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  1. One year? Why once a year? We could run an experiment in the Journal: a quick survey with a QR code (and a big survey button at the top of each page on the website)... the number of responses to a series of short single-subject surveys might tell us how many people actually pay attention. Want to improve participation? Offer a $1 discount on membership renewal for each survey completed after 4 or 5 and see if the number of respondents increases.
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  2. IPMS/USA now accepting contest category sponsorships for the 2023 National Convention. We are currently listing the 2022 categories on our convention website (www.nats2023.com/contest/categories.html) along with the sponsor of each category. There is a link on this page that takes you to the IPMS/USA webstore (a different website) where you can make your purchase. As sponsorships are purchased, our convention team will update the category sponsors on the convention website. When the NCC publishes the updated 2023 category list we will in turn update the categories on our website. When purchasing a category for sponsorship please note your first, second, and third choices in the webstore checkout comments section. This will help our Awards Coordinator, Rob Booth, work out which category you or your club will be sponsoring. In almost all cases, you will get your first choice. Be sure to check out the category list on our website to ensure it is not already sponsored. If, by chance, you make a category purchase and someone else gets theirs in right before you, yours will be moved to your 2nd choice. In addition, when the 2023 list is published and a category you purchased a sponsorship for has been eliminated, we will move your sponsorship to your second choice. Please note that the IPMS/USA webstore is a different website than our National Convention 2023 website and as categories are purchased there is not an automatic update to the category list on the convention website. Rob Booth and I will be making those updates to the category list on the convention website on a regular basis. Most likely every few days. If you have any questions regarding this process, please e-mail me at chair.nats2023@gmail.com. -Len
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  3. While waiting for something to dry during a modeling session with a friend of mine, he threw this at me and told me to get busy. Well, I putzed with it just killing time really, but then had a brain cramp. Since the engines were the problem with this aircraft, I decided to give it new ones. I got a couple Merlin nacelles from the spares box and blended them into the ones on the kit. I know in reality that Merlins were in short supply and destined for Lancasters and Spits, but what if..? I’m sure other structural and aerodynamic changes would have been necessary for a variety of reasons, but I have no idea what those would have been, so we’ll just go with this for now, ok? Note that this is one the first versions of this kit released and it was pretty primitive and since it was just for a lark, I cut a few corners and wasn't as careful as I might normally have been. The decals were just cobbled together from spares.
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  4. From the Tokyo Hobby Show, Tamiya just announced a new tool 1/48 F-35A. Should be a massive improvement on currently available kits and with lots of potential international markings options, it should prove popular! NEW TAMIYA F-35 KIT ANNOUNCED 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit. Wingspan: 222mm, fuselage length: 326mm. Realistically depicted Radar absorbent material (RAM) sections. This kit can be-assembled with one choice of the three ordnance patterns – stealth mode, air-to-air mode, and beast mode. Ordnance parts can be-attached under wing. Features realistic renderings of the following sections: Weapons bay inside details including depictions of wiring Engine nozzle, cockpit, and landing gear bays Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat (multiple-piece design) Ladder which extends from nose left side Nose undersurface side details Y- shaped air intakes Engine nozzle (5-piece design) RCS (radar cross section) enhancers affixed to top and bottom sections (two for each, four in total) during basic training exercises Boxes stored in nose landing gear bay Choose from open or closed weapons bay covers and canopy (the latter is interchangeable), up or down flaps, and extended or retracted boarding ladder. Includes a realistically recreated seated pilot figure with Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) and various kinds of ordnance: AIM-9X Sidewinder x2, AIM-120C AMRAAM x2, GBU-12 Paveway II x4, and GBU-31 JDAM x2. Transparent parts capture sensor windows. Comes with nine marking options - U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Italian Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force, and Royal Netherlands Air Force. (Also, drag chute fairing component is-included only for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.) Includes canopy masking stickers and a full-color painting guide.
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  5. The fifth week of the P-61B I started assembling the nacelles and detailing them. The photo etch set has all the interior walls and bulkhead details. This required a couple of days sanding and scraping the kit details off the parts and preparing them for the photo etch parts. With the basic walls installed I started adding more of the details. First was the mounts for the oxygen tanks. The oxygen tanks themselves were made from 2.5mm styrene rods. These were cut to length and the ends sanded down to round them out. They were painted with insignia yellow and slid into place. On the bulkhead I added all the photo etch for the wires and hoses. The part of the hoses seen in the photos sticking out will ultimately attach to the landing gear strut. Just to note a fellow modeler noted that the kit struts have the incorrect length so I ordered the SAC metal landing gear struts for this kit. They should arrive early next week. After assembling the nacelle halves I needed to cut out the supercharger intake screen so that the photo etch screen could be attached. For the top side of the landing gear bay I needed to remove a plastic brace and then install the photo etch panel. I am now working on adding some more details in the landing gear bay then I can get the assemblies mounted to the fuselage. There are more photos and details from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-61b-black-widow-lady-in-the-dark/
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  6. I can play the bass if needed. 🙂
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  7. I play 6-string and 12-string guitars (acoustic) and 5-string banjo, and am trying to get my 76-year-old fingers to learn mandolin. My repertoire is folk, country-folk, and folk-rock. I can also sing lead vocals and harmony. Having said that, I don’t know if I’ll be attending Madison in 2024. At my age, that’s too far ahead. But I’ll be at San Marcos next year.
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  8. Bass guitar player here.. Haven't played on stage for years though. I'm an '80's hair band refugee but I'll only play country music behind Shania Twain (or whatever else she wants to play) any day!! 😄 Unfortunately I probably won't be able to make it to Madison, sounds like it wound be fun idea though!
    1 point
  9. Zakuformer, be careful - you risk losing your Zeon lapel pin for that remark! 😝 Seig Zeon, down with the Feddie Earthnoids!
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