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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Ok, they must have some time on their hands at the museum today. This is the second video release in the last hour.
  10. 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.
  11. https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/wonder-woman’s-invisible-jet-now-display 🤨😆😉
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Mark, you had me very confused for a moment. I am not from San Marcos, Texas but San Marcos, California. though I spent a lot of time in Texas. Del Rio, Laughlin AFB to be exact. Not the end of the world but you can see it from there. We would drive into San Antonio on the weekends for the night life. From there I became a water wagon driver(1972 to 1981). Mostly in northern Michigan and Washington State. Moved to San Marcos Ca in 1988. Pete
  16. That is correct, it is 1/6 scale and it is a stunning creation. The engine does run although it hasn't in a while. Like most models of this type it just wasn't meant to run a lot. Too may tiny and delicate parts. I admire all the skilled craftsman who have models in this museum. I am a bit surprised that they don't have a Wingrove model. There miniature fire arms displays are also quite interesting.
  17. Dr. Parks aircraft(all three of them) are spectacular but the think louis Chenot's Duesenberg SJ is the real crown jewel. The craftsmanship is just beyond anything I have ever seen,
  18. They are quite proud of that fact. At one time you could by the Sherline from Sears under the Craftsman name brand. The owner Joe Martine set up a museum in Carlsbad, California know as the Joe Martin Craftsmanship museum. If you are ever in So Cal you really should stop and see it. It is just chock full of amazing work. I spoke to Joe many times when I was there buying something. He passed away a couple of years ago, but had the foresight to set the company and museum up well to continue after him. I am lucky in that I live about 15 from both the factory and the museum. Well, lucky and unlucky. It is far too easy sometimes to just run up and pickup a tool that I could use right now for a project. Great people work there. Always willing to give you time to talk you through something. It seems that everyone who works there is really into what they do.
  19. Noel, I agree with you. I have a Sherline mill and lathe and my scrap pile is about 5 times the size of my completed parts pile. I get a great deal of pleasure in figuring out how to work with raw bar and rod stock to get what I want. It is very time consuming, but in the end, I get far more pleasure out of the creative process that I ever do from picking up a trophy.
  20. Scratch building a complete model is an art relegated to few builders. You are right that it is difficult for a scratch build to go head to head with a well built and detailed kit. I just don't think that scratch building carries the weight it use to when we didn't have resin cast, photo etched or machined part readily available. Most of us will admire the builder who can do the whole thing, and they will win in category but it has been a very long time since BOS has been scratch built. This year at phoenix there was a stunning funny car that was entirely scratch build. It didn't make the cut for BOS. That would not have been my choice but then I'm not a nationals judge either. I guess you pick your poison. Personally I love to create scratch built parts but wouldn't consider building a complete model from the ground up. I don't figure I have enough time left on this earth for that and too many unfinished models on the shelf. 😉
  21. Having observed the discussion here I would like to add a couple of observations. The discussion seems to be skirting the issue of a definition of “scratch built”. We all know that a part or model created from raw materials and crafted entirely by manual tools is scratch building. The question seems to lie in the gray areas of adding computers or other methods to the mix. It is scratch building to make one part and then resin cast it to make duplicates, perhaps like suspension parts on a tank? Is it scratch building to take a kit part and modify it into a different part? What if you do that to correct a flaw in a kit and then resin cast the part to make enough for a whole model? How different would it be instead of modifying a part, you 3D print a part and then resin cast it. A lot of commercial resin casters use 3D printing to make a master and the resin cast it. Much cheaper than 3D printing a bunch of the same part. Now another though. Instead of 3D printing the part, how about machining the part out of metal. Most would say that is “scratch building” but does that change if you add a computer driven mill or lathe? To the point, Sherline sells computer driven mills and lathes that are about the same cost as a good 3D printer, so the point is still relevant. Does it matter that the builder is working in metal vs. thermoplastic? Or is it a matter that machining metal requires additional knowledge of feed rates and depth of cuts and types of metal? Would you have the same answer if the material being machined was Delrin(a DuPont machinable resin) Both 3D printing and CAM machining use similar programs to create their files, but is it enough different to segregate it at a model contest. I will speculate that Scratch building is a very nebulous term that has outlived its usefulness. Perhaps hand crafted would be more appropriate since it implies a degree of manual dexterity we are trying to define. This would include the use of power tools guided by the hand of a master, not by a computer. If I were to put on my Nostradamus hat and peer into the future, I can see a modeling world without injection molding. Hobby shops (or online stores) would have high definition 3D printers and a stack of boxes. The “Model” companies would own and lease files for models that could be printed in the store on demand and model companies would receive a commission for every model printed. This would reduce the cost of a model precipitously. No shipping cost, no warehouses to contend with. It would also allow the companies to create multiple variations at little or no cost so you could have your Messer-Wolf 125c auft 34 for the desert campaign of the 5th panzers. We are moving that direction rather rapidly, so will that eliminate “scratch building” or will we have limited the category to a select few?
  22. Joking aside, technically if you had a need to "thin" water ethanol would work as is it water soluble and it is about 78% less dense than water.
  23. Alcohol! Two parts single malt scotch to 1 part water chilled to 17 degrees Fahrenheit.
  24. Every other year but that is coming to an end. I believe the next is listed and the last one.
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