Friday, June 15, 2007

Bulletin: June 2007

A couple last minute words regarding the theme contest:

"In addition to those members who are assembling a model kit that fits into the "Vintage 1965" theme and its guidelines, if anyone wishes, they may bring a vintage, unbuilt kit for display. This way, more guys can participate and not have to worry about building a classic kit they would rather remain 'mint in box'. [In addition, feel free to bring in your boxes and instructions for your built ups as well as any works that weren’t completed in time. ~B2] I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with!"

by Bobby the Blue
May kept the wave going. We had 32 members and one guest bringing in 30 models. We had some serious entry numbers like armor like we haven’t seen in a while.
CONTEST NIGHT 2Q07: This turned out to be quite a contest. A lot of great work was competing in the various categories that night. That’s what we love to see!

PARTS BOX NIGHT: Parts! Members brought in parts, and others got to bring some home. Thanks guys!

SWAP NIGHT: People always bring stuff in to sell, but the amount brought in just seems to increase when I mention a swap night in the bulletin. Good stuff!
On the agenda: June
PIZZA NIGHT: This is the one activity that brings the members out of the woodworks. Pizza Night! A BPMS tradition for decades. There are a couple conditions: members shouldn’t bring guests for this activity, and you must be up to date on your membership dues. Be sure to check with the trez. No Dues? No pizza for you!

THEME CONTEST NIGHT: VINTAGE 1965 This will be the first theme contest of 2007 and our first theme contest sponsored by a non-member, our awards master Ed Dietrich! I think the least we can do to repay his benevolence by building lots and building well for such an easy theme to build for! Who doesn’t have some old goodies in the stacks and piles? These are the words direct from our sponsor:

A modeler can submit a kit of any subject in any scale but it must be a kit that was available from 1955 - 1965. The idea is that you could walk into a hobby shop (or Five and Dime) back then and spot this kit on the shelf any time in that decade; an era which many consider to be the "Golden Age" of plastic kits.

The kit can be a re-release too, for example a Revell "Special Subjects Program" edition from 1997 of a kit originally produced in 1960 is OK.

However, I ask that modelers resist enhancing the vintage model with too many modern day doodads like resin and photo-etched parts, things you would not be using in 1965. You can add a few but don't go nuts with aftermarket goodies. Scratchbuilding parts is OK though, since you could have done that 40+ years ago.

Modelers can choose from these manufacturers: Aurora, AMT, Revell, Monogram, PYRO, Jo-Han, Airfix, Hawk, Precision, Lindberg, Palmer and Renwal - all companies operating back then. I already have an award design in mind and will make all of them myself. (Probably even the honorable mentions too!)

Modern supplies such as PAINT are perfectly fine to use. Feel free to contact Ed directly if you have any questions.

June Meeting will be on the 15th!!!

Early this month!

Monday, June 11, 2007

IPMS National Election - Please pass along to your Chapter members

The Election of IPMS/USA Officers for the next two years has begun. Please vote!

For the position of Historian/Publications Director, the Journal staff would like to strongly endorse the incumbent, James Woody.

Jim has played an integral role in the transformation of the Journal over the past year and half. He was present at the very first meetings about the redesigned Journal. He has been a powerful advocate for the ideas and goals of the Journal staff. He has made sure all financial, material and content needs have been met, and expanded the color content of the magazine. When the Journal was prevented from receiving review items from other sources, Jim provided them at his own expense. Even as he’s helped expand and improve the Journal, he has still managed to bring the Journal to your mailboxes under budget.

If you enjoy the direction the Journal has taken and wish to see it continue to improve, you owe it to yourself to vote for Jim Woody for Historian/Publications Director.

You will find a ballot and all candidate bios in the new issue of the Journal now arriving in your mailbox. The Journal staff encourages you to read the statements of all of the candidates then cast your vote. You may vote via the big yellow ballot in the Journal or on-line at: www.ipmsusa.org.

Thank you,

Chris Bucholtz, Nat Richards & John Heck

Region 1 Update: 06/08/2007

Hi everyone,

Time to share some more news from the home office, and a few other tidbits.

The biggest news is that the election for officers is now happening. There's a paper ballot in the new issue of the Journal that should be on your doorstep anytime now. You can also vote electronically on the IPMS web site. One new thing you'll notice this time around is a box for each office offering a chance to abstain, yet still cast a ballot. There are a few offices being contested and a few running unopposed. The important thing is to cast your ballot. Candidate bios are on the web site, as well as in the current Journal issue. There are some very fine people running for office, and all have their vision of how IPMS should proceed into the future. They're all committed to the Society; otherwise, they wouldn't be running for important offices. I won't suggest to anyone how to vote, because I believe the position of RC should be somewhat nonpolitical, but will strongly urge every IPMS member to cast a ballot!!

On another matter, I received this from Dick Montgomery the other day.
A discount policy:
What is says:
IPMS/USA will honor a $ 1.00 discount per chapter member when said chapter elects to renew/pay for all IPMS/USA chapter members, plus a minimum of 3 new member/rejoins. Rejoins being defined as any former member whose membership has been expired by 1 year or more. These memberships must be forwarded to the National Office with a renewal/new member card for each along with 1 chapter check for the total amount.

What it means:
Some clubs pay the annual IPMS/USA membership fee for their club members.
This discount structure is designed to allow for a small discount to that club.
Please note:
1. One check for the total amt., that being a chapter check.
2. Each person being renewed or joining as a new member must submit a Member Application form..... a simple list of names will not be acceptable.
3. Re-read the definition for a “rejoin”. If the former member is not sure of how long he’s been awol please contact the Office Manager or your Regional Coordinator.

The other thing that came in to pass along is a fee increase for rechartering. It reads like this;
Announcement regarding increase in Charter Renewal Fee:
The annual fee for charter renewal shall be $20.00 for the 2008 charter cycle.
For more information, please contact the Director of Local Chapters at dlc@ipmsusa.org.

Back to me!! Please make a note of this increase, and make your rechartering payment accordingly. And please don't complain to me about the increase, I didn't have anything to do with it!!

I haven't gotten the final report from our Noreastcon hosts yet, but know the event lost money this year. This makes two years in a row that the event has lost money. One of the main reasons was not enough sponsorships were received. We as a region need to do better in the future to ensure our premier event remains at the top rung of the regional ladder. Moreover, this includes sponsoring a category at the regional. There were too many chapters that didn’t step up to the plate and answer the call. I guess I’ll have to start harping on everyone earlier in the process next year. So please, consider sponsoring a trophy package at next years Noreastcon!! It’s our event, and we all need to support it.

The IPMS Nationals are rapidly approaching. This year the BIG SHOW will be in Orange County California, right across the street from Disneyland. Just think, you could spend one day with a mouse, then spend the next day at a modelers Disneyland, the vendor room at the Nationals!! What a concept!! I won’t be making the trip this year, as we’re having a huge family reunion in Colorado around the same time, but am planning to go back to Virginia Beach next year. I hope everyone from Region 1 that goes has a great time, and does well in bringing home an award.

I’ll end this most mercifully now, by saying, please share this with the Officers and members of your chapter. Until next time……….

Semper Fi
Doug H.

Monday, June 04, 2007

IPMS Election


The online election ballot for the 2007 National Officers Election has been activated.
You can view the Candidate's bios at:


The election Log-In page is at:


Remember you need to activate your IPMS website account (Discussion Forum). Any problems contact Bob Hester.


More to follow soon!!
Semper Fi

May photos are up!

All photos from the May meeting are up on Gordon's BPMS Gallery Blog:

BPMS 2007 Contest Night 2nd Quarter Index