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  1. I got booked at the Embassy after seeing Scott's post, for Wednesday thru Sunday. I booked with Hilton Honors, then called the Honors program to get the room rate changed to the convention rate. Don't know if that will futz up the room block count, but I have a confirmation number.
  2. Is the vote count underway? Will the accounting firm of Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe put the results in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnalls’ back porch? Inquiring minds want to know.
  3. The extra awards which are currently provided for splits, etc. are part of the number of awards which are contractually required to be provided by the local committee Additional trophies awarded for ties under this approach are over and above the contracted number Ed Grune - NCC/Head Ship Judge
  4. And once again logistics raises its ugly head. How many extra trophies must the organizing committee purchase above those they are contractually required to provide, to meet this? 10%, 25%? Who will pay for them? Can you sell a sponsorship for something that may not happen? Well, we have these extra trophies on hand that have a date on them …
  5. Refer to Rule II.15. The crane which extends above the turret top would cause the entry to be placed in the vignette/diorama class. There Rule II.19 would take effect, the four crewmen would place it in the small composition/vignette category. Note that there are no Out of the Box categories in the Vignette/Diorama class. So no, it would not be allowed.
  6. And to close the loop with Rusty, those category numbers and rules I cited were new (2020) changes which Manny Gutsche proposed and were incorporated
  7. SciFi & Gundams are covered in the National Rules & Categories VI Space & SciFi 605 - StarTrek & StarWars 606 - Gundams (from kits) 607 - Mecha 608 - Other Vehicles/Vessels 609 - Scratchbuilt & Conversions The Rules specifically discuss the categories: "Category Definitions: ● Star Trek & Star Wars subjects (Category 605): Only spaceships and vehicles from Star Trek and Star Wars media. ● Gundam subjects (Category 606): Only characters and vehicles from the Gundam media multiverse. ● Mecha subjects (Category 607): Powered sci-fi robots, armor or machines, with limbed features or humanoid construct. Such models may contain or display an operator figure as long as it is not the dominant part of the model; mechanical features should predominate. Otherwise an entry will go in the appropriate Fantasy or Sci-Fi Figures category." Now, how closely a local or regional contest hews to the National Rules and Categories is always up for discussion. In the face of "new" genre arriving on the local scene it may be advisable to follow the NCC's lead. The organizing committee may be overwhelmed by new categories one year to be met by a famine the next. Try the new categories for a few years and see how they are accepted.
  8. Back in the day, 99-ish, the committee for the 2000 Dallas convention discussed limiting the attendance on Wednesday to registered members only. It was felt that day-tripping non-members, those who blame and defame IPMS, were accessing the show and shopping at the vendors to the possible detriment of the paid members. This was seen as a perq for members to and an incentive non-members to join and register. Oh No! We're not showing who we are and what we do! On Wednesday afternoon only, all were free to attend on Thursday/Friday/Saturday? Oh No! The vendors will miss a half day of sales! No, the registered members will still be there with their open wallets. Due to pushback, largely from outside of the organization, Members-only Wednesday didn't happen.
  9. May/June arrived in Texas today (wish it was the weather, not the magazine). President Noack acknowledged that the convention may be in the books as you read the issue.
  10. Yes, Tony's and my paths had been criss-crossing for several days. We both went through Memphis and Nashville, and both had been to the Jack Daniels whisk(e)y distillery before ending up in Chattanooga. Toured the civil war battlefield and rode the inclined railway down to the bottom of the hill to get some ice cream. There I saws this chap wearing a Lancaster bomber t-shirt and I figured that he had to be one of us modelers. I struck up a conversation and found that he was one of IPMS-UK's members. Our paths crossed again several more times over the next few days. Last I saw of him he was walking away after winning one of the Tamiya P-38 raffle kits. I wrote Tony suggesting some stops for a 2020 trip part of the San Marcos, TX tour. Learning that Tony liked to indulge a bit, so I started him off in Fredericksburg, TX. It is the best wine producing area in Texas (Texas wine? Pffft you say!) Also some bourbon and rum distilleries. Fredericksburg is the boyhood home of Admiral Nimitz and the site of the Museum of the Pacific War. It is an excellent stop I got him through Houston and NASA to New Orleans. New Orleans; music, food, culture, and the home of the National WWII museum. From there, through Mobile Alabama and the museum at the USS Alabama then on to Pensacola and the naval air museum. But, like I said, the world changed. If you can work it out, plan on 2023 when IPMS-USA is going to try San Marcos again
  11. Rusty - in the past few shows ships had about total 200 entries. Aircraft class might have that many in one category (say 1:48 fighter). Bill Devins established a system where he had judging team leaders designated at the start of the show. They would start looking at the entries on Wednesday afternoon and begin creating their splits and shuffling things around. I’ve picked up some of Devins’ pre-registration ideas for use in ships. Jim Clark is continuing Bill’s processes. Unfortunately I have been forced to miss this years show. My wife came down with break-through COVID on Sunday. I followed her on Tuesday. Hit me kinda hard. I got regeneron yesterday and feel much better The NCC had been working on alternate judging due to COVID, as well as succession plans. I had a backup, just hated to drop the mess in his lap on late notice.
  12. You must be a national member or a member of a foreign branch to enter a model or judge. You do not have to be a member to attend. You pay the daily access rate. It’s 15 dollars this year. Day pass attendees don’t get the swag bag given to registrants. We have 3000+ entries in 9 classes/130 odd categories. Takes a while. A couple of years back I met Tony, the IPMS UK competition secretary. We were on the civil war battlefield above Chattanooga. I corresponded with him and suggested some sites of interest through the South when he came back to SanMarcos TX. Then the world fell apart
  13. That’s the difference between a 1 day show and a 3.5 day show. Modelers register their models and they place them on the table Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday to 5pm when registration closes. Judging start at 7pm on Friday. Judges sweep the categories each day to do splits (1:48, Allied, in-line engine versus round engines). We also sweep for incorrect placement (a 4 engine bomber in a 2 engine category). It saves time on Friday night. Some don’t get caught until then, possibly causing a couple of categories to be re-judged (the moved from and the moved to). That’s why the judges work to get splits and moves done early. Starting at 7pm, it’s not uncommon for the rank & file judges to finish after midnight. Head judges after that. And an unknown fact for most, the contest recorder’s people have just a few hours to prepare the awards list, script for the awards MCs (the legendary Bill & Aris), take photos for the awards show and for the journal, and prepare for the placement of the awards when the model room closes. Oh, and get some sleep too. They are shooting for 3pm Saturday to have every task done.
  14. My wife came up positive so I need to cancel registration. The website says it will be processed after 9/1. Ok. How do I start the ball rolling? Just not show up?
  15. The survey question was poorly written. The NCC position was edited. I believe it was Nardone who said at the Chattanooga (might have been Phoenix) NCC meeting that it was similar to asking your kids what they wanted for dinner; hot dogs or something else. It could be pizza. It could be liver. The ‘something else’ needs to be completely defined. What, how, when, and consideration of all downstream affects: Award counts, Best-ofs, Journal, personnel, etc. included.
  16. Let me suggest that the judges use this time to get something to eat. Originally the NCC had been briefed that snacks would be available. Not too sure that it will happen. Be prepared in the event that it doesn't. It promises to be a late night.
  17. Effective 2013 ships added a commercial category as a test. It was added at the request of several competitors. It was to be the home for all the Titanics, cruise ships, cargo ships, and de-militarized Liberty ship tramp steamers. For a year or two it was supported, but not greatly. By 2019 it was eliminated. The last couple of years it had but 2 entries. Times like these I would like the option to collapse (reverse-split) categories. The NCC may make changes, but support for the change needs to come from the modelers. Obviously autos did. Not so much from my civilian ship modelers.
  18. An article came across my newsfeed. There is a StarTrek convention scheduled at the Rio the week before we're there. Tickets still available for annual Star Trek Las Vegas convention Aug. 11-15 (ktnv.com) The hotel staff will look at us and think we're the normal people!😁
  19. In a step beyond the prior recommendations for masking by the Clark County commission, the State of Nevada has re-imposed masking requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons in public settings. Mask mandate returns to Nevada for public indoor settings - Las Vegas Sun News Plan accordingly. The NCC in a Zoom meeting addressed our plans on how we will perform our judging duties this year. Things may have gotten easier with this latest news I'd really like to hear what Bob & the Convention Committee has on this
  20. Yeah. We got pushback when we went from plaques (custom, year-specific) to medallions (generic, multi-year use). Certificates might cause a riot
  21. Tuesday 745 pm CDT Just finished watching the Clark County Commissioners hearing on the recommendation by the Southern Nevada Health District. Enacted: 1) Effective 2400 on Wednesday all employees indoors in public spaces will be required to wear masks. (i.e. to model desired behavior) 2) Large venues (casinos, resorts) will provide to the commissioners, NLT 0800 Monday morning, their plans for masking on their facilities. These facilities who are licensed by the gaming board are not under the direct rules of the commission. They can mandate masking on their facility premises. Both the Chamber of Commerce and Resort Association spoke in favor of masking all persons indoors in public spaces. 3) Masking signage will be installed by 2400 Wednesday 4) This ordnance will expire at 2400 on 8/17/21 [i.e. the day before the show starts]. It may be re-evaluated on or before that date and revised, expanded, or extended. Plan accordingly
  22. Anecdotal information which has been provided to the NCC indicates the number of awards given is somewhere between 50 and 80 percent of the number of entries.
  23. That is Phil Perry's class. Instead of publishing his personal email info, I suggest you contact him c/o the NCC email address: NCC@ipmsusa.org
  24. Putting them in the middle, then the facility safety or fire marshall may get involved. I advocated for a local member with his diorama which requires electricity. Had him contact the Contest Coordinator (his bailey-wick anyway) for power access, that and the requirement to reserve space for an oversized entry. Running power cords across the floor become a trip hazard, even when taped down. Worse yet are jury-rigged extension cords. At the best the power cords may be a speed bump for the guy rolling the cart of models across the room. At worst the guy's labor of love falls to the floor, that or someone breaks something. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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