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  1. Adding my thanks to the San Marcos team and the Eboard for working together to come to the best outcome that this crazy year can give us at this point in time. Looking forward to 2023! Gil
  2. The Nats has been cancelled, below is the official email I just got... The following is a joint announcement from the San Marcos 2020 Convention Leadership team and the IPMS USA Executive Board. We jointly appreciate all the feedback we received regarding this year‘s convention. We’ve taken your comments and concerns into careful consideration, while maintaining an ongoing dialogue and negotiation with the Embassy Suites convention center in San Marcos. These negotiations have been proceeding carefully due to the significant financial exposure that IPMS would be subject
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    Most NMF are smooth enough to decal over directly. The problem I have is that most clear overcoats will alter the NMF look, basically nullifying all the work you've been doing! You might want to put some Alclad on something as a "test", overcoat it with the gloss, and see if you like it before doing it on the model. Gil
  4. Kevin....I've been as vocal a critic of past Eboards as anyone (and been fired as an RC for it!), but I think you're not giving them any credit and asking for something they really cannot provide at this time. First of all, WHAT can they say that has not been said here? The situation is in flux, data and info is changing week to week, if not day to day, and yet it sounds like you want to have them give some sort of "definite" statement. The same goes for the San Marcos hosts, who HAVE stated that they are in constant touch with the hotel and the local county officials and do make periodic
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    While I can see your tape problem, it looks like overall you're getting the "look" you're shooting for. I always use the lowest tack tape I can when masking over any NMF, and also remove it ASAP after painting so that the adhesive has the very least time to interact with the surface. The "polished" types of Alclad are much more susceptible to tape marring than the regular Aluminum shades, and I usually also try to reduce tape tackiness by sticking it on my forehead (applies skin oil) and then pulling it through my fingers (removes excess skin oil) before applying it. Hope this helps! Looking f
  6. Hi Gary, and Welcome! Glad to have you here with us. Settle in and make yourself at home. Let us know if we can help in any way. Gil
  7. No David.....NO one "wins"....and NO ONE is in denial. It's simply a matter that this is still the USA, and you cannot make DEMANDS on others in order to make YOU feel safer. If you are SO concerned, as you sincerely seem to be, then you should not attend. With your point of view, and sincere concerns, I do not see how the convention planners could EVER take enough precautions or make enough changes to make you feel completely safe, and that deosn't even include the travel "risks" you'll have to deal with coming and going. And seriously...are you actually trying to compare the size o
  8. Ok...I've held off this far.....but this "DEMAND to wear masks" is going too far. Yes, it IS a BAD idea! The data and the consequences of exposure is at BEST undecipherable at this time. There IS a spike in CV-19's spread....BUT, that doesn't mean more people will actually get sick, need hospitalization, or die. In fact, that has NOT been the case despite the headlines....SO far. A month from now will tell us more...... The data on what works and what doesn't to prevent its spread is also inconclusive, with medical "experts" divided pretty evenly on do/don't wear masks, do/don't quar
  9. That's one fugly helicopter....but a great looking build of it! Thanks for sharing! Gil
  10. I think you have only 3 choices in 1/32....Fly Models, PCM (Pacific Coast Models), and Revell. Fly Models is the newest 1/32 Hurricane, and most likely the best....BUT....you need to define Mk. I.....because IF you mean a very early Mk.I with the rag (fabric) wings and 2 bladed prop, then the PCM kit might be the way to go. For BoB, you can get away with a Mk.I or early Mk.II, which means the old Revell kit can also suffice IF you're not a stickler for precise accuracy. If you Google search any of the above manufacturers for the kit reviews you can then decide which one you think will giv
  11. There ARE some warts, particularly in the "olden" days of the 70s and 80s, when IPMS had gotten just big enough to start having problems. But one thing you'll need to do is to sort through the apocryphal "stories" to find what was the truth behind them. I do know a couple good yarns, and believe I know most of the "truth " behind them, but then just what are you looking for? Colorful anecdotes, or simple data with names, facts and figures? Some of those names have passed....but many of them are still around, AND are still IPMS members! Gil
  12. Anthony: I don't think your problem has anything to do with your water at home....decals fall apart basically because the very thin clear coat that they're printed on is either too thin to be handled (bad manufacturing batch) or it may have simply gotten old and brittle. I've had this problem, particularly with older decals, and the solutions suggested by Nick (if you want to try to save THAT sheet) are an easy way to do that. The only thing I'd add IF you use a clear gloss coat is to apply them between 4hrs and 12hrs after you overcoat the decal sheet. That gives the gloss enough time to
  13. Good looking start! Looking forward to more! Gil
  14. Masterful Mustang diorama! I may be a bit biased as Preddy is my favorite ace and scheme....but love the way your s looks! I'm not sure I'd add any more weathering....I think you've captured the look of a used, but well maintained bird. Congrats on a fine build and thanks for sharing! Gil
  15. 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 tabl
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Duke: email me at slowhandshodges@bellsouth.net I tried to message you here but it wouldn't go through.... Gil
  22. Welcome Des! Make yourself at home and let us know if we can be of any help. Looking forward to seeing your work! Gil
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