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Everything posted by Dakimbrell

  1. Good luck. I can't even see 1/72. 🤪 Dak
  2. Just got done with the Trumpeter kit in 1/35th. Alpine figures and one from Tamiya looking out the hatch. Dak
  3. I was looking at the contest categories for Las Vegas and noted there are 13 in the aircraft categories 10, in the military vehicles and 3 in automotive. I found it odd the aircraft are scattered through the categories, while the tanks and cars are grouped together. Not that it makes any real difference, I guess. Carnage Hall, indeed! Dak
  4. Looking at this again, I have to say I don’t think it is true. First, it is extremely rare, but not impossible, for a newbie to win the top awards at a National. It’s all in the work and what else is on the table on a particular day. Second, there is no code to crack beyond work and dedication. Less experienced modelers are not normally super model builders. They have to gain that experience working with kits, coming to clubs, and contests to learn what categories best fit their interests and skills. Why would anyone assume a novice would automatically beat out an experienced modeler?
  5. This is my basic perception, too. As I have said, today’s kits make it much easier to build a very competitive entry with and OOB model. From the day they started OOB, the rules have been continually modified to accommodate various aspects. Rigging, drilled out guns and exhausts. Replacing decals, and on and on. IPMS members enjoy pushing the rules to the absolute limit. This puts some—who played by the rules—at a disadvantage when someone pushes a bit a gets a dispensation at the contest. If you want out OOB, then make it EXACTLY that. No additions or substitutions of
  6. Over the years, I have seen a number of builders who did well at local contests, where they were the wunderkind, go to regionals and nationals only to get their...hat...handed to them. Insulted, and embarrassed they never come back. That is good because we don't want or need them. They spoil it for the rest of us. While an early win is a sure way to get them hooked---Las Vegas learned that long ago---it also creates unreasonable expectations. As Wall Street says---past performance is no guaranty of future performance. If you want to win, you have to play. I have entered many contests and
  7. Gil, Why? Most of us, the membership majority, are adults. They know what is going on, or at least should. All the current set up does is make more work for everyone for no real gain. In this photo you can see it replaced the kit string for the tow cable with a homemade wire cable. It is hardly a big thing and if I said nothing about it, it would probably go unnoticed. Yet, it totally excludes the model from OOB and forces it to compete with the "honchos". Wouldn't it be more "fair" to make the "honchos" compete separately? Personally, I don't think there really are "honchos". I
  8. This is the MiniArt 1/35th kit. If you are looking for a lot of nice detail, I recommend this kit. The bonnet louvres re molded open and the suspension springs are hollow. Dak
  9. What is the current purpose OOB categories? Dak
  10. Of course, the same argument continues. That doesn’t mean it is invalid or unwanted. Nothing changes if no one debates the merits. Things change and periodically you have to revisit the same argument to see if the original concept is still valid. Dak
  11. Masks aren't a big deal for me. I have several different ones I switch out plus some disposable ones for emergencies. My favorite is the WWI German lozenge pattern. The PRC flag also gets a lot of looks, too. My local club went to a mask mandate early on and keep a contact list. No problems. Dak
  12. I find it amusing that last summer----before they cancelled the national---I was saying they should require people to wear masks. People told me I was stupid and crazy. I got my second shop Monday, But I still wear a mask and will keep doing so. Dak
  13. Just remember the phrase "easy walk to the strip" is relative. In August, in Las Vegas, it is like walking from Benghazi to Tobruk.🙂 See everyone there. Dak
  14. I think when they started trying to charge for the flyer they totally screwed up. Why pay for the flyer when you can go on line and see what’s new for free? Well, that lasted about two months before they started sending them out again for free, but I bet they lost a lot of old, loyal customers from that. Dak
  15. I still find it odd that when you go to the web page, it still says closed for renovation. Dak
  16. I have been using powdered grout for about 15 years and use nothing else for dirt. I put it over a styrofoam fill. Only time I used Celluclay, it shrank and came off the wood. I don't like it. Dak
  17. Welcome from Oklahoma. What are your interests? This is my latest project. Dak
  18. I do not feel that a OOB win is automatically an easy win. Particularly give the quality of kits and artistic ability at a National. Sure it is “popular” because people are now using the category as a way to hedge their bet. If you build two Takom Tiger tanks, you enter one in the regular category and one in the OOB category. It gives you more chances to win. Now days, most entries seem to be high quality kits. In some cases, you don’t even need to drill out a machine gun barrel or exhaust. No one starts entering an IPMS National with an OOB Smer kit. This unit elitist mode
  19. But Nick, if you bother to look at what is being entered in OOB, they are no longer old Monogram or Aurora kits, but modern kits with lots of details. The majority of people are now building models virtually from the box. The original intent of OOB has passed as a need. It just seems there could be better ways to diversify the categories without having to continually check rules to see a particular model follows them. OOB rules take up more space than any other class. This strikes me as ironic for a class of models that is supposed to be “simple”. I just think OOB has reach
  20. OOB is obsolescent. Its only current value is to increase the numbers of categories and this could be do with less wailing and gnashing of teeth over the rules. Dak
  21. Lots of rumors, but we have yet to hear any formal information like Chapter II, or a WE ARE OUT OF BUSSINESS. It may be they are trying something we yet don't know about. Without a doubt they have had problems and something is going on. If they are out of business, why no formal announcement? Same with moving or changing owners? Dak
  22. There are a number of reasons for their problems. Personally, I liked the old web design much better than the latest one. Taking on Eagle Quest instead of continuing to support Scalfest as they did did not help either. At any rate, I started doing business with them in the old Kalamazoo days. I still have copies of some of the Magazine/Catalog they put out in the old days. Dal
  23. Yes, I truly enjoyed the store in Chicago and later in DC. I miss them. Dak
  24. Looks like long time mail order and wholesaler Squadron/MMD may be out of business. Nothing confirmed, but reliable sources say warehouse is empty. If I'm wrong, let me know. Dak
  25. If it something I really want, I will probably find a way to buy it, even if I have to rent the grandkids out to pick melons in Mexico. There are some kits I think are over priced....Like Dragon, currently. That doesn't mean they are bad kits, just over priced for the market. I am reluctant to buy any cottage industry resin because about as soon as I buy it, someone releases It in plastic. Dak
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