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Posts posted by Dakimbrell

  1. As I looked at my 1/35th Takom Panther tank, several things occurred to me...….

    First, over the past twenty-five years, I have been building more models basically from the box. This is not out of laziness, but simply because the kits have improved and I don't need to add lots of detail like it was in the late seventies. Long past are the days of digging through the discarded parts box or hoarding railroad detail parts for that "special" project.

    Next was that these newer generation of models have extremely complexed instruction sheets and no one would have time.... at a contest... to carefully go through and see if the contestant conformed to the instructions and did not add a few parts.

    Third, even with a much simpler kit, how would the judges KNOW that the contestant had not substituted aftermarket parts to replace kit parts. Things like wheel/tires, weapons, exhausts, etc. Could you tell if the aircraft seat was the kit part or aftermarket without being personally familiar with the kit. Of course, a second model of the same kit might be a give-a-way.

    Last, maybe OOB has seen it's day. I know it is popular, but as newer kits come along it stands to reason it will become more and more difficult to tell the difference in the OOB and regular categories.



  2. The kit detail is very nice. I had some fit problems, but frankly I'm not sure if it was my mistake a kit problem. One reason the guy is leaning on the wing is because the finished model wobbles on the narrow undercarriage.


  3. As far as I have been able to determine, none of this AMSO group has ever been a member of IPMS. And yes, several of them are poor builders who make no effort to improve. One guy came to our OHMS meeting for a while and kept wanting to trade stuff. He literally offered crap and wanted better stuff. One night he followed me all the way to my car offering a bag of worthless yellowed decals for a DML Panzer II. I finally had to tell him...rudely... he had nothing I wanted. That's when he quit coming to our meeting.

    We have two IPMS chapters in OKC and one in Tulsa. The AMSO group could never afford the charter fee. They are a pretty sad group. I was mainly wondering if anyone has run into other similar groups.


  4. Here in central Oklahoma, there is a group called the Alternative Modelers Society of Oklahoma.....AMSO.... and they HATE IPMS. They have been around about fifteen years or so and feel:

    • IPMS puts too much emphasis on craftsmanship. (Apparently, filling seams is over rated.)
    • IPMS ignores/hates creative models.
    • It's unfair for them to compete with people who can afford better kits. ( Some will never buy a Tamiya kit, but will spend a hundred bucks at the flea market buying old Heller kits.)

    Two of the members were part of the local IPMS groups....OHMS and Metro....but left because they felt since they couldn't afford to go to the Nationals, the club should not sponsor a trophy package. Having talked to a few of them over the years, it is clear they know virtually nothing about IPMS.

    I just wondered if anyone has encountered other groups like that around the country.


  5. A Macchi C.200 shot down by an LRDG patrol.

    This is the pacific Coast kit and is really horrid. There is a HUGE gap at the wing roots and the landing gear has a rotten fit. The resin engine needs lots of detail work. D-Day figures.





  6. Put your model on a base an fix it down.....glue, wires, screws, whatever.


    The biggest problem I have seen with most models is evidence of handling. Paint worn; oil and dirt from skin. As well as repeatedly broken parts. Even soft gloves will wear on the finish, over time.


    Bases are cheap to by and prepare. Usually just a small dab of Elmer's is enough to hold a car model in place.


    All that pretty paint job, conversion, and extra detail will not hold up to repeated packing and unpacking. Or simply taking it out to be seen.


    When the judges have to move you models around......and they will.....a base makes it a lot easier. A lot less chance of damage.



  7. Tile grout is far superior to any other thing I have found for dirt in dioramas. It is fairly cheap and easy to use. A lot less work, too. As I said, it is far more versatile than anything else. No one who has made use of it has gone back to using anything else.



  8. I use tile grout from the hardware store for dirt. Absorbed water well. You can make it look like dirt, Tarmac, or concrete. Lots of colts and shades to choose from. Mix your own, if color doesn't match what you want.


    Woodland Scenic flocking works well for grass.



  9. Ahh, there are electrical outlets at the front of the room, also. And most diorama stuff do not require plug ins, anyway.


    Dioramas have the category numbers they do because in the old days they were an afterthought. And until recent years they have not been mainstream modeling. That is changing. At Hampton, I had trouble shooting pictures because of all the people crowded around.


    Time to get them out of the corner. There is no rule that says the high number categories MUST go in the back. Consistency is a hobgoblin.



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