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  1. At long last, some 20 years after I first started this kit, it is now finally finished. My second completion of this year! This is the Testors boxing of the 70's vintage Italeri molds. I replaced the kit single piece vinyl tracks with some Dragon indy link tracks, added a CMK resin transmission, plus some other scratch work on the interior to fill up the open spaces in there. The crew figures are Dragon, Decals from Star Decals "Panzers in Italy" sheet and I painted this with Floquil and Vallejo colors. Stowage came from various items in my spares bins. Thanks for looking! Comments and critiques are welcome.
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  2. (FEB 06th ) .. Today , I continue cutting some more access panels but had a mist app that will need some attention later on ! If you like to help out on this projet I need these ... : from the REVELL 1/48 B-1 LANCER stenciling for the WHITE prototype aircraft, this was on the decal sheet of the first edition of the B-1 kit.. I'm also seeking the NOSE WINGLETS + NOSE GEAR ,LEFT TAIL STABILIZER + CREW LADDER parts .. used parts are welcome as long they are useable ! A big thank you for helping out , without your help I won't be able to do a good job on the project !... ..If you like to view more WIP of this project and 2 other 1/48 B-1 bombers ,This is 'PHASE 2' by the way follow this Google link https://goo.gl/photos/QkeSiGZuvcRfG7yV7 Enjoy and it's an 'rendez-vous' next week for more on this particular project..!. Jmarc
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  3. Ron Bell asked the question about vendors, 'Do they run the show or us?' Well if it is the vendors coming up with the readies that virtually finance the show then to a large extent they do. If I were trading and paying for floor space for all the days at the convention I would be very annoyed at having some of my customer base taken away by restricted access for whole days. If the vendors disappeared my guess is the show would collapse as I cannot see IPMS being able to fully fund it to be realistic. What works at our show at Telford is that IPMS members get in an hour earlier than Joe Public on each day. First bite at the cherry for members on each day without upsetting the traders who largely fund the show.
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  4. After staying out of this for 9 pages, I'll throw a few thoughts out based on my experience running the 2019 Nats. First, Gil, I don't know of any vendors that are using 30-50 tables, even at the Nats. Eduard, Special Hobby, and Free Time Hobbies were our three whale type vendors if I remember right. Free Time took up space where we would have placed about 25 tables. I think Eduard and Special Hobby were more like 20 tables worth of space. But it does look impressive in the room. As for Ron's comments, the Chattanooga Convention Center actually cold called us. They had a saleswoman who was scouring convention records from around the country and had seen the IPMS USA Convention pop up several times, reached out to Marie, and Marie sent her to us. We had just started hosting our local show in the multi-use room of one of our club member's church, which we ended up out growing after 2 years. The convention center hooked us up with affordable space and the club has run its show there ever since. That did help build a great working relationship with the convention center (which I'll hit on later). We were also able to work closely with the Chattanooga Visitor's Bureau to secure good hotel contracts. The CVB was also able to get us within spitting distance of getting some serious Volkswagen sponsorship money. Unfortunately, after looking into what the convention was all about and the seeming emphasis on military models, the corporate honcho's put a halt on that sponsorship. Of course, our theme of "Was it Over When the German's Bombed Pearl Harbor?" may have played a part in that decision????? To Michael's point about the banquet. The need for a banquet is two fold. Many members like it and want it. And, in order to meet the food and beverage requirements of most facilities, a banquet is the best option. In Chattanooga we opted to pay the $5000 rental for the room and do the desert thing rather than do a banquet. We could have done a banquet and gotten the room for "free", but chose to try something new. Which many folks really appreciated, even thought the desert bar concept really tanked. As to requiring banquet for registration, I'd say that in almost all cases, that's a physical impossibility. You can't get that many people seated in the room, which is why people complain about feeling like second class citizens having to sit in the hallway listening to the awards presentation. There are other costs like banquets though. Audio-Visual can be one. We took a look at the AV vendor's pricing and decided to do much of it on our own. They were charging $600 a day for LCD projectors. 4 projectors (one for each seminar room) would have cost $2700 for 3 days. We spent $800 to buy one good one and borrowed several others. We also bought projection screens rather than renting them. Our AV budget would have been 75% higher than it ended up being if we'd have had to rent everything. But talking to the guys in Phoenix, they didn't have that option. They were required to rent everything from the facility AV vendor. There are just some costs that some hosts just can't avoid. To add to Ron's point about the difficulty of maintaining relationships, I'll attest it's hard. Again, the Chattanooga Chapter had a great working relationship through 8 years of local shows and the National Convention. Once the Nats came and went, that relationship has started to fray. I'm no longer in Chattanooga, but I keep in touch and attend the local show every January, and the new head guy running the show was telling me this year that the relationship is really strained. The price breaks the club used to enjoy are no longer on the table, and their responsiveness is dropping. This after more than 10 years working together and the same folks largely being involved. The other shocker was how quickly the relationship with the Marriott attached to the convention center fell apart. The hotel sold to new ownership during Covid, and when the club tried to get a reasonable rate for a small block of rooms for their January show they were given a rate of something on the order of $180 a night. When we tried to explain we had a 10 year relationship working with them and had sold out the hotel for a solid week, management shrugged an said that was then. And finally, to Nat's point about vendors. Yes, we do rely on them. At $100 per table for the nats, and nearly 400 vendor tables sold, they generated north of $30,000 in income for the convention after table rental costs. We couldn't hold a Nats without them without significant cost increases for the attendees. However, we can't discount what the vendors get from coming to the show. It's a two way street and it has to work for both sides.
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