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  1. Well I know IPMS Albuquerque has looked into doing another National several times off and on over the last 15 years. 2 things kill the prospects of doing it here. 1st and the biggest one there is only one place here large enough to hold a Nationals and that is the ABQ convetion center and that is waaaaay to expensive unless people want to pay $100+ to enter and $250 for a room at the nearby Hyatt hotel and then walk to and from the convention (which I wouldn't recommend doing after 8PM). Second is a follow on to the last reason. The crime in the area is horrible and I could almost guarentee numerous problems related to that and we wouldn't want to subject people to that headache.
  2. Actually Tamiya is a very good paint. As Mike and Pete said, you used the PS paint line which is designed to etch into Lexan. It is strong and hot stuff. Not surprised it won't come off easy. The AS and TS Tamiya paint line are the paints that are for plastic models. I'd chalk it up to a live and learn lesson and give the AS and TS (with their primer) lines a go.
  3. I've been to several Nats and enjoyed every minute of the Omaha show, (even the 14 hour one way drive lol). No complaints at all from me.
  4. Yup I got the email on the first of august and filled it out. Like I said before, Omaha was very enjoyable for me, the guys did a great show and I hope to go back there soon!
  5. Bass guitar player here.. Haven't played on stage for years though. I'm an '80's hair band refugee but I'll only play country music behind Shania Twain (or whatever else she wants to play) any day!! 😄 Unfortunately I probably won't be able to make it to Madison, sounds like it wound be fun idea though!
  6. I guess I'll post up the first topic for this 2022 nats thread lol... I just want to give kudos the the Omaha guys for a great convention! I had a blast and loved the area and the accommodations as well. Easy to get around and a nice venue. I originally wasn't able to attend this year but due to a series of unusual good fortune it allowed me to attend at almost literally the last minute. I'm glad I did. If (when?) you guys hold it again at the same venue, I WILL be there. Again great job guys. Two thumbs up. That sometimes fickle dude, Brian
  7. That's funny! I'm sure there are others knew earlier than that though. 😄
  8. Its been a popular area of the country for a lot of shows is the upper midwest lately it seems. If I had to guess, i would say Chicago always a good central population center site, Madison Wisconsin for the same basic reason as Chicago just a little further north of it (plus nicer area) and Milwaukee just to add because I've never been there.
  9. As much as I hate to say it unless there becomes an app available on a smart phone to make models, not too many kids are going to get interested in the hobby. I haven't seen very many kids get into model building anymore, most are more interested in the social media aspect of modern society. If the kids are on youtoob i'll bet 90% aren't looking for model info sadly. If you think about it most of us 'back in the day' were lured into the hobby because we wanted to be pilots, tank drivers ship captains or some sort of military related career and build subjects as such. How many kiddos do you see in a local hobby shop in the model section or club meetings? I tried pretty hard to get my kids into the hobby but they had ZERO interest in it and I am a lifelong modeler. Our club has had countless make and takes over the years and guess how many kids from those sessions became interested in the hobby let alone joined the club? Pretty much none of them. Matter of fact 80% of the MnT models got broken and tossed into the trash can on their way out. Plus the price of most kits now are out of the price range for many kids and their parents. I am all for everyone trying to get more kids into the hobby but I ain't holding my breath on getting a sizable influx of youngsters into the hobby.
  10. I agree, I liked the Embassy Suites hotels because of all the extras. I have even started to stay at them on family road trips. I was also able to get my room before they sold out. Looking forward to the show!! (but not the snuggling part)
  11. All these WWI builds are looking great, good work guys! As for me I haven't dropped off the face of the of the earth and haven't abandoned my wingnut wings fokker D7. I recently stopped internet service on my home PC among other services to save expenses. My only online connection now is via my vintage droid cell phone lol. I completed my D7's fuselage and lower wing and in the process of working on the upper wing and fiddly bits. Once I figure out how to effectively post pix, I will asap.
  12. Thanks for the comment Chris, got a little more done the last few days. Cockpit is done. Engine in progress. sorry for the slightly fuzzy pic... Seeing all the cool builds and people enjoying them in this thread i helping me fire the burners to build.
  13. ok, I had a lot of time last night and today (about 8 hours total) to start this project off, I got part of the cockpit and ammunition/gas tank done: Painted the subassemblies last night and put them together and weathered them today. Right in the middle of working on the instrument panel now:
  14. ok I have decided what I am going to build: 1/32 fokker dVII in this scheme, Nothing fancy just an out of the box fun build. Hope to start in the next few days...
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