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Everything posted by ghodges

  1. Sure....IPMS has a long history and some of it involves alienating model builders. Some of the criticism has been rightly earned, at least in THEIR eyes. Like the saying goes...."haters gonna hate".... I've been a member for over 40yrs now. I've seen a number of "scandals" within IPMS. I've seen a good number of the membership who are TOO serious about this hobby. This can be a real problem when they demand that everyone else in their club be as serious as themselves, while many of the members simply want it to be a relaxing hobby. We have a reputation of being "rivet counters" and "color nazis" who live to beat others down in a contest. While that's on the harsh side, there's a kernel of truth in it that's hard to live down. The funny thing is, as you mentioned, MOST of those who espouse those views are not IPMS members, know little to nothing about IPMS, and have NEVER been IPMS members. They simply repeat the grousing they've heard third hand from people who supposedly heard it from someone who's brother-in-law didn't like IPMS. If you actually pin down an "x-member" who didn't like IPMS and left us you'll usually find a much more concrete reason that they left. Most often, it's that they felt out of place because most people didn't build what THEY built, so they didn't "fit in". A correlation to that is the "they didn't appreciate what I built", meaning they either failed to get the praise they hoped for, or they couldn't understand why a group of people with their OWN interests aren't interested in what they themselves were interested in. Occasionally it'll be because "a club was offensive" and criticized their modeling....which usually means ONE person in that club (and every club seems to have one...) was less than tactful when asked what he thought about someone's labor of love. As you alluded to, there's a laundry list of reasons to hate IPMS. However, most of them are somewhat out dated, and the majority of them are people expressing sour grapes about IPMS not being what they expected or hoped it would be for them. What they always fail to mention about IPMS is that it's just about the only modeling club that tries to welcome EVERYONE, no matter what they like to build. Sure, most of us are military builders and the majority of us build aircraft and armor. But, unlike the figure clubs, auto clubs and AMPS, we welcome those who build what we DO NOT build ourselves. The Journal, although totally dependent on voluntary contributions, bends over backwards to SERVE those "others" with articles (and rightly so). Every successful IPMS club that I'm aware of makes a point to make everyone feel welcome, while also being sure that they understand the dynamics of the club they're joining so that there's no illusions. In closing, all I can say is that modelers are a weird clique. We're generally loners who don't need a club or interaction to enjoy our hobby. There's very few (of the millions who actually buy and build models) who venture out and try to associate with others. Of those, too many will find that their attempts to combine "clubbing" with model building doesn't make it more fun. Those that DO like it will probably be okay with IPMS. Those who don't will be very likely to end up hating us.... GIL
  2. Stellar Tomcat Chris! You're obviously your own worst critic as I can't see anything worth complaining about. The display really enhances it too! My only suggestion would be to post some pics directly here instead of having people click to your Flkr page. Thanks for sharing! GIL
  3. Looks good Duke! Are those firestreak missiles on the wingtips? GIL
  4. Good start! That panel rocks! GIL
  5. Wonderful looking Wildcat! Nice to see the later tri-color scheme instead of those usually done. Congrats, and thanks for sharing! GIL
  6. Super looking results! I use MM paints also and have repeated problems with washes, particularly getting them to wipe off without staining areas I didn't intend to weather. Looks like your very reserved approach of applying them in very small amounts helps a lot. Is there a reason you used the Dullcoat instead of their canned gloss coat? The generally accepted theory is that washes "flow" better over gloss, and the flat coats actually tend to absorb washes a bit. Heck of a nice looking Hind! GIL
  7. Very sharp build! I like the muted markings. Were the cracked windows on the cockpit area a kit option, and did the wiring for the rotors come in the kit, or are those mods you added? I can see why it's your favorite! GIL
  8. Great looking group of builds, and a fitting tribute too! What kit and scale is the B-17? GIL
  9. Absolutely mind boggling how many projects you always have on tap! Love the camo on those 'copters! GIL
  10. Welcome Glenn! Glad to have you here! GIL
  11. Glad to have you here with us Chris! Jump in and have fun! GIL
  12. Wow! In a word: dynamic! Nice work and excellent execution of the idea! GIL
  13. VERY impressive scratchbuilding work! Please post this link down in the aircraft topics too, where more people who will appreciate your craftsmanship will see it. GIL
  14. Nice to know I'm not the only plastic masochist here! 😛 Nice work, both of you! GIL
  15. Just went to the IPMSUSA home page in order to click onto the Nooga Nats web page and the links are "temporarily removed"! Can someone explain why, and what exactly is going on? GIL
  16. Great looking model and pics! As for being hypothetical...maybe you're just ahead of the game! GIL
  17. Impressive collection, to say the least! That 'Skeeter looks like it'll be a real treat! GIL
  18. Glad to have you here Trey! Hope you can make it up here to Jacksonville for Jaxcon 2019 next Feb 9th. In the meantime, dive in, have fun, and make yourself at home! GIL
  19. Glad to have ya here with us. By all means, please post pics of your work. Jump in and have fun! GIL
  20. Terrific looking Tomcat! You did an excellent job of capturing the varying colors in an otherwise drab scheme, and your weathering shows the wear on a fleet bird without being overdone. That'll be a proud addition to your shelf. Congrats! GIL
  21. ghodges

    Albatross D-V

    The ceramic wire cuts relatively easily with a #11 blade, but you do need to wear eye protection when doing so. I think it was sold in a couple of gauges, but the 6mil seems to work well for 1/72 and 1/48. The biggest problem now is I believe the couple (home business) that sold it retired, so I'm not sure where else it can be bought. I like it because it can be cut just a little bit long, flexed into place (it will not kink), and then add a drop of glue into each hole. When cut to the right length it's perfectly straight, doesn't sag despite heat/humidity/cold, doesn't need to be heated to make it "taught", and usually doesn't even need painting (smoke colored as it comes). GIL
  22. Nice work, and a great save on that side window! Those scimitar props really add a degree of "cool" to the Hawkeye! GIL
  23. I've found that the thing that makes modeler's wiring bundles look the most realistic isn't how they're run, but adding those bundle wrap straps and end connectors. Those little details, along with some sharp painting and washes, are what really make them appear authentic to me. GIL
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