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  1. Typical choice is white glue and tissue paper. Make a papier-mâché type slurry and sculpt it in place. Paint as desired. I have recently been introduced to Vallejo’s putty in their typical dropper bottle. I have been thinking about applications other than seams. The stuff is bright white but can be colored with paint mixed in. It’s thick and could be brush sculpted in place. Sculpt with damp brush or toothpick
  2. IIRC, Micromark's RTV and casting resin are made by/relabeled Smooth-On products. Most Smooth-On's product mixing ratios are 1:1 (+/- 10%) by volume. The casting seminars I've attended at the local Smooth-On distributor never have used scales to measure their products. The most common problem I've seen is where the surface never completely hardens. This was with older bottles. The admixtures were not clear. If one of the two-part mixes is grossly contaminated, is very cloudy, it may have absorbed atmospheric water/humidity. The exothermic reaction when the 2 parts are mixed will create water vapor bubbles causing the part to be very porous, not what I'd call crumbly. I may have seen Alumilite go crumby -- long ago - with a contaminated mix (and IIRC a 10:1 by weight mix). Confirm your mix ratios. Rusty's mixing methods are sound. If you're making a small batch, go larger. There will be waste but the mix precision is better Is your product new? Is there a shelf date on the label? If expired, contact Micromark for a replacement. I deal with the local Smooth-On distributor over-the-counter. They have experts who can troubleshoot problems and make recommendations. Check Smooth-On.com for the list of distributors and their locations. Their website also has good tips and info.
  3. Yes, a sail-powered ship may have bare yards. This may occur during a docking period when there is no need for the sails. They are struck and either carried below or taken to a sail loft for repair. Doing a model without sails on the yards may actually be simpler. Generally only the standing rigging (black tarred) lines are in place. Most, if not all, of the running rigging (natural hemp) lines are with the sails. There will be empty blocks on the masts & yards. Sounds like a research field trip is in order. Furled sails; consider a roman shade type window treatment at your house. Multiple lines feed from the top to the foot.Draw up these lines and the sail (shade) folds onto itself as it is raised. Release the lines and the sail unfurls as the foot is lowered (gravity at work) This allows the crew to shape the sail as needed to catch the most efficient wind. Sailors go up to the yards to tie/untie lines around the bundled/furled sail package as needed. To make furled sails - the stick and string guys may know more - start with some fine fabric cut to the size and shape of the sail. Hem or treat the edges to prevent fraying. Paper may be too firm to present a "canvas' appearance. Make folds 1 to 2 times the diameter of the yard and stack. Iron as necessary. Wrap and tie fine hemp lines around the sail packages and tie to the yards. You may also need to deal with the running rigging lines on the sails through blocks down to the belay points at the deck level. There are multiple books on rigging period ship models
  4. In a thread on the FineScale Models forum posted yesterday it was postulated that Rustoleum was getting rid of all Testors. Responses asked for references and was denounced as fake news (ahh, a new term in the lexicon). Aaron Skinner, editor of FSM, went direct to Rustoleum and posted that they were stopping all international distribution of paints. Yes, Canada is international to the US. Yes, the product line is smaller than it once was. I liked Floquil, PollyS, and MM but there are other good options. I am evolving to the new world (and I now airbrush indoors without the solvent smells).
  5. I will often recommend that NOOB ship modelers avoid a big battleship or aircraft carrier model as a first attempt, especially if you are applying photoetch details. Fact of life, you will make mistakes. While the learning process often involves making mistakes and learning from them - it can get costly. I will recommend as a first ship the Tamiya Fletcher with Gold Medal Models or Flagship PE. Also the Trumpeter USS England. Toms Modelworks PE is good and finely etched, but is made of soft brass - susceptible to the errant thumb. Dragon’s Destroyer kits are nice but Dragon has a reputation for poor instructions and are over engineered. Why do something in 5 parts when 20 will do.
  6. I sent an article to Chris Bucholtz ( at email on magazine masthead) with imbedded photos. He promptly wrote back that he would prefer the photos as separate attachments so that he could manipulate as needed for the magazine. Done and waiting for publication
  7. Len: I have a digital copy of the DC-3 35mm slides which Ed Seay of MAL Hobbies used to sell. Included are some nice pix of some Trans Texas and Continental aircraft. TTA livery with the Lone Star on the tail would be nice and fit in well. 1:144 please. I'll burn a couple copies and bring with me to the Austin show this weekend Ed Grune IPMS-NCT
  8. Per the hotel website, they have 283 rooms, so a 260 room block is a decent set-aside
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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