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  1. Not an issue I have seen myself. I do not prime with gloss black. I usually use Stynylrez black, white, or grey primers. I have recently found however that it works fine over bare plastic too. I typically spray at 15 psi and mist the first coats on then hit it with a wet coat almost immediately. Not the recommended procedure but it works for me. Most of my Alclad stash is close to 10 years old so I don't think age is a problem. However the formula may have changed. Paint issues are always interesting. One thing is for sure, different people can see vastly different results from the same product. Chemistry, bah humbug. 🙃
  2. Thanks Ed. No rattle cans but a brush and a sponge or two were used for touch ups. I have found that dabbing paint on with a makeup sponge can give you an almost airbrush like finish.
  3. Oh, that is a bit confusing isn't it? Towed meaning it's not chassis mounted on a truck or something. Not self propelled. This is towed artillery...
  4. Looks like 223. There is no BKB category listed for towed artillery. I assume that is what you're building.
  5. We all know you got the skills Gil. Thanks.
  6. Once you interrupt a pattern of behavior it can be difficult to get it back. The fact that the process was interrupted for a year is most likely the cause in my opinion. I also think we need to realize that everything is always increasing in cost, sometimes faster than at other times, and that the convention has been a bargain for years. The cost is likely to rise greatly for the attendees in the near future. Perhaps it should have already. As for COVID, it is here to stay and the world is always in chaos.
  7. Ok, let's try this again. Apparently Google no longer allows public shares. I opened an imgur account and uploaded them there before linking them here. Let me know if it worked please.
  8. Ok, fixed it. The issue may have been that I linked to them in FB and that was being fed by Instagram. I uploaded them to Google Photos and linked from there. Let me know if you can see them now. Thanks!
  9. This is a great kit. Highly recommended. No issues that I recall. Model Master enamels, AK Real Colors, and Lifecolor acylics. I really like Lifecolor for brushing but I didn't have very good results spraying it.
  10. Hey Michael, good to see your name here.
  11. That is the way the rule reads to me. Granted I was always better at math than grammar but it seems pretty plain. Now the intention may have been different, but it says what it says.
  12. No that's not the way the rule reads to me. I agree with patd. The model kit is disqualified because it includes the parts in the box. That is what the rule says. However, you are the head ship judge and have the authority to do as you please according to the rules. This is the slippery slope I have referenced before.
  13. I, for one, had no idea the costs were that high. I had guessed it was less than half of that number. I've always thought Nats was a bargain. Now I know it is.
  14. Yowzer Mark! That's big! I enjoyed seeing all your builds at Nats. Wish we would have run into one another.
  15. Not sure how I missed that. I want to be clear that I am not making excuses for this person or anyone else but... How many people even know that there is a flag code? I was taught it in Cub Scouts for sure, perhaps even elementary school. My kids learned it from me. Who is passing it on today? I can't think of anyone off the top of my head. I would expect that at the very least government agencies, including the military branches, would teach it. The number of veterans I see sporting clothing with flag themes and companies using the flag in their advertising campaigns makes me doubt that even that is happening. I understand your frustration. I deal with it myself quite often. I just keep telling myself it's not malicious. They just don't know any better. We have to be the example. Final thought... It is a 48 star flag. Perhaps the person thinks it is no longer a flag because it is not in the current configuration. Not true but I can see how a person would think that.
  16. I just looked through all of the photos in the gallery and did not see such a thing. Perhaps it got handled. Do you have a link to the video by chance?
  17. This years rule book section III.7 https://496a67d2-0f98-4216-8ffc-9a91369eedd0.filesusr.com/ugd/5eeb5c_1cc9918df1ed4c95b662399aa713b671.pdf
  18. Space was definitely an issue. Thanks for being aware and trying to help. I for one appreciate it. As a judge you know that the first thing done during judging is to consolidate all entries from the same entrant and eliminate all but one of them. So, in effect, only one of those three Spits competed against the other builders. This is to facilitate the "no sweeps" rule. Because of that I generally only bring one entrant per category. I try to keep my entries anonymous. That includes not revealing them on YT or anywhere else. I don't ever want there to be a question that the build stood on it's own against the competition.That said, it is possible to show parts of a build without giving away the specific model you are working on. For instance I build a lot of P-47's. Typically the thing that differentiates them from one another is the paint and markings. Therefore it's not a problem if I show the assembly of the cockpit or even the entire airframe.
  19. As Carlos said, and you acknowledged, there is no way we can tell from these photographs. That said my money is on some form of misalignment, especially on the Spitfires. It's just the nature of the beast. Throwing exposed internals and a NMF on the Mustang into the mix provides even more opportunity for error. I'm sure you know these things. You probably even know where most of the errors are on these builds. I do have a few questions for you if you don't mind. 1. Why are there two Spitfires on that one mirror? 2. Are any of these builds in the same category as one or more of the others? 3. Why did you include your YT channel info in the comments section? That spoils the anonymity for anyone who has seen your channel, me included.
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