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  1. From his Facebook page: With deepest regret I would like to inform all of Jerry’s friends that he passed away sitting at his computer at 8:50am London time on Friday 3 July, 2 days after his 77th Birthday. Future plans have not been made as yet. From his wife of 48 years, Judy
  2. To see what can be done (and the amount of work required) with the Combat Models C-17 vacform, see here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970958-a-172nd-c-17-globemaster-iii-the-hard-way/?hl=%20c-17%20%20vacform
  3. Here's a very useful website I discovered, one that lets you print your own scale rulers, up to (down to?) 1/200, plus other templates with modeling applications, in both metric and Imperial measurements. Check it out: http://www.blocklayer.com/Scale-RuleEng.aspx Be sure to follow the instructions for printing, or your ruler will not be accurate.
  4. We're expecting a large turnout of IPMS members from Region VI, so don't disappoint us! We have two theme awards this year and some new special awards, so be sure to download a copy of the contest categories and rules at our web site: http://ipmsnct.net/ Also, for those of you who put models on bases, be sure to read the rule regarding bases lest your entry unintentionally become a vignette or diorama. See y'all on May 30!
  5. This year's ScaleFest is also the IPMS Region VI convention, and all modelers in Texas and surrounding states are cordially invited (IPMS members showing a current membership card will receive a $2.25 discount off the basic admission). This year's event features two theme awards, and as of today we still have 22 vendor tables available. Due to remodeling, MMD/Squadron are not able to host their usual open house, but they have promised a "large presence," and have already rented an entire roomful of tables. For further details or to download the brochure and/or entry forms,go to: http://ipms
  6. When I click the "Checkout" button, I get a blank screen. Bowser is Foxfire on a Mac running OS X 10.5.8.
  7. The best way to avoid large gaps is to carefully test fit parts before assembly. But if you have a very large gap in spite of your best efforts, it's best to try to fill it with styrene plastic rod/strip and liquid cement, allowing it to dry thoroughly before applying any putty. This technique is handy for wing-to-fuselage gaps. For filling large gaps, I'd suggest Milliput, which is an epoxy filler that comes in two parts that have to be mixed thoroughly before applying, and can be smoothed with a wet finger/cotton swab/sculpting tool, or Aves Apoxie, a similar product which comes in a variet
  8. Those wishing to express condolences to John's family can do so here: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=john-burns&pid=174047886&eid=viewgb,viewgb
  9. Courtesy IPMS Germany, we have these photos of what looks to be an excellent and long-overdue kit of this significant aircraft: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Flugzeuge/Wiegmann/Rev_C-54_72/Rev_C-54_Skymaster.html
  10. Love the new look of the site! Thanks, Eric, for all your work.
  11. http://www.hobbyzone.pl/en/wsm/ I'm not affiliated with the manufacturer, but I sure do need this!
  12. I recently obtained the January 2015 issue of Airfix Model World at a local Barnes & Noble. But I haven't yet seen the December 2014 issue. Did I miss it? Did it make it to the US? Did it include the calendar as in past December issues? Whine! :( I want my very own paper copy, not some "digital" copy made of "electrons"!
  13. White Ensign Models Bronze Green is a good choice for the dark green.
  14. You are cordially invited to the next meeting of IPMS-North Central Texas, this coming Sunday, October 12, at the Irving Garden and Arts Building, 906 S. Senter, Irving, TX. We start gathering at 1:00 p.m., and the meeting officially begins at 1:30 p.m. This month's meeting is the fall installment of our bi-annual kit auction. So inventory your stash, cull the excess and mark it for sale with your initials and the minimum asking price, and bring it along. The chapter gets 10 per cent of the final sales price as a "commission," and the money raised helps support our annual ScaleFest in May. Br
  15. No excuses now for an inaccurate model: http://postimg.org/gallery/3b2m0zmji/ http://postimg.org/gallery/1kjtd53w/
  16. That's right, they're almost gone. So if you have interest at all in being a ScaleFest vendor, we need to hear from you no later than 12:01 a.m., Sunday, May 25 (that's one minute after midnight Saturday, May 24). Contact me - skyking918(at)verizon(dot)net - or scalefest(at)gmail(dot)com if interested.
  17. To paraphrase Will Rogers, Jim never met a modeler he didn't like. We should create a national contest award in his memory.
  18. In response to an inquiry from Mary Jane Kinney, I did some research and very quickly found this on-line obituary (at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?pid=163258579) "Sage, James H. James H. Sage, 84, of Dallas, passed away on February 16, 2013 in a nursing home in Knox City, Texas. James was born September 4, 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the son of Howard & Bonnie Sage. He moved to Dallas in 1951 where he was employed by Southwestern Life Insurance Company. He married Peggye Bright in the early 1950s. James enjoyed traveling & spending time with his
  19. Gil, I've never said that accuracy should be the sole criteria of a kit review. A kit that's 100% accurate but impossible to build because of poor design and instructions is, to me, as worthless as a kit that's well-designed for ease of assembly, has easy-to understand instructions, and has beautifully printed decals but is completely wrong in shape and size. I simply maintain that an assessment of a kit's accuracy should be included in any review as part of that "fair commentary on the kit's pluses and minuses." In looking at the Reviews section of our web site, I see no easy way to a
  20. I don't think I'm at cross purposes at all. If a review is, as you say, "a fair commentary on the kit's pluses and minuses," then why omit such minuses as gross inaccuracies in a review? Why have we become so complacent about the products offered to us that we are willing to overlook flaws in those products? If a review can call out the "shortcomings of the supplied decal scheme," then why can't it call out the shortcomings of its representation of the subject? Those of us who "demand accuracy" are as entitled to know what's wrong with a kit as those who have only a passing interest in the su
  21. … fails to mention that the engines are too large, cabin windows are too small, fuselage panel lines are in the wrong place, and wheels/tires are the wrong size.
  22. IPMS members everywhere are welcome and encouraged to attend IPMS-North Central Texas's ScaleFest, which returns to the Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, Saturday, May 31, 2014. New categories! New awards! Vendor tables available! Check our web site periodically for updates.
  23. This is the new tool kit, released about a year ago. I'm looking for one.
  24. ScaleFest 2013, brought to you by IPMS-North Central Texas, is less than 4 weeks away (May 11), and IPMS Members and guests in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and surrounding states are encouraged to attend and enter their models. Let's set a record! As of Sunday's IPMS-North Central Texas meeting, we have sold 56 vendor tables and have email commitments for another 39. With these email commitments, ScaleFest 2013 is SOLD OUT of vendor tables. If you interested in being a vendor but have not yet reserved a table or contacted us by email, there is still hope. We are starting a waiting list in case
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