Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sloppy Seconds Theme Contest: December 20, 2013

Who amongst us hasn’t been totally enthusiastic about at least one of the BPMS Theme Contests to only fall short in the end? Jimmy Tissot and your humble narrator are bringing you a theme contest that you can finally finish that model for a theme contest: SLOPPY SECONDS! The Procrastinator’s Dream Theme!

AIM: Build a model intended for any previous theme.
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 – 70s
2012 – End of the World
2013 - Television
We figure everyone must have something that went incomplete or back in the stack that was meant to be built for a theme contest. Finish up something you’ve already started. Build the model you really wanted to get done. Execute that idea that you got too late to get done. You probably already have something started in the stack, so this should be a breeze!

Have you gotten all your theme entries done or too new to the BPMS to have incomplete entries? You may have a look at the list and build something that will fall within those criteria for that contest, but please only build models that would’ve been available at that time. (eg, please don’t build the Battlestar Pegasus model for a Sloppy Second of the 1997 Sci-Fi Theme.)

Easy enough and you should already have plenty to build. We ENCOURAGE you to finish off something you started previously for a theme contest rather than buying something new. Now you have an excuse to get it done! Feel free to contact Jimmy or Bobby (or any of the officers) with any questions.

We will also have special awards, for example: for the oldest BPMS theme entry finally completed and the model that could qualify for the most theme contests!

  • Jimmy Tissot
  • Bobby Pokorny
Contest entry form in PDF format

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bulletin: October, 2013

T h e
M i n u t e s

by Judge Baxojayz

September gave us a pretty full house. We had 28 members and no guests who brought in only 8 models to an informative meeting.

September Meeting

HUGH’s final meeting: It is with great sadness that we had to say good bye to another long-standing members. Whether you remember him best for his excellent modeling skills, assembling the photo roster, troop support, theme contest sponsor or any of the other many contributions he made to the ongoing life of the club, you’ll know we’re losing a great asset. So long, good sir! We hope to see you along the circuit! Thank you, I tip my hat to you, sir!

Holiday Dinner: I TOTALLY scrEwed this up. We didn’t discuss this AT ALL and time is ticking away! We only have TWO meetings before December and we need to consider this sooner than later. Ed Johnson was more on the ball than I; he spoke to someone at a local restaurant, so we will discuss this possibility at the meeting. The German/Slovak place we used to go to was washed away by Sandy. The Tasty Tavern we went to last year is out of business. We need more ideas! Keep your eyes open. Someplace reasonably close to the meeting place with a good supply of parking would be ideal. Thanks in advance for your effort!

Using pastels and dry brushing on your models: Hosted by Joe Bergman and your humble narrator, we demonstrated how we use pastels and dry brushing to achieve various effects on our models. A few members had thoughts and ideas to contribute as well. Thanks!

Trophy package: We sponsored a trophy package for the HVHMG 2013 Show, The Cold War, which will be on October 19. Show details:

RAFFLE: We had a monthly raffle with an assortment of items. We had something for everyone’s tastes.

TROOP SUPPORT: With Hugh going into retirement Jimmy Tissot volunteered to take over the role as Wounded Warrior Project liaison. He’s gotten reports regarding what models and supplies would be most useful. As always, donations of any models and supplies are welcome. Jimmy mentioned in passing the cost to ship models to Texas, so we collected a couple dollars for a little relief for him which Jeff presented at the last meeting. In addition, Jimmy was hoping to find some more support amongst the group for a raffle to benefit the troops. The idea would be to have a raffle in October of items donated by members and tickets would be $2 each. If donations are numerous enough, we might break it up into TWO raffles. We’ll see. Don Illjes also found out more about a Wounded Warrior outpost at Fort Hamilton. More details to come.

PHOTO ROSTER: Hugh can provide the files and write up the process I use in PowerPoint and PhotoManager to put the pages together. Can anyone take this job over? Contact Bobby or Jeff at the meeting.

On the agenda: October

2013 Model Pledge: I hope you’ve been working on it, because it’s HERE!  You should’ve brought in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2013 (extended) to declare as your pledge model. Now it's time to have it finished for OCTOBER 2013, 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!

NOMINATIONS: Ray and Gordon have only had their posts for a year. They should be on for another year, per BPMS tradition.  
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You can see pics from each meeting either at the Club Website or on the Photo-Blog: http://gmobile17.blogspot.com/

Meeting date:
September 20, 2013
Same time,
Same place.
See you all at the BBSC!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Thanks and Farewell to BPMS

A few words from Hugh-

I would like to say a sincere thank you to all the members of the Brooklyn Plastic Modelers Society for making my membership in the club such a great experience. The club does a great job with its regular program of theme contests, special nights, raffles and demonstrations - there was always something of interest at each meeting. However, the outstanding feature of each BPMS meeting is the evidence on display that speaks to a diverse set of modeling interests. Aviation dominates in most IPMS chapters, but the tables at a BPMS meeting held figures, sci-fi, factual space, ships, cars, armor, and paper models. The diversity inspired me to expand my interests into avenues other than aircraft and I've enjoyed the challenges in scratchbuilding sci-fi subjects and my initial attempts at dioramas and ships. Given the wide range in modeling interests, there is an amazing camaraderie that exists across the club and that made each meeting too short, as there was always the desire to talk with someone else before the night was over. I'll miss you guys and hope to get back for the occasional meeting. If you get down to the Gulf Coast, look me up.