vintagerpm

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  • Birthday 06/17/1956

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  • Location Texas
  • Full Name Mike Stucker

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  1. vintagerpm added a post in a topic 2016 Houston Model car Show - July 30   

    We're one week out from the show, so I thought I'd bump this back to the top.
  2. vintagerpm added a topic in Contests and Shows   

    2016 Houston Model car Show - July 30
    The Houston Automotive Modelers Society would like to invite all of you to our annual model show & contest on Saturday, July 30. It will take place in Spring, Texas, which is right next to Houston (north side). Our theme for this year's show is the "100th Running of the Indy 500". Vendor tables and trophy sponsorships are still available, for those interested. (About 2/3 of our vendor tables have been reserved at this time.) For complete details including contest categories, show flyer, contest entry forms, and contact info, please visit the club web site at http://www.ipms-hams.org/annual-contest/

    Hope to see some of you there.

    Mike
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  3. vintagerpm added a post in a topic IPMS-Houston Model Mania - April 23, 2016   

    Just wanted to let you know that the recent heavy thunderstorms we have had in the Houston area will not have any ill effect on the show. The roads around the Stafford Center are open and the Center will be open on Saturday. No bad weather predicted for Saturday. (No replay of 3 years ago.)
    The show is a go.
    See y'all on Saturday.
  4. vintagerpm added a topic in Contests and Shows   

    IPMS-Houston Model Mania - April 23, 2016
    April 23, 2016
    IPMS-Houston Modelmania
    Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX
    This year's theme is "Vintage Kits".
    Any kit that is over 40 years old or is a re-pop of a kit more than 40 years old.
    Complete info including flyer, entry forms, vendor forms, etc. available at the IPMS-Houston web site
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  5. vintagerpm added a post in a topic Need 2015 Show Dates/Info   

    July 30, 2016
    Houston Automotive Modelers Society
    10th Annual Model Car Show & Contest
    Cypress Creek Christian Community Center, Annex Building Gym, 6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379
    Complete details at HAMS web site
  6. vintagerpm added a post in a topic Need 2015 Show Dates/Info   

    April 23, 2016
    IPMS-Houston Modelmania
    Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX
    Complete info available at IPMS-Houston web site
  7. vintagerpm added a post in a topic tamiya two tone   

    When spraying Tamiya lacquer, I wait 15-20 minutes between coats. But I wait 7 days before spraying the second color on 2-tone jobs. After 30 minutes, the paint may appear dry, but it has not cured, That can take up to a week. If you spray a second coat sooner, you run the risk of the second color getting hairline cracks in it as the first color shrinks some during curing. (Of course, using a food dehydrator can speed up the process during drying/curing - your mileage may vary.)
    As for masking over Tamiya paint, pull the tape off as soon as possible after spraying the final coat of the second color. (Usually 15-30 minutes for me.) I have seen the glue in tapes react with the paint, causing a discoloration after leaving the tape on overnight.
  8. vintagerpm added a post in a topic Plastic Solvent Cement_Plastruct Weld And Other Solvent Type Cements   

    Yes, it is still available. Amazon.com & Hobbylink.com (among others) still sell it.
     
  9. vintagerpm added a post in a topic Gulf Blue - Porsche - Steve McQueen   

    MCW has both paints in spray cans (lacquer paint).
    2621 Lt. Blue & 2703 Competition Orange.
    http://www.mcwautomotivefinishes.com/
    Mike
  10. vintagerpm added a post in a topic How to be competitive at contests.   

    An note on accuracy. The problem with judging it is that you may be an expert on Mopars, but know nothing about Fords. That means you would judge Mopars more harshly than Fords. Or judge Fords against a Mopar standard. Unless photographic evidence is provided by the modeler, accuracy becomes next to impossible to judge. Its why I dislike "Factory Stock" as a category - "Street Stock" would be better.
    Then there is the issue of whether or not you really are an expert in that subject? An example of this is the famous "Hippy" or "Psychedelic" Porsche 917L from Le Mans in 1970. If I judged on accuracy, every blue & green painted one I saw would be thrown out as wrong. It should be purple & green. Yet I know many, many modelers who would throw out the purple & green ones, because blue & green has become gospel to many. Hence, I, and they, must completely ignore the color. (Now, I could bring my evidence to shows, but I don't. What would the point be, especially if the model was a beautiful, immaculate build.)
    Remember, you are judging a plastic model and how well it is built, not a real car. In many way, the model is a piece of art, and therefor open to interpretation by the artist.
    Mike
  11. vintagerpm added a post in a topic HAMS Model car Contest Houston 8/1/2015   

    Glad to hear you had a great time, JT. It's always good to know that everyone enjoyed themselves. After all, if the attendees don't, they won't come back, and then there will be no show.
    I was quite impressed with the quantity & quality of the big trucks this year. As a category, it seems to have taken off in the last couple of years
    Hope to see you next year and hope you can make Modelmania next year. It isn't all cars (obviously) but it is the second biggest model show in Texas after San Antonio's ModelFiesta. And trust me, we (I'm also a member of IMS-Houston) are trying to make it #1.
    Mike
  12. vintagerpm added a post in a topic HAMS Model car Contest Houston 8/1/2015   

    You're quite welcome, Len. And thank you to you and the other modelers who attended and entered. Without the attendees and entrants, there is no show.
    I was quite impressed with the overall quality of the entries this year. We used 3 judging teams (instead of 2) for the first time this year, and I'm glad we did. We've had more entries in the past, but not this many being that good.
    Mike
  13. vintagerpm added a post in a topic HAMS Model car Contest Houston 8/1/2015   

    Complete results and a few more photos are now up on the HAMS web site.
    http://www.ipms-hams.org/hams-2015-model-show-results/
    Mike
  14. vintagerpm added a post in a topic HAMS Model car Contest Houston 8/1/2015   

    I'll speak only for IPMS style shows, of wnitch the HAMS show is one. The most important thing the judges are looking for is cleanliness of the build - no glue marks, fingerprints, scratches, visible seams (that don't belong), etc. Next is the extra work that is done. Filling out the sheet is quite handy for the judges. They may not know or be able to tell if something is included in the kit or was scratchbuilt. Are the graphics handpainted or decals. That kind of thing. For full IPMS judging criteria, see the IPMS Judging Handbook. Individual IPMS shows may vary from this, but this is the basis.
    And thank you, Scott, for coming all the way from the Great White North to participate in our show. I hope it was worth the trip. (I assume you did more just visit our show, but thank you just the same.)
  15. vintagerpm added a post in a topic HAMS Model car Contest Houston 8/1/2015   

    Your fast with those photos, Len. I still haven't put the results up on our web site, yet.
    Thanks for sharing your photos, and thank for attending. Thanks to everyone who participated. We had 44 modelers enter 167 models. A great turnout. I'll let y'all know when the complete results are online later this week.