Monday, July 18, 2016

Club Meeting - 11 July 2016

Meeting convened at 7:00 PM at The Deep, President Ed "The Head" Maslin presiding.

Old Business

HAMACON 7. 

Tom, Dave and Ray all manned the HPMS table at HAMACON in June (see the posts regarding that). All reported a moderate level of interest in the group and the contest in September, which is usual. The Make-and-Take went well. The robot kits went first, indicating that more of those might be needed next time. There was also a shortage of sprue cutters - we had about 4-5 people per set of cutters at the event.

Contest:


  • The contest is now listed on Craigslist.
  • The art for the quarterpage ad in the IPMS Journal has been submitted.
  • Tom reported several questions about the Vintage Kits category.
  • Tables have not been moving quickly, which may be a function of the Nationals (first week in August).
  • Tom still has to research the trophies but has come up with some prototype artwork.
  • Martin and Tom put together an article on the vintage kit category, which is up on the website and Facebook.
  • Tom also sent the show flyer and Vintage Kits article out to the other Region III POC's.
  • Suggested Head Judges:
    • Armor - Tom Clark
    • Auto - Eli Geher (as volunteered by the membership at large)
    • Aircraft - Phil Cassibry
    • Miscellaneous - Dan Thompson (reluctantly)
  • Tom expanded on a suggestion that the club document the Vintage Kits category, with an idea to write an article for the Journal on the event. Tom will bring his portable photo stage, but with him acting as the Armor Head Judge, he is looking for somebody to handle the photography.
  • Tom will contact Clay at Mastermind if they are interested in representing Grex at the show.

New Business

Nationals

The IPMS Nationals are in Columbia, SC, 3-6 August. Tom Clark, Will Thorson, Skip Hassler and Eli Geher are planning on going. Tom reported on an offer from another modeler (received online) offering a ride to the convention to the group. Tom will be taking flyers for the contest to the Nationals. 

New Members

Three new(is) members showed up for the meeting:
  • Will Thorson, new to Huntsville, from Washington state, and builds armor
  • Trevor Bennet, works at NASA in their model shop(!), also does armor
  • Joe Singletary, who does figures. 
Welcome guys!

Show and Tell

Tom Clark - Brought some of the kits built at HAMACON.
Mike Mueller - Brought a vintage Revell Horch command car kit (no, he's not building it for the contest)
Ray Bushnell - Brought an in-progress amphibious jeep, and a B-29 he's working on for the Museum. He's using a Lite-Brite peg for the wingtip lights, and found out that they don't stretch when heated like sprue does.... He also had the beginnings of an 81-mm mortar position that he's building out of a salvaged model railroad layout.
Will Thorson - Brought some of his body of work. A Tasca M4A3 done as a weathering and equipping experiment, a TAKOM Chieftain Mk II in OPFOR markings, and an Academy Sheridan with the Fruimodel metal tracks. He also brought the Merit G5 Soviet Torpedo Boat kit, which shows what happens when an aircraft designer gets involved in the ship design business.
Martin Burkey - Brought a built-up Discovery model he found online, and some aircraft including a P-40, and two P-51's. He was contrasting the two kits (one of which was a Pro-Modeller) and their level of detail and design.
Joe Singletary - Brought two figures: a Front Royal Aussie infantryman, and a WW 1 American serviceman in Italy.
Trevor Bennet - Brought his in-process Bronco Huskie minesweeper and some books























Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Original USS Enterprise

After a long restoration, the original USS Enterprise is back on display at the Smithsonian

Photo courtesy of Trek Core

Contest judge: "No Aztecing. Inaccurate colors. Crooked panel lines. Disqualified."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Some thoughts on our special category

We've had some questions about the special category (Vintage Kits) that we are hosting for our 40th Model Show, so we put together a short document explaining things.
Click on the image for document

Monday, June 27, 2016

Photos from Hama•con 7

Some photos of our table at Hamacon 7 in Huntsville, and the Make-n-Take session we did. Thanks to everybody who stopped by.









Sunday, June 26, 2016

June Meeting Minutes

The June meeting of the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society was called to order about 7 pm at The Deep.

Old Business

Hamacon will be 17-19 June at the VBC, and HPMS will be having a table and conducting the Make-n-Take. Ray will man the table Friday, on Saturday  Tom & Dave and possibly Kurt will man the table and conduct the Make-n-Take. No personnel will be required for Sunday.  It was decided to print a banner, and show flyers. Dave was going to call Michell Timon about the badges for the table crew. Tom has the Make-n-Take kits, and Dave has the tools. Tom was going to update the Facebook and Blogspot pages.

40th Contest

It was suggested after some discussion to post an article with some clarification of the vintage kit category rules. 
Dave announced that nine tables have been confirmed so far.  
There was some discussion about the Facebook page for HPMS, and possibly starting a group to enable the users share content.
Tom will produce the certificate designs, and research trophies for the Best Of and Special categories.. 
The group also discussed doing PSAs on the local radio stations, and posting the event on Craigslist.

New business 

The July meeting will be moved from the 1st Monday (July 4) to the second Monday (July 11) to avoid conflict with the holiday. Also, the September meeting will be moved from September 5 (Labor Day) to September 12.

The meeting also had a new member - Cliff Kirby, who builds wooden ships. Welcome, Cliff!

Show & Tell

Tom had a set of "mini hands" made from flex lines that had been offered on Kickstarter.
Mark brought his MiG 17, and an F-16 for comparison.
Andy brought in some sample of previous HPMS trophies, to illustrate the size creep that has taken place.
Dave brought some of his Wonderfest loot 
Scott brought the Monogram P-47 he's working on (it's from 1977, so it just misses the special category cut-off), and some of his wargaming miniatures for Dirtside, II
Cliff brought photos of ships he has built.
Skip brought a kit of the elusive Bristol Bulldog, a little-known biplane fighter from between the wars.
Mike brought his Grant M3A5.

Ed brought the Scorpion shuttle that he has been modifying into a hot rod to show off his progress.









Sunday, June 12, 2016

Make 'n' Take at Hama-Con this weekend.

The club will be hosting a Make 'n' Take at Hamacon 7 this weekend (17-19 June), and here are the kits we're going to be using. Stop by our table!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Minutes for the May 2 Meeting of the HPMS

The meeting was called to order by the chapter president at 7:03 PM with 15 members in attendance. Minutes by Ray Bushnell
OLD BUSINESS
None
NEW BUSINESS
The ‘Make & Take’ for the Hamacon in June was discussed.  The kits for the ‘Make & Take’ will be placed on order in consultation with Tom Clark.  Tom was not at this meeting due to family business.  There will extra kits so that the chapter members who will conduct the ‘Make & Take’ can familiarize themselves with the construction procedures.
Wi-Fi for the 2016 HPMS show and contest at the JC Center was discussed.  This currently being explored with the idea that a system that is compatible with cell phones be utilized.
Also mentioned was a show committee meeting prior to the show.
SHOW & TELL
ANDY – Displayed the ‘sleeper’ section for the truck that he is building.  The ‘sleeper’ interior is complete, excellent detail, right down to the microwave and the coffee maker.
ED KIKER – Displayed and discussed various publications and articles that he brought with him.  This included a Squadron/Signal book on the Boing 737 airliner that he was giving away which went to Eli.  Also an article on the new U. S. Navy destroyer and its commander, Captain Kirk.  No the destroyer is not named Enterprise.  There was another article on the new U. S. Navy unmanned submarine hunter, interesting in that there is a center hull with catamarans on each side.  Ed also talked about and had the cover with him of the book Tank by Whitehouse.  This is an older book.  He also had G. I. Combat comic book from the 1960s.  In models Ed had seen and ordered a 54MM, seven figure set of the Seven Samurai and had that to show.  Also a 1/35th scale Finnish Rifleman (Winter 1940) by IMC, three figures and a reindeer.  He said the ski poles in the set were very delicate.  His final item was 1/72nd scale German Br 52 Kriegslokomotive that he plans to build and use in a diorama.  He asked about fabricating flags for dioramas, was given good information by the people at the meeting.
SCOTT- New member by way of Texas.  Displayed a 1/48th scale P-51 Mustang by Hasegawa, very good looking model.  He talked about Alclad metalizers and some other entities related to it.  Also talked about washes and panel lines.
BURKY – Had an Eduard 1/48th scale ME-109G6 kit, said it was better than others on the market.  Also had a set of after-market resin F-16C engine exhaust nozzles.
MARK- Trumpeter 1/48th scale Mig-19 that is primed and ready for further work, but after numerous fit problems.  Also had the model for the ’40 year’ category in the HPMS show, a Monogram 1/48th scale F-16.  Hey I have a few of those.
ED MASLIN - Our Pres- 1/48th scale Stearman PT-17 in civilian markings, I thnk the kit is by Revell.  Also a 1/48th scale Ford F-100 pick-up truck with a motorcycle, kit is by Revell.  The truck was tapped together for dry fitting and Ed says he plans to use it in a diorama.
ROBERT O - Trumpeter 1/48th scale Soviet SU-11 Fishpot, this going to be a big model when completed.  Also a 1/48th scale late model Yak-9 by Modelsted
ELI - 1/144thy scale Martin 404 by F-Resin.  This F-Resin is a firm out of France, ELI has had some problems with this, had to build jig to hold it.

RAY- 1/35 scale ‘field conversion’ World War II ¾ ton truck.  This was one model from a kit that had parts for two different models but not enough of either model to make a complete model.  Had to fabricate the side rails on the cargo body and the decals are left overs from the Tamiya World War II 2 ½ ton CCKW kit.  Also a 1/48th scale Tamiya Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat.  He had problems with the decals, thicker than expected, lot of Micro-Sol used, and problems with the attachment of the windscreen.      

Calendar