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    A simple graphic illustration of why Telford works for The UK but not here.
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    I've finally completed a kit! For me it's nothing short of amazing! 😊 This is the Trumpy Type 63 107mm rocket launcher. I've got the Revell-Germany MAN 5T Mil GL truck about to move to the paint booth right now.
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    Dak, you make a valid point. However, I would suggest that it isn't limited to the IPMS/USA. The current "I'm Offended" culture that has developed in this country has to be a major factor. Keep in mind that practically anything that exists has the potential to offend anyone, but it has gotten completely out of control. Consider the efforts to make the Washington Redskins football team change their name because 'Redskins" is offensive to one small tribe. Other people are offended by the use of certain words, while others by actual historical events. Look at the complaints that started with objections to the Confederate Battle Flag...actually the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia...and expanded to statues of Confederate heros and schools that were named for men who had virtually no connection to the Confederacy other than fighting for the South. Political views are now subject to similar bias. Liberal viewpoints are widely publicized, while those of a conservative bent are castigated or banned. I was unable to market an article to a magazine I wrote for because the model in question....a Peterbilt 377 with an American Bald Eagle w/crossed American & Confederate flags on the air dam....was refused because "it might offend someone". If I did that model today as an ebook, I would be forced to apologize for it, accused of being a racist and required to remove the ebook from the marketplace. And if you want to get an idea of just how hypersensitive people are getting...as well as ignorant...I very recently had a magazine article corrected by my editor because "I've never heard of it, so I'm sure no one else has ever heard of it!" What was it? Believe it or not, a Mexican Jumping Bean. Instead, the editor changed Mexican Jumping Bean to simply 'jumping bean", thereby identifying every bean on the planet as a jumping bean! And if you think all of the above is a recent development, it's just the extreme result. Tony Weddel, a deceased aviation artist and my friend, quit doing heavy combat aviation art back in the late '70s or early '80s because he could no longer sell the art or prints. Why? Because people didn't want to purchase art that depicted violence. Result? He wound up doing pretty paintings of aircraft against storm clouds or toned down combat...unless a client specifically requested heavy combat. That, by the way, leads to your comment about viewing scenes of violence in model dioramas. Incidentally, it's also the reason why I've never created a crucifixion diorama of my own....it would offend virtually everyone who saw it. I have no idea where this is going to end, but if you build models, dioramas, articles and/or books for a living, it's already having an impact on what you can produce without offending someone. And it doesn't matter if it's a group or a single person. Dak, in case you're wondering, I'm 76 and I have no more problem viewing real life scenes than you do. I knew a preacher who I offered a copy of my P-38 CD-ROM to, warning him that it had a lot of nose art images containing pinup or semi-nude figures. His response? It's history. It'll be interesting to see what kinds of responses I get to this little tirade. Richard
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    Anyway, here is my last acquisition I got last year as a Christmas gift to myself. I didn't post it above because for some reason the camera could not focus on the box and all my pics were blurry. This time, after considerable effort; I have a pic to show: I had wanted that since it came out. I figured it was time since I had Christmas money to burn. I hope to get started on it this year.
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    What's an allowance?
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    Noel, I disagree with you on the Civil War PC stuff. I was just out at Barnes & Noble where I saw numerous magazines related to the CW. At least one had a Confederate flag prominent on the cover. I think your take is a bit tainted with over conservatism. Times change and the attitude of people change. I grew up in the heart of Civil War country. My great-grandfathers fought for the South. One was part of the militia that captured John Brown and stood guard on his body. But I think a large portion of the Confederate monuments SHOULD be taken down because they are used as rally points for the neo-nazis and KKK. The world lost the right to the swastila because of Hitler and company. America gave up the confederate flag when the KKK and others started using it as a symbol of terror and no one spoke out against it. Things like the changing name of the Redskins is a result of pubic pressure. If the people as a whole didn't care, there would be no change. It is not always mere correctness, but a sea change in public awareness. The pictures from Dachau changed the way many felt about Jews, the war, and racial superiority, in general. I have no problem with re-enactors, or models of the Confederacy. I don't have a big problem with models of aircraft flown by hardcore Nazis like Rudel. But it does make me angry that stuff related to Rudel can be displayed at a contest, but a scene depicting something like the train at Dachau in 1945 is forbidden. I think IPMS has often acted on the opinions of a tiny handful obsessed with not offending anyone. BTW, my family goes back before the Revolution, so if you aren't Native American, you're all immigrants. LOL I think Richard Marmo has some very good ideas. Posting shots from a contest on YouTube would be a way to go. Put up something every year showing the National and the works displayed would be a good way to go. Show the stuff as ART. Show the content of the vendor's rooms. This is the kind of thing which spikes people's interest. Dak
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    Unless you have to pass thru Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, DFW, LA, San Francisco or the entire stretch of I-95 from Richmond to Boston.... sure! Gil - Pensacola to Key West is just about the longest single state drive there is in the continental US (A few in TX & CA are longer)
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    Since y'all are brainstorming ways to publicize modelbuilding in general, the IPMS/USA in particular and encourage people to visit and hopefully join local model clubs, consider the following possibilities: 1. Add the URL of your model club's website as a line under your signature on all emails you send. 2 Do the same for the IPMS/USA 3. Anytime you post something on your Facebook page...if it makes sense...include a hotlink to your club's website or IIPMS/USA website. 4. Ditto for any other social sites you happen to be on. 5. Do you have a blog about anything? See if you can work modelbuilding into a post in some way, shape or form. 6. Here's a biggie. All of us...at least many of us...write articles of some kind or produce youtube videos. Those who do can work URLs of modelbuilding club websites and/or the IPMS/USA website into. 7. And finally, those of you who write print and/or E-books need to do what I am now doing. In the About The Author section, mention your IPMS number at the very least. When it comes to E-books...especially those that you self-publish...you have all the room in the world to promote the IPMS/USA, include links to your modelbuilding club and on an on. Hope some of this helps. Not every person will do all of these things I've mentioned...or even most of them. But pick the one that works best for you and then do it. Show those who don't know that modelbuilding can be a fantastic and enjoyable hobby at the very least. Even better, you can even make a living at some aspect of it if you really want it and are persistent enough.
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    Looks like the question was answered with the map, put it in the general location of where the United Kingdom is on the map and it will be centrally located. 😂 Looks like Omaha to me!!! 😀
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    Hey, Today I finished the construction of my newest racer. I started work on this model at the end of September after reading the invitation of the modeling magazine "Super Model" to participate in the contest for the best model of the PZL P11 aircraft on the occasion of the centennial of Polish aviation. The individual stages of building the model can be traced here: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/77420-pzl-p11-iii-“cleveland”-1932-from-scratch-scale-132/&page=1 The model presents the third prototype of the PZL P.11 aircraft on which, in 1932, a pilot Płk. Jerzy Kossowski raced in the "National Air Races" competition in Cleveland USA. The plane of metal, duralumin construction was unpainted. Only chessboards, manufacturer's marks, number 6-D and hand-numbered start number 217 were painted on the plane. I based the construction of the model on materials from aviation monograph no. 36 and 37 "PZL P.11" from AJpress, monograph no. 72 "PZL P.7" from AJpress, modeling "PZL P.11c" No. 2 from AJpress publishing house, MMPbooks publication "Polish aircraft 1939 instrument panels", publication in the Aeroplan magazine no.5 / 6'2011 "PZL P.11c" and the monograph "PZL P.11c" from the Topshots series of the Kagero publishing house. Figures of the model I have developed myself in 1/32 scale on the basis of the documentation provided because this aircraft was significantly different from those produced in series. I made the model from scratch in 1/32 scale, mainly from polystyrene. The exception is a wooden propeller and several elements made of metal. The engine is a Vector product (after modifications to an older version). Convex rivets come from universal Archer rivet sets. The deck clocks are the Airscale product, Yachu pilot belts, while the oil cooler comes from the Pvc model 1/11 of the SilverWings scale. The model is painted partly with Alcllad paints and partly covered with aluminum foil. Small details painted with Gunze and Humbrol paints. The pilot figurine of Jerzy Kossowski is a self-made product based on various elements of other figures. And here is the model itself: Regards Marcin
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    As promised, here's "Old Burnt Face" finally off the Shelf of Doom. After three years, I just did what I had to do to finish this up. This is the ancient Monogram 1/72 scale Boeing 737 done up in United Airlines livery: You can see the wrinkled decals somewhat in the second pic. This is an excellent five-foot model! Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
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    Now that is a unique way to display that little guy. Great idea and implementation. Bill
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    The Gateway Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers' Society (IPMS) donated $371 to the 2018 United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR) Toys for Tots campaign in Metropolitan St. Louis. The club's 2018 president, Chris Merseal, presented the check to the USMCR just before Christmas. View the full article
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    You're killing me Smalls! I'll see what I can do, but with the volume I put out, it will be tough slowing down to get additional figures painted.
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    Interesting that this thread has gone this way. It is a serious issue of self perception. There are many who argue on this and other forums, the exact opposite, and it generally begins with the caveat "I build for myself." Not everyone who picks up a paintbrush is an artist. Not all who build models are either. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone said, "in the end we are all still playing with toys!" Personally, I view my work as art because I look at it critically and try to fool the eye into believing that it is the real deal only smaller. Diorama builders are trying to tell a story and that to is art. When you take the time to add the extra dimension beyond the sum of the parts then you become an artist. Some never get there and seem to lack an appreciation for those that strive to that.
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    It's what your wife took away from you after she caught you in the hobby shop again Mark.... GIL
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    EJ, In the photography forum under "on the bench" there are more pics from when I started this kit back in 2014. I will add some other pictures soon. I used the Squadron "USS Wasp In Action" book for reference and internet photos. I don't know if thatSquadron book is still available. Thanks for looking. Mark, Thank you. This took on a life of it's own and I'm glad it is over. I enjoyed most of the time on it but it did get to me after awhile. Thanks Tony; always appreciated. Bill
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    As pointed out on another forum, the resolution of the kit could be much better if it were printed in something other than ABS plastic on a different printer and/or used as a master to cast resin copies, but in either case, the price would be prohibitive.
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    The extinguishers are molded to separate pieces not the fuselage walls. The aft of the bomb bay is molded with the seat. So painting them is easy. For the side glass, I have never had any issues with them pushing in after gluing. I use the Micromark "Same Stuff" glue. As for masking them, The Eduard BigEd set came with a full set of masks. If I did not have the masks, I typically would use kapton tape for masking.
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    Hello all. After some time, I now have another finished model to show. This is the Hobby Boss 1/72 scale HAP Tigre done up in Australian markings. This bird was masked with Silly Putty and sprayed with Model Master enamels. Here she is ready for delivery to my Australian Army: That's all the aircraft I've gotten done so far. Thanks everyone for looking in, comments are welcome.
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    Both DC geared motors for bridge and boat require control circuits. Decided to use logic controlled circuitry for switching motor rotation (CW and CCW). Also discovered that the span would raise too quickly even with a 148:1 gearbox. Using a lower supply voltage, via a series of diodes, to the motors slowed it down. Also discovered that the motor shaft roation drifts when switched off. This drift needs to be accounted for when placing the triggers that switch the motors off. Building the two motor circuits on the one circuit board.
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    Designed and built servo controllers for the gates. The gates rotate 90 deg. You can see on the oscilloscope the required change in duty-cycle to control the rotated position. Each servo has its own two trim-pots (blue squares) for adjusting the open and close position of the gates. Made wooden brackets to fix the servos and gate levers in place under the table. Each pair of gates has its limit switches, not for positioning the gates, but for triggering the console red and green gate lamps. Also to determine when all the gates are either open or closed. These brackets will fit over the servo-gate mechanism. The gate levers will enable the microswitch (on/off).
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    Just got the Tamiya engraving set. Stupid expensive at $30.00 a blade, but far and away the best panel line engraver I own and that is saying a lot. I have a drawer full of panel line scribes. The difference is that these give you a flat bottom with square sides and no ridges on the top. They are so expensive because they are tungsten carbide and are very sharp. Don't bother buying the special handle for them. They fit in a pin vice with the proper collet. I use my large Tamiya pin vice and really like it because it has a decent diameter and with the knurling it is easy to control the angle of the blade. As to the cost, well they are $30 from Tamiya but if you shop around and buy them all together(so you only pay one shipping fee) and they can be had for less than half that. Oh and although my photo shows all 4 blades they are only sold individually and each one comes with the case for all of them. Not sure why but that is the way it is.