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  1. https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/press-releases/attorney-general-shapiro-files-complaint-against-online-hobby-shop-warns-of-holiday-shopping-scams
  2. On this Veteran's Day, thanks to all who served in the Armed Forces, whatever the service, in whatever capacity, whether in peace or war. You are not forgotten.
  3. My understanding is that henceforth, OOTB will be single media (plastic) only. That is, if a model built from a kit includes resin and/or photoetch in addition to plastic, it must be entered in the regular category and NOT OOTB. This is something of a return to the original concept of OOTB. The change will be implemented by IPMS NCT at next year’s ScaleFest, which is returning after a 2-year hiatus.
  4. Andy Yanchus, former Project Manager at Aurora for many years, expert on kit history, and co-author of the Aurora Monster Scenes book (with Dennis Prince), and later a colorist for Marvel Comics, died Saturday, 11 September 2021, aged 75, after a longish illness. He was staying with his sister, Pat, at her home in Florida, having moved down, he had hoped temporarily, from his home in New York. Recently he had been working with Atlantis Models as a consultant. (info via Mat Irvine, Space Modelers group)
  5. I’ve been a member, though not continuous, since 1967. I had to drop out for a while in the early ‘90s due to pressures from graduate school, but have managed to retain my original membership number. The only fame I can claim is being one of those who spent a night on Jim Sage’s sofa and awakened in the morning to find a purring cat on my chest!
  6. Microscale makes ‘em, Fantasy Printshop makes ‘em, Fündekals makes ‘em.
  7. Noted airline historian George Cearly of Dallas passed away July 28.
  8. Does anyone out there have the instructions for AVM's Mirage M-50 Pantera conversion set for the 1/72 Kfir C2/C7 (#AVM 7209)? I purchased this item on ebay some months back only to find the instructions missing. I contacted the maker, one Alejandro von Schwedler G, who informed me that he had lost his original due to a hard drive failure but was "redrawing new instructions" and promised me a copy "in about 10 more days." That was on March 1, and I have heard nothing further from him since, in spite of at least one reminder. So if anyone has this conversion kit, I'd very much appreciate a copy of the instructions. I tried Scalemates, but no joy there. Thanks in advance.
  9. I have 60-year-old tins of Humbrol, and they are as fresh as the day they left the factory. It is necessary, however, to keep the rim of the tin and its lid clean before sealing it after use. I thin mine with a 50-50 mix of lacquer thinner and mineral spirits and use mineral spirits for cleaning my airbrush.
  10. I thought this had been fixed. I have cleared my browser cache, so it’s not me!
  11. And why, when I click on ‘Home,’ do I still see a calendar? If this is supposed to be an ‘improvement,’ it fails miserably.
  12. It’s the active runway. The “23” indicates it is on a magnetic heading of 230 degrees. The other (reciprocal) end would be numbered “05.”
  13. I contacted Marie at the national office and she’s sending me a copy.
  14. That building was sold to others. It’s not going to be home for the “new” Squadron.
  15. The question I (and others) have is: Why would anyone go to the expense and effort to resurrect a business and brand that has had such a bad reputation for the last several years, especially without those components that made it unique? Without Squadron/Signal’s books, True Details resin parts, Superscale decals, Czech Models, and Encore kits, the “new” Squadron is just another hobby retailer competing against the likes of Sprue Brothers, Kitlinx, Hannants, and HobbyLinkJapan, to name just a few. It makes no sense.
  16. It’s alive! It’s ALIVE! This was posted on the Steel Navy forum: Hello Everyone! Not sure how many of you remember me, but I've been lurking in the background now for a few years. As fate would have it, a once in a lifetime opportunity has presented itself to my team and I and we have grabed it with both hands! I am excited to announce that a few weeks ago, I purchased the squadron.com and MMD-Squadron.com businesses! We have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to prepare for a relaunch of squadron.com. Still lots of things to do, but we're targetting June for a relaunch. If you're interested in finding out more, please take a peak at the site and sign up to be notified how we're doing. Personally, I'm excited to once again be back in the model retail world and am looking forward to the future of our hobby! Happy Modeling! Chris Decker Squadron.com formerly: Tridenthobbies.com Midship Models Yankee Modelworks
  17. Ask yourself: “Would I want my child to see it?” If the answer is “no,” then don’t do it.
  18. That’s what I see, all right, but at the top of the page on the left I also see a yellow box, outlined in red, containing the instruction to fill in the Payment Method, but there is no such field visible. And since I can’t fill it in, I can’t proceed any further. If I try all I get is a spinning beach ball. Update: I was able to renew from my iPhone, but I still don’t understand why renewing from my desktop computer didn’t work.
  19. For WEEKS, it seems, I’ve been trying to renew my membership on-line. But EVERY time I try, the Checkout page asks me to “Please fill in the field Payment Method.” There is no such field! I have checked PayPal as my payment method. WTF is going on??!?
  20. I like it. I have only one nit to pick: On the contents page, in the first paragraph, line 5, "it's own website" should read "its own website." "Its" is possessive; "it's" (with apostrophe) is the contraction of "it is."
  21. Those tins that you find so troublesome will keep the paint fresher longer. Use pipettes to transfer the paint from tin to airbrush cup or bottle. If brush painting, make sure the rim of the tin and the lid are clean of paint before resealing. I have tins of Humbrol that are going on 60 years old and are still good thanks to this practice.
  22. I agree wholeheartedly. There have been so many developments in the hobby and the kit industry since OOB was first established that it is now meaningless.
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