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  1. Kalamazoo Scale Modelers has lost a great modeler and a true gentleman. Blue skies, Clare..you'll be sorely missed. Clarence E. Wentzel of Kalamazoo, MI passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at the age of 80 after losing his short battle with COVID-19. Clarence was born in Chicago, IL on May 30, 1940, to father Clarence Julius and mother Mary Bowen. He graduated from Constantine High School in 1957. It was there he met his wife Marcy. Following high school, he enrolled at Trine University (formally Tri-State) where he graduated with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1960. He was hired out of college by Fisher Body and remained with General Motors for 38 years. His career at General Motors was expansive, encompassing both domestic and international operations. Despite his knowledge of cars, aircraft remained his first passion. As a life-long modeler he built both wooden and plastic airplanes and became very skilled and prolific, assembling numerous museum-quality replicas. Clarence was a smart, kind and humble man who lived a full and active life. He traveled the world, learned foreign languages, loved to read, watch movies, work in his yard, jog and golf. One of his defining traits was his generosity, and he cherished most his time spent with his wife, other family and his many, many friends. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother Mike Bowen. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marcy Wentzel; children James Wentzel (wife Bernadette), Lee Wentzel (wife Cindy Kay) and Lisa Messina (husband Dominic); and grandchildren Irena Wentzel, Jason Messina and Daniel Messina. People wishing to honor Clarence can donate in his memory to the Air Zoo in Portage, Michigan (https://kalamazoo-aviation-history-museum-dba-air-zoo.snwbll.com/imagine-inspire-ignite). According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Eley Funeral Home, Constantine. Online messages can be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2020.
  2. Financially, it's had no negative effect on us. If anything we're doing better than usual, since we're not spending money on things like our annual Nats trip. I work at a TV station and my wife is a nurse, so we're both still employed. Physically however...we both had Covid-19 back in June, when it tore through the nursing home where she works. I had a mild case with just a nasty cough and fatigue for a couple weeks, but my wife spent a total of ten days in the hospital. We both seem to have recovered now, although my wife's hair has been falling out like crazy (apparently that's a known after-effect of the virus..supposed to clear up after a few months.) All-in-all, we've been very lucky. One of our long-time club members passed away from the virus last week. Steve Nelson IPMS #30925
  3. Any chance more rooms will be added after the first block sold out so quickly? As I said above, the block was gone in less than four hours. Steve N IPMS #30925
  4. As of 8:00 pm EDT, it's showing no rooms available at the convention rate. I tried both Tue-Sat and Wed-Sat, with no luck. Steve N
  5. Hi! The wife and I are in the process of getting all our ducks in a row for Nats..looking forward to a fantastic week! We've registered for the Pima tour, and would like to take the AMARG tour as well. This of course has to be reserved in advance through Pima's website due to security considerations. They offer two tours that day: one at 11:00 am and another at 2:00 pm. Which would be better? I'm afraid if we took the earlier tour we'd miss lunch at the museum (we've already bought the box lunches) but is the later tour too late? What time does the bus head back to Phoenix, and if we take the 2:00 pm AMARG tour would we get back to the museum in time? Thanks! Steve Nelson IPMS#30925
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    The site has been around for quite awhile. The biggest problem is that all the profiles come from various books and websites, and many are of rather dubious accuracy. You can find some interesting stuff there, but I wouldn't use it as any kind of definitive reference. Steve N IPMS #30925
  7. We just switched our reservation from the Marriott to the Embassy. My wife was able to get a room at the Embassy for Wednesday through Saturday nights at the convention rate with not problem. BTW, they said tomorrow is the last day to make reservations at the convention rate. We haven't cancelled our reservation at the Marriott yet, in case someone wants it. Steve Nelson IPMS #30925
  8. During the initial rush last August we were able to get a reservation at the Marriott, but only for Thursday thru Saturday. My wife called them up this evening, and was able to add Wednesday night (at the convention rate) with no problem, so there may be some vacancies opening up due to cancellations. Really looking forward to the shindig..2011 was fantastic! Steve Nelson IPMS #30925
  9. Saturday night my wife tried to get reservations at Embassy Suites, and was told they "couldn't find the IPMS rate." I assume the convention rate rooms were gone by then..at least for all four nights. Fortunately last night we were able to snag a room at the Marriott next door at the convention rate, but only for Thu/Fri/Sat. Now that our foot is in the door, we may try to see if we can extend the reservation to include Wednesday night as well. Steve Nelson IPMS #30925
  10. The only difference in the 1/72 Hasegawa Dauntless kits is the section forward of the cockpit (provided as separate pieces, differing in the various releases.) I built one many moons ago, and I had the TD set, but I don't recall how well it fit (or not.) I also had the Jaguar set, with I may have used instead. Steve Nelson IPMS #30925
  11. I've seen the Anigrand resin B-32 built-up. I looks nice, but is basically a resin version of the Aviation Usk/Xotic vacuform kit. I have that kit, and it's the only vac I harbor any serious consideration of actually building (although I think I acquired it sometime in the late 90s.) Like the aforementioned Contrail kit, the injected parts are pretty terrible (the engine faces are copies of the Hasegawa B-17 engines.) I picked up an Academy B-29 "bagged kit" with no decals or instructions for less than ten bucks to pirate the engines, props, wheels and other details. The Anigrand and Usk kits both share a major shape error though: the nose turret is too big (it should be identical to the tail turret) and it's misshapen..it's wider than it is tall, when it should be spherical (and you only get the external half of the turrets.) This gives the model an even more "pug nose" look than it should..and would require major surgery to fix. I'd love to see a state-of-the-art injected B-32, but I can't imagine any mainstream company taking it on. It's just too esoteric to sell enough to be profitable. I suppose I could see on of the Czech outfits taking it on, but the price would be astronomical..I still haven't convinced myself to pay $50+ for the Special Hobby B-18. Steve Nelson IPMS#30925
  12. Welcome! My wife and I (both members) attended the recent IPMS Toledo show in Port Clinton and had a great time (unfortunately I didn't enter anything..I haven't actually finished a kit in nearly two years!) We had hoped to go to the zoo on Sunday, but the weather was terrible so we went to the art museum instead..followed by dinner at Tony Packo's. A must if you're in Toledo! I live in Battle Creek, MI now, but grew up in a little town about two miles from Indiana and four miles from Ohio. We'll definitely be at Nats in Columbus..maybe we'll bump into you! Happy Modeling! Steve Nelson IPMS#30925
  13. I'm more passionate about some subjects than others. I was chatting with a friend once and I mentioned how nice the Tamiya 1/72 Spitfire was, but he said the wing outline was so inaccurate he just couldn't build it. Then somehow the subject turned to the Minicraft B-24..he was just fine with it, but I'm a big fan of the Liberator and Minicraft kit's undersized and inaccurately shaped engine cowls were a deal-breaker for me. We both had a good laugh, realizing that all of us have our "sacred cows." Even then, I try not to get too nit-picky unless it's something that just jumps out at me. The bottom line is, we all build for our own reasons. Some builders love delving into the minutia of a particular subject and try to get every single detail right, others just build for fun and rarely stray from what comes in the box. Whatever floats your boat is fine..that's why it's called a hobby! B) Steve Nelson IPMS#30925
  14. The only Thunderbolts that came from the factory with Interior Green cockpits were Curtiss-built P-47Gs, all of which were assigned to Stateside training units. The standard color for P-47 cockpits was Dull Dark Green..althought some have been incorrectly restored with Interior Green cockpits, confusing the issue. As mentioned above, Model Master "Euro 1 Dark Green" is about as close as you'll get straight from the bottle. Steve Nelson IPMS #30925
  15. Does anybody from the Roscoe Turner chapter have any info on a 2015 contest? It's usually held in March, but I've seen nary a peep anywhere, and no mention on their website. This is one of our favoritest events of the year..I hope it hasn't been cancelled. Cheers! Steve Nelson IPMS#30925 President, IPMS Kalamazoo
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