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noelsmith

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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. Had yet another look at this diorama and seen even more! I particularly like the way the Steam Locomotive looks distressed, but then everything in the diorama looks distressed! An incredible eye for realism that's for sure. The combination of using kit items and the amount of scratch built work on this model has been done to the N'th degree. In a word 'Superb'.
  2. I suggested many years ago that IPMS should be renamed ISMS (International Scale Modellers Society) to reflect that we should embrace all serious static scale modellers no matter what material the models are made from. As expected, my suggestion went down like a lead balloon with the die hards of IPMS. Unfortunately, like it or not having the word 'plastic' within our organisation title has stigmatized us to the uninitiated as being a bunch of perpetual adolescents who stick Airfix kits together. We know that is far from the truth, but to outsiders it is how we are perceived unfortunately. Back in the Sixties when IPMS was formed it seemed a good idea at the time to embrace a what was then a new modelling medium. However things have moved on apace since those formative years but IPMS will never get rid of that stigma as long as 'plastic' remains embedded in our title. IPMS magazines going digital? Not sure on this one. For example if the digital version was not set up so that each article could be downloaded separately I can't see the point. Apart from saving the society a lot of money and a presumption that everyone has internet access that is. And believe it or not there are many of us who still like a printed magazine. OK, there is an argument that it cannot ever remain bang up to date because of the internet, but it is the same for commercial model making magazines too.
  3. Having read that some 'chapters' consist of about only 10 to 15 percent of IPMS members therefore does NOT make it an IPMS chapter at all. It is effectively a local area modelling club where an IPMS chapter operates within it as a guest organisation. If that local organisation was formed by IPMS members originally and retains the name IPMS whatever that club name has become a bit of a misnomer over the years. And, why have the estimated majority of non members in those clubs not joined IPMS one has to ask? Maybe the cost at attending the Convention prices many out of contention so they see no need to join because they can satisfy their modelling needs and aspirations at local club and show level.
  4. Highlander's comments. 1. Large groups of adult males registering as a 'family'. If not, then that is really an entry control issue. 2. Would be buyers going into the vendors room before they have finished setting up to grab a bargain. Again an entry control issue. 3. Vendors come to make money,agreed. But one has to ask why the majority of vendors trade at the convention. Why? Because the IPMS 'nuance' as you term it is for many their very best annual one place sales outlet. Allowing IPMS members just first hour access to the vendors on each day would not really impact on their footfall as I would guess that probably 80 percent of attendees are members anyway. So why shouldn't members have first bite of the vendor cherry so to speak? The vendors would have enough IPMS members clamouring for their goodies within that first hour to keep them well occupied selling before Joe Public would gain entry. So I don't buy that vendors would be financially affected in any way should members have first hour access. At Telford it works well and have not heard of any traders complaining. The only difference as far as I see is your Nats has a separate vendor room whereas Telford's traders are interspersed throughout the halls along with all the other exhibitors.
  5. Regarding 1/16th scale figures, I think that a Ukranian company possibly ICM make figures in that scale. I recently saw at a model show a skeletal Fokker DR1 model in 1/16th scale with a figure of Baron Manfred Von Richtofen stood next to it. So there may possibly be a kit of a British WW1 pilot available somewhere.
  6. Hello Richard, That is a real bummer having to sell up your property to cover medical bills for your wife and hope that things have worked out OK. It surprises me that the US does not now have a health service available to all, being the richest country in the whole world. I thought that Obama Care was a health care system being put into place to set up something available to all. We Brits often complain about our National Health Service, but for all its problems thank goodness we have it and it is available for everybody. It sounds as though you are gradually getting back somewhere to where you were before, and wish you well in the process.
  7. At Telford, dead easy, we have two queues. One for members and one for non members on each day of the show. When our show opens it is quite easy to control. Whilst IPMS members are queuing to get in a couple of volunteer helpers go along the queue distributing access armbands for the two days to members upon showing their membership card. Any members who only go on the Sunday get their armband issued on the day. As soon as the show opens the substantial members queue gets in very quickly. The traders do not suffer as there are more than enough IPMS members to keep them all busy before Joe Public comes in an hour later. Unlike the US convention Telford only gets set up on the Friday and is just open for two days, Saturday and Sunday only and not stretched out like the US Nationals over a few more days. So IPMS only access for the first hour on each of the 2 days does not impact the traders at our show. Also, IPMS UK deliberately prices one day's admission to be a little short of our joining fee to make considering joining worth while. A non member visiting for two days will be paying per day a lot more than the cost of an annual membership that includes two days admission to Telford, our magazine and other IPMS benefits. A no brainer really! I would imagine at the IPMS USA Nationals although it runs over a longer period than Telford has the main similarity in that the vast majority of attendees are IPMS members anyway and allowing members only in on the first hour of each day will probably not really impact financially on your vendors anyway. In my case I list the vendors at Telford that I most want to visit and make sure that I make a bee line to visit the ones that interest me most within that first hour and consider it an additional IPMS membership privilege.
  8. Ron Bell asked the question about vendors, 'Do they run the show or us?' Well if it is the vendors coming up with the readies that virtually finance the show then to a large extent they do. If I were trading and paying for floor space for all the days at the convention I would be very annoyed at having some of my customer base taken away by restricted access for whole days. If the vendors disappeared my guess is the show would collapse as I cannot see IPMS being able to fully fund it to be realistic. What works at our show at Telford is that IPMS members get in an hour earlier than Joe Public on each day. First bite at the cherry for members on each day without upsetting the traders who largely fund the show.
  9. Different! Cannot see the BMW UK factory over here in Cowley, Oxford where the Mini is built ever doing this scheme! Lol.
  10. Videos exclusively about 'opening the box' that take half an hour. Pointless! Also, shaky video filming and disorganised presenters that are too full of their own self importance going randomly off topic. Result. A very amateur looking video. Good lighting, following a story board, tripod mounted camera if shooting from one position should be pre requisites to planning and executing a coherent video.
  11. Cameron, of course flying is faster than a train, but I am talking about high speed trains not what you have available in the US at present for passenger transport. Before you say more I am aware that even high speed trains cannot match the speed of a jet plane. But running at 150 to 200 mph with the advantage of city centre access I think that many Americans would use them for comfort. Having flown many times in cramped aircraft and having used the Eurostar and French TVG trains I know what I would prefer, plus I can carry much more on board. I understand that the US is currently looking into the possibility of high speed trains up and down the East and West coasts. The US could well invest in its passenger train infrastucture. What time would it take a cross USA train travelling at 200 mph to travel from say New York to Los Angeles and servicing some mid West cities along the way.I We see many Old West movies about the pioneering spirit in building the railways across the US. Maybe it needs that again to provide clean and reasonably fast travel given the size of the country.
  12. Considering it is not an off the shelf paint, specially mixed and looks like supplied ready to use in an aerosol puts the cost into more perspective.
  13. Gil, you have made some very salient points about our two annual events. The demographic and travel infrastructure is very different in the States to over here and naturally influences what is feasible at each. Europe certainly does have a good rail network, but even so I would guess that most of our visitors displaying still travel by road and ferry simply to be able to carry more. Europe is developing more networks of high speed passenger trains. Maybe that is something that the USA needs for the future, not just up and down the East and West Coast areas but rapid two way rail systems as well right across the country in addition to the single line systems already in existence that could still be used just for slow moving freight. I am surprised that the US seems to be so far behind in this respect as high speed electric trains are non polluting too. Having used the Eurostar from London to Paris a few times I can vouch for how much more civilised it is to travel that way than flying.
  14. The USA outline overlay that Michael placed on the map of Europe makes a very interesting comparison between the two. The landmass is very similar taking into account Norway, Sweden partially shown and Finland just off the map. We do get considerable attendees from the further sides of Europe considering the UK is an Atlantic Island Nation. Poland, Romania, Greece, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland and Malta to name the further away ones. We even had IPMS Israel attend although not strictly in Europe. Before recent events we had a company named Neoresins from Russia visiting as a regular trader at the show. We get many visitors from all over Europe and the impact is a very positive one where we can meet like minded modellers from other countries and get their perspective on the hobby. Cannot give you a percentage of attendees from mainland Europe, but the SMW Show Manager Richard Middleton on the UK EC might know. Regardless of percentages the European IPMS branches and individual visitors from all over the world really give the show some diversity in outlook. And that helps bond us modellers and emphasises the word 'International' in IPMS.
  15. Michael's mention that anyone in the UK can drive to Telford within a day, true, but completely overlooks the fact that many of our visitors travel from all over Europe to visit the show. The IPMS National Convention is aptly named at it tends to be more parochial in nature due to the vast size of the USA and very few being able to make a transatlantic or transpacific journey to attend. So it tends to be more 'in house' as it were. SMW on the other hand is a more international event due to the UK's location close to the rest of Europe. Both events have their own ways of doing things simply due to their respective locations. To a certain extent, I think the UK has a bit of an advantage using the same venue annually and being hired by the Executive Committee and not having to move to a different venue each year and relying on more local organisation. Not sure if a central regular location would work in the States as there would be so many pros and cons to discuss if iit were ever were to be considered. Wherever your convention falls there will be folk who will have to travel vast distances to attend regardless, so maybe a central location might just work and folk attending would be able to budget annually for it not wildly fluctuating in cost to them each year.
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