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  1. We in the hobby talk a lot about the aging of modelers and the impact on IPMS and the larger hobby, so it would be nice to have some data to watch any trends. Let's start collecting age as soon as possible. Steve We're getting into a sidebar here but the problem of getting the "youngsters" involved is at the local level. All you have to do is read some of the sci-fi forums around the net. You read accounts time after time of 20-30 somethings "kids" coming to a local meeting with their Gundam, Ma.K, X-wing, etc... and having the "old" guys who are huddled around the 10th Bf-109 on the table look down their noses at the kid's model. The comment is something to the effect of "You'd be a good modeler of you built something real." This, of course, gets read by 100s of people on the forum who pass the story around, and soon IPMS is known as a club of old grouchy guys. So it's incumbent upon the "old guys" at the local level to keep their mouths shut, and accept the kids model whether they think it's junk or not.
  2. Hi all, I've been interestingly reading for the past 4 pages. IMHO we are just going round and round. I'll volunteer to be the a-hole for a minute and say "so what" to all of this. The west coast guys want a show? Let 'em have it. IMHO again, since IPMS/USA has done away with the rotation system it looks like the club just looks at profits. It's common knowledge that many members won't travel far for "The Show", and prefer to wait for it to come to them. So is that a reason to keep it in the most dense part of the country? Nope. Even tho the cost of living is different around the country, it's 2015; everyone knows that the Convention Cmte. isn't going to get rooms for $69 anymore. Everyone realizes that certainly places charge for parking. Unless we're a club of Sheldon Coopers adjustments can be made. And really "The Show" is only 4 days. So saying there are fewer people west of the US's center point - besides having to have a Hotel(s) and a Convention Hall -- Occasionally is it *really* a big deal if the Org makes $5K v. $20K? Occasionally is it *really* a big deal if there's 800 models v. 2K models on the tables? Occasionally is it *really* a big deal that there is only one organized tour v. four? Occasionally is it *really* a big deal if the choice of the banquet is chicken or chicken? I jest a bit but, If it comes down to making a dues paying section of the Org happy in that they get to participate in "The Show", Is it *really* a big deal where It's held anywhere in the country? My answer is none of that is a big deal to me. IMHO occasionally a "smaller" show isn't going to ruin the Org.
  3. The "issue" "per se" was how many women there were. A member was talking to some of them and it turns out that there was going to be almost 20K of them. Forget about using the elevators in a timely manner - forget about using any of the restaurants in the convention center/ hotel and in the nearby area. When I opened the blinds in my room in the morning and looked out, all you saw out in the streets were a sea of pink T-shirts. :D There was so many of them that I believe they also used the Arena that was a few blocks away. Seems there was also 2 bookers for the hotel/convention center and apparently they didn't talk to each other which led to the overlap.
  4. Hehe be careful. It never seems to work out for the people with the Slim Jims. :D
  5. Looks great! Excellent job. It's amazing how much detail Games Workshop can pack into these little models.
  6. Well, as with most of my models, I could tinker with them forever. So to combat that I've decided to call the Snowman done. The newer steps from where I left off was to paint the names on the base in Vallejo's Old Gold. This way it matches the red and gold of the Monk's prayer beads that are lying nearby in the snow. I then took Woodland Scenic's Snow and after applying thinned white glue, sprinkled a heavy coat in the snowy areas leaving the rocks clear for the most part. Out of the jar this snow is quite powdery, so I left it out of the footprint, as that snow would have been compresses and looking different. Here's the finished model - - Thanks for lookin'
  7. While he was waiting he suffered a fall and the toes of one foot were taken off. Thank goodness the break was clean and I was able to reattach the toes with little or no hassle. I did notice what looked like a tiny stress crack in the leg and quickly fixed it with the Vallejo Plastic Putty. I'm really starting to like this stuff! I also added another highlight coat to his fur. Afterward I gave his fur another mat coat to protect what I've done. If I learned nothing else from hanging out at The Clubhouse it is to protect my work. While the body was drying, I turned my attention to the base. The rocks have already been done in shades of gray, but to give it a cold feel I gave some shadows with Army Painter's Blue Tone. This stuff is a very nice wash. I'm anxious to try the others in a little set I bought. More on those at another time. John Dennett, the sculptor for Moon Devil mentions he includes a little easter egg in some kits he does. This time around - - spoiler alert - - -he sculpted in a set of prayer beads used by the Nepalese monks. More soon... Thanks for lookin'
  8. Being a big fan of cryptozoology (yeah I'm that guy) goes perfectly with John Dennett's ongoing series of "Crypto Legends" kits. So far he's released The Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman. At a recent Jersey Fest, I picked them all up, but dived right into the Snowman. I gave the Snowman a first coat of primer, and then realized that I got carried away and should have assembled him first. DOH! Too anxious! So then next I drilled some holes for the 2 part epoxy. I saw another modeler's post that instead of adding pins to tabs he would drill holes into the tab as well as the corresponding female part. His theory was if you put enough epoxy into the female part then the epoxy will be forced into the drilled holes creating a well attached figure. It worked for him so I thought I would try it too. I did include a pin in one of the feet (that had no tab) for extra stability. While I was priming I also primed the large base. The base is supposed to represent some rocks and snow. So I primed the rocks gray, and the snow - white. I will enhance the rocks with paint and then flock the snow part. But that's later. Then I had to fill the seams. For this I used my indispensable Aves Apoxy Sculpt. I really enjoy filling seams of organic creatures much more than say planes etc... ;) Came out like this - - I did the inside of the mouth and glossed it all. I also got carried away and did the rest of the face. I then glossed the eyes (not sure it I like em) and epoxied the face to the body. Here he is so far - - More later... Thanks for lookin'
  9. Roktman

    AHS:F Twisty

    Thanks guys. It was a fun build. Gillman Prod., does have a nice offering of kits in the horror vein. I also have his Pepper and the sculpting is amazing. She has an Irish Sweater on, and I cannot fathom how MVT sculpted that... Dennis, agreed. LOL. If there was any clown to be afraid of, it's this guy.
  10. Agreed Rusty. I build aviation and chose 1:72 to be my standard scale because a) I don't have too much shelf space, and b) if I built in 1:32, I'd feel obligated to add in more detail and hence more times for me to screw it up. BTW, the ship is one good looking model. It would be interesting if we ever found out what the judges saw didn't see in it. There was a time, at a PHX Nats IIRC, that they had a few judges set up at a table in a sort of seminar style, and ppl would bring their models to be critiqued. I don't mind constructive criticism and would love to see this feature be a permanent feature at the Nats. From what I read too many ppl go home miffed not knowing why their model was not chosen... Sorry don't want to hijack this thread.
  11. Congrats on the wins! Very nice job. Looks to be an awesome saturn V!
  12. Thats very cool, Mike. If I were to think of it I also would leave the fingerprint. Maybe even dry brush it a little to show it off. I have nothing from when I was a kid. My dad thought them a waste of time and as I got older (15 or 16) the "toys" either were thrown away or given to my younger cousins to play with. But I definitely do remember by first builds. The first one was the Hawk Vanguard satellite that was recently repopped. I'm sure the clear parts of that had all kinds of finger prints on it. I was the type of builder where when the tube of Testors glue was empty - I was done. Haha. The other was US Moon rocket - the one with the spheres and rails? That was also recently repopped. And I bought them both ...again. Those were built when I was 7 or 8 in 1967-8. I also remember, thanks to Mom, I had quite a collection of the Aurora Dinosaurs and Monsters as well as tanks, cars and planes. I used to build anything that my little neighborhood Mom and Pop Dept. store had.
  13. Neil Armstrong's F-5D -- A Monster from the Woods Dracula-- The Bride -- And finally 1:72 Muroc Models AD-1 Thanks for lookin'
  14. Recently I was commissioned (my first) to build New Horizons for a local NJ Science Center. All I was told was that they wanted it to be "about 24 inches tall." Looking at the pdf blue prints on the NASA site, I took them to Staples and had them enlarged -- Then I got foam and started cutting -- In the mean time, Ihad no way to vac form an antenna 15" in diameter, so I had to farm that out -- I had to give up 100% accuracy for durability as I didn't know how this was going to be displayed. But a few more parts, added foil and she was done -- Thanks for looking'
  15. Roktman

    AHS:F Twisty

    Everyone's favorite clown! I started off by blocking in the colors - A little work on the details -- BTW, Here's the base -- You'll notice the lil popcorn kernels are skulls... All done -- Thanks for lookin'
  16. At this point I wonder what happens to clubs that put in a bid (not any of the ones that have been mentioned and/or held Cons before) and loses out? I distinctly remember a club in mid to Northern Calif had a good bid IMHO. They lost out to who I forget, but they never bid again. Does losing out put that much of a bad taste in club's mouths that they won't try again?
  17. A big welcome from Noo Yawk city! ;)
  18. I remember at the Awards dinner that there was one model that Aris said had no name of the form...
  19. I agree with Dick and the others. For myself, my wife and my young son, we use the the Nationals each year as the starting point of our annual vacation. We take in the Con, the tours and then spend an additional 3 or 4 days to go exploring on our own. If the Nationals were held in the same 3 cities (East, Central, West) It honestly wouldn't take long for me to start skipping the Nats. Yes, I would miss the Contest, seminars and Vendor room. But I would give up that before sitting in the same cities year after year. I would like to see the Nats downsize to a smaller city - yep maybe there would be a little less to do, but it would be someplace different to explore. But then again you would need a club willing to work on a Con. Just my 2ยข.
  20. In answer to your question, I bought 3 tickets for the banquet at 3PM THAT afternoon. There was an announcement over the PA that there was tickets left, and I walked over handed in my money and got my tickets. I believe the woman behind the desk said there was about 20 left over at that time. IMHO the banquet/awards room is up to what the venue has available. I did pay for three tickets and by nature of how the ppl filed in, we sat off to the right of the stage. While I could hear fine, the view of the screens was pretty bad. So the ppl in the hall directly in front of a screen may not have heard the show, actually got a better view. I'm not complaining, that's the chance you take. Each venue room is going to be different.
  21. Excellent! I'm thrilled to see another one of us here. Another friend of mine calls it the OTS: One True Scale. LOL! Thanks for the compliments as well; they are very appreciated. Up my way it's The Scale of Kings. LOL
  22. Would these be of help? Doesn't say EAD tho...
  23. Thats an excellent job! I really like it. :D
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