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  1. Just FYI. If you kept your name badge from the national convention, take out the inside card and your CDC covid vaccination card fits in it perfectly. You should not laminate it as it may need to be updated, so this protects the card without hindering any future processing.
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  2. I worked the registrations tables most of Wednesday and filled in some of Thursday and Friday. From an 'insider' point of view, it was well organized. Every crew could use a little more experience at running a Nats. From a previous Nats ops guy (Vendor Coord 2005, fill-in Vendor Coord 2007) there were a few things that could be improved. I have repeated said the Raffle needs to be digitized!! Put the winning tickets in Excel, put the numbers on a screen and remove them as claimed. The multiple sheets with marked out numbers always gets hard to read by Friday morning. At least re-write them every day! I also heard a bunch of grumbling on Saturday that their 'first come, first pick" raffle system left 'nothing but junk nobody wants" on the stage - but you can't please everybody. (reporting what I heard many times, not endorsing it)
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  3. Thanks fellas!! I've got another aircraft in the works coming up at the latter part of the year. My biggest build yet.
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  4. The Registrants should remember that they ARE getting a lot more for their money. The difference between the walk in fee and the registrants fee covers the cost of the trophies, the contest room tables, the contest room, the tables clothes, the judge’s pins, etc. None of those things are free and if the members want a contest to enter (and experience suggests that they do) then they are going to have to pay for it, like everything else in life. How much cheaper would the National Convention be put on without a contest? Personally, I would not bother to attend a Convention with no contest and a vendor room and “display only” tables. I am quite willing to pay for the excitement and possible reward of the contest. Whatever the walk-ins pay is gravy! Nick
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  5. Just wondering if anyone organizing the convention in San Marcos knows? Are you designing a new decal sheet or are you going to reuse the original. If you are going to design a new one, it might be fun to have a class or special award for models built with the 2020 sheet.
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  6. So, we can have lots of walk-ins at an attractively low price and thus make some money and boost vendor business or punish them for not joining IPMS by raising the walk-in fee to a prohibitively high level and make less money as well as restrict the vendor’s profits. The latter is what my mother used to refer to as ‘ cutting off you nose to spite your face! ‘ Nick
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  7. This is an Ouroboros Miniatures, Cyana. she was first covered with Tamiya Fine White Primer, airbrushed mix of white, red and yellow Model Master Enamels for the skin base, Vallejo acrylic for the hair, tunic, jewelry, dragon and rock, shaded with oils and finished with Model Master Dull coat. Thanks for letting me share!
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  8. After finishing the involved Charlie Brown model, I was in need of something simpler. Since it was new, I immediately thought of Good Fellas Resin's new offering- Ep. 4 Leia. Few colors, few parts = perfect. One thing you notice right away is the very good likeness. There was a while there where no kit/toy/action figure really looked like Carrie. This one is VERY good. Clean up was really quick. I found that MicroMarks Panel line Scriber works nicely for getting rid of any flash between the hairs. Base coating and first highlights done. Her costume ended up with 3 different layers of color as did her hair In the final session I was able to add two highlights to her hair. A coat of Satin went over it to give it a slight shine. Speaking of shine, I then used V's Metallics clear gloss, which in my opinion is the "glossiest" gloss out there, and gave the eyes two coats. Her arm nestles into position nicely without glue, so I just sat it there. This removal option will come in handy if and when I need to transport her. The final thing to do was to glue her head in place. With that, I was done. Thanks for looking.
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  9. I'm giving Aircraft a break for a while, so that I can work on improving my figure painting. In July, I had the opportunity, with 8 other modelers, to attend the Sabot Miniatures Painting Academy here in Louisville Ky. Our instructor for the day, was Brett Avants. Our day started at 7:30AM, and ended around 5:00PM. If your serious about improving your figure painting, or just want to hone the skills you currently have, this class is a MUST attend. Our project for the day was Young Miniatures Siege of Bastogne bust. We learned everything from advanced flesh painting techniques, to simulating woodgrain with different ink colors. A lot of things I had never done before. By the time the class had ended, we all had a mostly completed figure. It was an intense class, but well worth it! Chris
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  10. Terrible Kids Stuff 75mm miniature I finished, called The Birth of Dracula. Thanks for looking.
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  11. Impressive sheer fabric.
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  12. A few years ago I picked up a few of the old mini kits from Geo-Metric. As usual they got lost in the stash until I just found them again. I don't think I've done the Hunchback since the days when I was a little kid building the Aurora kit. The kit comes in 4 resin pieces and two metal parts. It all came packed in two bags along with a pic of the finished model. In the pic, Quasi was holding on to the jester's "crown" the crowd gave him. My first problem was the the hand holding the crown was molded just like the other hand - with an open palm. I just received my new PE pliers and they were strong enough to bend the fingers enough without doing any damage. It's not a perfect grasp, but it'll do. Taking a break from cleaning up the model, I took a look at the vignette. It comes with a disc that doesn't quite fit under the ledge with gargoyle, and then the arch was just left open behind the figure. I took some trusty foam, and cut out a wall, and also added a spacer to make it not feel like the wall was just blocked up. Didn't do to well on that, but at least there's a solid background now. Turning back to Quasi, he got his base coat of tan and then my usual Beige Red for the skin color. Looking it up Charles Laughton had blue eyes, and so I did those. But the figure is really too small to make out an eye color once the pupil was put in. The image had him wearing a light green tunic with dark green tights, his shirt was some sort of beige, and brown shoes. Laughton also was said to have sandy brown hair so I tried to mimic that. With that done I gave his shirt a wash with some Citadel Green shade. Looking at the pic of the crown the colors looks to be red and blue. Finding other pics online - altho B&W, the actually crown part seemed to be a shiny metal. So I broke out V's Duraluminum, and washed it with Nuln Oil to darkened the details. One shade darkening to the recesses of the skin and then 3 highlights later, I was done. I had previously drilled holes in the gargoyle for the pins I had in his feet and I was done. It was then I saw that he was looking no where with his good eye. So I got some V's Ivory, Azure, and Black and gave him a new place to look - at the viewer.
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  14. I thought the reason for doing the event was to have fun. When competently managed (and it almost always is), the Nationals have always made a healthy profit for the host chapter and the National Organization. I know this is America, but must we be so predictably mercenary all the time? Nick
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  15. As an avid Gunpla builder, I think the sci-fi categories set by the national committee are fine as-is. I am actually a dyed in the wool airplane & tank guy that crossed over into Gundam as an adult, so I can see the genre from both sides. The question of getting Gunpla builders to join ranks with IPMS is a matter of perception from both sides. On the IPMS side, I have seen hostility and ridicule towards people who “only build snap-tite action figures”. I have mentioned before in another thread that I have been told to my face that plastic models should only be of historically significant types, and nothing else. Really? How would a first-timer react to that comment? I have noticed an uptick in sci-fi modeling in recent years, not only in Gunpla, but sci-fi in general. To dismiss the genre as non-serious would be an inaccurate generalization. Some of the Star Trek guys are just as hard core as a Sherman modeler to get the details right. Many of those who dislike sci-fi have no idea (and do not want to hear of) the depth of the rabbit hole - it could even be as deep as the 1/700 ship rabbit hole! Okay maybe not, but it’s close. So there are Gunpla builders who are content to snap their kits together and put on stickers. But didn’t we all have a start somewhere? We built our models with tube glue on newspaper set on the kitchen table, with only the minimum of paints in those little Testors or Pactra glass bottles. Many who stay with the hobby make the progression to more sophisticated methods and eventually turn out better models. The Gunpla guys are no different. With weathering becoming so popular these days, I am sometimes shocked and a little intimidated when I see a Gundam type weathered to a standard equal to the best armor models. One area where the Gunpla genre differs from “scale” modeling is that it allows great leeway in detailing and painting, but that is part of the fun. Yes fun. Remember those halcyon days with the tube glue? But they have their own set of rules, and it can get pretty intense. My opinion is, dial back the snark, and give them a place at the table. They will be judged per IPMS rules like everyone else, so it’s all fair.
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  16. One could make an argument for that. One could make a better argument if one dropped the adverb "VERY". One could make an excellent argument if one replaced "...in any form..." with " ... hardly at all...".
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  17. The sarcophagus was a lot of fun Dave
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  18. The juxtaposition of snipe and beach really catches my attention. IMHO, this is a great example of a vignette telling a story.
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  19. We've reached the age and time where the people who moved and shaped (literally) the hobby of plastic modeling are starting to pass on. We can be thankful that such artistic and talented people opened doors for the rest of us to a lifetime of enjoyment. I hope the pride the family takes in his accomplishments, and their loving memories buoy them through their grief. Gil
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  20. This is sad to hear. May he rest in peace and may his family find strength in the face of this loss. I'll be praying for them.
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  21. I agree. One thing that gets lost is that new folks to the hobby will get turned off if you're going deep into their pockets before they even walk through the door. And it is often overlooked that you will get money from them sooner or later, either via raffle ticket sales, SWAG purchases (T-shirts, pins, and the like), or indirectly via the vendor tables. That last one sounds odd, but the better the vendors do, the more likely they are to come back year after year, and the patrons will get that taste for the excitement that the Convention brings and they'll likewise keep coming back. That's one reason our local show doesn't charge for walk-ins. Our vendor table rentals cover most of the venue costs, the contest supports itself, and the raffle fills the gap. As long as we break even on our local show, we're happy. Cheers! Ralph
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  22. I believe a nuisance fee is a good thing to keep out those that really have no interest, but just happen to be bored and looking for something to do. A fee of a dollar or two is fine. However, bigger fees work against us. I know few people who aren't serious model builders who would come in for more that a couple hours. They definitely wouldn't keep coming back every day. In 2003, I told a coworker about the convention and he brought his whole family only to be hit with a big fee which he wasn't willing to pay. He was really angry about it. No good will there. If you want to attract people, then let them in. Trying to make a profit on visitors is counter productive. Dak
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  23. Here is a P-40 in production in late 1941… original color from Life Magazine archives…looks like interior green in the wheel wells.
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  24. Seeing how it’s a Curtiss product, as was the P-40, I’d suggest using a P-40 of the same era for a reference.
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  25. Thanks Pete! I'll pass this along to the Powers That Be.
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  26. Come to the Dark Side and start building tanks and Dioramas. I to have been building since I was 4 years old. First model was in 1958 and I glued the decals onto the model. Dak
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  27. Occasionally, I like to wax philosophical and I had some time to do so this year in Las Vegas. First of all, let me congratulate IPMS Las Vegas on a great show! Thank you, I had a great time. One of the things that occured to me was the idea, that there are quite literally hundreds of thousands(if not millions) of hours spent by model builders who put models on the table and go no recognition at all! This to me is a stunning fact. Now granted, this is not a participation trophy event and I would never suggest that it should be. The fun of a convention should be time to spend with old friends and make now friends. It is the builders who make the event and not the contest. I saw good attitudes all around. The second thing that occured to me is this. With some exceptions, most of the Nationals are being organized and run by groups of people for who this is the first time they have done this. It is amazing that with a bunch or novices running stuff it gets done at all, much less at the level it does. I hope people who complain about minor irritations consider this before they start bagging on the committee. Amazing that they can pull that off even with 2 years to do so! Thanks again for a wonderful convention.
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  28. Just for an idea if anyone from San Marcos is watching, here is a photo from the Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas Heritage air craft site. Looks like a lot of potential for a special decal sheet that represents south west Texas.
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  29. Welcome Steve! Glad to see you here as well. This will be a thrill seeing your work here. Kick back, relax and enjoy!
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  30. Thanks guys Rusty, yes, yes I do. Not much into WW1 ships though. Civil War back to galleons, WW2 on. In fact I had several ships at the Nats.
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  31. Welcome Steven! Glad to have you here with us! Make yourself at home and be sure to post some of your work down in the various topic areas. Looking forward to seeing some! Gil
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  32. What's even better; he's a SHIP GUY! Like Civil War warships? https://flagshipmodels.com/
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  33. I'm moving ahead on the project. I will post pixs on the progress and finished photos Joe
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  34. This is an eBay purchase of a couplle of built relics and of them being Aurora's P-38 ca late 1950s. It is one of Auroras better kits so I decided to see if I could make a decent representation with the basic parts. It was missing the props and rear tail elevator. I used Monogram parts to replace the missing parts. The props fit as does the tail. So this is where we stand. It will an inflight model. I won't be doing any updates at all, only using the parts provided. The USAF and later National insignia are kinda cool in a weird sort of way. I'll probably sand down the biscuit sized rivets though. David
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  35. I should remember better, but I think we set out GA price to where 4 days was more than convention registration. And we did not offer a 4 day pass. If some one wanted to attend all 4 days on GA tickets, they had to line up every day and pay up. I agree GA is abused.
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  36. The posts in this thread made interesting reading. Multi day and 'family' passes for non members unfortunately are always open to abuse. At IPMS UK SMW Telford I believe that non members are charged per person per day to get into the show so access abuse is not really so much of an issue, but they do however also have the option of joining the society on the day. IPMS UK members of course have access on both days as part of their membership. The other thing that happens is that on each day members get access to the halls one hour before non members so that they can get to their favourite traders early. The other thing is that at Telford IPMS runs a swap meet for members to sell off old kits, and this area is not accessible for non members until about half way through each day so members are not competing for kits and other things with the general public each morning.
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  37. Thank You Vegas Team...Long walk enabled me to get in my steps...14,000 on Thursday Cheers Bill
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  38. 2020 1. 1-10-2020 Israeli Skyhawk 2.2-22-2020 B-25 Wolf Wagon 3.3-21-2020 P-51H PA_Ang 4.4-7-2020 PA ANG A7D 5.04-22-2020 303Sq Spitfire MkV 6.04-25-2020 FW 190D-9 7.05-10-2020 C-46 Yost Pilot 8.5-15-2020 Israeli Mystere 9. 06-04-2020 Hartmanns F-86 10. 06-24-2020 A-10C D-Day Anniv. 11. 07-20-2020 VMA-211 Red tail 12. 07-23-2020 2011 Tiger Tornado 13. 07-27-2020 Albatros D.III OEFFAG 14. 08-11-2020 303 Sq Hurricane B.O.B. 15. 09-19-2020 Leduc 022 16. 10-11-2020 Bf 110 Battle of Britain 17. 11-09-2020 P-40 Lt Welch Pearl Harbor 18. 11-18-2020 Victory 357 19. 12-18-2020 F4U-5 Corsair Thanks for Looking Lets Go 2021...VIVA LAS VEGAS Bill
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  39. To date, for almost every hard fact, I have found a exception. That doesn't mean there were M1A2 Abrams tank at El Alamein. Still, there are many things to strange to be believed, but not too strange to have happened. Dak
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  40. Cool! It was a thrill to spend time with you as well Phil! Thank you also for posting the pics of my collection for me. I finally did get to check it out and see the comments that were left. I was really hoping Mike Moore could've made it; I really wanted him to see how it had grown since Chattanooga. Congrats on your pretty sizable haul as well.
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  41. Modelers spend weeks and months researching what the relief tube looked like on some minor sub-variant of an insignificant airplane, but can't take ten minutes to review flag ettiquette before they use one as what amounts to a tablecloth? For those who weren't aware: https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flagdisplay.pdf Ignorance is no excuse. "I've seen..." is no excuse. "They do it..." is no excuse. The code and rules of flag ettiquette for the United States flag are published and available to anyone who asks. I found this by doing a simple Google search--it took all of a minute. Ralph
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  42. Props on the wrong nacelle is an accuracy issue and should not have been a judging point. except perhaps at the very end when it comes to personal choice. Dak
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  43. Someone much smarter than I has written that leadership/command/decision-making, "...is disappointing your own people at a rate they can absorb." 😉😁
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  44. 'A day at the beach'. A deserted beach I would reckon with the sniper weapon being so conspicuous! LOL Nice tongue in cheek model though David.
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  45. Wow...how did I miss this one!? Super looking Swallow and a fine tribute to the compassion warriors can show. Thanks for posting! Gil
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  46. Beautiful job. I also enjoyed the book “A Higher Call“. I have been wanting to build a tribute to Franz Stiegler. Very well done
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  47. Man, that is so cool. Outstanding job with all of the painting. Would love to build a kit like this. Chris
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  49. The Chapter re-charter cycle begins today. That's 92 days to do get it done, but by counting non-mailing days (ie. Sundays and Holidays) that drops quickly to around 77 days to renew. Please don't wait until the last minute
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