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  1. Very nice! That kit was WAY ahead of its time! GIL
  2. I see this as good news, but not GREAT news. The Tamiya P-51B/C WAS a quantum leap over the old Monogram/Promodeler issue, and was a step better than the newer Accurate Miniatures issue. The new Eduard B/C will be a STEP forward, but not a leap. It will probably be very worthwhile to the accuracy fanatics because the wheel wells and cockpit floor will be correct and they will not need to spend money on aftermarket corrections. But for the large majority of builders who simply want a nicely detailed and well fitting B/C Mustang....it already exists. I wish Eduard continued success! If they can make a lot of money on Mustangs, chances are they may eventually get around to something more needed....(insert YOUR wish list here). GIL
  3. If you've stayed at the Embassy Suites at any of the other conventions that had one....then you KNOW why you WANT to stay in THAT hotel! With free breakfast AND free happy hour, I'm not surprised that it's probably sold out already. Oh yeah...the rooms are just about the biggest and nicest compared to any other convention hotel. You can bunk 3 persons separately and 5 comfortably if you don't mind snuggling up to someone....makes for a cheaper stay! GIL
  4. Again, this is a matter of PERCEPTIONS.... As Nick rightly points out, experienced judges KNOW that the models get judged fairly DESPITE knowing who built what. You don't need a "name".....many builders have "signature" bases and others have signature styles. Despite that, those models are put through the grinder of the "basics". They're not given a pass nor assumed to make the cut. And, since your entry number at the Nats is your iPMS#, there's no need to read a name to avoid sweeps. Any models with the same IPMS# in the same category are by the same builder. However, if we were to simply have the names in plain view, the majority of attendees, who do not and have never judged, would BELIEVE that it gave the "honchos" an edge. Thus it's worth it to have the names turned under just to cut down on the belief that some builders have an advantage attached to their name/reputation. This is not a case of hypocrisy, but instead a case of trying to alleviate unfounded fears and beliefs by those not INTIMATELY familiar with the judging process. GIL
  5. Terrific looking T-Bolt! Nice scheme choice too, with the checks and invasion stripes adding some pizazz to an otherwise dull OD/gray camo. Congrats, and thanks for sharing! GIL
  6. Bill: IPMS does run mostly on the honor system. The requirement is that ALL officers AND the Chapter Contact MUST be IPMS members. It does NOT say how many officers you have to have nor limit anyone from doing more than one "job" in the club. Thus, if you list a President, who is also the CC; and he/she is an IPMS member; you met those requirements. The only real "check" that can be run is that the 5 national members you list are indeed current IPMS members and that none of them are in the "list of 5" (being counted) for any other IPMS club besides yours. Believe me, if you plan to do anything club-wise on public property, it PAYS to be chartered and have the insurance. You cannot get it privately for anywhere near the cost of chartering the club and joining IPMS. Why else should you charter? To support the ONLY plastic model organization that promotes ANY and EVERY model genre! There are other groups out there that concentrate on armor, or cars, or figures (etc.); but only IPMS encourages model building of any kind AND provides categories in their contests for all those at most of their shows. If you want your club to grow as quickly as possible, then you need to be willing to welcome model builders of all types. Being an IPMS CLUB states right up front that THAT is what you're aiming to do. Hope this helps! GIL
  7. Glad to have you here Antoine! Make yourself at home and enjoy yourself! GIL
  8. Looks great to me James! Whatever issues you may have had, be they older products or even some rust related "user" issues; your perseverance paid off with a nice 109 for your shelf! Congrats, and welcome back into the saddle! GIL
  9. The easiest (so to speak) would be dry transfer letters. Woodland Scenics makes these in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts; including those small enough to fit onto a 1/48 F-14 Tomcat canopy frame. The hard part is getting them all aligned properly while making his name. This is done the most easily by simply applying them to a clear decal sheet. Once they're on there, coat them with some clear gloss to seal them in place. After it's dry, you can cut it out and apply it just like any other decal. The simpler method is to rub each individual letter onto the canopy frame. However, this is much more tedious and also tougher to assure good alignment of EVERY letter. But, if you do this, there's no need to gloss coat before applying them as the letters have no "film" behind them. Other dry transfer lettering is available from art and drafting supply places and also offer small sizes, but may be harder to find than the Woodland Scenics, which many hobby shops supply for the train enthusiasts. There are a very few regular "letter" decal sheets, but those are even rarer and hard to find. One last option, especially if you want to do his name in black; is a VERY fine point Sharpie black marker. The downfall there is you need to be a VERY good printer, or have the ability to do his name in a very neat "script" that satisfies you. Again, you can do this on clear decal sheet (but use a LIGHT clear gloss coat to prevent the ink from running); or if you're really gutsy and confident, directly onto the canopy frame. Hope this helps! GIL
  10. You're a man after my own heart Ron! It's amazing how nice an older kit like that one can look with some good skills, some elbow grease, and a little TLC. The rockets look cool but I imagine they were a terror to fly with and actually fire, with flaming exhaust all around a fabric doped airplane! Did you paint the prop? Very nice, subtle wood grain there. Thanks for posting! GIL
  11. So....an airplane with the name "Roc" is an abject failure....could it be it flew like one? Good looking build Ron! I like your light shading to emphasize the panel lines. It adds a little "pop" and just the right amount of weathering to my eye. I'm betting it took more effort than you mentioned to get it to look that good! Congrats bro! GIL
  12. Welcome Karl! Sounds like you may have a few "gems" in a stash dating back that far, and plenty of fun things to build. Settle in and make yourself at home! GIL
  13. I'm going to mention the one thing NOT mentioned thus far that was applicable when the OOTB categories were created, and that is still applicable today: the builder's perception. OOTB was created because the "regular" builders had the perception that the ONLY way to win at the NATS was to be able to scratchbuild. Remember, back in those days there was NO aftermarket....no resin, no pe, no 3D printing.....so if you wanted to super-detail a model, scratchbuilding was the name of the game. People wanted a category where they didn't HAVE to do that....so the OOTB categories were created. While it's true that the kits are better today, the PERCEPTION of the builders is that you still need to do some sort of extra work to have an true chance at winning in a "regular" category. True or not...THAT is still the perception by a lot of builders. Thus, the OOTB categories are STILL relevant, since they give builders the perception they have a better shot at winning without having to go head to head with the honchos. The proof of this (as mentioned above) is in how well populated those categories still are at every Nats. The idea of competing on a more level field of play is not obsolete, despite the rise in kit quality. OOTB should not be eliminated until the majority of builders feel that they can go head to head with anyone and have a chance of winning, and they stop entering in the OOTB categories and switch to the regular categories. In short, when OOTB dies of its own natural causes due to lack of particpation. As long as there are 1-2-3 contests where models are pitted against each other, that perception of wanting to compete against builders of a like skill level will persist, and OOTB is the simplest way to do that in 1-2-3. GIL
  14. Very neat build Ron! I wasn't aware they actually hung a radar dome under that old Stringbag...credit the Brits for getting every pence worth from an obsolescent pre-war biplane! GIL
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