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    1/48 and/or 1/32 F-101 and F-106

    Agreed, Gil. All of yours are very, very nice and I cannot tell which ones are raised line and which are recessed. What it all comes down to is the skill of the builder.
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    1/48 and/or 1/32 F-101 and F-106

    This thread is all over the landscape, so let's shift over to the 80s vintage Monogram kits. Not only do they hold their age well, there is still nothing out there to match their 1/48 F-105. Is it totally accurate? Hardly. But the new Hobby Boss is worse. As for raised panel lines versus recessed. That one is going to depend on the kit in question. Personally I don't have a problem with raised lines unless the manufacturer goes overboard. And in a lot of cases, it literally doesn't matter. For example, I have a 1/48 A-37B Encore kit. As you know, it's nothing more than the Monogram kit with photoetch and resin parts. The raised lines are so delicate that you have to tilt the parts against the light to be able to see'em. And remember, raised lines can always be gently sanded down to a very low level. Recessed lines on an A-37B after it's been painted....especially in Viet Nam camouflage? They'd be about as hard to see as the raised lines if not worse. Going back to the Monogram F-105, there's enough aftermarket parts out there to turn one into a showstopper, raised panel lines and all. Of course that does require us to be modelbuilders instead of box shakers.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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?
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
  16. This is a long shot, I know. But, a client commissioned an 18" Jupiter II kit and provided all the aftermarket goodies. Including the Moebius Lighting Kit # MOE2097. Unfortunately, when I was burglarized, the idiots were taking things at random after they took my computers and printers. Airbrushes and random kits were part of it, including a boxtop only. They didn't touch the Jupiter II or any of the aftermarket parts...except for the lighting kit. Naturally the most expensive item to replace...if it can be replaced since it was a limited run. So, by any miracle, is there anyone who bought the kit and decided not to use it? Or maybe bought two of them in case someone might be looking for one? I'd be forever grateful to anyone who could help. Richard
  17. Kevin, I appreciate the condolences. I'm looking at alternatives, but it's going to make things a lot trickier.
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    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.
  19. Mark, be my guest. Just remember where you got it!
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    The best putty

    Ralph, et al who have used, are using and are no longer using Squadron White Putty. I have a two pronged experience with the stuff...one good and one bad. The original putty was an excellent choice for fine to very fine seams due to one trait. It didn't crack if the joint was slightly stressed. I used it quite a bit for that purpose. The new White Putty...or at least what comes in the new package and tube...is a totally different critter. I've bought, I believe, two tubes and had them replaced by Squadron, so I've had four tubes of the stuff in my hands. One was returned to a LHS for credit, the others went in the trash. Here's why. In every case, no putty came out the nozzle first. Instead, I got a medium syrupy clear fluid and never did get a solid putty. Even kneading the tubes didn't help. Nor did sticking a metal rod down the tube opening and trying to mix it. Squadron said that they had had problems with a production batch, but that they would send me replacements. They did. Same problem. They went in the trash. I don't have the time or money to keep trying to find a tube of White Putty that works like it used to. So what putty do I use? My old reliable Bondo Spot & Glaze Red Putty. Available at most auto parts stores, they've changed the name somewhat and put it in a bubble pack, so you'll have to be persistent when you go looking for it. Today it's known as Bondo Glazing & Spot Putty. It's still red, still comes in a 4.5 oz tube. BUT this change and the fact that Bondo also makes another old reliable, Bondo Auto Body Filler that comes in quart and gallon cans along with a small tube of red creme hardener can lead to confusion at the counter. Believe it or not, some counter people swear up and down that Creme Hardener and Spot & Glaze Putty are one and the same! Finally, the Bondo Red Putty is the same stuff that Testors used to market. Sadly, this is another product that Testors no longer offers. There is another putty that I bought as a result of the above described counter person confusion when I was out of putty and borderline desperate for some. I found it at a shop that specializes in professional auto body supplies. The name? Nitro-Stan spot and glazing Red Putty 9001. It comes in a one pound tube, is manufactured by Standard Coating Corporation, is red in color (of course) and contains Barium Sulfate, n-Butylacetate, Kolinite, Talc, TSRN, Stoddard Solvent, Xylenes, n-Butyl Alcohol and Isopropol Alcohol. According to the back panel, this stuff is Quick Drying, Smooth spreading with no drag, Easy sanding - wet or dry, Excellent adhesion, Minimal shrinkage and Maximum holdout. Incidentally, if anyone out there is planning a scratchbuilt 1/24th scale B-52, this stuff also comes in quarts and gallons. As it turned out, I found some Bondo...no thanks to an ignorant counter person...so I haven't used any of the Nitro-Stan yet...or even opened the tube...because I still have half a tube of Bondo that I'm working on. So I can't report on this stuff from a user's standpoint. But when I told the counter person what I needed it for, they were not only interested and knowledgeable, they were certain that Nitro-Stan would provide the same results as Bondo and probably better.
  21. Over the years...and decades...whenever I can get someone to listen to me, one point I make is one that I suspect most of us never really focus on. At least we don't in a way that non-modelers or parents of potential modelers will remember for five minutes. And that is that modelbuilding...no matter the subject...is the greatest general education you'll ever find. Promotion of the modelbuilding hobby (or business) can be done in many ways and the General Education angle is just one more way. What most people don't realize...and this is basically what I tell them...is that modelbuilding teaches without you realizing you're learning. Some of us learn to translate foreign language captions, others wind up using portions of advanced math without knowing they're doing it, manual dexterity improves, communication skills improve, photographic skills develop, design analysis that is necessary for scratchbuilding and conversions are developed and refined, then there's color analysis, color mixing, how to make your own decals, chemistry and on and on. Bottom line is that...if you pursue the modelbuilding hobby long enough...modelbuilding is essentially a community college degree in a capsule.
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    A DYING HOBBY?

    Dak, I agree with you 100%. Ancestry is valuable, in fact essential, if you have any interest in genealogy. After all, everyone can find value in knowing their family history. As far as censorship goes, I ABSOLUTELY agree with you. Censorship is the bane of creativity and freedom of expression. When I talked about YouTube, I never intended for it to be a primary focus. Instead, it should simply be a part of an entire range of possibilities that, in toto, help promote modelbuilding as both a hobby and potential business. So here's a question for each person reading this thread: What are you doing personally to achieve that stated goal?
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    A DYING HOBBY?

    Nick, I absolutely agree that you are entitled to both your opinion and the right to dissent. I'd be crazy to disagree about the discrimination and mistreatment of Native Americans since I am to some degree part Cherokee Indian. The only thing I will say about your second paragraph is that I simply reported on it. it's our current "I'm Offended" culture that has focused on it. And just so you know, I am...in order...a Christian, a gentleman, an American, half Italian, Tennessean, Southerner and Texan...and I got to Texas as quick as I could. We could probably have some very interesting discussions about the subjects that have been mentioned briefly here, but this isn't the place for it. If you care to pursue it, feel free to private message me. Now let's get back to modelbuilding and the original subject of this thread, which I would suggest is not vapid.
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    A DYING HOBBY?

    Hello Dak, Just for general information, my family on my mother's side also goes back to before the Revolution. On her half of the family tree is German, English, Scot & Irish. Once they reached these shores in 1745, it didn't take long for the politically correct Native Americans...AKA Cherokee Indians...to join us. Now on to a more important subject. As for my YouTube suggestion, that is a direction all...or at least most of us will need to go. At least to some degree. I already do that for three of my CD-ROM photo galleries. So far I've gotten views per video ranging from 364 to 9.9K. In the YouTube world, even the one closing in on 10,000 isn't considered much at all. And they've been up for four years. Still, if I can figure out how to get the traffic I should have, it could wind up being both informative and lucrative. Keep in mind that every video stands on its own, good, bad or horrible. All you can do is your best effort, watch the results and then try to improve in the areas you think need improvement. The best tip I can offer if you decide to try the YouTube route is to do exactly what I've been trying to do. Learn to think like a television/movie producer.
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    A DYING HOBBY?

    Since y'all are brainstorming ways to publicize modelbuilding in general, the IPMS/USA in particular and encourage people to visit and hopefully join local model clubs, consider the following possibilities: 1. Add the URL of your model club's website as a line under your signature on all emails you send. 2 Do the same for the IPMS/USA 3. Anytime you post something on your Facebook page...if it makes sense...include a hotlink to your club's website or IIPMS/USA website. 4. Ditto for any other social sites you happen to be on. 5. Do you have a blog about anything? See if you can work modelbuilding into a post in some way, shape or form. 6. Here's a biggie. All of us...at least many of us...write articles of some kind or produce youtube videos. Those who do can work URLs of modelbuilding club websites and/or the IPMS/USA website into. 7. And finally, those of you who write print and/or E-books need to do what I am now doing. In the About The Author section, mention your IPMS number at the very least. When it comes to E-books...especially those that you self-publish...you have all the room in the world to promote the IPMS/USA, include links to your modelbuilding club and on an on. Hope some of this helps. Not every person will do all of these things I've mentioned...or even most of them. But pick the one that works best for you and then do it. Show those who don't know that modelbuilding can be a fantastic and enjoyable hobby at the very least. Even better, you can even make a living at some aspect of it if you really want it and are persistent enough.
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