Sunday, August 6, 2017

We are at Alert Level: Plaid. Panic is now officially authorized....

Our 41st model contest is now just 3 weeks away. Go ahead and panic if you want to - it's officially authorized.

But that would be a shame. We have some great new trophies for our winners this year.

And tables are going fast, but we still have some left. See our contest page about how to reserve one.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July Meeting Minutes

  The July 2017 meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 6:53 P.M. with 15 attendees.

Old Business

  The subject of awards for the HPMS 2016 model show and contest was discussed and the decision was made to utilize a medallion type award.  There will be three types, gold, silver, and bronze.  This will correspond to first, second, and third place.  This will cost between $442.00 and $515.00.  The awards for best of show will consist of five acrylic type awards.  There was discussion about a neck ribbon for the medallions and/or a case or pouch to hold them.  The final decision was to add these items.  An E-mail from Tom Clark has announced that the awards have arrived.

   There is now a table layout document available for viewing on the E-mail.

   The raffle was discussed.  We have received a donation 17 helicopter from an individual, these kits are in various scales, unbuilt.  The question of whether to buy further items for the raffle brought various views to the floor.  The chapter does not have any existing stock of kits and there was a feeling that we should not invest in further assets. The decision was made to discuss this further at the August meeting.

     Inventory of operational assets for the show is still open.  The matter of a show banner for use in the JC building was discussed and tabled for the next meeting. 

    Based on E-mails, Skip was able to contact the Omaha IPMS chapter and we are sponsoring a trophy package.  The category that we are sponsoring is 153 Rotary Wing (Civil or Military).

    Our work at the Hamacon went well, we used up 18 of 24 'make & take' kits.  The people in charge of Hamacon had allocated a table for us, but we did not man it.  There was some problem with time hacks for the 'make & take' as three different documents indicated different times for the function.

New Business

   A gentleman came to our meeting with list of unbuilt kits that he has for sale.  The list was passed around the table for the members to review.

    The subject of judges for the contest was brought up.  There was a call for head judges, Tom Clark will be the head judge for the armor category and Ed Kiker will be head judge for the miscellaneous category.  Further discussion of this matter was moved to the August meeting.

    Our chapter president requested that any members that needed name tags let him know and he will have them made.

    The insurance document from the nationals had not arrived as of the July meeting.  Dave to look into it, may have gotten sent to the wrong E-mail.

    Four members of our chapter are going to the nationals in Omaha, have a safe trip, enjoy the convention, and you have many awards to bring back to Huntsville.

    A show report was given by our chapter president, Ed Maslin.  He went to a show in Memphis, was car models only which allowed for an extensive breakdown of the categories.  He showed the members an example for the awards they used, basically a wooden plaque base, onto which the certificate attached, covered a piece of clear Plexiglas, held to the base by four brass button head nails.

    Our chapter president, Ed Maslin, announced at this meeting that due to some problems he will not be president next.  He will complete this years presidential term.

Show and Tell

Ed Kiker - A diorama of a Japanese astronaut on the moon getting ready to take his T-Shot creating a karesansui, or zen rock garden, on the Moon.

Ed also brought a figure set, modified from a wedding-cake topper into a "homecoming" vignette.

Tom Clark - 1/20th scale SAFS resin interior kit for Maschinen Krieger Super Armored Fighting Suit

Ed Maslin - 1/16th scale 1931 Ford Sedan and Ford Roadster kits, plans to "mix and match".

Alphie Onuszkanycz - 1/24th, 1/25th scale trucks - these are metal collector models, converted through the use of smaller scale chassis into tractors: a  1953 Chevy pick-up converted to a medium duty tractor truck;1953 Chevy pick-up converted to a log loader truck; 1952 Chevy cab-over-engine pick-up converted to a dump truck.  He said these were for his 'garden' railroad layout.   

Andy Brezinski - Had examples of the styrene moldings from his latest Moebius Models 53-foot trailer model.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June Meeting Minutes

The June meeting of the HPMS was held on 5 June 20017 and was called to order at 7:00 P.M.  There were 12 attendees.

Old Business

    The subject trophies for this years model show and contest was brought up with the idea of an alternate style of trophy to last years paper awards.  The idea of a medallion type of award with a case was mentioned.  This would be similar to the type of award used at the Murfreesboro.  There also the idea of making our own awards utilizing a 3D printer.  But there was some question as to whether the quantity of trophies we need could be produced on the printer and questions regarding the cost of materials.  The time factor was brought up as a decision will have to be made at the July meeting.  Tom Clark volunteered to research this subject.

     There have been more vendor table reservations but no numbers were mentioned.  Tom Clark needs to know the number of tables so he can generate to table set up map.

     Kits for the show raffle were discussed.  Due to the time factor obtaining prizes for the raffle is a priority.

     The situation of people removing their models from the contest tables before the placing of the ward for the model was mentioned.  As the layout of the JC Building does not allow for the model display area to be closed off during judging it was decided that friendly reminders to not disturb the judges while they are doing their work and to please leave the models on the table so that the award can be placed with them would suffix.

    Inventory of operational assets for the show is still open.

    The subject of sponsoring a trophy package for the IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2019 is to be tabled.

    The subject of sponsoring a trophy package for the IPMS National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska has been dropped. Two members of HPMS have made efforts to contact the listed POC for the convention but there have been no replies from that individual. 

New Business

   The chapter has been contacted by the Hamacon presenters to manage the 'Make & Take' the Saturday afternoon of the gathering.  The chapter has a few kits left from last years function and has ordered more.  We will not have a table at the Hamacon this year.  The matter was discussed and it was decided that the ROI, new members, to HPMS, was not yielding the desired results.

   The July meeting of HPMS will be held on 3 July, 2017.  While this is the  Monday prior to the Fourth of July the membership felt that for consistency we would stay with the first Monday of the month. 

Show and Tell

 M.E. Mueller - 1/25th scale 1978 4 WD pickup.  Replacement engine is from the 'Mod Box' and is also replacing the wheels and tires.  There will be more mods coming.

Andy Brezinski - A box of aircraft models, mostly 1/48th scale, from childhood, 'They still exist'.  Also a 1/25th scale "Super Boss" truck kit and a 1/25th scale "Papa Truck" Kenworth Aerodyne.

Trevor Bennett - 1/35th scale M-1A1 AIM Abrams tank.  This is part of Thunder Run Museum project for the 3rd Inf Div.  The tank is modeled after tank C-33 "Call to Arms".

Ed Kiker - Brought in a box of wood, mainly tree branches, that were in rather interesting condition due to exposure to the elements, would make good components in a diorama.

Tom Clark - Maschinen Kreiger kits, Nadesico resin vs injection kit.  12 'capsule' Mak suits in 1/35th scale various types.  These are a 'grab bag' offering, and some 1/20th scale figures for MaK.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May Meeting Minutes

The meeting of the HPMS for May was held on 1 May, 2017 and called to order at 7:11 P.M.   There were 8 attendees.

Old Business

The August 26 HPMS show and contest information has been updated on the HPMS blog page.  So far 5 positive replies have been received from vendors regarding attendance at our show, the actual number of tables that have been sold to these individuals was not mentioned.  The chapter has received payment for tables from two of the five individuals. 
There will be flyers for our show going with an individual from HPMS to the IPMS show and contest in Louisville, Kentucky.  There will be an announcement of our show for 2017 placed in both Fine Scale Modeler and Scale Auto magazines with will be in the September issue that will be sent out in July.  The show announcement that will appear in the IPM S USA Journal  will need be coordinated with the IPMS regional coordinator no later the June, this has not been acted on yet.  Tom Clark said he will handle this.
Inventory of assets our show needed to operate has not been conducted.

The subject of sponsoring a trophy package for the IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2018 is still open.  

 The subject of sponsoring a trophy package for the IPMS National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska is still open.  Noted at this meeting was that an E-mail was sent to one Scott Hackney who was shown as a contact point for the convention.  As of this meeting no reply has been received, a follow-up E-mail will be sent to him this week.

New Business

The subject of 'Make and Take' was brought up as kits from an individual for this purpose was offered to the chapter. The function of 'Make and Take' was used by the chapter when the Christmas event as sponsored by Southerland Trains was held.  This event is no longer held as Southerland Trains is no longer in business.  The HPMS has conducted a 'Make and Take' at the Hamacon event for the past two years.  There was discussion as to whether the chapter obtained any tangible results from this endeavor and the general view seemed to be "no".  As far as participation in this years Hamacon, no decision was made, we would wait to see if the presenters of Hamacon contacted the chapter.

Show and Tell

Tom Clark - Two items, a "Gorilla Mech" kit, the genesis being a future piece of hardware for the Marines; A spaceship from the game 'Homeworld'. This was done a 3D printer purchased by Tom.

Andy Brezinski - A box of 1/25th scale pick-up truck and van models done by Andy in the 1980s, some interesting vehicles among them.

Scott Jeffery - Two relatively new kits, a 1/32nd scale Italeri Mirage IIIC and a 1/48th scale Yak-28P Firebar by Bobcat. Scott also mentioned a 1/32nd scale F-104A, I believe he said by Italeri, and 1/48th scale World War I Spad XIII.   All these were Christmas gifts from his wife.

Dan Thompson - A Wolf Man Cane.  The headpiece is cast resin, the inspiration for the cane came from the 1941 'Wolf Man' movie. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Meeting Minutes

 The April meeting of HPMS was called to order at 7:00 P.M., 3 April, 2017.  There were 15 attendees.

Old Business

   The first item discussed was where and when to place announcements for out 2017 show and contest, this aggravated by short lead time we have.  There was discussion of placing announcements in both Fine Scale Modeler and Scale Auto. The cost for announcements in both magazines would be $70.00.  There were also concerns about the build time between issue dates of the magazines, when people would receive them, and our show date.  A point was taken that as of now the only issue of FSM that our announcement would appear in is the September issue which will be sent out in July.  I believe the final decision was to put an announcement in FSM.  There was also discussion on placing an announcement in the IPMS USA Journal.

   The status of contest material and other assets required for the accomplishment of the show was discussed.  Currently an inventory has not been completed.

New Business

   The subject of HPMS sponsoring trophy package for the IPMS National Convention at Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2018 was discussed.  The nature of the package would depend on the ideas of the host IPMS chapter or an idea that we may have.  The idea of having Marshal Space Flight Center involved was put forth, particularly should the package be a space, sci fi, or a rocket/missile category.  A member of HPMS who works at MSFC volunteered to contact the function at Marshal that would be concerned with this task.

  The subject of HPMS sponsoring a trophy package for the IPMS National Convention at Omaha, Nebraska this year was discussed.  What the package would be would depend on the category although a category of 'Real Space' was mentioned.  The chapter secretary was tasked with contacting the Omaha IPMS.

  The chapter president announced that should anyone need a name tag tell him and he would have them made.

  A report on the  Anniston model show and contest was made.  Basically, a lot of models with what appeared to be more armor then aircraft. 

Show and Tell

Skip - A boat model from an individual collection

Ed Kiker - Six models of the Statue of Liberty remodeled in various configurations and dress.  This is based on 'what if' scenarios that ran from the United States losing World War II to the statue being forgotten and falling apart, sort of 'Planet of the Apes'.

Andy Brezinski - Further work on his Freightliner FLD 120, weathered chassis, lot of good detail.

Dan Thompson - Space Ship Bifrost 1/300 scale.  This model is based on a spacecraft as described in Farmer in the Sky  by Robert A. Heinlein.  Model was scratch built using a 1/72 scale V-2 rocket model.

Vincent Lewis - 1/100 scale Sazabi Ver Ka Gunda, in the process of weathering and customizing the model, work looked good.

Trevor Bennett - Had two new model kits, an X-47B, a type of UAV and a F-35C.  Also had a new book about M-1A1, Vol 1 by Sabot Publications

Martin Burkey - 1/48th scale Monogram P-51B; Horizon Mercury Redstone Rocket; 1/48th scale Hobby Boss SU-27; Assorted decals.  Gave a demonstration of rare earth magnets for a Star Destroyer model.

Tom Clark - 1/35th scale Tamiya M-41 Walker 'Bulldog' tank with the theme "Too Much Weathering...?".  Was to go into the humor in modeling category at the Nashville, TN show.

Ed Maslin - 'Panic Stop' diorama less the police car, definitely an interesting piece of work when finished.

A Final Note

   This does not have to do with HPMS but it is an aspect of involvement with IPMS that adds to the value of membership at all levels.  We have all meet, in the course of attending various IPMS functions, notable people from aviation, space programs, and the military.  There are sometimes though when we find out, sometimes years later, that there are people in our own chapters that have had interesting lives.  

    I have been involved with IPMS since the early 1970s beginning in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  I was initially in the first IPMS chapter in Cleveland.  One of the people in that chapter was Andy Vidra.  He was an older man and as time went on I found out that he had been an aircraft mechanic in the Army Air Force during World War II.  He had fought in the Philippines, was captured and survived to Death March.  I never asked him about what happened to him during the course of his confinement by the Japanese.  Andy is no longer with alive.

   The April issue of the Western Reserve Chapter news letter, Page 4, had a small piece about Andy and a picture.  This picture has appeared in numerous books about the fall of the Philippines and the Death March.  I will no longer look at that picture in the same way.  When I look at pictures with Paul Tibbets in them I can say that I have met that man.  Now, when I look at this particular picture of the Death March I can say I knew that man, the one to the right foreground with his arms raised.  I have attached that page.  

- Ray Bushnell

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