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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

Monday, August 31, 2020

09/03/2020 Weekly 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?

08/27/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini-meeting Report

Thirteen people attended the meeting. In progress and completed work included: F 100, Northrup Nuclear Bomber, Cthulhu, Santa, Medusa, Perseus, Mandalorian, Supertanker, Panther A, M4A1 early, Flackpanzer, Pershing, Panther (with paper zimmerit), M32 recovery vehicle and Terminator plasma rifle. Judging by new acquisitions, we should be seeing some new car builds soon: Olsonite Eagle, Ford P68 and a 65 Chevy Impala. We discussed priming soft plastic figures with craft paint and 3D printing topics like the printed cockpit decals and tips on assembling 3D printed kits. We had the raffle and once again the winner was the one who donated the prize. Will it happen again next month? Donate something and see for yourself. The next meeting will be Sept 3 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Friday, August 21, 2020

08/20/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Seventeen people attended the meeting. Some good news, Willis Hobbies is back. They expect to have more inventory in September. If you go, tell us about it. In progress and competed work included: F5E, Panther A, Ae607, Nuclear Powered Flying Wing, P 39 trainer, C 117 and, Cuthulu (Cthulhu?). Regarding shows, it looks like everything planned for 2020 is cancelled, but the Las Vegas 2021 IPMS Nationals are open for business. Check their website for details. We discussed various ways to transport built models, the surprising quality of Dollar Tree acrylic paints and using a wet palate. Our next meeting, the last one of the month, means it's time for a Raffle. The meeting starts at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
~Russ

Sunday, August 16, 2020

BPMS Zoom Mini meeting: 08/20/2020

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?

8/13/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. The hobby shop update: Brownie's (Staten Island) is open, Red Caboose (Manhattan) is open, Rudy's (Astoria) is closed and Tremont (The Bronx) is out of business. What's the status of the shops in your area? Let us know. Acquisitions, In progress and completed work included: off shore oil platform & tanker, Comet Mk1A, F15E, Panther A, Lighthouse, Yak 9A, Ju 52 bomber conversion. We noticed a lot of people have an F15 or two in their stash. Theme contest maybe? Miss the raffle? It will be back, on the last Thursday of every month. So, to enter the raffle, be at the meeting last Thursday. Sounds like a BPMS version of Who's on First. The next meeting will be 8/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

~Russ

Saturday, August 01, 2020

8/6/20 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

BPMS Zoom Mini  Meeting
Time: Aug 6, 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? 

We hope to see you there!

BPMS 7/30/20 zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. We talked about our favorite and least favorite flat finishes and recent experiences with vendors. Scale Hobbyist, Hobby Link and Free Time Hobbies got positive reviews. There was a lot of work in progress / completed work: Terminator, Strike Eagle, Me 262 HG4, Ar E340, Panther A, Minsk, Sdkfz 222, Lincoln Continental station wagon and others. Technical problems and other obligations meant fewer people in the raffle pool but that didn't bother Frank, who finally got that Titanic he wanted ever since the movie came out. Speaking of the raffle, the inventory of prizes is getting low. If you have anything to donate, send Bobby a photo. Your generosity will be appreciated. That being said, Frank, keep the Titanic. The next meeting is Aug 6 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. See you there. 

~Russ

Monday, July 27, 2020

07/30/20202 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?

7/23/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people joined the meeting. It was confirmed that Mosquitocon in Wayne and AMPS in Danbury have been cancelled for 2020. Nothing definite yet on the Hudson Valley show in Poughkeepsie. The news that Hobby Boss is releasing 1/32 scale A 26 Invader led to a discussion of other company's upcoming releases. It looks like they all decided to make the same kit. Speaking of the same kit, In case you missed the meeting we had a first for the Random Number Raffle. The winner won the kit he donated to the raffle. He got an alternate prize and the Titanic went back into storage. Don't worry, you'll see it again. We saw some interesting stencils for camouflage - stiff metal, flexible plastic, different patterns, different scales. They can produce nice paint jobs, but so can sponge fragments. We saw a whole lot of Works in Progress and completed kits: F15 E, F 100, Mig21, F22, F4 Phantom, Me 109z, M4A1, 1920 pattern RR Armored Car, Panther A, USS Massachusetts, Vosper, SS United States, Apollo/Soyuz and Apollo/LEM combinations. Really nice work. If you have time, post some photos to a "What are you working on" email string the group email address. The next meeting is June 30 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. See you then. 

~Russ

Saturday, July 18, 2020

07/23/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting

BPMS Meeting
Jul 23, 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?

BPMS 07/16/2020 Zoom mini meeting report

A total of fourteen people attended the meeting. By coincidence, two guys who didn't join second session were replaced by two guys who had other commitments during the first session. The important thing is that we had enough people to make the raffle interesting. OK, not everybody can spare 80 minutes every Thursday night. Family obligations, work and actually building a kit can take-up a lot of time. But even a 10 minute "pop-in" is a good way to keep in touch and maybe share some model building wisdom. If you don't have a camera, you can phone it in. Now, back to the report. We discussed ways to clean resin parts prior to painting, removing masking residue without removing paint, priming models with commercial auto primer (properly thinned) and the performance of various acrylic metallic paints. Works in Progress included Intruder, Leduc 022, FW 191 and Kingfisher, to name a few. Two recently acquired F 14s and a Saunders Roe flying boat are sure to become Works in Progress soon. The next meeting is July 23 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Friday, July 10, 2020

7/16/20 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?

7/9/20 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting, including a BPMS alum we haven't seen since he relocated many years ago. It was good to talk with him and see the work he's doing now. It made me think of all the members who left the area but haven't left the hobby. If you're in contact with an expatriate member, let them know about our virtual meetings. You can never hear too many decal disaster stories. Last night's stories focused on paint colors, paint thinners and paint alternatives. BK reported good results using nail polish thinned with lacquer thinner for car bodies. Aircraft and armor Work in Progress photos were shown. One of the guys found a new way to acquire kits, dumpster diving. He remembered to show us what he found. He forgot to tell us where he found them. Maybe it's in your neighborhood? Thanks to the generosity of members like JB we had another Random Number Raffle. The next meeting is July 16 at 8 pm. Invites will follow. See you there. 
 
~Russ

Saturday, July 04, 2020

7/9/20 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?

Friday, July 03, 2020

7/2/20 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting report

Eighteen people attended last night's meeting. Guys are saying it's getting harder to get new kits. Well, someone familiar with the industry reports Zvezda is up for sale. Think about it. Aftermarket decals, on the other hand, are plentiful. We saw some several nice aircraft and armor markings for 1/72 sale kits. Speaking of aftermarket, we saw 1/35 scale 3 D printed tool clamps and brackets for WW2 German armor. Thanks for sharing, J. and congratulations on winning the Random Number Raffle. There were WIP updates on several builds: Terminator, Sturmovik, E 581-4, F16 variants, FT 17 SPG and two Panthers. The Q&A session started with "What's a good color for tank tracks" and ended with "Who makes the best frozen pizza". Opinion is divided on both questions. The next meeting is Thursday, July 9 at 8pm, invites to follow. Hope you can make it. Have a safe 4th of July and resist the temptation to blow up any unfinished Theme Contest builds. 
~Russ

Saturday, June 27, 2020

July 2nd, 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?

6/25/20 BPMS Zoom Mini-meeting report

Fifteen people attended the meeting. We discussed using compressed air for air brushes, masking with tape/paper/silly putty/parafilm, tools for propeller alignment, making dust covers, gator board display bases, using decals for canopy framing and, for the gardeners, how copper tape can repel snails. Works in progress/completed work included: Terminator, Sea Vixen, Mig 17(?) , Arado E340 (?). Zvezda kits are available again. The big news came in after the meeting ended. The 2020 IPMS National at San Marcos has been cancelled. However, it was put in the rotation, after Las Vegas (2021) and Omaha (2022). Closer to home, our plan is to keep the October Pledge Model date and move the Aurora Theme Contest to December. Don't worry, we'll have a Pizza Night and a Quarterly Contest before the end of the year. Of course, it all depends on getting back to the Community Center. We'll keep you posted. Thanks to your continued donations, we had another Random Number Raffle. Next meeting is July 2 , 2020 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope you can make it. 
 
~Russ

Sunday, June 21, 2020

BPMS 06/25/2020 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?

Friday, June 19, 2020

06/18/20 Zoom mini-meeting report

Seventeen people attended last night's meeting. We saw some new acquisitions, many works in progress and several completed pieces. Lots of armor this time around, Shermans, Panthers, JS3, Renault Ft 17. Aircraft, cars and a 24# naval cannon were also shown. I predict we'll have a lot of nice work to see in person once we get back to the Community Center.  And when will that be, you ask. Quick answer, we don't know. It's up to City Hall. Hopefully we can meet in August, either inside or outside. We'll keep you posted. We floated the idea of continuing the virtual meetings, say once a month, without a random number raffle (The club has to make money like everyone else) after the regular meetings resume. There was an impromptu mini clinic on scribers and templates, a testimonial to the performance of Liquid Gravity, photos of a Wings over Dallas airshow a few years back (thanks N) and, of course, a random number raffle. Next meeting will be June 25 at 8pm. Invites to follow. 

~Russ

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

IPMS Region 1 Update

Good evening chapter contacts,

First let me place my IPMS RC hat on, hope all of you are still safe and healthy and building some models. Not much to report except that the national convention is still on as I send out this email I just check their website. I know that they have not received a a lot of sponsors so please consider sponsoring a category.

Now changing hats and putting on my Noreastcon Chairmen hat. As I write this the show is still on the committee is planning on getting together early in July and see were we go. I'm asking that all of you check with your chapters and see if there is still an interest in coming to the event. I have a couple of concerns one being if we require masks and social distancing when we judge the contest how is that going to work. So please discuss with your clubs and get back to me maybe with a head count so I can let our committee know.

Stay safe and healthy!!! and remember it is all about the models

Dave S. IPMS/ USA RC1

APG Tanks — Russell Tracy Photography

BPMS 06/18/2020 Zoom Mini-Meeting

Topic: BPMS meeting
Time: Jun 18, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: part 2
Time: Jun 18, 2020 08:41 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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

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?

DM your email address to be added to the list and get sign in details! 

BPMS 6/11/20 Zoom Meeting Report

Fifteen people attended last night's meeting. We discussed equipment (sources for compressor fittings, moisture trap performance), parts count (do you really need 800 + pieces to build that ship or tank), subscription kits for iconic cars (J, thanks for sharing your Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger) and kit reissues (Lindberg's Clermont and Bandi Gundams). We saw new acquisitions and aircraft, auto, ships (plastic and paper) and sci fi works in progress. We also saw the impressive camouflage D was able to produce using flexible masks. The Random Number Raffle went off smoothly. Thanks for your donations. Next meeting will be 6/18/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
 
~Russ

Monday, June 08, 2020

BPMS 06/11/2020 Zoom mini-meeting

Topic: BPMS meeting
Time: Jun 11, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: part 2
Time: Jun 11, 2020 08:41 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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

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 06/04/2020 Zoom mini-meeting report

Seventeen people joined the meeting. Due to technical difficulties, we weren't able to present the 3D printing clinic. We'll try again. Of course, that didn't stop us from talking about it. Several people had examples of 3D printed figures and kits. There were questions about uses for 3 D printing pens. Many people shared photos of their favorite models and works in progress. We also shared experiences with airbrushes including cleaning them with ultrasonic cleaners.  We learned that "Liquid  Gravity" will keep an aircraft nose heavy. It will also run all over your work area if you're not careful. For the locals, Willis Hobby in Nassau County is in the process of closing it's building. Plans for the future are unknown, but items are being sold at discounted prices. Best contact them in advance if you plan to visit. 

Next meeting,  6/11/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you then.  Stay safe. 

~Russ

Monday, June 01, 2020

Remember?

Weekly BPMS Zoom Meeting: Jun 4, 2020 08:00 PM EST

Weekly BPMS Zoom meeting
Time: Jun 4, 2020 08:00 PM EST
  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?
  • Show us your Favorite Model
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5/28/20 meeting report

Seventeen people attended the meeting. We discussed paints (availability of older brands, performance of new metallic paints) and painting (don't spray when it's humid), digital camouflage, decal camouflage patterns and options for preparing and gluing 3D printed parts. Works in Progress included aircraft, autos and maybe a Red Dwarf Starbug, (a sci-fi thing, I could be wrong). We had another "Random Number Raffle" and thanks to those who donated items, we should be able to continue the RNR for a few more Thursdays. That said, you should never assume because...(you know the rest) so donations are still welcome. Next meeting will be 6/4/20. Invites to follow.

Sunday, May 31, 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 (only one theme due to COVID-19)

2021

Monday, May 25, 2020

BPMS 05/28/20 Zoom mini-meeting info

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?