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PeteJ

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  1. "Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance". George S. Patton. Personally, I feel that the world would be far better without war, but to ignore the significance and level of commitment is to fail to understand history!
  2. Ralph I would paraphrase a portion of what you said. No, it's not about models or medals. It is about people! The models get nothing out of being put in a contest. πŸ˜„
  3. Ralph, well said. When I was younger I was all about winning. As I have aged the trophies became a box a dusty relics. It took a while, but I, like you discovered that the fun of the contest was in sharing a room with a couple of hundred like minded people. The biggest compliment I can get is "how did you do that?" I have found that my attitude plays more into the "fun" factor than the judging method or how others act around me. The more open and inquisitive I am, the more people respond to me in kind regardless of the judging method. I agree that GSB gives everybody feedback and that is good. You don't improve if you can't see the mistakes. I also understand it takes longer to write comments on every entry. It makes judging much more tedious, but it does what we purport on primary goal to be. Encouraging everyone who shows up to improve and have fun. 123 basically crowns a king.
  4. Nick, your sarcasm overwhelms! πŸ˜„ I had the same thoughts on the subject, but why not have a higher standard for both nationals and regionals. That is what happens now with a 123 but it is set by the standards of the contest. A BOS and the 2019 show may not compare to a BOS from the 2018 show. As you said it all depends on what shows up. I don't see a diffuculty in having higher standard as you progress up the ladder. I suspect the membership would understand that a Nat's gold was a higher standard that a Regional Gold or a local Gold. In any event each of the shows has a different purpose. By the nature of the audience, the local show is to encourage local modelers to engage with each other and to encourage non-modelers to join the fun. The regional is more to encourage quality builders to sharpen their skills and Nationals is for the best to compete with the best.
  5. Jim, good point but that is a flaw of all judging systems as long as humans are doing the judging. There have been models that won best of show at Nat's and didn't place at other major shows and visa versa. In theory, that shouldn't happen when the criteria are the same, but it does happen for many reasons. One judge(or group of judges) may not see a particular flaw or judge it less significant that another. Nothing works 100% of the time and lord know we have tried. GSB, 1-2-3, points systems, it doesn't matter. Try as you may, you will never remove human bias from the equation.
  6. I also find this an interesting discussion about the shade of paint. Considering that most of what we model is kept outdoors, I honestly doubt that "scale effect" is really the culprit, although I won't suggest it doesn't existence. Having spend many years on a flight line, paint fades with exposure to sun and weather. In a row of aircraft, each painted the the same FS code, you can easily spot the newer painted aircraft in any color. You could also see where repairs had been made by the splotches of dark paint. Often hatches were cannibalized from other aircraft and they would stand out as differant shades. This was especially true of the birds in Vietnam. They got pretty beaten up. The only time they looked "correct" was straight out of the paint shop and then only for a month or so, until the sun did it's work. Even the grays painted on the tankers and some of the naval aircraft had amazingly different shades.
  7. Really? I've been using real car paint for 30 years. Not because it is "the right color" but because it is much cheaper and easier to work with. I have a quart of DuPont acrylic lacquer clearcoat that I have had all this time and it is still good. It is just getting harder to find the real deal lacquer thinner to thin it with. Last gallon of PPG thinner that I bought cost me $85 and I had to go to Arizona to get it, but it is still cheaper, per ounce, than those silly little bottles of "model" paint you buy in the hobby store.
  8. pee pull sea wat tha xpect two sea, knot wat is.πŸ˜†
  9. I just did searched the word craftsmanship and found some very interesting commentary on the subject particularly the bastardization of the use of the word craft in marketing today. To craft, now implies something made with craftsmanship, such as craft beer, or hand crafted salads. This lead to other discussions of craftsman and craftsmanship. There are some parts I agree with and others I did not. Generally, a craftsman is someone who has mastered a craft. Often this means to make something with skill and artistry. Having said that I do not find craftsmanship and accuracy to be mutually exclusive terms. A craftsman will find a way to build accurately in such a way that it is pleasing to the eye. This then comes down to a basic tenet of our hobby. Is accuracy measured by the eye(does it look like the real thing) or buy calipers and micrometers. A long time ago, one of my mentors told me that our hobby was all about fooling the eye to believe that it was seeing a shrunken version of the real deal. I believe that this is where reality sets in. We are taking plastic, glue and paint and making it look like metal, wood, concrete, and other materials that it is not. The only true thing that may be accurate is measurements and shape. None of which makes a good model. It takes craftsmanship(mastery of the subject) to create a model that looks real not accuracy. The kit creators know this and adjust things to accommodate that. In his book "Master Modeler" S. Tamiya discussed this at length when Tamiya started making model cars. He was meticulous in measuring and got the details correct and the kits looked horrible. This turned out to be a matter of perspective. When we see the real deal we are most often viewing the car from a perspective that is slightly above and to the side of the vehicle. When we view a model car it is most often from above, which is a perspective we almost never see the vehicle from. The issue is that when viewed from above, models done this way seem to be way to wide because when we see them from our normal perspective this decreases the visual width of the car. If you measure out any Tamiya car model you will find it slightly narrower to account for this. So to me craftsmanship incorporates the skill of accurately replicating the viewing positions so the proportions look accurate. After all, we are building something to look like an accurate representation of the real thing and that includes how it looks when we see the real thing.
  10. Logged in promptly at 1 PDT and had all the room options available. Got one of the premium rooms at a standard rate. That may have been a function of my Hilton Honors membership. Not that I need snacks and beverages, but it is nice to have. Just went on line today and it seems the block is gone. That was quick.
  11. A simple question. Of those participating in this discussion do any of you actually build OOB? I do. I prefer the non-OOB method for most of my models, but from time to time I like to test my basic skills with OOB builds.
  12. Say what you want about OOB but I contend it is the most difficult category to win. Yes, kit selection is quite important, but the fact that you can't wow anyone with the extra effort and still have to nail your basic skills on every aspect of the model is a challenge all unto itself. Yes, models have evolved and so have modelers. It is no longer about building a crappy model to perfection, it is still about a very level playing field. Everyone has a shot at any kit and is limited to what is in the kit. The only way to make it more fair would be to select a single kit for all.
  13. Yahoo! I'll be there. Five hour drive from most of SoCal. My guess is you will have a huge California presents at the show. Better make space for all the cars!
  14. 2021 is at the Rio?? Ok, that is a good location just off the strip. When my wife and I go to Vegas, we like to stay in either Caesar or the Bellagio, but we generally go for a particular show(Elton John last time). We are going in December to see Andre Bocelli and staying at the MGM Grand. The Rio is home to Penn & Teller. They put on a great show! Worth seeing! Plenty of other entertainment if you get bored with looking at models. Also some great stuff for significant others to do while you are ogling models. If she goes off to the gaming tables, you can use her winnings to finance you plastic habit it she wins and justify it if she loses.
  15. Didn't know were to put this bit over the weekend and now I have noticed that the website is extremely slow loading and changing from screen to screen. Several times I have given up on it and moved on. If it is just me, fine, but if not, perhaps the administrator can look at it.
  16. Scale Motorsport has just announced a new super detail set for the Revell GT 40 kit. It is not on their web site yet, but it is up on their facebook page. No information about what will be included but if I know Matthew Wells(and I do) it will be outstanding! Glad to see new product coming out! It has been a while.
  17. The bottom one looks like a #12 scalpel blade. Google that and it should be a good start. Several companies look like they make variation labeled as 12a, 12b etc. Google is your best friend for this. A little time and you should be able to find just what you want.
  18. Ok, they must have some time on their hands at the museum today. This is the second video release in the last hour.
  19. I follow the Air Force museum Face book page and they just posted this video of the cockpit of their 262. I was somewhat taken back by the simplicity of it. I suppose that is because I am more use to cockpits that have more Nav/aids. At any rate, enjoy.
  20. https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/wonder-woman’s-invisible-jet-now-display πŸ€¨πŸ˜†πŸ˜‰
  21. Gil, I love the old Dave Deal designs! Never built them though. As a kid, I did do a lot of Weirdo's though. We really had a lot of strange stuff when I was growing up. Do you remember the old Flap Jack model. I still have one new in the box. I really need to get around to building that one of these days.
  22. I was going through sorting photos last night and realized that over the last 20 years or so, I have done some pretty weird models. I've done my fair share of "normal" models as well, but here are some of the strangers ones for your enjoyment.
  23. Just a personal life changing story on the subject. Years ago(twenty years ago now) I built a custom model car that I entered in a local contest. I worked very hard on the model and was quite proud of it. It didn't place in the contest. After the show I took it to the head judge for the category. As it happened the judge was Drew Hierwarter. Many of you may know him as a long time staff writer for Fine Scale and Scale Auto. Drew took the time to go through the model with me, pointing out flaws and other things that were detractors. We were both very respectful of the other and it made a difference. Well to make a long story short, I took the model home, set it on the bench and took a deep breath and tore the model apart to rebuild it. The end of the story is that the following show I took it to was Tamiya/Con and it won Best Extensive conversion and an all expense paid trip to Japan for a week. That set me on a lifetime path of working to make the best models I can and seek advise and critiques from many sources. My experience with a judge may not be typical, but it could be. When I judge, I remember my experience and am willing to help any modeler who asks.
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