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  1. Ralph Nardone

    2019 convention website

    "Watch this space!" You're on your way, Mike. I'm looking forward to the show... Ralph
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    Bid Meeting

    What happened (again) to bidding three years out? In Columbia, we were told that the new procedure was to bid three years out, and in 2016 the destinations for 2018 and 2019 were chosen. In 2017, nobody bothered to bid, but we were told nothing had changed--2017 should have been when the 2020 hosts were named. Now, once again, we're back out to two years out...2019 will see the hosts named for 2021, not 2022. R
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    Latest on Model Master at Hobby Lobby...and an Insult

    Perhaps it has nothing to do with huffing paint. Perhaps it has nothing to do with a "Nanny State". Perhaps it has *everything* to do with the fact that we can't have nice things anymore. Rather than taking pot-shot guesses as to why this is, I simply asked the department manager when I was in one of their stores. The answer: They got tired of having to replace the fixtures every year because they were caked with paint and looked like a Jackson Pollock masterpiece. As a chain, they take pride in their appearance, and having a paint-splattered area in the model section was outside corporate appearance standards. Funny thing, too--this same thing didn't happen where the large spray paint cans were displayed with the other craft paint. The only area of the store where paint was on display that was abused in this manner was by the plastic models. In other words, it was done because some people make it impossible for all of us to have nice things. Cheers! R
  4. Ralph Nardone

    Holding Down the Nose of Your Plane

    You can find the same stuff in the RC section of the hobby shop, if you don't have a friend at the car repair shop. Du-Bro and Patriot are two brands under which it is marketed. Also, if you have a good train shop nearby, they may have a similar product used to add weight to rolling stock... Ralph
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    A few questions

    This came up in 2016--I have never remembered a Convention where the Seminars were limited to members only. In 2016, GA bought you an "in" to the model display room, vendor room, and seminars. Most GA entrants don't know about the IPMS meetings, and as they deal with Society issues, and it is correct that they should be open to Members only. The Seminars, on the other hand, deal with ideas and techniques. The goal is to promote the hobby, and we felt that granting access to the Seminars was part and parcel of that promotion. As the saying goes, if they don't get it here, they'll get it somewhere. YMMV, etc., etc.
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    Airport to Hotel

    I'll fix Jim's link: https://www.skyharbor.com/ Also, last time I was in PHX (October/November last year), Terminal 3 was under construction, so be advised. Traffic moves around the airport fairly well, but it gets a bit constricted around T3 and T4 (T4 due to the sheer numbers of flights from American and Southwest). Alas, no travel for me this year. Y'all have a great show! Ralph
  7. Ralph Nardone

    Judging Question

    We're getting prepared for our show coming up on the 23rd, and as such I'm gathering the guys and gals and will have the whole discussion on contests, judging, and what it means in the big picture... The advice I always offer to someone new to model contests is this: Read the rules governing the contest. Any game comes with rules, and if you want to play the game, you have to play by the rules the sanctioning body developed for said game. If you don't understand something, ask in advance of the show for clarification. If there is something in the rules you do not like, understand that you have two options--enter, knowing there are parts of the rules you don't like, and accept the consequences; or simply do not enter. By the time a show is advertised, the rules aren't likely to be changed simply because someone doesn't like one thing or other... As for the judging being done while the world watches, my take on the situation is this: All those people milling around had the opportunity to join the judging staff for that show (usually) by answering the dozen or more "If you'd like to judge, we will have the judges meeting in 20 minutes by the water cooler" announcements. It always chaps me that an irate entrant will come up to a judge after the fact and recite why his/her model should have won because, and I may be paraphrasing here, "I'm an experienced judge, and your guys missed this!" Fine, cowboy--if you are such an experienced judge, why didn't you lend a hand with this show instead of wandering around, catching a cool breeze, and (more often than not) trying to lobby the judges to choose your model... The other advice I have for noobs is to understand that "contest" is defined by Merriam-Webster as follows: Definition of contest 1 : a struggle for superiority or victory : competition a football contest between rival teams 2 : a competition in which each contestant performs without direct contact with or interference from competitors He won the contest for best photograph "A struggle for superiority or victory"--which means there will be one winner. So, understand going in that you may win, or you may "not win". What was it that Ricky Bobby's daddy told him (along with, "If you ain't First, you're last!")? Second place is the First Loser...but only if you look at things in a certain light. Go to the show, enjoy seeing everybody's work, talk to people--make friends!--and, if at the end of the day they call your name to go accept a tin pot, so much the better. Not winning a model contest is not the end of the world, especially an IPMS contest where this week's Best of Show can be next week's Out of the Running, depending on what else is present on the tables... (I'll not begin the discussion of why I think the AMPS scoring system is a better way to help modelers improve their craft...) :)
  8. Ralph Nardone

    VENDOR List- updates?

    They do offer HUGE support for the shows--they sponsored the decals and t-shirts for Columbia 2016--they just don't have a huge vendor presence.
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    VENDOR List- updates?

    Sprue Brothers didn't have much in Columbia, either. Darren with Steel Beach had more stuff than Gordon did in 2016... Curious, too--I've never based my decision to attend a model show on which vendors were going to be there, since I can do commerce with many of the established ones from my couch. R
  10. Ralph Nardone

    One Ocean Method for your Ships

    Now, that's pretty neat! I'll have to give that a whirl at some point--although I may have to tweak it for 1/350 scale...
  11. Ralph Nardone

    Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 5

    Another something to try: strap things in place (dry) with the rubber bands, and then insert toothpicks under the rubber bands on either side of the seam. They will prop the rubber bands up off the surface so the cement doesn't run under them. Apply the cement of your choosing, and let 'er dry. Works like a charm... Cheers! R
  12. Ralph Nardone

    A-4 Skyhawk Tailpipe

    To the best of my knowledge, no. It is more or less a straight exhaust pipe--there are maybe EGT (Exhaust Gas Temperature) and maybe EPR (Exhaust Pressure Ratio) sensors, but since there is no afterburner, there is no need to have a DI/CON (Divergent/Convergent) nozzle...
  13. Ralph Nardone

    Inside of F-16 exhaust nozzle

    I've painted the liner white or light gray, then dusted with dark gray and black pastel, depending how "used" I want it to appear.
  14. Ralph Nardone

    Hobbico files for bankruptcy...

    The latest, from Kalmbach (Scale Auto magazine, to be exact). Note that this was derived from court documents and not direct discussion with the new owners: http://www.scaleautomag.com/articles/2018/04/revell-has-been-sold So there are some answers--the new owners basically bought the whole wad--molds, trademarks, etc. The questions that remain: 1. Despite owning the molds, will the new owners reissue legacy kits? (My opinion--yes to some, no to others.) 2. Who will distribute Revell GmbH kits in the States? 3. Ditto Hasegawa and Italeri kits. Again, this is early days, a lot remains to be seen. Ralph
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    I also spy a can of Duratite putty and a bottle of Duratite solvent, a bottle of Satellite City Hot Stuff...and is that a Lindberg F4D Skyray I see underway? I got into the Pactra Authentic International Colors late in the game (1981 or so), and by the time I developed a good feel for it--and an appreciation for just how good it was--it was gone. I switched to Polly-S not too long after that... Ralph