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Mark Aldrich

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  1. Man,

      Sorry to hear that.  I must consider myself fortunate.  I have never (knock on wood) had that happen to me.  I have heard all the stories and am just so happy that I have not had that problem.  On the plus side.....you can get you some Masterclub tracks!!  I wish they made a set of T54E1s.  I would probably buy about 20 just to start!.

  2. I know I am posting this earlier than normal but I just noticed this Topic and figured I would get us started.  As usual, I am looking for photographers to help photo archive the upcoming Nationals.  This year should be an easy one as I am actually going to get to attend!  If all has gone right, I should have a SIG table and we will use that as the handoff location.  As in previous years, I am in need of all the different categories to be covered as well as any trips, vendors, make-n-take, and general convention shots.  You can contact me here or at tacomipms@comcast.net.  Can't wait to be there.


  3. I tried to explain what the judges look for, (I've seen that seminar a lot) but doubt it made a difference to his already formed opinion. So fair thee well...

    This is the HARDEST part to overcome when you are talking with people about "how and why" at a contest.  By the time they are talking with you, they have already formed an opinion and no matter what you say to them, it usually goes in one ear and out the other.  I truly think the biggest problem is that most local shows involve the judging taking place while the contestants and spectators are there.  This means that anyone can listen to what the judges are saying and YOU NEVER WANT THAT!!!  However, it is the nature of the beast. 

  4. Rusty says it best and I wish I could instill that attitude in all my model buddies.  While I go to contests and enter models I no longer worry or care about not winning.  I still chat and discuss when something wins that I feel shouldn't have (as all modelers tend to do).  My theory or mentality is that if I win I was fortunate enough that 3 fellow model builders (hopefully) thought my entry was better than the others presented on that day and time.  If I don't win.....Guess what?  I will still build models to the best of my ability and will still enter contests until I can no longer build. 

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  5. And this is why I don't understand Tamiya.  Instead of making a really good kit that requires no aftermarket or scratchbuilding  they make mediocre kits and model builders still pay top dollar for them.  Even when these are Maxpeerless/Italeri molds sold under the Tamiya name.  It just boggles my mind.    

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