Wednesday, March 18, 2020

All Meetings Suspended Until Further Notice

March Meeting Minutes

The March 2020 of the HPMS was called to order at 7:02 P.M. on 2 March, 2020.  There were 13 attendees.  The minutes of the February 2020 were read and approved.

Old Business

The discussion as to a new meeting venue continued.  Recent E-mails have indicated that a serious look has been done at Huntsville Public Library.  The location is good but they require a $50.00 deposit that is paid before each use of the meeting room and would be returned after the use of the room.  One of the members of the chapter stated he would continue to pursue the Hobby Lobby in Madison.  There was motion brought forward to 'table' this discussion and this was agreed to.

An organization has been designated for remaining portion of our yearly Christmas donation.  The organization is the 'Models for Troops'.

The location for the chapter's 2020 model show and contest has been made.  The subject flyers was brought up, it was determined that flyers need to be ready to take to the Anniston show that is happening towards the end of the month.  As this is a new location for the show, a map will have to be part of the flyer.  The structure of the show will be the same as last year.  There was suggestion that the status of the rules be checked and updated should there be a need for such action.

New Business

Congratulations to Tom Clark for his first place win at the model figure and AMPS event in Atlanta.  The entry that won was the 'Muleskinner' that was part of our group for the IPMS National Convention.

Show and Tell

Ed Kiker - Prehistoric Doedocurus.  This animal was kin to today's Armadillos, but about 6 foot tall 12 foot long.

Mike Hazlewood - 1/72nd Hasegawa P2V-7S Neptune Navy Patrol Aircraft from VP-56/LQ21A. Impressive work.

Bill Nichols - 1/48th scale Zoukei-Mura F-4J Phantom II.  Extra detailing includes resin engine nozzles, and seamless intakes.  Eduard photoetch, Hypersonic Models canopy details, crew  figures, and HGW stencils.  The markings are for VF-114, Aardvarks.   

February Meeting MInutes

The February meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 7:05 P.M. on 3 Frebruary, 2020.  There were 17 attendees.  The minutes of the December 2019 meeting were read and approved.

Old Business

The search for a different meeting venue is still open.  The Campus 805 site was discussed.  Also the Madison City Hall was mentioned but the distance for some members could be a problem.  Now, the HPMS did meet at this location for a short period of time a number of years ago.  Huntsville Public Library was also brought forward forward.  Should we decide to use this facility we may have to change our meeting date to Tuesday.  I was a member of an organization that held meetings at the library, but I cannot remember the size of the room.  At this point the search continues.

The allocation of $500.00 to a charity is still being pursued.

New Business

The members of HPMS now have been informed, via the E-mails, that we will not be able to conduct our 2020 show and contest at the JC building.  We have been offered the use of the gyms at the old Grissom High School.  A site survey was conducted by Dave Lanteigne and Skip Hassler, they took photos of the gym, and posted them via E-mail.  We have the use of both gyms and as of this meeting we had not put down any money and still had the option to decline.  Dave and Skip were told that the cost of this venue would be equal to or less then the fee for use of the JC building.  They were also told that tables and chairs would be provided.  Would these tables and chairs be moved from the JC building or are these assets already at the gyms?  Also should the tables and chairs be already at the gym site, what is the condition of these assets?  Are they usable?  Models dropping to the floor would not be a pretty sight. After discussion the decision was to firm up the August show dates and pay the fee for the use of the gyms.  The decisions regarding table layout and which gym will be used for model display and vendors will be made as the show date approaches.

Dave Lanteigne has received notice that the HPMS charter with IPMS National has officially been renewed.

The business license for our 2020 show and contest has been obtained.

The Anniston model show and contest is 28 March.  The weekend of 21 thru 23 February has a figure show in Atlanta.

The 'build nite' for this month will be 17 February, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at The Deep Game and Comic Book Store.

Show and Tell

Andy Brezinski - 1/12th scale Revell 2010 Ford Mustang GT 500.  The scratch built door jambs are complete and started working on the doors.

Skip Hassler - 1/350th scale Langley CV-1.  Hull and flight deck supports complete.

Len Snitch - 1/48th scale Chance Vought XF5U-1 "Flying Pancake".  Will build it eventually, unusual subject,  only modern kit in 1/48th scale, but was a Christmas Gift.

Bruce O'Gorman - 1/72nd scale Hobby Boss F-84E Thunderjet.  WIP, partial assembly.  First kit I've seen that had the fuselage molded as one piece.  Will model as 'in flight'.

Ed Kiker - Grim Reaper.  Represents effects of electromagnetic pulse on electric grid, collapse of society.  The figure is about 1/16th scale and cast material. Also had some "flying saucers" made from cheap party dinnerware.

Scott Jeffery - 1/48th scale Morane Salnier MS 406. Missing Link resin wings, Cutting Edge wheels, Missing Link cockpit, and scratch built radiator.  This kit was a real challenge.  1/48th scale Gotha G V World War I German bomber.

Martin Burkey - Bandi Star Destroyer, Anyrand XB-70 bomber, and 3D printed Klingon Keschar.

Bill Nichols - 1/72nd Meng F-102 Delta Dagger. In-process build.  Detailed cockpit, engine exhaust nozzle, and landing gear bays.  Added nav/position lights.  Markings are for Wisconsin Air National Guard.  (Bill attended college in Madison, Wisconsin when these were flying)

Ray Bushnell - 1/35th scale Dragon Russian T-72M2 medium tank.  This model was about three quarters built and into veterans museum as part of a stash that a retiring Army officer had.  Had to do major work on the drive sprockets so I could use the metal tracks.  1/35th scale Tamiya T-55A.  This was close to being completed by somebody else.  As luck would have it the individual appeared to be a good model builder as there was not a lot of clean-up work to be done.  Tracks need to put on, not sure about weathering, and the tow cables and spare track shoes need to be added. 1/35th scale Italeri M-109A1 SP 155MM Howitzer with late production turret.  This model was put together from parts of a couple M-109 kits and an M-109A6 hull.  At the time I was attempting to model an M-109A2.  AFV Club now has a 1/35th scale model of the M-109A2. 1/35th scale M-109A1 turret early production, work in progress.  A bit of a note here.  All of the Italeri M-109 variants and the M-108 kit are either missing parts that were on the real vehicles or have parts on them that were removed from later variants of the M-109.

Monday, December 9, 2019

December Meeting Minutes

The December, 2019 meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 7:05 P.M. on 2 December.  There were 14 attendees.  The minutes of the November, 2019 meeting were read and approved.

Old Business

  The search for a new meeting venue is continuing.  Basically, questions of fees and distance for members are items of consideration.

   The allocation of $500.00 to a charity is still being pursued.  There was the suggestion of donation to the veterans memorial museum among other considerations.

   The position of vice president for the chapter was addressed.  Bruce O'Gorman was nominated for the vp position and, with no opposition, was voted to the vp position.  Congratulations Bruce.

New Business

   The HPMS holiday dinner will be held at the El Coyote restaurant in Madison on 10 January, 2020.  The event will begin at 6:30 P.M.

   The question was raised as to whether an inquiry had been made to the JC Building facility about available dates for our yearly show and contest.  I have not checked with Dave, my plan is to visit the JC Building on Monday and see where we stand.

   The December 'build night' will be 16 December, 6:00 P.M. to 8: P.M. at The Deep Comic Book and Game Store.

Show and Tell   

Andy Brezinski - 1/12th scale 2010 Ford Shelby GT 500 Mustang.  Cut doors out and fabricated door jambs.

Bill Nichols - 1/48th scale Zoukei - Mura F-4J Phantom.  In progress - Cockpit and fuselage assembled. Added GT-resin seamless intakes and Aires resin afterburner cans and nozzles.

Bruce O'Gorman - Small scale USS Discovery and USS Shenzou from 'Star Trek' series.  These are straight builds (OOB).  1/35th scale Tamiya M-561 'Gamma Goat'. Scratch building building plywood (Sheet plastic) shelter of tactical operations center.  Also adding resin cabin cover.  Paint work to take place when weather warms up.  The M-561 was part of Task Force Bayonet, a "jump" T.O.C. circa 1984.

Blake Parker - 1/72nd scratch built Magellan Venus Orbiter.  Built Magellen spacecraft from scratch as payload for 4D Vision shuttle orbiter.  Main body built from a "For Sale" sign and struts built from Evergreen plastic rods of various diameters.  Cut high gain antenna was built from plastic Christmas ornament.  Model is based on 1/48th scale papernkit that was scaled down and traced onto plastic sheet.  I do not typically build in plastic, so this was a bit of a stretch for me.

E. Kyker - 1/1 scale lichen that he found while hiking. This can be rejuvenated and used in dioramas.

November Meeting Minutes

The November 2019 meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 7:05 P.M., 4 November.  There were 14 attendees.  The meeting minutes of the October meeting were read and approved.

Old Business

The subject of a different venue to conduct the chapter's monthly meetings was continued.  A member of the chapter is looking into Hobby Lobby.  He was not at this months meeting, but he did inform another member that there has not been progress on this front.  There were other venues discussed, Straight to Ale, Campus 805, others.  The subject of fees to use a new venue was brought up, but the general consensus was that the chapter could sustain the cost.  The decision was made to continue the search for a new venue.

The matter of donations of model kits to veterans groups that help veterans with PTSD was discussed.  Basically, there has been no movement on this subject.  I have talked with David Carney and he has suggested we contact 'Still Serving Veterans'.

New Business

There was discussion regarding the chapter's Christmas season donations to charities.  The final decision was that the chapter would allocate $1,000.00.  This donation amount will be divided with $500.00 given to Toys for Tots, with the remaining $500.00 given to a charity to be determined. 

The subject of election of chapter officers was brought to the floor.  Basically, Andy Brezinski will remain President, I will remain Secretary, and Dave Lanteigne will remain as Treasurer.  The post of chapter Vice President was not decided.  In conjunction with elections renewal of the chapter charter was mentioned.  A count was taken and there are enough IPMS National members to maintain our status.

The movie "They Shall Not Grow Old" is going to be shown again in Huntsville on 7 December.  A request that a chapter 'movie night' be scheduled for that day was brought forward.  Tom Clark asked that those wishing to attend thye showing let him know.

The November Build Night will be 18 November, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Deep Game and Comic Book Store.

Show and Tell   

Andy Brezinski - 'Browns Tailgate Party'  1/25th scale 1972 Cheyenne pickup truck, mostly box stock with ignition wires added.  The smoker trailer is scratch built, this included plastic shapes and PVC pipe.

Trevor Bennett - 1/35th scale M1A2C.  The basic kit is from RFM and was an M1A2V2.  3D printer parts were added to include updated MILES simulators and additional turret frontal armor.

Ed Kiker - Evolution of Elephants in plastic kit skeletons.  With little change in body but major changes in the tusks. He is doing a set of 7 elephant evolution skeletons.

Martin Burkey - 1/48th scale Eduard P-51D Mustang, 1/48th scale AMK F-14D and Super Star Destroyer from the Star War movies.

Chuck Segar - 1/32nd scale Hasegawa P-47D.  First try at bare metal finish, scratch added details on landing gear and cockpit.  The markings and paint work is of an aircraft flown by Major Tice.

Bill Nichols - 1/72nd Special Hobby Douglas Skyrocket.  This was built for an on line group, "The Year You Were Born". On 19 November, 1953 Scott Crossfield broke Mach 2 in the Douglas Skyrocket.  I was born a few weeks later.  1/48th scale Zoukei-Mura F-4J Phantom.  A beautifully engineered kit.  I started this last weekend and have just completed the highly-detailed cockpit. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

October Meeting Minutes

The October 2019 meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 7:09 P.M.  There were 19 attendees.  The meeting minutes of the September meeting were read and approved.

Old Business

The HPMS was informed by Chattanooga IPMS that the matter regarding the 'special category' is resolved and that no further action is needed.

The shortening of the display table leg risers is proceeding and should be completed in plenty of time for next years HPMS show and contest.

The matter of donating kits to help veterans suffering PTSD was brought to the table.  A couple of our members who had volunteered to contact groups that deal with veterans accomplished this but have so far received no response.  The group 'Big Brothers' was mentioned as was the idea of taking kits to the VA clinic in Huntsville and placing them on a table for the taking.

The discussion of an alternate meeting place continued.  The member of the chapter who works for HEMSI mentioned that while the conference room at HEMSI headquarters is free he would have to be there and this would not always be the case.  The idea of a meeting room at a restaurant was mentioned, and while there may not be a fee involved there would be, on the part of the restaurant, the idea that the HPMS members would purchase food.  The idea was broached of utilization of the party room at an apartment complex.   HPMS has done this a couple of times in the past and it has worked, but location maybe a factor.  The decision was to continue pursue the matter.  

New Business

No New Business was brought to the floor.

Show and Tell 

Martin Burkey - Three new items. Bandai 1/5000th Star Destroyer, 1/48th scale Eduard P-51D Mustang, and 1/48th Caracal decals for the SR-71 'Blackbird. 
Scott Ridley - 1/72nd scale Modelcollect M983A2 HEMIT.  Built out-of-box.  Had to modify some parts for fit.  Last built military subject was 'around' 1992 or 1993.

M.E. Mueller - 1/35 scale DML M4A1.  A straight build, done as MTO, about 1943-1944 period.

Eli Geher - 1/35th scale ICM new kit of World War I Liberty Truck.  1/48th scale 3D printed tail  group for Vans RV-4 homebuilt.

Tom Clark - Muleskinner 14 1/72nd scale Apollo 27 Group Build.  U. S. Navy transport, basically 1/72nd Apollo 27 kit, PVC pipe, styrene dinner ware and lots of plastruct.

Bruce O'Gorman - 1/35th scale Tamiya M151A2. WIP paint and decals, finishing in process. Applied plastic sheet for rear window.  Represents my time in Honduras.

Barbara Denza - 1/25th scale 1940 Ford Convertible.  Painted with Testors One Coat lacquer Root Beer.  Wired engine and alternator, scratch built braided radiator hoses, and added seat belts.  Flocked carpet and door kick panels.  Also added braided oil lines.

Bill Nichols - 1/72nd scale Special Hobby Fairey Barracuda.  Built mostly out-of-box.  Represents an aircraft from HMS Collosus in 1946.  1/72nd scale Hasegawa A-4E Skyhawk.  This kit is 50 years old (1969) and goes together beautifully.  I built this 'in-flight".  Base is from Coastal Kits.  AGM-45 Shrike being launched has a smoke plume made using Raton wool stretched over an acrylic rod.

Ken Denza - 1/25th scale 1965 Chevelle SS (Pro Street).  Billet aluminum wheels from Jim Padgett.  Wired tach and alternator.  The rear tubs from 1966 Nova by AMT.  Braided stainless steel heater hoses.  Custom built exhaust.  Lowered front end, added fuel lines and brake line.  Wired electric fan, flocked the carpet, added speaker grilles, and black washed the grille.  1912 Paddy Wagon.  Painted with Testors Deja Blue. Replaced engine, added spark plugs wires, wired alternator, and MSD box.  The scoop is from 1941 Willys.  Breather caps from Detail Master.  Also added seat belts.

Ed Kiker - Plastic dinosaur and mammal skeleton kits.  They are Pterosaurus, Ornithoheirus, Quetzolcoatlus, Spinasaurus Aegypticus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Smilodon (Sabertooth Cat), Wooly Mammoth, Glyptodon, Giant Ground Sloth, and Diotryma (Giant Terror Bird).

Correction to September meeting minutes Show and Tell  

Barbara Denza - 1/25th scale 1940 Ford Convertible (WIP).  Paint Testors One Coat-Root Beer.  Modelhaus big and little tires.  Added alternator and wired it.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

September Meeting Minutes

      The September meeting of the HPMS was called to order on 9 September at 7:05 P.M.  There were 16 attendees.  The minutes of the August 2019 meeting were read and approved.

Old Business

     The IPMS National Convention held in Chattanooga, Tennessee was discussed.  Those of our chapter that attended this event enjoyed it and spent money.  Our chapter was suppose to provide the award for and judge the special category that themed around the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon.  As it turned out HPMS did not judge the special category and Chattanooga IPMS supplied the award.  After further discussion it was decided that HPMS would attempt to reimburse Chattanooga for the special category ward.

      Our show and contest was evaluated.  We a total of 302 entries in the contest and 69 entrants.  We were in the positive on the monetary side.  The vendors had no comments regarding the tax forms, appears they are used to them by now.  The vendor table spacing did appear to be tight, so that is something that will have to be watched next time.  There was discussion regarding the height of our display tables with the final result being that we will shorten the table risers to 16 inches.

      The subject to donate money to veterans organizations that assists in the recovery of military personnel who have PTSD was brought up.  The idea that we could donate kits to such organizations was also mentioned.    We did recently acquire a large amount of paints, model tools, figure kits, and figure related items, through Tom Clark, from a veteran dealing with PTSD, but who found it was not a good route for him.  This event generated a question as to what complexity of kits we would donate, relatively basic 'starter kits' or or others that vary in complexity.  One of our members volunteered to take point and would contact the organization Still Serving Veterans.

New Business   

      There is a contest and model show Little Rock, Arkansas 28 September, not if any of the chapter people will, distance matter.

      Hotel Reservations for the IPMS National Convention 2020 accepted beginning 10 September.  The convention will be 27 July thru 1 August 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. The convention hotel has already been booked solid.

      The chapter maybe relocating to a new meeting place.  We were holding our meetings at The Deep on the first Wednesday of each month.  The problem was it was 'game night' and the second floor area was noisy.  We changed to the first Monday of each month as there was not a lot gamers  on that night so it was relatively quite.  For whatever reason that has changed.  During the course it was mentioned that one of our members who is involved with HEMSI said one time that the meeting room in their office building could be made available.  Further research will need to be done on this.

      The September 'build night' will be 16 September, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at The Deep comic book and game store. 

Show and Tell 

Curt Haskell - Presented the 1/48th scale P-38 Lighting kit.  He won this at the IPMS National Convention, the kit is a pre-production run.  This is a  Tamiya kit and is then early P-38.

Robert Osborne - World War II Toons Pershing, was built for a friend.

Andy Brezinski - 1/25th scale 'smoker' trailer.  This will be all scratch built and will be towed by his recently completed 1/25th scale Cleveland Browns Chevy pick-up truck. 

Bill Nichols - 1/72nd Special Hobby Fairey Barracuda.  Being built mainly OOB, except for the vacuform canopy he had to make when he broke the kit canopy.  Also had a space craft kit to show.

Ken Denza - 1/25th scale Revell 1965 Chevelle SS Pro Street.  Paint is Tamiya Coral Blue.  The engine, alternator, electric fan, and tach are all wired.  Also flocked the interior and added seatbelts.  The trim is done in bare metal, also polished aluminum drive shaft.  Added speaker grills, back half is from the 66 Nova tubs.  Added fuel line and brake lines.  Billet aluminum oil filter.

Blake Parker - 1/72nd scale space transport - Original concept for near-future Lunar/Low Gravity, No atmosphere Planetary body.  Design almost entirely designed in MS Word using "shapes" function plus nose  section borrowed from Star Trek shuttle craft.  Plastics parts taken from 1/200th scale Saturn rocket kits or thermoformed from scrap plastic material.  1/72nd space shuttle cutaway - Altered paint scheme to reflect early Atlantis (Previously Discovery).  Added Real Space Models decal set and scratch built figures.  Currently scratch building Magellan Venus orbiter payload based on paper model template.   

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