Friday, August 06, 2021

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting 08/05/2021

Fifteen people attended the meeting. Several were at Mosquito Con. More on that later. Pizza lunch is 8/14/21 at Deninos, 524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island at 12:30 pm. History of Flight Air Show is 8/7/21 at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Three new releases reported, Meng's 1/48 F-18 F, Takom's 1/35 Panther G and M-60 A3 bulldozer. Digital STL files for Machination Studios' Krabbe Walkers are available . All you need is access to a 3 D printer. In process and completed work included: 1/48 F-4 E Phantom ll, 1/144 Tornado (no IR sensor but lots of tiny pats), 1/72 M-109 A6 Paladin (with Preiser figures), 1/72 S-56 (with stabilator), 89 Ford Taurus SHO & 57 Chevy Cameo (both in 1/25, both painted with nail polish), 1/48 Ki-79 (with sponge applied camouflage) and 1/72 DUKW. Acquisitions, some from the vendors' room (remember them?) included: SMS Lutzow, HMS Victorious, and Shadow Stormtrooper. New this week, de-acquisitions. Bob K has several Ral Partha metal dragon kits and some Disney Cars & Planes he's willing to sell. Contact him directly for details. On behalf of a coworker, Mike T is looking for someone who paints metal train cars. Contact him directly for details. Gil gave us his recipe for acrylic thinner but it will have to wait until I can read my handwriting. 
Now, back to Mosquito Con. There were lots of people (about half wearing masks) in attendance and lots of models on display. Gundam, robots, spacecraft, armor, ships, figures, aircraft (just one in 1/32), an impressive scratch built 1/72 USS Shenandoah airship and mooring tower, EVA Pod with detailed, illuminated interior (2001 A Space Odyssey), USS Intrepid with detailed, illuminated hanger deck and steampunk lowrider stagecoach to name but a few. Thanks for the pictures, guys. The vendors' room was good. Older kits, mostly. Then again so are the modelers. Some, but not all, of the regular vendors were there and by the afternoon prices got very reasonable. It was "Hard to leave without buying a model" according to Gil but somehow, he managed to do it. All in all, everyone enjoyed the contest and appreciated the efforts of the organizers. Our next meeting is 8/12/21 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

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