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rbeach84 last won the day on November 9 2017

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    IPMS Hampton Roads Scale Modelers
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    1:48 modeling - pretty much any subject. Recently started enjoying paper models.
  1. Many thanks and congrats to the whole 'club', Mike! Having worked the four conventions here in Tidewater (aka 'Virginia Beach'), I really appreciate how you "guys" did an outstanding job. I also appreciated the opportunity to help the vendors Wednesday morning, it kept me busy and it was fun! Seeing a lot of old friends, meeting new ones and taking in a whole lot of great models really helped to recharge the creative 'juices'. And isn't that the whole point? I look forward to seeing you all again in 2025 (six year rule!) In the meantime, have a 'Naked River' Moonpie Stout for me!
  2. Hank, CAD is probably a less useful tool than a vector graphics editor. One option (assuming you don't need to pass the artwork to anyone as a graphics file) is to use the open source drawing tool in OpenOffice (available from "http://www.openoffice.org/".) The learning curve for the 'Draw' component isn't too steep and can result in some marvelous graphics. Also, it can integrate with any fonts you might install as well as decompile font characters so you can treat them as graphics. The advantage of vector based graphics is they can be output to any scale without distortion (aka the 'jagg
  3. That is one sweet bit of plastic, Gil! Outstanding work, pal. Making me want to crack open that Mercator again... Congrats! Regards, Robert
  4. I've even used the good ol' open source, OpenOffice DRAW program to create decal artwork. Mastering the graphics part of the process is the hardest piece but it isn't that bad, just takes a bit of practice. One recent project was to create accurate decals for the old MPC Star Wars A-Wing model. I shared the graphics file on our chapter website: http://hamptonroadsscalemodelers.com/star-wars-a-wing-decals-of-the-studio-model/ Because DRAW creates vector graphics, scaling up or down has no impact on the appearance of the artwork (though the printer's capabilities will!) Only problem with
  5. Welcome aboard, Bob! Attractive automotive models... thanks for sharing 'em. Regards, Rob(ert)
  6. Gee! After all that effort tracking down FM Cougar kits... well, whatta you gonna do? Cry over spilt milk? '^P Robert
  7. Sweet! Good going, Gil! Regards, Robert
  8. Chris, again with the public outreach "thang", wouldn't it also be better to have some publicly accessible content to 'hook folks' a bit? Restricting content to membership only on one hand does increase the 'value' of a Society membership. However, on the other hand it also makes it invisible to prospective members! The old 'test drive' theory; FineScale Modeler does it on their website, if looking for an example... If we had permanent content archived as "member only" and "general audience" 'libraries', fully searchable, then we'd have something. If it also consisted of organized, bal
  9. How about this for a stereotype: Of course, it's pretty much true... ha! R/ Robert
  10. Yes, well said, Robert Foster of Pensacola, FL. Nice to have the feature available, Chris. Thanks for taking it up. Regards, Robert Beach of Norfolk, VA (Married to Diana of Pensacola, FL...) ;^P
  11. Of course, Master Box may have one in their farm animals set... well checking it, no. But there is a small dog in one with modern US tankers and (what appears to be) Iraqi civilian woman with children. Pix at Cybermodeler in a 'preview': http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/mb/kit_mb_35159.shtml R/ Robert
  12. It sounds as if there is some confusion between hosting 'gallery' images, and inserted images in posts (as different from "linking" 'em to external hosts.) You can't abuse the 'storage' in a post since the images must mesh with the content of the topic or risk 'moderation'. The main problem with relying on external image support in forum topics (as we've all seen - the little 'this has been removed' square) is retention of the images is at the mercy of that external host. It all comes down to the expectations for the integrity of the forum archives. Putting an image directly into a post im
  13. Plus, we're all looking at time for the workbench! R/ Robert
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