Monday, January 12, 2015

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CT Yankee modeling event info

From the email:

Hope your new year is off to a great start!

The CT Yankee IPMS club is co-hosting a modeling event at HobbyTown in Fairfield on January 31.

HobbyTown hosts our monthly club meetings and we're planning this event to get more people excited about modeling, including the kids (the club helps with two make-n-take events each year), help build store traffic and generate interest in club activities. This is a new approach and we're hopeful that it will be successful.

I've attached a file with more information. Please forward it along to your club members and we hope you and the others can visit the store for this event. If you're interested in developing a similar program, please let us know and we will be happy to share our experience with you.

Happy modeling!

Dave Pross
President, CT Yankee IPMS

PDF File: Flyer

Friday, January 09, 2015

Bulletin: Januray, 2015

T h e

M i n u t e s

by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

December meeting was a tremendous conclusion to 2014! We had 23 members and zero guests who brought in 21 models, most of which were entries for the theme contest.

December Meeting

European Tour: 1944 - 1945

THEME CONTEST: We had an amazing showing of support for the final theme contest of 2014. The requirement was to build something from the Western Front from World War II, starting from the Invasion of Normandy straight through to the end of the war in Europe. There were many possibilities and the entries showed that spread. The winners were:

1           Bobby Pokorny           Stug III
2          Tomasz Kalata M-24 Chaffee
3          Frank Colucci             V2 Rocket
HM     Bob Epley                   King Tiger
            Israel Alvarado            Sherman
            Jeff Eng                       Cromwell
            Howell Serkin             Panther
            Kosta Lukyanov          LCVP
            Ray Whitton              Hawker Typhoon

A special thank you to everyone who built for this theme and an extra special thanks to the sponsors, Joe Bergman, Russ Holcomb, Ray Keegan and Kamila Lukyanova, without whom we wouldn’t have this theme.

Awards ceremony: The votes were cast and the numbers were crunched. And the winners, as YOU voted for them, were:

1                      Charlie Nelson
2                    Frank Colucci
3                    Bob Epley
HM:                 Tim Greeman
                        Don Illjes
                        Kamila Lukyanova

1                      Russ Holcomb
2                    Howell Serkin
3                    Tom Knoll
HM:                 Joe Bergman
                        Tim Greeman
                        Ed Johnson

1                      Guy Ferrara
2                    Joe Bergman
3                    Bobby Pokorny
HM:                 Tim Greemam
                        Ed Johnson

1                      Charlie Nelson
2                    Ray Keegan
3                    Kosta Lukyanov

1                      Ed Johnson
2                    Israel Alvarado
3                    Frank Colucci
HM:                 Joe Bergman
                        Gordon Cheung
                        Ray Keegan

1                      Ed Johnson
2                    Kamila Lukyanova
3                    Joe Bergman
HM:                 Russ Holcomb           

1Q        Bob Epley,      Huey Hu-1A Iroquois
2Q       Ed Johnson,    VFW Hall
3Q       Charlie Nelson, Sunderland Mk 1
4Q      Charlie Nelson, Ventura Mk II

Frank Tripoli Memorial:
Top Gun Award

OLD REGIME: For the last two years our fearless President Ray Whitton led the group from the front. He didn’t just try to inspire us all to build models; he consistently built models and supported the contests and themes. After putting in two solid years we thanked him with a special award of appreciation for his efforts. He’s now a proud member of the X-Presidents!

Future Themes: We chose a theme for June, MODELING WITH THE STARS, details on the final page of the Bulletin. We were trying to iron out the December theme as well. One idea we had from Joe and Russ was called BPMS Roulette. Each member who wants to participate would be required to bring in a model to throw in. You will get some other model. It will automatically become your 2015 Model Pledge, and you only have to get it most of the way along by October to get the pledge bonus of FIVE super raffle tickets. Then finish it off by December for the contest. The other idea was from Jeff and Jimmy, European Tour Eastern Front, starting from the Battle of Stalingrad until the end of the war. Basically the other side of the war that we just had a theme for, but very timely, as 2015 marks 70 years since the end.  We’ll discuss this more at the next meeting.

holiday desserts: It’s a good thing this group likes cheesecake because we had PLENTY of it! We had a beautiful array of desserts and treats on the tables. Thank you to everyone who brought something in!

Holiday dinner: We had a great time. More than 20 members and guests showed up for the luncheon at NORA’S. A good time with good food. Who could ask for more?

raffle: We had a raffle with eight items. If we have time, we should have another one in January.  

On the agenda: January

NEW REGIME: Ray Whitton put in a good two years in the presidency. Starting in January our new prez will be Gordon Cheung, and the veep with be Joe Bergman. Welcome aboard, gents!

kit sale: Bring kits to sell. You might want to have some extra cash on you, you can never tell when that grail kit might show up!

2015 Model Pledge: Looks like we got this working nicely now! Bring in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2015 to declare as your pledge model. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2015, 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: January 16, Early!!!

Same time,
Same place!

See you all at the BBSC!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Modeling With the Stars! Theme Contest, June 19, 2015

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We haven’t had an open type of theme contest like this in a while. For June we are asking you to build something with STARS in mind.

Build anything that can be tied to stars in any way. Use your imagination!

Some Examples:
·        Polaris Missile: Polaris / The North Star
·        A sheriff’s car, with a star on it.
·        A figure of a general (with his stars visible)
·        A tank or aircraft with a star on it, Russian, Chinese, American, Israeli, etc.
·        Something with STAR in the name (eg. F-104 Starfighter, L1011 TriStar)
·        Remember, a group of stars is a Constellation. (Lockheed Orion, Constellation, etc.)

Some Exceptions:
·        Star Wars / Star Trek: unless the person or craft precisely has star in the name, it won’t qualify. (A TIE fighter won’t qualify, but the Death STAR or Star Destroyers will. The United Space Ship Enterprise will not qualify)
·        Battlestar Galactica: BattleSTARS and Base STARS will qualify, but Vipers and Raiders won’t.
·        Stargate: only if you build the stargate.

There should be a star on it, or in the name. Easy enough! Any questions, ask the sponsors.

We’re also planning some special awards for this one.

Theme Sponsors:
·        Frank Colucci
·        Russ Holcomb
·        Bobby Pokorny
·        Kamila Lukyanova

Thursday, January 01, 2015

A list of the BPMS Theme Contests over the years

1997 – Science Fiction
1998 – Israel
1998 – To the Rescue
1999 – Conceptual
2000 – On Patrol
2000 – The Marines
2001 – Humor
2001 – Diorama
2002 – Space
2002 – “Old Model”
2003 – Things With Teeth
2003 - A Moment in Time
2004 – Adversaries
2004 – US Military
2005 - In the Movies
2005 - Cats
2006 – Worn, Weathered, and Working
2006 – Star Wars / Star Trek Anniversaries
2007 – Vintage 1965
2007 – We Mean Business
2008 – Warsaw Pact
2008 – NASA
2009 – A Mad, Mad, Mad Theme Contest
2009 – Size Matters
2010 – Naval Aviation
2010 – Things That Sting
2011 – Monogram
2011 – The Twilight Zone
2012 – 70s
2012 – End of the World
2013 - Television

2013 - Sloppy Seconds 
2014 - Asian Invasion 
2014 - Western European Tour 1944 - 1945 
2015 - Modeling With the Stars

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

European Tour: '44 - '45 Theme Contest

European Tour

June was the anniversary of D-Day and December will be the Anniversary for the Battle of the Bulge. In between were several other key battles of the Western Front of World War II. Then there was only another six months until the Allies sewed it up at Berlin.    

Theme Guidline:
Build something that can be associated to the Western Front of the Second World War, starting from the invasion of Normandy up through the end of the war in Europe.

  • Operation Overlord: June–August 1944
  • Battle for Brest: August–September 1944
  • Operation Dragoon: August–September 1944
  • Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine: August–September 1944
  • Clearing the Channel Coast: September–November 1944
  • Operation Market Garden: September 1944
  • Lorraine Campaign: September–December 1944
  • Battle of Metz: September–December 1944
  • Battle of Nancy: September 1944
  • Battle of Moerbrugge: September 1944
  • Battle of Hürtgen Forest: September 1944-February 1945
  • Battle of Overloon: October 1944
  • Battle of Aachen: October 1944
  • Battle of the Scheldt: October–November 1944
  • Operation Queen: November–December 1944
  • Operation Clipper: November 1944-January 1945
  • Battle of the Bulge: December 1944-January 1945
  • Operation Nordwind: January 1945
  • Operation Blackcock: January 1945
  • Colmar Pocket: January–February 1945
  • Western Allied invasion of Germany: February–May 1945
You can also check this site for ideas: http://www.dday-overlord.com/

Everyone must have at least a couple models in the closet that will satisfy the requirements of this theme, be it Axis or Allies. There are plenty of options, get building and have fun with it! Contact the sponsors with any questions on the theme.

There has been a rumor that there may be some special awards. More details to come…  

Theme contest date: December 19, 2014.

Theme Sponsors:

  • Joe Bergman
  • Russ Holcomb
  • Ray Keegan
  • Kamila Lukyanova

Addendum - 12/30/2014: 
We had an amazing showing of support for the final theme contest of 2014. The requirement was to build something from the Western Front from World War II, starting from the Invasion of Normandy straight through to the end of the war in Europe. There were many possibilities and the entries showed that spread. The winners were:

1           Bobby Pokorny           Stug III

2          Tomasz Kalata            M-24 Chaffee

3          Frank Colucci              V2 Rocket

HM         Bob Epley                    King Tiger

               Israel Alvarado           Sherman

               Jeff Eng                        Cromwell

               Howell Serkin              Panther

               Kosta Lukyanov          LCVP

               Ray Whitton                Hawker Typhoon

A special thank you to everyone who built for this theme and an extra special thanks to the sponsors, Joe Bergman, Russ Holcomb, Ray Keegan and Kamila Lukyanova, without whom we wouldn’t have had this theme.