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  1. Hey I really like these rodeo belt buckle style awards for category and best-of awards.
  2. There are four designated overflow hotels which will have shuttle service: Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Inn, and Country Inn & Suites. Farther afield, across I35 (south of convention center) there is Homewood Suites and Baymont. Also Homewood Suites and a Days Inn. Same side of 35 but across Guadalupe from convention center there is a Wingate, Hampton Inn, and comfort Inn. You may want to bring up Google Maps for San Marcos and search area for hotels
  3. I'll throw my opinion to the problem. For a definative answer check with Dave Kahn (head armor judge) and/or Mark Persichetti (head judge). I have tried to get the NCC ahead of the 3D printing issue before we are met with the problem of a major 3D project dropped on the table and what do we do now? First of all - parts are parts, be they plastic, resin, metal, wood, paper, or are 3D printed. Paragraph I.4 addresses 3D printed KITS, not parts. A totally 3D printed kit may not be considered as scratchbuilt, even if done at home by the CAD designer. It may be entered in the appropriate standard category. Paragraph II.3; the use of 3D printed parts disqualifies the entry from being considered using scratchbuilt parts, rather they are considered as commercial parts. Even if they are printed & used by the CAD designer. Paragraph II.5 identifies the criteria for armor conversions, either scratchbuilt only (228) or kit-bashed/commercial (229). Categories 200-C Closed-top AFV through Korea, Allied. Generally a safe choice as long as the subject is a real-world thing. Real-world conversions do not have to be entered in a conversion category. 228 AFV Conversions Scratchbuilt. Not a valid choice since 3D parts are not considered scratchbuilt. 229 AFV Conversions Kit-bash [Commercial] Conversions. A safe choice since 3D printed parts are considered 'commercial' parts. 821 Hypothetical, Kit-bashed/Scratchbuilt. If your entry is a hypothetical, non-real-world subject this is the place for it to go. This would of course invalidate the 200-C or 229 choices above. This category is for both scratch-built and kit-bashed (i.e. commerical) entries. Ed Grune -- NCC Head Ship Judge
  4. Assuming that a winning group entry (Cat 850) is superior that all other category winners in the Miscellaneous Class (VIII) it would be awarded Best in Class as a function of the judges assigned to the Miscellaneous Class. These judges brief the Class Judge who acts as a proponent of the entry in further Best in Show determinations Winners of all eight Best in Class awards are then evaluated by the Class Head Judges to determine the Best in Show. The Overall Head Judge's duty here is to wrangle a consensus of opinions among the eight head judges. I can't say that it has never happened, but the Overall Head Judge does not cast a vote to break a tie. This is a function which occurs after the rank & file judges have been dismissed from the contest room. Yes, the winner of any individual category can potentially win Best in Show, but it needs to be superior to to other models in the class and to the other entries overall Ed Grune -- NCC/Head Ship Judge
  5. Per the rules ... I. ELIGIBILITY The IPMS/USA National Contest is open only to members of IPMS/USA or other national IPMS branches. Any current member of IPMS/USA or any other national branch of IPMS is eligible to enter any number of models in the National Contest. To enter the model contest, a member must be individually registered for the convention. This means, if they wish to enter the contest, each member of a Family Membership that so desires must register for the convention separately (this helps eliminate confusion about which of the Family members is the actual contest entrant). A member may also serve as a ‘proxy’ to enter models for an absent member who is not attending the convention. Entry fees for absentee/proxy entrants may be set at the discretion of the Host Chapter. All entries except Chapter/Group entries must be the sole work of the individual whose name is on the model-entry form. Commercially built and/or finished models that do not require significant additional work by the modeler will be ineligible. The answer to your second question is easy. You may make a proxy entry of your friend's model The proxy entry rate is determined by the local committee -- the proxy might not get the decals, pin, and all the hoohaas in the welcome bag. Contact the organizing committee for details. However, your friend - the individual entrant -- must be a current (i.e. active) member of IPMS USA or other national branch for a proxy entry. Membership in a local chapter without being a national member does not qualify as membership under the spirit of the rules. If your friend was an active member at the time of his passing there is no problem. Perhaps check with Marie S at the national office to determine membership status. You may not enter the friend's model under your name as the model is not your sole-work. You may enter the model as a display-only, non-judged entry
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Per the hotel website, they have 283 rooms, so a 260 room block is a decent set-aside
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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