Monday, July 11, 2022

July 5, 2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Thirteen people attended the meeting. There's no Zoom meeting next week (7/12/22) because the July in-person meeting is Friday, 7/15/22.  Doors open 6pm, meeting starts 8pm. We'd like to see everyone there, new people especially. But getting to and from Bergen Beach on Friday night by public transit can be a problem, so we're having a lunch meeting at 12 o'clock Saturday, 7/23/22 at Wheeler's, 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn. It's convenient for bus and subway riders, slightly less convenient for parking. Let me know if you'll be attending so I can give them a headcount.  Speaking of headcounts, let Gil know if you're going to the cookout he's hosting, at his place, on Saturday, 7/30/22.  
Lou reported two new releases, Tamiya's 1/48 P-38 J and Trumpeter's 1/700 Intrepid. Kosta shared photos of Revolutionary War re-enactors at Old Bethpage Village. Kevin shared photos, he found online, of the World Model Expo in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Impressive work and lots of it.
In progress and completed work included:  Comanche, Buccaneer, P-26 (with music wire rigging), Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, Pegasus Class Hydrofoil and 1934 Packard (Tony bent the pre-painted Metal Earth kit parts with a bubble tea straw). Acquisitions included: Razor Crest, Lunar Landing scene and an assortment of True North enamel paints (Mr. K thinks they're equivalent to Model Master and tougher than Tamiya). The tool of the week was an airbrush cleaning pot. Several companies make them or you could make your own from found materials, which brings us to our discussion topic, creative reuse.  Wine bottle foil is good for belts/straps and so is newspaper, according to someone who didn't exactly recall how to do it. Produce bags from Trader Joes have a cloth-like look, coffee cup lids and seedling flats (or whatever gardeners call them) are common sources of thin plastic, old headphones can supply braded cables,  florist wire combined with heat shrink insulation makes conduit runs that hold their shape, spare kit parts with distinctive shapes, like bombs or drop tanks can be used in unexpected ways (Ask Vaughn about the rotor head), same goes for jewelry supplies (ask Don about Col. Klink), put a metal bottlecap on a magnet and you have a secure palette for small amounts of paint/glue, the aforementioned bubble tea straw used as a mandrel and roadside soil from North Carolina (Mr. K swears it takes glue better than soil from states where they salt their roads). There were more, but you'll have to come to the 7/15/22 meeting or the 7/23/22 lunch or the 7/30/22 cookout to find out what they are.  Stay safe.

No comments: