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Highlander

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Highlander last won the day on August 27 2018

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About Highlander

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    David
  • LastName
    Downs
  • IPMS Number
    33423
  • Local Chapter
    Zia Scale Modelers
  • City
    Albuquerque
  • State
    NM
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  1. Actually, you have to be able to explain your choice to someone ... the head category judge, for example. I offer that no two models are equal and that an experienced judge can note and cite differences between them. I have yet to see the perfect model. The challenge is not, IMHO, when discriminating between two very good models, but between 2 or 3 or 4 models with multiple problems. The best of best is relatively easy, the best of the worst is tough.
  2. Well, I guess this settles it. I suppose one could discern these traits from the models they constructed.
  3. They don't like you anymore?
  4. The more things change..... I've followed this toxic topic for, literally, decades. It have seen the same voices voice the same opinions with something between the same vitriol and the same calm, reasoned discourse. I came to the conclusion, years ago, that IPMS is not now nor ever will be in the least interested in a GSB system because (1) NIH, (2) it's the way we've always done it, and (3) the "real" IPMS long-time modelers don't want it. Some who have supported it have been told, on the predecessor forum, in writing, "If you can't compete with the very best (us and/or me), then don't bother to show up and compete. Stop whining." So, long ago, I shut up. And have increasingly not shown up. I've previously stated that I can judge either way. I have and I will. I do the best I can under the judging rules. But, I do think that 1-2-3 devalues the very, very good model that is not quite a very, very, very good model -- in one category -- whilst in another category a just barely good enough model competing against entries with multiple serious flaws is recognized with the same 1st as a very, very, very, very good entry. I also think that often, in judging three or four, entries which, for all purposes are identical candidates for third place, that each really deserves some recognition. But, on a wing and a prayer, we have to convince ourselves that one is somewhat, somehow, probably, maybe better. (And, please, though I don't expect my request to be honored, don't come back with the not unusual, "If you can't stand the heat, then get out of judging" comment. I've heard it before.) Makes no sense to me, but that is the way it is. HST, over the last decade, I've begun voting on this topic with my wallet. Where I used to attend every IPMS Nats and Regional that I could, I now choose to instead attend various figure shows that also have categories for plastics. I enjoy them much more, the spirit is much more collegial and must less cutthroat, there is markedly less chest pounding, and I feel that if I didn't place (the most likely outcome) then my entry was clearly not competitive. So, I have morphed from a regular Nats/Regional attendee/entrant to an occasional IPMS Nats/Regional attendee who seldom enters and am now a regular figure show attendee who always enters. I could well be alone in my metamorphosis, but no matter. I'm happy with my evolution and now figure I have only about 1-2 Nats left in me. All in all, I'm burned out on the topic of judging; I've moved on. So, as to this topic and this survey, in the immortal words of Monte Walsh, "You don't have no idea how little I care."
  5. No kidding. While most are crystal clear, some can get quite convoluted ... and arbitrary. While judging at the last Nats, we had several discussions which boiled down to, "Why was that entry moved? And why wasn't that one?" With no real consensus.
  6. Off to a roaring start. The links are up on the Nats website and the link for the Mariott results in a message that the block has no rooms available. A phone call to the hotel results in information that, since the Nats are next year, reservations cannot be made on-line. P.S. A subsequent phone call indicated that the hotel cannot tell me if the room block is sold out. The Marriot web site indicates the room block is sold out. I was advised to call back tomorrow as Mariott reservations are closed for the night. They thought. Maybe.
  7. I really appreciate the transparency. Much better than keeping the dates for hotel registration close held, and then finding out that the block is sold out before one even knows that registration has opened.
  8. Round here, an employee must unlock the cabinet and take it up to the register ... in some stores. In others, the shelves are open and you can handle the can yourself. It is all about tagging combined with shoplifting.
  9. I know of several guys who always enter >20 models in local and regional contests. I know of one who entered in the upper 30's. And one who entered over 60 models. Depending upon the number of entries and entrants, that might not skew the mean that much. But the median gets moved up a couple of notches.
  10. Depending upon the nature of the distribution, the median is often the best measure of central tendency ... that is, is the single number that provides the best snapshot of the characteristic of the population being described. I'm guessing, with >2,700 entrants, the median is the best quick measure. How's that for being a smart ass? It is not often that I get to go back to the agonizing days of grad school math.
  11. The pearl effect on the scales is very nice. I'll have to remember it.
  12. I'm not much for the garage kit genre, but you have done a remarkable job with this. Kudos.
  13. If you enjoy making models, then you've won. Your work is truly impressive. I'm no scratchbuilder, but we do have some in IPMS. All I can do is marvel.
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