Monday, October 25, 2021

10/21/21 BPMS Zoom mini meeting

Thirteen people attended the meeting. The new releases are Tamiya's 1/48 F-14 A Carrier Launch Set and, from Schiffer, new editions of the Aurora and Monogram company histories. Don reports Jersey Fest, held earlier this month at the PAL in Wayne, NJ has become a comic book/collectable show, which was a disappointment. The Hudson Valley show is 10/23/21 in Poughkeepsie NY, Chiller Theater show is 10/29-31/21 in Parsippany NJ, a Tall Ship gathering (and music festival) is set for 10/29/21 in Chestertown MD, and NORAS is NOON on NOV 6 in Brooklyn NY. Support the economy, attend an event or two. In progress and completed work included: Sea King Mk 42B (Indian Navy conversion made possible by a coffee cup lid? Ask Frank), Corsair XF-4U, 37 Ford Panel Truck, P-47 D, Space Ark (from When Worlds Collide), Owl, Toucan & Scarlet Macaw (OK, they're 3d puzzles, but they're kinda like models), Hovertank conversion and Me-264. Acquisitions included: C-130 J, Phantom F4-B and ordnance for same. The tool of the week was Blue Stuff, a reusable molding material from Green Stuff World. Not for production work but useful if you only need to make a copy or two and you don't want to bother making silicone molds. Works well with Milliput or Green Stuff, not so well with Aves Apoxie Sculpt. Judging by the discussion, a lot of us use markers for everything from painting tank roadwheels to marking waterlines on ships. Costs are all over the place. Sharpies are inexpensive. Walmart has acrylic paint pens that go under the name, "Painters". Milwaukee Tools has a set of 2 fine point markers, one red, one black. Gelly Roll pens come in a variety of sizes and colors, including white. Gundam paint markers are not cheap, but they have two tips, one wide one narrow. Pigma Micron Fine Line Markers were also recommended. It was noted that paint markers may obscure detail, Sharpie ink is indelible and can be difficult to remove, India ink holds up well to weathering and, whatever you do, only go in one direction when drawing a line with a marker. Next meeting is 10/28/21 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
And at NORAS. At Noon. On NOV 6. 

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