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Rusty White

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  1. I was wondering when someone was going to mention that.
  2. Correct. I speak of the "perceived" view everyone in IPMS/USA takes of the "chairmen" and their chapter, which in your previous statement, lives on to this day of the one chapter whose nationals failed. I don't hold anyone personally responsible; s**t happens. My point was, that any chapter and its membership who hosts a national convention takes on a tremendous responsibility for the success of the show, not to mention a boatload of money, which will follow the chapter and it membership for decades if not longer and most of the time it's not very much "fun". I personally spent the entire conventions sitting in meetings and putting out fires as they arose. If anything went wrong, I was blamed, and to this day, I accept any and all responsibility for the '03 convention. It was loooooooooong on work and verrrrrrry short on "fun". Would I do it again? Knowing what I do now, I probably would if asked, but a LOT of things would need to be just right before I would take on such a huge responsibility again.
  3. Nick, If IPMS/USA were to guarantee a set profit to the host chapter, then I'm certain we would all be in it for the "fun". Maybe it's just my mercenary and capitalistic way of thinking, but I didn't consider it too much "fun" putting our club's and my own personal reputation on the line in '03. 😁🤣😂 It wasn't a terrible time I assure you for those two years, but a guaranteed profit would have sure helped. Walk up to anyone who worked a nationals for their club and ask them ; "how much "fun" was it?"
  4. As Ed so eloquently stated, the sci-fi categories are well represented IMHO as a starting point. FYI, all the head category judges are supposed to observe the entry numbers in their respective categories each year. IF an increase is observed in a specific or new category, it's the HCJ's responsibility to propose a new split or category to the NCC as a test for three consecutive years to see how the new numbers increase or decrease. IF at the end of three consecutive years, the HCJ can petition the Chief Judge for a vote by the NCC to accept the new split/category as permanent. Of coarse, the opposite NCC procedure applies if categories/splits have declined in popularity as well. The long and short of it is; nothing categorywise happens overnight in IPMS/USA and sci-fi categories are no different. The category will grow over time as popularity designates.
  5. As has been amply explained here, there is no way to make everyone happy with GA. My policy at the '03 nats was first and foremost, that it was a business intended to make a profit; plain and simple. As I recall, we made the GA fee as equally fair to everyone as we could. Making money on the event was, and always should be, the major consideration for the host chapter. As long as the GA fee is published in advance, everyone can make an informed decision if they want to attend.
  6. What's even better; he's a SHIP GUY! Like Civil War warships? https://flagshipmodels.com/
  7. Ed, IMHO, you have done a more than admirable job as Head Ship Judge over the years. The ship guys have done well during your leadership and I hope you have many more years ahead. I seriously doubt you're are the only HJ dealing with COVID. My prayers are with you and your family.
  8. Noel, I'm no longer an official judge, so it's best to ask the Chief Judge about when judging begins. Registration begins Weds if I'm not mistaken. As the tables slowly begin to fill up, various judges will paruse the various categories they will judge until the official judging begins, suggesting any possible changes to head category judge. When I was head Ship Judge, I had everyone take one last look at all the category(s) entries just make certain we had everything where it belonged according to the rules. FWIW.
  9. Noel, The judges use the registration time to look over the various categories they judge to look for possible changes. This speeds up the judging process. There are always one or two that weren't caught. Those are taken care before judging begins officially.
  10. David, Jim, FWIW, and I have mentioned this before; the entire membership was surveyed. The survey went out in The Journal to the entire membership, was posted on the web site (to the entire membership), and was posted on the forum as well as at the Nationals that year for walk-up voters. IMHO, no one could have been overlooked. If some chose not to answer the survey then IMHO, they fall directly into the "I don't care" category you mention in your post. Either way, the folks who "do care" are the folks we should be interested in because they are the ones (those who vote represent "the baby") who dictate the direction of the Society. I would suggest to all those "I don't care" non-voters out there, that if they don't like the way the Society is being run by "the baby", join "the baby" and vote.
  11. The purpose of the survey was to take the membership's "temperature" regarding the popularity of GSB vs 1,2,3. The survey has no ramifications whatsoever, and there are no plans (known to me anyway) that any changes are forthcoming or being considered by anyone. Hopefully, the E-board will take another survey in 3 or 4 years just to keep an eye on the popularity of the two systems among the membership. In short, I wouldn't lose any sleep worrying about any big changes to the current contest structure.
  12. You answered your own question earlier in this paragraph. We're all "human", and competing is just part of the human condition.
  13. I love reading about builds of these golden oldies. An interesting contest our chapter has from time to time is everyone build the exact, same kit to see who could make the best silk purse out of an old sow's ear. Wouldn't it be great to see who could build the best of this one? Please build more of these oldies-but-goodies Ron.
  14. Now THAT'S Out Of The Box! Nicely done. I enjoy seeing these golden oldies built up.
  15. This is where investing in good quality brushes really pays off. Properly thinning your paint is also imperative for brushing.
  16. At least you got the kit cheap (hopefully).
  17. GREAT diorama. The simple ones are the best!
  18. Because scenario #1 (death by A/A gun) is intended to be horrendously gory, to be remembered by observers. Scenario #2 doesn't involve any death or gore, but tells the same story leaving the gore up to the onlooker's imagination. IMHO, that alone would make for a better dio.
  19. Interesting viewpoint here. I have often contemplated building an "execution diorama" but there two ways to look at it. I wanted to do a dio of Kim's execution of one of his relatives (sorry, I forget who) who was supposedly executed via A/A gun. Not the version showing the bloody aftermath (which I would not want to see for obvious reasons); but my version would be just before the act. That is, having the victim tied to a pole or stood against a wall, with the A/A gun about 30 yards away I guess and a small crowd of officials looking on as a "reminder" of the cost of disobeying Kim. Having said that, I KNOW the aftermath dio is not allowed in IPMS/USA competition BUT, would the "PRE-EXECUTION" dio be allowed? No blood, no gore, cuts or anything else. Just the observers, Kim on a stage with his handlers (complete with notepads), the A/A Gun and the victim .
  20. That old Lindberg kit never looked so good. Well done!
  21. Don't be so hard on yourself Lawrence. It has happened to us all. I have made plenty of mistakes in the past. Years back when I was an AC builder, I built a 1/32 scale F-4 Phantom that I was quite proud of. I took it to the club meeting and proudly displayed and discussed the build with members. After my presentation, I asked if there were any comments. A good friend of mine said the star and bars are upside down! I couldn't believe I missed something so obvious. EMBARRASSING, and everyone had a good laugh!! Most of the meeting was then spent by the group discussing mistakes all have made.
  22. Well done fixing that decal problem!
  23. Bill, Wow. You chose a really esoteric category of model to specialize in. I know what you're dealing with, as my company produces only American Civil War naval subjects. I would suggest that you checkout Shapeways (https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/ships). They are a 3D printing company that has many products that Shapeways shop owners sell to the public. Unfortunately, most of the products are pretty pricey, but I guess it just depends how badly you want them. The link I provided will take you right to the ships section. Good luck.
  24. For such needs, I would suggest buying a mold/resin kit and cast your own. That will prevent this problem from occurring in the future. Don't worry about copyrights. If you don't sell any and make them just for your own use, you're good to go.
  25. Sorry to hear about the masking end of the business. I wish you luck and prosperity with the new Gator's Model Studio. 👍
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