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  1. Words fail me, except to say that models like this are the reason IPMS needs a separate "Real Space" category for the national contest.
  2. Most art supply stores carry color mixing wheels, and they can be found on-line. They will not give you such specific mixing data as you are looking for, but they will give you a further understanding of color theory.
  3. Before you buy more Brawny paper towels, do some research on their parent company, Koch Industries. You may not like what you find. Me, I prefer to spend my money elsewhere.
  4. Hi, Dennis. I’m from Carrollton, and there are two other IPMS members in town as well! One more and we could start our own chapter! In the meantime, you’re invited to attend meetings of IPMS North Central Texas. PM me for details or email me at mcmurtreyjames(at)twc(dot)com.
  5. In lieu of "Christmas" greetings this year, I am advised by the legal department to post this message instead: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2022, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, neither to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only "America" in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee(s). IMPORTANT: This message is intended for the use of the individual addressee(s) named above and may contain information that is confidential, privileged or unsuitable for overly sensitive persons with low self-esteem, no sense of humor, or irrational religious beliefs. If you are not the intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is not authorized (either explicitly or implicitly) and constitutes an irritating social faux pas. Unless the word “absquatulation” has been used in its correct context somewhere other than in this warning, it does not have any legal or grammatical use and may be ignored. No animals were harmed in the transmission of this message, although the Yorkshire terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you! Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this warning backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft; however, by wearing a tinfoil hat and pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have received this message in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites and place it in a warm oven for 40 minutes. Whisk briefly and let it stand for 2 hours before icing. Close cover before striking.
  6. https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/press-releases/attorney-general-shapiro-files-complaint-against-online-hobby-shop-warns-of-holiday-shopping-scams
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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!
  11. Microscale makes ‘em, Fantasy Printshop makes ‘em, Fündekals makes ‘em.
  12. Noted airline historian George Cearly of Dallas passed away July 28.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I thought this had been fixed. I have cleared my browser cache, so it’s not me!
  16. And why, when I click on ‘Home,’ do I still see a calendar? If this is supposed to be an ‘improvement,’ it fails miserably.
  17. 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.”
  18. I contacted Marie at the national office and she’s sending me a copy.
  19. That building was sold to others. It’s not going to be home for the “new” Squadron.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. Ask yourself: “Would I want my child to see it?” If the answer is “no,” then don’t do it.
  23. 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.
  24. 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??!?
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