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Rusty White

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  1. Final revisions have been made to the photo etch sheet and are currently at the etcher.  Metal parts have been cast and are here, as well as wood masts, and yards.  The instructions are nearing completion and I am now ready to begin making molds.  It won't be long now.

  2. On 3/12/2020 at 10:05 AM, PeteJ said:

    👍 .....But isn't is up the the club putting it on?  Just saw the Texas state is monitoring 10 people  but has take no steps to close school.

    I don't know, and I'm sure there many modelers out there in the same state of confusion as I.  Just an official statement from either the host chapter or the E-board would be nice.

  3. "I would like to move this idea forward to IPMS Leadership. Any Ideas How ?"

    I got the GSB-123 survey going by first discussing it here.  Ron Bell was looking in and contacted me.  You have done that, so I would suggest next talking to the 2021 convention chairman and see how they feel about it.  I say 2021 because you may not have time to get everything worked out with the 2020 Chairman and E-board to do it this year.  You will NEED the support of the 2021 convention chairman if you have any hope of this going any further.  If you can get support from the 2021 chairman, contact the 2nd VP as he is the liaison to the E-board regarding national convention matters.  Without his support, it will be a real uphill battle.

  4. No one asked us to try anything regarding the slide show in '03.  Everything we did was of our own accord and we kept the 2nd VP informed.  I agree that host chapters should not be "lab rats".  We chose to be "lab rats", because we knew where the problems occurred previously.  I was so concerned about the show failing that we held a Saturday 2000 slide (2000 slides) show at a local church using the exact set up we would be using at the Nats.  It went flawlessly and we got to see some cool model slides.

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  5. I agree.  Back in 2003 when I chaired the Nats in OKC, everyone I talked to said a slide show at the awards ceremony just couldn't work with programs available at the time.  Guess what.  We figured it out and the slide show came off without a hitch, WITH the program everyone had failed with before OKC Metro.

    Never be afraid to try something new and different. 

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  6. Price doesn't matter (to me) as much as availability.  This is exactly why I started Flagship Models.  Back in the day when I built exclusively modern and cold war era warship models, there were VERY few (if any) detail sets for those eras.  I was sick and tired waiting for someone to issue the sets, so I produced my own.  Back then the artwork had to literally be drawn by hand on Mylar sheets with Rapidograph pens (time consuming pain in the rump)!  Since I now have the skill to MAKE a kit, since no one else will make one, I will.

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  7. 11 hours ago, dhamilton said:

    The lines look awesome!! You know I've been wanting a kit of this subject for quite a long time!! Any idea yet when it will be ready for purchase? I'm looking forward to getting one!!

    At this point in time there are too many "unknowns" I just don't know.  Once all the parts are designed and test fitted, photo etch design begins, then 3D instructions, etc, etc, etc.  Still lots of details to add to the parts.  It gonna be a real beast.

  8. This will be Flagship Models' next, most advanced kit to date; the 1/192 scale USS Choctaw.  It will be approx 18" long as a waterline hull option and will include a highly detailed PE sheet and decals.  The drawings below are preliminary and yet to show the MANY additional details yet to be added.  Price has yet to be determined, and personally I don't care what it is.  This is a personal project that I want and I have received a number of requests from fellow modellers of the civil war era that they would like one, so I decided to add it to Flagship Models' line of kits.  More as development continues.





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  9. With RTV (room temperature vulcanized) rubber for molds, I use a vacuum chamber to degas (remove the excess air) from the rubber before pouring the mold.  Be sure to spray the mold box (or mold for the resin) with a release agent to make removing the mold from the master pattern easier.

    Resin is done in a similar manner except I pour the resin into the molds before degassing.  This technique allows the resin to migrate into the smallest details of the mold.

  10. Don't assume the mixing ratio!  Check the box or instructions to verify it.  If you have the mixing ratio correct, you may need to shake both A&B to thoroughly mix them.  Let A&B sit 30 mins, then cast again.  Make certain to mix by WEIGHT and allow for the weight of the mixing cup!  When all else fails, read the directions for use. 😁


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