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Ron Bell

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About Ron Bell

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  • Birthday 06/05/1948

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    Eddie Rickenbacker
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    Columbus, Ohio
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    Braille scale British armor, classic kits, just getting in to ships.

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  1. IPMS has groups within the organization that share information about specific topics, such as Helicopters, or small ships, or other topics. They are called SIGs, Special Interest Groups. While IPMS/USA does not have a group devoted to air racing, IPMS/UK does. While not limited to US air racing, they might be able to put you in contact with some resources you can use. Visit them at https://ipmsuk.org/directory/racing-record-aircraft/ Of course you are always welcome here as well. By the way, very nice models.
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    S&M Models 1/76 Stalwart

    If I had to guess, I'd guess that this kit originated from the JB Model company. It's molded like their's are, it used clear parts for the entire cab as their's did and it has the same level of detail. I've heard JB had planned a Stalwart but never got around to it. If so, then it's a good guess this is it. The kit is released by S&M Models. Aptly named as assembling it was an exercise in Sado-Masochism. There are no locating pips, holes, ribs, grooves or anything. They give you measurements as to how far back from the front of the vehicle the suspension should be and you have to transfer that to your kit parts. The cab's slab sides are joined by beveled edges, not butt joints. This would seem to make getting seamless corners easier, but since the parts are clear, you have to be extremely careful of alignment as you can't see the parts very well, they being clear. And for some reason, they did not mold the holes in the backs of the tires so you can put them on the axles. You have to drill them out. There is a tiny PE fret with the cage for over the exhaust, head light guards, wheel hubs and a windshield wiper. S&M has the kit in several variants, but all are basically the same. The only difference being the presence of the on board crane or not. With the exception of the cargo, which came from the spares bin, mine is out of the box and has it's flaws, but doesn't look too bad if you don't look too closely.
  3. I will make my annual pilgrimage to the show with three others, one of whom is a newbie who has never been before. Wa've tried to prepare him, but I know he'll still be gobsmacked.
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    1/700 WW II HMS Illustrious

    This is a very old kit and needs a lot of clean up to get it to fit. i opened up the stern area to the hangar deck, used PE detail sets for the mast, various radars, the antennae and railings. Also provided were the details for the Swordfish. I added torpedoes to the Swordfish. I substituted some Fulmars I had for the kit's Wildcats. Represented the forward deck windbreaks with decals painted in a slightly darker shade to make them visible, but not stand out too much. Drilled out all portholes. Hollowed out the smoke stack and added a grill on the top. Redid the piping on it as well as the ladders. Substituted life rafts from Shapeways for the kit's molded on ones. Mine had no decals (it was purchased second hand), so I cobbled together some markings from generic stuff I had lying around.
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    Jim Woody

    IPMS lost a dedicated member and a really nice guy. Condolences to Lindy and all who were close to him.
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    Carrier, Howitzer, 4.5" QF

    Carrier, Howitzer, 4.5” QF a.k.a: Vicar In 1918, some cast off Mk I and II hulls were gutted and the engines moved to a transverse position at the rear of the vehicle with the exhaust moved from the roof plate to the rear. The sponsons with their accompanying 6 pdrs. and all machine guns were removed and large doors were installed on both sides in place of the sponsons. New roof plates were fashioned, eliminating the roof hatch and muffler mounts, but with two doors opening on the centerline just behind the driver’s cupola with a new vent added for the engine at the rear. A quick firing 4.5” howitzer was mounted in the center of the vehicle firing through an opening in the roof, which could be closed off when the gun was lowered and the doors closed. The gun had a limited traverse of 10 degrees right and left. In action, the gun was worked with the side doors open to allow access to ammunition and for ventilation. A small amount of ready ammunition was carried in racks beneath the gun, but the main supply came from a similarly gutted Mk I/II without the gun that had been adapted as an ammunition and petrol carrier. One supply tank could serve three howitzer carriers. The 2/C markings on this vehicle indicate it is from the 2nd Section of Battery “C”. The largest drawbacks of the design were the transversely mounted engine, which required a new transmission which never ceased to give problems, the fact that the gun had a limited range of elevation to avoid firing into the driver’s cupola, and the entire vehicle had to be moved if the required traverse was greater than the 10 degrees allowed by the gun mounting. The program was not pursued past the Armistice, however the unofficial name of the vehicle, Vicar, started the tradition of naming self-propelled guns after men of the church. ****** For those of you who are not as familiar with WWI AFV’s, this one never existed. The fact that the artillery could not keep up with the infantry over the shattered terrain was a common thread as to why many offensives failed, so I devised this vehicle to allow the artillery to cross the broken ground and stay within range. Modifications were done to an Airfix Mk I model just as described in the text above and the 4.5“ howitzer is a modified Airfix 25 pdr.
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    Some stats pleae

    I think they were either entered as one entry in collections or were just on a display table, so they may not skew it that much. He is a prolific little devil, thought.
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    Some stats pleae

    Believe me, it doesn't take much to show me up in math, so no offense taken.
  9. Ron Bell

    Some stats pleae

    Your right, My bad. Mean is the arithmetic average, mode the most frequent response and median is as you say.
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    Some stats pleae

    Actually, if you did a full analysis of the numbers, I'd bet you'd find the mean, being the most often seen, number of entries per modeler would be more like 2-3. It's those guys that bring tubs full of entries that skew the numbers.
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    Some stats pleae

    That's an average of 6.4 models per entrant. When we get the final registration count, we can also see what percentage of those who attend the convention actually enter the contest. When I did it for our last show I think it was somewhere around 20-25%.
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    USA Logo usage by chapters/members

    I think it refers to us making money off of the use of the logo. I don't think anyone is buying those books because our logo is in them somewhere and we're not charging for its use, so we should be ok. Ron
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    USA Logo usage by chapters/members

    Here's the lawyers actual words: "The National organization owns the logo. It can grant use of the logo or withhold the right to use the logo as it sees fit. In order to avoid problems with our tax status, we should not grant permission to use it in a for profit enterprise. Traditionally, the National organization has allowed the chapters to use the logo to promote the local club and the national organization." Does that answer the question?
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    USA Logo usage by chapters/members

    I'm going to have to defer to our legal eagle to get a ruling and get back to you. I don't want to use the wrong words and convey the wrong thing.
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    Flash Gordon's rocketship

    I always liked how the smoke from the engines rose faster than the ship did as it went round and round gaining altitude.