Sunday, March 06, 2022

3/3/22 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. Not much in the way of industry news. The new Amusing Hobby catalogue shows several new armor and aircraft kits. Check their website for details. In progress and completed work included: Yul Brynner (as Ramses) bust, TBF Avenger, Alfa Romeo 2300 roadster, O-2 Skymaster, OV-10 Bronco (is an O1 Bird Dog far behind?), USS Pittsburgh, Yak-42 and A-7K. Acquisitions included: Ju-288 C, James Dean bust, Jabba the Hutt bust? figure? (ask Kevin), B-17, DH. 4, USPS Mail truck (Metal Earth), MIG-29 Swifts and De Havilland Comet decals (Mr. K got them from Vintage Flyer and he says they're pretty good). Those who tried Gil's recipe for ultrasonic cleaner solution said it worked well. We heard recommendations for publications (Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeler magazine -out of business, look for old issues) YouTube channels (Randy Cooper - impressive Sci-Fi builds) and products (AK Interactive camouflage elastic putty - can produce feathered edge, no residue). The featured tool was a clear acrylic ruler with a metal edge (good for trimming decals) from Creative Impressions. To ensure enough time, Bobby began the meeting with the decal library discussion. Good thing he did too, because it took up the entire first session. Some key points: 1. Scans are insurance against loss, deterioration and placement mishaps. 2.They can be stored on a thumb drive or on the Cloud. 3. Scan at 1200 dpi or higher. 4. Include a short (about 3") ruler on the scan to facilitate size adjustments later.  5. Image converter programs, like IrfanView are useful. 6. After printing, each image must be closely trimmed (here's where the metal edged ruler comes in handy). 7. Making dry transfers is possible but requires a laser printer and laminator.  Plus, it's labor intensive. 8. Colors may bleed through the printed images. Dry transfers won't bleed through. 9. White images require white decal paper and careful trimming. Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge and experiences. Next meeting is 3/10/22 at 8pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
Thanks for the notes Russell.
Build time has been limited lately, but that hasn't kept me from enjoying other areas of the hobby.
I finally finished my 1/35 Tiger 131 post. There is plenty of historical information in addition to the standard build commentary. Hope you enjoy!

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