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Monday, January 25, 2021

BPMS weekly Mini Zoom meeting: 01/28/2021

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

01/21/2021 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Fifteen people attended the meeting. We heard about new releases in a range of scales: F86F-30 (1/8), A 26C (1/32) and Ford GT 40 (1/12). Completed and in progress work included: Mirage 3E, Michael Meyers figure (with lighted jack-o-lantern and leaf litter - more about the leaf litter later - say that 3 times, fast), Sikorski S 61, Saab Viggen, Pontiac Catalina, Ford Bronco and snap fit Harrier in Yak 38 colors and markings. Acquisitions included: C 130 decals, Fokker G1, FW 183, Arado E 555, Me 110, Avia B 71, MD 120 Flying Crane and old favorites U 505, Multipose Japanese infantry, Centurion and Churchill tanks. We saw the punches used to make Mike Meyers' leaf litter and glass nail files, very good for removing the nubs formed by cutting parts from a runner. Look for them next time you're getting nail polish to paint that 55 Chevy wagon. Several stupid questions were answered before we got to the big one, why do you build models? Some answers: it's an escape, it's a way to be creative, it's a tangible link to history, it reminds me of the person who introduced me to the hobby, I'm never going to own an actual F 16 and where would I keep it if that Kickstarter thing ever pans out? Lots of reasons but not enough time to hear them all. We'll pick this up again real soon. Next meeting is 1/28/21 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Saturday, January 16, 2021

01/21/2021 BPMS Zoom meeting

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?
  • Why do we do this? Our hobby motivations!


BPMS 01/14/2021 Zoom meeting report and request

A New Year's request. Some of us haven't attended a BPMS zoom meeting in a while. Some have yet to attend. That's OK, but we are a club and we're interested in how our brothers in glue are holding up. So, everyone, when you have time, check in by hitting Reply All. Tell us what you're building, what you've bought, your pick for the Superbowl, whatever, just check in. Thanks in advance. Now, back to business. Twenty people attended the meeting. One release reported, Trumpeter's 1/200 Scharnhorst. In progress and completed work included: cloth sails, F4 U Corsair, Mirage 3E, J35 Draken, Rabelo wine barge, two small (but not the smallest) scale LCACs, Panther A, and Viking ship. New year = new acquisitions: Buick Wildcat, AR 234, AH 1Z Viper, F35B and WW1 trench section. A question about how companies pick subjects to model led to a discussion on licensing rights. Some companies won't grant them and go to great lengths to prevent big and small manufacturers from making and selling kits. We heard some interesting stories. Then we saw how useful a jeweler's vice can be when removing burrs from small  pieces and working with wire; much more secure than pliers or tweezers. We saw a new, inexpensive ($30 +/-), rotary tool with flex shaft and accessories. Performance details to follow. Next meeting is 1/21/21 at 8pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

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  (no themes due to COVID-19)
2021 - 70 Years of Aurora Models (delayed one year)

Monday, January 11, 2021

Links for 2021

Submitted by Mark N.

Airfix 2021 Launch Plans on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVx0yLyeeuQ&t=661s

Eduard Newsletter with 2021 “what to expect” after warehouse fire

https://www.eduard.com/info-eduard-%7c-january-2021/?cur=2

Sunday, January 10, 2021

01/14/2021 BPMS Zoom mini meeting

01/14/2021 BPMS Zoom mini meeting

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

BPMS 01/07/2021 Zoom mini meeting report

Twenty people attended the meeting. We began with a remembrance of Tim Greenman, a longtime member of BPMS, an officer and member of other clubs in the NY/CT area and a dedicated small scale armor builder. Pictures of some of his work are on the BPMS Facebook page. It was suggested we hold a 1/72 scale armor group build in his memory later in the year. Watch for details. In progress and completed work included: Edsel, tank carrier, Stuka (with personnel pods), F5E, Mirage, Wonder Woman, Mars Attacks figure, and cloth (no vac form here) sails. Acquisitions for the new year included: Saab J 21A3, Titanic (as an egg type model), Pontiac Catalina, Tiger 2 (Porsche turret) and Land of the Giants snake attack. We had a quick lesson on Me 109 canopies and a quicker look at our tool of the week, the Pin Bench. The next meeting is 1/14/21 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

~Russ

Hi all,

Sorry about missing out, I seem to have bad luck getting to Zoom on Thursday nites.

What I usually do each new year is to make a little slide show of the models I've done thru out the year. 2020 was
no exception. Things were a little slow in Jan and Feb while I was recovering from surgery, and also a few months in summer until I got a new AC for my attic studio. TIA for taking a look!

https://youtu.be/tqTUnhmMt18

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

Kev K.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

01/07/2021 BPMS Zoom Mini meeting

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

12/31/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

We had a relatively light turnout; nine people attended the meeting. Think of it this way, more than the Magnificent Seven, less than the Dirty Dozen. Two new releases were mentioned, ICM's CR 42 and Dragon's Panzer 3L. Following up on previous discussions of the Lancaster, we found out that one was flown in WW2 by the RAF's only Cuban born pilot, but I'm sure some people knew that already. In process and completed work included: F5E (Taiwanese markings), 55 Chevy station wagon, Yak 55 M,

F 15, Sopwith Triplane, Sopwith Camel, Stuka, ICM's MiG 25 &Tamiya's P 38 (both with multiple step by step construction photos) Thanks, Rommel. Chuck shared photos of scratch-built wood models built by his father, a Depression Era lunch wagon owned by his father (Chuck's grandfather), a western stage coach and a Greek Galley. Nice work. Thanks, Chuck. We closed with New Year's modeling resolutions: build more 1/48 scale, never build another tank, finish all the kits I started. Tell us your resolution at the next meeting, Jan 7 at 8 pm. Invites to follow.

~Russ

Long-time member Tim Greeman passed away today

It is with great sadness that I am reporting the passing of Tim Greeman, this afternoon, January 3rd, 2021at 2:30 PM.

He was admitted into the hospital mid-December suffering from COVID-19 and ultimately passed away from complications from the virus.  His wife was with him. 

DM for more details.

EDIT: Obituary added
https://www.coxeandgraziano.com/obituaries/Timothy--K--Greeman

 

Editor's Note: I will always remember Tim as the friendly guy who was always eager to learn from the other members as well as share his wisdom with the group Always in a pleasant mood and with a sense of humor. Tim was a genuinely nice guy with good intentions. His contributions will never be forgotten and he will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. ~Bobby
 
 

Monday, December 21, 2020

12/31/2020 Zoom mini meeting

Final Zoom of 2020!

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

12/17/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. Zoom was generous, allowing the meeting to run as long as we wanted. In this case about an hour and a half. Maybe we'll get more time for the New Year's Eve Meeting. Remember, there's no meeting next Thursday. In progress and completed work included: SH 3, yacht America, F5E, Pz Kw 38t, AA Crusader, M1151, Phantom of the Opera, Monitor and Merrimack, Su 122, Wappen Von Hamberg, Woodpecker, 58 Edsel, Viper Mk 2. One in progress item we heard about but didn't see was a 3-D printed, 30" tall Kraken. Hopefully we'll have photos soon. We saw several acquisitions: Discovery, Galileo (the shuttlecraft, not the astronomer), Dakota, snow mobile dragster, Johnny Quest Dragonfly, Ki 79b, F 35A. Much of the meeting was spent discussing decals, from basics like using shallow, rather than deep, trays for water, to burnishing tools and silicone tipped clay shapers. Designed for shaping clay (duh?), they're useful for positioning decals and applying putty. Sponge cloth and cosmetic wedges are good for blotting and conforming decals to irregular surfaces. Some people use Microset AND Micro Sol, some just use Micro Sol and others use Solvaset. Instead of applying decals over a gloss coat, try polishing the area with coffee filter paper, place the decal then overcoat. Yellowed decals can be restored by taping them to an east facing window for about two weeks. Watch out for condensation on the window. Old and fragile decals can be strengthened with a decal bonding spray. Our next meeting is 12/31/20. Join us at 8 pm to say good riddance to 2020. Invites to follow. Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night. 

~Russ

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

12/17/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting - featured topic: decals

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench? 
  • Featured topic: Decals (if you would like to join in, please have a couple couple words prepared and maybe even some pics to share!

12/10/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. Traditional modelers will be happy with two new releases, USS Enterprise (CVN 65, not NCC 1701) and F 100. Adventurous modelers will be happy with foldable 3d printed tanks. Look for the folding Tiger 1 video on YouTube. In a smaller scale, it would make a nice "tank in a bottle" display. In progress and completed work included: Panther A, F117, M 10, PzKw 38T, Viper Mk 2, Sopwith Camel,  Hurricane (which will soon have an instruction sheet, thanks to a helpful modeler), Mustang (car, not plane), Rubicon  (Jeep, not river), Jekyll/Hyde, MiG 25, MiG 27 and Chuck Yeager's Bell X1.  Despite Santa's imminent arrival, we continue to get more stuff: Si 204 A conversion set, Subaru Brat, Alpha jet, F 8 Crusader and Cadillac Escalade.  We saw new tools: airbrush holder, watchmaker's vice, precision glue/paint applicators. We talked about Tamiya panel paint and Gaia metal paints. And, one week later, we saw pictures from another club's "Turkey Challenge", where contestants have four days to build a model. Entries included: HMS Astute, B 24J, P 51, BA 6, Universal Carrier,  SWAT(ish) team figures, Sherman, M3 Grant, V2 and Hanomag, SR 71 and the Hunley. It's surprising to see how much quality work can be done in four days. Thanks, Mark. Next week's featured topic is decals. Everyone is invited to contribute. What were your best, worst or most complicated markings? How did you restore old decals? What setting solutions work/don't work? Your favorite aftermarket decals? Tell your horror stories and use pictures, if you're not easily embarrassed. Next meeting is 12/17/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.
 
~Russ

 

Monday, December 07, 2020

12/10/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting details

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

12/03/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Seventeen people attended the meeting. In Club news, our charter has been renewed. In industry news, two new releases were reported, a Panzer 3N from Takom and a MiG 29 from some other company. As for in progress and completed work, we saw The Invisible Man (sorry, couldn't resist), Jekyll/Hyde, Lancaster, F 117, MiG 15, P 40 E, B 36 and a 3D printed Mandalorian. Acquisitions included an 8/1 scale human tooth (with interior), Si 204, Taurus SHO and the Wappen Von Hamburg. We heard that two of our local hobby shops, Rudy's in Astoria and Brownie's in Staten Island, are still open. Check the hours before you go. The tool demonstrated this week was Infini's Easycutting Matte. A simple idea but very useful to quickly cut masking tape into straight or curved strips, or other complex shapes. Thanks, Gil. The featured topic, assembly/painting sequences for tracked vehicles was illustrated with photos and live shots. Masking road wheels, with either kit-specific aftermarket masks or a circle template, produces good results and makes painting less tedious. Tracks, particularly multi part, individual, nonworkable links can be tedious, too. Workable tracks in metal, resin or plastic, cost extra but greatly simplify track installation and hey, how much is your time worth? We didn't forget about vinyl tracks and discussed various ways to join and install them. Thanks, Tom and Jimmy. In the last minute (literally) of the meeting we saw the first photo of a quick build contest the Hudson Valley Club organized for Thanksgiving. Thanks, Mark. We'll see the rest of them next week, so don't forget to join us on 12/10/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. 

~Russ

Saturday, November 21, 2020

12/03/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting featured topic: painting/assembly sequence for tracked vehicles

Our next meeting will be on DECEMBER 3rd, 2020!
  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?
  • Featured topic: painting/assembly sequence for tracked vehicles

11/19/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Nineteen people attended the meeting. Just one new release reported, a MiG 21PF in 1/72 by Eduard. In progress and completed work included: Saab 29 Tunnan, El Camino with trail bike, VW Baja Bug, Offshore oil platform, Creature from the Black lagoon, General Zod and Ursa, MK 3 Crusader, B36 (1/144), Prowler(1/144), T 55 Enigma. New acquisitions included: USN Cleveland, H34 Choctaw, JU 126-127. We had a full agenda, starting with a step-by-step description of the casting process, including casting bed fabrication, materials used, effect of temperature and humidity, mold release agents, minimizing air bubbles (in case you don't have a vacuum chamber or pressure pot). Thanks, William and thanks to the other guys who shared their considerable experience in casting. We also talked about brush painting. What's best, synthetic or natural hair? What are the advantages of the different shapes? What's the best way to clean a brush? Notice I'm not giving you the answers. That's not to be a wise guy, it's to encourage meeting attendance. Speaking of meetings, the next one is in TWO WEEKS. Invites to follow. Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving. 


~Russ

Sunday, November 15, 2020

11/19/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting info

Time: Nov 19, 2020

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST (US and Canada)
Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.


Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

Featured discussion(s): brushes and brush painting techniques, and home casting if Bill is able to make the meeting. 

We look forward to seeing you!

11/12/2020 Zoom mini meeting report

Twenty people attended the meeting. No new kit releases reported this week. 

 IPMS/BPMS MEMBERS ONLY: The charter is up for renewal. Please provide your membership # and expiration date to Frank C as soon as possible. Thanks in advance. 

Also, BPMS was asked about sponsoring a trophy package for the 2021 Nationals (assuming they are held). Votes will be taken at a future meeting. We had an update on the Community Center. The building and the grounds remain closed and are likely to remain that way into the start of 2021. That led to a discussion on the Christmas lunch and it looks like that'll be postponed too, unless someone can find a restaurant that can accommodate us. Any thoughts? 

There was a lot of in progress and completed work: Panther A, Cthulhu, steampunk fish submarine, EA 6 Prowler, F 117, Nosferatu, Celtic noble, Crown Victoria, FW 190, P 40, MiG 15, El Camino, DH 88 Comet, Yak 55, the Hulk, Stug 4, Brumbar, Opel Blitz, Stalin tank. We saw a demonstration of the Dspiae ball bearing pin vice, pricey maybe, but comfortable to use and inexpensive bits are readily available. We also had a well-illustrated talk on "Liquid Gravity" including tools and techniques needed to get it to stay where you want it. Hopefully we'll have more demonstrations at the next meeting which is Nov. 19 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Saturday, November 07, 2020

11/12/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting

Time: Nov 12, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

11/5/20 BPMS Zoom meeting report and a socially distanced model show

Fifteen people attended the meeting. For weeks, we've been wondering when in-person shows will resume. Some say this October, some say next year. But that wasn't good enough for the dedicated and creative modelers of the Hudson Valley Club, so they organized a small, outdoor show. Pictures of the venue, models, winners and awards are attached. Safety protocols and judging rules are also attached, in case you want to host your own Covidcon. Thanks, Marc. Only one new release, a 1/350 USS Birmingham from Very Fire. In progress and completed work included: F 106, Delorian (with flux converter), Offshore Oil Platform, Corsair, Hurricane, Panther A. There were some interesting aircraft acquisitions: Edgley EA 7 Optica, Victory 357 Ekranoplan, B36 (1/144). The Tool Demonstration featured the DISPAIE STA single blade nipper, when to use it and, equally important, when not to use it. The blade is thin and is intended for fine work only. And while we didn't have an actual demonstration, several people talked about using ac/usb powered miniature rotary tools. They're lightweight, relatively inexpensive and widely available. These demonstrations generate a lot of useful information. I hope we're able to do them on a regular basis. The meeting ended with a clinic on preparing 3D printed resin and monofilament parts. We saw and discussed clean up, priming and assembly techniques. Next meeting is Nov 12 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Speaking of meetings, you may have noticed that Thanksgiving is on Thursday (duh) and so is Christmas Eve. Since these are traditional family holidays and since BPMS is a family friendly club, I suggest we skip the meetings for those two weeks. Thursday New Year's Eve is another matter. You can have plenty of family time between the end of the meeting and the ball drop. Just saying. See you next week.

~Russ

Friday, October 30, 2020

11/5/20 meeting Featured Topic: Prepping 3D printed items

Time: Nov 5, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench? 
  • Featured Discussion: Prepping 3D printed items hosted by Bobby and Joe


10/29/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. For some reason, one person couldn't be re admitted to the second session. Did someone annoy Cthulhu? The meeting started with the status of model shows. Northestcon could be moved to May or October. The Hudson Valley Show could be moved to the last week in October. On the bright side, we heard that shows are being held in New Hampshire. Closer to home but not specifically model related, the spy museum in Manhattan has a good 007 display. If you need a pandemic souvenir, consider the "I wasn't there in 2020" convention tee shirt from AMPS. We heard of one new release, a 1/144 B52H from Lion's Roar and saw a new acquisition, Tamiya's 1/35 Marder 1( Lorraine chassis). In progress and completed work included: F4 in Greek markings, F 106, FW 189, FW 190, Stratocruser, Defiant target tug, Panther A, 96 (or 97) Ford Crown Victoria and MiG 15. Following up on the last meeting, we had a demonstration of the DSPIAE circle cutter and a discussion on electronic cutting machines like Cricut and Silhouette Cameo. We'll have more tool demonstrations in the coming weeks. the meting ended with a lengthy session of airbrushes. Despite its age, the Pasche H is still the go to airbrush for many because it's easy to maintain and replacement parts are widely available. We also talked about Badger, Grex, Iwata and Iwata knock offs. We closed with airbrush related topics: 15 -20 psi recommended for most jobs, compressors with 1.5 gal. tanks are useful and the importance of taking all safety precautions when using cleaning solvents with hazardous components. Next meeting is Nov 5 at 8 pm. invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Sunday, October 25, 2020

10/29/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting info

Time: Oct 29, 2020

08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!


On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

10/22/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Ten people attended the meeting. While there wasn't  much industry news (one new release, the Discovery from Space Odyssey) we saw a lot of in progress and completed work including: El Camino, Stratocruser, Boultan Paul Defiant target tug, Tu 16 Badger, FW Ta 283, Jagdpanther (with paper zimmerit), Panther A (with decal zimmerit), Creature from the Black Lagoon, Gill Woman, and "Buddy Cthulhu". We had a wide ranging discussion - using a UV light designed to dry nail polish for curing paint, plastic canopy masks vs. paper/tape masks, wheel masks made with a circle compass, another tool (details needed) to cut thin circles for masks, removing dust from models with a 50/50 mix of Murphy's Oil Soap and water,  Vallejo premium acrylics, Liquid Gravity, lead putty, dealing with Ali Express and, as an unexpected bonus, informative Q&A sessions on 3D printing and creating photo etch items. Next meeting is 10/29/20  at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

~Russ

Saturday, October 17, 2020

10/22/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

10/15/2020 BPMS zoom mini meeting report

Thirteen people attended the meeting. Having a moderator kept things moving along. Maybe that's why Zoom didn't terminate the meeting after 40 minutes? [We still need to smooth out some of the rough edges, but it was a solid meeting with good and educational content. Thanks to the members for participating and Mr Kaza for telling us how he uses nail polish to paint his models.] Thanks again, Frank. The next meeting is 10/ 22/20 at 8 pm. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ [Additions by Bobby]

Sunday, October 11, 2020

10/15/20 BPMS Weekly Zoom Mini-Meeting

Topic: BPMS 10/15/20 Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 15, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)

New Meeting Format:

  1. Club and Industry News (10 min) Talk about other clubs, new releases, status of shops and on-line vendors. 
  2. Individual Updates (20 min) Moderator calls on each person and gives them a minute, if they want it, to discuss what they're working on. Feel free to ask questions, but don't change the topic. Think of it as the "talk about your model" part of the meeting.  
  3. Open Discussion (50 min) Talk about techniques or equipment, share photos of contests, museums or your favorite model or share your knowledge in a clinic.

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

10/08/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

We've been holding weekly Zoom meetings for seven months and it's safe to say we know how Zoom works. It's also safe to say a simple Agenda would make the meeting move more smoothly, eliminating dead air and cross talk. So here it is: 

Item 1- Club and Industry News (10 min) Talk about other clubs, new releases, status of shops and on-line vendors. 

Item 2- Individual Updates (20 min) Moderator calls on each person and gives them a minute, if they want it, to discuss what they're working on. Feel free to ask questions, but don't change the topic. Think of it as the "talk about your model" part of the meeting. 

Item 3 - Open Discussion (50 min) Talk about techniques or equipment, share photos of contests, museums or your favorite model or share your knowledge in a clinic. 

As for last week's meeting, fourteen people attended. In progress and completed work included: Tu 16, F4, MiG 21, F 22, F 35, Panther A, T55, Nuclear Powered Flying Wing, Lenticular Reentry Vehicle, Ka 25. New acquisitions included: Bell X22, Hiller X18, 67 Impala, 77 Monaco with Joker figure and another Cthulhu. We saw an impressive (1/6 scale?) 3D modeling project, Ray Harry Harryhausen, in his studio, filming some of his creatures with other creatures scattered around the room. Nice work, David. We also saw photos from the Chattanooga Nationals. Thanks, Mark. Next meeting is October 15. Invites to follow. Hope you can make it.

~Russ

Sunday, October 04, 2020

10/08/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

 And maybe the monthly raffle scheduled for last week but didn't happen because we got busy!

10/1/20 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Nineteen people attended the meeting. Some good news, Rudy's, in Astotria, is open again. Hours can vary. Check before you go. We saw a wide range of in progress and completed work: General Zod, Dracula, Quasimodo, Medusa, Corvette, Bronco, Moon Ship (aka Lunar Lander), P40 and Chezk crop duster. We saw newly acquired kits and tools: Ju EF 126, F 4e, Challenger 2, Ball Tank, He 70, FW 189, Rabelo (aka Portuguese wine boat), eyeglass mounted headlamp, and micro tweezer set. We discussed equipment - at least one guy still has a Mattel Vac-u-form - materials - 3D printed resin parts, electrically conductive paint- and fabrication - making  metal parts to replace warped resin ones. We'd be remiss not to thank the family of an old member, Don B, for donating his unbuilt kits to BPMS. Thanks as well to the guys who picked up the kits. Next meeting is October 8 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you then.

~Russ

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

10/01/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?
  • Raffle

9/24/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Fifteen people attended the meeting. If the Terminator, Aston Martin DB 5 and the other subscription models you've seen didn't impress you, maybe the1/200 scale  Bismarck we heard about - die cast hull, interiors, lighting , sounds and moving parts -  will. All you need is time, money and display space. Speaking of display, we saw a lot of completed and in progress work: F16I, Hurricane family, KA25, Mil 1, resin and 3D printed Cthulhus, Tu 95, Digno (with Gurkha), KV 85, Shermans (cast and welded hulls), CV 35, Flakpanzer, USS Louisiana, USS Massachusetts. We also discussed lighting sets, wire wheels and foam holders for boat hulls, car bodies and paint bottles.  Next meeting is October 1 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Assuming we have prizes, there will be a raffle . That's to remind you donations are always welcome. See you Thursday.

~Russ

Monday, September 21, 2020

9/24/20 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

09/17/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Thirteen people attended the meeting. New releases to watch for: 1/48 U2D, 1/35 Centurion w/plow, 1/350 Korean War vehicles, 1/32 Dambuster. In progress and completed work included: F 16I, Panther A, T 34 (the one with wings, not the one with tracks), Cessna Bird dog w floats, 58 Edsel, single seat and two seat Hurricanes. Members report good results ordering from Lucky Models, Hobby Easy and Scale Hobbyist. We discussed preparing photo etch for painting, how ammonia and acetone will damage your airbrush, good primers (Gunzie v Tamiya), model paint availability and, for a change of pace,  home renovations. The next meeting will be 9/24 20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

 
~Russ

Monday, September 14, 2020

09/17/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini-Meeting Details

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:
  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

09/10/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini-meeting report

Fourteen people attended the meeting. In progress and completed work included: F16I, FW 190, Ford P 68, Hurricane, Ka 25, Panther A and 1925 Model T. We continue to acquire new kits: Rafale, P51 (with 12 choices of markings) , 1956 Ferrari Lancia, 1914 Mercedes GP, Bisnovat SK1 and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Yes, that's a kit. We discussed various ways of applying zimmerit, who has the most airbrushes and why, how Tamiya's pink primer improves red final coats, sources for STL files/plans for 3D printed models, and the fun of looking for kits at Baseline Hobbies. Also, New London is hosting the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival this weekend, check their website for details. The next meeting is Sept 17 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Saturday, September 05, 2020

09/10/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda
  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?

09/03/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Nineteen people attended the meeting including another BPMS alumni we haven't seen for a while. Welcome back, S. Speaking of coming back, I went to the Community Center to ask about plans to reopen. They haven't heard from the Parks Department and they don't think anything is going to happen or the foreseeable future. Outdoor meetings are also under Parks Department jurisdiction, so unless someone can find a restaurant with adequate social distancing or a location for tailgate meetings, we'll be Zooming for a bit longer. 

We learned Revell Germany released an Airbus 320 and 321 in 1/144 and Rye Field released an EZ8 Sherman and a Pz4 J (with interior). Some interesting acquisitions in 1/350 scale: 3D printed quad 40s and ship's crew members. Completed and in progress work included: F 100, Mandalorian & Baby Yoda, two Kingfishers, Albatros D5, Edsel, Terminator, Winged Dragon and Ogre with chains (Poor descriptions, admittedly, but I'm not a Fantasy guy), Me 262 night fighter, KV 85, Beach Bunny, Dingo and Panther A. We heard recommendations for micro brushes, wet palates and 3M Quick Dry Tacky & Easy Glue. Next meeting is Sept 10 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Have a nice Labor Day.
~Russ