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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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."
  4. Been there, done that. 2018 Rules Paragraph II.2. Concurred and unchanged for 2019
  5. Liberty Ships were designated EC2-S-x. E indicated Emergency Construction. C2 was the length code, S - Steam, and x the builder. My hull of my fathers ship, the USS Oberon (AK-56/AKA-14) launched in early 1942, was rather indistingishable from a Liberty. While she was build originally for MARAD, her hull code was C2-S-F (for Federal Shipbuilders of Kearny NJ. Of course there were differences between EC2- and C2- ships, most of them being internal or construction expediency. Deckhouses and goalposts varied with the assigned mission. For example, the Oberon had strengthened cargo handling booms to allow for heavy cargo such as LCMs and tanks. The Oberon also had a streamlined funnel, while other C2- and EC2- had an oval or round funnel. Building yard considerations In plastic, 1:350 scale, there is the Trumpeter Jeremiah O'Brien or John Brown kits. Iron Shipwright makes a Liberty in resin & brass. Toms Modelworks used to as did l'Arsenal. Thats about it in a larger scale. In 1:700, again there is the Trumpeter kits, also PitRoad in plastic. There are several resin producers, including NNT and HP. To get to a civilian post-war C2, remove the guns and gun tubs. Adjust the deckhouse as desired and IAW references, enclosing the bridge as needed. Again, funnel per references or desire Paint, probably a black hull with white deckhouse. Add steamship line colors to the funnel
  6. Texas Roadhouse for steak? Eeewuu! You're not from around here are you son? Lockhart is less than a half hour away toward the east. Black's Barbeque, Smitty's Market, Kreuz Market. Some of the best 'que in the state. Often ranking at the top of the 'Texas Monthly' semiannual best barbeque edition. https://austin.eater.com/2016/6/16/11954976/lockhart-texas-barbecue-where-to-eat
  7. The convention hotel in Chattanooga is the Marriott. There are several other hotel chains in the downtown area. For the eclectic there is the Choo Choo where you can stay in old railroad sleeper cars
  8. Membership has its perks. That reminds me of back in the run up to the 2000 show in Dallas. We were proposing limiting the admission on Wednesday afternoon to IPMS members only. Why should a person who does not think highly enough of the organization to join up be given the opportunity to get into the country's largest hobby shop ahead of someone who does support it. OMG! You'd have though that we were banning the use of Xacto blades in modeling
  9. The NCC is attempting to be proactive regarding 3D printing technology as opposed to reacting to what should we do when someone suddenly walks in and drops a 3D project on the table. 3D printing technology is evolving and maturing. What we saw in 2017 may well be obsolete in 5 years. We intend to review 3D rules each year based on inputs from the membership. To your questions: If Shapeways designer ETS-35 completes a Hotchkiss H-35 using his 3D parts that he has designed and enters it in our competition it will be considered a standard 1:35 armor entry. It is commercially available from Shapeways. Per the rule it is not considered to be scratchbuilt. it will be judged against the other standard entries using the existing craftsmanship criteria. The same can be said if you purchased the kit, completed it, finished it and brought it to the competition. The designer/scratchbuilt question is moot in this case. Parts are parts, be they 3D printed, resin, brass, white metal, turned metal, etc. Using 3D technology to enhance a kit detail is acceptable. Is there an available tank model on which these 3D piece parts could be added to make a new version? I'm not an armor guy here. This would be considered a commercial conversion. Note the rule caveat about a conversion requiring a significant change in configuration. if a model is scratchbuilt using standard materials (i.e. you built the tank body from sheet styrene) and used 3D printed roadwheels that could be considered a scratchbuilt entry as there is an allowance for minor items (wheels, guns, etc.) We have not seen the condition where a designer builds a complete complex model which is not otherwise commercially available and enters it as scratchbuilt. If it happens the NCC will address the situation. An option may be to have a 3D category To your comment to Gil regarding using 3D parts as masters for resin kits, that has been done for several years now. Several resin ship manufacturers do this. The printed parts are cleaned up and refined to remove the printing artifacts and used as masters for resin casting. The completion of the kit still requires the manual skills typically associated with modeling. Ed Grune Head Ship Judge National Competition Committee
  10. SanMarcos is located midway between Austin, TX and SanAntonio. Its location as a convention site for us makes economic sense. It is a short drive to either of these cities and the museums/facilities they offer. Fredericksburg, TX and the Museum of the Pacific War/Nimitz Museum is a short drive. Houston (NASA, USS Texas) is a bit more. The IPMS chapters in Texas have committed their assistance in putting on the show. SanMarcos has an Embassy Suites based convention center, for your better half there are several outlet malls nearby Air access via either Austin/Bergstom airport or SanAntonio International
  11. The subject of 3D printed models was discussed during the NCC meeting at last year's convention. Examples of 2017 state-of-the-art models and details were shown. Both during the NCC meeting and afterward, the opinions of various modelers who are familiar with 3D technology were solicited. The general consensus of opinion was that since the process of making a 3D model does not typically employ the "manual skills" of modelbuilding (cutting, sanding, glueing, etc) they are not scratchbuilt models, and may not be entered in scratchbuilt categories. 3D printed detail parts may be used. They are considered to be just like resin, photoetch, or other such material. A conversion using 3D printed parts is considered to be a commercial conversion as opposed to a scratchbuilt conversion. A totally 3D printed model may be entered in the appropriate category. 3D kits were present at last year's Nationals, in the ship and spacecraft categories (of which I am aware). Ed Grune, Head Ship Judge IPMS-USA National Competition Committee
  12. 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'
  13. Flagship Models offers some War of 1812 Marines http://www.flagshipmodels.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=110
  14. 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.
  15. 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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