Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Basic Black Theme Contest

Basic Black Theme Contest:
June 17, 2016

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."— Henry Ford

Now’s the time to raid your stash for Model Ts and Batmobiles, SR-71s and P-61s, boomer boats and Black Knights! June 2016 is the BPMS Black-Out theme contest. Build ANYTHING with a mostly black paint job, anything with black in the name, or anything with a recognized black context. As always, our sponsoring judges will recognize craftsmanship and creativity with unique awards.

Want to show a Stealth Fighter? Polish-off Knight Rider? Take a shot at Wyatt Earp? Try your luck. You can make a model painted any color you want so long as it is black. If black paint doesn’t move you, how about the Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter or an ocean liner from the Black Star Line? Just name your project. Can you document a particular B-17 from the Black Thursday raid on Schweinfurt or the uniform of a Black Watch rifleman in the historic British Army regiment? Just reference your history and stand your ground.

Keeping it basic Black gives us the flexibility to include a lot of entries: Black Hawks, Blackbirds, Black Lagoon, Black Widow (aircraft/spider/superhero), Black Sheep Squadron, uniforms or clothing that's predominately black (panzer crews, Napoleonic Hussars), vehicles that are predominately black (Batmobile, night fighter aircraft, Mad Max's car, a Black Bunny Phantom). Don't change the name.

On an historical note, the Ford Model T came only in Black from 1914 to 1925, just so Ford Motor Company could keep up with demand for the common man’s car. Model Ts were made using a japanning or baked enamel finish that cured fast to a very hard, durable surface. The only pigment that worked was black.

The BPMS BLACK-OUT will be sponsored by Frank Colucci, Russ Holcomb, Konstantin Lukyanov, and Bobby Pokorny. Ask any of them for guidance on your contest entry.   

Addendum: The theme was finally upon us! All we asked was for the members to build something that could be tied into the Basic Black Theme. We had a lot of nice work on the tables, and the winners were as follows: 
  • Kamila L. Beetle 
  • Kevin A. Joachin Peiper 
Black (3rd) Ray W. U-2 

Blacker (2nd) Howell S. Black Templars 

Blackest (1st) Angelo T. F-14A Black Tomcat 

Special Certificates:
  • Black Knight Ed J U-505 U-Boat 
  • Black Sheep Israel A Black Beauty 
  • Black & Blue Tim G Warhammer 
  • Paint It Black Bob E Model T

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