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  1. Thank you very much, Ralph, for the kind words (I enjoyed talking with you too!). And I have all the respect in the world for what your wife did. What I do for a living (teach college) is nothing compared to what grade school teachers do, and my hat's off to anybody who chooses that as a career. But your wife doing that for 43 years is...well, superhuman levels of dedication, and worth all the admiration in the world. Which she definitely has from me. Jodie Peeler
  2. I had thought of wearing something nice to the banquet in Columbia this year, but circumstances being what they were (and knowing that since I was kinda on duty, getting too fancy would have created some problems if I got called in to do something), I decided to just swap my staff shirt for a nice top and a black blazer, and kept my jeans and sneakers. It struck a decent balance between businesslike and casual, and worked out fine since immediately after the banquet I was all over creation helping with loadout anyhow. I'm not one to tell people what they should wear, with the exception of
  3. I can't find the link this morning for the life of me, but a couple years back I was reading a piece on one of the car sites (may have been the Hemmings blog; may have been Jalopnik; I forget). The writer talked about the tendency for car enthusiasts to look down their noses at the teens and 20-somethings who soup up Hondas and Scions and such...but then said "Before you get too judgmental, do you remember what it was like back in our day? When we were bringing in our Impalas and Chargers and all, the guys with the Cords and the Duesenbergs were telling us that we didn't belong because we didn
  4. Any time the subject of "why aren't we getting new blood into the hobby?" I'm always left with the same question. I see a lot of anecdotes, a fair degree of speculation, but I really haven't seen any data relevant to the question of why young people aren't getting into our hobby. And it seems to me that before we can address the issue, we need information. Or, at least, that's what I was taught back in the day. Any graduate program in any of the social sciences is going to require its students to have a grounding in social science research and stat methods. (Heck, I have two graduate degre
  5. I was hoping to talk about some of this with the marketing discussion folks at the Nationals, but anyone who's been on a Nationals planning committee knows you can never really plan to do anything while your convention is going on, because it's always something. Be that as it may, while the national organization will have a vital role to play in encouraging youth involvement in the hobby, it'll be the local chapters who really have to haul the freight. Some of the things we can all do to help (and Ralph spoke briefly about some of these in one of his seminars last week) include: - Making
  6. Thank you for doing this, and sharing it. I'd love to be doing this kind of thing for our convention media feeds, but anyone whose club has hosted a Nationals knows you're always being pulled away to help solve one problem or another. You've filled the gap in a big way, and we appreciate it. I've shared the link to the convention's Facebook feed. Jodie Peeler
  7. Dave's correct. Aside from "every model tells a story" being an operational nightmare to turn into an award (how do you judge the stories? what evidence do you demand? what if a technically great model has horrid documentation? etc.), our convention theme is meant to be more than a theme and more like a philosophy that transcends competition, judging and awards. The special awards have more specialized stories that more readily lend themselves to awards, but as for the overall theme, our intent is to emphasize that every model you'll see on display, regardless of how it places or even if it pl
  8. Lack of reading on the vendor's part is not our responsibility. We have done our duty by stating it (and gone beyond it by stating it several times over in unmistakable terms, and I've done everything short of putting a flashing neon sign on the website to make this clear). By signing the form the vendor indicates acceptance of the terms, and responsibility for any consequences. I hate to be this blunt, but at some point it stops being our responsibility. Jodie Peeler
  9. As the web coordinator, and the person responsible for turning most of the convention documents into "ready for prime time" PDFs, let me see: 1. On the Vendors page of the IPMS/USA 2016 National Convention website, there is a very clear reminder to all and sundry that explains a Transient Vendor License is required. It includes the words "VERY IMPORTANT" and lots of bold text in that section to drive home that this is not an optional item. We have also made clear that it's the vendor's responsibility, and not ours. 2. In the Vendor Form package (available as a PDF on the Vendors page),
  10. Thanks for those pictures, Steve (the peek inside the cockpit is especially good!). In the second one, if you look closely, you can see where the inboard trailing edge of the wing was enlarged. Instead of the KC-135/707-120-style trailing edge with that little curve inboard where it meets the fuselage, it looks more like what was used on the 707-320B/C. (I can't tell if it also got the inboard leading edge wing fairing that was used on the 720 and 707-120 conversions, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did.) I forget exactly when this wing modification was done, but it's a detail wort
  11. I believe you're right. I looked through my stuff on the -135 today, but could find no evidence of any C-135 types ever having the organ pipes of the JT3C on the 707-120s. Of course, there's always the chance they were tried on one (and if that happened, I would love to see pictures!). Though they were 707 airframes, the three VC-137A (707-153) aircraft delivered to the Air Force for VIP use in the late 1950s were delivered with organ-piped JT3Cs. They were re-engined with JT3D turbofans in 1962 or so and became VC-137Bs (707-153B aircraft). To make things even more of a headache f
  12. Thanks for posting those pictures, Ed. The 367-80 is a fascinating subject, and since it flew so long as a testbed, there's a whole variety of configurations and markings variations for the modeler. It looks like in your pictures the "Dash 80" still had the original blunt radome, too. Compare the "organ pipes" on engines 1 and 3, as used on commercial 707s, with the KC-135-style exhaust at #2 station, and note the 707-style turbocompressor humps atop the engines, too. You can also see the aft main-deck cargo door open in the third picture. The "Dash 80" in its more-or-less original
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