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PeteJ

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  1. So Bob, that begs the question, are the reservations that we made any good or do we need to go back and re-resister?
  2. Most of the water build up is in the tank! You need to drain it frequently. A water trap only helps keep it from getting out of the tank. I drain my at least once a month to keep it dry. In a high humidity area after every use would be appropriate. Oh and not every tank has the drain at the lowest point on the tank. Most pancake compressors have it on the side slightly above the bottom. Be sure to tip the tank to get as much out as possible.
  3. https://www.ipmslv.com/2021-ipms-nationals
  4. I really feel sorry for the guys from Texas. Very much stuck between the cliff and the deep blue sea! As I mentioned, I have canceled already because I am one of those who is unlikely to leave the hospital if I catch this bug. Having said that, someone here said they had registered already but won't be going. They decided to leave the registration fee as is, as a small effort to help out. I was wondering if this really helps the group or is too little, too late? If it helps then I would be all for doing the same and encouraging others to do so also.
  5. I am surprised that no one has posted this here or anywhere else on the the rules for the national convention. This is on the main home page of IPMS. It tells me that IPMS is aware for potential legal liability for injury resulting from catching Covid 19 by attending any contest or show and that the risk is higher than normal. Each of us needs to decide if the risk is worth it, but we stand warned. No complaining if you go and get sick. You have been warned. Going forward, the following disclaimer needs to be added to all show flyers as well as your posting on the IPMS/USA event page: β€œIn light of the current pandemic situation, please be aware that neither IPMS/USA nor its Chapters are liable for any potential transmission of illnesses. Those planning to attend this event should (a) follow existing safe social distancing recommendations and (b) abide by any local or state regulations regarding gatherings.”
  6. Rick, thanks for getting back to me. Unfortunately I will not be attending San Marcos. 3 heart procedures since the start of this covid-19 thing would seem to make it prudent to not travel.😷 I am looking forward to volunteering for Las Vegas. I should have a year of practice with the camera by then.😁
  7. I have been painting this stuff for years and you have to do three things. 1- clean it with acetone or lacquer thinner. Most brass has a coating to keep it from oxidizing. Second- scuff it lightly with a fine grit sanding stick. This will give the surface "key" so the paint will stick. 3- prime it with a good brand of primer. My favorite is Tamiya white. This will give you a flat finish that your paint will stick to. Just a heads up, I use this process for painting with lacquer. You should be able to put an enamel paint on Tamiya primer because it is lacquer but you may run into paint incompatibility issues. If that is the case, use a enamel primer of the same brand as your color paint. If you change to lacquer for you color coats, then either rattle can Tamiya lacquer or their new jarred LP paints would be a good choice.
  8. Interesting pieces. The paper look much better than the metal. I would like to add a comment trying to not be critical. I see a lot of palm trees in south pacific dioramas and most often they show the trees shaped like an umbrella. The real deals actually have a shape more like a dandy lion, often with dead palm fronds hanging under the green fronds. The classic umbrella shape only seems to happen in areas where the trees are groomed for a garden.
  9. Got to love Vegas! Not so sure about a convention there in August (average high at 102) but there are plenty of places to escape to with A/C. Also hoping that there are a few good shows in town. The regulars are pretty spectacular but a headliner would be nice. Penn and Teller have a regular show at the Rio. They are really great entertainment. Also a great place to bring you spouse. Plenty to do besides gambling.
  10. Do we have dates yet for Las Vegas?
  11. Oh, and by the way is anyone interested in picking up my reservation at the Embassy Suites?
  12. I saw a description of pandemic relief as a three legged stool. Leg one is self quarinitine and social distancing to reduce spread. Leg two was an effective treatment after someone developes it. Leg three of the stool is a vacine to prevent people from getting it. Right now we only have one leg(distancing) and the hint of a second leg(treatments that are showing promise but aren't a sure thing). It is very difficult to stand on such a stool with confidance. I have had three heart procudures since March(the last one in a covid restricted hospital) and much as I would like to attend(had my reservations already) I am not going to sit on that stool this year. Hope to see you all in Vegas
  13. Earlier in the year, Len had asked anyone cancelling hotel reservations in the Embassy Suites to contact him so he could give the reservation to someone else. I emailed him directly on the subject but have not heard back from him. I would bet he is swamped but I could use an answer. I want to give the hotel appropriate notification so that they can fill the room, but would rather have a prime room go to another IPMS member if they want it.
  14. If you want a great tool that is going to last forever buy an American Beauty. They have been doing this forever and a quality industrial machine isn't all that expensive. https://americanbeautytools.com/Soldering-Irons
  15. Ok Rick, I will keep the offer open and am still trying to get setup to go. I have a couple of health issues that should be resolved soon that have nothing to do with the current pandemic, but we will see. Hope to see you there.
  16. Well, that is hard to give you an exact number but pretty quickly. I did a demo at our club meeting and within a few minutes the other members were handling it with no problems. Now that is the top coat only. I had presprayed the base coat the day before. I've never tested how quickly you can get the whole package with base and top coat. Personally I generally leave each coat in the food dehydrator over night, but I apply that to every paint I use.
  17. I did the same thing and still have most of it. Now that was their Mirrochrome product. This one is new and can be applied with a brush! It is kind of fun to do to. You smear it on and watch is go "Chrome" as it dries. Also more durable. I never could mask over the Mirrochrome. I have masked the heck out of this for a couple of aircraft projects. Works better than the original. Oh and it is water based.
  18. For a beginner this is not the best choice unless you have deep pockets. https://alsacorp.com/product/easy-chrome/ It is a chrome product that was formulated for the 1:1 market. They do entire cars but mostly rims, so you know it is durable. It also has a bit of a learning curve. Two bottles of paint and two of base coat along with 4 speed shapes to practice on are included for $140. The primary advantages are 1)it is tough and won't rub off but you have to follow the instructions and lay down the base coat first. 2) You can mask and paint over it. No masking tape that I have used will damage the surface. 3) You can brush it on after the base coat and it will give you a good mirror finish. 4) you can also dip small parts and get the same finish. Having said that the price is steep but you use very little and it will last a long time. Oh and it is water soluble.
  19. Thanks Rick. My camera uses an SDXC card and I think I will get a separate one for the event. Other than that, nothing here I didn't expect. I assume that you have a tally sheet to match photo numbers to model numbers? Oh and by the way, how does one go about volunteering for this. My preference would be to assigned to category V(automotive) but if I volunteer will go where needed. Thanks for the reply.
  20. I just go a new camera and was thinking of volunteering for the photographing crew in San Marcos. Before I went to all that trouble I thought I would ask what format the contest prefers and how they want to download them. I have a new Sony Alpha 7II and wanted to practice before hand if they accept me as a volunteer.
  21. Mark, so far nothing is proven about this virus. Although other forms of Corona virus do become less virulent in warmer months, that has not been proven with this particular strain. Witness the fact that as of yesterday Australia has reported 130 cases. Right now they are in the heart of a very hot summer. There is no hard evidence that this will go way as things warm up. It is a wait and see thing and not something you can plan on. I do agree that it is way too early to cancel now, but not too early to have a backup plan.
  22. Len, Thank you. That is the type of information I wanted to hear. Keep us updated.
  23. πŸ‘ .....But isn't is up the the club putting it on? Just saw the Texas state is monitoring 10 people but has take no steps to close school.
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