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  1. Hi Rusty, I can't believe that we are once again flagellating this, IMHO, very deceased equine. I have been judging model contests since the late 1970s, and I am skilled at using both the IPMS 1-2-3 system and the so-called "Open Judging" GSB method at Figure Shows. I will not belabor the now decades of arguments for and against each system. I see the advantages and disadvantages of both. I'm sure that plenty of responders will go into detail on each on this forum on their passionate stand for one, or the other. Three things I will mention are as follows: Host Chapter will have a problem trying to figure out how many G,S & B awards they'll have to buy. How will the GSB affect the categories we now have? At Figure Shows, they have bizarre categories, such as "Painters", "Open", etc., for which I never really got a clear definition. An IPMS National will be much more problematic. Finally, I pity the the National Host Chapter, and the Judging Staff, at which a GSB system is first tested. Learning curves and chaos often go hand-in-hand. The seasoned judges and IPMS USA staff who perfected our IPMS USA 1-2-3 system, have streamlined the National Judging process to the point where most judging teams can finish before 11PM-12 midnight. I sure as hell don't want to go back to being in that judging room at 2:30AM anymore. If that happens, I want a hotel massage, prepaid by the GSB fans, scheduled for the Saturday of the Nats - at least the first 2. I prefer the 1-2-3 system. Mike Dobrzelecki IPMS USA Senior Judge NJIPMS Minister of Propaganda
  2. All modelers are invited to attend New Jersey IPMS's Mosquitocon XXIII Model Contest & Flea Market on Saturday April 5 2014. There's just enough time to tell your boss, your wife and your kids that dad needs a day off and they're coming with you! The Wayne PAL Hall is located on PAL Drive which is accessible just off of Route 23, about a mile or so north of Route 80-take the 1st exit as you head north on Rt.23 from Rt.80. Fees: Adult Registraton - $15 Junior registration - $5 Adult Walk-In - $10 Under 12 - free Marking the 100th Anniversary, next year the show theme will be: "THE GREAT WAR", so get your Wing Nuts and FT-17's and Mk.IV's out and start a 'buildin'! Log onto our website http://www.njipms.org and take look at the show details, directions, addresses, 2014 dowloadable show flyer and model entry forms, list of categories, list of special awards, rules and other pertinent info. Any questions? Contact: NJIPMS President, Bill Schwarz, email whsch@optimum.net or call at 732-567-3724 (No Calls after 9PM E.T.please) Mike Dobrzelecki Minister of Propaganda & Mosquitocon Show Promotion Coordinator
  3. Take a look at my review of the Mirage Hobby 1/72nd scale M3 Stuart kits on Armorama : http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=2277 Even if it's not your scale, the information included may be of interest.
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