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  1. After attending closely to these interchanges, I conclude that the IPMS approach, although imperfect, is really pretty good. As I have said elsewhere, I was/am involved in a major national convention for another hobby. The structure for that convention is that the National Office owns the convention while the local chapter largely organizes and executes it. Thus National could and has and does direct various aspects of funding, programming, content, advertising, timing ... and theoretically has final say on most everything. Which might be fair, because National signs all the contracts and pays all the bills. So, if there is a disaster, National bites the bullet and our local chapter is financially in the clear. The local club provides the foot soldiers and "middle management" for the national convention. HST, the issue here is that communication between National and the local club is critical, but has been problematic. Thus, the local club makes decisions because someone has to and National -- which is not keeping itself constantly informed -- often asks if the decisions can be changed. National can be pretty uninvolved until somebody at National wants to make a decision and discovers that it is really too late. BTW, nobody has bid for 2023 or 2024 for a national convention. IPMS lays the responsibility on the local chapter ... where people know what is going on locally and can adapt and improvise and make timely decisions. It seems that the IPMS Board pretty much runs the contest and has a few meeting and the local chapter does everything else ... and bears most of the financial responsibility. It seems more efficient but is riskier for the locals.
  2. Interesting observations. I quite agree that interrupted patterns are difficult to reestablish. Whether the interruption was the primary cause is debatable; I personally don't adhere to that belief. But it is, I think,, a factor. Which leads us to .... In other venues, on other threads, I have observed that the cost of attending a major convention has gone up, is going up. and will go up more. My wife, who attends several in her areas of interest, has noted the same. And we haven't factored in the cost of travel ... I checked some airline fares last night and noted that (1) they have really gone up, (2) flight availability and convenience has declined, and (3) the flights are still filling up. Combine that with the "cheap bastard" phenomenon and convention planners now have to be more concerned about attendance than previously. Yet another factor is the issue of having enough main convention hotel rooms to hold a significant fraction of the attendees, without regard to the cost. My wife is attending a big quilting show/contest later this year and the convention hotel rooms went at $279 ... and sold out within three hours. This fall, at another convention, the hotel has now released two additional blocks of rooms ... prices went from $129 to $159 to $189 ... and sold out. However, even if the convention hotel is completely committed to the Con, it usually cannot hold enough attendees to make the convention a success -- there need to be some number of attendees staying at other hotels. I have also noted that, in our neck of the woods, the number and the content of local contests has dwindled. Apparently no regional again this year (BTW, IMHO, slapping a last minute "Regional" label onto an existing one day contest does not make it a Regional). It seems that, other than the one day quickie, clubs have lost enthusiasm for larger, longer, more extensive contests. I hold that the primary cause of lack of bids is the "let somebody else do it" zeitgeist. If that spirit leads to a year without a Nats, IPMS will need to take a very hard look at what we are all about. It is getting interesting.
  3. I'm guessing that nobody gets it and there isn't one.
  4. Too bad I don't have an endless stash of kits, accessories, paints, and decals. If I had, there would be no impact upon me. HST, I feel for the hobby suppliers in the Ukraine.
  5. 14: Bases – in General. Bases will be allowed in all categories and will not be considered in the judging, except in the Vignette/Diorama (Small/Large Composition) Categories. A base may be a piece of undecorated wood, plastic or glass or it may simulate the natural surface on which the prototype would be found. However, nothing other than that basic surface may be used. ... Ships may be displayed in water (no dry docks). The base must not be the predominant feature of the entry and must be of a size proportionate to the model. ... So, if you want to compete in a single-subject category, don’t make a Vignette to see how far you can push the boundary In light of this, I note you have waves breaking over the sides of the model. I'd say that moves the model from a simple water surface to an integrated kit/base .. Thus a vignette -- but the Head Ship Judge is the man who knows. More problematic is the drilling out the cranes and funnel tops -- again, the Head Judge is the person who will make that decision.
  6. Was in Knoxville for about a week last Fall ... just for recreation. Beautiful city. Wish I had thought of looking up a modeling club.
  7. Your work on the cameras and jacket is top notch.
  8. You might want to revisit your question in light of the demise of OOB and the introduction of BKB.
  9. Very well done. And an interesting subject.
  10. To research — to buy. To build — perchance to enter: ay, there’s the rub! For in that toil of construct, what dreams may come When we have shuffled off to the Nats, BKB must give us pause. Hey, this is fun. It is so fun, I demand a Shakespearean category ... which will have a BKB option. One can enter Shakespeare's original remains as BKB ... or embellish them with shrouds and pointy shoes and pen and quill, resin or PE ... as a regular entry. If you add Anne Hathaway, then it's a vignette. Include the Globe and its a diorama.
  11. Well done, sir, well done. Now get you to the contest table, and tell the judges, let the PE be an inch thick, to this finish it must come; make them laugh at that seat belt.
  12. "Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And, by opposing, end them?” You know, as the quote continues, it becomes more apropos. I knew my undergrad degree in English Lit would come in handy sometime, somewhere. The question might have been asked: "Is a kit with PE in the box, not a BKB kit?" In almost all cases, the answer would be, "Yes, it is not a BKB kit; it is a regular category kit." As pointed out multiple times by multiple folks, the BKB concept is simple. But, this being IPMS, there has been an immediate reaction, boiling down to --"But I want to build it the way I want to build it". The reply is "Fine. Build it the way you want to build it. Then enter it into a regular category." The counter we hear is "But I don't want to enter it into a regular category; I want to enter it as a BKB. So, there should be a waiver to add/change/delete/modify/adjust the rules. These are my really good reasons: ________________" In a serious vein, I think part of this reaction is (again, already pointed out) due to our history with OOB ... where the slope became slippery and some slid down it. I predict that appeals for exemptions from the BKB rules will continue in the hope that exemptions will again be granted. And they will continue until the BKB rules are enforced and become routine, or BKB is modified and becomes OOB Mk 2, or until BKB is eliminated.
  13. At the risk of a civics lesson, there is a difference between a representative and a direct democracy. In the case of IPMS, members vote for an E-board and the E-board represents them in making decisions. In a direct democracy, every little IPMS issue would be voted upon by the entire membership. Ancient Athens had a direct democracy, where voting was a duty, and they had issues getting citizens to vote. Good luck in having IPMS members show up to vote on any issue, much less vote regularly. Finally, there is the argument that there is a golden mean ... some issues should be voted on directly by the entire IPMS membership, and some should be handled by the E-board. However, who decides which issues are which and how direct votes would be handled when time is an issue? The current system works, even if it doesn't work every time for every member.
  14. But I'm interested in re-hasing Testor's decision to discontinue their ranges. So, when Testor's .... Sorry. Just wanted to be first. Hope to see you in Omaha, Paul. And your RAF entries.
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