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  1. I've also been three times and am also planning on going next year as well. The 2023 theme is the 60th anniversary of IPMS, so it should be a cracker. I have to say, I prefer that the emphasis is on club and SIG displays rather than the competition - but horses for courses.
  2. Ooh, those are good ideas - I need to add those to my database spreadsheet. I'm always buying duplicate aftermarket bits!
  3. Any reason why IPMS/UK competition rules can't be studied for ideas? Their categories include: Standard Kit (SK) • A single, commercially produced injection moulded plastic or resin kit, built to the manufacturer's specifications, straight from box. Seatbelts, rigging and aerials may be added as appropriate to the subject. • No opened cockpits or hatches are allowed unless it is an option in the kit. • No additional items such as external stowage/boxes or tarpaulins or chains are permitted. • Changes in colour scheme and aftermarket decals are permitted e.g. Me109 from German to Spanish markings. • Kit instructions must be placed with the entry card or the model will be disqualified. • In the event that the kit instructions have been lost, the model may still be entered at the discretion of the Competition Secretary, on the understanding that, should the said instructions be required by the judges and not be available, the model will be disqualified Any Source Detailed (ASD) • A Standard Kit that has additional detailing added from any commercial sources and/or significant additional detail built by the modeller. • This definition also includes any kit parts relocated or reworked by the modeller. Aftermarket tracks, wheels, gun barrels, machine guns etc are examples of what would be considered included in ASD entries. • Cockpits/vehicle hatches and doors may be opened and any inspection hatches, wing/rotor folds or bomb bays provided as an option in the original kit can be posed open and the interior of the hatch/bomb bay/ wing fold may be detailed in this class. Any Source Converted (ASC) • This is a model that is built to a specification or variant other than that intended by the manufacturer. • Commercial, non-commercial and/or scratch-built parts may be used. • A change of colour scheme and/or decals shall not constitute a conversion, regardless of any change of designation to the model. • A converted model may be detailed to any level desired by the modeller. Vacformed (V) • A commercial kit where the main body parts and/or flying surfaces are of vac-formed plastic, but it can contain any other detailed parts from any source. • These kits may be detailed to any level desired by the modeller. Scratch Built (S) • A model constructed where the main body parts (50 percent or more) and/or flying surfaces are home-made or vac-formed plastic, other than of a commercial nature. • The basic structure should be of plastic although a supporting (wooden) core is permitted. • A scratch built model may be detailed to any level desired by the modeller. Super Detailed (SD) • Any model that has large areas of structure (more than 10 percent) or hatches, inspection panels and turrets not provided as options in the original kit removed/opened and significant detail added by the modeller, this can be either from commercial and/or scratch-built parts. • Wing or rotor folds not included as part of the original kit shall fall into this class. • Subjects which have an exterior skin or covering removed to show interior structure shall also be classed as super detailed. Bases and Cases • Bases will be allowed in all categories and will not be considered in the judging except dioramas https://ipmsuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/IPMS-UK-Scale-ModelWorld-2022-Competition-Rules-V1-1.pdf Seems to work for them. Or do we still have something against furriners and their nefarious ideas? 😉
  4. From the Tokyo Hobby Show, Tamiya just announced a new tool 1/48 F-35A. Should be a massive improvement on currently available kits and with lots of potential international markings options, it should prove popular! NEW TAMIYA F-35 KIT ANNOUNCED 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit. Wingspan: 222mm, fuselage length: 326mm. Realistically depicted Radar absorbent material (RAM) sections. This kit can be-assembled with one choice of the three ordnance patterns – stealth mode, air-to-air mode, and beast mode. Ordnance parts can be-attached under wing. Features realistic renderings of the following sections: Weapons bay inside details including depictions of wiring Engine nozzle, cockpit, and landing gear bays Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat (multiple-piece design) Ladder which extends from nose left side Nose undersurface side details Y- shaped air intakes Engine nozzle (5-piece design) RCS (radar cross section) enhancers affixed to top and bottom sections (two for each, four in total) during basic training exercises Boxes stored in nose landing gear bay Choose from open or closed weapons bay covers and canopy (the latter is interchangeable), up or down flaps, and extended or retracted boarding ladder. Includes a realistically recreated seated pilot figure with Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) and various kinds of ordnance: AIM-9X Sidewinder x2, AIM-120C AMRAAM x2, GBU-12 Paveway II x4, and GBU-31 JDAM x2. Transparent parts capture sensor windows. Comes with nine marking options - U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Italian Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force, and Royal Netherlands Air Force. (Also, drag chute fairing component is-included only for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.) Includes canopy masking stickers and a full-color painting guide.
  5. Nice! The barrel is very convincing, as are the various chains and ropes. Is it called a Parrot Gun because it's bright yellow? 😁
  6. Impressive! What are the dimensions?
  7. Nice work, Ron! According to Scalemates, this is a re-release of the 1977 Monogram 1/618 scale kit.
  8. My wife is actually thinking she'd like to come - she's heard lots of good things about that area of the country. I've never been to Wisconsin so it'll be a first for me. As for it being too far - well, that's true of anywhere for a lot of people, but them's the breaks. Just about anywhere WE want to go is one plane change away nowadays, and we aren't letting that be our excuse for not going. As I'm not intending to enter anything in the contest, it's a non-issue for me - I'll save all my entries for the next time Phoenix hosts....! 😁
  9. I'll second that! I thought the idea to have lunch delivered to vendors was a particularly nice touch.
  10. Cheers, Phil - I might just take you up on that!
  11. Cheers, guys. As I won't have a car, I won't be able to get out there. Guess I'll have to pay for an extra checked bag! 😁
  12. Will there be any facilities available to mail packages from the convention site over the weekend, such as UPS or FedEx? I remember there being such at some conventions in years' past.
  13. They can't have been too wide if the profile is correct (which is uncertain) - the artist shows the bands being between the underwing roundel and the serial, where in real life there wasn't that much space. It may have been that part of the serial was painted over. Without a photo, it's all guesswork. This is the uncertainty that surrounds many profiles - unless you can find the photo the profile was created from, you have no idea how accurate it is. I've looked through a bunch of my references and can't find any photos of Seahawks with those bands.
  14. I imagine those were there for some sort of exercise rather than an operation, as it appears these were there for a short period in 1953. Here's a Russian interpretation: http://www.wings-aviation.ch/32-FAA/4-Sqn/806.htm
  15. They've been saying it for years - there is no Future in this hobby anymore..... and now it's true...😉
  16. Wow, your Walmart sells kits! Lucky! Some recent purchases. Got the two Phantoms for $20 each at a swapmeet, which I consider a pretty good deal.
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