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  1. Gil, I put my name in for consideration for the pending R5 coordinator opening. I rather be a part of the Society for as long as I can. I realized that I can offer something rather than yelling from the sidelines. The last 5 months I really thought it was time just to let my membership lapse. But following this thread has made me reconsider that. I wish you luck in your possible E- board appointment. We have to in it to win it. I can hear Bruno yelling at me as I type. But with you and some like minded members I think and hope that this ship can be righted. Let's get thru Madison and reset this abomination and put the train back on the track. Then we will see how this will go. I willing and somewhat able to make a difference on a local level. Time to think about local chapters to stay in the Society there has been rumblings about tagging out and at my age I can be a Walmart greeter for IPMS. Ron Ronbo Thorne Jr. Head Bottle Washer.
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  2. One of the criticisms of the NCC and its supposed entrenchment is that it is entrenched because it did not adopt the changes I want made to the way I believe things are done Or that the NCC should stop doing things the way I think they are doing them ... even if they are not being done that way. Much of the discussion of the supposed failings of the previous NCC are based upon a lack of knowledge about the conduct of a National Contest and the former NCC's composition, processes, and procedures. Not to mention lack of knowledge of the rules, the categories, and guidance to entrants. There is the observation about leading horses to water and then watching them die of thirst. An example, presented over and over and over in these last months is the assertion that the former NCC decided the National Contest rules. And the assertion continues .... no matter how many times it has been pointed out that the EBoard approved every single rule.
    2 points
  3. So I tore my rotator cuff playing pickle ball and am currently rehabbing from the surgery. After months of not being able to build models it’s time to start up again. Family and friends pooled together and bought me this one as a get better gift and because they got tired of me complaining about rigging the 1/32 and 1/48 biplanes I have built. 😀 I know I said no more large scale planes but I am excited to build this one. Here is what I have completed so far, my usual “please help me” questions are embedded. I hope you don’t mind me sharing the build progress of this one. The rigging of the control cables was interesting but the cord supplied with the model is quite difficult to deal with, it curls and unwinds very easily. The next step is to mount the floorboard to the fuselage with all of the cables in front of and behind the floorboard hanging loose. Any thoughts on how to “manage” these during this stage of assembly? Also, I think my Tamiya clear orange paint must be kaput, it did not go over the wood brown paint very well, you’ll see if you zoom in on that one. The instrument panel gets painted the same way, wood brown under clear orange. The engine went together very well. I researched the Clerget 9b engines on the internet and was frustrated by all of the different colors I saw. Therefore I decided to stick with the colors in the kit instructions, a mixture of silver, steel and gold. The ignition wires took me some time but once I figured out the best method (for me) they went pretty well. You can see my trimming isn’t great but I was worried I would cut something I didn’t want to. This model includes plated parts and the plating must be removed from the cemented surfaces. I learned the hard way that I have to wear gloves when working with these pieces or my fingerprints will be all over them. You can see the marks all over the fuel tank that are my doing. The tape you see at the bottom was used to hold the straps in place while I glued them. How do you guys work with the seams on these plated parts? I don’t think I have a paint that will perfectly match the finish. As usual, I would love to hear (and would greatly appreciate) critical comments and suggestions.
    1 point
  4. Ha! Gotcha! Bet you were expecting an F-11F Tiger in Blue Angels markings but what you have is a Curtis F11-C Goshawk in Blue Angels markings. I know, I know, the Angels didn't even exist back then, but I had this old Lindberg kit on the shelf doing nothing and the F11 part struck me, so here you have what it might have looked like. Its the number "7" aircraft as I would suppose the other six would be of another type. It would have been like the Cutlass during it's brief time with the team. The lettering is just generic yellow letters and all other markings are painted Tamiya Royal Blue and Yellow. It's an old kit so has no interior so I added some basic stuff to busy it up. Mine did not have a pilot figure so it looks like this one is remote controlled and the windscreen was missing so I cobbled one together from the spares box. The prop disc is clear acetate. Actually, the kit went together well with little call for putty or any serious surgery. It was done for a laugh, so I hope it makes your holiday season a bit jollier.
    1 point
  5. Having the authority doesn’t automatically translate into using the authority, as was pointed out, past e-boards had more authority then they chose to exercise. Even if it is, there are many options for using it that don’t involve force. This board and future ones have the same choices, I have never found heavy handed leadership to work very well, and never found it motivated people. What was the line from Inidiana Jones when the guy grabbed the shiny babble covered goblet, “ he chose poorly….”
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  6. (JAN 19th ) ..Today , I continue working on the decals and add the top nose antenna ! Like to view the complete WIP of this project ,follow this Google link .. https://goo.gl/photos/jxfUh5Muw34MqsRY7 Enjoy and it's an 'rendez-vous' next week for more .on this particular project..!.
    1 point
  7. I’ve been blessed with a wife that is extremely supportive of my hobby. A lot of late nights spent on this one. Thanks Christopher
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  8. As of THIS date, AFTER the passing of the last batch of amendments last fall, the NCC (whoever that is or will be) DOES indeed WORK FOR the Eboard. Ron is correct in that "technically" it has always been that way... BUT the Eboards of the past were SMART ENOUGH to take advantage of the NCCs experience and let them operate autonomously. As it stands now, IF THIS CURRENT Eboard insists on directly managing/bossing the NCC, I know I will never be a part of the judging corp again under ANY system or in ANY capacity. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Nats have ALL been successes and grown larger for the last 10+yrs, yet they see the need to try to "fix" it. They're wrong in their approach to both that and their relationship with the NCC as it now stands. I consider that a separate issue from any perceived rules changes, contest changes, NCC make-up, or IPMS image changes; as the financial health and therefore IPMS's future depends largely on the Nats. And for those of you who are for MORE control by the Eboard as compared to in the past.... I must disagree and stand against your ideas. Gil
    1 point
  9. What???? That’s all the time it took you? 😀 Incredible model.
    1 point
  10. Personally, if I hadn't read what you wrote before looking at the pics I'd have guessed the kit came with a real wood prop... it looks that good to me! As for that tip... it comes across to me as "stress fractures" that you might indeed see at the end of a used wooden blade, especially in the lower lit second picture. If it bothers you.... fix it.... but I'd dirty the entire prop up a bit (IF you are weathering the model in the end) and treat it as evidence of "use". Gil
    1 point
  11. As one of the much maligned IPMS/USA FB moderators I want to bring a little reality to this conversation. The IPMS FB group is a very small piece of modeling on Facebook. As mentioned above, the group has about 14,000 members. For comparison "Doogs Models", a popular group run by a single individual has 19,000, "Starship Modeler" is run by a mail-order company and has 95,000, and "I Love Scale Models" has 186,000 members. There are easily 100s more groups all related to various aspects of the hobby. Modelers are not breaking down the door to join our group - they have lots of alternatives. The IPMS group is - by Facebook standards - heavily moderated. A moderator must explicitly approve every member the first time they try to post or comment, and we review their profile and their answers to our "security" questions to try to weed out scammers and trouble makers. We also approve (but not always read) every post before it appears. When the rare T-shirt seller or "middle aged woman looking for love" manages to post, that post is deleted, the person who sent it is blocked, and it is never seen. Facebook does not let us see comments before they appear, and if they did we don't have the manpower to look at them all, but when scammy stuff slips through it will be reported and the person who made the comment blocked. When I say "we", I mostly mean me; a few other folks have become moderators but mostly lose interest. Most of the posts are modeling related: photos of completed models, research photos of interesting subjects, how to questions. Commercial posts - mostly from small aftermarket/speciality companies - are allowed at a rate of 1/week. Local and regional club shows can advertise as much as they want, and some do. A large fraction of the most active members do not seem to be IPMS members, although we have no way of knowing. Personal names are not unique, and FB makes has no requirement that you use your real name (and many people now use "handles" - like "Iron Wulf" or "Tex Modeler"). There are a fair number of members from foreign countries (there are IPMS societies around the world, and they are all welcome and often come to the US Nats). Posts and discussions that are critical of IPMS but civil are allowed. This is a very small fraction of the posts made, and is little different from the same discussions about IPMS that are held here on the IPMS forum. Because of this there seems to be an assumption that the IPMS FB group is a hotbed of anti-IPMS conspirators; I get the impression some think the whole "flying tank" and "sharpie judging sheet" controversies were launched on the IPMS FB group. The truth is that both of those posts appeared first on other groups and social media, and I did my best to verify that they weren't hoaxes before approving those posts. I paid close attention to keep the discussion on those posts from raging out of control - deleting comments and suspending individuals. I know this policy is not popular with some in IPMS. As a moderator, I refuse to outright censor posts and comments only because they point out problems in the Society, mostly of our own doing. If the group is limited to putting a "happy face" on IPMS, FB members will recognize that the group is propaganda and ignore or discount it. If the EBoard decides that's what they want, they will have to replace me. What does IPMS gain from having the group? We get the IPMS name in front of modelers who may not even know it exists. They see contest announcements, can ask questions about modeling and IPMS, and can be encouraged to join a chapter, join the National organization, or come to a National Convention. Post pandemic there was a lot of buzz around the Las Vegas and Omaha Nats on the FB group, and I have to think that contributed to the turnout at those events. When controversial issues do pop up, we (mostly me) can respond as the voice of reason, correcting misinformation and explaining why things work the way they do. There is also an opportunity for IPMS to "take the pulse" of the hobby by following and participating in the discussions on the group, although there doesn't seem to be much interest in that. I have seen suggestions that this group is a thing of value that should be for "IPMS Members Only". Aside from the technical aspects of enforcing members only (remember, we have no way of knowing who member "Iron Wulf" is, or if they are an IPMS member, or if they let their membership lapse), the IPMS group is little different from the many other groups available to everyone on FB. There is nothing special in the way of how-to information, and EBoard members rarely (ok, never) come to discuss issues. It doesn't cost anything but the moderators' time. I've also seen suggestions that discussions of IPMS business should be done in a "Members Only" group to hide our "dirty laundry". Consider that with 5000 members anything discussed in such a "Members Only" group will immediately leak to social media, and nothing will stop the greater modeling community from trash-talking IPMS in all of the other FB groups and social media forums.
    1 point
  12. I thought this too, the latest e-board minutes show it was discussed and the consensus seemed to be keep one page and get more moderators. It does make sense, we have this members only forum. So in my opinion your suggestions for the page are spot on, clean it up! Also I think, do things that force people to come here to talk about IPMS business and/or have those “dirty laundry” discussions.
    1 point
  13. How about retaining the current FB page, but create a second, private, page for members only. The private page is for discussion of IPMS business, including discussions on issues at the Convention, etc, etc. The existing page can be re-cast as strictly for modelling topics only - ask how-to questions, show off your latest creation, advertise and post photos of model shows, etc, etc. If anyone starts a potentially controversial post, the mods don't approve it - it dies right there. Anyone adds a controversial reply to a post, mods delete it. Put all this in the revised page rules - basically, stay on topic and keep it civil, folks. No such thing as 'free speech' on a privately-owned space. The old page could be retitled or rebranded as 'Scale Modeling presented by IPMS/USA', or some such. Keep our 'dirty laundry' on the private page where the non-member agitators cannot see it.
    1 point
  14. As I imagined there is a lot of speculation going on as to why I resigned so suddenly (and quickly, only about 2 months in the seat) from the Executive Board of IPMS/USA. I resigned because the negativity (to quote Oddball: all those negative waves, man) that seems to permeate our society is on the upswing. It is not because I was locking horns with other board members or that I felt the society was going in the wrong direction. I consider everyone serving on the board as close personal friends for whom I hold much respect. Like all of you, I want to see the society go in a positive direction which is why I volunteered for the position in the first place. No one else was putting a nomination forward for the 2nd VP position so I was saying to myself “sure, let’s do this”. What I did not count on was the mental and emotional toll the 2023 convention would have on me. From my personal vantage point, the 2023 convention was a massive success and all of us owe it to the team that put it together, not to mention the hundreds of you out there who also helped pull it off through your volunteer hours. However, all the little details, even after the convention was well behind us, still flood my mind to the point where anxiety takes over. It is not a fun place to be, and I am slowly working my way out of that place. I came to the conclusion, after watching all the issues pop up during and after the convention, that serving on the Executive Board was going to make my personal journey to recovery extremely difficult, if not impossible. It’s that simple. I encourage all of you, if you have the hours (and mental capacity) to spare, please consider volunteering for this great organization. Also, please put as much positive energy as you can toward the Madison 2024 team, as well at the Hampton team for 2025. Positive waves really, really help those in the trenches. I say this from personal experience. Warmest regards to all of you... Len Pilhofer IPMS/USA #49932
    1 point
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