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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

A list of the BPMS Theme Contests over the years

1997 – Science Fiction
1998 – The 50s
1998 – To the Rescue

1999 – Israel
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 – Classic Monogram
2011 – The Twilight Zone
2012 – That 70s Theme
2012 – End of the World
2013 - Television

2013 - Sloppy Seconds 
2014 - Asian Invasion 
2014 - Western European Tour 1944 - 1945 
2015 - Modeling With the Stars 
2015 - New Kids on the Block 
2016 - Basic Black
2016 - Island Hopping 
2017 - Star Wars 40th Anniversary 
2017 - Peaceful Plastic 
2018 - WWII - 1946 
2018 - Rivets!
2019 - NASA: 50th Anniversary of the Moon-landing 
2019 - D-Day to The Battle of the Bulge - 75th Anniversary
2020 - 70 Years of Aurora Models


2020 - To be confirmed: Hail to the Chief

Schedule of Events 2020




Schedule of Events
  • January - Kit Sale / Declare Pledges
  • February - Show Us Your Tool / Contest Night 1Q2020
  • March - Decal Swap Night / Fav Model
  • April - Work In Progress Night
  • May - Parts Box Night / Contest Night 2Q2020
  • June - Theme Contest / BBQ Night
  • July - TBA Clinic
  • August - Pizza Night / Contest Night 3Q2020
  • September - TBA clinic
  • October - Nominations / Pledge Model Night
  • November - Contest Night 4Q2020 / Super Raffle
  • December - Theme Contest / Holiday Desserts

BULLETIN: January 2020

BPMS
Bulletin 
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny


Welcome to 2020! We hope you had a happy, healthy and a safe Holiday Season. 2019 ended brilliantly! The Holiday Luncheon went well and the theme contest had more than a dozen entries. Plenty of tasty treats and cheer to go ‘round!

December Meeting
 
D-DAY to BULGE: The theme contest to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge finally happened and we had some gorgeous work on the tables.

1st           Kevin Kilkenny                 101st Airborne
2nd          Joe Bergman                       Sherman
3rd           Frank Colucci                   P-51 B
HM       Russ Holcomb                                Winter 1944
                Kosta Lukyanov            P-47 D
                Mark Mullen                   Water Buffalo
BEST:
American            Kevin Kilkenny                101st Airborne
British                  Mark Mullen                     Churchill
Allies                     Mark Mullen                     Ford Amphibian
German                               Mark Mullen                     Panzer IV
Armor                  Joe Bergman                       M8 Armored Car
Air                         Frank Colucci                   P-51 B
Big Guns              Joe Bergman                       Sherman


The winners of first, second, and third places got awards embedded with various commemorative coins regarding the anniversay! We’d also like to thank the sponsors – Tom Knoll and your humble narrator for sponsoring another theme fun for the members to build for.

AWARDS CEREMONY: The group voted and I tallied the numbers all year. Here are the results:
Air
1st           Frank Colucci
2nd          Don Illjes
3rd           Mark Mullen
HM       Jake Moon, Tim Greeman, Kosta Lukyanov
Armor
1st           Charlie Nelson
2nd          Tim Greeman
3rd           Mark Mullen
HM       Peter Kilkenny, Howell Serkin
Figures
1st           Kevin Kilkenny
2nd          Joe Bergman
3rd           Kevin App
                Tim Greeman
HM       Don Illjes, Howell Serkin
Sea
1st           Mark Mullen
2nd          Kevin App
3rd           Michael Tricarico
HM       Kosta Lukyanov, Charlie Nelson, Ray Whitton
Science Fiction
1st           Gordon Cheung
2nd          Joe Bergman
3rd           Israel Alvarado
HM       Frank Colucci, Kevin Kilkenny, Bobby P.
Miscellaneous
1st           Jake Moon
2nd          Kevin Kilkenny
3rd           Russ Holcomb
HM       Don Illjes, Mark Mullen
Most Popular
1st           Qtr        Kevin App
2nd               Qtr        Joe Bergman
3rd           Qtr        Don Illjes
4th          Qtr        Joe Barrett

Frank Tripoli Memorial
TOP GUN AWARD
KEVIN KILKENNY

Great work! Now the slates are clean and time to start a new year!

HOLIDAY DESSERTS: Thanks to everyone who brought in some goodies, and there was plenty!

HOLIDAY DINNER: The weather was good enough and we had an amazing time! 

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

THANKS LOU! Is there anyone out there who deserves a special THANKS for all he’s done for the hobby and hobbyists as much as Lou? Prez Tom presented Lou with token of our appreciation!

On the agenda: JANUARY

2020 Model Pledge: Looks like we got this working nicely now! Bring in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2017 to declare as your pledge model. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2020, 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!

KIT SALE: Bring kits to sell and cash to buy with. There’s no tab at this bar!

JUNE THEME: We have a commitment!
The Golden age of
AURORA
Celebrating 70 Years of Models

Meeting date:
JANUARY 24, 2020

SAME TIME,
SAME PALCE!

Friday, December 27, 2019

THE GOLDEN AGE OF AURORA THEME CONTEST: JUNE 2020


JUNE 19TH 2020!!!



THE GOLDEN AGE
 
OF AURORA
 
THEME CONTEST
 
Celebrating 70 Years

of Models!

Who among us in this hobby doesn’t have some sort of memory of a fond AURORA memory? To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of AURORA MODELS we bring to you THE GOLDEN AGE OF AURORA theme contest for June. The criteria are simple: build any model produced by Aurora, Polar Lights (re-pop), Monogram (who acquired the remaining Aurora molds from the train wreck), Moebius (did a minor re-pop), Atlantis (re-pop), Doll and Hobby (newest re-pop company). Revell USA acquired a few molds, and a short-lived spin off company called Addar would all be acceptable. Since AURORA produced models in every niche, there’s something for everyone, and with all the re-issues over the years, they aren’t cost restrictive any longer. 

Here is a video on YouTube on the history of Aurora:

Feel free to contact the sponsors with and questions or comments!

Sponsors:
·       Joe Bergman
·       Kevin Kilkenny

Friday, December 06, 2019

BULLETIN: December 2019

BPMS
Bulletin 
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny  

November was an excellent meeting. We had 31 members and 4 guests who brought in 24 models, most of which were for the quarterly contest.  

November Meeting  

CONTEST NIGHT – 4th QUARTER 2019: This was the final installment of the quarterly BPMS Annual Contest. Now it’s my turn to crunch the numbers and see who we voted for in 2019!  

SUPER RAFFLE: This is the reason why you must fill out your paperwork at each meeting. For every new model you brought in over the course of the year you got ONE SUPER RAFFLE TICKET. We had around 275 tickets in for the year. Nice job! Can we beat that in 2020? Also, thank you to everyone who made donations!  

HOLIDAY DINNER: At the time I am writing this it has yet to occur, but historically it’s always been a blast. Nora’s always has good food and mix that with good friends and it’s an equation for a good time!  

JANUARY MEETING: The BBSC will be used on our usual night so the group selected January 24, 2020 to be the date of that meeting.  

RAFFLE: We did NOT have a regular raffle during the meeting. It’ll probably return in December.  

On the agenda: DECEMBER   

D-DAY to the BATTLE of the BULGE: The 75th Anniversary: IT’S HERE! The December theme contest is upon us! Find contest details HERE. Sponsored by Tom Knoll and Bobby Pokorny.  

HOLIDAY DESSERTS: ‘Tis the season! Why not close out the year with your BPMS buddies and some tasty treats? You are cordially invited to bring some sort of dessert or snack or treat to this meeting. Thanks in advance!  

AWARDS CEREMONY: At the time this is being written, I have the numbers crunched. Hopefully I’ll have the awards printed out in time so we can see who the winners are for 2018.  

2020 THEMES: With the December meeting upon us, and the D-Day to Bulge Theme is here, we need to look forward to 2020. Joe would like to sponsor an AURORA Anniversary theme for June. Anyone want to join him?

Meeting date:
December 20, 2019
Same Time,
Same Place!

Spitfire pilots return to Goodwood after round-the-world trip

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Bulletin Archive in PDF Format


Bulletin 2019 06
Bulletin 2019 05
Bulletin 2019 04
Bulletin 2019 03
Bulletin 2019 02
Bulletin 2019 01

Bulletin 2018 12
Bulletin 2018 11
Bulletin 2018 10
Bulletin 2018 09
Bulletin 2018 08
Bulletin 2018 07.pdf
Bulletin 2018 06.pdf
Bulletin 2018 05.pdf
Bulletin 2018 04.pdf
Bulletin 2018 03.pdf
Bulletin 2018 02.pdf
Bulletin 2018 01.pdf

Bulletin 2017 12.pdf
Bulletin 2017 11.pdf
Bulletin 2017 10.pdf 
Bulletin 2017 09.pdf
Bulletin 2017 08.pdf
Bulletin 2017 07.pdf
Bulletin 2017 06.pdf
Bulletin 2017 05.pdf  
Bulletin 2017 04.pdf
Bulletin 2017 03.pdf
Bulletin 2017 02.pdf
Bulletin 2017 01.pdf

Bulletin 2016 12.pdf
Bulletin 2016 11.pdf
Bulletin 2016 10.pdf
Bulletin 2016 09.pdf
Bulletin 2016 08.pdf
Bulletin 2016 07.pdf
Bulletin 2016 06.pdf
Bulletin 2016 05.pdf
Bulletin 2016 04.pdf
Bulletin 2016 03.pdf 
Bulletin 2016 02.pdf
Bulletin 2016 01.pdf

Bulletin 2015 12.pdf
Bulletin 2015 11.pdf
Bulletin 2015 10.pdf
Bulletin 2015 09.pdf
Bulletin 2015 08.pdf
Bulletin 2015 07.pdf
Bulletin 2015 06.pdf
Bulletin 2015 05.pdf
Bulletin 2015 04.pdf
Bulletin 2015 03.pdf
Bulletin 2015 02.pdf
Bulletin 2015 01.pdf

Bulletin 2014 12.pdf
Bulletin 2014 11.pdf 
Bulletin 2014 09.pdf 
Bulletin 2014 08.pdf
Bulletin 2014 07.pdf
Bulletin 2014 06.pdf
Bulletin 2014 05.pdf
Bulletin 2014 04.pdf
Bulletin 2014 03.pdf
Bulletin 2014 02.pdf
Bulletin 2014 01.pdf

Bulletin 2013 12.pdf
Bulletin 2013 11.pdf  
Bulletin 2013 10.pdf
Bulletin 2013 09.pdf
Bulletin 2013 06.pdf
Bulletin 2013 01.pdf

Bulletin 2004 06.pdf

Bulletin 2001 06.pdf

Bulletin 2000 05.pdf

Bulletin 1996 07.pdf  

Joe B - Fleshtones and Eyeballs.pdf Bulletin 2014 10.pdf 
Spotlights [old] - Holcomb Alvarado Kasza[x2] Ferrara Gertner Reinert Keegan Rosati Maroney Batterman Pokorny Eng.pdf
Weathering Models by Eric Reinert.pdf
Spotlight - Rob Garitta.pdf
Spraying Gloss Finishes by Bobby Kasza.pdf
That 50s Display.pdf SPOTLIGHT - Rosati - Maroney - Batterman - Pokorny - Eng.pdf
BPMS By Laws V2.pdf BPMS By Laws.pdf

Friday, November 22, 2019

The End of Modeling Videos on You Tube? by Kevin K

The back story all started when the FTC informed You Tube (YT)(Google) that they were in violation of COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) by collecting data from kids (13 and under) and the algorithm directing ads at them.   You Tube remedy was to not allow kids under 13 from having a YT account. So what happened? They lied on the form and said they were over 13 and/or asked their parents can they watch videos through their accounts.

Children's advocacy groups felt the rules didn't go far enough and the FTC sued YT for $175 million!With that they created another rule putting all the liability on the video creators saying they need to mark their videos that are directed at children as such. when the creators do this they lose out on a percentage of the ad revenue, as well as other perks to grow the channel.

YT went through all the videos on the platform and marked the ones that were child directed or child attractive. But were very vague on what it all meant. When asked, YT told the creators to consult an attorney. But that's not the end, starting Jan. 2020, the FTC will go thru the videos. Some bureaucrat in DC will look for videos that have been mis-marked and can fine the creator up to $42,000 per video! 

The creator who's video I watched - Andy's Hobby HQ - says that the age analytics of his videos falls between the high teens and 65 years old... No kids.  It isn't the 60s were models were an interest of kids. But some pencil pusher in DC can look at one of his videos and think "Oh scale models... they're toys... toys for kids."  And hand down a the fine.  Andy says he has a few hundred model videos. That's a lot of $$. 

Even tho not all video creators are in the US, they must abide by these rules, and those that say no will simply get their channels turned off.  Many of the creators these days use making videos as their livelihood. Many creators are simply afraid and sadly willing to walk away from their channel  leaving us with any of the content we like to watch - model building and painting.

Now the FTC says it's will listen to the public, so we need people to sign the petition and write or email the FTC politely. There is a link below of talking points to be mentioned.

This is a list of sites to check out:
Write a comment to the FTC: https://bit.ly/31XAEXJ
Suggested Talking Points for Creators: https://bit.ly/31SwLmI
Suggested Talking Points for Viewers: https://bit.ly/2Wptf1U
Sign our Petition: http://chng.it/kLnwsSJzFv
This is great YouTube video explaining COPPA: https://youtu.be/1b9HGNHm-aQ

Friday, November 01, 2019

BULLETIN: November 2019

BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

October meeting was another busy meeting. We had 26 members and 2 guests who brought in 13 models, most of which were pledges. 

October Meeting 

NOMINATIONS: President Tom Knoll and Vice-Prez Tom Govia are only one year into their terms. They aren’t getting away that easily! They won an unopposed election for a second year up front. Congrats guys! 

MODEL PLEDGES: Thirteen members had their pledges ready for display and discussion at the meeting. Everyone who came in with a completed pledge will have an additional FIVE tickets for the November Super Raffle! 

Holiday Luncheon: Here we go! The group agreed to return to:

Nora’s Park Bench Café
3019 Quentin Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11234
718-376-0033
Saturday, December 14, at noon.

We only have the place for two hours, so please be prompt!

Since the group agreed to do without the booze and shorter duration the price is substantially less. At this point we’re looking at $35 per person. We’ll be compiling a list during the NOVEMBER meeting.

DECEMBER THEME CONTEST: With the year speeding by we can look forward to the December theme contest: D-Day to Battle of the Bulge: The 75th Anniversary. Find contest details HERE. Sponsored by Tom Knoll and Bobby Pokorny. RAFFLE: We had another fun raffle last month. The only raffle in November will be the SUPER one!

On the agenda: NOVEMBER 


Contest Night – 4th Qtr 2019: This is the final installment of the quarterly BPMS Annual Contest so it is your last chance to try to rack up some votes for 2019. Pledge models are welcome as well as anything you haven’t already entered into a contest previously.  

Super Raffle: This is the reason why you must fill out your paperwork at each meeting. For every new model you brought in over the course of the year you get ONE SUPER RAFFLE TICKET. If you completed your pledge model you get an additional FIVE super raffle tickets. You cannot buy tickets for this raffle. You must earn them! The more you built the more tixx you get. We’ve been buying items for the Super Raffle all year, but if you would like to donate anything, feel free to do so! [Thanks in advance!] Who built the most in 2019? I’ll announce the name at the meeting.

Notice: the November meeting will NOT be held on the usual 3rd Friday!!!
 
Meeting Date:
NOVEMBER 22!!!
NOVEMBER 22!!!
NOVEMBER 22!!!
NOVEMBER 22!!!
NOVEMBER 22!!!
NOVEMBER 22!!!
Same Time,
Same Place!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

BPMS Holiday Luncheon News!

Holiday Luncheon: Here we go! The group agreed to return to:

Nora’s Park Bench Café
3019 Quentin Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11234
718-376-0033
Saturday, December 14, at noon!
Saturday, December 14, at noon!
Saturday, December 14, at noon!
Saturday, December 14, at noon!

We only have the place for two hours, so please be prompt!
Since the group agreed to do without the booze and shorter duration the price is substantially less. At this point we’re looking at $35 per person. We’ll be compiling a list during the NOVEMBER meeting.

Friday, October 04, 2019

BULLETIN: OCTOBER 2019

BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby "B2 Blue" Pokorny

September meeting was action packed. We had 26 members and no guests who brought in 16 models for the final meeting of the summer of 2019.

September Meeting

APPLYING DECALS: Everyone has a different approach to applying decals. Frank, Gordon, and Jake discussed with the group their approaches for dealing with decals. A very well rounded and educational discussion. Thanks guys! 

DECAL SWAP NIGHT: It fit in with the clinic, so some members brought in some sheets to sell or trade. 

HVHMG: The group voted to sponsor a trophy package. Show date Oct 19. See http://hvhmg.org/ for details.

HOLIDAY DINNER: We got this ball rolling. While everyone has been pleased with Nora’s for years, we put out some feelers for something different. Maybe even save some money in the process.

DECEMBER THEME CONTEST: With the year speeding by we can look forward to the December theme contest: D-Day to Battle of the Bulge: The 75th Anniversary. Find contest details HERE. Sponsored by Tom Knoll and Bobby Pokorny. 

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

On the agenda: OCTOBER 

NOMINATIONS: What?!? Prez Tom and Veep Tom are finishing up their first year. Don’t expect anything to be changing... 

MODEL PLEDGES: I hope you’ve been working on your models all year because this is the meeting you get the pay off. Simply bring in your Pledge Model, regardless of completion or not. If you got the job done you will get a bonus FIVE Super Raffle tickets in November! 

SUPER RAFFLE: The Super Raffle is in November, but you might want to start looking through your stacks for items you may want to donate. Thanks in advance! 

Meeting date:
October 18, 2019

SAME TIME,
SAME PLACE!

Friday, September 06, 2019

Bulletin: September 2019

BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny
August meeting was Pizza Night, so we had members coming out of the woodwork! We had 23 members and one guests who brought in 23 models mostly for the contest.

August Meeting

PIZZA NIGHT: Possibly one of the all-time 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 – 3Q19: 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.

DECEMBER THEME CONTEST: With the year speeding by we can look forward to the December theme contest: D-Day to Battle of the Bulge: The 75th Anniversary. Find contest details on the final page of this Bulletin. Sponsored by Tom Knoll and Bobby Pokorny.

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

On the agenda: SEPTEMBER


APPLYING DECALS: Everyone has a different approach to applying decals. Frank and Gordon have agreed to discuss with the group their methods for dealing with decals. If you have some ideas, feel free to prepare some words and join in!

DECAL SWAP NIGHT: Why not? Bring in decals to swap, sell, or give away. Fits in with the clinic!

HOLIDAY DINNER: Yeah, yeah. It’s only September, but we only have a couple meetings before December. We should sit down and discuss options while it’s early. 

Meeting Date:
September 20, 2019

Same time,
Same place!