Hi Brian - Mike's suggestion on russian surplus is pretty good. You could also contact Elon Musk and see if he has any spare spacex stuff he might be willing to sell to raise some cash...or maybe they salvaged something from the last rocket that blew up that might be useable for pen making.I'm struggling to find a V2 rocket to salvage a modified nose cone. This kitless stuff is hard. :frown:
Wow!!! This is a first. I don't know how to handle this. I'm used to trying to think up encouraging and motivational things to say to members who don't think they will be able to get something done in time.Get this contest started already,I just got my first kitless done and it's ready for the show.
Well....I know it would be a major disappointment, but you could always consider buying a piece of aluminum. 200 years ago aluminum was rarer and more precious than gold. Much easier to get and much more affordable these days. Almost certainly more cost effective to buy it than to smelt your own. Still smelting your own aluminum for your pen would have to score you some votes in the polls.Geez, now I need to learn new languages? It won't matter if my bauxite doesn't smelt.
It's a tradeoff. Curiosity vs need to have contest entries. Our need to have contest entries wins. It's a matter of self preservation for all members. I believe that if Derek's contests get more entries than my contest it will trigger a zombie apocalypse. We don't need a zombie apocalypse. So, it's important that you have an entry for this contest, even if that means we have to wait to see that fantastic pen you have created.First you wanna see it,now you don't.I'm getting mixed messages here.
Hi Carl - I like the idea of progress pictures, but there has always seemed to be a strong preference for anonymous voting amongst the IAP members to make sure people are voting for pens and not pen makers. But when it comes to kitless, many pen makers have a very distinctive design / materials / and or technique and the pictures may not be as anonymous as some would prefer when it comes time to voting. I also happen to think that the membership is mature enough to vote for the best pen and not factor the maker into their decision. But that's just my opinion.so I know we can't show pictures of the finished pen anywhere online, but what about progress pictures?
I'm making a pen for a customer right now that might be a good candidate for the contest, but I also am showing him progress pics along the way.
Hi Phil. It looks like part of your post got mangled. Maybe Derek hacked you or something. Anyway, I restored it to your original intent in the quoted text above. I think a finely crafted pen stand would be a great complement to a finely crafted kitless pen. But you can't think about a stand until you have a pen!!!While yall are all standing around wondering which additional contest to enter after you have finished your KITLESS WONDER, I think this is the the one to consider.
http://www.penturners.org/forum/f299/2015-se-pen-stand-compititon-133477/ But make sure you finish your kitless entry before you get going on your stand. The pen is the star of the show and the stand should bend to its will. Not the other way around!!!
Fantastic. I haven't downloaded the entry yet. I'll get to it this afternoon. Right now (unless I've missed some entries) you would have a pretty good shot at getting at least second place. There still 2 weeks for entries, but you could claim to be a top two entrant for the time being.Greetings
Just sent my submission today. I was hoping there would be only two other participants so I could possibly win something. Oh well, I'm looking forward to seeing all the fantastic pens.
TWO pens!! That's great Dale. With these IAP contests, it's a about the pictures when it comes to voting. I would take pictures of both of them and whichever one looks better on your computer screen is the one to enter. Of course, if they both look equally great on the computer screen then you could just flip a coin.
Well, that would be a major disappointment. There is almost 2 weeks left to go. I hope you can find the time to pull something together. Even if you don't have time to create a once in a lifetime masterpiece, I bet any pen you would create would be a huge inspiration to the IAP membership and start more than a few members down the road to kitless. Don't deny those members the inspiration they need to advance their art!! You can do it Carl. I know you can.Haven't even started anything for this. Not sure if I'll have the time unfortunately.