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  1. Oh, my. Dave was a great guy and fantastic modeler. This news comes as a shock. But I spoke with him several times at San Marcos and could tell that he was having some kind of problem, as he was having difficulty forming sentences. In any case, my sincerest condolences to his family and his many other friends, in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

  2. On 10/29/2023 at 4:04 PM, SniffyHuffnsnuff said:

    I found it intriguing that you painted the bottom of the aircraft gray;  I will be going with a total white exterior.

    The bottom WAS gray. I have the FAA file on the airplane, which includes a maintenance report form that mentions it. It is also clearly visible in the TV show  episodes. 

    I assisted Squadron with the proper colors and markings of the airplane after they posted a preliminary box art showing incorrect colors. There is an acknowledgment to that effect in the instructions.

    Gil’s model is well done, but the N-numbers on the wings and tail should be black, in accordance with the CAA regulations of the day.

  3. 6 hours ago, Bert said:


    I'm sorry to say this but, IMHO I believe the overall purpose is to implement a GSB award system and relegate 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards obsolete.


    This always going to be a contentious issue, just as it has been long before the most recent judging controversy. 

    I see no reason why a combination of G-S-B and 1-2-3 cannot be implemented, if the G-S-B system is as easy and fast to apply as some claim. After all entries have been assessed for their G-S-B classification, then judges can pick a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each category from the top-ranked G-S-B entries, using the same criteria as in the past. So it would be entirely possible for a category with a large number of entrie to have some Gold entries not receive even a 3rd place, or a 3rd place go to a Silver entry or even a Bronze in a category with few entries. If this combined judging system doesn’t please a majority of contestants, nothing will.

  4. On 6/21/2023 at 10:18 AM, ghodges said:

    So.... you, in fact agree with him in calling non-members who attend shows but don't join IPMSUSA "FREELOADERS"? This, in spite of the fact that they are supporting the local show hosts by paying entry fees, door fees, buying raffle tickets, and shopping the vendors area? Or did you miss that part of his column?


    Gil :cool:

    To a certain extent, yes. Would those non-members have a local show to attend, where they can buy those raffle tickets and shop for bargains and potentially win an award to take home and put on their mantel, without IPMS? Probably not!

  5. The Executive Board must have seen a different President’s Message from the one that was in my copy of the Journal, for I don’t find anything offensive about it at all. I’ve been a member since 1967, and I’ve seen too many of the “trophy hounds” of which David speaks, as well as too many critics of IPMS on various on-line forums who do nothing but complain and obviously don’t know what they are talking about. I have personally responded to many such critics to address their misconceptions, but usually to no avail; it seems in most cases their minds are made up and there is no point confusing them with facts. So I completely understand David’s point. Further, I certainly didn’t see anything in David’s message remotely hostile toward or denigrating modelers who favor “newer, non-traditional modeling genres such as Gundam/Gunpla, Mecha, MaK, Anime and other Science Fiction subjects” as the Board’s report implies.

    I think the Board owes David an apology.

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  6. Mr. Zeller and I both placed orders from the same UK seller at about the same time. Due to a screw-up by Royal Mail, he received my order and I received his. Upon learning of the problem, the seller sent us each other’s postal address so we could exchange the items as agreed.

    I mailed Mr. Zeller’s order to him on March 28, including a cover letter with my email address and phone number in case he needed to contact me. USPS postal tracking reports that the parcel was “delivered at the front door or porch at 4:04 pm on March 30, 2023 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87114.” However, as of today, April 19, I have neither heard from him nor received my items.

    If any IPMSers in the Albuquerque area know Mr. Zeller, I would appreciate it if you could contact him on my behalf and remind him to send my items to me. They are irreplaceable from any other source and were the last such items in the inventory of the seller. 

    Thanks in advance.

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  8. I use Excel. I created a workbook with a separate worksheet for each major category (1/72 aircraft, 1/700 ships, etc.) with columns for the important data (kit manufacturer, catalog number, subject, number in inventory, aftermarket parts, aftermarket decals, storage box number, etc.).

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