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Everything posted by dmorrissette

  1. 1. You become chartered by meeting the requirements through the DLC(director of local chapters). This includes all officers being IPMS members and at least 5 total current IPMS members. You fill out a form and a few and your chartered. I think the charter is for a year. 2. One benefit is that your chapter acquires the national insurance and can get a certificate which covers shows or club meetings if required. It also gives you access to the regional coordinator to help with things 3. If the member joins the chapter, the fills it out on recharter form. You can also get a list of IPMS members in your area with email addresses to help form or grow. We don't give phone numbers. Dave
  2. I don't like their paints anymore so no effect for me. Using Tamiya and others Dave
  3. I think the discussions on this thread are part of the PR problem. People discussing and arguing about a hobby most just want to have fun turns people away Dave
  4. Directly from the Tricon (Pittsburgh web site) TRICON Judging - How it Works If you've entered a model at one of the Three Rivers TRICON shows in the last 10 or so years you noticed that things were a little different as soon as you put your models on the contest tables. Instead of lots of small areas marked off for very specific scales and subjects (such as 1/48 Aircraft - Single Engine Prop), there are whole tables marked for broad categories like 1/48 and larger Aircraft. And when it came to awards time, things probably seemed even more different as modelers were given gold, silver and bronze medallions instead of the usual 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plaques. Three Rivers is one of a few clubs using a system known as Chicago Rules or Open Judging. The big difference is that rather than pick the 3 best models from a small group of models, Open Judging scores every model into 4 tiers: gold, silver, bronze and no-award. All of the models scoring a gold receive a gold medallion, all of the models scored silver receive a silver medallion, and so on. If there are four really good 1/48 P-51s entered, all 4 can receive a gold medal and go on to compete for the Best Aircraft award. In a regular 1st-2nd-3rd sort of contest, the judges would have to sort out which of the four was the best, second best, third best and which went home empty handed. It helps eliminate the element of luck: under Open Judging a model's chance of earning an award no longer depends on what other models happened to show up that day. So why doesn't everyone use Open Judging? Some of the reasons are practical. Since you don't know exactly how many models are going to win awards the club needs to buy a lot of extras. And since the judges look closely at every model, judging takes a little longer than at a 1-2-3 event. This is all true, but they are not impossible problems - as demonstrated by the number of big long-running shows using this system. Open Judging is used at a lot of big (non-IPMS) figure and model contests, including MFCA (figures), AMPS (armor), and Wonderfest (sci-fi). The club has refined this system over the years, and it's now a point of pride in the club that we've made it work when lots of experts said it couldn't be done. How does it work? A lot like judging at a regular IPMS contest. There are 3 man judging teams, made up of Three Rivers club members and outside volunteers.In this way we get diverse opinions and introduce more people to the open judging system. We also invite potential judges to accompany the teams to learn how our system works. If you are interested, please contact any club member at the show. Each judging team works through the models in a category, looking closely at every model (the team puts a colored sticker on the model-entry form to keep track of which ones they've looked at so far). The judges are looking for the same things, using the same criteria they would at a regular IPMS contest - all the basics listed in the IPMS Competition Handbook. After giving the model a good once over, each judge tells the other judges the good and the bad that they found. Each judge then privately assigns a score to the model - either Gold, Silver, Bronze or No Award - according to these guidelines: Bronze: The model has no glaring flaws in finish or construction as seen from a casual viewing distance. At closer range a number of minor flaws may be noticeable but are not concentrated in one area and do not indicate a lack of basic skills (for example, one decal, but not all, may be silvered). This level of quality indicates the modeler is doing the right things but needs to be more consistent in execution. Basic craftsmanship is good, but realism or attention to details may be lacking. Silver: Compared to Bronze, the model has a higher level of craftsmanship in all areas: very few flaws, finishes are realistic, stance and ride height are correct, basic techniques have been used to add detail and improve appearance (exposed edges are realistically thinned, gun barrels or exhaust stacks are drilled out, etc). Gold: In general, a Gold award indicates an exceptional level of craftsmanship - practically no flaws or omissions of basic techniques should be present. Current best practices for assembly and finishing are used throughout and are executed correctly. Often the difference between a Silver and a Gold award comes down to how challenging the build was; a more elaborate or highly detailed model is likely to demonstrate a level of craftsmanship that offsets minor mistakes. An out-of-the-box model can receive a Gold award, but it must exhibit the highest standards. After the judging team scores a model, the individual score sheets are handed in to a scorekeeper who totals the 3 scores in much the same way that school grades are averaged to compute a GPA. In general, in order to receive a Gold award, at least 2 judges must score the model as a Gold, and similarly for Silver and Bronze. Experience has shown that individual judges usually agree quite closely; the scorekeepers watch for disparaties and in the rare case they find one will ask the team to re-evaluate the model. Hopefully that gives you an idea of what to expect at our show. If you have any questions, or if you've tried our show and have comments about the judging we'd love to hear what you think - please drop us an email or grab a judge at the show. Dave
  5. IPMS Three Rivers does this at Tricon also. Contact info is: Name: Bill Dedig Email: WEDJR@AOL.COM Dave
  6. Very cool. I am working on the 1/32 kit from Zoukei Mura for an IPMS review and this is great for me to compare Dave
  7. Can't lose either way. After Texas of course Dave
  8. Love it. Love Reapers stuff Dave
  9. Think of it this way- In 1-2-3 judging, you take the modelers best kit in that class and compare it to other modelers best kits. With no sweeps, a person who is outstanding can't sweep a category. In GSB, you are evaluating the models individually so if a person builds 25 1/48 scale aircraft , in theory, they could win 25 awards. Dave
  10. That's cool. Love that episode too. Great work Dave
  11. Haha! Cripes a Mighty it is- thanks for the help Dave
  12. Hi Chris and Gil: I have the Tamiya 1/32 P-51D kit and it may/may not have a filet on the tail ( I do like those markings). Chris- love those too. And thanks for the offer. I'll dig into the kit tomorrow night Dave
  13. Hi All: So I want to build a 1/32 P-51D and I want some scheme with invasion stripes. I am by no means a P-51 expert so does anyone have any recommendations of cool schemes with invasion stripes that I could paint it up as? Dave
  14. All: There is 154 page thread of details at Large Scale Planes here: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/52716-mh-60-academy-seahawk-135-scale/ Definitely a great read Looks like it was started in 2014 Dave
  15. Hi Thom: Welcome. I love Chicago (except the traffic). Dave
  16. Greetings all: I have some 1/48 scale to start and some aftermarket to lower the pile in my basement. Any questions welcome. Starting with IPMS- PM me for any details: F4F Resin Wing Folds Lone Star Models 1/48 $30 Sold TBM/TBF Resin Wing Folds Dangerboy 1/48 $40 BMW003 Rocket Engines Highflight 1/48 $20 Me262 Lorin Conversion Arba 1/48 $20 UH-60L Blackhawk Academy 1/35 $75 Cobra Detail and Correction Sets; CE Masks; Eduard PE; One resin door cracked P-39Q- multiple parts and pieces Eduard 1/48 $25 Mirage IIIc Academy 1/48 $10 Ju87B-2 Stuka Hasegawa 1/48 $30 Verlinden Set; QB Seats. Started PBY-5 Catalina Monogram 1/48 $25 Resin Wheels, Vingtor Decals Sold FW190 D-9 Dragon 1/48 $35 Resin Cockpit; Arba Tail SBD-5 Dauntless Accurate Miniatures 1/48 $25 QB undercarriage covers and exhausts Me262A-1a Tamiya 1/48 $20 Sold Bristol Blenheim IV/IVF Classic Airframes 1/48 $40 AH-64D Academy 1/48 $30 Eduard Brass; Verlinden update E2C Hawkeye Kinetic 1/48 $75 QB intake plugs Misc Bingo Decals AV-8B Harrier Hasegawa 1/48 $25 Quickboost Exhausts, SS Decals Do-335A-12 Tamiya 1/48 $60 Paragon Covnversion nightfighter conversion; Verlinden Update P-61A Great Wall Hobby 1/48 $50 F-94 Kittyhawk 1/48 $35 SAC Gear Ba 349A Natter DML 1/48 $10 Sold Ta-152C-0 RV Resin 1/48 $35 RQ-1 Predator Antares 1/48 $25 Sold F9F-2 panther Trumpeter 1/48 $25 Pavla resin cockpit and flaps Dave
  17. I have bought from DMold and their products are great....when they are available. He has a "real" job and travels and makes parts when he has the time. When they are in stock, they are wornderful. But it is spotty due to his travel. Dave
  18. Sigh. This has been a long conversation so I went back and looked at the last time this was surveyed among chapters, members. Results were overwhelmingly AGAINST changing to any kind of GSB. So unless there has been a large shift in 15 years, this is a great conversation and will probably end right there, a conversation. And I build figures and routinely go through the GSB. Dave
  19. On the other hand, my PC sees the same dates Ronbo listed...weird Dave
  20. Thanks Rusty...probably just my faulty memory Dave
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