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  1. I did an article for the Journal, volume 18 #2, pages 29-32. It's how to make a useable and CHEAP vacuum chamber. I can send any IPMS member a copy of this article, a part of my job as Historian. Just email me at IPMS-Q@ipmsusa.org. Include your IPMS membership number, please, as this service is for members only. Jim
  2. OK, more news. Dave Lockhart is getting the inputs from the Regions, and when it's all ironed out, there will be an announcement in the Journal.
  3. Ed, I brought your post to the attention of the E Board. They are working on the awards, and the awards will probably be announced in the near future. The plan is to also recognize them at the Vegas Convention. I'm not speaking for the E Board, just passing on news.
  4. Plenty of great aircraft ideas. How about some Fort Hood M-1 Abrams and M2A2 Bradleys. Myself, I build 1/72 armor, so don't just do 1/35. Please?? Jim
  5. I built the "original" PJProduction F-84F back in 2004. Here's the link to my review. http://www.ipmsusa.org/reviews/Archive/Kits/Aircraft/PJ_72_F-84/PJ_72_F-84.htm It was a good kit then, and I suspect that there have been improvements. I also did the RF-84F, in French Suez markings. Glad to see there's still a decent kit of the Hog. Jim
  6. Thom, Welcome to IPMS USA! If you want to find a "local" group, you can go to the IPMS USA Home page. At the top is a blue bar. Click on "ABOUT". A menu should appear Click on "Chapter Map". Enter Region 5 and Illinois. There's also a meeting listing for the current month. I could also send you a copy (PDF) of a couple of the Chicago area chapters. If you're interested, email me at IPMS-Q@ipmsusa.org Jim Pearsall
  7. Be advised that the Convention Pima tour leaves Phoenix at about 8AM on Thursday, and returns at about 3PM. This is NOT the tour provided by the Pima Air Museum. For one thing, they don't provide transportation from Phoenix to Tucson and back. If you're interested in the IPMS Pima tour, there are still seats left. You can contact Marie Von Schoonhoven ( manager@ipmsusa.org ) and she can take your ofder. You may pay with Pay Pal or credit card. Aat some point we're going to have to cut off registration for this trip, in order to give Pima a heads up on how many are coming. Jim Pearsall Convention Registration
  8. The Orbital ATK tour registration will end on June 15. This is at the request of Northrop Grumman, the parent company. The early closing is to allow the registered tour members to have a security check. The company is a defense contractor, and they have to follow the rules. Jim Pearsall 2018 Convention Registration
  9. Kevin, Got your registration, including guests. Jim
  10. David, your guest was in there. Kevin, send me an email to registrar@ipmsusanationals2018.org PLEASE include your IPMS number, as finding a name in the database is a real chore. Your registration hasn't arrived here yet. It has to come through the main office. Jim Pearsall Registrar, 2018 Convention
  11. An additional Hospitality item is the Arizona Culinary Institute gourmet luncheon on Thursday. The price is $20, including the bus trip. The registration logo is up on the "trips and tours" page on registration, and you CAN mail it in. Jim Pearsall Registrar.
  12. Pete, The receipt is your confirmation of registration. I get a copy of your registration, minus the credit card info, and that's what I use to enter the member in the system. Since I have to manually enter the information for the Registration System, I'm not going to send the 300+ emails for confirmation that you've already received. If there's a problem, I do contact the member, such as the one who registered for the ATK tour, but didn't register for the convention. Jim Pearsall Regsitrar, 2018 Convention
  13. Additionally, the Arizona Culinary Institute Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday. For those spouses/guests of folks going to Pima, it's a delicious way to spend the time. It's been added to the web site. $20, complete. You can also mail in. Jim Pearsall Registrar, 2018 Convention
  14. Pete, The receipt is your confirmation of registration. Since I have to manually enter the information for the Registration System, I'm not going to send the 300+ emails for confirmation that you've already received. If there's a problem, I do contact the member, such as the one who registered for the ATK tour, but didn't register for the convention. Jim Pearsall Regsitrar, 2018 Convention
  15. Jim, Welcome to IPMS. I've been a member for (mumble) years, and have always enjoyed modeling, the comradeship and the magazines. As far as having too many models in the stash, consider this.... Models go out of production, and you may never see them again. So it makes sense to grab something that interests you, even if you aren't going to build it right away. Last month I was interested in a C-7 Caribou. The AModel kit was released in 2013, but I thought "Nah, later." And then when I wanted one, I had to really dig for it, because they were out of production, and out of stock at most online dealers. I found one, which was good, because paying double for one on EBay wasn't my idea of a good time. So enjoy the hobby. Build something! Show it off to your buddies. Jim Pearsall
  16. There's more. As a member, you can get articles from the back issues of the Quarterly and the Update. The indexes are reached from the main page. Find the big blue stripe, and click on "For Members". You get a pull down menu, find "Journal Index" and hover your mouse pointer over that. The Journal index is mostly recent articles. But the Quarterly index and Updates is what I manage. If you find an article you are interested in, email me with the volume/issue information and the name and/or subject of the article. I will email you a pdf file with the article. We can't do entire issues, email won't handle the 20MB or so. The Quarterly began in 1964 and ran through 1987. The Update started out as a small publication for stuff that didn't fit the Quarterly. Mostly reviews and letters. But it grew. The Update began in 1973 and ended in 1988. The Update and Quarterly were merged into the Journal in 1988. SO if you find anything of interest, you can send for an article. Jim Pearsall IPMS USA Historian
  17. The math is totally correct. And I do one more thing before I print a decal. I print the image on a sheet of plain bond paper. Then I hold the printed image near the model. This checks my math and my printer to be sure the size is what I want. And also, images downloaded from web sites may not be the same size as the original. When I get the size right, I tape a piece of decal paper over the image and run it through the printer again. This way I don't use a whole lot of extra decal paper. Jim Pearsall
  18. Ron, I don't have any Journals newer than 2014. When the new Constitution goes into effect, I may be able to get 2015 from John Heck. Otherwise, these are too new to be held as "history". Jim Pearsall
  19. This one? Obviously if it is, I could print you a decal. Heck, you could print your own decal. How large does it need to be? Best measurement would be top to bottom. Jim Pearsall IPMS USA Historian.
  20. All. Thanks for the input. To Rob: Yep, same airplane. Wallis used the same "geodetic" triangular frame setup as they used on the R-100 airship. The Wellington was far more successful than the R-100, and it was the best bomber the Brits had until the Halifax and Lancaster were produced. I'll leave the Sterling out of this conversation. Ron: Thanks for finding that. Google did not point me to Peter's Planes. So now I can do a Wimpy. Jim
  21. I've been reading a book about Barnes Wallis' Bombs (Upkeep/Dam Buster, Tall Boy, Grand Slam) and thought I'd like to build his other aviation success, the Wellington. The only thing available in my scale is a prebuilt, pre-painted metal model. OTOH, it's almost reasonable, only $35, And with the price of kits heading for the stratosphere, that's not too awful. And I wish Revell could dig through that warehouse and bring out the mold for their 1/144 C-5. That's a kit that would sell pretty well too. Just thinking. Jim
  22. Yes, but in his next paragraph Pablo tried the wash on a bare Eduard part, and it worked fine. He says it COULD attack bare plastic, but the "experiment" showed that it didn't. At least not Eduard plastic. And you're so right, I've never seen an enamel that attacked plastic. Jim
  23. I just published Pable Bauleo's review of the panel line wash. http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tamiya-panel-line-accent-color Pablo put the panel line wash on over Future, and it worked pretty well Then he used Mig's wash thinner and it worked nicely. Jim Pearsall
  24. A 1/144 model will be half the size of a 1/72 in all dimensions. SO a 1/72 B-25 will have a wing span of 11 1/4 inches In 1/144 it will be 5.625 inches. In 1/32 it will be 25.3 inches In 1/48 it will be16.8 inches. As Bob pointed out above, the smaller the denominator, the larger the model. And that's why I build 1/144. Because my B-52 is only 15 inch wing span. Jim
  25. Ray, I've built a number of kits over the last (mumble) years, and I have to say that for general accuracy and detail, Hasegawa is pretty darned good. Other favorites in the "good kit" area are Tamiya (more expensive, but darned well worth it) and the older pre-Rrevell Merger Monogram kits. From Europe, you can't beat Eduard, but Italeri is right up there too. Which is not to say that other manufacturers turn out junk, just that these are (IMHO) the ones that consistently do the best job. I'll assume you're talking about 1/72, because that's what most of us build. 1/48 has more detail, is sometimes easier to work with, and costs more. Then there's 1/32, which I had to give up because of space limitations. SO, the big decision is not always "who makes the best kit", but "who makes the kit of the plane I want to build, in the scale I want to build it in. Go have some fun. Also remember something my frend George told me when I was just starting out, "There's nothing you can screw up on a model that you can't fix." Jim
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