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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
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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. Another idea: Instead of trying to change three convention dates and contracts, just change one. Leave Vegas and Omaha as they are. If 2020 gets cancelled, move it to 2023. If the hotel is forced to cancel 2020, that gets us off the hook in San Marcos. That “ get out of contract free” card is only applicable this year, so can’t be played in 2021 and 2022. We keep those dates and contracts, and are free to sign a new one in 2023.
  2. I’m wondering—. Where is the data that leads you to say “clubs don’t have webpages anymore”?? Here in New England, I don’t see it. There are 8 clubs within a couple hours driving distance for me. All but one of them have a website, some are on bookface too. (The exception is IPMS Central Connecticut, a club that formed in 2012, and is only on BookFace. ) I do get the sense that the Region 1 (Northeast) event isn’t as popular as it used to be. But I also don’t recall any cases where R1 clubs were “competing” to host the event in the last 20 years. In the last 10 years, several clubs (mine included) have decided that it isn’t worth it. We are already hosting a very successful annual contest, and no one has the appetite to take on a second, larger show, one that will be significantly more work and carry a larger financial risk. I also would challenge your statement that “10 years ago IPMS members and clubs used to be so enthusiastic.” I”d say they are still as enthusiastic as ever, just not about hosting Regional Events, for all the reasons others have mentioned. Our club is growing— because our focus isn’t on IPMS Competition.
  3. Thanks! The kit was a real pain to build, but I like how it came out. It looks great in my display cabinet with the rest of my 1/72 scale USCG models....
  4. Just wondering: Which Revell Constitution are you building? The big 1/96 scale (3’ long) or the smaller 1/196 scale kit? In any case, I have two resources to recommend: 1. The ships forum at FineScaleModeler. That seems to be a place where builders of plastic sailing ships seem to gather. There are some amazing build threads for Constitution, especially for the big kit. 2. Modelshipworld.com. While primarily a wood “sticks and string” ship site, there are a lot of build threads for plastic models, too. And your rigging and modeling questions are equally applicable to both wood or plastic sailing ship models. I’m sure your specific question has been discussed there many times... It was not uncommon for ships to stow their sails ashore when in homeport for an extended period. Getting them out of the weather prolongs the life of the material, and allows the sailmakers to make repairs, etc. If you decide to show furled sails, you don’t need to start with a full-size sail. Any material you use will be thicker than scale— so you only need about a third to a half of the sail to create an appropriate “furled” look. -Bill
  5. The ancient Monogram HU-16E Albatross, built OOB. Markings are USCG early 1960s, from the Print Scale sheet. The mold dates from 1957, kit was real pain to build. I glued the “moveable” gear in the down position to make it sturdy, and added some lead shot to keep the nose down. Paint is Tamiya white and some of my hoarded MM “Coast Guard Red-Orange” from their discontinued Marine colors line. All the orange bands and black stripes were painted- lots of masking there! I was impressed with how well the Print Scale decals went down over the big rivets... DUKW is the Italeri kit, in USCG colors from the same period....also OOB. Photo courtesy of Pip Moss.....
  6. I really enjoyed this build- It was more fun than any other recent build, by far. When you start with such an old kit, there’s no worry about screwing it up. Pretty much anything you do to it is an improvement. For example it is a hard to scratchbuild an item to the same level of detail as the rest of the model when you’re working on the latest “state-of -the-art” kit. But replacing “deck blobs” with new items that look more like the real thing has a big impact, even if the new item isn’t perfect. (The 80/20 rule kicks in here big time!)
  7. Nice breaker! These old kits can really look nice with a few well-placed upgrades....!
  8. First mod was to cut off all the solid wall “ railings”, for later replacement with PE. I also replaced the main deck and scratchbuilt the gear on the foc’sle, and converted the kit whaleboats to USCG Motor Surf Boats. I also scratchbuilt a new tripod mainmast and radar room.
  9. I built the old Revell Secretary-class Cutter as the USCGC Duane for our club’s Vietnam war theme. The kit was originally released in 1957 as the USCGC Campbell, in her post Korean War fit. Since the early 80s, the kit has been has been sold as USCGC Taney. I converted the kit to her sister ship Duane as she appeared during her deployment to Coast Guard Squadron Three in ‘68.There is a full build thread over on ModelShipWorld: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/19370-uscgc-duane-by-rcboater-bill-finished-revell-1305-plastic-ca-1980/?tab=comments#comment-591280
  10. Go look at the ships forum on the Fine Scale Modeler website. There is a terrific build thread on the Revell Cutty Sark there.... It seems to be the place to go for plastic sailing ships....
  11. 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!
  12. 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....
  13. 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......
  14. 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.
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