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  1. I just Googled "coupon drop down" and immediately have dozens of links on how to remove this virus/malware/adware. It's definitely a PC issue, Gil...bummer.
  2. Haven't seen them anywhere myself, Gil. I have Norton 360 and also use CCleaner, but I also have AdFender running all the time. Maybe someone else will chime in with more helpful info.
  3. Chris, There is a potental problem with looking at Kitmaker - or any other huge modeling website - as a blueprint. The Kitmaker "network" of forums (and sites) has thousands of registered members who actively use their various boards. The Armorama forum alone easily exceeds this forum in terms of average daily posts and views by probably 500% or more. I really can't see why you would want to be creating any sub-forum that is only going to get a handful of views and perhaps one or two new threads each week (or month!). It's ultimately up to you, but that's my 2 cents...
  4. Good question, Jim. For me, the answer will vary depending on the time of year, my current motivation level, and the exact stage of progress on the build. Since I'm fully retired with no family, I really have the capability to build whenever I want, but I usually try to limit my bench time to a maximum of 4 or 5 hours per day. I know...poor me. Back when I was still working, there were times when I would try to put in about 30 minutes to an hour in the mornings before leaving for work - depending on whether I was at an appropriate stage with the model. It was a nice, peaceful time of the day to build. My best model progress was always between the time I got home and dinner time. For me, this used to equate to a good 2 hours every day. With your family situation, this would probably be a less than perfect time. Other than some dedicated time over the weekend, your two choices are probably going to be either before everyone else gets up or after everyone else has gone to sleep. In both cases you're looking at the possiblity of cutting into needed sleep time and that's not a good thing. Good Luck,
  5. Chris, I voted (actually changed my vote) for a single "workbench" or WIP sub-forum. However, this vote is based solely on the ability to VIEW the in-progress builds as easily as possible. Since I do not use any internet based photo hosting service, unless or until the forum adds direct uploading and hosting of photos, I will probably not be posting any WIP threads.
  6. My 20 years in the USAF was in the Nondestructive Inspection career field and we used something very similar (called a stereozoom microscope) for the visual interpretation of discontinuities - i.e. cracks - in metal components. The one we used typically went from 20x to 150x. With practice, you might find it useful for some detail work, Jim. However, like you said, the depth of field is very limited and any movement toward or away from the objective lens will take the subject completely out of focus. Don't give up on it too quickly, but don't be surprised if even with practice, it's just not viable for modeling. BTW, look at the facade on the back of a five dollar bill though it...the state names literally jump off the bill!! Oh, and if everything works and the lens in good, it is a very expensive piece of equipment!
  7. Put me down as being interested in the e-book as well. From an inclusiveness standpoint, I'd go ahead and start from "square one". You probably don't need to go into a lot of detail on the basics, but a little can't hurt. The only area requiring full coverage (in my opinion) is the problems associated with "white". All three methods of getting white markings on models should probably be addressed: pre-painting (or post-painting), using white decal film, and finally, for those with Alps printers, printing the white areas on clear film. Great idea, Richard...best of luck!
  8. I primarily build military subjects and usually try to give the build "visual accuracy". By that I mean correct markings, correct features, and an appropriate paint scheme. That being said, I am not anal about "dimentional accuracy". If some parts are slightly out of scale, but don't detract from the build visually - or enhance the visual appearance - then I let them slide.
  9. Hello, While I hate to write about myself, I'll post this and get it done. I'm 47 years old - going on 24 (or 14, depending on the day). This may explain why I've never been married and have no children...I have enough trouble taking care of myself. I started modeling at a young age, but in high school modeling took a back seat to other interests. At 22, I joined the USAF and managed to build a grand total of ONE model during the next 20 years. In 2002, as retirement neared, my interest in modeling began to return and I started building once again. During this time I joined IPMS, AMPS, and several online communities. I retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 2004 and spent the next 4 years living on my military retirement and pumping out about one model a month...I was in heaven! From 2004 until 2007, I served as President and Contest Director for the IPMS/USA Pensacola Modeleers. About a year ago, my former boss gave me a call and asked me to return to work as a civil servant. So, for the past year, I've been teaching Nondestructive Inspection as an instructor for the USAF Technical Training School at Pensacola, FL. My modeling time has obviously been dramatically reduced, but I still find the time to get in about 6 or 8 hours each week. That's my story and I'm sticking to it...for now. Regards,
  10. Being a "treadhead" at heart, my experience with SF kits is limited to the 3 I've built thus far. My favorite was the B5 Starfury and if they available in plastic, I would own every B5 kit a company could produce - probably more than one of each. I have three scratch-build B5 projects on the "back-burners" for some time down the road, but with 350 armor kits awaiting production, who knows when those will get built. From a purely visual standpoint, I've always favored the Star Trek subjects. When Paramount auctioned off all those ST props a couple years back, I was drooling like a wolf at a kill site! I do have 5 or 6 ST kits in the stash - also awaiting an appropriate slot in the production schedule - so I'll have ample opportunity to enjoy those kits.
  11. Top 3!!!!!!!! Aaaarrrrrggggh! How do I whittle the list down to just three? Okay...my Top 3 are: Babylon 5 Futurama Stargate SG-1
  12. Well, mine would have to be: 1) Star Wars (the only movie I saw more than once in a theater until LOTR) 2) Star Trek VI 3) Close Encounters of the Third Kind And my "guilty pleasures" are" 1) Galaxy Quest 2) Mars Attacks
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