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  This requirement had been revoked a couple of years ago.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.      

And that's it.....

And that's it...for another year, at least! We want to thank everybody who participated in this year's contest - contestants, vendors, spectators, and club members. Statistics are coming soon, but we had 292 294 models entered in our contest, which is about usual.
Couple of things that turned up after the contest ended:
1) Someone left a notepad with extensive notes on a variety of subjects - it obviously represents a lot of work;
2) A small plastic baggy of airplane parts and a makeup brush (not that we're judging...).
If either of these sound familiar, please contact us through the webpage and we'll see about getting them back to you.

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