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Ralph Nardone

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About Ralph Nardone

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  • FirstName
    Ralph
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    Nardone
  • IPMS Number
    33984
  • Local Chapter
    IPMS/Mid-Carolina Swamp Fox Modelers
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    Newberry
  • State
    SC
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    Male
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    Newberry, SC USA
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    Somewhat eclectic

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  1. Nice work! And kids who look at it will only see a cool model of an X-Wing... About the same time Revell moved their molding to a the facility in China, their plastic also became softer--probably more vinyl and/or regrind added to the mix. That's the main reason that if I want a vintage Monogram kit, I buy the earliest issue I can find in order to get that sublime Monogram styrene...
  2. My take: I don't care about "winning" or "losing" at a model show--I've been on both ends of the spectrum many, many times. That's not why I build models and put them on a show table--I put my models out there to show what I've been doing. I welcome questions. I value critique. That's the only way to get better at something--have another set of eyes (or two, or two thousand) have a look and tell me what they see that maybe I could have done differently. Note--this is different from merely collecting a trophy that says I'm King Styrene for a Day and assuming that I need to copy what I did on the "winning" model in order to keep raking in the tin pots. TELL me what you see. TELL me what I might do differently. DISCUS different techniques. Don't assume I will learn through osmosis. That, that right there is why I prefer an Open Judging system that offers feedback. When I put my models in an AMPS show, I value the feedback more than I value the medal that goes with the score I earned. But even more to the point, I enjoy contests that use Open Judgng because the people involved are more apt to share. I've been to IPMS shows where the people who have entered models are stand-offish and tight lipped about which models they entered and how they did things--for some odd reason, they seem to think that if they share their techniques, they'll be giving away Government Secrets. One of the Facebook posts on this subject led to a sub-thread on Wonderfest. George Seletas (Wonderfest Chairman) summed it up nicely: " The most important thing is that we are in that room for fun and brotherhood and not to bump puffed chests like it's the NFL." Its supposed to be about the models, not the medals.
  3. Nick, I'm not disagreeing with you--as I indicated, a preponderance of the votes would have to be in favor of Open Junding before anything gets done.
  4. Jim, your question is a fair one. In theory, a model that earns Gold at one AMPS show should earn Gold at all AMPS shows. The system is presented to the judges that way, and the fact that judges' training is scripted and uniform aids in this. AMPS still allows OJT shifts, but in order to become a certified judge, you must sit through the training session and do two shifts. As I said on Facebook, a tie vote is no indication of a "win", and that in and of itself means that nothing will change. Maybe some will talk about it from time to time, but unless something drastic happens, this gets filed in the "Nice to Know" file. If IPMS does a similar survey two years from now and the results are the same, nothing will happen. The only way anything will change is if the preponderance to the votes indicate the membership wants change--and that change will take between 5 and 10 years to happen at the National level. It will not be immediate. A friend of mine made a comment that sparked some discussion. At the local level, what do the Chapter members (both IPMS members and non-members) have to say? At the National level, including non-members is a non-starter since you have to be a member to participate in the contest, but at the local level, I would hazard a guess that 80% of the people involved with a show are non-members, either through ignorance ("What's IPMS?", in which case the Chapter Contact isn't doing his or her job) or choice (don't want to, did it but got nothing from it, etc.). It would be interesting if each Chapter Contact polled their membership and posted their findings. That would become a planning tool for those clubs who host shows, too... I can say this--at the Region 12 Show several weeks ago, this very topic dominated the business meeting. There was a lot of interest shown by those in attendance...
  5. Nice work, and congratulations to the club! It is always nice to get the work out into the public eye, not only for them to see what it is we do, but to also add a touch of education to the mix, too. Cheers! Ralph
  6. Airliners, too--Braniff, Trans-Texas Airways, Continental...
  7. I can think of at least a dozen racers from Texas--stock cars, sports cars, drag racers, Indy cars...
  8. It is the same reason I put the Model Building 101 seminar together for the 2016 Convention, and have been continually refining and updating it. It is now a series of units, much like Paul Boyer's "Finishing School" series from FineScale Modeler back in the day...
  9. I can't add anything to the previous posts or what I've already told you guys in person or on other forums. Great city, great show, great hosts. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, although I left Chattanooga and forgot to stop by Naked River Brewing to pick up some Moon Pie Stout... Ralph
  10. Whenever I get asked why I present "Model Building 101" at a National Convention--I mean, this is the World Series/Super Bowl of modeling, right? People should know this stuff, right? I believe your post provides the answer--I always say that basic things are what the judges look for, and ignoring basics will trip you up more times than not. Alignment is usually #1 on the list of the things that answer the question "Why didn't my model win?" Then there are "the little things"--drilled out gun barrels, those pesky ejection pin marks that you thought were not visible, that minuscule parting line that you forgot to remove... By the way, it was great to finally meet you in Chattanooga... Cheers! Ralph
  11. I can add veracity to that statement--Columbia was required, by the agreement with the venue, to host a banquet. I'm sorry I had to leave before the reception, but from what I hear it was a great idea.
  12. Seconded. Awesome show from beginning to end.
  13. There are alternatives to Model Master, both the enamels and acrylics: True North ( https://www.truenorthpaints.com/ )--I gather these are nearly the same formula as the Model Master enamel line. There's also Tru-Color ( http://trucolorpaint.com/ ). Squadron is carrying Humbrol. Tamiya now markets a lacquer in jars in the LP line--the colors are keyed to their acrylic numbers. MRP, an acrylic lacquer, is one of the current darlings of the hobby, and GSI Creos still markets the Mr. Color lacquers. Can you go to your local hobby shop and get these? Probably not, but how many of us still have a local, full-line hobby shop to begin with? I know Tru-Color has been engaged with local shops, I have never seen a shop with their product stocked. For the acrylics, take your pick: Vallejo, AK Interactive, Ammo by Mig, Tamiya, GSI Creos' Aqueous or Acrysion lines, Mission Models, Lifecolour...again, the local shop won't have many of these (Tamiya and Vallejo seem to be common, the others--not so much). And yeah, it is sad to see an industry icon leave our hobby, but there are other products out there. I remember when the Model Master enamels made their debut in the early 1980's (1982, maybe?) and the information blitz that Testors launched to make sure we all "got the word" on the hows and whys of the line. I remember when they killed the original Floquil and Polly-S lines, then re-launched them in the 1990's, only to kill them again a decade later. I remember when they killed the Pactra Acrylics. I remember when Testors launched their first branded acrylic in the early 1990's--the short-lived and little lamented Model Master Acrylics--and then the more successful Model Master Acryl line a few years later. I remember when they discontinued Floquil and PollyScale. But I found other products to replace them. We can moan and groan all we want, but RPM isn't going to change their collective mind any time soon. It isn't about anything more than the bottom line--I would imagine they invest a serious chunk of money into the scale model paint lines, and if the return on the investment isn't there, the shareholders squawk. Sad, but it is time to move on. R
  14. So, to get newbies to participate you establish skill levels. Most noobs will compete as a Novice. And the best they can win is a Bronze? We have to go back to the question "What dpes IPMS/USA envision as the purpose of their models conetests?"
  15. I'm for it--but how do you regulate it? Does each entrant self-appoint all the time, or after earning a 1st/Gold at one level, are they promoted to the next level? It would require the establishment of a National database to keep track, and all Chapters would need to have access to it in order to properly run their shows. This is what I mean by "Standard, Uniform" contests system throughout IPMS/USA. You can't "wing it" and expect things to police themselves...
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