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  1. Per the hotel website, they have 283 rooms, so a 260 room block is a decent set-aside
  2. Got mine, started at 301 CST. The only hicough was a message that they had an issue automatically tying my Hilton honors account to the reservation, but that has been resolved. Reservation made with no other problems Have heard that another North Texas guy was having problems saying that the block was sold
  3. Some membership numbers for context. The current paid membership is 4045 (give or take). There were about 950 registered attendees at the Chattanooga show. This includes international members (Canada; UK, Argentina, Venezuela, etc) whose membership is reciprocal with the US organization. That is less than 25% of the membership participated in the show. There is a lesser percentage who actually entered the competition.
  4. To your point, good. Ralph Nardone noted at the NCC meeting that the original question was poorly asked. He said it was like asking your kid what he wants for dinner, a hot dog or something else. The kid knows what a hot dog is. He doesn't know what something else is. It may be pizza, it may be liver and onions. Multiple something elses have been put forward here; AMPS-like (with all its baggage), MMSI-like (with all its baggage), Modelpalooza, NNL, Orlando, Pittsburgh, single award, etc. There is no leading/single defined alternative. I expect that should the question be approved committee(s) will be formed to come up with defining the approach and criteria. Until any of alternative proposals can coherently answer the questions and concerns which the NCC has raised and can present proposal(s) to the membership defining what the benefits and impact will be for them the debate will continue. Only when a proposal is made and accepted by the membership will steps be made toward implementing the approach.
  5. Tracking one's experience growth becomes a levy on the eBoard. And unless you are doing away with the various classes you will need to track not just one level, but levels in 7 classes. One may be a novice in, say ships, but be intermediate in armor, and master in aircraft. We tried an honor system for novice entries/winners about 20 years ago, the Premier Award. It was confusing and ineffective. It lasted but one year. A set of experience levels, per class, would need to be added to the membership database. This database would need to be referenced for each modeler/entry at the contest to ensure that the modeler was entering in the correct level. Add that to the lines at registration. At the competition committee meeting in Chattanooga proponents of various judging methods spoke. About the only consistent message was that any change at the National level would likely take 10 years to implement. The NCC impressed upon them the need to have the ability to judge and record the results for upwards of 3000 models done in a timely manner. The Nats are 3 to 5 times the size of other shows and contests. What do you propose about classes and categories? Are you going to have feed-back comments supplied to the builder? How will you track 9000 pieces of paper? What to you do about awards; generic, inexpensive coins that can be used for multiple years or the custom awards given now? What is your expected award rate, how many of each color will you buy? What about the awards presentation slideshow and journal? Any qualified proposal for an alternative judging method must address these concerns among others.
  6. FWIW, Tamiya has provided 300 of the new P38 kits to the organization. They are not available for general sale. What they are doing is raffling the opportunity to purchase one. The raffle is available only to registered attendees and is part of your registration package. Day trippers are not able to take part in the raffle, cannot purchase one from the convention If you are interested in obtaining one of these - ‘you pays your money and takes your chance’. If it does not interest you, by all means do whatever is financially prudent for you.
  7. To follow up on DAK's comments and try to put some numbers to the logistical effort that GSB might bring. First of all, we need to acknowledge that all of this is moot if there is no support for GSB. If and when the membership's initial desire for a GSB system is approved, committees will be formed to to come up with the actual procedures and criteria for awards. These procedures and criteria will be presented to the NCC and EBoard for their comment/approval and finally to the membership for their consideration. Only then will things proceed toward implementation. Now to the numbers. AMPS in their website identifies that they have on the order of 500 entries at their national convention. They also say that a four person judging team is able to score 8 to 10 entries an hour. After the judging sheets are turned in there is still additional work done by the chief judges and their assistants to validate the scores. The IPMS Nats is four to five times larger than AMPS with regularly over 2000 model entries. Using the AMPS judge rate, it will take a minimum of 200 to 250 team-hours to judge our contest. To complete judging within the five hours of 7pm to midnight on Friday night as we now do, we will need 40 to 50+ four-person judging teams (160 to 200+ people). After the completion of the judging there is still more work to be done by the head judges and the administrative staff. Eileen Persichetti and her team regularly spend most of Saturday tabulating the results. So what is the approach? Continue with Friday judging? Judge the models as they are entered, perhaps impounding them until they are scored? Daily judging while the contest room is open, Nightly judging after the room is closed? These are all processes which will be considered, but it is not just a simple proposition. The human capital impact needs to be considered.
  8. Except, there is no category Ships: 1/400 and larger in the national competition. 1:350 refers to 1/450 to 1/101 405 - 1/350 Destroyers, Escorts, Corvettes, and other small ships (except boats) ... where larger commercials were originally split off from While the Titanic was not a small ship, neither is it an aircraft carrier, battleship or cruiser, nor was it a boat. It may be a submarine, but they are designed to surface at least as many times as it sinks.
  9. Due to lack of participation. Prior to last year’s show I warned that the category was in danger of being deleted if there was not more entrants. There were less than three entrants in the last couple of years. The category was an experiment requested by some of my judges an entrants. It ran longer than the 3 year trial it was initially given, but never caught on. Commercial entries will roll back into the categories they were originally split from. Ed Grune NCC Ship Judge
  10. It may be enterable in the Group Build category. There is no limitation on the numbers of participants in a group. Participants should, however, be members of IPMS. I have seen single group build entries, particularly in cars, where one person paints the body, another details the engine, another the interior, etc. The spread of the scope of work was equivalent. Your entry may be limited as the bulk of the scope of work is one person while a second’s contribution is minimal. Ed Grune NCC Ship Judge
  11. Hi Joe Rule I.3 states (emphasis is mine): "Prior Winners. Models that have won First-, Second-, or Third-place, or Outof-the-Box awards in any category of any previous IPMS/USA National Model Contest may not be entered in any subsequent IPMS/USA National Model Contest for awards, except as provided in Section II, Rule 19 (last sentence) and Section III, Rules 5--7. Previous award winners can be used as noted in Dioramas, Collections, Triathlon and Group entries. Models that have won an award as part of a Collection, Triathlon or Group entry may also be entered individually in subsequent National Contests. However, models that have won individually, and as part of a Collection, Triathlon or Group entry, are not eligible for subsequent National Contests." Note that there is no exception for Juniors moving up to Standard categories in subsequent years. There is the qualifier in Rule I.2 that a Junior entrant may choose to enter any or all of his entries [for that year] in the Standard categories. Your son's model, and I am assuming we are talking about his excellent Perry frigate from the Omaha show, may be entered for an award as part of a diorama/vignette (II.19) or as part of a Trathalon, Collection, or Group Entry (III.5-7). It may also be shown as a Display Only entry. I hope this answers your question. Ed Grune NCC Head Ship Judge
  12. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is 11 minutes from San Marcos (per Google maps). San Antonio is 49 minutes. There should be a SuperShuttle available to take you to/from ABIA to San Marcos Embassy Suites for not too much money. Depending on your departure country and airline you may not be able to fly direct to ABIA, but you should be able to pick up a connector through from Dallas/FtWorth (DFW), Dallas Love (LUV), or Houston Bush (IAH). United, American, Southwest, Alaska, Delta, plus code share partners service ABIA
  13. Err, Umm! Del Rio is about a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive to San Marcos, TX where the 2020 convention will be held. San Antonio is only marginally closer. IPMS San Antonio's ModelFiesta will be held there on February 16 of this year Thats not bad considering you can drive for 8+ hours and never leave the State
  14. Yes, the judges are briefed before entering the contest room on Friday evening, but there is no Judges Handbook. What is most often referenced during the 'What Judges Look For' seminar presented during the convention is the 'Modelers Guide to IPMS Contests', often called the Competition Handbook. While the handbook is available in some classes, it is not provided nor considered required reading by the judges before or during contest judging. The handbook may be found on the NCC page on the IPMS/USA website at this link: http://ipmsusa.org/national_contest_committee/competion_handbook.shtml The preface material on the webpage is instructive: "This Handbook is designed for the use of modelers everywhere, competitors and non-competitors alike. For competitors, it outlines the basic principles that guide IPMS model contests. For judges, it outlines the standards and objectives that make for fair, effective, and efficient competitions. For all modelers, it is a single best reference on how to look at models objectively: to know what to look for, to know what others are looking for, and to learn how to set personal standards of satisfaction and accomplishment."
  15. Been there, done that. 2018 Rules Paragraph II.2. Concurred and unchanged for 2019
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