Tuesday, February 11, 2020

BULLETIN: February 2020



by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

The January meeting was an impressive way to kick off a new decade with the BPMS. The weather was reasonable for January, so we had 26 members and 3 guests who brought in 20 models for display, and loads up for sale.

January Meeting

NEW MEMBERS: Chuck Contrino and Steven McCole have each attended to three meetings and showed us completed models. We started the New Year off by voting them both in for membership. Welcome to the fold!

2020 Model Pledge: Looks like we got this working nicely now! Bring in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2020 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! 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!

JUNE THEME: We have a commitment!

The Golden age of

Celebrating 70 Years of Models

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. 

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


I meant to write this on my thirtieth anniversary, but was overwhelmed. No matter. During the February 1989 Meeting of the BPMS voted in a new member. Introduced to the BPMS by my friend (and next door neighbor) Jeff Eng, it was 17 year old me. A couple years later I was appointed to the job of Treasurer as I was an accounting student at the time. Years later I served four years as club president. After that stint I consolidated the roles of secretary, activities director, and editor of the Bulletin just to make everything easier for timing and sorting out. Been doing that plus some internet presence and social media ever since.

In the thirty-one of my BPMS membership, I have seen the club go through many events. Multiple location moves. Members coming and going. Friends made. Friends lost. 

In 2022, the BPMS will mark 50 years of serving the community. I suspect a celebration will be in order for that one. That aside, in my time I have seen many great things going on at our meetings and  have no doubt that we can expect another 50 years ahead of us. The BPMS has always had the greatest asset of all time, AMAZING MEMBERS. We get together, we get along, and we enjoy our time in the hobby. That’s the secret of our longevity. By my reckoning there will always be a BPMS long after we are all gone to carry on the tradition of friendly inclusiveness and never forgetting to enjoy our hobby. Cheers to the future of the BPMS!

Meeting date:
FEBRUARY 21, 2020



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

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
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:
1st           Frank Colucci
2nd          Don Illjes
3rd           Mark Mullen
HM       Jake Moon, Tim Greeman, Kosta Lukyanov
1st           Charlie Nelson
2nd          Tim Greeman
3rd           Mark Mullen
HM       Peter Kilkenny, Howell Serkin
1st           Kevin Kilkenny
2nd          Joe Bergman
3rd           Kevin App
                Tim Greeman
HM       Don Illjes, Howell Serkin
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.
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

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
Celebrating 70 Years of Models

Meeting date:
JANUARY 24, 2020


Friday, December 27, 2019


JUNE 19TH 2020!!!

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!

·       Joe Bergman
·       Kevin Kilkenny

Friday, December 06, 2019

BULLETIN: December 2019

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