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    Bugatti Veyron

    Surprised that either Revell or Tamiya have not kitted this car in 1/24th scale with full engine detail. There are some ready built models available but no kits. Would make a bit of a change from Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Even a re tooled Jaguar E Type from Revell would be welcome, but this time in 1/24th not 1/25th.
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    Bugatti Veyron

    I will have to have a look at the Airfi x snap kit. Have seen some of the others they do since your reply and they look a lot better than expected. Will have to get one to play about with. The Hiro Chiron, nice but expensive. They do the prototype Geneva Show car as well, that I think was named Vision.
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Pete, the Dusie engine I think was ran just once to prove it out before going into the model. Gerald Wigrove is now retired and living in Spain. He emailed me some time ago to say that he still keeps his hand in for his own pleasure now. Maybe the Craftsmanship Museum should approach him?
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Pete, as my main interest is classic cars, particularly from the 'Golden Age' I have followed Louis Chenot's Duesie build with great interest. What a fantastic model. I think it is in 1/6th scale from what I can remember. I also seem to remember that the engine is a fully working miniature of the original and there may be a Utube video showing it being tested. What a remarkable model. Just out of interest there is a picture somewhere that I have seen where the late Dr. Park was visited by famous model maker Gerald Wingrove.
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Pete, having looked at the Joe Martin Craftsmanship Museum may times in the past, all I can say is that it any model maker wants to be inspired, regardless of subject interest have a good look on there. The late dentist from Hawaii who made those aluminium skeletal aircraft models, wow! Rusty, Sherline has a good website with many links. I expect you may have looked it up already.
  6. Ready for Christmas viewing the BBC are filming War of the Worlds, true to the book based in Edwardian England. What a refreshing change from all the Americanized versions made for Cinema and TV down the years!
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    BBC Filming War Of The Worlds in UK

    BBC ran some drama trailer titbits and in amongst them was a few seconds of footage showing a tripod machine. No indication of release yet though.
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    CAPTAIN MARVEL

    How did Marvel Comics get away with naming their female character Captain Marvel when the character was originally male and created originally by DC comics? When I was a kid back in the 50's I used to read the DC Captain Marvel Comics along with the Marvel family characters Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Junior. I can remember a Saturday morning children's cinema matinee when they ran a Captain Marvel serial in black and white. Marvel Comics did not create their character until years later.
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    CAPTAIN MARVEL

    I believe that the SHAZAM movie being released soon will feature who I recognise as the original Captain Marvel (i.e. Billy Batson shouts 'Shazam' to change into the legendary super hero. What are they naming him in it?
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    You got some nice equipment there Rusty. Sherline has a good reputation in the mini machine market. Although now made stateside, did you know that Sherline originated from Australia? There are some nice little machines for model makers by Emco, Proxxon, Peatol and Cowells to name a few more as well.
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    The best putty

    For very fine gap filling I use Artists Acrylic Paint...……...Agree with Ralph and Pete, fitting is better than fiddling!
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Things do move on, but it would be sad if totally hand crafted models get dismissed because something could be made accurately and repetitively on a CNC machine. Modifying a drawing to remake on CNC is easier than scrapping a part and having to make it again by hand. The only machinery I use is a small Emco Centre lathe and milling machine (both manually controlled) but most of my work is done by hand from raw materials. Compared to kit building and detailing it gives me more satisfaction and pleasure having to get my head around the numerous problems encountered along the way when scratch building. At the end it is nice to look back and think ' I made that, every bit!'
  13. Hi Guys I was having a conversation at Telford with one of your countrymen and the USA National Convention came up in our discussion. One of the things we talked about was that the convention moved annually and various chapters took on the responsibility of running the event. I surmised that this was due to the vast distances between cities in the USA so that everyone has a fair crack at the convention being closer (relatively) in due course as years go by. He agreed that this was probably the case, but also surprisingly he said that he wished that the convention was held at the one venue all the time close to a large city with an international airport close by with good road and rail links. He also mentioned that he would like to see the governing body of IPMS USA run the show in a similar fashion to IPMS UK. That way the US convention could develop it into a show similar to IPMS UK scale Modelworld at Telford as he felt that the convention although very good each year could not go any further than the current format. He also mentioned that this may be due to the financial responsibility that the chapter takes on when it is their turn to run the event. I suggested to him that IPMS USA probably has insurance in place to cover the risks for the chapter involved and explained that IPMS UK has approached this differently and become a limited company to protect every one of its members. It was interesting to speak to a stateside member and share information about our different approaches. Personally, I have not been to any USA Convention so far but would very much like to as I have heard that us Brits are always made to feel very welcome at your main event.
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    The classes at the USA nationals and SMS Telford out of necessity have to reviewed and changed from time to time. Sometimes it is forced by developments in technology that has to be embraced. Sometimes it is due to the amount of support (or lack of) for that class on the table. A good example is that over recent years I have been scratch building classic cars and there was a class in civilian vehicles for this. Not many scratch builds were entered over the years and scratch builds have now been grouped with detailed kits such as the stuff from Model Factory Hiro and Tamiya used as the basis instead of making all the parts yourself. Although from my point of view this decision was a tough one as going up against detailed kits will be difficult, I can understand the rationale behind it.
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    Judging Question

    Every organisation has their own contest stipulations so it is up to the entrant to comply rather than compare!
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    re: Judging was: Haters group

    Nick, one of your earlier threads mentioned that IPMS USA judges use a guidance handbook. I judge at SMW so it was interesting to learn this. The UK approach is a bit different as we just have a judges briefing beforehand and are then left to get on with it.
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    The computer and the printer are just tools! The printer just prints and the computer just follows you (the writer's) instructions. After 3D printing the next discussion in years to come may be about how Artificial Intelligence will be influencing our hobby.(Just Joking)
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    There are many differing opinions on the use of 3D printing in our particular realm, so it is very much a matter of each to their own views at present. I expect that things will settle down sometime soon when IPMS USA finally makes a decision about what way forward to go when more and more people use this technology. Hasn't been discussed much by IPMS over here in the UK so I guess that we will probably take a fairly pragmatic approach to this subject. My take on this is that as the process of developing 3D drawings and also that 3D printing is comparatively slow, end users (model builders) will find it very expensive compared to buying injection moulded kits that we are all used to.
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Er, how would you be able to paint all the interior details of a fully made model from a 3D printer? Kits and bits would be the way 3D printers would be any use to us plastic modellers in the future.
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    I worked as an CAD CAM engineer for a large part of my working life. so by definition, craftsmanship depends on how you look at it. Although I look at the work I was doing as being highly skilled, when I go to a craft fair and see jewellers beating shapes from silver ingots into sets of spoons, or someone doing an intricate wood carving or making a violin by hand, I am in awe of the craftsmanship that they have developed through years of experience working on raw materials by hand. 3D printed model kits/ parts...….Technically a plastic, Should be eligible for IPMS comps just like resin kits and bits. Funny thing though. What do you make of say a 1/72 scale fighter kit retro fitted with Aeroclub white metal engine, propeller, under carriage and Airwaves photo etched cockpit interior details? Does this comply with IPMS USA rules considering the percentage amount of metal use to plastic in the model? I know much of this sort of stuff is done in resin these days so the question is probably a bit hypothetical but would be interesting to know.
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    3-D printed models prohibited?

    It could be argued that drawing up parts on a computer and downloading them to a 3D printer is draughtsmanship rather than craftsmanship.
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    THE SHELF OF WOE

    I call my stash my hedge fund against inflation!
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    IPMS USA PERMANENT VENUE?

    Just a thought. THE INTERNATIONAL MODEL CAR BUILDERS MUSEUM hosts a bi annual competition in Salt Lake City at a regular venue.
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    re: Judging was: Haters group

    Interesting to read the quite passionate differing posts in this thread.Judges at model competitions are 'Damned if they do and damned if they don't'. Some are very pernickety and others have a bit more of a liberal approach. Nothing wrong with either as far as I am concerned. Not keen on judges being encouraged to speak directly to modellers and give a verbal critique afterwards as (a) It can lead to unpleasantness (b) Judges give enough of their time to do the judging without having it prolonged by individual discussions afterwards. At the end of the day does it really matter that much whether your models win or not? I have placed models into competitions. You win a few and you lose a few because judging is subjective and it is just someone else's opinion after all. I certainly don't lose any sleep over a judge's decision about any of my models. A late very good friend of mine and past senior champion of many IPMS UK Nationals as they were back then had a nice philosophy about entering models into competitions. His take was 'No matter how your model is judged, it will be no better or no worse when you take your model off the table to when you placed it on the table'. Me? I am just a Serious Modeller Who Doesn't Take Himself Too Seriously.
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    IPMS USA PERMANENT VENUE?

    Rusty, you are quite correct that I have not had the benefit of knowing about previous discussions about the topic of a permanent venue. It has been interesting to read the differing ideas and opinions stemming from my original post .All from a chance meet and talk with one of your countrymen from Chicago in the Saturday morning queue to get into Telford last year!
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