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  1. ipmsusa2

    USA Logo usage by chapters/members

    Ron, I can think of one situation where it wouldn't. In my Modelbuilding Guide E-books, I promote the IPMS/USA with a small blurb and a link to the IPMS/USA website. I do not use an image of the logo, but it would be nice if I could. However, from the above language, it appears that would be prohibited since the E-books carry a price. Can you get a clarification on that situation?
  2. Gil, Mark & Dave, All of your Jaguar models are very well done. BUT at the risk of raining on y'all's parade, the XF-10F was not the original swing wing jet. Nor was the XF-10F the aircraft that had all the bugs worked out so the F-111 and F-14 could be built. The progenitor of the swingwing design traces all the way back to Nazi Germany and the Messerschmitt P.1101. While not a swingwing, it was a positionable wing design and the immediate predecessor to the swingwing concept. When Germany collapsed, Bell Aircraft got their hands on the P.1101 and built a dead copy of the aircraft with one additional feature: Functional variable geometry wings that could change their sweep in flight. The aircraft? The Bell X-5. Next up was the XF-10F Jaguar, which...in spite of actually flying onto and off of carriers...had to deal with the same problems as the X-5. Namely a shift in the center of gravity since it was believed that the wing pivot point had to be at the centerline of the aircraft. The first successful variable geometry (or swingwing) aircraft...as well as the first operational v.g. aircraft was the General Dynamics F-111. Reason? Because of the famous NASA glove box that moved the wing pivot point outside the fuselage, thus eliminating the c.g. problems resulting from a centerline pivot location. Grumman was an early partner with General Dynamics but bowed out when McNamara's commonality policy was unsuccessful in the F-111B being a practical design for carrier service. At the same time, lessons learned by Grumman during its F-111 adventure laid the groundwork for the F-14. Bottom line is that the F-111 deserves the credit as the the world's first successful, operational variable geometry swingwing aircraft. Those that came before it have their own place in aviation history, but without the F-111 and the NASA glove box, variable geometry aircraft designs that are as common today as mushrooms after a rain would not exist.
  3. As a born and bred Southerner, Tennessee and Texas, I love your choice of the Convention Logo. Does that suggest that the Convention Theme will be Anything Texas?
  4. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Gil, I had a friend...Tony Weddel...who was a professional aviation artist. We never discussed the subject at hand since he spent the last eight years of his life in a nursing home. BUT he did play around with computer art and produced some very good art that was essentially indistinguishable from that done with a brush on various media. Both would've been recognized for what they were and perhaps that would be a solution to the question of 3-D printed busts vs hand sculpted and cast in resin busts. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, so acknowledging those differences with separate categories might be the way to go. Richard
  5. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Gil, Though we are discussing our points in different ways, you and I are essentially in the same camp. As you know, I've been involved in the IPMS/USA since before the IPMS/USA formally existed. Jim Sage and I were involved in the Texas Aviation Historical Society (TAHS) when Sage learned about the formation of the IPMS in England and the rest is history. The last thing I want is for any change to occur that would be detrimental to the IPMS/USA. Richard
  6. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Excellent points, Gil. A contest level aircraft or AFV...or any other subject for that matter...has evolved into a multi-media model. But at the same time it is still primarily a plastic kit. Complete resin kits have their own category within the various IPMS/USA contests and that is as it should be in spite of the fact that resin is another form of plastic. Same goes for 3-D printed KITS. There is, however, one category that raises some interesting problems and that is one-piece busts. Most of those are produced in resin, but what about 3-D printed one-piece busts? Both are one-piece and both are judged primarily on painting skills. Keep in mind that I'm not advocating for 3-D printing to replace injected styrene kits. Like you, my preference is for plastic kits...at least primarily. And I also agree that we have to draw the line somewhere or we could well cease to be IPMS. Still, the 3-D revolution is moving at warp speed and we are going to have to figure out how to deal with it while retaining our plastic kit identity. Richard
  7. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    Nick, I agree with your comments in spite of what I said. But I do believe that injection molding for model kits will eventually be a minor technique...hopefully not in my lifetime. 3-D printing is definitely the coming thing until another unknown technology supplants it. Still, as you said, each type of model construction...be it paper, balsa & tissue, injection styrene, photoetch, etc...will survive as long as there are a few artists....and that is really what we are...who prefer that particular medium and continue to work in it. As for scratchbuilding, scratchbuilding is scratchbuilding and the object of that category is to simply get the result you're looking for irregardless of the medium used. I come from the old school, having been building models of one kind or another since the late 1940s. Since I also do it as a business, I've used darn near every medium there is, but I still like and prefer the products, materials and techniques that most of us in the IPMS use. It's where I'm most comfortable, but I'm not against using anything that does the job. If I had that attitude, I'd have never made any money at this.
  8. ipmsusa2

    3-D printed models prohibited?

    After looking at the Gambody site and a couple of their model kits, it is apparent that the days of traditional mold making and injected plastic kits are numbered. Rather than using steel, beryllium, copper, rtv, etc to create molds for injecting styrene, abs, etc, to create model parts, 3-D printing will become the standard method. As the 3-D printers become more sophisticated for the fine detail common in the model world...and also cheaper..., conventional mold technology will gradually go away. 3-D printed kits will become indistinguishable from present day Hasegawa, Trumpeter or Tamiya in quality, detail and number of parts. Libraries are already dedicating areas to 3-D printing where you can bring your own .stl files and use the library's computer/3-D printer setup to print your own design. Cost? It's a public library, so cost ranges from zero to minimal. Beyond that, libraries are also creating areas designed specifically for children and teens in order to educate them about the 3-D printing world and help them become enthused about it. To give you an idea of how fast things are moving, I spent almost seven years wring a column on modelbuilding techniques for a magazine. Then I was unceremoniously dropped...dumped?...because they wanted to run a column that focused specifically on 3-D printing. While we won't be able to simply tell...verbally...a 3-D printer what we want and have it created out of thin air...yet..., the world of the Star Trek:The Next Generation replicator is on a fast track and accelerating.
  9. As far as 'huffing" is concerned, they do that with virtually anything that comes in a spray can, including products that will kill them in the next several hours or days. All that matters to them is the high that they get. "Tagging" is done to 'make a statement', identify their gang affiliation or simply because they want to deface something. As far as the "Nanny State" is concerned, that already exists and how far it has gone depends on where you live.
  10. You make a valid point, but I suspect it is at the bottom of the list For example: In Chicago it is illegal to sell spray paint, period. In Texas it is illegal to sell spray paint OR volatile chemicals to anyone under the age of 18. You have to be 21 to buy spray paint in New York. Locking spray paint in cabinets varies from one community to another because each community can set their own laws. Then you have the peculiar situation where spray paint is available on the shelf in most auto parts stores...although some of them lock the stuff up...and big box stores like Home Depot. At the same time, Hobby Lobby in the same strip center locks it up. Then five miles away a Hobby Town doesn't lock up any paint, nor do they bother to check ages in spite of laws restricting sales only to those over 18.
  11. MM thinners have had safety caps forever, but I'm referring to the metal pint cans. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a problem with the Nationals whenever they return to California.
  12. Mark, I normally would say that's unbelievable, but given the way things are going it is eminently believable. Which brings up another thought. If that practice is statewide, what effect does this have on the vendor room of the next IPMS convention to be held in California...assuming one ever is. Will they be prevented from selling paint and/or tools...especially knives, knife blades and anything else that's sharp and/or pointy?
  13. Noel, I love your sense of humor! But the flip side of this is that it may not be too long before they start putting locking safety caps on paint bottles. Seriously, one law leads to another, so you have to wonder what's next.
  14. ipmsusa2

    Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 7

    Thanks, guys. If Kinetic had keyed the end tabs, it would have avoided a lot of misery for some of us.
  15. Installment #7 of the Kinetic E2C 2000 build series has been posted in the Builds Sub-Forum. All comments welcome.