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    Noel
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    Smith
  • IPMS Number
    2303
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    Milton Keynes
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    Shefford
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    Bedfordshire England
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    UK
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    Classic Cars, mainly inter wars classics and sailing ships / steam sail.
    Article writing for modelling magazines over the years.

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  1. How long has IPMS been going? After over 50 years there are still people out there who think that the society is just for aircraft modellers! So maybe the society does have a problem about how we are perceived! I have read the differing views on this thread, and passionate though they may be does not alter how IPMS is perceived by many outside the society, whether correct or not. So guys, let's not get into too much heated debate over one issue when there are much wider problems that the society has to address such as how the hobby is headed on a global scale in order to sustain it.
  2. Gerald Wingrove, renowned professional car modeller was lost to us this Marcb 2019. Look in news and announcements for more details.
  3. Gerald Wingrove, renowned professional model maker passed away during March this year, following the sad loss of his wife and business partner Phyllis last year. Gerald is best known for his exquisite car models that so!d to private collectors world wide, and for his books "The Complete Car Modeller' volumes 1 and 2 where he generously described his techniques to be shared by others. His late wife Phyllis drafted up many of their intricate car plan drawings on CAD for the folios that hey sold as part of their business. Having met Gerald from time to time over the years, I found him to be most generous with both his time and willingness to help and advise. Gerald and Phyllis will sadly be missed, and brings to the end a special era within the Model making community.
  4. Pete,, glad to hear that they are still going. I heard that they were selling up a short while ago! They were at Telford a few years ago with some really neat stuff. The new Ford GT stuff will be well received I am sure.
  5. The Beeb advertising clips for this drama seems to have gone very quiet of late. Perhaps it will be out for this Christmas instead of last as I thought or possibly in the Autumn / Fall. Maybe the production company have some technical issues and taking a bit longer than anticipated with the CGI or something in post production. Who knows?
  6. Best give up on Academy altogether if their service is that bad. But, you have exposed the risks of buying second hand kits in general. If you are still looking to make the Cutty Sark look for the ones by Airfix and Revell.
  7. Thanks for the feedback Nick. I had an idea that is what might happen. Kind regards Noel
  8. As a UK IPMS member and SMW judge this discussion has made very interesting reading. If the GSB system is adopted, how will the senior national champion be selected? Will an extra layer be introduced in the judging system to decide on what will be top model from the gold awards in each overall subject category (e.g. Aircraft, AFV, Automotive etc) to decide on the eventual overall senior/junior national champions? Or will these titles be ditched altogether under the Gold, Silver and Bronze system? I understand that this survey is just for feed back at present to see what.members feel and not a proposal. It will be interesting to see what eventually develops from the survey.
  9. Nick. Looks like we are pretty much agreed going by your last reply that clarified your stance about competition generally. Your comment about the US and UK's approach stems from being the main markets for so long that our expectations have led to complacency. As you have said, emerging markets like China, South Korea and Eastern European Countries' numbers of modellers have very likely overtaken the markets previously enjoyed by the UK and US. At IPMS SMW Telford each year we are seeing many modellers entries in the competition and on the winners table who come over from Eastern Europe as a testmony to what you have observed. Unfortunately kids in the UK and I guess in the US also are more interested in playing computer games. My grandson is no exception being more interested in playing Fortnite on his PS4 so no surprises there. As for model making? No interest whatsoever! It is just a pity that the hobby will probably continue to shrink in the pocket money market and be aimed at mature modellers. Hopefully, some of the kids into computer games at present as they get older may start to look for a more fulfilling hobby. Who knows, but I am not holding my breath! Kind regards. Noel
  10. Nick, I think that when anyone enters a competition it is just fundamental that there will be winners and losers, and everyone entering accepts this! Your last remark in your last post about build better models for competition in order not to be disappointed does not take into account that everyone can only develop their modelling skills up to a certain level beyond which they cannot go. I have placed models into competitions just to support the competition knowing that they will be also rans and won with others. Unfortunately your last remark could come across as a bit arrogant, although I am absolutely sure it was not intended to be. I have been judging at Telford and at local level for many years and would not want to discourage any one of any ability from entering a competition. We may be in danger of losing focus that this should be an enjoyable hobby and taking ourselves way too seriously. Otherwise IPMS will be perceived wrongly as a bunch of nerds and boffins instead of an inclusive model making society. Goodness knows, the hobby has retracted a lot from the halcyon days due to outside pressures from computer games and social media being taken up by youngsters instead of model making.
  11. Gregg Hutchings did make an appearance at the GSL somehow finding a return air ticket from Hawaii to Salt Lake City plus Hotel despite Model Cars Magazine appearing to be struggling just to survive? Heard the latest? He is offering life subscriptions to Model Cars Magazine! Is this a move to prop up the magazine taken out of sheer desparation? The people I will feel sorry for are those trusting folks who take out those subscriptions if the whole thing goes under at I believe 150 iUS dollars a pop and 300 if living abroad including Canada. I suspect that most will pass on this 'offer'?
  12. Art, your comments as a senior member since 1967 (makes me seem like a junior having joined in 1974!) made very interesting reading. Naturally there is a big difference between judging at national and local levels, whereas the national contest tends to have the pick of knowledgeable judges in their own subject matter, and that is only right. At local level however, it is a different matter altogether where judges are often 'roped in' to manage the task. You have quite eloquently described scenarios at local level. Local shows do not have to rigidly follow the IPMS judging criteria but can just use them as tough guidelines. Alternatively they can just write their own local competition rules to suit themselves. As you also pointed out Art that often as not competition entries appear to be declining in local shows. Over here in the UK it is also a bit similar. It makes you wonder whether competitions at local level will eventually dwindle to a point where they are not worth the effort of running them at all. For example sometimes a category may only draw one of two entries of indifferent models. Very often I have seen better models on the table displays at shows where the makers are quite content just to show their models , have no interest in entering contests and just prefer to chat to people who take an interest in their models. At senior contest level however, it would be interesting to look at a direct comparison of IPMS UK ScaleModelworld competition rules with the IPMS USA National Competition rules. I would imagine that they would be very similar.
  13. Gil, thanks for your response. I can see the sense in the grouping as you mention. I fully understand that the society both at international and branch/chapter level have differing ideas on judging at shows. It is interesting to make comparisons, and judging is a learning process like modelling. At Telford the criteria was to reduce the judging time so that the competition area could be reopened as soon as possible on the Saturday afternoon of the show. Naturally other show organisers have different judging criteria depending on the how the show needs to be run, time available, and allocating judging time to suit. It matters not what judging system is put into place as long as it works for any particular show. I wish IPMS USA all the best with your judging survey.
  14. Ralph, your paragraph 2 in last post. Looks a bit complex and seems as though it could be very time consuming to judges. As I read it (and correct me if I am wrong) judges would have to firstly find sets of like models from each individual entering, then group and collate each of their GSB marks and then add them up before comparison with other competitors? Just recently, I helped in redrafting the judging criteria for SMW Telford to just 3 headings on the judging forms. The idea being to reduce the amount of time judging a huge number of models. I learnt shortly after the show that the revamped forms were received well by the judges. So much so that I learnt from our competitions Secretary that since then Ireland and Finland have adopted the same format
  15. Thanks for the feedback guys. I get it. Your gold silver bronze is about models built up to a standard. We used to have an annual exhibition here in the UK named the Model Engineer and Modelling Exhibition where multiple golds, silvers and bronze medals were awarded if the standard of the models attained a certain number of points even if I'm the same class. At Telford the IPMS UK awards GSB but it is simply a straight 123 decision for each class within a subject. The best overall model from within each subject category wins a best of subject trophy (e.g. Best Aircraft, Best Civilian Vehicle) in its own right and all of these subject winners go forward to be judged again to decide the overall show champion. Looks like I misinterpreted IPMS USA's understanding of gsb thinking it similar to how ipms uk judges. Only drawback with GSB judging being based on achieving a certain standard/ number of points or whatever as far as I can see will be the expense of having to produce a great number of trophies, not knowing how many, but taking a guess at estimating enough to cover the eventuality of many models reaching each of the GSB standards set. Unlike IPMS UK or USA the Model Engineer and Modelling Exhibition was a commercially run show ran over two weeks duration by the now defunct Model an Allied Publications. They produced a number of different modelling magazines covering many modelling genres, so I would guess that the cost of multiple trophies for their GSB awards could have been offset as legitimate publicity expense.
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