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  1. Thank you! You took the words right out of my mouth.
  2. When I bought my Optivisor 30 years ago, I was uncertain which lens to get so I bought 4. The #3, #5, #7 and #10. I am glad I did. I started with the 3 and 5 used the most. As I got older I had to move up the scale. I am now use the 7 and 10 the most. I also use my glasses under the visor kind of like a bifocal. Works well for me. New lenses are not ridiculously price for a precision piece of optical equipment.
  3. Just for an idea if anyone from San Marcos is watching, here is a photo from the Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas Heritage air craft site. Looks like a lot of potential for a special decal sheet that represents south west Texas.
  4. Ok, I just thought to search Two Bobs for them and was surprised to see that they still had them listed as "in stock". Here is the link https://www.twobobs.net/contents/en-us/p732_2020-IPMS-Nats-Decal-Sheet.html
  5. They did list them on this forum for purchase. I bought several sets to support the lost income to the club. I looked for the post that offered them but couldn't find it. They were for sale from Two Bobs. If they decide to redo the decal sheet, then perhaps they would reoffer them.
  6. Just wondering if anyone organizing the convention in San Marcos knows? Are you designing a new decal sheet or are you going to reuse the original. If you are going to design a new one, it might be fun to have a class or special award for models built with the 2020 sheet.
  7. Yup! Not much you could do about that though. I guess I would have thought that because it is a "Convention Center" the hotel would have had some electric golf carts to assist some of us old guys and other mobility challenged people. I saw more than a few people struggling with the walk.
  8. Occasionally, I like to wax philosophical and I had some time to do so this year in Las Vegas. First of all, let me congratulate IPMS Las Vegas on a great show! Thank you, I had a great time. One of the things that occured to me was the idea, that there are quite literally hundreds of thousands(if not millions) of hours spent by model builders who put models on the table and go no recognition at all! This to me is a stunning fact. Now granted, this is not a participation trophy event and I would never suggest that it should be. The fun of a convention should be time to spend with old friends and make now friends. It is the builders who make the event and not the contest. I saw good attitudes all around. The second thing that occured to me is this. With some exceptions, most of the Nationals are being organized and run by groups of people for who this is the first time they have done this. It is amazing that with a bunch or novices running stuff it gets done at all, much less at the level it does. I hope people who complain about minor irritations consider this before they start bagging on the committee. Amazing that they can pull that off even with 2 years to do so! Thanks again for a wonderful convention.
  9. Andy, like many things in life, this hobby is what you choose to make it. It can be very casual or all consuming and everything in between. Welcome and I would strongly urge you to find a local club to join. Sharing the hobby with those of a like mind is the best part.
  10. Ummmm, disagree with the fun part. I have friends who's hobby is running triathlons. I've seen them at the end of a race and they ain't having fun! Hobbies are more about fulfillment. Giving you some form of fulfillment that you don't otherwise get.
  11. I'm pretty sure I am not alone, but I am in the final thrash trying to get everything done for Vegas. This always happens. Nothing quite done and only 9 days to the table. I was think about why I wait to the very end, late last night when I think I arrived at an explanation. The deadline makes us decide when the project is good enough. It is not perfect in my eyes but it has to be done, like it or not. It seems that if I start 2 weeks ago or 2 years ago, there is always something to fix or do better. Therefore for there comes a point at which it is good enough and I must stop dinking with it. The deadline forces this decision. So I guess I can expect a "final thrash" any time I go to a contest. How about you. Do you do any different?
  12. Things do change. It just can be a long and arduous task. I was part of a group that lobbied for a rewrite of the "civilian vehicle" class along with renaming it. It literally took years to get it going and more than a year of work by about 20 car builders to get the rules to were they are today. The battle was mostly over the military-centric nature of IPMS not wanting to change from civilian vehicle to Automotive. Now it just seems normal, but 14 years ago it was a real blood bath to get the changes through. "If it ain't broken, don't fix it" was heard long and loud. What it takes is a group of members willing to band together in a constructive way for change, not just a few on a website complaining as individuals.
  13. I know this is a weird thing to be posting but I got a couple of rolls of these and think they are outstanding at the modeling bench! I use a lot of paper towels for cleaning airbrushes and other tools and I was happy when Bounty came out with the smaller sheet tear lines but I still felt I was still throwing away a lot of unused towel. Now Brawny has a 1/4 sheet option. These quarter sheets are just the right size for airbrush cleaning as well as regular brush cleaning and a lot of other things that we use paper towels for. I am sure my paper towel consumption is down by at least half to a quarter. I hope these stay around! However if it is like most things I really like and use, I doubt they will be available in a year or so! https://www.brawny.com/tear-a-square?gclid=CjwKCAjwmK6IBhBqEiwAocMc8uiLZFJDE1dTFmGnsG1I0rKu2mJuQYdeRBBjwu8HRPhcIAUOsL4QthoCPAMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  14. Latest from the CDC on the Delta variant. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html I plan on wearing a mask. Not as a political statement, but for the same reason I would wear a bandage if I had a cut. I am 71 and fully vaccinated, but prudent use of any health aid where there is a risk of severe illness or injury is common sense.
  15. LA just reinstituted the mask requirement. I haven't tossed my masks just yet. Washed and ready to go in the bag. May choose to wear one regardless. We are bringing in exposures to variants from all over the country.
  16. Well, I am one step closer to being ready for Nat's. I got the pitot tube ready. One more item checked off the list. FYI the maximum diameter is .025"
  17. Thanks Noel. Just what I wanted to know. Will order some soon. None of the local shops carry them or I probably would have tried them some time ago. One last question. I've never kept paint in a tin before. It kind of looks like a miniature paint can. Does it seal well? I have used Tamiya paint mixing jars for other paint and they seem to do better than just about any other container, but they are almost as expensive as the paint itself. Worth using them or keep them in the original tin?
  18. I was wondering about Humbrol. Heard of them for years but never tried them. Looks like it is about time to get my hands on a couple of tins. What do you thin them and clean up with?
  19. I was working on my entry for Nat's and broke out some of my old Floquil enamel paint(engine black). I had forgotten how great these paints were to use with a brush. Nothing at all like todays acrylics. Even flow, no brush marks, full coverage with one pass, absolutely perfect flat finish. Man these were good paints. Unfortunatly, they are long gone. Anybody out there know if there is anything that comes close??
  20. Who is the dio head judge and what is there contact information? I need to chat with them regarding my entry.
  21. Noel brings up a good point. The purpose of the telephoto shot is to reduce the distortion you get by being too close to the subject. We've all seen those photos of someone's face up close and the nose is hugely distorted. There is some of that distortion and out of focus at the edges of this photo if you look closely, but that is only something you would pickup if you were looking for it. This is why you shoot from a distance. It helps reduce this effect to the point that it is not noticeable. The front to back focus is a different problem all togeather and is called depth of field. This is controlled by aperture settings. The smaller(larger F-stop number) the aperture opening, the more of the photo is in focus front to back. The down side of small apertures is that it makes for a longer exposure. This means that the camera has to be held perfectly steady during the shot. Having said that, few point and shoot cameras and phone cameras allow manual control of the aperture. That is all part of the point and shoot algorithm. However most phone cameras now allow you to select a point that the camera will use as the center of focus. That is also the metering point. Using this feature and selecting the middle of the model with give you the best picture.
  22. That techique works with all cameras. I don't know how many times I have been asked why I am 5 feet away from a model shooting with a telephoto lens. "Don't you have to use a macro lens up close to get the detail's?" Not if you want them to look right!
  23. Or you could just make a Thunderbird F-4E........ You might also check to see if the majority of the parts in your F-4E are the same as the Tamiya F-4J. If they are, then you might be able to find someone who would exchange part for and F-4E. If I recall, the biggest difference was the nose from the front windscreen forward. Tamiya did do an F-4J in 1/32 scale. You can go to Tamiya USA and down load the instruction. Find the parts you need and call !-800-TamiyaA and perhaps they have the parts in stock.
  24. Interesting topic. I would speculate that this is why we expect the judging team to have a modicum of knowledge on the subject. The example of the P-40 would jump out at most aircraft builders. This is a much easier question for OOB in that the instructions are on the table with the model and if the instructions say it goes together a certain way and it is not that way, then bigtime ding city. In other categories, particularly armor, aircraft and cars, there is now so much information on the internet, I would bet you could find a restored tank somewhere with them on upside down. Particularly if it is kept in an outdoor environment. Rain water accumulating in the exhaust would cause corrosion. Turning them over would be an easy conservation technique. So without an instruction sheet, it becomes difficult to make a definitive call. Since we are not in the business of requiring documentation on every model, then the benefit of the doubt should fall to the builder on finer details such as this. Extensive experience by a judge should not be a detriment to the builder. To someone who is not well versed in that tank, those exhausts look like a highly skilled model builders work.
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