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Chris Bucholtz

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  1. Every organizing group spends the next week agonizing over the things that went wrong. Over the following 30 days, they discover that no one noticed 99 percent of them. 🙂 I was chairman in 1998 and thought at points the event was terminally FUBAR, and yet we received nothing but positive comments from nearly everyone who wasn't an insider. I hope Las Vegas realizes this sooner than we did!
  2. To summarize, make sure you bring: 1. Change for cash purchases 2. Tablecloth (or two - one to put your items on, and the all-important other one to cover up your stuff at night. 3. Comfortable shoes 4. Clearly-marked prices - the volume of traffic can be so great you may miss a sale while explaining prices to another customer. 5. Plastic bags, as a courtesy (and don't feel bad when you run out!). 6. Pen and a notebook - you will almost always find a use for them. 7. Signage, if you need it. Other advice: 1. Get to know your fellow vendors. They can watch your stuff when you need a bathroom break, when you need lunch, or when you want to do your own shopping. You have to return the favor, though - so don't disappear into the display room for six hours or you'll spoil any good will. (Also - if you have a friend who can babysit the table - and knows a little about the prices and products - that person can be invaluable. ) 2. When you're at the table, stand up - it puts you at eye level with the shoppers - and say hi to people. Too many of us sit and ignore customers, or stand silent and stone-faced (or worse, with your arms folded across your chest). If you engage with people they'll stop, spend an extra second or two looking at your stuff and then maybe buy from you. I would guess I make an extra $600 per show just because I greet everybody I can. Also - don't be afraid to take breaks in conversations to help newcomers to your table. Trade shows in general are one place where it's OK to excuse yourself from a conversation and come back, if possible, once you've helped a customer. Finally, I've been selling at the nationals since 1998, and I still forget some part of my checklist every year (mostly because I often complicate it with on-site packaging of product or something else specific to my business). Don't worry! You will be able to adapt and overcome, with help from your friends and fellow modelers.
  3. Answers to Gil: I did paint the propeller, but the tail trim was a decal, and a nightmare to apply. I had to touch up the edges but they were kind enough to make the red an exact match for MM insignia red.
  4. This is the Eduard 1:72 Albatros D.Va, finished at Lt. Walter Wolf's Jasta 5 plane from June-August 1917. The kit is OK but it's 20 years old and is missing some details (tachometer and gun mounts in the cockpit, radiator inflow and outflow pipes, etc.). I dressed up the details a bit and then used Print Scale's decals sheets (separate ones for the individual markings and for the Bavarian pattern). If you've ever hung wallpaper, you have a leg up with that Bavarian pattern - not fun applying it across a compound curve, and the entire Albatros D.V fuselage is a compound curve! It's rigged with .1mm nickel-silver "rod" from Albion Alloys, and features some Cooper Details wheels and Mini World Spandaus (although darned if you can see 'em in there!). An article will be in the Journal at some point.
  5. Actually, more detail parts in a kit makes it HARDER to compete in contests, because there's more things you need to get right. Judge enough and you'll see plenty of anti-gravity photoetched seatbelts, resin sidewalls pulling away from the fuselage sides, and badly-cut vacuformed canopies. Detail parts give you more ways to screw up.
  6. Here's my latest completion: the FROG re-pop of the Academy F-16C Block 52. The kit's overly-pointy nose was replaced with a Wolf Pack nose. Also lending a hand was a Wolf Pack burner and tailpipe, Aires cockpit, CMK main gear bay, and Master Models pitot, AOA probes and static discharge wicks. To get a Night Vision Goggles-compatible canopy, I swapped the tinted kit canopy from one from an old Hasegawa kit. The paints were a mix of ModelMaster and Humbrol enamels. Weathering was applied with a Payne's gray sludge wash, followed by the application of fluid leaking with a Staedler .05mm pigment liner, and finally pastels once the flat coat was on. All the ordnance - save the Hasegawa ACMI pod - came from the kit. The decals are from TwoBobs for 91-0362, which has served at Nellis AFB (right by Las Vegas!) at the USAF Weapons School for its entire career. This is how it appeared in 2006.
  7. Oh! Oh! I know how to do this! 🙂 The optimal length for an article is 2500-3500 words. Your editor often goes over that, much to the consternation of the art director, but generally, if the words tell a good story AND there are enough good photos to support it, we make it work. The rough ones for us are short articles with a ton of great photos, or long articles with a paucity of photos. As a writer by trade, I suggest you make an outline. It makes it really easy to write without forgetting things during the process. You want an introduction, something to explain why you chose to build the subject. That might be something historical, something about your relationship to the kit, something about what you hoped to try out, etc. Then, maybe a bit about the kit, then the build. While you're building, take plenty of photos. Take them at the highest resolution you can; print is unforgiving to low-res images. You don't necessarily need a professional camera - my last several articles were shot entirely with my iPhone. (Richard Marmo's tutorial on model photography that appeared in the Journal is great if you have a better camera and a tripod. I learned to use my expensive Nikon by following his instructions.) I strongly recommend including things that went wrong. My article on the MiG-15 in this issue is an over-the-top version of this. We're modelers, and we like the process of modeling, so the pitfalls, faux pas, mishaps and mess-ups are both educational and entertaining. The secret to being a good modeler is learning how to fix your mistakes! Write it up (preferably in Word or some other mainstream application - don't make us hunt for compatible software!), and send it off via email to either John Heck or me (we can coordinate between ourselves). If the photos need help, John will make suggestions. If the words need help, I'll handle it. Generally, there's no need for me to send it back for a re-write - I think I've done that twice in 13 years. Writing is a team sport, and I'll do my part in the editing phase. Expect an email from me with seven questions - I use that to create the bio. That's about it. We want a good mix of subjects in the Journal, and we always especially need more cars, ships, sci-fi and figures to keep the mix reflective of the membership. So, write, everybody! And thanks!
  8. Oooh! This would make a great article in the Journal! (Not just saying that because Niki Lauda is a hero of mine or anything!) -_Chris
  9. Not to speak for the e-board, but the DLC and regional coordinators had a Zoom meeting last week that helped firm up the candidates. So draw from that what you will. 🙂
  10. Your metaphor is faulty. If you suffer lung damage from inhaling too many paint fumes, it's terrible - but it isn't contagious to others. Wearing a mask in a pandemic is less to protect you than to protect OTHER PEOPLE. If I have to explain to you why it's important to care about other people, we really don't have anything to talk about.
  11. "Why being required to wear a mask upsets so many, ....is such an unbearable burden....I will never understand." Agreed. It's meant to protect others, in case you're infected and don't know it. To me, not wearing a mask is like purposely farting in public, only with possibly fatal consequences.
  12. I started this just after my daughter was born. It was fraught by so many frustrations she's six now (and she herself nearly totaled the model just after painting started!). All the gory details will be in the Journal at some point. This is a historic plane - the first mount of Sergey Kramerenko, the first pilot to score five victories over enemy jets (so, the first jet ace).
  13. This is the Platz 1:72 kit with Eduard photoetched interior panels, modified control columns, and True Details seats. I added wiring the seats, scratch-built the canopy piston housing and the canvas cover over the rear panel from CA-impregnated tissue paper, and cut the kit canopy. The wheel wells were detailed and the airbrakes were re-built and their bays were detailed. Anti-torque scissors were stolen from an F-80 photo etched sheet. The decals were sourced from 14 different sheets from Iliad, SuperScale, Fox One, AeroMaster, an Italeri B-66, and even a MicroScale railroad sheet. Weathering was limited to a wash and some scuffing on the non-skid panels. I finished it just in time for a club contest - but, since only four or five people finished their T-33s, the contest was moved to March!
  14. Wilhelm Hippert greets the pilot of his seventh victim - Roden Fokker D.VIIF with Mini Art Spandaus, PART photoetched parts and decals from Print Scale. The figures are a mix of 3D-printed items, Quickboost and W+D Models. Built as a gift for a friend - I'm carrying the diorama cross-country to Washington D.C. on Sunday!
  15. This is the fifth Tamiya P-47D I've built and I may soon start to get them right. This is the plane flown by Gene Martin, 379th FS, 362nd FG; the decals came from the Barracudacals sheet. The plane has the correct flat floor for the P-47D-30 (from Obscureco), compressibility flaps and re-located landing light (via Quickboost) and a Curtiss Electric Asymmetrical Propeller (pilfered from the Revell kit). The guns came from Quickboost, as did the engine, and I swapped an Eduard instrument panel for the kit's part. A resin gunsight and scratch-made mount are under the windscreen. I know Gene, so this is a special addition to my collection! --Chris
  16. If so, the Journal has an offer you can't refuse. I have the Master Details He 111 cockpit set siting here and you can have it if you can do a write up (650 words!) of the cockpit, or if you'd like to do a full build article for the Journal (which would be super awesome). I got it as a review sample and, since I don't have the kit, I'm not the guy to review it. But if you build 1:32, you may be the one. First come, first served. Postage paid!
  17. Here's the Tamiya 1:72 F4U-1D Corsair MOSTLY finished (missing details like the spine antenna, underwing landing light, position lights on the upper wings, photoetched control actuators - y'know, stuff only we modelers would spot!): I finished it at 4:15 before the 5 p.m. set up for the Aces Symposium at the Oakland Air Museum last week, featuring Alex Vraciu, Archie Maltbie, Ted Crosby and Dean Caswell, whose plane this is. There are no decals for VMF-211's 183; I made the numbers from two SuperScale sheets that had "33" four times on each sheet in the proper stencil size. I cut the middles out of a third set of "33s" and flipped it over, and inserted it into the first three to make an eight. The one was "stencil-ified" with a sharp knife. :) At the symposium, the pilot got to meet the plane: I now have three models which have been held by the men who used the real items - Vraciu's Hellcat (10 years ago!), Andy Anderson's 379th FS S-1 jeep, and now Caswell's Corsair. I really hope I can have a few more of these items in the collection before time steals these great people away. --Chris Bucholtz
  18. I've been researching and writing about the 362nd Fighter Group since 1997 or so, when we used Damon Rarey's archives to create a sheet for the 1998 Nationals of the planes featuring nose art painted by his father, George Rarey. The group association is disbanding, so I started this page on Facebook: http://www.facebook....2ndFighterGroup To perpetuate their memory. A new decal sheet will be coming out shortly with two schemes that were on that 1998 sheet and three new schemes ("Bonnie Lynn," "Super Rabbit," "Kentucky Colonel"), and I have a book all written and awaiting additional photographs to be completely done. If you'd like to keep abreast of these developments - and to see remembrances about what was truly a remarkable fighter unit from family, historians, and fellow modelers, please join up! (Oh, that avatar of mine? Painted by George Rarey, 68 years ago...)
  19. Here's the gory details: Those are PART photo-etched dive brakes, with scratch-built actuator mechanisms inside them. Themodel has Quickboost elevators, an interior made with PART, Jaguar and Tom's Modelworks components, Pavla sliding canopies, Quickboost wheels, Aires machine gun barrels, and some scratchbuilt details, like the pilot's single wide lap belt (shoulder straps didn't arrive until August 1942!). I wired the kit engine, and added the generator from the top of a control column from the spares box. The decals are from Starfighter (B-8 from their F11C sheet and the LSO stripe and fuselage roundels from their TBD set), Aeromaster (fuselage and lower wing insignia) and Iliad (the roundels on the top wing were intended for a B-17!).
  20. An update - my wife (!) went over to the Hornet and cajoled the ship's staffers - the models are now aboard, and I will go in at oh-dark-thirty Saturday to formally set up the display! Modelers make things come together...
  21. Here's the SBD-3 Dauntless I wasaiming to have finished by today for the USS Hornet Midway display: Hey! It's done on time! Only problem: the people on the ship who contacted me about this and were supposed to set it up for installation today are apparently on vacation. Ugh...
  22. \ Yep. It's in the One True Scale. :) When I had it in gray, I thought, "man! The Japanese figured out that aerial camouflage thing early!" Then I put on the bands and the Hinomarus and thought, "man! Those Japanese were just SPOILING for a fight in 1942...!"
  23. Here's my latest: an A6M2b flown by Lt. Iyozoh Fujita at the Battle of Midway: This is the nicest kit I've ever built. The fit's excellent, and there are provisions for variations in the A6M2b production run. I just wish I had another one! The engine isbashed together with the kit crankcase, an Engines and Things set of cylinders and a scratch-made ignition harness. The cockpit was jazzed up a bit with extra wiring and a Quick Boost Type 98 reflector gunsight. Brake lines were added to the gear, and some screen and a strut were added to the scoop under the nose. The decals came from AeroMaster's Pearl Harbor sheet (Fujita moved up to inherit Lt. Iida's code after Iida dove his Zero into a hangar on Dec.7), and the blue bands were masked and painted.
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