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I had a great time at Maraudercon on Saturday.  Seeing old friends and meeting some new ones was great and it was wonderful that my father got to see some old friends too (possible for the last time).  I received so many nice compliments on my work, which made all the long hours worth it. 

Despite all the crazy hours working, I couldn't get the project done that I wanted to take... so after a lot of hand-wringing, I decide that just ONCE, the 1/72 Kshatriya would leave the house and go to a show (it's never left the house before, and it's never leaving the house again).  The packing procedure for this thing was really complex/ scary, but Jackie and I figured it out.  I'm glad we did as it got a LOT of attention at the show (it's so big, and the paint so noticeable, it could be seen from anywhere in the display room).  People were actually searching me out to talk about it. lol  I also took the Kongo and Hiryu (for a total of three models), and was happy they also got some kind words.

So, when the dust cleared from this show with almost 600 entries, I received: Silver (1/350 and larger ships) for the Kongo, Gold (1/351 and smaller ships) for the Hiryu, and Gold (space and sci-fi) for the Kshatriya.  For the best in class awards, I got Best Ship Overall: Hiryu and Best Sci-Fi Overall: Kshatriya.  Last but not least, I was also shocked to receive BEST OF SHOW.  Amazingly enough, this was for the HIRYU! lol  My worries of the little 1/700 aircraft carrier getting lost in the shuffle were unfounded (the head judge explained my use of tiny people to bring the ship to life was that extra little bit that pushed it over and made the decision unanimous among the judges). =)  I also received a print of the B-26 Marauder by Shigeo Koike, which made for a nice little prize.

And so with that, my model competition career comes to a close on a very high note.  I may enter a show now and then on a lark, but I'm retiring from the hardcore rat race of building just to compete.  I said that this would be my final year of competition-- and these awards combined with the awards I won in other competitions this year makes me retire a very happy guy.
I also took the Volks SWS 1/32 He 219 to the Nationals and actually had to finish it there in my hotel room over the span of three nights. lol  It didn't win anything, but I really didn't care because I got to show it to Mr. Shigeta (Volks owner) and the rest of the attending Volks staff (Mrs. Shigeta was there too!).  They all seemed to like it and there is even a picture of me (sporting a crazy beard) with Mr. Shigeta holding my model on his personal blog!  So cool!  www.zoukeimura.co.jp/en/sentim…

I built it as a cutaway with even one of the engines cutaway further to show off the internal pistons, etc., so it took a LONG time to build.  I'll post pics up here eventually, but I'm keeping it exclusive to Aeroscale for the next few months.  If you want to check it out, it can be seen here...  aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op…
The Kshatriya got 1st Runner Up in the e2046 contest, so I'm cool with that.  More importantly, I got TWO Golds at the 50th IPMS USA Nationals.  One for my FSS dio and one for my Pinky Death Saurer, which y'all will see someday whenever the Zoids anthology is released.  Considering I only took four models, getting two Golds is pretty nice (especially when one considers that this was an international show with almost 3000(!!!) entries).

I've got one more show in Baltimore in November and then I'm retiring from competition-- I figure I don't really have anything to prove anymore.  I might enter something now and then, but my days of building specifically for competition will come to an end.  Racking up awards was important early in my pro modeling career, but enough people know who I am now, I don't really need the advertising that winning awards brings.

After November, I can go back to modeling for fun again. lol
1/72 Kshatriya Frame by Bang-Doll-SSI
1/72 Kshatriya Frame
1/72 Kshatriya (G-System)

Painted with Vallejo, Gunze, and Gaia.   Full stainless steel internal pins were used to eliminate the need for "cheater" holders on binders.

1st Runner Up in 2014 e2046 international contest in the category of Robots.
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1/72 Kshatriya 1 by Bang-Doll-SSI
1/72 Kshatriya 1
1/72 Kshatriya (G-System)

Painted with Vallejo, Gunze, and Gaia. Three shades of clear green were custom mixed for the "candy" style metallic finish over the metallic base coat. The colors are actually blocked out as on the stock color scheme (dark green body, light green binders, etc.), but got brighter just by the nature of having a bright metallic backing.

Full stainless steel internal pins were used to eliminate the need for "cheater" holders on binders. A chrome rod was used to mount to the base. A mirror base is used so the underside details of feet, etc., can be seen. The mirror base is covered in most pictures to keep light reflection from washing out the shading on the reflective surfaces.

1st Runner Up in 2014 e2046 international contest in the category of Robots.
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I had a great time at Maraudercon on Saturday.  Seeing old friends and meeting some new ones was great and it was wonderful that my father got to see some old friends too (possible for the last time).  I received so many nice compliments on my work, which made all the long hours worth it. 

Despite all the crazy hours working, I couldn't get the project done that I wanted to take... so after a lot of hand-wringing, I decide that just ONCE, the 1/72 Kshatriya would leave the house and go to a show (it's never left the house before, and it's never leaving the house again).  The packing procedure for this thing was really complex/ scary, but Jackie and I figured it out.  I'm glad we did as it got a LOT of attention at the show (it's so big, and the paint so noticeable, it could be seen from anywhere in the display room).  People were actually searching me out to talk about it. lol  I also took the Kongo and Hiryu (for a total of three models), and was happy they also got some kind words.

So, when the dust cleared from this show with almost 600 entries, I received: Silver (1/350 and larger ships) for the Kongo, Gold (1/351 and smaller ships) for the Hiryu, and Gold (space and sci-fi) for the Kshatriya.  For the best in class awards, I got Best Ship Overall: Hiryu and Best Sci-Fi Overall: Kshatriya.  Last but not least, I was also shocked to receive BEST OF SHOW.  Amazingly enough, this was for the HIRYU! lol  My worries of the little 1/700 aircraft carrier getting lost in the shuffle were unfounded (the head judge explained my use of tiny people to bring the ship to life was that extra little bit that pushed it over and made the decision unanimous among the judges). =)  I also received a print of the B-26 Marauder by Shigeo Koike, which made for a nice little prize.

And so with that, my model competition career comes to a close on a very high note.  I may enter a show now and then on a lark, but I'm retiring from the hardcore rat race of building just to compete.  I said that this would be my final year of competition-- and these awards combined with the awards I won in other competitions this year makes me retire a very happy guy.

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Dade W. Bell
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
**I'm currently not taking on new commissions because I'm too swamped with current projects**

I'm a hermit who leads a happy, simple life with my fiancée (professional YA novelist Jaclyn Dolamore) and three cats.

An old Gundam/ anime fogey who saw First Gundam on Betamax (lol) in 1980. Been building models for about 30 years, professionally for 10 of those 30.

I've produced a couple of animated shorts for anime conventions:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G3GxU… www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZvE3F…

And two animated history shorts (History With Dade).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kgAB… www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LC1Ub…

I've won awards in some model shows and have been published in Finescale Modeler and Animerica (won three mecha design challenges). I've written some fairly long articles for Modelshipwrights.com.

But after a massive case of burn out/ pre-midlife crisis, I just chill building models and act as a history adviser/ plot sounding board for my girl's novels (Magic Under Glass, Between The Sea And Sky, etc.).

Thanks for reading this self-congratulatory diatribe and I hope you enjoy my stuff! Take care.

Current Residence: Maryland, USA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XXL (I'm 6'5")
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock/ Pop
Operating System: Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard
MP3 player of choice: iTunes
Favourite cartoon character: Elpeo Ple, Ple Twelve (Marida Cruz), Paptimus Scirocco, Setsuna F. Seiei, Graham Aker, Rau Le Creuset, Mu La Flaga/ Neo Roanoke
Personal Quote: "Out in the garden I was playing the tart. I kissed your lips and broke your heart."
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Thanks for the favourite! :w00t:
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Have a wonderful birthday my friend ... take it easy for the day :meditate:
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Thanks! =)
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thanks for the watch
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Thanks a lot 4 the :+fav: !!

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chanchimi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Happy amazing birthday!
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Bang-Doll-SSI Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! 40 years old now... gah, I'm getting ancient!
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Ha ha, you're welcome! I hope you had a great day! :D
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