Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Meeting Minutes

Meeting convened approximately 7:00 PM at the Deep, President Ed Maslin presiding. After the reading of the March minutes, the meeting opened for business:

Old Business

2016 Contest

Tom Clark read the minutes from the last contest subcommittee meeting:
- Typical expenses for a contest:
  • $525 for the facility
  • $47 for a business license
  • $70 for forms (which is not every year)
  • $1415 for trophies 
  • $100 for miscellaneous expenses.
For 2016, we anticipate approximately $700 in income ($500 in entry fees, and $200 in tables). The club has decided to restrict trophy expenditures to $500 for the contest. Dave Lanteigne has priced certificates (professionally printed on good stock paper) for 1, 2 and 3rd place to be about $70. The committee recommended getting something more substantive for the Best Of and Special Category awards, with a goal of about $60 for each trophy. Tom and Dave took an action to investigate some of the options available (like engraved acrylic trophies, etc). The committee also recommended that magazine advertising remain the same (FSM and Scale Auto for the issue immediately before the contest, and the free IPMS ad), and to investigate getting more exposure locally through community announcements at radio and TV stations.

One concern (witnessed at a recent contest) was the fact that modern vendors are heavily dependent on the internet, an interruption to the wifi can seriously impact them. The Huntsville Library has wifi hotspots for rent, $10 for a week. It was recommended that the club obtain one or two before the contest and have them available for the vendors to use.

The club also discussed having a silent raffle at the contest, and having forms that invite critiques from the judges. This last was rejected because of the time and effort involved.

Other Old Business

At the March meeting, it was decided to sponsor the Real Space category at the Columbia Nationals. The contact information was provided to the club treasurer for action.

New Business


The club has supported a Make-and-Take event at Hama-con for the last two years, and this year will be taking over the event, procuring kits to support the activity and conducting it. Tom Clark did some research and determined that sufficient suitable kits can be procured for approximately $200. The club voted and accepted the motion to conduct the make-and-take, with the understanding that we will lose about $50 for the event.

Anniston Show Report

Several club members attended. Overall, attendance and entries seemed about average (approximately 300 models were entered) and vendors were well represented.

Show and Tell

Ed Kiker brought a sample of simulated sand floor on a rubber mat, that could be used to simulate a larger scale desert terrain. It was procured from the pet store, where it is used in lizard habitats. Ed also brought 1965 vintage Focke-Wulf Condor and Dornier Pfiel kits.

Tom Clark brought his custom-painted AR.drone hull.

Andy Brezinski brought the sleeper cab and scratch-built toolboxes for his Intergraph "Enhanced 911" demo truck. Looking good!

Eli Geher had his kit of a Fairchild UC-61Forwarder.

Ed Maslin had his latest abomination creation - converting a Star Trek Scorpion fighter into a sports car. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March Meeting Notes

Meeting convened at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 7, 2016, President Ed "The Head" Maslin. Minutes from February were read by the club secretary. 

Old Business

- The 2016 Contest committee met at the Huntsville Public Library on 24 February. The notes from the meeting can be found here. The club voted to adopt the recommendations of the committee, with one exception.

- The exception was the special category for the contest - Tom Clark proposed changing the category from "anything to do with the number 40" to a "Vintage Kit" category, with kits dating from no later than 1976, built "Out of the Box." The club voted to accept the special category.

- Tom also announced that the club now has a Facebook page. Click Like!

- Tom also presented prototypes for the club contest flyers, to be distributed at the upcoming IPMS Marietta contest, and elsewhere.

- The club voted to assign vendor coordinator duties to David Lanteigne. Dave will provide Tom a vendor email for use on the flyers and for the IPMS contest database. Dave will canvas for more vendors, and expand the base from just "guys selling model stuff" to other potential markets. 

- Tom will schedule another committee meeting at the Library this month. Topic will be contest budget and other topics not yet addressed for the contest.

- Tom will look into the publishing schedule for FineScale and Scale Auto to look into getting into the publication a little earlier and longer than usual. The club members were encouraged to put notices on the contest out to other websites. Tom will generate a standard blurb for posting.

New Business

IPMS Nationals are coming in August of this year. Tom received a letter from the contest committee asking for trophy sponsorships. The club voted to sponsor "Real Space" if it is available for $100. Tom will send the information on registering the package to Dave.

Hama-con is coming up in June. For the last two years HPMS has been handling the Gundam model Make-and-Take for the convention. Dave approached Michelle Timons about having HPMS take over the management of the event, including procuring kits and conducting the event, in which case HPMS would handle all the money. Tom and Dave took an action to look into the cost of procuring some easy kits to use.

Show & Tell

Mark Saunders had the Tamiya "25 pounder" gun that he's been working on for a change of pace.

Alfie Onuszkanycz has some styrofoam containers about the size to hold six-pack that are available for people who might want to use them as model transport containers. Contact him via the list if you want some. 

Ed Kiker had an old Q-ship model, and a 1950's "Caveman and Dinosaur" model he rescued from a garage sale.

Ray Bushnell had his in-process Dodge Weapons Carrier.

Tom Clark brought his "Drone Sniper" kit he had just procured from Industria Mechanica.

Andy "Nine Fingers" Brezinski had the new micro-table saw he had procured with him, which he described as being "...perfect for laying down an even layer of styrene dust on the living room carpet."

Thursday, February 11, 2016