Monday, July 13, 2015

July Meeting Minutes

The July Meeting of the HPMS convened approximately 7:00 PM at The Deep, with nine members in attendance.

Old Business: 
The contest dominated old business. Tom Clark has placed the ads for FineScale and ScaleAuto Modeler, and the IPMS Journal.

Dave Lanteigne and Scott Jeffries have taken over the Vendor Coordinator duties from Phil Cassibry (and the club thanks him for his efforts in the past). Solicitations have been sent out to the "usual suspects" for the contest vendors. Chris Merseal of CRM will not be attending due to a conflict with a show in Austin, TX.

New Business:
HamaCon. Once again, the club had a display table at HamaCon. The display went alright, but the Make-and-Take didn't. The kits had been supplied by HamaCon, and unfortunately a number of them were glue-only kits, and none had been provided. The club decided after some discussion that, if we participate next year, we will take over the Make-and-Take and make sure the correct kits are provided. The club did get an invitation to the Triana Arts Festival.

Nationals: Eli Geher, Andy Brezinski and Skip Hassler are all going to Columbus, OH for the 2015 Nationals.  Dave will be providing contest flyers for Skip to delivery.

Show and Tell:

Curt had the metal H0229 he had been working on at HamaCon. He has most of an engine complete!

Andy brought his Intergraph Enhanced 911 truck, and he is working on the compartment that went between the cab and trailer.

Mike Mueller has finished his P-40F, with transparent sprue for the antenna and copper wire for the post-and-loop gunsight.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

June Meeting Minutes

Meeting convened at The Deep, approximately 7:00 PM.
Old Business:
There was continued discussion about preparations for the upcoming contest. Tom Clark will take care of the artwork for the awards, with a goal to complete the art by August.

Tom will also place ads for the contest in FineScale and Scale Auto Modeler, and a quarter-page ad in the IPMS Journal.

HPMS has been formally asked to provide support to a Make-and-Take at Hama-Con again this year, with a badges for the participants and a table for display. Ray will man the table Friday afternoon, Tom, Dave and Curt will be there Saturday, and Clay will take Sunday. 

New Business:
No new business
Show and Tell:
Scott Jeffries had two rebuilds of Japanese fighters from Otaki; a Ki-84 and a Ki-43. He also had a kit of a Salmson 2A2 by GasPatch 

Ed Kiker had a model of the raised bed garden he's  building at his home right now.

Ed Maslin brought in a van model that he is using as a prototype of a full-scale modification project he's working on.

Clay Williams  had another commission he's working on - an XP-59 Airacomet in a Navy paint scheme (which would make it a YF2L-1). It's an older kit, so Clay was mentioning all the filling and sanding and filling and sanding....

Andy Brezinski brought in a pair of trailer kits by Moebius, which they have just introduced. 

Mike Mueller had his in-process P-40F update, which is the AMT kit with AMTech resin nose for a Merlin-engined version version

Curt Haskell brought his in-process steampunk submarine. Shiny!

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.