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Posts posted by Dakimbrell

  1. Working on a diorama based around a forklift. The Aoshima kit with the MiniArt hand truck. The propane tank is also from the MiniArt set. The bumper stickers came from Gofer racing Decals. They are a little big, but I think they add to the model.









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  2. The 1/35th AFVCLUB Centurion Mk 3 in in the winter of 1950 Figures are from Miniart. Stowage is Squadron, cooking gear Miniart. Fire pit scratch work. Snow is spackling powder.






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  3. With the national called off, I got busy doing some figure painting. The busts are from Nuts Planet, and Youngs miniatures. The girls with the goggles is Honey Bee and I have no idea what company made her (she was a gift). I cheat and use Archer eyes and some other decals on parts of the figures. I did paint the leopard skins on the Hussars free hand. I do make my own bases. The armor I did with Alclad. The rest is oils over enamels.

    The Opalinski brothers are real people that are also characters in some books by Eric Flint.






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  4. Just a bunch of weenies! Just because of a pandemic and people dying all around is no reason to cancel! A zombie apocalypse would never stop us! Civil War would stop us ! Well all put on hazmat suits and make it work!!!! Take to the streets and burn a few cars! Who’s with me?

    Oh wait. My wife says no. Oh darn.

    Good luck and stay safe. 


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  5. I have always said keep people informed. Even when you know nothing and have no information, tell people that. It really does calm things.  Silence begets rumors. Rumors create fear.

    If the various parties are waiting for Texas or the local community to make decisions, then say so.

    They could also put a clear plan out in case it all does work out for us. Let everyone know what to expect as an attendee or vendor. Masks, tracking list, limited numbers in the  model room, maybe taking temps, etc.

    Silence only breeds uncertainty. Uncertainty destroys confidence.


  6. It’s all moot until we know what the State of Texas will be doing in a month.

    A secondary aspect is if they get enough to register for the event  

    My bet is they will end up in a new lock down prohibiting large gatherings because they failed to set stringent guidelines for reopening.

    If the convention comes off, it will mean things like wearing masks, and limited numbers in the model and vendor’s rooms at one time. 

    The banquet would need more space to achieve adequate social distancing.


  7. I’ve already decided to reduce the number of my entries to one or two, if it comes off. 

    I have come to accept the National probably won’t happen this year because the Texas government can’t get their act together to deal with a pandemic. 

    I’m sorry to be with the negative waves like Moriarty, but I’m not seeing a good ending for this. 


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  8. 49 minutes ago, AndrewWhite said:

    Hays County requires masks...I.e. where the Nats is being held requires masks...there will be MASKS!

    Is this a new requirement or the one that expires on July 20th? And what exemptions are there?

    Of course, they could come out and mandate masks everywhere all the time in public. I’m betting on that because they don’t want a shut down. 


  9. Nick,

    This is what I don’t get. It is such a small thing that can help so much and the top people on the pandemic are recommending it!

    I have spent 30 years working in an  environment that requires safety gear. I even worked with radioactive materials. Wearing a mask is no big deal  

    Those opposed to masks run to videos and such which show masks don’t guarantee protection and have problems if worn too long. They ignore that no one says they absolutely guarantee protection. Like all safety equipment, they only improve your odds. 


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  10. I have heard a rumor that the San Marcos Convention only has about a hundred pre-registered attendees. I do not know if this is typical or not as I always register as early as possible and never given it much thought, however, it does not sound good. I expected to see some drop off because of loss of income and illness or fear of contracting the Covid19 virus, but I have know idea how much.

    A good clear statement is needed from the convention and IPMS leadership to clarify the situation. And to clearly establish what safety steps they plan to take assuming it all goes on as planned. Masks, or no masks, social distancing, will the hotel bar be open, what specifically is the hotel requiring convention attendees to do? I know things can change over night, but we know it won't before the better.

    Keeping people clearly informed is the best way to instill confidence.


  11. Then those who don’t want to wear a mask should not attend, IMO. 


    8 minutes ago, John Walker said:


    I was sitting here thinking a response to Kevin, but you beat me to it and hit every point I would have made. 


    People disagree, you may be correct, you may not be. You make decisions for you and I'll make decisions for me. OK?




  12. Repeated tests are showing masks of any type are better than no mask in REDUCING the spread. No one says anything but distance really stops it.

    In a room with a couple hundred people at any given time, the temperature and humidity go up.

    In the vendor’s room, we will have the added effect of people touch lots of stuff. People will get closer together than they should.

    Throughout the world we daily rely on safety equipment. None of it is guaranteed to stop anything, but it gives you a fighting chance.

    We also accept many things in today’s society we would not 30 years ago.

    We currently worry about a child seeing a naked lady, concentration camp stuff, or a soldier peeing. But some how, asking everyone to wear a mask is a horrid violation of your civil rights.

    If a family comes to the show and contracts Covid19 resulting in a long hospitalization or death, IPMS could be held responsible if we do not follow CDC guidelines.

    We can’t guarantee no one will catch something. But we can take precautions. Simply requiring the wearing of masks is good faith start.

    A lot can happen in 36 days. Today,Texas hit 112,944 documented cases with 2191 fatalities, according to John Hopkins  Start watching the daily spikes.



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  13. 15 minutes ago, John Walker said:


    If you are wearing a mask to protect yourself as in your paint fumes example above, why do you then need others to wear a mask too? How does that further protect you? 

    Honestly, at this point I'd like to just say let's agree to disagree. This is going pretty far afield and neither of us is going to convince the other of anything.


    In this case John, we are in a public, but closed space, and your casual cough may spread your asymptomatic Covid19 filled spittle into the air I'm breathing, or deposit it onto the table I happen to touch a few minutes after your cough. You would not just throw a snot filled tissue on the floor of the model room, would you? You would not just spit on the floor either...I hope.

    I remember sitting in restaurants with cigarette smoke drifting across from the next table. Now we know second hand smoke is dangerous too.

    Like I say, you guys win. The Covid19 crisis is all made up and there is no problem.


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