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August 31, 2021

Scale Model Podcast Ep.79

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Stuart was kind enough to have Mike and me on the podcast to talk about the recent Nats in Las Vegas.

The Scale Model Podcast – EP 79 – Mojo and Nationals

August 29, 2021

AScaleCanadianTV Ep.38

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Episode 38 is out. Listen to Jim talk about the Nats.

August 27, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep.45

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The new one is out.  Come listen about the Nationals.

August 24, 2021

IPMS/USA National Convention: Las Vegas

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The 2021 Nats is in the books.  I’ve been home a bit over 24 hours and I wanted to jot down some of my thoughts while they are fresh in my mind.  This is by no means a comprehensive report, but just some initial thoughts.  More analysis may come later.

First, the guys in Las Vegas are to be commended on putting on a great show.  This would have been a great show, even in normal times, but these times were anything but normal.  There was so much uncertainty that the host chapter had to deal with, I cannot imagine.  In addition they had to adapt to an ever changing situation, and did so, so seamlessly that most convention attendees probably did not notice.

Second, it was great meeting so many PMM listeners.  Mike and I had no idea what we’d encounter when arranged to  set up a table in the vendor room last year.  So many listeners stopped buy and let us know how much they enjoyed the show.  It was…humbling.  It renewed our resolve to continue to improve the show however we can.  Thanks.

Lastly, I want to give Jim Bates credit for a profound insight, possibly gained after consuming some modeling fluid in our hotel room.  Jim pointed out that while the models and the vendors are the things you look forward to when anticipating a show, what you find when you get there, that the greatest part of the show is meeting an interacting with all of the other modelers, be it long time friends you see occasionally, or folks you’ve only interacted with online.

I came home very happy with the models I bought and the models I saw, but most importantly with the new friends I met and the old ones I got to see again.  Thank you and I promises it only gets better from here.

August 17, 2021

Viva Las Vegas

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Watch this space.

August 3, 2020

Plastic Model Mojo Episode 17

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Episode 17 is out.  Give it a listen.

March 13, 2020

Plastic Model Mojo Episode 7

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Episode 7 is up.  Give it a listen.  I hope you enjoy it.

March 6, 2020

IPMS Roscoe Turner

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I’ll be attending the IPMS Roscoe Turner (IPMS/Indianapolis) contest on Saturday March 7th.  I hope to see many of you there.

September 6, 2019

Random modeling thoughts

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A few thoughts/observations from the little bit of time I’ve managed to find to do some modeling.

  1. I’ve said before that I love Mr. Surfacer Black from the spray can as my go to primer.  That faith remains unshaken.  I was talking recently with fellow modeler Mike Baskette and he wondered if the black color prevented seeing flaws, thus diminishing its usefulness as a primer.  In my experience it does not.  In fact, under strong light the shiny black finish seems to make flaws jump out more than say they would if the color were gray.
  2. As I have said before, too many modelers are too reticent (oh, look it up) to get rid of old paint, sanding sticks and X-Acto blades.  This leads to frustration and time wasted.  I have become ruthless when it comes to discarding these things in favor of fresh items.  Do it.  You can thank me later.
  3. I love the IPMS/USA Nationals.  I know I’ve said that before.  I am still on the post-Nats high, possibly because this one was the best of the 24 I have attended.  Among other things, the Nats always gets my modeling juices flowing.

August 12, 2019

IPMS Nationals wrap up

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Well, not really a wrap up, as I will have more to say and more pictures to post, but it is a summation of my general impression, with appropriate comments.

I’ve been to 24 IPMS/USA National Conventions over the years.

1985 Indianapolis, IN, 1988 Dayton, OH, 1991 St. Louis, MO, 1993 Atlanta, GA, 1995 Albuquerque, NM, 1996 Virginia Beach, VA, 2000 Dallas, TX, 2001 Chicago, IL, 2002 Virginia Beach, VA, 2003 Oklahoma City, OK, 2004 Phoenix, AZ, 2005 Atlanta, GA, 2006 Kansas City, MO, 2007 Anaheim, CA, 2008 Virginia Beach, VA, 2009 Columbus, OH, 2010 Phoenix, AZ, 2011 Omaha, NE, 2012 Disney World, FL, 2014 Hampton, VA, 2015 Columbus, OH, 2017 Omaha, NE, 2018 Phoenix, AZ, 2019 Chattanooga, TN

I’ve kept an informal list of my top 5 conventions, with, up to now, the number 1 convention being 1996 Virginia Beach.  That is now no more.  The 2019 Chattanooga convention is the clear number 1.  This convention was well run, from beginning to end.  Convention chairman Mike Moore and his team deserve a ton of credit.  Ron Bell, the retiring president of IPMS/USA also deserves credit.  When he was 2nd vice-president, the person at IPMS/USA in charge of the national convention, he made significant changes that brought stability and order to the task of putting on a convention.  His changes made it much easier for a chapter to host a smooth running convention.

In no particular order, Chattanooga had a great vendors area; a well lit spacious model room which accommodated the record setting 4600+ models entered; the best lineup of seminars that I’ve ever seen at a convention, and a bunch of great attendees who I got to spend a ton of time around, hanging out, talking models and eating and drinking way too much.  All in all this was great.  If someone put a gun to my head and made me find something to criticize, I could say that the $150 a night room rate for the convention hotel was on the steep side, but seriously, in this day and age, the time of the $99 convention hotel room has long sense passed.

Bravo to everyone involved.  Can’t wait for this team to bid again.



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