Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December Meeting Minutes

    The December 2017 meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 7:00 P.M. on 4 December 2017.  There were 11 attendees.

Old Business

    There has been no reply from the Phoenix Arizona chapter of IMPS regarding our request for specific categories to sponsor for trophy packages as part of the 2018 IPMS national convention.  As it stands as of now our request for specific categories is on record.

    There was continued discussion regarding a group build for the 2019 IPMS national convention that is going to be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The general view was that while 2019 may seem like long way away we should make a decision now on a subject area.  There were numerous ideas brought to the floor  with various criteria attached.  This will be discussed in detail in a further E-mail to be sent out.

    The official contest notice has been approved and posted to the calendar on the IPMS/USA website and an E-mail was sent out by Skip reflecting this.

    The election of chapter officers was completed and Andy Brezinski is our chapter president with Tom Clark as vice president.

New Business

     Through Dan the chapter was contacted by a group based in California.  The name of this function is Help Heal Veterans: Therapeutic Craft Kits.  Based on their correspondence they obtain and then distribute to various organizations that deal with veterans with physical injuries and psychological problems caused by PTSD, TBI, and related problems.  They are asking for model kits are not opened, still in the clear wrapping.  The decision was made to collect some kits to send to this function. The idea was brought forward to buy some kits out of the chapter funds.  After further discussion it was decided to have the January swap meeting and see if any kits could be obtained from that, further fleshing out of the donation to the function be decided after that.

    The annual HPM

S dinner will be on 5 January, 2018 with start time at 6:30 P.M.  The location is El Coyote Mexican Restaurant across from Bridge Street.

     The January 2018 meeting will be our annual swap meeting and will be on 8 January.  This is the second Monday of the month as the first Monday of January is New Years Day.  The Build Night will be on 15 January, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Show & Tell

Dan Thompson - WIP, conversion of the Pegasus Mercury 9 kit to make it a space ship from the comic book series Ministry of Space.

Jerry Slaughter - Monogram 1/24th scale Dodge Charger, basically a learning project.  Built to experiment with salt chipping, used Bare Metal Foil for window trim, and bleach to strip chrome finish off of certain parts.

Bruce O'Gorman - WIP, 1/72nd scale World War I British tanks and soldiers. Battle of Cambrai, 20 Nov - 7 Dec 1917. Grandfather served in World War I, World War I centennial.

Phil Cassibry - 1/48th scale ZouKei-Mura F-4J Phantom.  Model will be in the markings Marine VMFA-333 Shamrock 201.  Aircraft operated by the only all Marine crew credited with a MIG kill during the Vietnam War. 

Andy Brezinski - Further work on his 1999 Chevy Silverado truck cab, it is polished

M. E. Mueller - 1/35th scale Tamiya M3A5 medium tank.  Changed road wheels and tracks, kit parts totally wrong, other modifications made.

A Last Note

      The government disposes of excess material by various means with some items going to state, county, and municipal agencies.  The attached picture is of a Carrier, Cargo, Fully Tracked, M-548 that was obtained by state forest service and modified for fire fighting functions.  AFV Club makes a 1/35th scale model of the M-548.  Now, should some armor modeler be able to obtain further photos of this vehicle and even obtain the plans that were accomplished to modify this M-548 this would make for an interesting model.  Even better take the modified and completed model show/contest and wait for person to say that a M-548 like that never existed.  You catch my drift!  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Murfreesboro Photos

Some photos of the IPMS Mid-Tenn contest in November can be found below. I didn't get to the model cars before they closed the room for judging.


November Meeting Minutes

 The November meeting of HPMS was called to order  7:00 P.M. on 6 November, 2017.  There were 15 members in attendance.

Old Business

    The HPMS has submitted the request for the categories that we would like to sponsor trophy packages for in the IPMS National Convention at Phoenix, Arizona.  As of this meeting we have not received a reply from convention contact as whether the categories we would like to sponsor are available.

    The idea of a group build for the 2019 IPMS National Convention was opened to further discussion, but the decision was made to table this subject till December meeting.

New Business

     The observation was made that the January 2018 meeting of HPMS will fall on New Years Day 2018.  There was minor discussion and the decision was made to move the January 2018 meeting to 8 January, 2018.

     The chapter renewal to the national IPMS is due with the certification the HPMS have at least five IPMS national members this was determined and the renewal certification will be submitted to IPMS National.

     The subject of a donation to Toys for Tots was brought forward.  The amount of the donation was $300.00.  This was voted on and approved by the chapter members. 

     The task of nominating individuals for the officer positions in the chapter for 2018 was accomplished.  The individuals in the positions of secretary and treasurer have volunteered to remain in those positions for 2018.  The positions of president and vice president were open for nominations.  Andy Brezinski was nominated for president and Tom Clark was nominated for vice president.  Formal voting will take place at the December meeting.

     The subject of a special category for our 2018 show and contest was brought to the floor.  There were four subject areas discussed, 'hypothetical', '1918', 'Alabama Bicentennial', and 'Over the Hill'.  After further discussion it was decided that 'Over the Hill' would be the special category.  Further details regarding this category will be disseminated.

Show and Tell

Ed Maslin - 1/25th scale 1932 Ford hot rod.  Urethane finish, copper color paint and then a clear coat.

Bruce O'Gorman - 1/25th scale 1930 Ford Model 'A' Sedan.  This kitbashed from a '30 Ford coupe, '31 Ford Woody, and a '31 Rat Rod.  Bruce brought this to an earlier meeting as 'work in progress'.

Andy Bresinski - 1/25th scale 1999 Chevy Silverado.  This a 'work in progress', chassis and interior complete, the body is painted and ready to be polished out.

Eli Geher - 1/144th scale Japanese Mitsubishi 'Betty' bomber.  This is being built as a 'Betty' transport in the 'surrender' markings.

Michael King - Numerous 1/72nd scale aircraft models.  Digital F/A-18E, digital markings for the Kestrels VF CO Bird.  Also an A-26, FB-4B, and three Huey Cobras in various color schemes and markings.

Martin Burkey - 3D printed NASA SLS, this is a project for work.  Also three kits, a Meng F-35, Anigrand SR-91 Aurora, and a Bandai Red Tail.

Tom Clark - 1/35th scale Maschinen Krieger Suit, weathering of the suit completed.  Two 1/20th scale figures by Plamax, Soviet and British "military girls". 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October Meeting Minutes

The October meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 7:03 P.M. on 2 October 2017 with 11 members in attendance.

 Old Business

 No old business was brought to the floor.

New Business

The subject of the 2018 show and contest was discussed.  There was discussion regarding the 25 August 2018 date.  The final outcome of which we will confirm the 25 August date with the JC building management and may stay with an August date for the foreseeable future.  A point of disseminating the contest and show information on the IPMS website as soon as possible was brought up.  This then prompted the question of a vendor coordinator and Skip volunteered to take the tasking.  At a recent IPMS national event the IPMS national event coordinator was contacted and the 25 August 2018 date was open.  

The subject of contest trophies for any future show and contest was brought to the floor.  The use of medallions in out 2017 show was considered to be better then the paper certificated of 2016.  The product of this discussion was that we may want to vary the type and nature of our trophies from year to year, cost being a factor.

The subject of special categories for the 2018 show was brought up but this subjected is tabled till the November meeting.  

The status of the Jaycee's building was discussed with the overall view being that it will around for a while based on construction taking place around it and some financial considerations on the part of the city.

A motion to sponsor a trophy package for the 2017 IPMS National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona was made and approved.  During the course of further discussion the number of trophy packages was increased to two.  Our chapter will ask to sponsor trophy packages in the categories of automotive, closed wheel and space.

The 2019 IPMS National Convention is to be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  There has been the idea of a group build on the part HPMS for this event.  Basically it would a specific model built by each member of the chapter, but in various variations.  The other idea would be various models built with common theme.  Further discussion is tabled till November meeting.

The October build session will be 16 October at The Deep Comic Book Store, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Evening meal at Stalinos Sub Shop 5:15 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Michaels Craft Store has a 50% off coupon, good thru 7 October.

Show & Tell

Tom Clark - Pegasus "Cosmostrator" was weathered with Ammo Oil.  SF3D 1/35th scale suits using hairspray masking to represent paint chipping.  Effect looked good.

Trevor Bennett - Gundam 1/100th scale MS-18E Kampfer and a 1/120th scale Mak LUM-168 Camel, both new purchase.

Vincent Lewis - "Gundam stuff" RGM-96X Jesta, RGM-79SP Sniper II and Anti Material Sniper Sets

Andy Brezinski - 1/25th scale 1999 Chevy Silverado and various parts that had been painted.  Andy gave description of the paint, what he was trying to achieve, and what end result was. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September Meeting Minutes

   The September 2017 meeting of the HPMS was called to order at 7:01 P.M. by the chapter secretary, the chapter president was not in  attendance.  There were 11 attendees.

Old Business

    There was a post show and contest AAR.  There was some disappointment in the judging, this seemed to center on the 'Best of Show' trophy in the automotive category.  After some discussion the 'judges decisions are final' was invoked.  There is no final figure as to the amount of revenue from the show, but the figures rests some where between $1,300.00 and $1,600.00.  There was some discussion about better color differentiation on the medallions and adding a place number on any future medallions that are used as awards.  The was discussion regarding the speed of the registration process.  The observation was made that our registration process did not differ significantly from that of other chapters and that having the registration forms on line so that participants could accomplish them in advance helped.  We sold 55 tables at this years show.

   During the course of setting up for the show one of our chapter officers and a chapter member talked the management at the JC Building about next years show date.  The JC management was asked about our usual October weekend date but our people were told the date already been booked by another organization.  Our people were also informed that it was no longer required that organizations wait after the first of the year to book event dates.  This requirement had been revoked a couple of years ago.  The management did say that we should keep in contact with the them to see if there is a cancellation such that a later date should become available.  As it stands right now 25 August, 2018 will be the next show.  There was a discussion about the late date, the overall feeling was that we had done well this year with the August date, despite the fact that the IPMS national had been only a month earlier.  The 2018 show will be our 42nd show and contest.

New Business

    One of the vendors, after the show was over, gave the chapter a box of after market products.  The products are of an older type and consists photo etch, decals, and resin.  These are available to members of the chapter.

   Tom Clark had some contest flyers from other chapters and will post them on line.

   The Southern Nationals Auto Show will be on 4 November, 2017.  This a cars-only model show.

   The Commemorative Air Force will have a static display of their aircraft 7 & 8 October, 2017 at Atlanta, Georgia. 

Show & Tell

Andy Brezinski - 1/25th Scale Freightliner FLD 120 and Great Dane 531 Trailer in the livery of C R England trucking

Bruce O'Gorman - Revell/Mongram Red Baron hot rod w/ WWI Fokker Tri Plane, Two 1930 Model Ford kits, one a Mongram kit, the other I think Revell.  These are going to be used to make a hot-rod woody and a standard 1930 Ford Model A.

Skip - AFV Club 1/35th scale M-18 'Hellcat' Tank Destroyer, work in progress.

Ray Bushnell - Italeri 1/35th scale WWII German 75MM L48 Anti-Tank Gun.  Lesson learned from building this, better to build the Tamiya kit.  Was told by one of members that the Dragon kit of this same item has its' share of problems. 


Monday, September 4, 2017

August Meeting Minutes

The August 2017 meeting of the HPMS was called to order on 7 August at 7:00 P.M.  There were 16 attendees.

Old Business

    The majority of the meeting concerned the 2017 show and contest.  At this point it appears all assets required to conduct the event are on hand.  The matter of a show banner was discussed and it was decided to modify last years banner by covering the zero in the '40th' with a '1', material do this to be determined at time of setup.  As of August we have 44 vendor tables sold.  Due to a work situation, Tom Clark will not be at the JC building on Friday, 25 August for show setup.  At the meeting one of our other members who will be at the JC building on Friday took charge of the show assets.  The setup time for the show is 1:00 P.M., 25 August.

    The subject of head judges for the contest was discussed.  Tom Clark who had volunteered for head judge in the armor category stated that he was not sure if he would be back in Huntsville on 26 August.  I have said I will take it if no one else would.  Phil has said he would be head judge in the aircraft category.

    The chapter has received the required insurance documentation from IPMS national.

New Business

    The subject of reserving a date for next years show and contest was brought up.  Basically the conscientious was that we should reserve the date as early as possible.  There was discussion regarding the situation this year and what caused this.  As before it was mentioned that the chapter was told, in the past, event dates could not be asked for until after the first of the year, after 1 January, 2018.  The decision was made to ask the JC manager on the afternoon that we setup.

    We had a show report from the members that attended the IPMS National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.  The show was large with excellent model work throughout all categories.  A large number of vendors were also present.  There were some problems with the judging, not quite sure as to the outcome of this.  The members who went showed some of the kits that they bought or won at the show raffle, everything from a 1/350 aircraft carrier kit to 1/25th scale car kits.  Kits the members who went to the nationals got, unfortunately awards none.  Oh well, there is always next years nats.

Show & Tell

Mark Saunders - Eduard 1/48th scale Russian I-16 and Yak-3.  Used MIG enamel panel line washes, happy with the results.

Trevor Bennett - M-1 ABV kit and books, also 1/35th scale MAK figures.  He is also working on ABV and figures as Diotraction Fam.  This for the 3rd ID Museum.

Vincent Lewis - Mobile POP Ball Ver. KA, this is a worker ship converted for combat.

Tom Clark - Maschinen Krieger MK1 Armor Fighting Suit and Mobius Cosmostrator.  The Cosmostrator is pre-shaded, the Acrylic finish is Tamiya Acrylics Flat Aluminum/Flat Black.  A 1/35th Maek suit in progress.

Ray Bushnell - 1/35th scale Tamiya M-5A1 Light tank retracked with AFV Club individual T16  type track set.  This M-5 was built many years ago and when removed from a diorama base the kit tracks came apart.  1/35th scale Academy M-3 Light tank, tracks are individual track shoes that are supplied with the kit.  This is a 'salvage' kit. Two 1/35 scale Italeri HMMWV, 1/35th scale 60 KW generator trailer, and 1/35th scale special purpose trailer.  These were models that were built as display models for a military program project.  The HMMWVs have signal shelters on them and the trailers are built from Evergreen stock shape material.  The shelters on the HMMWV are blocks of wood as is the 60 KW generator.      

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