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Rusty White

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  1. Those OLD dinosaur kits don't look bad when painted up properly. Nice job!
  2. 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.
  3. From one who knows. Hospice is a wonderful service for the chronically ill and their families. God's speed to Bill and his survivors.
  4. 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.
  5. Personally, I would like to hear IPMS/USA's official current position on the subject.
  6. "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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Nice reply with some good ideas and suggestions. I like this thread.
  10. I agree with Bill that many clubs now choose to host local shows that are less a financial and organizational risk than a regional show.
  11. I like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt because emails are misunderstood sometimes. Hopefully this post will die the death it should and go no further in this forum (hint, hint).
  12. What an unusual subject! Great looking base too. It looks really nice. Well done.
  13. 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.
  14. The waterline option is one of the ways I'm trying to keep the cost down. As I said earlier, I have no idea what the final cost will be because I don't care. I have always wanted a Choctaw kit in a large enough scale to really appreciate it.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Just make certain the chamber will be big enough for your mold.
  18. 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.
  19. When I first started Flagship Models, I made the mistake of not giving both A&B a good shake and allow 30 mins for the air bubbles to settle out. The castings didn't set properly and had to be discarded. Since you checked your mix ratio, I would just about guess you didn't give A&B a good shake.
  20. 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. 😁
  21. Richard, Thanks for clearing this up. I too was somewhat doubtful as to the legitimacy of the announcement, so I added "to take the announcement with a grain of salt" when I forwarded it.
  22. The Enterprise is quite a large and complicated subject. As you say; it is what it is. I sell a full line up of "how to" modeling cds for the ship enthusiast. Check them out here: https://flagshipmodels.com/ They cover just about everything related to ship modeling.
  23. List your request in the aircraft forum and on Hyperscale aircraft form.
  24. Great looking bust. I have the "crab head" I did many moons ago. I actually got a second place at the nats with it. To this day, The Thing (1985) is one the best sci fi movies ever!
  25. Nick, I am not the only moderator here. I can't read/moderate everything, on every forum, so I must rely on my fellow moderators to help out. Sorry if you're feeling I'm picking on you. I promise you I'm not. I can only answer for what I see. And yes, I have made mistakes or just missed things in the past and unfortunately will do so again. For that leniency I apologize, but not for enforcing the rules. I have chosen in the past, to give everyone a little leniency with the rules for the sake of debate, but apparently you are calling me on the carpet for that. So, in the future I will call it when I see it. I'm not looking for respect or anything else here. I'm just doing my job as best I can. All I ask from everyone, is common courtesy so we can all enjoy your and Dave's comments and lively debates.
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