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Rusty White

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  1. Wanna see just how far things have changed? Check out Shapeways.com
  2. That begs the question; How high do gas prices have to get before forcing participants to stay home; $5.00, $6.00 a gallon? I recall asking the same question when gas flirted with $3.00 a gallon and that didn't seem to affect attendance that much. Walk-in traffic is responsible for a considerable chunk of earnings for our convention. I live in Oklahoma and prices here are a bargain compared to the rest of the country. For me, I would probably draw the line at $5.00 a gallon. It will be interesting to see what prices are when the Nats roll around. As I said, it's no wonder there are currently no bidders.
  3. I must say this is the first Lindburg SNARK I have ever seen built.
  4. I honestly can say I'm not surprised with COVID variants still bouncing around and God only knows what gas prices may be. Until the world stabilizes and Russia gets the hell out of Ukraine, I for one would be thinking long and hard before committing my chapter to such a costly endevour. Maybe the E-board should consider some "incentives" for the 2024 host chapter(s) to prime the pump. Just a thought.
  5. Sooooo nice to finally have this available! I hope someday a full catapult is offered.
  6. I wouldn't be so quick to declare a chapter "too small" to host a Nats. I would classify IPMS Metro OKC a small to medium sized chapter when we hosted the Nats in 2003. The secret to our manpower was the commitment from two other Oklahoma clubs to help us out when the big day arrived and us having qualified chairmen to pull the main load of organization.
  7. Well done! That Esso gas tanker would be a blast to weather the dickens out of.
  8. Place good quality (powerful) bear traps around where they (critters) are getting under your home. After some broken claws (fingers) and trips to the vet (emergency room), maybe they will start getting the hint and try some one else's home to invade. Also, along the path of entry, put boards with nail driven through. I would do this with any unwanted "wild scavengers".
  9. FWIW, your IPMS number will be on the card when you receive it.
  10. I have never had a problem with applicators, or ever paid for any. I use the left over ends from stretched sprue. You can make as thick (for a big drop of super glue) or thin (for a small drop) as you require. They are also excellent for spreading super glue along seams. Just use whatever thickness (glue) you need.
  11. For me, (please don't judge) as long as blatant sex of any kind is left out, I can deal with everything else. I know that's a loaded statement (such as define "blatant") which is why I refer to "me" only.
  12. I stopped advertising with them because of the crazy high prices for ad space.
  13. WOW! I wasn't aware anyone made car models in such large scale. Nicely done!
  14. I was wondering when someone was going to mention that.
  15. 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.
  16. 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. šŸ˜šŸ¤£šŸ˜‚ 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?"
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. What's even better; he's a SHIP GUY! Like Civil War warships? https://flagshipmodels.com/
  20. You answered your own question earlier in this paragraph. We're all "human", and competing is just part of the human condition.
  21. 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.
  22. Now THAT'S Out Of The Box! Nicely done. I enjoy seeing these golden oldies built up.
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