up or not. If you’re there and decide to participate as a judge, then we’ll be glad to have your assistance again. But you were not able to assist with the judging for at least eight of the years since 1990 for which I have records, and the judging still got done during those years. And I don’t care if you wear a mask or not, nor do I care if you’ve received any vaccine shots or not. Your mask-wearing just isn’t my decision to make. And what happens if there’s a surge in Covid-19 cases (particularly the B.1.617.2 Delta strain) in Clark County after this July-4th holiday, and by the time our convention date comes up in six-plus weeks, the answer you need to know RIGHT NOW has changed yet again due to changing circumstances? Nevada is one of the few states categorized as high-risk for Delta-variant exposure – so is your own Florida. So what you demand I say NOW may be irrelevant in six weeks. And so, if you do decide to come out to the Las Vegas show, you still may want to follow Noel Smith’s suggestion in his comment posted Saturday, and “Why not just keep a mask in your back pocket, just in case?” If mask-wearing restrictions do happen to come back again by the time our convention starts, I’ll act to assist in their enforcement. Our closed contest room will not become a hideout for compliance avoidance. If masks become required again, any judges who don’t want to or refuse to wear one will be invited to leave the room, and come back to judge again at some future convention. And Gil, you may also want to note that on the Rio’s own website, under its listing of Additional Hotel Details, it still currently states “Masks are compulsory at the property” and “Masks are available to guests”, along with their other guest safety measures. It might be that they simply have not yet updated their webpage text, but that’s what it says now. You may want to insist that they clarify their mask-wearing guidelines too, before you make your travel plans. In your original posting that started this thread, you stated “Ok...like a good little member I originally asked this question down in the Judging Topic arena....now AFTER A WHOLE MONTH OF WAITING, I'M ASKING IT UP HERE IN THE GENERAL AREA:” And within this same thread, you also stated “Frankly, if Mark or some "designated" one of them cannot take the time even ONCE A MONTH to come here and see if there's anything they need to be aware of or answer, then they should step aside for Head Judges who WILL!” Your presumption that I don’t come see what’s posted within our various forums is erroneous. I usually take a look through them every 2-to-3 weeks, but I also usually do so in what you call the General Area. So I did not see your original posting of May 30th until I found it yesterday (Monday, July 5th). Even so, I see that you got thoughtful and reasonably considered replies to it from Nick Fillipone and Chris Bucholtz, and equally thoughtful replies to your reposting here in the General Area, from Nick again, and from Noel Smith. Often I’ve seen someone who has a question about contest categories, rules, or other contest-related items has already received an accurate answer from other members, and I haven’t felt it necessary for me to be redundant. But if you feel it’s absolutely necessary that all contest-related queries get “official and formal” replies from me or other NCC members, then I’ll humbly and dutifully try to comply with your demands. The last time I looked through the forums here was some time in the second weekend in June. This past Saturday night when checking my emails I came across one from Dave Morrissette that told me about your posting here. I see that he told you he had forwarded your message to me, and your subsequent replies to him are odd. He suggested you try emailing me directly (emails sent to NCC@ipmsusa.org go directly to me; that address is listed on our NCC page on this same website, and I’ve listed it at the end of each article I’ve done for the Journal). But you absolutely rejected contacting me by that route, also insisting that if Dave gets a reply from me, that he “DO NOT put it here.“ Those comments by you show me that you’re far more interested in being seen here on the public stage of the IPMS forums agitating against the E-Board, the NCC, and me as head judge, and being perceived as an ignored and aggrieved victim on this forum, than in perhaps being more successful in getting an answer to your question by trying to go directly to me via email. You also stated above, “You'd think after almost 45yrs I'd get used to the lack of response from the NCC and their blatant disregard for the membership, and even their judges, but it still rankles me!” Really? You’ve had the same problem for 45 years? And that would have been with how many chief judges and class head judges on how many different national contest committees over all those years? Your characterizations in that sentence are a direct personal insult to all those chief judges and class head judges that preceded me and the current NCC, up to now. I’d say you should look in a mirror to find the source of your continuing dissatisfaction. And just late yesterday, in your most recently posted comment in this thread, when you state “. . . up until a couple of years ago, until myself and a few others pushed the issue, the NCC meeting at the Nats was CLOSED to the general membership . . .” you erroneously claim credit for my decision to make our NCC meetings open to our convention attendees. I decided to do so a few years ago based solely on my own years of experience in working within open-government guidelines and directives for our local City Council meetings, and our local and county sustainability and resource-conservation boards. Whatever comments you might have made to advocate for open NCC meetings were never done in a manner that was effective enough to even get my attention. No matter whether I “should have” seen comments from you about that particular subject, your choice of delivery method was completely ineffective in influencing my decision. Sorry. Within your postings in this topic thread (and in many others), you’ve made quite a rant against the failure of me to reply to you (and by your own vanity projections, to ALL IPMS judges and members) in a manner and timeline satisfactory to yourself. Let’s take a look at your own failure to perform: To paraphrase you, What the "heck" (insert the stronger word of your choice) does it take to get the head of the JaxCon shows to provide information about the judging processes at ‘his’ shows, that the NCC has requested!? At our last in-person NCC meeting at the Chattanooga convention in 2019, we had asked all those members who attended and participated in our discussion of 1st-2nd-3rd vs gold-silver-bronze judging procedures to send us details about how they developed and ran their gold-silver-bronze judging processes at their Regional contests. You were at that meeting, Gil. But we never got any follow-up from you. Some months later, the Covid-19 shut-downs brought a halt to the NCC being able to get any such information from 2020 shows that were cancelled. In early October 2020, I sent a letter and two survey forms soliciting information on the judging processes used at both local and Regional contests, to our DLC David Lockhart. I asked him to forward that packet to all our Regional Coordinators, for them to distribute to all the local chapters they oversee. David did so immediately, and within a week I was getting confirmations from around the country that local chapters had received our surveys. As part of my solicitation for contest-judging info, I also noted the NCC would like to get info on 2019 and early 2020 contests, since most later 2020 contests were cancelled. So that request went out to all local chapters NINE MONTHS AGO. Gil, you are listed as the Chapter Contact for IPMS-First Coast (R-11), and you are listed as the Convention Chairperson for JaxCons from 2009 through 2021 – thirteen years! You, and your associates who support gold-silver-bronze judging processes, tout how great a job you’ve done at those contests. But when the NCC says, ‘okay, describe what you’ve done and give us some stats’ to back-up the self-praising, --- well so far, all the NCC has heard back from you about your contests is the faint sound of crickets chirping. For us to wait nine months and still not get any requested info from you is no big deal – but for you to have waited one month to get a ‘Public and Formal NCC Reply’ from me is an outrage that demands loud and long ranting from you? So Gil, did Jim Stepanek, your R-11 Regional Coordinator fail to send our surveys and contest-judging-info solicitation to you? Or had you decided to just blow off our request for contest info from you? No matter; if you’re either unwilling or incapable of providing requested information to the NCC, we’ll just look for another way of acquiring information about the judging processes at the JaxCons. And I’ll close by repeating, Neither the NCC nor I in particular, plan to insist on any masking requirements that are stricter than any local standards in effect during the course of our 2021 convention. Mark Persichetti #14324
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  44. This is a fun project which turns things around.
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  45. This year I completed a modest six builds. But I was not able to start building until mid March after getting my workbench set up in my new home, so that works out to one completion every month and a half or so. Of the six, only one was a mostly completed build from a previous year. All the rest were started here, save for one, which was barely started, and I had to go and fix stuff on that one. So here we go: 1, Monogram 1/48 A-7B 2, Tamiya 1/48 DAK Kübelwagen 3, Testors (Hawk) 1/48 V-1 - the rollover build started in another year 4, Heller 1/35 Char Somua S35 5, Dragon 1/35 M46 6, Academy 1/35 M151A1 (last but not least) One other bit of positive news is that only one kit that I started in 2020 was not completed. And that one is close enough to the finish line to be done quick enough in the next few weeks. Unlike many previous years... Thanks for looking... Happy New Years!
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  46. Monogram 1/72 F-105B This kit was first issued in the late 1950s with moving parts. This particular version is an early 1970s edition. I sanded all the rivets and smoothed it out. I used Tamiya silver spray can for the finish and decals from a very old MicroScale sheet. Actual F-105s were painted with a silver finish which the Tamiya duplicates nicely. So here is the kit with no additions. The markings are from an old MicroScale sheet with those of the 4th fighter Wing in Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina. The yellow outline on the canopy was done with a very thin strip of 1/64" tape called simply pinstripe Tapes.
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  47. And they're fini! The Tamiya short nosed FW-190A3, OOTB, and in kit markings... And the classic Monogram FW-190A6 (with a few enhancements) using Aeromaster decals for Hermann Graf's Butcher Bird.... I'm satisfied with my initial attempt to shake off the rust and do some "real" airbrush camo, though it also taught me I have a ways to go before I can get the most from my new airbrush. Questions, comments, and critiques welcome as always. Thanks for playing along! Gil
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  48. As the Brits say, I got the models "deckled" today........ Tamiya kit decals were used on the green one, while the gray one got markings from Aeromaster. I used hot water to help the Tamiya decals soften up and go down easier and they worked well. The Aeormaster decals needed more care in handling since they were thinner, but also went down well. I was actually quite impressed with how they snuggled down around the nose with a copius application of Champ decal solvent. The models have had all but the seats, props, and rear canopies added and have been flat coated so I can take them to my meeting tomorrow "done". This should be finished up tomorrow evening! Gil
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