Wednesday, July 1, 2015

HPMS at Hama-Con

For the second year, HPMS conducted a Make-and-Take at Hama-con, and operated a table display.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May Meeting Minutes for the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society

Meeting convened at 7pm with 11 members attending. Meeting was chaired by His Veepness, Phil Cassibry.

Old Business:
Contest - Tom Clark discussed advertizing for the show. The deadline is coming up for advertising in the IPMS Journal, FineScale, and Scale Auto. The club voted to do an ad in one issue each. Tom will work on the quarter-page artwork for the IPMS Journal.

- Awards will be done by the same shop that did the awards last time. Tom will prepare the artwork.

-  The business license will be taken care of by Dave Lanteigne.

- Vendor coordinator duties will be shared between Scott Jeffries and Dave, with Phil assisting as necessary.  The club will use the Google phone and email as established on the website for vendor communication.

- Tom will take care of posting contest information on the FineScale and Scale Auto websites.

- There was further discussion regarding having food trucks at the contest. Tom has made contact with one of the operators, and will be contacting them.

New Business:
- There has been an official request for the club to support Hama-con (26-28 June 2015) with a make-and-take, and possibly a club table. Details will be finalized at the next club meeting in June.

- Anniston show report. Ed Kiker and Eli Geher were there, and reported a lighter-than-usual turn-out for both models and vendors. Ed reported taking two 1st place and one 3rd place awards.

Tom brought his finished BA-64B, complete with commander, Ivan Ivanovich.

Ray spoke about his recent experience building Dragon halftracks.

Andy Brezinski had the next stage of his Intergraph Enhanced 911 demo truck - looking good! Andy discussed how he had used his vacuuformer to generate new wheel hubs for the tractor and trailer.

Eli had a paper model of the CSS Huntsville that he had made for the museum.

Clay Williams brought a Warhammer 40K Waveserpent grav-tank that he is building as a commission for a customer. He reports that the commission business is doing quite well, thank you.

Mike Mueller had a resin P-40 nose to update a kit he had.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Minutes for the April 2015 Meeting

Meeting convened approximately 7pm in the upper room of The Deep, with 11 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Ed "Big Daddy" Maslin presiding.

Old Business
- Contest: The contest date has been registered and is listed on the IPMS website now. Dave was not present to provide an update on venue insurance from IPMS. 
- The next order of business was discussed. Tom suggested the next item is quarter page ads in FineScale, IPMS and Scale Auto. He will work on that soon. 
-  Skip brought up the issue of food at the contest. There have been some suggestions that having food at the venue would be beneficial to the vendors (who don't want leave their tables unmanned for long) and people who don't like dealing with Airport/Whitesburg Rd traffic. (*coughcough*Eli*coughcough). There was some discussion about having one or more food trucks at the contest, but the legality of that on city property was brought up by Tom. Skip planned to go to the Jaycees building and ask the attendants there about precedent. 

New Business
The visitor to the table was Charlie, who builds a mix of air defense subjects. Introductions were made and he wasn't scared away. Yet.

Anniston (Birmingham IPMS/Phantom Phlashers) show is this weekend. A poll was taken to see who is going, and Tom distributed flyers to those planning on going to ensure that some will make it down there. 

Tom commented on the cover of the latest issue of MicroMark, which featured a computer controlled desktop laser cutter for sale. There ensued a lively discussion between the "newer is better" school and the "bash the rocks together until a model comes out" school of though.

Show and Tell

Tom brought his 1/48 BA-64B, which he had started at the Iron Modeler contest last year. Tom plans on entering it at Anniston.

Andy brought the cab of his Intergraph Enhanced 911 Demo Truck, and talked about the problems he has had with a warped floorboard, which most of the club agreed was a personal hangup and he should just move on, dude.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Another Mad Model Party Begins!

You've got an hour to get down to The Deep and join us for the next Mad Model Party!

Be there, or be square.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Minutes for the March 2015 Meeting of the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society

Meeting convened approximately 7 PM with 11 members present, despite threats of apocalyptic weather.

Old Business
Contest - Scott Jeffries and Dave Lantienge will be working with Phil Cassibry to take over his duties as vendor coordinator for the upcoming contest. Phil will be transferring all the files he has to them for next year.

Tom Clark handed out flyers for the contest to all the vendors at Chattanooga last month, and had a generally positive reception from most of them about attendance. Tom has already talked to the regional coordinator about our date, and will be submitting the information to the Local Chapter Coordinator to get the even listed on the IPMS website.

Flyers for our contest can be found here. Please use them wherever you can!

New Business
Hama-con - The club elected to support Hama-con again this year, sometime in June. Dave will be contacting Michelle Timon about details.

Nationals Categories - The club elected to support a trophy pack at the 2015 Nationals this year, and submitted for category 600 (Real Spacecraft, Missiles, and Vehicles), with 698 (Out-of-the-Box Space & Science-Fiction Vehicles) as an alternate.
Show and Tell

Scott brought an old La-5 he built long ago, and the Spitfire he started at the last Iron Modeler bur failed to finish in time. He also brought a recently acquired "Grail" kit - an 1/48 MPM He-114 "Grief" Hitech. He also reported that the Ki-49 has been exiled to the Island of Lost Toys for the time being.

John Wade brought in a LukGraph kit of a Boulton Paul Bodmin - an aircraft so rare that nobody even knows what a "Bodmin" is. (It turns out it's a town in England. Or maybe the moor nearby.)

Ed brought in a VW beetle he bought as built-up model and has subjected to his tender mercies. Which has included in chopping the roof, installing a NASCAR engine and suspension and new wheels, fenders and running boards. The comment was made that you could provide electricity to a small community if you hooked a generator up to Doctor-Professor Ferdinand Porsche.

Skip brought in a old Strombecker model of a Sikorsky S-43 he acquired from E-bay. Wood for the win, baby!

Tom had a variety of 1/20 scale female figure to use in his MaK3D kits. He also had a kit from the Space Battleship Yamato reboot, and a Meng 1/35 FT-17 kit he had bought at Chattanooga.

Andy had the frame of his Intergraph truck chassis, with all the built-up assemblies before installing the pre-drive shaft. Andy used aluminum tape for the hose clamps. He reported that the cab is ready to be painted, but didn't bring it.