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  1. Mike, My apologies for the late response to your message. We spent some time late last year working on our local show held in January. But we are now back to full focus on the Nats! Expect registration to go live in the next week or so. We will also be getting vendor lists and seminar lists up soon. Mike
  2. Mike, there are still plenty of rooms available at the Read House. It's a 1/2 block farther away then the Day's Inn, and $10 a night cheaper than the Marriott. And having just undergone a major renovation (as in they closed and gutted it, not just redid finishes) it will be VERY nice. Mike Moore
  3. Another hotel update. The Marriott is pretty much sold out. There are king rooms available on Wednesday and Saturday nights, but nothing in between. Until and unless there are cancellations, the Marriott is sold out. The Day's Inn still has rooms for the whole convention, but for Friday night, they are down to Kings only, so if you don't want to share a bed, you'll need to bring an air mattress. The Read House still has lots of rooms. Mike
  4. Marriott Updatae - There are still rooms available. However, due to the way the block was assigned, there are currently no double rooms left in the block for Saturday night the 10th, only King rooms. In talking with the National reservations desk, it appears that there are still double rooms in the hotel, but we can't get them added to the block until Monday when the sales folks come back to work. But it does sound like they are very limited. Check back on Monday to see if there are any doubles available on the 10th. There are still plenty of rooms at the Day's Inn and the Read
  5. Ok, here’s what I know. First, yes, parking is not included in the room rate at the Marriott. In the interests of full disclosure I’ll make note of that on our website. It also isn’t included in the rate for the Read House. Second, I don’t know where we stand exactly in regards to a sell out at the Marriott, but as of earlier this afternoon it was selling very quickly. I don’t know if I can get anyone in sales tomorrow, but I’ll check and see if they can tell me where we stand in regards to selling out. Mike Moore
  6. Hello, the availability of hotel rooms for a National Convention is always a hot topic. We've tried to be as honest and transparent as we can regarding when the room blocks will be opened up and available for reservations. We announced in Phoenix that we thought it would happen in Mid-September, and I didn't realize how accurate that was. Let this serve as the official announcement (or one of several) that the room blocks for all three convention hotels will be open, and reservation links posted on the convention website (www.ipmsusanationals.com), on Friday September 14, 2018. There a
  7. Guys, the 2019 Convention Website is LIVE. www.ipmsusanationals.com we are still adding content, and we expect the hotel reservations to go live by Mid-September. I’ll be monitoring the forums, so if you have questions, please ask. I can’t promise an immediate response, but I’ll work hard to make sure you get answers as quickly as I can. Mike Moore 2019 IPMS USA National Convention Chairman
  8. I'm sorry, the convention is my vacation, and I intend to be comfortable while on vacation. And I am most comfortable in shorts. Given that I work from home, I wear shorts year round. Most of the guys in my chapter have never seen me in long pants. i don't typically attend the banquet, but a requirement or a strong suggestion that I dress in long pants would ensure I never attend...a fact that might well prompt such a rule! Seriously, times and customs change. A relaxation of the "dress code" at the banquet seems a pretty minor thing. Like I said, it's a vacation, let's let folks be com
  9. Well, since he's doing nothing wrong or illegal, I agree, there is nothing that can absolutley be done to prevent him, or others like him from doing what they do. I think the best thing for show hosts to do is to politely ask vendors to not sell out until "x" time. I think that if we explain that we are concerned about the long term health and vialbility of our shows, I believe the majority of them will understand and go along. And if we get wind that someone is badgering people for deals, we politely invite them to leave the show. Mike
  10. Gil, I can't really speak for the Wright Field Scale Modeler's, the hosts of the show, but I can tell you that Izzet was there on Friday plying his trade, and he did in fact make a couple deals before apparently being made aware of the fact that his presence wasn't appreciated. From what I was able to piece together, after he made a couple of deals, he was approached by a show official and asked to hold off until noon on Saturday, the same thing I asked him to do two years ago when he came to Chattanooga, and the same thing I asked all our vendors in Chattanooga to do this year. I can
  11. Dick is correct. If folks want to buy out tables, and vendors want to sell out, there really isn't much we can do about it. We can ask everyone to hold off, but it is a free market, and buyers and sellers will do pretty much as they please. However, I disagree that there is no harm done, particulary with a two day show. As has been mentioned many, many times, one of the primary reasons folks go to shows is to shop vendors. If they start seeing empty tables, or believe there is a good chance that much of the "good" stuff will be gone due to buy outs, I believe they may be disinclined to
  12. Happy to help Tim. I can't remember who originally developed them, but Panda bought them probably 6-7 years ago. I got my sets from Rob Ervin when he still had Formations, and I believe that Rob had a hand in developing some of the tracks. I don't think you'll be disappointed with them. Mike
  13. Tim, Have you looked at the Panda Plastic tracks? They are individual link tracks, but they go together pretty easily. When I used them, I built my own jig, and I didn't have any trouble putting them together. They were definitely not a nightmare to assemble as some other brands have a reputation to be. http://shermantracks.com/index.html Good luck! Mike
  14. As always, I find it astonishing that a registration fee of $40-$50 can be considered expensive. To those that say that charging for convention registration would dissuade someone from bringing display models, I think you're looking at it, and selling it, the wrong way. The guy who brings display only models isn't paying $50 for the privilege of displaying models. He's paying $50 to participate in the IPMS USA National Convention. Just like contest entrants, displaying models is only one part of that experience. If there is a problem with that perception, I think there is a larger problem wit
  15. Rusty I don't know that I completely disagree with you. However, my thought is that asking the silent majority of IPMS to accept non-members displaying models might be a bridge too far. However, regardless of membership issues, I really don't see why anyone wanting to display a model, either in competition or display only, shouldn't fully register for the convention. No, display only models don't get judged, and aren't eligible for awards, but as you noted, tables still need to be paid for, and there will be plenty of labor in keeping track of the display models. Nick, in the grand sche
  16. Anyone bringing models for display only should be treated no differently than someone entering the contest. They should have to be IPMS members, and they should register for the convention as contest participants do. There should be no additional charge to "pay" for tables. A member gets unlimited entries in the contest as part of the registration, so convention registration should also entitle a member to unlimited display models. I agree we should do everything we can to track the display numbers, but the display tables should not be categorized. Not only is there no need, but it can
  17. Thank you Dave. Nick, you say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. With that attitude we'd still be driving Model T's, flying Curtiss Jenny's and building models of both from blocks of pine. Ok, that's a little tongue in cheek, but also partially serious. Nick you also say you are ok with developing display only, but only if it's not at the expense of the contest. Well, where does that leave the non-competition folks? How important to the society can they feel? How are your dues any more valuable to the society than those of a guy who likes building models and wouldn't mind the oppor
  18. If we had a mission statement, I wonder where the words contest and competition would come into play? Mike
  19. The counterpoint is encouraging display only. The reality is that there are some among us who don't like to "compete". Why force them to enter the contest if they aren't interested in the competition? Mike
  20. Add me as being surprised the ratio of contest entrants to convention registrants is so low. And for the first time in quite a while, I find myself in agreement with Nick. Within the membership of our Chattanooga chapter, there are more folks who come to meetings and express interest in models than actually build models, at least actively. It stands to reason that other chapters, and indeed IPMS USA membership follows along similar lines. I'll be the first to admit that I don't have any ready answers, but it seems pretty clear that we need to find a way to emphasize that there is
  21. Another Graybeard here, younger than Nick, Ralph, and Gil, but still literally a graybeard. And a dissenting opinion. There are likely many reasons for not attending the banquet, only one of them is not wanting to partake of what may be perceived as an over priced, poorly cooked meal (though I have had some excellent banquet food in recent years). Another reason for not attending the banquet is the simple fact that most times, there isn't room at the banquet for everyone who actually registers for the convention. The day we are prepared to seat every registered attendee is the day, in my
  22. Just out of curiosity, why isn't there a link to the event website on the home page here? Mike
  23. Did someone say there was a bike in the picture?
  24. Careful with T-34's. The "Mythical Weapon" book, while many look at it like the Hunnicutt for T-34's, I've seen lots of folks say there is a lot of poor information in the book as well. As far as modeling references, I don't know that there is one good reference. The problem is largely that there is more variation in T-34's than there is in Sherman's. All the different factories put their own twist on what they built, things changed from year to year, and who knows what spare parts might have ended up on a tank in the field. About the best you can do is find the best pictures you can of t
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