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  1. Yowzer Mark! That's big! I enjoyed seeing all your builds at Nats. Wish we would have run into one another.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. This years rule book section III.7 https://496a67d2-0f98-4216-8ffc-9a91369eedd0.filesusr.com/ugd/5eeb5c_1cc9918df1ed4c95b662399aa713b671.pdf
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Try contacting them at Registration.nats2021@aol.com .
  8. You could easily sit in a queue for longer than the detour will take you. We saw wait times of hours last time. Not to mention it could easily slide again. Not saying don't take the route. Just be aware of the possibilites.
  9. Route 285 to 50 back onto 70 at Grand Junction works too.
  10. Jim and James, I am getting a lot of good info out of your conversation. It has made me think about some things that never occurred to me regarding both methods. Below are just a few quick things. Any type of change always incurs the probability of membership loss, at least short term. As expected both methods have pros and cons. In my opinion the biggest con with the current system is that we have some gray areas in the rules and that the rules seem to be unknown to some contestants. I know they are available and I know people need to be responsible for themselves. It just seems to me that most of the arguments about judging are a result of people not knowing the rules. That is going to be an issue on either side of the fence. I totally understand Jim's point about consistency from contest to contest and the logic regarding a Gold grade at one show necessitating a Gold grade at the next. That said, I believe that AMPS allows for that same model to be modified and graded again. Therefore a Silver graded build could upgrade to Gold, or downgrade to Bronze, with modifications made to it.
  11. And this topic has outlived its usefulness...
  12. International vendors like Tamiya and ZM have cancelled. They have been replaced with other vendors. The current vendor list is on the website at https://www.natslv2021.com/vendors .
  13. I have not seen in the past, nor have I currently seen mention of anything like that.
  14. Excellent build and excellent question.
  15. I lived in Phoenix for more than a decade and stored my unbuilt kits in a locked portion of my carport with no issues. The only time I have had a kit melt is when I left the box on top of our toaster oven. Not good.
  16. ShutterAce

    Tiger #112

    I think your colors are right on. What did you use?
  17. Perhaps one day we can do away with the need for electrical outlets supplied by the venue. With the availability of inexpensive rechargeable power supplies I'm surprised people still need it now.
  18. Nice build of an old favorite. And what great boxart.
  19. Hi Noel, Understood, and you are of course correct about keeping a mask at the ready. I keep a couple in my pocket at work in case the need ever arises. Hasn't happened yet but I'm prepared.
  20. Not moving as fast as I'd like but we are making progress.
  21. Gil has been trying to get the NCC to acknowledge this board for years. And rightly so I might add. That is really what this is about.
  22. Take a good look at the vertical stabilizers. The only reason I know is because Gil is one of at least two people I know who have done this and divulged it.
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