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  1. EFGrune

    Vermont Aiir Natiional Guard

    Draw Decals and XtraDecal (Hannants) both make decals for Green Mountain F-102 TwoBobs and Speed Hunter make decals for their F-16s Try googling 'Green Mountain Boys aircraft decals'
  2. EFGrune

    Looking for Revolutionary/Colonial Marine figures/busts

    Flagship Models offers some War of 1812 Marines http://www.flagshipmodels.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=110
  3. My wife and her sister are planning a 2019 vacation. What are the dates of the 2019 show? Need to get it on the calendar before their plans come together.
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    Joplin FX, out of somewhere in West Texas, did a non-authorized knock-off of the Disney 20K Nautilus. The hull shape was there, but the rakers were separate and the ends of the teeth were rife with bubbles. Solid resin, no interior. Difficult to impossible to light up the distingtive 'eyes'. After several years of attempts to fix the teeth it moved from the shelf of doom to File-13. A few years back Hallmark made an authorized Christmas ornament of the Disney Nautilus. It lights up with onboard batteries. It looks good with other submarine models on the shelf
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    Accurate detailed plans wanted for WW2 Willy's Jeep

    Go to jeepdraw.com. They have a complete set of drawings of everything on a WWII era jeep. It is intended for Jeep restorers. You may have to join and pay for the services. Also check the forums on G503.com, This is all things Jeep, again intended for the restorer.
  6. The National Competition Committee has finished updates to the categories and rules for 2018. The updated documents have been sent to the host committee and the IPMS webmaster to be put up, but there are a couple of items I wanted to share. 1) Commercial Ships (406). This category has been under subscribed for the past several years. It was established on a trial basis to see if there was interest. Unless there are a significant number of entries this year the category will be eliminated. 2) At the request of several of the ship judges there is a new category 'Ship Vignettes' in the Diorama/Vignette class. This is in addition to the existing Ship Diorama category. A vignette is a entry in which the whole of the presentation, model and base, is judged. A vignette differs, for our purpose, from a diorama that there is not a story. A ship vignette is a 'slice of time' or an environmental setting. Think of a ship taking green water over the bow or kicking up a roostertail wake, or just sitting at anchor over a reef. A ship vignette may be one or more ship/boat subjects as long as the individual subjects are not interacting with one another. Two ships on the same base sailing along is a vignette. Two ships interacting, firing on one another or performing UNREP, is more of a diorama. I hope to see support for this category. Again if there is no support it will go away
  7. EFGrune

    Categories and rules...when?

    2018 NCC Rules & Categories are going to the host chapter & IPMS webmaster today. No major changes, clarifications to diorama criteria and preplanned split terminology
  8. EFGrune

    Hobby Shops in Texas

    DFW -- don't bother, unless you have had your eye on something at Squadron for which the shipping is prohibitive. You can order via the website & pick up at the warehouse lobby. You save the shipping but have to pay sales tax. Otherwise your choice in the DFW area for armor is HobbyTown or Hobby Lobby.
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    3D copiers

    3D details are just like any other aftermarket detail item. Complete 3D kits are just like another kit but in a different/new medium. Above all consider the basics ... Construction; Flash, sprue gates, seams, alignment Painting; brush marks, overspray, even-ness of coat There may be a problem with the graininess of the 3D part substrate as far as the paint goes, but how was it handled in the basic construction? Decals; alignment, silvering
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    New ship Out of the Box rules and categories for 2016

    The rule for category 425 specifically includes a reference to the general rules III.2.A-E. Rule III.2.C states that rigging and antennas may be added to an Out of the Box entry. So, yes you may rig a multi-media entry per the rule
  11. The categories and rules for the IPMS Ship Out of the Box categories are being changed for 2016. These rule changes apply to the National competition only. A new category of 'Legacy' or single-media has been established. The intent is to allow modelers who do not do photo-etch or are uncomfortable with it, to compete and do not feel that they are at a disadvantage against those modelers who do use photo-etch details. I look forward to seeing PitRoad, Revell, Trumpeter, or Tamiya plastic kits here - without added photo-etch. Primarily resin kits may also compete within the limitations noted. The category splits also address the rise of the high-tech kits which come with all of the bells and whistles. The categories will be in place for at least three years so that we can see how they are accepted and how they fill out over time. The rules will be tweaked as necessary. And yes, these category definitions are being used as an experiment to see if they can be applied to the other major classes. I had mentioned these changes during the ship judges side meeting during the Columbus show. These rules have been posted on the 2016 Convention website: http://www.ipmsusa2016.com/uploads/5/2/7/8/52789559/2016_national_contest_rules.pdf --------------------------------------- excerpts of the new rules are: III Special Categories 2. Out of the Box F. Ships Out-of-the-Box Category 425 – Multi-media or “High-Tech” kits: Entries in this category shall be in accordance with Rules III.2.A--E (above). Any commercially available kit may be used, but only the parts which are included with the kit (e.g. wood decks, photoetched details, resin parts, and/or turned metal barrels, etc.). No separate aftermarket upgrade sets either generically or specifically designed for the base kit are allowed. For verification, the kit’s whole instruction sheet must be provided. The modeler may choose to modify a kit from a whole-hull to a waterline presentation. The modeler may cut and remove parts from the base kit and replace them with any kit-included detail parts, in accordance with the instructions. Otherwise the modeler is not permitted to manufacture, replace, vacuum-form, or substitute parts from another kit. G. Ships Out-of-the-Box Category 426 – Single Media or “Legacy” kits: The modeler shall use only the primary material provided in the kit for the construction and detailing of the entry. Primary material is defined to be: plastic, resin, wood, paper, or cast metal, and comprises the majority of the material provided within the kit. No secondary materials may be used, even if provided with the kit, with the following exceptions: i. For those kits which direct the use of wire to replicate items which may be beyond the limitations of the primary material (e.g. resin masts or gun barrels), wire material may be used. This wire may be either provided with the kit or supplied by the modeler. ii. The modeler may use thread, wire, or stretched sprue to rig the ship or fabricate lifelines. In no instance may photoetched material, including separate stanchions, be used. iii. Paper flags or ensigns may be used. For verification, the kit’s whole instruction sheet must be provided. The modeler may choose to modify a kit from a whole-hull to a waterline presentation, but may not otherwise make changes to the configuration of the kit’s subject. The modeler may not remove/replace molded fittings (hatchways, gun tubs, deck bolsters, etc). The painting and decaling of the entry shall be in accordance with Rule III.2.B (above).