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    Bill
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    Michaels
  • IPMS Number
    42698
  • Local Chapter
    IPMS Patriot Chapter, Billerica, MA
  • City
    Derry
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    NH
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    Male
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    Derry,NH
  • Interests
    USCG subjects from 1790 to date; scale RC boats; any project that lets me mix RC boats and plastic models.

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  1. My pet peeve are tanks and figures in a diorama that were apparently “beamed in”, because there are no tracks in the snow/mud to show how they got there.... or the aircraft on the grass at the edge of the taxiway - apparently not even the wheels of a 10,000 pound aircraft can flatten that tough grass!
  2. Seems to be a lot easier to get than 501 (c)3 status.... A description is posted here on the AMA website. It obviously talks about AMA-chartered clubs, but seems applicable to any hobby club...., https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/505-a.pdf Does IPMS track this info, perhaps as part of the rechartering process? I’m hoping to hear from some who have already been down this road....
  3. No, I don’t think I’m being insulting to judges, as I think we’ talking about different things. I’m talking about local events, you’re talking about the Nationals. I would agree with you that it there’s no reason to hide the entrants’ names at the Nationals. All the contestants are members, and know the drill. It isn’t so cut and dried at local events - where maybe 15% of the entrants are IPMS members.... there, the perception of the non-members matters. We brought it on ourselves, as we have conditioned them to expect this over the decades. That makes it harder to convince the (local) Show Organizers they need to change anything now......
  4. I don’t think a concern for adherence or conformity to National rules is a concern here. Every club show I’ve ever been to has one or more unique rules they use. (And I’m lucky- there are six IPMS clubs putting on annual contests within a 2 hour drive radius from the Boston area.). By Risk/Reward, I meant “ Return on Investment”, or are the results worth the effort to make the change? If you are the only club in the area to make the change, you are exposing the show to a potential loss of perception of impartiality, even though it is basically unjustified. ( Perception is reality, unfortunately.). The benefits are difficult to quantify- I rather doubt anyone is going to thank the club for making the change. And some would likely contend that it doesn’t matter much - that knowing the builder’s name only makes a small difference, as most of the names aren’t people you know who they are anyways. So there is little real incentive to overcome the FUD factor to make the change - the risk/reward. And personally, to me, it isn’t something worth fighting for.... there are bigger fish to fry.
  5. Can’t anyone just turn the sheet over to answer that question...? And it isn’t like you need to flip the whole thing over, just lift the front edge enough to see the folded under part. And if the model is parked solidly on top of the sheet, you could always go to the registration desk and and ask “ Who is contestant #37?” While it is a bit silly in reality, it does reinforce the illusion of anonymity. I think It would be hard for a local club to be the first in the area to make the change to stop doing this, if all the other clubs do it the old way. I can’t see how I’d convince my fellow PatCon committee members that this was something we needed to do — the risk/reward proposition seems out of whack... -Bill
  6. Gil, Thanks for a very well articulated response! Too bad something like it isn’t posted on the IPMS USA website....!
  7. Following up on this.... How would a prospective group of modelers know this? My point is that the AMA makes it easy to find this info out— we don’t. We shouldn’t make it harder than it needs to be for people to charter a club. -Bill
  8. I wouldn’t consider that a big problem- normally I’d say “no” to pop ups. (Does your Firefox automatically suppress them? ). But I did it to give you a more complete report. I suspect the pop up was from your web hoster? Bottom line, your page came up without any scary warnings....
  9. Used your link using Safari on an iPad, I got an alert the site was trying to open a pop up. I allowed it, and a new tab opened, then eventually errored out with a “server not found”. But the original page loaded just fine, with no malware warnings.... -Bill
  10. I’m with Rob- building those older, yet still very buildable kits can be fun. I do that a lot. But I also accept that not every kit I choose to build is worth the effort to try to turn it into a contest winner. Even in an OOB category, a 30 year old kit won’t be as detailed as a new “super kit” is. Yes, the superkit has a lot more opportunities to make an error, but it provides a canvas to showcase a wider spectrum of skills if done correctly. Given that “no sweeps” is the rule, I’m not going to waste my one shot at being competitive in 1/35 WW2 armor with a 30 year old kit. Doesn’t matter whether it is in an OOB or non-OOB category- same thought process applies, at least for me. Around here, all but one of the local clubs dropped OOB a long time ago- in part because they realized that having two categories for the same subject (OOB and not-OOB) was just giving the same “Ace” builders two awards instead of one. -Bill
  11. “Yes” it is obsolete, at least in terms of the original objective. Modern kits make it downright silly. (An Eduard Profipack Kit is eligible, but the same Weekend addition kit, with the addition of just some of the same Eduard accessories is not! ). Most of the clubs around here have dropped it. Of the six contests held each year in this area, I can only think of one still holding on to OOB in any form. It seems to me that, at the Nationals level, anyways, the primary benefit today for all the OOB categories is to significantly increase the number of categories, and hence, awards given out. Taken to an extreme, how many people would bother to enter if we only had 5 aircraft categories to give the current out 1-2-3 awards in? ( I know this is a perfect segue to the GSB debate- but that topic has already been beaten to death elsewhere.) I’ve never been to a Nationals- I was a bit surprised to hear there are no Vignette categories there. All the local shows have them, and they seem to be popular. IMO, it is a great way to dip your toe into the Diorama pool. But adding vignettes categories would not be enough to replace all the OOB categories getting eliminated- you ‘d need other new ones to fill the gaps.
  12. Thanks, Dave. I’m guessing that the insurance is probably the primary reason for chartering. Having that gives the club access to a lot more venues for meetings and contests that might otherwise be unavailable. The reason I was asking: I’m also a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Their website has a page with a clear explanation of the requirements, process, and benefits- I was hoping the IPMS had something similar... https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/905.pdf
  13. Re-visiting this topic to see if anyone has more recent experiences to share. My RC boat club is using the mailing list service that is included as part of the package provided by our ISP. The webmaster (me) created a list of members and a club membership email address. It is set to only allow emails from members. Any club member can send an email to members@clubname.org, and it is automatically forwarded to all members of the list. In theory this is great, but in practice it is unreliable at times. The problem is that the low cost web hosting providers have thousands of customers, including the occasional spammers. This can cause the one or more of the big ISPs to block all mail coming from the hosters’ Email servers, so for example sometimes all our members with @comcast.net emails suddenly aren’t getting club emails. It typically clears in a couple of days, but is still annoying.... With the above experience in mind, I am reluctant to move our IPMS club’s larger list to a solution like that, so we are still using the “one officer keeps a master list- so the other club officers send him their messages to be forwarded to all” approach. This isn’t very efficient, especially when the list keeper is on vacation... So I’m still looking for a better solution. Is anyone using the file share options available on Google Drive, for example?
  14. Looking through the IPMS website, I was trying to find the answers to three basic questions, and came up empty: 1. How does a club become chartered? 2. What are the benefits of doing so? 3. When a new member joins, does the IPMS do anything to let either the individual or local chapter know about each other? Now in regards to questions 1and 2, I have to admit I didn’t read the constitution and bylaws - but if that is the only place the answers are posted, then that needs to be fixed, IMO. In regards to my third question, I am guessing the answer is “no”. I realize there may be privacy considerations about sharing the new member’s contact info with local clubs, but maybe there could be a checkbox to let the new member opt-in to share an email address with local clubs. Maybe it is posted and I’m looking in the wrong place? -Bill
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