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rcboater

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About rcboater

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

    Vermont Aiir Natiional Guard

    Jim, I also grew up in the Burlington area, same time as you. My lasting memory was seeing the F-102s in the sky near the airport. (They were easy for a kid to ID!) I almost bought the 1/72 Draw decals the other day- then got wrapped around the axle on the kit. Do I want a “ Case X” or “Case XX” wing? ( Meng makes both.)
  2. rcboater

    Helicopter wish list

    Another vote for the HH-52 in 1/72. (There is a $50 resin kit, but it would be nice to see one in styrene!)
  3. For those of you who have a club Facebook presence, did you set it up as a "Group" or a "Page"? As I understand it, a Page increases your club's visibility, as it can be found by search engines, but there's no real security-- anyone can post a comment on it. If you set up as a Group, you can restrict both access and membership, at the expense of visibility. Just looking for some feedback on what option you picked and why, and what your experience has been.....
  4. rcboater

    How does your club manage your mailing list?

    Great input so far.... some comments: - I looked at Constant Contact, but they seem expensive at $20 a month. Is there a less expensive non-profit option they don't really advertise? - I can build out a list in my email, but then it is tied to my address and my computer, and is hard for others in the club to use. My last neighborhood had a list using that method-- we had a recurring problem where people would use the list by hitting "reply to all", but from an old message, that didn't have all the latest updates. Most people would get most of the news, but no one got all.... - I've looked at MailChimp-- I was hoping some people would weigh in with their experience........ Thanks for the responses so far!
  5. I'm researching a problem that I'm sure all clubs and non-profits have: Looking for a membership management tool that is low cost (or free) to manage the club mailing list, and our annual show attendee list. Our club has two distinct, and slightly different needs: 1. Manage the membership list for sending our newsletters and other emails to the dues-paying members of the club. 2. Collect and build a "customer list" of vendor contacts and attendees for our annual show. Currently we have a solution for #1, but not for #2. We don't want a combined list, as we don't want to send internal club business emails to our "customer" list. Right now, all we have is a collection of emails the club officers have collected over the past few years, but no central repository that any of us can access. Yes, we could just build out a spreadsheet and keep them there, but that puts the burden on one person to collect and manage the list. I have googled the topic, and found that there are a variety of online services that offer email management for non-profit organizations. Many offer free service for a list up to X members, with a sliding cost above that. But those solutions seem to be oriented more as a membership tool than a customer tool. So I figured that before I go and try to our half a dozen free or lost cost solutions, I'd ask here.... I'm sure this a problem other clubs must have already solved.....?
  6. I support the IPMS decision on this as well. The return on investment just isn't there. I do find it interesting when I hear fellow boomers (who started modeling as youngsters in the late 50s and 60s) lament that "kids aren't building models anymore". That is just not true. Kids are building models left and right, all over the place. They just aren't building our kind of models!! Have you been in a toy store? Have you seen all the Lego kits? And what they cost!?!?!! Kids are building models of all kinds of subjects. Lego teaches the same sorts of skills-- following directions, learning that wrong placement of earlier sub-assemblies cause later parts not to fit, etc. These kits have "play value", too-- just like we had when we started modeling as kids! Remember Monogram's kits with retracting gear, bomb drops, etc? Or Revell's Battleships and Carriers with flat bottoms for sailing on the floor or in the pond? My son is 27. He's a modeler, of sorts. He got into miniatures gaming at the local comic book/CCG (collectible card game) shop. Now he's into a couple of sci-fi gaming systems, building multi-media resin and plastic vehicles for Warhammer 40K types of games. He airbrushes and weathers his models, and recently built his own spraybooth, All of his gaming buddies are doing similar sorts of things. If not for dear old Dad, he would never have heard of IPMS or been to a show. (None of his friends have!) If we really want to reach out to kids and teens, we should find a way to reach them with things that interest them, not try to get them interested in our subject matter. Reach out to the gaming shops-- welcome the sci-fi modelers and wargamers. If we want more adults to join in and participate in our events, let's be more welcoming to other hobbyists. Model Railroaders. miniature wargamers- they both are researching, building, painting, weathering, etc. Rather than continue the MnT program, maybe we can think a little more out of the (kit) box!
  7. rcboater

    Oldest Chapters?

    Is there a list somewhere that identitfes the first "x" chapters? Is an existing chapter considered to be the first, or oldest if the first one is no longer around? I couldn't find anything on the History of IPMS USA on the website. I also did a search in this forum for thigns like "Oldest Chapter" or "First Chapter", and didn't get any matches......
  8. I'm wondering-- how many people attended the last couple of Nats? Entrants, spectators, and general admissions? I'm not looking for exact numbers, just looking to get an idea of the size. I've never been to a Nats, but I've attended large wargaming events like Historicon, and I'm trying to get a sense of the realtive sizes of the two events...... -Bill
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