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Eric Aitala

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    IPMS/USA Website Issues

    If you are experiencing a problem with the IPMS/USA web site - either the new site or the archived site - please post here. A lot of changes were made and some 'breakage' would not be surprising. There may be broken links, missing images, browser issues, etc. If possible, in your post please: Give a description of the problem Post a screen shot of your issue Visit http://www.ipmsusa.org/browser_test.html - and copy&paste the "Browser Version" and "User-agent header" information The link to the page with the problem Provide any other relevant information I will attempt to resolve any issues that may arise.... Thanks much, Eric Aitala - Webmaster
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    Contest registration

    Try now - the store and I did not agree on what time June 16th started. Eric
  3. And if anyone can grab some images like those on the image sliders on http://www.ipmsusa.org or http://web.ipmsusa3.org , I'd be vert grateful... Eric
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    Accessing forms

    Try these... Eric 2017 Contest Master Form Fill.pdf 2017 Contest Single Form Fill.pdf
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    Accessing forms

    The links do not work or the PDFs won't download and/or open? E
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    2017 Nationals

    There is an open forum at: http://forum.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/forum/72-2017-ipmsusa-national-convention/ And a members only section at: http://forum.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/forum/73-2017-ipmsusa-national-convention/ Eric
  7. Mike - email me at webmaster@ipmsusa.org and I will assist. Eric
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    New membership recruiting tool for chapters

    Please take a look at the page and forms on http://www.ipmsusa.org/member_services/membership_recruitment.shtml . Please let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement! Eric
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    Link for Membership Renewal

    Hi, That is very odd. It works normally for me ... there is nothing in the URL that contains zoominternet.net It is just >> www.shopipmsusa.org/category-s/100.htm Eric
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    Link for Membership Renewal

    => http://www.shopipmsusa.org/category-s/100.htm
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    Tell Me WHY ?

    Well, certain types of paints - Alclad, for example - require it. I think there are two reasons. Gloss paint is smoother. The black makes the silver pop more - especially things like chrome. I've also heard folks using dark blues as well to get a slightly different effect. Its possible that Alclad works its way into the enamel paint or interacts with it in some way. And it has to be enamel, if you try this with lacquer gloss black, you'll ruin the kit. Eric
  12. Hi Mike, Try http://bit.ly/2j614Fb Eric
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    A Request of the Reviewer Corps

    The change to the template is easy, but going through the database to clean up the data entered in the scale field (changing ':'s to '/'s), I see this I obviously can fix the current ones, but then what? Originally I had the scale field to be a number only, but we do have oddities like the Egg Planes and an entire genre, Figures, that has a different system. There are also products that can have multiple scales - "1/12, 1/20, 1/24" for race car decals as an example, so only allowing a number was not an option. Thus the scale is a text field... E
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    A Request of the Reviewer Corps

    HI, We are not held hostage but it, but when constructing these types of systems, design choices must be made. Sometimes they are obvious choices, sometimes not. Ok, scale could be first, but there are details (and decals) for figures >> http://web.ipmsusa3.org/reviews/figures_dioramas/details and miscellaneous >> http://web.ipmsusa3.org/reviews/miscellaneous/details Here are racing harnesses for autos >> http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/sparco-blue-racing-harness with no specific kit. Here are rivets for multiple scales >> http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/05mm-rivets So it is no so simple. And no matter what choices are made, not everyone will be happy. I've had hours long discussions with university official on whether to use 'prospective student' or 'new student'; "Commonwealth' or 'State' of Pennsylvania..., shades of blue, etc. So.....
  15. Hi Chuck, You might want to post this on the Event Calendar at: http://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/node/add/event We do have non-IPMS/USA events listed.. Eric
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    A Request of the Reviewer Corps

    Actually, I have looked into doing something like this and because its just a programmatic change to the theme's template(s), it would work on the old reviews. There are a few things I would test, like making sure that the link to the review would not change and a couple other details, but it should work. Doing this might also depends on updating the code used to build the Reviews site to the latest version - this is something I'm slowly working into. The first steps have been moving non-review content to members.ipmsusa3.org and such. Not done there yet. E
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    A Request of the Reviewer Corps

    That is actually on me as an editorial / web developer decision. I'd like to keep the title simple - if we add the scale, an argument could be made that we add the manufacturer. But if the review is a detail set for a kit, do we then also add the information for the base kit? So the title for this review would go from: P-51B/C/D Mustang Propeller w/Toolto P-51B/C/D Mustang Propeller w/Tool in 1/48 by Quickboost for TamiyaThe second issue is that the reviews web team enters the data into a form (see screenshot) which goes into the database that runs the Reviews web site. The title, company, scale, base kit are all separate fields containing the data. It is considered to be bad form (in the world of databases) to enter the same information twice because it is easier for mistakes to occur. Thus it would be better to construct the title from the various individual fields automatically rather than rely on the web team to always 1) get it right and 2) be consistent. [Note: the reviews web team does a great job, but it's not possible to be perfect.] But the automatic title example above does not read well. You would prefer something like - P-51B/C/D Mustang Propeller w/Tool in 1/48th scale by Quickboost for the Tamiya kit.Now would the scale go in its field as 1/48 or 1/48th then append scale? Is the base kit field Tamiya or the Tamiya kit? How much is automated and how much is the responsibility of the reviews web team? I don't know what the optimal choice is... I always try to have as much relevant info per review on the home page - if its a detail set or decals, the base kit is listed; if its a book, scale is omitted and author is included, etc. Eric
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    New model reference topic area for this site

    Hey, I can look at making a few changes but I'm limited by what the forum software will do and who can run it.. I'm not sure I have the time at this point... E
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    New model reference topic area for this site

    I've set up a subform for Aircraft builds at http://forum.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/forum/71-builds/ I could add a further sub forum for Richard's posts, but to do so for every build might become cumbersome... Take a look and let me know what you think. Eric
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    Formula 1 Model Gallery

    For more info, see http://www.f1m.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=27391&start=20#p289776 E
  21. If you like F1 scale models, check out this gallery https://www.flickr.com/photos/fl_hansen/sets/72157676409988055 Eric
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    Club Logos in Gallery

    http://www.ipmsusa3.org/gallery/v/logos/
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    News: Executive Board Meeting Minutes - September 2016

    As the minutes are publicly posted on the IPMS web site, I see no reason not to post the link here. E
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    SVASCOM 2016

    Hopefully next year Shenango Valley and Central PA won't have their shows on the same day. As I am centrally located between the two, I don't like having to choose. Eric
  25. http://www.ipmsusa.org/member_services/achievement_awards/achievement_awards_chapter_oty_list.shtml All the awards lists are linked on http://www.ipmsusa.org/member_services/achievement_awards/ Eric
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