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Everything posted by ghodges

  1. Less than a week to go! Here's some of the "bling" you could take home if you win....as well as the pin our attendees will get. Gil
  2. I think the placement of the award winner cards is a workable idea, but I'm not sure it would e received with as much enthusiasm as you'd hope, and may not really be needed. My first observation is that ANY model that inspires you, and that you'd want to talk to the builder about, may or may not be an award winner. Everyone has a different idea of what's inspiring to them, and JUST because a model places does not necessarily give it any more inspiration on Saturday than it had on Friday before the judging. And, if you truly want to know who built a model so you can talk to the builder, all you need to do is peek at the back side of the entry form, ANY day of the convention. So, identifying the winners would give them a bit more time to bask in their glory (not at all bad), but is not really needed to find and talk to a builder of a model that interests you. Second, it does open up the possibility of more time for people to express sour grapes. As a l-o-n-g time judge, I can tell you that very often the decision of the judges is NOT readily apparent to the casual viewer, ESPECIALLY if that viewer has no judging experience. As you mentioned, the judges usually can explain why they made their decision, but believe me (speaking from experience), just because you explain it does NOT mean that the other guy (loser) is going to ACCEPT your explanation. I've seen way to many guys who are genuinely upset because you have slighted their labor of love by not seeing their build through their eyes and awarding it accordingly. Or, they're upset that the judges didn't see the perceived flaws THEY see in the winners and thus cannot understand how those finished ahead of them. Again, in a perfect world, the judges would be cut some slack. But in my experience in judging for the last 25yrs, too many people put too much desire into being recognized by getting an award, and thus act like you've personally rejected them as individuals, as opposed to simply to being told there were 3 better efforts on the table that day. On the positive side for those cards, it's VERY common for me to see a winning model posted on the screen at the banquet and realize I had somehow "missed" noticing that model on the tables. The winners cards would at least allow you to stroll up and down and make a mental note of those and look closer than you had before if you'd indeed been skipping over it before. It'd be interesting to know what a majority of the Nats goers think, and might make for an excellent polling question in Texas to get some data from people who actually attend the Nats. Gil
  3. Gotta echo the Duke....you'r off to a rockin' start! GIL
  4. If you've been on these forums long enough, this topic comes up regularly.....how do we make for a faster awards program, allow people to get into the model room earlier on Saturday night, and help ease the feeling of being rushed to pack at the end of the show; and ALSO still have a good banquet (often required by the host venue) and give the recognition to the winners that they want and deserve? The problem, in my view, is that we're trying to do EVERYTHING in one night, and I don't think it's necessary. Here's what I would propose..... Move the banquet to EARLY Friday evening, say from 5-7pm. This would be a social event, BUT it would ALSO be the time for the host club to make their thankyou speeches, recognize their club members who worked so hard, and also for IPMSUSA to make the Chapter of the Year, Newsletter of the Year, and Webmaster of the Year awards. ALL of that backslapping and the ancillary awards takes up at least a HOUR of time at our current Saturday banquet/awards program; and could MUCH easier be done on Friday evening, even while people were still chewing their food. The ONLY curve ball to this idea is that the judges have to start work at 7pm. However, by starting at 5pm, 2 hours is more than ample time for the judges to get fed and then exit to their meeting and their work. And IF things ran a little late, none of them are going to cry over missing those ancillary award announcements! I also believe that IF this idea worked as well as I think it might (once the routine was well established), we could even go back to having a speaker at the banquet (remember when we did that?). THAT would be yet another reason to attend it, in addition to the camaraderie. NOW, Saturday evening is freed up for a pure awards ceremony, with ONE announcement: who won the bid for a coming convention (which should only take 10-15mins). Start it at 5-6pm and it could be over by 8pm. Remember, the hosts have already said their thanks and the "other" awards have been given out; so simply have a seat, announce who won the convention bid(s), and start the slide show! That puts everyone back into the model room at least 2-3 hours earlier than now, and gives almost everyone that much more time to socialize instead of having to pack and run. If I ever get put in charge of a NATS (and I can see y'all cringing at the thought!), THAT is what I'll try to do! GIL
  5. When you say "Category winners", I take it you actually mean GENRE winners, such as Best Aircraft, Best Armor, etc.....as a category winner is actually whoever gets a 1rst place, but that the judges put down a generic "nationals winner' card beside the 3 models that placed in each category so people can see what won, but not necessarily know their order of placement...right? Personally, I have no problems with your basic proposal....It solves the problem of having to take a lot of extra pics and then also get them ordered correctly for the presentation at the banquet, as well as shortening the awards program itself. However, I can HEAR the screaming from some because you're robbing them of their recognition and 15 minutes of fame! After all, this is the IPMSUSA NATIONALS, and as winners in the BIG time, they deserve BIG TIME recognition! Keep in mind (in case you didn't know) that we evolved to where we are today. There was a time when there were NO pics of any winners, just the reading of the winner's names. But then a club took slides of the 1rst place winners, got them developed, and showed pics of them. The next evolution was taking slides of ALL the winners. And thus we got to where we are now....only digital photography has at least made the picture taking SO much easier! Your attitude on attending the show and the banquet are spot on...as any of us who have regularly attended the Nats knows. But, "we" are only probably a 3rd at most of those attending the Nats. Almost 2/3rds are people who only make it when they can drive to it, and thus don't as readily see the benefits of staying as long as you can, or paying a bit extra for a meal so you can mingle with your friends and make new ones. In my experience, you cannot convince that other 2/3rds to join us. I'll put a counter-proposal in another reply below.... Gil
  6. That's not a bad looking Thunderstreak for its time, if not entirely shaped perfectly! I'm surprised it actually has wheel wells, as many kits of that time didn't. That's a fine looking NMF Ron, and I doubt that old kit has looked that good very often over the last 60 years. Thanks for sharing! GIL
  7. I've seen some comments on FB, but no "build" reviews by anyone I know. That said, if you google "AMK 1/48 F-14D build reviews", you should get some reviews to look over and see if they're any help. The review on Cybermodeler was very favorable, especially for all of the build options it gives, and the only criticism was it being the most complicated Tomcat build compared to the newer Tamiya Tomcat and the other older 1/48 F-14s out there. Gil
  8. Good question.....I know in my mind, having built a few F-100s and done some research, MY understanding is that the overall painted silver finish didn't start until the early 60s, and was applied for corrosion control, which is why most of the "silver" Huns in 'Nam were actually painted. I think the earlier Cs and Ds that served in Europe and most everywhere were NMF. The afterburner area tended to burn off ANY applied paint, be it silver, or the 3 color SEA camo paint; so I don't think that area can be of much help as it was only painted over fresh out of the shop and quickly discolored. If your bird is dated post '64, I'd feel free to paint it silver. If before then, I'd go with a NMF. Hopefully someone else may be along with a more definitive answer. Cheers! Gil
  9. Glad you've joined us Julio! I'd also like to invite you to come to Jaxcon in 2 weeks (Feb. 8th) here in Jacksonville FL, only 4 or less hours from you! Settle in and make yourself at home here. Cheers! GIL
  10. I'm facing the same problem, as I have a couple of dioramas that would involve a jeep sitting near an airplane. What little research I've done (and I'm NO expert) seems to show that most jeeps were very plainly marked, UNLESS they were repurposed for a specific use like the flight line controllers in the pics above. A headquarters unit might have a certain number of jeeps assigned to them, and would carry those numbers for overall "ownership". However, their lower line units probably would not remark them. If a squadron was given a jeep to use, they'd simply use it and not bother with putting a squadron marking on it, unless (perhaps) you had a Squadron or Group commander who might plaster their insignia on it for fun or pride (more so than as an official marking). In short, I think outside of specific types of jeeps, you do have a lot of artistic license. And one last thought....IF the people looking at your diorama are focusing on the serial numbers on the jeep, chances are you've failed in pointing them to where you WANT them to focus! I can't see it being that big of deal in the overall composition of your diorama. GIL
  11. Wow! How did I miss the awesome finish (pun intended) to this project!? That's a lovely build that's presented in a superb manner. I admire your dedication to the polishing....10hrs is a LOT of elbow grease to apply, but the result certainly shows! Congrats on a super looking build and thanks for letting us ride along! Gil
  12. Nick has laid it out grimly, but also accurately. I too have been attending shows for decades (since '78) and have seen the evolution in them. The biggest difference in "Regionals" then as compared to today is in formalities. The Regional was SUPPOSED to be bigger, more special, and perhaps have a banquet (holding with being more formal), and thus carry a bit more prestige. Most of the reasons for the changes in a Regional have been mentioned above. Our Jaxcon show here in FLA in two weeks is our Regional for R-11 this year. We are trying to do a little bit "extra" for the occasion. We'll have a speaker, we are taking pics for FSM once more, and will have a couple other things we hope will add a little extra "flavor" for our attendees. However, we can't afford to expand to a second day. I can tell you that any time we've polled vendors and attendees about whether they want a 1 or 2 day show, it's been SPLIT down the middle. Half of them want one, while the other half prefer the other; so there's NO "advantage" to pleasing either side! A club simply has to do what is financially best for themselves. Also, any attempt to have any dinner is out as that requires guarantees of a certain amount of sales, which if not covered, leaves the club on the hook for. Note that this is also the reason that even at the Nats, there's so many attempts to do it a bit differently because people just don't want to pay for the "rubber chicken dinner", even though those of us who regularly attend KNOW it's so much more than that. It's a HUGE expense that often doesn't pay for itself, and thus diminishes the profit the club and IPMUSA has at the end. The budget at the Nats, where 600-900 people pay to attend, can afford to absorb those costs.....local clubs holding shows with only 1/5th or less of that sort of attendance cannot. In my view, the bottom line that's changed is that most shows are now judged simply on their size, and THAT is used to gauge their success. It sort of makes sense...the bigger the show, the more competition there is, and the more prestige that's attached to a harder fought "win". But due to any number of circumstances, those shows may or may not be the "Regional" for that year, and that doesn't seem to matter so much anymore. And, of course, the ability to GET to a show (proximity) plays a huge part. Shows with a more central location can more easily grow than those on the extreme ends of a region, generally speaking. And (if I'm an RC) I want to try to have my Regional in those central locations to make it easier for the most people to get there, and thus the clubs on the extremities may be less likely to be named for a Regional through no real fault in their show. As to club presence on the internet, I think it's a good thing. Our First Coast club has both a website and a FB page. I believe a club should have a webpage for all of the nuts and bolts about the club, its meetings, its members, and anything else they want the interested public to know. The FB page I think seems to serve more of a "contact" place where it's easier to converse and post items of interest, especially between meetings. BUT, as mentioned above, it takes a volunteer or two to have those things. A club has to be well enough organized AND also have people who WANT to create, establish and maintain those pages, and perhaps even several people. I know our FB page has had problems since its creator died and only he was an admin. In short, it takes an effort from those running a club, over and above all of their regular duties, to have those nice "extras" like a presence on the internet. In conclusion, I have to differ with the over all negative tone of the initial post. He makes the correct point in that things have evolved and changed, especially as compared to what many of we "old timers" experienced in (what's now) the previous century. On the other hand, there seems to be as many shows to attend today as there were 20yrs ago, even if the sites may have changed. The shows may indeed be a bit less formal and seem "cheaper", but then costs have risen and clubs have adapted accordingly. While some clubs may seem less formal, and have fewer "dedicated" members, many club members who cannot regularly attend meetings can now feel they're a part of their club by being on their web pages. Vendors areas may seem a bit less awesome than in years past, but that's due more to our abilities to access those things between shows now than to any change in what we see on the tables at shows. I believe this is a much more golden age of both model building AND being an IPMSUSA member than in the past. You just have to take the changes in stride and try to keep the right perspective! Cheers! Gil
  13. VERY interesting question! I'd like to see a response from the Chief Judge, or a couple of the Head Judges, as to what they think. GIL
  14. Welcome Eugene! Glad to have you here and hope you'll make yourself at home an post pics of your work. GIL
  15. WOW! That is one eye-catching scheme and build! You've certainly captured everything well, as it photographs as "larger" than 1/72. I look forward to seeing this in person in TX this summer. I bet Walt will absolutely love it! And, I'm right-clicking and saving these pics for a build for myself..... GIL
  16. Von: Not sure what a "model-collect side by side is".....can you elaborate? GIL
  17. That's a completely new one to me Duke! Never knew the Russians even had gliders for troops. If it fought you, I can't tell from the result. Way to persevere and put a very unique subject on your shelf. Thanks for sharing! GIL
  18. Dang nice DH-4, and that scheme brightens an otherwise drab plane. You lost nothing on your ability to rig over the years either! Congrats! GIL
  19. I too am looking forward to this shindig....and since me and my buddy may be pairing up (yet to see if we can talk our wives out of going... ) we may have a room to cancel between us since we both made reservations at the ES. Already in saving mode for the vendors area...... Gil
  20. That's a superb looking build of what appears to be quite the delicate assembly! Thanks for sharing the model and its history too! GIL
  21. Glad to have you here with us! Sounds like you'll fit in quite comfortably....though you should know...... 😀😀😀 GIL
  22. Sharp looking IAF Tinkertoy! I'm drawing a blank on the 1/48 AZ Skyhawk....is it their mold, or someone else's plastic? GIL
  23. Here's pics of about 1/2 of the raffle prizes....I'm taking to the meeting tomorrow to give to our raffle coordinator so he can get them organized before show day.... True Color paints sent us a bunch of paint sets for our raffle...they're in the priority mail box! 🙂 GIL
  24. For those of you in the SE USA, I want to invite you to come to Jacksonville FL on Saturday, Feb.8th for JAXCON 2020. We're the Florida Regional show this year, and we're going to kick things up a notch! We've arranged to have Chris Mayer, a Battle of Britain blitz survivor speak to our attendees. Chris was the curator of the Green Cove Military Museum until his recent retirement, and is an expert on the BoB. He lived through the blitz as a school boy and will have some mementos and relics from the blitz to display and talk about. Chris spoke to our club last year and it was quite fascinating to hear a first hand account of both watching the BoB unfold overhead and also ducking the bombings. Of course Jaxcon will still have ALL of the great things as in the past, our GSB contest where EVERY model has a chance for an award if it meets the standards, another sold out vendors area, our usual HUGE raffle with close to 200 items to be won, AND we'll also be taking pictures of models once more for submission to Fine Scale Modeler magazine! FSM published models from Jacon 2019 in 2 different editions, with over 30 of our attendees getting their models in those pages. That could be YOU in 2020! If you haven't made it to Jaxcon yet, and you're within driving distance, you owe it to yourself to come join us for the fun! There'll be over 500 models on the tables! Out facility is carpeted, well lit, and has plenty of free parking. Best of all, if you just want to see the models and shop, it's FREE! All the info you need is on our website at: http://ipmsfirstcoast.org/jaxcon-2020-information.html I hope you can plan to make it! Cheers! GIL
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