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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Welcome Eugene! Glad to have you here and hope you'll make yourself at home an post pics of your work. GIL
  7. 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
  8. Von: Not sure what a "model-collect side by side is".....can you elaborate? GIL
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Glad to have you here with us! Sounds like you'll fit in quite comfortably....though you should know...... 😀😀😀 GIL
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Thanks to all for the very kind comments! Chris: I use a black preshade for the panel lines AND then also use a light color color post shading for the interior of all the panels. I then use a pencil for the panel lines themselves, in this case, going with a brown colored pencil to get a softer, dirtier effect as opposed to the more stark effect a black pencil line (or wash) gives. Hope this helps! GIL
  18. Excellent beginnings! The crispness of the buttons on those side panels is particularly impressive! GIL
  19. Heck, you have twice as many "irons in the fire" that didn't get done as I completed for the year! Looking forward to your 2020 builds, which you have a GREAT head start on! GIL
  20. Great looking build in a striking scheme, that's well presented too! What's not to like? Congrats! That's a great way to close out this year and pivot into 2020! GIL
  21. There's a couple of differences there....The Rapiograph pen is actually an ink pen that YOU supply the ink for (refillable). Not sure of what color ranges they may have, but the real advantage is they have many different size nibs (steel tips) to choose from including some VERY fine ones. They're not cheap, but should last years if taken care of. I'm not sure how permanent the inks are once they've been applied, and whether they're water soluble (likely) or something else. In either case, I'd allow ample drying time and put a VERY light overcoat of clear to seal and protect them. Wet coats of clear might redissolve them. As for felt tips like the old Flair pens, or Sharpies, they can be very useful. The Sharpies come in a variety of sizes including some very fine tipped ones. However, the ends of these are felt and repeated hard use will cause even the finest ones to widen a bit. The inks are permanent, BUT, they do not seem to react well with overcoats of paint, especially enamels and lacquers. If you were to try to use a black Sharpie to pre-shade your panel lines, you might find the ink bleeding up through your paint! Still, they can be used for some "wash" details (if you want really stark contrast), and the red sharpies are a GREAT way to do the red gear door edges on USN planes! However, as mentioned above, use very LIGHT coats of clear, no wet applications, to avoid redissolving the ink and creating runs. A recent example of my using a fine tip black Sharpie was to create the letters for "Pudgy" on yellow decal paper. I lightly drew them in with pencil, then traced that with the Sharpie to create the letters, and then carefully cut each letter from the decal sheet for application. Not perfect, but faster and easier (for me) than doing a bunch of copy/paste/photoshop/print work with a computer. Grab a few different kinds from your local art supply store and give them a try! Hope this helps! GIL
  22. Excellent work on those gear doors! That'll go a long way in keeping a "scale" look to it when you're done. GIL
  23. Gotta agree, that's one sleek and beautiful design, and you put a very pretty scheme on it too. I do have to ask though...what is going on behind the canopy? I'm totally unfamiliar with this plane, so I have no idea how it "should" look. Was this one of the early design uses of a nose that would move downward, like was later incorprated into the SST? Nice build, and thanks for sharing! GIL
  24. Nice haul! No wonder Santa's having to pay his reindeer overtime to carry so much! GIL
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