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Saturday, August 19, 2017

IPMS 2017 National Convention Photos by Russ H.

BPMS Member, Russ H., was at the IPMS 2017 National Convention. He is kind enough to share with us some photos he took during his visit. Please use the link below to the gallery we uploaded his photos to. Thanks again Russ!

https://goo.gl/photos/K4ZY1w6Etrd1Sm7J9

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BULLETIN AUGUST 2017


BPMS 
Bulletin 
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

JULY meeting brought out a healthy number of members despite being fine summer weather. We had 25 members and no guests who brought in 15 models. 

July Meeting 

BASIC SKILLS – RESIN CASTING: Have you ever lost a part? Have you ever wished you had a couple extra road wheels for your tank? Have you ever built a MODEL?!?! Well, then you have probably had occasion to need some part duplicated. Angelo Takos gave us a very detailed discussion on casting parts without breaking the bank. Gordon and a couple other members chimed in as well.

HVHMG: The group voted to sponsor a trophy package for their show in October. More details at: www.hvhmg.org 

PEACEFUL PLASTIC THEME CONTEST: With Star Wars in the books we can look forward to the December theme contest: PEACEFUL PLASTIC. Find contest details HERE. Sponsored by Russ Holcomb, Tom Knoll, and Tim Greeman. 

Raffle: We had another fun raffle this month. We’ll likely have another for August. 

On the agenda: AUGUST 

PIZZA NIGHT: Possibly one of the top favorite BPMS annual activities. PIZZA! Just be paid up to date on your dues and you can eat all you like. We ask members to please avoid bringing guests for this meeting. 

CONTEST NIGHT – 3Q17: The year is just moving along. It’s time for the third installment of the quarterly contest. This would be a good time to rack up some more votes for your annual totals. Remember, if you built something for the theme contest that has never been to a quarterly contest before, feel free to bring it back! 

MEETING DATE:
AUGUST 18, 2017

SAME TIME,
SAME PLACE

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BULLETIN JULY 2017


BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny
JUNE was a big meeting. The theme contest and BBQ had people showing up for sure! We had 28 members and no guests who brought in 36 models, mostly for the theme contest.

June Meeting

BBQ Night: What’s summertime without a BBQ? We held our annual BBQ and it went well. Thanks to all the guys who supplied the shindig and the gents who worked the grill. Great job! In an aside, we’re sorry if you brought something in that we weren’t able to prepare.  We’ll try to work that out better next year. 

STAR WARS THEME CONTEST: The theme was finally upon us! All we asked was for the members to build anything STAR WARS related. We had a lot of nice work on the tables, and the winners were as follows:

Gold:                     Ray Keegan                        Y-Wing
Silver:                   Joe Bergman                       He’s Mine
Bronze:                Charlie Nelson                  Jedi Starfighter
HM:                      Don Illjes                             Display
                                Russ Holcomb                  Display
                                Kamila Lukyanova          AT-AT

Special Awards: 

Old Republic:   Charlie Nelson                  Jedi Starfighter
New Republic: Frank Colucci                   X-Wing
The Empire:      Kosta Lukyanov               TIE Interceptor
Rebellion:           Israel Alvarado                                 A-Wing
Jedi:                       Angelo Takos    Star Wars Monte Carlo
Sith:                      Tom Govia                          TIE Advanced
Aim for the Legs! Russ Holcomb             AT-AT
Fastest Hunk of Junk / Millenium Falcon:
                                Don Illjes                             Corellian Falcon
Starfleet:            Don Illjes                             Alien Recruit

The quality of the work was top notch which made our job as judges very difficult. We would like to thank all the members who built for the theme and thanks to my co-sponsor, Vinny for sponsoring a fun theme for the group to build for.

PEACEFUL PLASTIC THEME CONTEST: With Star Wars in the books we can look forward to the December theme contest: PEACEFUL PLASTIC. Find contest details on the final page of this Bulletin. Sponsored by Russ Holcomb and Tom Knoll.

raffle: We had another fun raffle this month. We’ll likely have another for July.

On the agenda: JULY

BASIC SKILLS – RESIN CASTING: Have you ever lost a part? Have you ever wished you had a couple extra road wheels for your tank? Have you ever built a MODEL?!?! Well, then you have probably had occasion to need some part duplicated. Angelo Takos and Gordon Cheung will offer some tips and tricks for the group to learn from. 

MEETING DATE:
 JULY 21, 2017

SAME TIME,
SAME PLACE!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Memory Lane: 1970

From a LONG time ago...


Submitted by Ray W

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PEACEFUL PLASTIC THEME CONTEST - December 2017




PEACEFUL PLASTIC
THEME CONTEST

In December 1914, soldiers fighting in France left their trenches for what became known as The Christmas Truce. BPMS remembers that event with our December theme, Peaceful Plastic. The rules are very simple: no weapons. Think Car, not Armored Car, Field Kitchen not Field Gun, Cruise Ship, not Battleship, Lufthansa, not Luftwaffe. You get the idea. But if you don't, go to: 


So drop the weapon and pick up that unarmed kit you know you have in your stash. You may never get the Nobel Peace Prize but you could get the BPMS Peaceful Plastic Prize.

Sponsors:
· Russ Holcomb
· Tom Knoll

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BULLETIN JUNE 2017


BPMS
BULLETIN
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny 

May was light for a contest month. Perhaps the rescheduled meeting day had an impact. We had 20 members and no guests who brought in 15 models.

May Meeting

CONTEST NIGHT-2Q17: If you were one of the members who made it to the meeting you had an excellent opportunity to rake in some votes as entries were light. We had members tell us a few words about their models at the end of the meeting.

PARTS BOX: I can’t say that I saw any parts action going on, but the light showing probably had much to do that that.

BPMS SHIRTS: Gordon heard some members mentioning that some club shirts would be nice for the conventions and took it upon himself to design a fine polo shirt with a modified logo embroidered on the chest at a reasonable price below $25. Contact Gordon with your needs!

HANDLING MODELS: Proper hobby etiquette dictates that you should not touch anyone’s model without first asking for permission. Please refrain from touching models. Thanks in advance for observing this rule.

Raffle: We had another raffle with an assortment of prizes. The club is always looking for donations for these activities.

On the agenda: JUNE

JUNE THEME: It’s finally here! The 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS Theme Contest sponsored by Vinny Rosati and your humble narrator is upon us. More details HERE.

BBQ Night: Summer is here and so is the BPMS BBQ. All the components have been going up in price, so we’re looking at $10 per person to chow down. If it costs the club less, it’ll cost us all less so the price isn’t set in stone at this moment. The club will provide hot dogs, burgers, salads and soft drinks. If you would like to donate anything for the meal, feel free to do so. Thanks in advance

2017 Model Pledge: April was the deadline; it’s now time to get to work! Please have your pledge finished for OCTOBER 2017, for a display. After October you may bring back your pledge for the November meeting for the last contest of the year. For your efforts you get an additional FIVE Super Raffle tickets for completing your pledge! Sweet! Easy enough! This is your last month to sign up!

Meeting Date:
June 16, 2017

Same Time,
Same Place!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Spotlight Modeler: Tom Knoll




Spotlight Modeler: Tom Knoll
As a founding member of the Brooklyn Plastic Modelers Society, Tom Knoll still values the openness of our Club. “We all learn,” he offered. “I have questioned people about modeling techniques, and I think the people in our club are the most willing to share. I’ve never seen another club where people were willing to take the time and explain to you a certain technique.”

Growing up in East Flatbush, Tom’s earliest modeling lesson came from his dad. “My introduction to the hobby was in the mid-sixties when my father bought for me the Monogram 1/32-scale F3F-3 Gulfhawk -- you retracted the landing gear by pulling the prop out and turning it. My father and I started building it together. I went to bed that night, and when I came down the next morning, my father had completed it. I was probably 11 or 12.”

Tom soon built his own models. “I would go down into my basement and spend, in some instances, eight to ten hours a day down there. I built a 1/35 scale Panther and a British SAS Jeep. I used to torment my sister and ask her if the finish was realistic.” With few diversions, Tom held his armor focus. “I got interested in armored vehicles because they looked cool. I was drawn to them because of the rivets -- I love rivets.” He added, “I do like airplanes and cars, but not as much as tanks. I do like to look at other people’s work.”  

Brooklyn’s Avenue S Hobby Shop provided an introduction to other modelers. “I was in high school. I used to ride my bicycle all over Brooklyn, and I may have discovered it by accident,” Tom recalled. BPMS co-founder and hobby shop part-timer Joe Turner invited Tom to the earliest model meetings. “I was attending meetings with Bert Berg and Joe Turner every Tuesday night at Bert’s house in Canarsie. Bert and Joe had discussed forming a club. It started above Bert’s store, the Clothes Horse, on Kings Highway.

The thriving Club moved to the Marcy Photo Studio and later to Floyd Bennett Field. However, demands of a family and a career as a Manhattan building engineer kept Tom from meetings for a decade. He rejoined BPMS around 1995. “I have a lot of good memories of those Club members I met in the beginning who have since passed away. I’m just glad that The Club still exists from the efforts of Bert and Joe and all those officers who have served ‘til now.”  

New kits sustain Tom’s modeling inspiration. “The most recent one that I liked was the Masterbox 1/72 scale Mk. 1 tank from WWI. I’ve always liked rivets, and the Mk. 1 was covered with rivets.” His most-wanted list has meanwhile dwindled. “The one kit that I really wanted and just came out, finally after waiting years and years, was the Panzerbefehlswagen III. It’s a German communications vehicle from WWII, and the frame antenna on the back was just interesting.” Tom continues modeling in his basement. “I have a nice workbench, and I have my stash right next to me so I can ogle all my armor kits.”
 
~Frank Colucci

BULLETIN: MAY 2017


BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny 

April was another strong month. We had 24 members and no guests who brought in 25 models for display including about a dozens works in progress. 

April Meeting 

WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT: Several members brought in their WiPs to show the group. Since everything was so integrated on the tables, we asked everyone to tell us a couple words about their displays. 

MAY MEETING CONFLICT: The facility was needed on our usual night so we swapped it for MAY 12!!! 
NEXT MEETING: MAY 12TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 12TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 12TH!

BPMS SHIRTS: Gordon heard some members mentioning that some club shirts would be nice for the conventions and took it upon himself to design a fine polo shirt with a modified logo embroidered on the chest at a reasonable price below $25. Contact Gordon with your needs! 

HANDLING MODELS: Proper hobby etiquette dictates that you should not touch anyone’s model without first asking for permission. Please refrain from touching models. Thanks in advance for observing this rule. 

Raffle: We had another raffle with a remarkable assortment of prizes. The club is always looking for donations for these activities. 

On the agenda: May 

CONTEST NIGHT-2Q17: Where has the time gone? We’re already up to our second quarterly installment of the annual contest. Bring in your good work to rack up some votes! 

PARTS BOX: We all have a box of spare parts. Feel free to bring in yours to share with the group. Something you may never use could be gold to another member! 

JUNE THEME: It’s been settled, Vinny Rosati and your humble narrator chose to sponsor a 
STAR WARS 
theme contest. More details HERE.

2017 Model Pledge: April was the deadline; it’s now time to get to work! Please have your pledge finished for OCTOBER 2017, for a display. After October you may bring back your pledge for the November meeting for the last contest of the year. For your efforts you get an additional FIVE Super Raffle tickets for completing your pledge! Sweet! Easy enough! This is your last month to sign up!

NEXT MEETING: MAY 12TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 12TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 12TH!
 
Same Time,
Same Place!

See you at the BBSC!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SPOTLIGHT MODELER: HOWELL SERKIN



SPOTLIGHT MODELER: Jeff reminded your humble narrator that we used to call this feature SPOTLIGHT MODELER, so why not go back to tradition? This month Frank Colucci continues the column going with his interview with Howell Serkin.  



Spotlight Modeler:
Howell Serkin

Howell Serkin has lived in the Madison section of Brooklyn for more than 20 years, most of that time as a member of the Brooklyn Plastic Modelers Society. “I’m actually a transplant,” he explained. “I grew up in the Bronx, and I moved to Brooklyn after I graduated from college -- you don’t get too many Bronx expatriates here.”  Howell recalled, “When I was a kid -- I must have been 14 -- there was a hobby shop in the Bronx opposite Fordham University. I saw these incredible models there. That’s when I got hooked as a ‘serious’ builder. My first serious model attempt was the 1/72 Airfix Me109G6 – yes a plane – when they were in the plastic bags. I bought it at that hobby shop in the Bronx.”   

Howell today is a dedicated armor modeler. “I’m pretty much a tread-head,” he acknowledged. “I think there’s something about the size of the vehicles, their mass.” The German Panzer 3 and 4 are among Howell’s favorite modelling subjects. “They weren’t huge like the Tiger and Maus. They were the journeyman tanks that filled out the Panzer divisions for the rest of the war. There were so many variations, and there are so many kits in so many scales.” Howell added, “Actually, I go for different periods, but I like WWII armor and German armor in particular because they have the most varied schemes and are so interesting.” Howell also models figures, “I like armor and miniatures. Those two things seem to go together -- a tank or any vehicle seems to look empty without people around it.”

Howell works as a social worker, serving the people of Manhattan’s West Side. Modeling time is generally at night. “Our kids are grown up and out of the house now, so we turned one of the bedrooms into a craft room. When I have to spray, I go up to the attic.” Howell’s wife Sharon gets credit for his membership in BPMS. “We had just moved into the house. The Club was running an ad in the local Brooklyn paper, and she saw it and gave it to me. I was actually backing out of the hobby because I was married and busy with kids. I called and spoke to Frank Tripoli, and that led to my first meeting at Floyd Bennett Field.”

Howell’s modeling techniques were shaped by his membership. “Many of them came from The Club, listening to people and seeing what people did. I also read the magazines.” A lifetime of model building has paid off in different ways. “I think it’s increased and helped me with my interest in history. I’ve met a lot of great people.”

Like most modelers, Howell as enjoyed the rapid growth in the plastic kit industry. “I really could not name a subject that I like and that isn’t out there right now. I think the state of the hobby is very ironic in that there is so much out there, but it’s contracting as the people get older. You would hope that the hobby companies would be more active because what they need to stay in business is new people.” 

~Frank Colucci

BULLETIN: April 2017



BPMS
Bulletin

by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

This year has been moving along nicely. The  March meeting had 23 members and no guests who brought in 23 models for display and to show their favorites.

March Meeting

FAVORITE MODEL: Some members brought in models, built and unbuilt, that they considered to be their favorites and discussed why. Since we had time we asked the group to tell us a couple words about when they brought in as well.  

DECAL SWAP NIGHT: Some members brought in decals to share. Thanks for participating.

2017 Model Pledge: Looks like we got this working nicely now! APRIL is the final month to declare as your pledge model!!! Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2017, for a display. After October you may bring back your pledge for the November meeting for the last contest of the year. For your efforts you get an additional FIVE Super Raffle tickets for completing your pledge! Sweet! Easy enough! We already have about one third of the active members signed up. Won’t you join the fun?

MAY MEETING CONFLICT: There will be an issue with our meeting place in May. We can have the BBSC any night EXCEPT our usual night. The group selected MAY 12. You might want to mark it on your calendar now!

JUNE THEME: It’s been settled, Vinny Rosati and your humble narrator chose to sponsor a STAR WARS theme contest. More details HERE.  

raffle: We had another raffle with a remarkable assortment of prizes. The club is always looking for donations for these activities.

On the agenda: APRIL

WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT: You must be working on a bunch of things between pledges, regular contests and the STAR WARS theme! Why not choose a couple works in progress to show the group, and maybe prepare a couple words on your work. Thanks!

PHOTO ROSTER: It looks like Russ and Gordon are going to take a crack at this. Gordon will continue taking pics of members at the next meeting, so you might want to comb your hair that day! I would also like everyone to approve the final phone list that I’ve been working on, too!

Meeting Date:
April 20, 2017

Same time,
Same place!