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  1. Greetings All

    I did not want to highjack the Hasagawa Harrier Thread ,so here is my finished VMA 211 Wake Island Avenger. I had to install the gun pods as a Marine Aircraft without weapons seemed "Unnatural".

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    This is probably my final aircraft for this collection. I have 7 Aircraft from the Wildcat thru the F-35 in collection.

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    This is the Hasagawa kit with Super Scale decals,Resin Seat,Resin Exhaust vents, and Flying Leatherneck Det.- Cord.

    Two tone gray scheme with true Marine Tail.I used Gunze paints for colors and GX 100 clear for decal base and Mr Hobby Matt for final finish

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    Last addition was the Resin FOD covers. The Hasegawa intake has too many issue to be left open and I like a little more colors these add to the aircraft.

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    Thanks for Looking

    Comments Welcome

    Regards 

    Bill

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  2. 8 hours ago, patd said:

    Why not give the organizers the benefit of the doubt? They have been living with this nightmare since the beginning of the year. They realize the financial problems /health problems, etc. that this thing poses.

    Lots of moving parts here, contracts, etc. I am sure they are trying to come to a decision that will hurt the society the least. The organizers may be better off not saying anything right now until the organizers and hotel do their due diligence coping with this mess, I am sure there are legal matters involved. .

    What difference does it make if the Nationals are cancelled  tomorrow or a month from now? I rather doubt that anyone here has his/her stuff packed up and in the car waiting to head to San Marcos. Is it going to affect your building schedule? If it is held, then you  are still building to a completion date that you planned for.  If your model is finished and you can't go there will be another Nationals, just keep the dust and cats away from your model. There are some here ( and on  other sites) who have been advocating a cancellation since February, with some not so subtle "virtue signaling"  thrown in. Others are anxious to get the show on the road. Fine, to each his/her own. Eventually we will know but we do not know right now,  but other than posting and talking  whether it is a go / no-go it is not going to affect your life to any great degree.

    Well said Pat.

    Regards

    Bill

  3. "Best" is a Subjective term.

    I can only comment on what I can Recommend based on build.

    The new Airfix 1/48 Hurricane is an excellent kit. Great details,Good decals and trouble free to Build.

    Thats All I got to say about that.

    Bill

  4. On 6/12/2020 at 5:19 PM, RJackson said:

    After conversing with Eric, the job is mine.

    So, this is a general call for volunteers to help takes pictures for the website gallery.  If you are interested but aren't quite sure what you are signing up for, look in the Events Gallery and then in the IPMS/USA Nationals gallery for examples of what has been done before.

    Like I said above, people will focus on the one or two classes that most interest them.  For those classes that don't have someone assigned to them I'll take examples from all of the photographers and compile them.  We'll try to meet once or twice during the convention to do a data transfer of what you have.  I'll then format them and upload them onto the web site.

    It's not terribly structured and is really just to give those who can't attend a chance to see what was there.  

    Greetings Rick

    Have volunteered for the last few years as Photographer . Offer is out there for this year also. Requested Catagorys are SCI-Fi and Juniors

    Cheers

    Bill D

  5. Nick
    I disagree with your interpretation of the “GSB / 123 “ survey  
    1. The survey was only a question regarding methodologies. There was nothing that implicated “drastic change”.
    2. The distribution of results was virtually 50/50. Apparently interest is equally strong on both sides of the  issue.
    3. The  number of survey responses (~500) was greater than the number of votes received by  most officers in the last E-board election. ( * )Should we now interpret what that means regarding interests ? I will not pretend to be an interpreter of the ~4000 members of IPMS or their voting interests.
    4. I disagree adamantly that the results were “predictable”. 
    I am hoping people were done kicking this on the forum where debate has been accomplished "ad infinitem". The last posts on these topics were back in October 2019.  
     
    The subject in this posting is  "Placing of notifications during the IPMS Nationals". Could we please stay on subject?
    Let’s move forward.
    Bill
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  6. Hello 

    It has been 14 days since I started and I Figured it was time for a few notes.

    Besides the decals are now drying on my F-15.

    1. Why did I start this conversation ? Three main Reasons
      1. I absolutely despise the need to run on Saturday evening after the awards to see the winning entries and congratulate those builders.
      2. I do not believe the 1-2 second photo and the Miniature Picture in the Journal is enough to take a good look at the Judged winners.
      3. After attending the Telford World Model Expo, I found the ability to see who and what was awarded was fantastic.
    2. Clubs needing to be "Guiana Pigs / Lab Rats" is not really a needed concept. There are three major shows that post their award winners before the end of show...Scale Model World (Telford), Eday(Czech Republic) and Scale Model Challenge (as mentioned by Mr Bonnani above).
    3. Attendees leaving early has been mentioned in posts above and as I stated in my opening post ,there are way to many reasons for my time spent at the convention, contest results are not one of them. As mentioned above, all the factors involved in attending a IPMS convention preclude departing early (Travel Plans,Vendors,Comraderie, ETC ETC).
    4. Couple of people have mentioned Surveys, but in the next breath note that they are mostly futile.(PS..Survey of Forum respondents is 2 against and 7 Interested)  As a previous Product Manager , I suggest put the concept to a test and review the results. If Good- it remains, If bad- remove and continue. Again as mentioned above ,things have been tried, failed, modified and implemented, without the failure of the IPMS convention.
    5. I do not believe The IPMS Nations are "Not Broke" rather I would like see them as a "Work in Progress" and looking at the worldwide modeling community learning from each and continue to grow the US Nationals .

    As we would say at Product Management  "sooner or later you have to shoot the engineers and build the product"...I would like to move this idea forward to IPMS Leadership. Any Ideas How ?

    Have enjoyed the conversation. 

    Best Regards

    Bill

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  7. Hello

    Guys

    My focus in this discussion is the Placement of "Award Winner " cards with the winners on Friday evening. Allows Saturday for all attendees to see, in a Timely manner, what models were winners.

    I appreciate the Banquet and photo discussions, but my main point is for attendees to view awarded models all day Saturday, not just a brief photo at presentation or when models are being "packed Up" Saturday evening.

    Thanks for Interest

    Bill

  8. Hello

    I would hope this stimulates some spirited discussion.

    Concept: As each Category is Judged, Notices are placed as to what has "Placed" in each category :

    • No Longer place "Category winners"(Announced at Awards presentation)
    • Judges simply place a "IPMS Nationals winner" card with model (category and entrant number written on it).
    • Awards Show will be Category and Special Winners (1st,2nd,3rd will be placed with models during Awards ceremony, as done now)
    • 1st,2nd,3rd will be published in Journal and Social Media and discussed during Saturday evening model-rush.

    - Debate Points

    1. Non-Winner will take Models and Leave...(My Opinion...I am there for the Convention ,not only as a competitor, Thank God)
    2. Banquet will suffer....( Banquet is about Camaraderie, IPMS recognitions and Thank You's, not awards.)
    3. Judges may be asked to justify their decisions...They should be able to do so even now.

    +Debate Points

    1. Winning models can be viewed in a Timely manner during Saturday
    2. Brief Photo Show and Announcement no longer needed during Awards Ceremony 
    3. Winning Model Builders can be congratulated and discuss their methodology during the day. 

    Details can be added or subtracted as Needed

    Comments PLEASE

    Bill

     

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