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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!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPOTLIGHT MODELER: RUSS HOLCOMB



BPMS MEMBER INTERVIEWS: Frank continues the interview column. This month we have long-time member and Membership Director Russ Holcomb.  
 


BPMS Interview -- Russ Holcomb

Russ Holcomb retired from a 40-year career in civil engineering with a sizeable stash of model kits. He explained, “I figured, ‘I’ll build when I’m retired,’ Now that I’ve retired, I see how big a job I’ve given myself.” Scale modeling and engineering have always gone hand-in-hand for the Brooklyn native. “I was in construction management for a while and also did design work. I don’t know if engineering helped my modeling or if modeling helped my engineering in terms of visualizing plans and how things went together. It was complementary.”



Russ grew up near Marine Park and first took notice of plastic modeling when his older brother Jack assembled the Lindberg Space Station. When he was seven or eight, Russ made his own first project, Precision Hobby Kit's U.S. Navy Frogman. “I wasn’t hampered by references, so I painted it very quickly.” Kits were plentiful when his parents introduced him to Thrift Town on Nostrand Avenue. “When I figured out where it was and I could get there on my own, that was a big deal.”



Russ’ modeling interests centered on armor, and as a teenager he learned of a new Brooklyn model club from Walt’s Hobbies in Bay Ridge. “They were offering discounts if you were a club member, so I went to some of the meetings at the Clotheshorse on Kings Highway,” he recalled. “It didn’t click for me then, but I kept building.” Years later, a Brooklyn Plastic Modelers Society display at Floyd Bennet Field led Russ to a long-lasting membership including two terms as BPMS president.



Russ builds in his basement work area. “You don’t have windows to see if it’s raining or sunny, but it’s out of the way and you can come back later and pick up where you left off.” His wife Jeanne suggested rolling carts for kit storage. “Aircraft are here. Ships are here. Armor is here and here, and here and here. . .”



One of Russ’ favorite kits to build in the last five years was Tamiya’s Char B1-bis tank. “That one stands out in my mind as well-engineered. Everything just sort of clicked into place.” He is cautiously optimistic about the future of the hobby. “The positive side is that kids are building Legos and things like that. I think that kids who are interested in putting things together would build models if they were aware models were out there.  The negative side is models are just so expensive now, and many are so complicated, they don’t lend themselves to younger builders.



“There was a satisfaction you got as a kid when you could build something in an evening. You put decals on it and you were happy. You get older, and you say ‘I can improve this and improve that.’ You slow yourself down and lose some of the joy you used to have when you built something for the fun of building it. “

~Frank Colucci

Friday, March 10, 2017

BULLETIN: March 2017



BPMS Bulletin



by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny



This year has been moving along nicely. The  February meeting had 25 members and no guests who brought in 30 models for display, and plenty up for sale.



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. 



2017 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 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: 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 favorite model, built or unbuilt, and be prepared to tell the group why it’s your favorite.  



PHOTO ROSTER: It looks like Russ and Gordon are going to take a crack at this. Gordon will start taking pics of members at the next meeting, so you might want to comb your hair that day! 

Meeting Date:
March 17, 2017

SAME TIME,
SAMEPLACE!

Friday, February 10, 2017

BULLETIN: February 2017


BPMS 
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

The January meeting was an impressive way to kick off a new year with the BPMS. The weather was warm for January, so we had 25 members and two guests who brought in 30 models for display, and plenty up for sale. 

January Meeting 

NEW REGIME: Our new Prez Joe Bergman and Veep Bob Epley presided over a very organized meeting for their first time up at bat. Well done, gents! 

2017 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 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? 

KIT SALE: I think we might’ve had one of the biggest kits sales in a long time. There were tons of kits finding new homes during the meeting. Well done! 

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. Please have a look at your schedule so we can choose a different night for that month. 

JUNE THEME: While the group was mulling over ideas for the June Theme contest, Vinny Rosati and your humble narrator swooped in to sponsor STAR WARS theme contest. We have had theme science fiction theme contests in the past, but never one this specific. More details HERE

TROPHY PACKAGE: The group voted to sponsor a trophy package for the LISMS show REPLICON 28, Saturday, March 25, 2017. More details HERE.

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

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 quarterly 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. 

PHOTO ROSTER: It looks like Russ and Gordon are going to take a crack at this. Gordon will start taking pics of members at the next meeting.

Meeting date:
February 17, 2017

Same time,
Same place!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Meet our Chapter Contact, Frank Colucci!


BPMS MEMBER INTERVIEWS: Starting this month the club will be treated to interviews prepared by a REAL journalist! Our IPMS Chapter Contact, and senior member FRANK COLUCCI will be interviewing members while I’m buried in tax returns at work. He’ll start with an intimate interview with himself! [~B2]


Introducing Frank Colucci 

BPMS Chapter Contact Frank Colucci has been building models since around 1960. “My father bought me some of the early Lindberg, Aurora, and Revell jets and a couple of the Strombecker space kits. It turns out he gave me a lifelong hobby and steered me toward a career.” As a professional aerospace and defense writer for the last 35 years, Frank has published technical articles in the American Helicopter Society magazine and many other industry publications. “My work centers on helicopters, but my modeling interests are still pretty much jets.” 

F-104 Starfighters, F-100 Super Sabres, and F-4 Phantoms are still at the top of Frank’s modeling favorites. “I finished another ESCI ‘104 last year in Canadian Cold War camouflage, and I’ve got an Italeri F-100D in the works to stick on a resin Zero Length Launch rocket booster. I’m drawn to build something by the history behind it. You learn an awful lot about world conflicts, politics, and aerospace technology just by building plastic model airplanes.” 

Frank grew up on Ocean Avenue and walked to PS-152, Hudde Junior High, Midwood High School, and Brooklyn College. The old neighborhood had Thrift Town on Nostrand Avenue, the Avenue S hobby shop, and discount stores on Kings Highway, Flatbush Avenue, and Mill Avenue, all with aisles full of plastic. “All the toy and hobby stores that sold models when we were growing up are gone, and today’s retailers such as Hobby Lobby barely bother with plastic. My wife can testify that the Internet is great for filling my basement with kits, but I miss browsing in stores.” 

Frank joined the Brooklyn Plastic Modelers Society in 1974 when the club met at Marcy Photo Studio on New Utrecht Avenue. “Joe Turner invited me to the Club when he was working at the Avenue S hobby shop. That one invitation gave me some of my closest friends, and it gave me something to do every third-Friday-of-the-month for 40 years. I learned modeling and airbrushing at the Club. If the BPMS wasn’t so worthwhile, no way would I drive in from New Jersey. We’ve got a very easy-going bunch of people in terms of modeling tastes and temperament. That’s why we’ve lasted so long.” 

Frank builds and enjoys the variety of combat aircraft available in all scales from 1/144 to 1/32 but still likes some of the older, simpler kits like the later Monogram jets. “I’m glad we have the accuracy, fit, and detail we do today, but some kits are too complicated to build for fun. I rarely use resin and photo-etch. I want to build an airplane and paint it in historic markings, not spend hours on wheel wells.” 


~Frank Colucci

Monday, January 23, 2017

June 2017 Theme: STAR WARS 40th Anniversary


 
STAR WARS 
40th Anniversary Theme Contest 

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of STAR WARS, Vinny Rosati and your humble narrator invite you to build anything that came from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… 

With the recent return of the STAR WARS franchise has also come a plethora of goodies for a model builder to enjoy. Additionally, over the years, many of us have added STAR WARS models to our stacks. There is no better time to get something built just in time for the 40th anniversary of the premiere of the original movie that came out on May 25, 1977. 

Build something old or new, the only requirement is that it has to be from the STAR WARS universe.

Feel free to contact the sponsors with any questions or concerns. 

Sponsors: Vincent Rosati & Bobby Pokorny

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 – 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 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Schedule of Events 2017



Schedule of Events
  • January - Kit Sale / Declare Pledges
  • February - Show Us Your Tool / Contest Night 1Q17
  • March - Decal Swap Night / Fav Model
  • April - Work In Progress Night
  • May - Parts Box Night / Contest Night 2Q17
  • June - Theme Contest / BBQ Night
  • July - Basic Skills Clinic: Seam Filling
  • August - Pizza Night / Contest Night 3Q2017
  • September - Hobby on a budget clinic
  • October - Nominations / Pledge Model Night
  • November - Contest Night 4Q17 / Super Raffle
  • December - Peaceful Plastic Theme Contest / Holiday Desserts

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BULLETIN: January 2017


BPMS
Bulletin
by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny 

Welcome to 2017! We hope you had a happy, healthy and a safe Holiday Season. 2016 ended in a splendid manner. The Holiday Luncheon went well. The theme contest had a dozen and a half entries. Plenty of tasty treats and cheer to go ‘round! 

December Meeting 

ISLAND HOPPING: It finally happened and we have some gorgeous work on the tables.
  • 1st Charlie Nelson N1K2-J “George”
  • 2nd Tim the Enchanter M4A2 Sherman
  • 3rd Ray Whitton L3M “Nell”
HM 
  • Frank Colucci N1K2 “George”
  • Joe Bergman LVTA-2
  • Kosta Lukyanov Soviet Pacific Fleet Marine
Special Awards
  • US Marines Joe Bergman M4A2 Sherman
  • US Navy Charlie Nelson FM-1 Wildcat
  • US Army Tim the Enchanter M3 75mm
  • Japanese Army Charlie Nelson Ki-84 “Frank”
  • Japanese Navy Russ Holcomb I-400 Submarine
The winners of first, second, and third places got models made by long-time member John Irwin who passed away in 2016. We’d like to thank Elizabeth Irwin for making those donations. We’d also like to thank the sponsors – Gordon Cheung, Jeff Eng, and Ray Keegan – for sponsoring a fun theme to build for. 

AWARDS CEREMONY: The group voted and I tallied the numbers all year. Here are the results: 

Air
  • 1st Charlie Nelson
  • 2nd Frank Colucci
  • 3rd Joe Bergman
  • HM Angelo Takos, Don Illjes, Kosta Lukyanov
Armor
  • 1st Tim Greeman
  • 2nd Russ Holcomb
  • 3rd Howell Serkin
  • HM Joe Barrett, Kevin App, Ed Johnson
Figures
  • 1st Joe Bergman
  • 2nd Tim Greeman
  • 3rd Ed Johnson
  • HM Angelo Takos
Sea
  • 1st Charlie Nelson
  • 2nd Russ Holcomb
  • 3rd Kosta Lukyanov
Science Fiction
  • 1st Tim Greeman
  • 2nd Bobby Pokorny
  • 3rd Ed Johnson
  • HM Angelo Takos, Joe Bergman, Israel Alvarado
Miscellaneous
  • 1st Bob Epley
  • 2nd Ed Johnson
  • 3rd Ray Keegan
  • HM Joe Bergman, Angelo Takos, Joe Barrett
Most Popular 
  • 1st Qtr Israel Alvarado, Bob Epley, Ed Johnson 
  • 2nd Qtr Frank Colucci 
  • 3rd Qtr Charlie Nelson 
  • 4th Qtr Charlie Nelson 

Frank Tripoli Memorial 
TOP GUN AWARD 
Charlie Nelson 

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

NEW MEMBER: Mark Mullen came to three meetings and showed us a WIP so we voted him in. Welcome! 

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

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON: The weather was nice and warm and we had one of our largest groups ever!

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

On the agenda: JANUARY 

2017 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 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! 

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

JUNE THEME: We don’t have a commitment for the June 2017 theme contest. Some ideas being kicked around right now would be: Sci-Fi: Star Wars 40th Anniversary, The Seven Day War 50th Anniversary, The Cold War, and The Aurora Years. If you have interest in being a sponsor for any of these, please speak with an officer. 

PHOTO ROSTER: It looks like Russ and Gordon are going to take a crack at this. Gordon will start taking pics of members at the next meeting, so you might want to comb your hair that day!

Meeting date:
January 20, 2017

Same time,
Same place!

See you at the BBSC!