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  1. ipmsusa2

    Opinion & Analysis Needed!

    The C-46 was a commission project for a client and he wanted a pristine model with no weathering. Otherwise I would've done at least a little weathering on it.
  2. ipmsusa2

    Monogram A-37 Dragonfly

    Very nice, Bill. I have the Encore version which is nothing more than the Monogram kit with photoetch cockpit details and some resin components. No metal gear, but SAC has those. It'll be interesting to see if I can find a way to weight the nose down when I get around to mine.
  3. ipmsusa2

    Opinion & Analysis Needed!

    Gil, Excellent points. It's a learning process to be sure, especially where Youtube is concerned. Point 1: Sounds like I've found a decent balance. Enough to make people want to buy the ebook but not so much that they feel they don't need it. That was a mistake I made on the Photo Gallery CDs. They run over six minutes and have so many photos that I'm sure viewers feel they don't need to buy the discs. For example, the B-36 video has over 10,000 views but no sales of the CD. Point 2: The C-46 ebook does not include references. I can go back and add them but they will be in the form of links for the most part, I think. Copyright problems rear their head when it comes to including photos of the actual aircraft. Anyway, I'll see what I can do and let you know. Point 3: Very good observations and I tend to agree with you. One that I'm planning is an F-105 E-book using the Monogram 1/48 kit. In this case, the Hobby Boss kit isn't as good as the old Monogram. The Monogram kit is also far cheaper. Same comments basically apply to the Monogram P-61 versus the Great Wall kit. Also, what about the early/old Hasegawa and Revell 32nd scale kits? There are aftermarket products that can bring them up to current standards or pretty darn close. And if you want to do a conversion that requires major surgery, it sure beats chopping up a modern $150 kit. I have a lot of photos of the F-105 that I should be able to include in that ebook. In fact, there may be enough to produce a separate Photo Gallery CD. That isn't possible with the C-46. Arrgh! So much to do, so little time. BTW, I have an Encore A-37B that I'm considering for an E-book. Whatcha think about that one?
  4. ipmsusa2

    Opinion & Analysis Needed!

    Which raises an interesting question. Should ebook subjects be limited to kits that are generally readily available at both the LHS and Online shops? Or would some of the older but still good kits...such as the Monogram 1/48 F-105 or Monogram AT-6....be possibilities?
  5. ipmsusa2

    Opinion & Analysis Needed!

    Ed and Gil, Appreciate your observations. The music clip keeps me from making from the video any longer. However, I've tweaked it a bit by shortening the transition time between slides. This effectively allows slightly more time to view an individual slide. Please check the revised video out and let me know what you think. Again, a direct link to the channel is here . As before, click on the C-46 boxtop icon. Of course here's the big question. Would the video encourage anyone building the kit to actually buy the E-book? I'd like your opinion on that as well. BTW, Gil, thanks for your comments on the music. I may wind up using it for the background for other E-book promos. Richard
  6. ipmsusa2

    Opinion & Analysis Needed!

    Hi all, I'm back with another request. I've finally added an announcement video on Youtube for my Williams Brothers C-46 E-book. If y'all would go to my Youtube channel, watch the video...it's only two minutes long...and then let me know what you think, I'd really appreciate it. Be honest. What do you like or don't and why in either case. You can find my channel here , then click on the C-46 boxtop thumbnail. Thanks in advance for your help. Richard
  7. ipmsusa2

    The best putty

    Try Dupli-Color 2-in-1 Filler and Sandable Primer, High Build Formula. It's an acrylic lacquer in a 16 oz rattlecan that will do exactly what you need. If necessary, follow up with 600 grit or so sandpaper, either wet or dry. You can find this stuff at many auto supply stores, including NAPA, Auto Zone, O'Reilly's and I think even Advance Auto Parts. This stuff is my go to primer. Hope this info helps.
  8. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Bryan, You raise some very interesting points. It also confirms what I have said that creativity/skill originates in the mind. How it is manifested physically is the result of a multitude of factors, such as visual, tactile ability, physical limitations, etc. Now to your other questions. Why scratchbuild when there is an easier alternative? In a nutshell...for the challenge. There's a very long history of humans doing things the hard way just to prove that it can be done. And the areas of their efforts are legion. Mountain climbing, exploring, deep sea diving, caving and yes, modelbuilding. Also keep in mind the rather perverse human temperament that...when they are told you can't do it that way...goes out and does it that way just to show that it can be done. Would this entry be considered? Depends on the specific contest's rules and/or whether or not a category had been created to deal with your particular creation. BTW, you do outstanding work.
  9. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Noel, I agree with you. While most of my business is kit buildups, I also do scratchbuilding when called for. There's a special feeling you get from creating something that has never existed in any form. The same can be said for books. While I write ebooks, the print books I've written provide more pleasure in the process. Also, reading an ebook on a screen is convenient but it doesn't compare to the tactile sense you get by holding a physical book in your hands and the feeling you get when turning the pages. There's a place for both scratchbuilding and kits, as well as a place for ebooks and physical books. I suppose the trick is to find the proper balance. Incidentally, I'm including a couple of photos of a land development model I built some ten years or so ago. Totally scratchbuilt except for the cars on the road. Four and a half feet wide and seven feet long. The other pair of photos is a 1/160th model of a $1,000,000 mansion design. This one was 100% scratchbuilt from sheet styrene. Over 200 hours in it and the last photo I saw of it after it was delivered, it had already sustained significant damage. How or why I don't know, but I figure it didn't last long after that. Anyway, hope you enjoy viewing the photos.
  10. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Pete, If you want examples of scratchbuilt models that took top honors at the IPMS Nationals 30 years or so ago, how about a YB-49 in 1/72 scale, entirely from sheet styrene? Today it wouldn't stand a chance. Tools, rule changes and technology marches on.
  11. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Pete, you have expounded on a very important point, which is that technology is changing at a breakneck pace...or at warp speed if you prefer. Some things that we considered state of the art 12 - 18 months ago are now obsolete. If you recall the Star Trek:The Next Generation series...and I would think you are a serious science fiction enthusiast...we may not be that far from some version of their replicator that created everything from food to clothes to violins...remember Picard's Tea, Earl Gray, Hot and Data's Stradivarius Violin...by the individual doing nothing more than speaking their desire into thin air and the replicator manufacturing it from basic atoms. In some ways we're tilting at windmills, much as Don Quixote did. But the bottom line is that we have to figure out a way to handle all these new developments in a way that we find acceptable. By the way, back in the late 60s, early 70s, I was one of the first to produce resin aftermarket components. Back then, the masters were hand made from wood, RTV was poured over them to create a mold, then resin was poured into the cured mold by hand to produce a finished part that could be sold. The first resin products I ever made were underwing tanks for the 1/32 Revell F4J. Back then they were state of the art. Today no one would want them due to the lack of surface detail compared to what is available today.
  12. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    That time may be closer than you think. With the rapid development in driverless cars and AI, we may be judging models of driverless cars before long.
  13. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    This thread has been fascinating and has pretty well covered the full range of problems and solutions involving modelbuilding and 3D printing. But I would suggest that none of us have touched on the true root of creativity. That root is the MIND. Or if you prefer, the SOUL. Think about it: No scale model, full size aircraft or machine, floor plan, etc, literally anything that has ever been constructed in a hard, physical form would exist if it had not been originally CREATED within the mind of the individual who constructed the first physical example of that CREATION. Yes, creativity is everywhere, especially within what is known as the creative arts. But the initial spark...call it the Big Bang Of Your Mind if you wish...that triggers the original CREATION (the "Hey! I just got an idea!" thought), occurs within the MIND and nowhere else. Jim, I agree with you that the solution to the 3D 'problem' with IPMS/USA will be separate categories. And Rusty, I agree with your last comments. Stephen King is as much an author as Ernest Hemmingway, even though Steven King uses a typewriter. Heck, he might even use software that allows him to talk his writing into a computer without touching a keyboard. Keep in mind that Hemmingway refused to use a manual typewriter. Instead, he sent handwritten tablets to his publisher who had hired a woman whose sole job was to turn his handwritten manuscripts into typewritten form. Oops! I just realized something. I write articles and books on a computer so that a computer can tell a printer how to print my articles and books. So who's the writer...me or the printer?
  14. Kevin, I appreciate the condolences. I'm looking at alternatives, but it's going to make things a lot trickier.
  15. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Hmm-m-m. Semantics have finally made their appearance. Draftsmanship is defined as "the art or craft of a draftsman/the skill of drawing." Craftsmanship is defined as "the quality of being a craftsman/an example of a craftsman's work." Whatever the work or media used, anyone who creates a product...whether a painting, sculpture, scale model, 3D print, ceramic bowl, silver jewelry or whatever...using developed skill is a craftsman. Whether or not you want to qualify a model created from 3D printed parts for inclusion in an IPMS contest is a totally different thing. But the person who creates the file that controls a 3D printer that then produces the part is still a Craftsman.