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  1. I registered last night for the Nats. Short of it being cancelled, I plan on attending. This WILL be a totally different feel due to whatever restrictions are still in place, as well as people taking personal actions to keep themselves safe if they feel the need. The vendors area will be smaller, but I'm betting I can still drop more cash than I budgeted....there will be fewer models overall, but I'm betting there will be the same high quality-awe inspiring work for what does make it....and less people overall....but then the banquet tables won't be "elbow-to-elbow" and the rush to find a table won't be as bad! I'm betting it'll still be lots of fun for those of us who can make it! GIL
  2. Sectioning those rotor blades is no easy job, but you appear to have carried it off effortlessly! I have to agree withe Mark in that your sensor work is also outstandingly creative. Looking forward to more! Gil
  3. We're almost always our own harshest critics....I have to agree with the Duke, looking good to me! Finish it up, learn from it and apply those to the next build. Looking forward to seeing your finished pics! Gil
  4. Nice! That cool Israeli camo reminds me I really need to build me a Sufa....Great looking mottling on the glider too! Thanks for sharing! Gil
  5. The generosity that Mike and his wife Margie has displayed is a loving tribute to their son Jeff. I can tell from the collection that Jeff was one of US....with an love of the hobby and the history the kits represent! Mike was himself a model builder and has builds on display at the Pima Air Museum! We in IPMS First Coast will make a point to honor the Stevensons at our Jaxcon show, where Jeff's kits and books will be raffled off. They'll bring a lot of joy to many modelers in the future! Gil
  6. Welcome Gary! Glad to have you here! Make yourself at home and let us know if we can help in any way. Since you're in Texas, I hope you can make plans to attend the National Convention in San Marcos in a couple of months. It'll be a smaller, more intimate Nats due to the virus, but should still be a lot of fun for those of us who make it! Gil
  7. Duke: email me at [email protected] I tried to message you here but it wouldn't go through.... Gil
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    Welcome Des! Make yourself at home and let us know if we can be of any help. Looking forward to seeing your work! Gil
  9. Welcome Mark! Just remember it's all about having FUN! There's plenty of good help here if you're looking for tips to improve, but don't feel like you have to "match" anything you see here. Make yourself at home! Gil
  10. Dave's right...that's gonna be a toughie. I'm guessing you've already checked Ebay..... My suggestion is to try the Vacuform/Resin Face Book page (Fisher is actually a member there, but he has NO product left after the fires). You may have to "join" (answer the questions), but then you could simply post and ask if anyone has an extra, or have decided that they'll never get around to building it. This is a group of folks that are much more likely to own that conversion as opposed to the general modeling public. Here's a link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/695711033832473/?ref=bookmarks There's quite a few Fisher kits I wish I could've afforded to buy, but didn't! Good luck! Gil
  11. ghodges

    Marine 1779

    Did I understand you in that this a figure YOU sculpted from scratch? VERY impressive, if so! Regardless, I like the slightly slumped stance...it looks natural for someone reaching behind themselves for something while have to balance on object in the other hand. As for the painting, I have almost no experience with figures, and would be proud of the result you've gotten. And as to the photography, the only suggestion I'd make is the same problem I usually have to conquer....more light, and from multiple directions and levels to illuminate all aspects better. Great modeling and thanks for sharing! Gil
  12. Regrettable, but understandable. You'll be missed by many! Gil
  13. Nice build and tribute to those mis-placed 104s sent to Vietnam! Gil
  14. Very nest looking work! In fact, being Russian...it may be neater and nicer that they actually install! Looking forward to more, comrade! Gil
  15. Wow! That's some sharp looking work! Glad to have you here on the forums with is. Make yourself at home! Gil
  16. Superb cockpit detail painting and that seat really looks the part! Looking forward to seeing more of this! Gil
  17. I "pm"ed you Mike with my email address. I'm in Jacksonville and perhaps close enough to help. Gil
  18. "What are the advantages and disadvantages to entering in the out of box categories? " Cameron: the short answer is NOT MUCH....anymore. The OOTB categories were invented decades ago to give people who didn't scratchbuild details a place to compete without having to go against models with those extra details. Those were the days BEFORE "aftermarket" (PE parts, resin cast parts, and now printed parts); when the model builder had to build all of the details in a cockpit or wheel well. Some builders couldn't do those things, and others didn't want to put that much time into a build, but felt they were at a severe disadvantage having to compete against the "honchos" that did those things. That perception was generally wrong to start, as it's ALWAYS been the basics that determine the outcome 95%+ of the time, no matter how well detailed something is. BUT, perception is reality as they say, so OOTB categories were put in place to make competitors feel they had more of a chance on a more level field against people who built like they did (OOTB). The problem today, is that not only is there a plethora of aftermarket that allows a less experienced builder to put a better detailed model on the table, but many of the kits now come with PE and resin parts IN the box, and thus are technically legal for an OOTB build. So, it NOW depends on the kit you choose, as older kits with less detail are (seemingly) at a disadvantage, even in the OOTB category, IF you still carry the perception that the detailing is more than a tie-breaker! So where does OOTB make a true difference? In my opinion in the BIG categories, like 1/48 and 1/72 WWII prop and in jets. This is where you WILL, at almost every Nats contest, run into someone's "labor of love" that they took 1-2yrs to build and put everything into. If you want to avoid ever having to end up in a category against such a build, then OOTB will keep them away from you. Otherwise, even the OOTB builds aren't plain or simple anymore. The BOTTOM LINE, no matter the category, is for you to nail the BASICS! If you haven't ever judged, you may find it hard to believe how LITTLE detailing and/or accuracy matter, because accurate and well detailed builds are knocked out by crooked landing gear, misaligned tail planes, poor seam work, silvered decals, rough/sloppy paint finishes, and/or sloppy clear parts. IPMS judges on craftsmanship, not knowledge (detailing and accuracy). NO ONE (and no judge) can know enough to be 100% sure of what details are right or just how accurate a subject is, due to any number of variables and very simply "the exception to the rule" that there always seems to be (yes, there was a pink sub!). Thus, we judge how well built something is, because we can judge the differences in craftsmanship applied to a build, no matter what category it ends up in. And in my opinion, since we DO judge that way, the hypothetical category is a complete waste of time....it's a model on the table and can be judged on the craftsmanship applied to the construction and finish without concern as to whether it was ever produced in the real world. "Hypothetical" could be a tie-breaking determiner, if ALL else was equal (and many judges will say that NEVER happens) and you had to decide; and in which case the "documented" model would win versus the "what-if". Hope this helps! Gil
  19. Not sure which of two possible areas you want info on.....I'm no expert, but I believe the interior of the actual "intake" scoop on the bottom is natural metal. However, the interior fuselage area where the actual boxy radiator sits is usually chromate yellow primer, and some of that is visible from the rear underside. Hope this helps! Gil
  20. Clean, sharp looking build! The canopy framing looks especially nice. Congrats! Gil
  21. I agree with the questioning of some of their subject choices within what was a very limited market to begin with, compounded by tooling multiple versions of those esoteric choices. They never catered to my scale interests, but i was hoping they'd succeed and grow so that perhaps they might in the future. Now I just hope that those craftsman that tooled their molds will find good work elsewhere plying their skills to continue to make modelers somewhere happy! Gil
  22. WOWZERS....those are really problematic! For most of those I'd actually opt to use very thin sheet plastic (or even strips/widths of tape) as covers to "resurface" and cover them up instead of filling and sanding. For others where you can't cover the entire surface (like those inner gear doors), I'd see if any of the Waldron punches match up, and of so, punch out a disc and use it to fill the mark. You could then use a pin to make some "rivets" around them and make them look like removable service covers; overall probably less work and faster then the tedium of trying to sand them smooth in such tight quarters. At any rate, they are a true eyesore! Gil
  23. Great looking 109 James! Those American marking really add a splash of color not normally seen. Thanks for posting! Gil
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