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  1. 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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  3. 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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  4. Does anyone produce small-diameter (i.e., 0.010 inch and 0.020 inch) styrene rods in black? All I can find on-line are white (Plastruct and Evergreen brands). But I recently purchased some new old-stock Contrail styrene rods on eBay, and they were black, unlike the gray styrene I remembered from years past, so I know they can be produced.

  5. I play 6-string and 12-string guitars (acoustic) and 5-string banjo, and am trying to get my 76-year-old fingers to learn mandolin. My repertoire is folk, country-folk, and folk-rock. I can also sing lead vocals and harmony.

    Having said that, I don’t know if I’ll be attending Madison in 2024. At my age, that’s too far ahead. But I’ll be at San Marcos next year.

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  6. While I sympathize with those who were not able to book a room, I also have to agree that the system worked as advertised. I was able to book a room for the August 2-5 block shortly after midnight on the 2nd. It took me less than a minute, and most of that time was taken by my fumbling for my credit card! I did not try to add additional rooms, however.

    Now, the question I have is: Does the hotel have a shuttle to/from the Amtrak station in San Marcos? I’m not fighting the traffic on I-35!

  7. 22 hours ago, EFGrune said:

    If you are planning on driving to next year’s convention in San Marcos, TX, plan ahead and add a couple of days to your itinerary. 

    About 2 hours west of San Marcos is Fredericksburg.  It is the site of the childhood home of Admiral Chester Nimitz and is the home of the National Museum of the Pacific War.   It is a wonderful museum with a good collection of hardware.   IMO, the description of the roots of the war – the conflicts between Japan and China -- are better explained than at other museums such as the WWII Museum in New Orleans.   There are also good food and drinks in the area.  Fredericksburg is the capital of the Texas Wine Trail.    There are numerous wineries, breweries, and distilleries in town and along highway 290 toward Johnson City. While the San Marcos convention will be offering a Fredericksburg tour, it really takes several days to do the area well.  Perhaps that is why the museum’s entry is a two-day ticket.  There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in the area.

    Speaking of Johnson City, it is the site of LBJ’s Texas White House.   The last time we were there, the buildings were closed and undergoing conservation but driving tours and access to the grounds are available. Out back of the home is the Boeing Jetstar, Air Force One-half, that was used to fly into the ranch.   

    If your significant other is a fan of Chip & Joanne, and all things Magnolia, Waco is about two hours north on I35.    Plan ahead to keep SWMBO happy and allow you free rein in the vendor room at the convention.  In addition to their Silos, Waco is also the location of the Texas Ranger and Dr Pepper museums and Baylor University.   There is construction on the Interstate in Waco which the State says will be finished ‘soon’.   (We’ve been waiting for 27 years for ‘soon’ to come.)

    About an hour east of San Marcos on I10 in Schulenberg is the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum.   Stanzel was one of the major manufacturers of wood and tissue flying aircraft models in the first half of the 20th century.   The museum is at their former plant.  The museum is only open M/W/F and Saturday so plan your trip accordingly.

    If you are entering Texas from the northwest at Amarillo, divert a bit south to the Palo Duro Canyon. It is located, appropriately, in the city of Canyon.   Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the US (see, everything in Texas isn’t the largest!)  The eroded cliff formations called “Mexican Dresses” are spectacular.  While in Canyon, check the Panhandle-Plains Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University.   It covers dinosaurs to pioneers, oil to wind energy, Route 66, and the High Plains.  My wife and I found it very interesting and were there until they ran us out.


    Good suggestions, all.

  8. Star Trek Modelmaker Greg Jein Dead at 76:

    Also, it has been reported on Hyperscale that “AJ Aviation, formerly known as The Aviation Hobby Shop, is closing down due to the death of the proprietor Tony Eastwood. Tony was also the author and publisher of several books annualy on civil aviation through the AJ Aviation Publications business, which …will also most likely discontinue. We send our condolences to family, friends and regular customers.”

  9. 19 hours ago, EFGrune said:


    Mike - your posting is lacking context.


    “Context”?? Most modelers I know (and you are one of the few exceptions) don’t particularly care about “context” but are quick to complain if their favorite [insert any model building hobby-related item here] goes away. 

    My post was intended for users of Colourcoats who might not follow Britmodeller and were unaware of the discontinuance of these colors and might want to stock up on them before they are completely gone. I have to confess that I myself was not even aware that Colourcoats made  most of them.

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