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    1/32nd aircraft, 1/350th USN ships, 1/35th US armor, 1/25th commercial trucks, 1/48 USN aircraft, Sci-Fi; the list goes on...

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  1. Dave, many thanks for that article link! Very helpful, indeed. Ron, what you illustrate is pretty much what I was thinking of - I can see a variety of sheens, textures, what-have-you for a few of the Alclad products. Gil, I've come to realize there is a 'tipping point' when using Alclad. Once you reach it, it may be too late. My efforts have been to limit the amount of paint - it's a balancing act, to be sure. One second, you're going along fine and the next, the effect you want is gone. Been there a few times. The latest was on the Monogram Duesenberg SJ; stripped ALL the chrome. Some parts turned out fine, others looked like metal paint. I learned a lot with that model...
  2. Over the years, I've embraced the Alclad line of metallic finishes. A few of them demand gloss black as an undercoat - chrome, for example - to achieve a high gloss finish. It occurred to me if I use different undercoats, for example, gloss green, flat black or grey, even a yellow, different sheens, finishes, and effects could be obtained using only one or two Alclad colors. I wondered if anyone else may have considered this approach. I have some older, inbuilt kits that may be my guinea pigs on this. Just wondering if anyone else considered my wacky proposal... Frank
  3. Ugh. Richard, if what you say is true, it's like watching the old Mission Impossible series when the recording self-destructs in the beginning of each show. While I have quite a few bottles with old dates (I date everything I buy), there is a good number of recent purchases I've made. While I have had one or two bottles dry up on me over time, I will watch the newer bottles closely. The secretary will disavow any of my cuss words. Grrrrr...
  4. I've been acutely aware of Model Master's slow death for some time now. While I don't 'love' MM's paints (where I did 'love' Floquil's military line), I get them to work very well and get good results from them. Over the past months, I've been assembling the current lineup of every color available from MM. I now lack two that will complete my collection. Before you ask, my reasoning was that I was well over half, so owning the whole range was not that difficult or expensive. It's frustrating seeing this trend. As an enamel and lacquer user (don't even ask me about my Floquil collection!), the choices are getting narrower by the month. I covet the paint I have and wonder aloud what think tank made the decision to fritter-away a popular, widely available, and good selling American brand. RPM/Rustoleum has proven they do not want to support the hobby. As MM was really my only choice after RPM bought and killed Floquil, I presumed MM would continue on strongly. That, alas, was an incorrect presumption. I've got enough paint to finish hundreds of models, so I'm good. It's a cleaner, more environmentally friendly world for the future - at least that's what they're shooting for, I suppose. Now, where's my lacquer thinner? Frank
  5. Gil, are you still able to source Floquil Old or Bright Silvers? I've got a couple bottles I guard like a hoarder and wondered if they're still available. Beautiful work on the B-66! I have a couple Collect-Aire kits that I have to get around to building. You're inspiring me! Frank
  6. Usually, I use blue painter's tape that I have "de-stickyfied" by applying it to fabric (jeans, sweatshirt, etc.) so it sticks, just not so well. This will also work with Tamiya tape. While Alclad is a pretty tough finish (in my experiences), I treat it carefully. Using tape with less tack helps immensely. Hope this helps you! Frank
  7. I have a question on cancelling a room reservation: Is there a waiting list or pool it will return to? It looks increasingly bad for my attendance as I'll be moving my son to Baltimore that weekend and I did not want to just cancel my reservation without checking to see if any mechanism was in place to accommodate another member. And, will the room still carry the discounted rate for someone in line to book it? Many thanks! Frank
  8. Just throwing it out there - would you consider CO2? I've been using it for years now and like it a lot.
  9. Clare is a man after my own heart... I've got several hundred bottles of Model Master enamels and I hoard old Floquil Military paints like a miser. I also use lacquer thinner most of the time. I have a few bottles of acrylic I use for some applications where I need the different combinations to avoid one paint attacking the other. I'm a Badger guy, currently using the Krome model to good effect, powered by several CO2 bottles.
  10. Indeed, it's not a wax but a finish, like a polyurethane finish you'd use on woodwork. Future (or whatever name it's currently been given), is a pigment-less finish. It cleans up easily, is easy to use/apply, is very forgiving, and can double as a decal setting agent, a windshield/canopy adhesive, etc.
  11. Um, wow. This disappoints me to no end. First RPM bought and killed Floquil's military line (which was my go-to brand) and now it seems to be killing off Testors (which replaced Floquil for me). What's an enamel paint enthusiast to do?
  12. I've tried Perfect Plastic Putty and can concur with Nick - it works and cleans up very well. Wing roots are an obvious strong candidate for its use. The reason I got it was a recommendation on Track Link for its use as Zimmerit. I see it as Ralph says, "another tool in the toolbox." I'm very partial to NitroStan glazing putty but the Mr. Surfacers will clean up/smooth out with denatured alcohol to my satisfaction. I've not yet embraced acrylic paints and fillers yet as my spray booth works very well for removing fumes. Still, PPP has made strides in winning me over.
  13. Here are two shots of a kit I thought would never get built. Several chapter members kicked-around the idea of a 'throwback build' and we chose kits offered prior to 1979. I have gotten a little more done since these pics were taken; the engine is installed and I've added some varying metallic finishes to different parts. Body colors are Model Master enamels, Classic Black and Imperial Japanese Army Navy Green. I'll post more as practical... This is one big model for 1/24th scale. And for only seating four, this is a really big car!
  14. A couple points if I may, as I'm the one who started this whole thing... Dave Morrissette, the number we're talking about is the number of IPMS entrants in the contest, not the registrants nor the entries of models. That number could then be used to weigh how many entrants, less the number of banquet attendees, are denied (in some manner) access to the awards ceremony. Secondly, my disappointment in this is limited to the fact that one number cannot be pulled from our convention data. It stems from my fairly commonsense (to me) notion that we, as a society, hold a yearly convention yet we cannot ascertain how many entrants participate in the contest portion of the convention. With all the mincing of data I see from the yearly breakdowns IPMS/USA provides in their convention activities, this should be a number that should have been kept from day one, so it's not really a knock against the Columbus folks, Ron Bell, please do not take it as a reflection on the whole of the convention. I and the guys I was with had a great time. The fact we do not track that number puzzles me. Third, while the vast majority of banquet-goers are probably IPMS members, how many dine with their spouses - who may or may not be members? That would skew the numbers of members attending as well. If we're trying to find out how many members in attendance are shut-out of the awards ceremony due to unwillingness/inability to pay for or unavailability of banquet tickets, that number of entrants in the contest is required. I simply reiterate the fact that several dozen IPMS members and contest entrants were sititng in the corridors in Columbus, trying to catch a glimpse of the ceremony. This, I find, is wholly unacceptable. Not surprisingly, I agree with Paul Cotcher and Mike Moore in their assessment that a member and contest entrant in good standing and in attendance, should be afforded a seat at the awards ceremony, banquet notwithstanding.
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