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Monday, September 12, 2016

BPMS MEMBER INTERVIEWS - Bobby Pokorny



A NEW FEATURE - BPMS MEMBER INTERVIEWS: Years ago Frank Tripoli used to interview new members for the Bulletin, but now Frank Colucci and I will be handling the job. (Thanks Frank!) As one of the “senior members” and officers of the club, I thought I would kick off this new feature by interviewing your humble narrator, Bobby Pokorny!

Meet Bobby Pokorny: Hello everyone! I’m Bob! You may call me Bobby, Bobby the Blue, B2, Robert, but you may NEVER call me late for BBQ or pizza! 

But I digress. Models have always been a part of my life. My father was a car modeler and had a wild imagination making all sorts of modifications like he would on real cars. I grew up in a house with shelves of car models on display, and supplies were readily accessible. My parents encouraged the hobby in the early years buying me models of cars and dinosaurs. I didn’t take the next step until years later while visiting my neighbor in Bayside, Queens -- Jeff Eng. He had an impressive display of science fiction models and a huge armor diorama in his basement. Loving both sci-fi and tanks, the level of realism I saw inspired a new interest in the hobby. Over the coming years, with Jeff as my mentor, I built often and of varied topics, everything in the spectrum. Cars, armor, air, figures, and lots of science fiction. When it got to the point that my work was show quality I joined “The New York Crew” started on the contest circuit. By the time I grew out of the junior category I had amassed over 100 awards. Around that same time I had started studying accounting at Queens College. In February of 1989 I joined the BPMS. Back then the club was still meeting at Marcy Studios and I had the privilege to know club legends like Joe Turner, Andy Yanchus, Bill Smith, Bert Berg, the Kasza family and Al Marciano to name a few. Since then the club went through many changes. We have moved twice. I have held positions as treasurer, Veep and Prez for four years. After that I consolidated the positions of secretary, contest coordinator, and activities director since it’s almost impossible to tell where one of those jobs ends and the next begins. As long as I was wearing those hats I started writing the Bulletin during the ‘90s, and created and / or maintained the various club websites, blogs and Facebook pages.

In the rare moments I have for the hobby that I am NOT working on club business, I currently build mostly science fiction subjects, such as mechs and figures.

Other hobbies I don’t have enough time for would be my aquariums with various breeds of turtles, working on real cars (the other garage kits!), playing with tech, drumming, photography, Sudoku, reading, target shooting, taking things apart and putting them back together, and traveling with my wife of 15 years (whom I have been with for 25 years!). I find that I need many diversions since being an accountant (for over 20 years now) can be pretty dry and not creative at all.

I look forward to what the future has in store for the hobby and the BPMS. While the hobby has had its ups and downs over the years, the BPMS has remained fairly steady. Despite adversity, the club has endured. I credit that to a strong group of like-minded members who care more about the ongoing life of the club and less about rare petty squabbles. Plus, having been around for so long, the club has a structure and a fairly steady schedule so that the members know what they have coming up. It could be a contest night, or a theme, holiday dinner or even pizza night; we always manage to have solid meetings with things going on and topics to discuss while having FUN. Where do I see the hobby or the club down the road? I would like to think that there will always be a BPMS long after we’re all gone. A strong foundation was been set. It’s our job to maintain it.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Bulletin: September 2016


BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

AUGUST was a big meeting. Free pizza always seems to get the seats filled! We had 21 members and no guests who brought in 21 models, mostly for the quarterly contest. 

August Meeting
LOSS OF A MEMBER: Since our last meeting longtime member John Irwin passed away. He was 74. Our sympathies to the family.

PIZZA NIGHT: Possibly one of the top favorite BPMS annual activities. PIZZA! The group made quick work of the stacks of Brooklyn style. Your humble narrator couldn’t have been more proud!

CONTEST NIGHT – 3Q16: So the third installment of the BPMS contest is in the books. There were some exquisite models on the tables so the members had a tough job voting. 

FUTURE OF THE HOBBY: Tom Knoll brought in a 3D printed detail kit from SHAPEWAYS to show the group. While the technology is growing fast, it’s still pretty expensive. At the moment, we aren’t staring down the barrel of a 3D printed hobby, but the future seems limitless! 

RAFFLE: We didn’t have a raffle in August. We’ll likely be starting it up again for September. 

On the agenda: September
BASIC SKILLS: Joe Bergman and Joe Barrett will be your hosts discussing more basic skills. Mr. Bergman will start us off with tips on priming and Mr. Barrett will show us assorted tricks he uses including making some of your own tools.

Holiday Dinner: Yeah, yeah. It’s only September, but we only have a couple meetings before December. We should sit down and look at a calendar and select a date while it’s early. 

Meeting Date:
September 16, 2016

Same Time,
Same Place!

See you at the BBSC!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Request for commission work

Hi guys,

I got this message on FB today:

I am active duty Army stationed at West Point, but down in the city often. I have a Dragon 1/35 M1A2 Abrams tank kit. I would like to have it built and customized to represent the tank I commanded in my last assignment, but just don't have the skill. Please let me know if this is something you guys can work with me on.

Contact me if you are interested in taking this job so I can pass the info along. 

Your humble narrator, 
 
~Bobby "the blue"

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bulletin: August 2016


BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

JULY was a big meeting despite being a summer meeting without the lure of hot food! We had 26 members and 2 guests who brought in 20 models.

July Meeting

BASIC SKILLS - SEAMS: Frank and your humble narrator discussed several methods of dealing with basic construction and, especially, seam filling when building models. Several members chimed in with their own methods, as well. Thanks, guys!

ISLAND HOPPING! THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEME CONTEST: This year will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Gordon, Jeff and Ray K are sponsoring the December theme contest that will commemorate this solemn anniversary. You can find contest details HERE.

RAFFLE: We had a raffle with a nice assortment of prizes. We’ll probably keep this up for the foreseeable future.

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 – 3Q16: 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!

Our next meeting will be on August 19th 

Same time,
 
Same place!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Useful Link

Found this site on the web. It will save a lot of time, all the military builder would love it!

http://www.paint4models.com/ 

Thanks,
Joe B

Monday, August 08, 2016

Longtime BPMS member JOHN IRWIN passed away

Early in the morning on Saturday, August 6, 2016 John Irwin passed away from COPD. He'll be remembered at the BPMS as a dedicated longtime member and prolific builder of armor models and figures as well as knowing the associated histories of his subject matter. 

The gathering/calling hours at McManus Funeral Home on Avenue N this Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 6-9PM.

http://www.mcmanusfh.com/book-of-memories/2668974/Irwin-John/service-details.php

Friday, July 08, 2016

Bulletin: July 2016


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 22 members and 3 guests who brought in 24 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 the guys who supplied the shindig and the gents who worked the grill. Great job! 

BPMS BLACK-OUT THEME CONTEST: The theme was finally upon us! All we asked was for the members to build something that could be tied into the Basic Black Theme. We had a lot of nice work on the tables, and the winners were as follows: 

HM: 
  • Kamila L - Beetle 
  • Kevin A - Joachin Peiper 
Black (3rd) 
  • Ray W - U-2 
Blacker (2nd) 
  • Howell S - Black Templars 
Blackest (1st) 
  • Angelo T - F-14A Black Tomcat 
Special Awards:
  • Black Knight: Ed J - U-505 U-Boat 
  • Black Sheep: Israel A - Black Beauty 
  • Black & Blue: Tim G - Warhammer 
  • Paint It Black: Bob E - Model T 

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-sponsors, Frank, Russ and Kosta for sponsoring a fun theme for the group to build for. 

Raffle: We didn’t have a raffle this month. We’ll likely be starting it up again for July.

On the agenda: JULY 
BASIC SKILLS - SEAMS: We haven’t had a basic skills clinic in a while, what batter place to start up again at than seam filling? There are as many techniques as there are modelers, so this should be pretty educational. At this point Frank and your humble narrator will be your hosts, but we encourage you to bring in or be prepared to tell the group about some methods you employ. 

Meeting Date:
JULY 15, 2016
EARLY!

Same time,
Same place!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

December Theme Contest: ISLAND HOPPING



Island Hopping
The War in the Pacific: 1941-1945
Theme Contest

December 16, 2016

This December 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of the War in the Pacific. To commemorate this solemn occasion, the sponsors simply want the group to build something that was used in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

There are plenty of options for land, sea, or air for this theme, so you can probably just pull something from the stack and get to work!  Just pick something that was used from the attack of Pearl harbor through the victory in the Pacific!

Please contact the sponsors with questions.

Sponsors
  • Gordon Cheung
  • Jeffrey Eng  
  • Ray Keegan

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Basic Black Theme Contest



Basic Black Theme Contest:
The BPMS BLACK-OUT
June 17, 2016

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."— Henry Ford

Now’s the time to raid your stash for Model Ts and Batmobiles, SR-71s and P-61s, boomer boats and Black Knights! June 2016 is the BPMS Black-Out theme contest. Build ANYTHING with a mostly black paint job, anything with black in the name, or anything with a recognized black context. As always, our sponsoring judges will recognize craftsmanship and creativity with unique awards.

Want to show a Stealth Fighter? Polish-off Knight Rider? Take a shot at Wyatt Earp? Try your luck. You can make a model painted any color you want so long as it is black. If black paint doesn’t move you, how about the Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter or an ocean liner from the Black Star Line? Just name your project. Can you document a particular B-17 from the Black Thursday raid on Schweinfurt or the uniform of a Black Watch rifleman in the historic British Army regiment? Just reference your history and stand your ground.

Keeping it basic Black gives us the flexibility to include a lot of entries: Black Hawks, Blackbirds, Black Lagoon, Black Widow (aircraft/spider/superhero), Black Sheep Squadron, uniforms or clothing that's predominately black (panzer crews, Napoleonic Hussars), vehicles that are predominately black (Batmobile, night fighter aircraft, Mad Max's car, a Black Bunny Phantom). Don't change the name.

On an historical note, the Ford Model T came only in Black from 1914 to 1925, just so Ford Motor Company could keep up with demand for the common man’s car. Model Ts were made using a japanning or baked enamel finish that cured fast to a very hard, durable surface. The only pigment that worked was black.

The BPMS BLACK-OUT will be sponsored by Frank Colucci, Russ Holcomb, Konstantin Lukyanov, and Bobby Pokorny. Ask any of them for guidance on your contest entry.   

Addendum: The theme was finally upon us! All we asked was for the members to build something that could be tied into the Basic Black Theme. We had a lot of nice work on the tables, and the winners were as follows: 
HM: 
  • Kamila L. Beetle 
  • Kevin A. Joachin Peiper 
Black (3rd) Ray W. U-2 

Blacker (2nd) Howell S. Black Templars 

Blackest (1st) Angelo T. F-14A Black Tomcat 

Special Certificates:
  • Black Knight Ed J U-505 U-Boat 
  • Black Sheep Israel A Black Beauty 
  • Black & Blue Tim G Warhammer 
  • Paint It Black Bob E Model T

Friday, June 10, 2016

Bulletin: June 2016


BPMS 
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny 

MAY was another light month, thanks to the changed meeting date, weather and bad traffic. We had 15 members and one guest who brought in 15 models mostly for the quarterly contest. 

May Meeting 

CONTEST NIGHT-2Q15: 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. 

NOREASTCON: The IPMS regional show was a topic of discussion. 

RAFFLE: We had a raffle with a fine assortment of kits. We’ll likely be having monthly raffles for the foreseeable future. 

On the agenda: JUNE 

BASIC BLACK THEME: It’s finally upon us! Click HERE for full details. We’ll also be looking for a theme and sponsors for DECEMBER. 

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. 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. 

Meeting Date:
June 17, 2016

SAME TIME,
SAME PLACE!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Bulletin: May 2016



BPMS 
Bulletin 
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny  

APRIL was another light month, or so I’m told. We had 19 members and no guests who brought in 11 models plus five more works in progress.

April Meeting

WORK IN PROGRESS: We had a handful of models on display that were in various stages of completion and members told us a few words on their efforts. Thanks!

SCHEDULE CONFLICT:
The BBSC has other plans for our usual meeting night so we’ve been pushed up a week to Friday, May 13th! 

NEXT MEETING: MAY 13TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 13TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 13TH!

Noreastcon: The IPMS regional show was a topic of discussion.

Lights, Camera, Action Part II: Jeff continued testing and found a good combination to throw some light on the situation. Tom also suggested some PVC leg extensions for the tables to improve viewing pleasure. Thank you for your efforts, gentlemen!

Raffle: We had a raffle with a fine assortment of kits. We’ll likely be having monthly raffles for the foreseeable future.

On the agenda: May

CONTEST NIGHT-2Q15: 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 not ever use could be gold to another member!

2016 Model Pledge:
April was the deadline; it’s now time to get to work! Please have your pledge finished for OCTOBER 2016, 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!

BASIC BLACK THEME: We have the June theme contest. Go HERE for details. 

Once again, 
Our next meeting will be on MAY 13th

NEXT MEETING: MAY 13TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 13TH!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 13TH!

Same time,
Same place
C

Friday, April 15, 2016

IMPORTANT!!! Schedule Change for the May 2016 Meeting!!!

NOTICE!
Due to conflict at John Malone Community Center,
May 2016 BPMS Meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, May 13, 2016.

AGAIN:
Meeting Night: MAY 13, 2016
Meeting Night: MAY 13, 2016
Meeting Night: MAY 13, 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

Bulletin: April 2016


BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny 

March was a more reserved month. We had 19 members and no guests who brought in 16 models plus five more as their favorites. 

March Meeting 

FAVORITE MODEL: A hand full of members brought in their favorite models and told the group a couple words about them.

DECAL SWAP NIGHT: Since your humble narrator was busy crunching numbers at the office instead of enjoying a fine BPMS meeting, I can only assume that there were some decals on hand.

Lights, Camera, Action: I think we can all agree that while the BBSC is an amazing meeting place, the lighting leaves much to be desired. Jeff took it upon himself to test out some clamp lights. It was an improvement. He might run some other tests in the coming months. 

IPMS NATIONALS: The group voted to sponsor a trophy package for the IPMS Nationals. 

Raffle: We had a raffle with a fine assortment of kits. We’ll likely be having monthly raffles for the foreseeable future. 

On the agenda: April 

Work in Progress: Most of the members have already pledged a model for 2016, or have started on an entry for the theme contest, or something in some stage of assembly on the work bench. Bring something(s) in to show us your progress and maybe prepare a couple words to tell the group about it.

2016 Model Pledge: A new year means new pledges. Bring in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2016 to declare as your pledge model. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2016, 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!

Our next meeting will be on April 15th 
See you at the Bergen Beach Sports Complex!
SAME TIME!
SAME PLACE!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Bulletin: March 2016


BPMS Bulletin 
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

February was a busy month! We had 28 members and one guest who brought in 20 models for the first contest of the year. 

February Meeting 
CONTEST NIGHT: This was the first quarter of the BPMS Annual contest. We had an impressive display of talent on the tables. We’d love to see even more for the second quarter! 

SHOW US YOUR TOOL: This vulgar sounding activity is more of a simple BPMS tradition. Once a year we ask members to come to the meeting prepared with a tool or method they like to use to make their model building life easier. We had a hand full of members who shared some good ideas with the group. 

RAFFLE: We had a raffle with a fine assortment of kits. We’ll likely be having monthly raffles for the foreseeable future. 

On the agenda: March 
DECAL SWAP NIGHT: Bring in decals to swap or sell. You may want to bring some money just in case. You never know if that sheet that you always wanted might show up! 

FAVORITE MODEL: We all have a favorite model. Over the years it might change, or remain the same. We are asking you to bring your fav model, built or unbuilt, and be prepared to tell the group why it’s your favorite. 

2016 Model Pledge: A new year means new pledges. Bring in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2016 to declare as your pledge model. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2016, 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!

Meeting Date:
MARCH 18, 2016

Same time,
Same place!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bulletin: February 2016


BPMS

Bulletin 

by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny  

The new year got off to a great start! We had 22 members and zero guests who brought in 25 models for a busy meeting.  


January Meeting  

ANNUAL AWARDS: Your humble narrator was able to print out the awards and the winners, as you voted for them, were:

Air

HM:                       Israel Alvarado

                                Ray Keegan

                                Kosta Lukyanov

3rd:                          Hugh Alcock

2nd:                         Charlie Nelson

1st:                           Frank Colucci


Armor

HM:                       Bob Epley

                                Kosta Lukyanov

                                Bobby Pokorny

3rd:                          Joe Bergman

                tie            Jeff Eng

2nd:                         Russ Holcomb

1st:                           Tim Greeman


Figures

HM:                       Bob Epley

                                Kamila Lukyanova

3rd:                          Tim Greeman

2nd:                         Guy Ferrara

1st:                           Joe Bergman


Sea

2nd:                         Kamila Lukyanova

1st:                           Charlie Nelson

                                            
     Sci-Fi

HM:                       Israel Alvarado

                                Frank Colucci

3rd:                          Joe Bergman

                tie            Ray Keegan

2nd:                         Kamila Lukyanova

1st:                           Gordon Cheung


Misc

HM:                       Bob Epley

                                Howell Serkn

3rd:                          Russ Holcomb

2nd:                         Kamila Lukyanova

1st:                           Ed Johnson



Most Popular

1Q           Charlie Nelson                  Graf Spee

2Q          Frank Colucci                   Mig-21

3Q          Joe Bergman                       The Poker Players

4Q          Joe Bergman                       WWI Cannon Skoda




Frank Tripoli Memorial

TOP GUN Award

Charlie Nelson


Raffle: We had a raffle during the meeting. It’ll probably go the same way for the foreseeable future.

Some pics from the January Meeting:






 On the agenda: February 

Contest Night: This is the first quarter of the BPMS Annual contest. Feel free to bring in any model that hasn’t already been in a quarter contest, and you are encouraged to bring in your entries from the last theme contest! 

SHOW US YOUR TOOL: This vulgar sounding activity is more of a simple BPMS tradition. Once a year we ask members to come to the meeting prepared with a tool or method they like to use to make their model building life easier. It could be a new product, something you made yourself, or a different way of tackling a problem. It’s up to you. Please be prepared to tell the group a couple words about what you have. 

2016 Model Pledge: A new year means new pledges. Bring in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2016 to declare as your pledge model. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2016, 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! 

BASIC BLACK THEME: We have the June theme contest. Click HERE for details. 

Meeting Date:
February 19, 2016
Same time,
Same place!