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  1. But the next question would be what is the world wide IPMS membership total for all countries? 75,000? 100,000? Less? More?
  2. Hello Gordy and welcome! Look forward to hearing more from you. And don't forget to post photos of your models.
  3. Update: Found a couple of kits from the Ukraine that I think I can combine to create the cop that I need. Ordered from a U.S. company that is supposed to have'em in stock. But the operative word is 'supposed'. Now we'll see if I get'em in the next week or so or if they don't show up til September!
  4. Working on commissioned article that is a vignette incorporating a motorcycle cop making a traffic stop on a 24th scale farm tractor and its driver. Problem is that somehow I ended up with a 35th scale standing motorcycle cop instead of the required 24th scale. I know. Stupid, stupid. Worse, I didn't realize it was 35th until I started to position everything on a base. Yeah, REALLY stupid! So far I have been unable to find a standing motorcycle cop in 24th scale. Since figures aren't my strong suit, meaning I'm not familiar with the various figure manufacturers, here I am needing your help. If anyone can help me solve this problem, I would be more than grateful, because without the cop the vignette can't be completed or the article finished. HELP!
  5. Dave, I know what you're saying about no longer being able to attend certain meetings. I haven't been to IPMS/North Central Texas for decades due to their meeting on Sunday, as well as the time of their meeting. IPMS/Fort Worth? 45 minutes one way on Monday nights. Richard
  6. Gil, Your latest comments are most welcome. At least some of them...as well as Robins'...will become a part of the history I'm trying to develop at some point. While there has been 'drama' at the local level and problems even on the national level, they pale to insignificance when you look at the positives. IPMS/USA is a truly unique organization that has survived, evolved and grown in ways that I think few of us ever expected or hoped. Hopefully the end result of this history I'm working on will be as fair and balanced as it deserves. Negatives? Sure, every organization has them or experiences them, but they need to be placed in perspective. Positives usually overcome the negatives and the longer an organization exists, the truer that becomes. Richard
  7. Same here. You can always weaken it with a little water if necessary.
  8. Bob, You'll do. I was getting review samples from Squadron about that time and earlier. '73 is still the early days, especially since those who joined in the 90s look on anything in the 80s as the early days. Believe me, they don't know what they missed. Richard
  9. David, DWaples, Ed, et al have all posted valid comments and concerns. It can be argued that we shouldn't have opened the state as early as we did, that we shouldn't have done this, shouldn't have done that, etc. All we're doing right now due to insufficient and/or inaccurate information is playing the would've, should've, could've game, which is a game where no one wins. Currently the only one who has the most accurate information is the virus itself and its not telling us what its plans are. Bottom line is that we need to have a little patience.
  10. The first thing that's coming from Abbott's office is a statewide mandate to wear masks outside of your home. That's already mandatory in Harris and Dallas Counties. It's a virtual guarantee that it will be statewide before too much longer. Richard
  11. David, I'm with you, unfortunately. I'm also disappointed in the weak response from Texas leaders...and this includes most local as well as State. Worse is the lack of common sense on the part of ordinary Texans. If the great majority had managed to rub two brain cells together, not only would this State be open and functioning, we wouldn't be having this discussion about the Nats. We'd be looking forward to a great time in San Marcos. Instead, a high percentage of Texans have demonstrated that they're at least one brain cell short of the number needed to rub together. And before anyone says anything, you have no idea how much it pains me to make these comments about Texas. I was born in Tennessee and got to Texas as soon as I could. I'm a Southerner thru and thru and I expect better of Texans.
  12. Nick and David, I agree with both of you completely, so I suppose it's about time i threw in my reasoning. I am definitely in the high risk category for multiple reasons, starting with asthma combined with elements of COPD...no I've never smoked, the asthma was never properly treated for most of my life...combined with a respiratory collapse a couple or three years ago that also discovered I have severe sleep apnea and exacerbated with a cardiological birth defect known as AV Node Re-Entry Tachycardia. I make every effort to avoid contracting Covid-19 since doing so stands a high probability of killing me. Does that mean I won't be attending the Nats in San Marcos? Absolutely and you have no idea how badly I wanted to be there. My wife is also high risk, though not to the degree I am. That said, if I was hell bent on attending the Nats regardless of my medical problems, I would have absolutely no problems wearing a mask in order to protect not only myself but those around me. It is simply nothing more than pure old common sense. Given the evident resurgence of Covid-19, anyone who refuses to wear a mask at a crowded venue...except for the specific and rare situations where wearing a mask would be contradictory...needs to rethink their priorities. Finally, at the rate things are changing re: the virus, this entire thread may be moot. From where I sit, the odds are that the 2020 Nats will end up being cancelled is at least 50/50...and that's as I write this. What they will be tomorrow, never mind next week, is literally anyone's guess. If we really want to know the most accurate information, we probably need to get it straight from the horse's mouth. Ask the virus. Richard Marmo
  13. Tony, You can spray the entire sheet with Testors Glosscote or Dullcote from a rattlecan. Either will work, though you will probably be better off using Glosscote since you will be applying the decal over a gloss surface. When the decal dries, you can flat coat as needed. Be aware that by coating the sheet you are essentially creating a new carrier film, so you will have to trim each design closely. For more information on this and other methods...including making your own from scratch...you might find my ebook called How To Make Your Own Decals to be of interest. You can find it here. Hope this helps. Richard
  14. Hey Ralph, good to hear from you. Watch it with the "old guys" crack. We're not old and never will be as long as there's a new aircraft kit coming out! Send me your email address to tennexican@gmail.com and I'll keep you updated on some of stuff I have and ideas about where this is gonna go.
  15. IPMS/USA History Project What do you know about the early days of your Society? The good, the bad and the ugly. Local chapters and national. How did it start...who was involved...would you like to know where the bodies are buried? I'm going to try to answer those questions and more. Despite the fact that I'm a founding member, I don't have all the answers, memories and documents...though I have a heckuva lot of'em. But this project is too big for one person. I need your help. Drop me a line...or a lot of them...to my email at tennexican@gmail.com and let me know what memories or other material you have. I'll see if we can get the ball rolling. In fact it's already started, but you won't know this until you see the first installment of the monster in an upcoming Journal. Remember, this is your Society's history and it'd be a shame to let it vanish. Richard Marmo IPMS/USA #2
  16. Rick, My deepest condolences. Honoring her in this way simply shows the depth of love y'all had...and still have...for each other. Richard
  17. Hey Gary, I'm is Fort Worth as well. Drop me a pm with your email address if you like. Maybe we can get together. Be glad to help in any way. Richard
  18. I can't tell you anything about acrylics...water and alcohol based...except for acrylic lacquers. However, I would think that as long as you prime with an acrylic lacquer such as DupliColor Grey Primer, you shouldn't have a problem. As for cleaning with acetone before priming, there's no reason not to. Might help, can't hurt.
  19. As far as primer is concerned, try Dupli-Color Gray Primer in a rattle can. It's an acrylic lacquer and is available from auto supply stores like Advance, NAPA and O'Reilly's.
  20. Nicolas, For me it depends on the piece in question. When dealing with the really small stuff, the object is to not have a stub to trim. If I can gain access to the desired part without damaging anything, a pair of opthomology scissors does a great job. They also are useful for trimming pieces you can actually hold that have stubs that need trimming. Another approach is to hold the fret down on a hard surface such as a piece of ceramic tile, then use a new blade to cut the stub next to the part. Result? No stub. Be sure to cover at least part of the desired piece with your thumb or finger so it doesn't fly off into never never land when you cut it free. Another possibility is to put the fret down onto a piece of low tack tape, sticky side up, then cut close to the part so that there's no stub. Keep in mind that another factor is that all photoetch isn't the same thickness or the same material, so you will have to adjust your approach accordingly. Hope some of this helps. Richard
  21. As it stands right now, True North will become my Model Master enamel replacement with Tru-Color for pre-thinned solvent based paint and various acrylic brands when I can't get the job done any other way...mainly flesh/skin tones and occasional weathering colors. BTW, Ed, I still have some of the square Testors paint that I brought with me from El Paso back in1961 that are still good. And some Pactra Scale Flats that are also still good. You don't get that kind of shelf like any more!
  22. Michael, I have Pm'ed you a list of the kits I would like to have. Please let me know which ones from that list are available or that you are willing to ship to me. Of course I will be happy to pay all shipping charges. For the record, I'm in Fort Worth, Texas.
  23. Michael, If the Corona Virus isn't bad enough, throw in a traffic accident that's forcing my wife and I to replace an older car than we're very fond of. Believe me, I know what you're up against. Since your situation has become a giveaway, I would take a good number off your hands unless you want everything to go to one place. Of course I would pay for shipping. Let me know.
  24. Ralph, I know whereof you speak. I've been in this hobby as a business since 1967 and as a hobby since somewhere around 1949. I've built most of the reboxed Atlantis box scale kits when they were originally released by Revell and Monogram when they were wood kits with accurate plastic parts included. In the 50s and early 60s we didn't have dedicated plastic model magazines for aircraft fanatics. That had to wait for Challenge Publications Scale Modeler in the mid to late 60s. We begged, cajoled and demanded the very thing that now allow the average hobbyist to produce models that used to be the purview of the true serious modeler. Today, anyone with enough money, fall together kits, sophisticated supplies and a subscription to FineScale Modeler can become a serious modeler capable of placing well in many contests. To reach the master modeler level is another thing entirely, but you see where I'm going. I've used crushed spices for ground cover, sifted dirt from the backyard, etc, ad infinitum and I'm sure that most of we 'older' modelers that are reading this have done the same. We come from a time when modelbuilding was exactly that. You started with the raw materials and a set of plans that had to be enlarged using a grid pattern...who remembers that?...and when you were through, no one could believe how you built it. For example, I once knew a teenager living next to me in El Paso who carved a submarine from a lashup of two pieces of 2 x 4s with nothing more than a jackknife...pocket knife to our younger members. By the time it was painted, what you were looking at was a submarine with no indication of what it started as. The bottom line is this: Creativity resides in our minds, talent is God given and modelbuilding is not determined by how perfect the latest kit is, photoetched instrument panels that require a microscope to read the finest detail or the number of contest ribbons on your wall or trophies on your shelf. A true modelbuilder is what you are, regardless of whether you do it as a hobby or a business.
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