Wednesday, June 29, 2022

June 28, 2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

School's out, time to travel. Gil is hosting a cook out at his place in Connecticut on Saturday, 7/30/22. If you'd like to attend, contact Gil directly so he can get a headcount. Details to follow. Closer to home, there's a lunch meeting at Wheelers, 1705 Sheepshead Bay Rd, Brooklyn, (accessible by Q train) on Saturday, 7/23/22. Details to follow.  A field trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City LI is under consideration.  

Fifteen people attended the meeting. Not much in the way of new stuff. Trumpeter has an upgraded BTR-80 in 1/35, Squadron has two aircraft books. For in- progress and completed work, we saw: 3 D printed Scorpion figure (Julio made the print),  Comanche conversion (man, Vaughn really knows his subject), Sherman M-4 A3,  Arsenal VG-36, Blackburn Bucaneer, RF-4 Phantom (Hellenic Air Force markings), Bf-109, Ork Wazbom Blastajet and, just to annoy someone, a "World War Toons" Panther.  Acquisitions included: M-50 Bounder, F-80 C, Mig-15 and Aerosan RF8 GAZ. Mark shared photos from the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, near Schenectady NY. Mr. K told us about the one-day model show in Havelock NC on 7/2/22.  Swivel blades were this week's tool. Good for cutting curved patterns for masks or working with stencils. Available in different sizes from different manufacturers. We talked about homemade and purpose-built tools to apply superglue and we learned that if you have to fill seams with spackle, use the lightweight stuff. The featured topic was workspace organization. Funny thing, everyone said they were disorganized and followed it up by talking about paint racks they built, containers and trays they found to hold tools/parts (including baseball card protectors to hold photoetch tools), wheeled carts with drawers and shelves, repurposed tool boxes, cardboard USPS boxes, portable storage cases and various iterations of "part catching" aprons. Yeah, real disorganized.
The next meeting is 7/5/22 at 7:30. Invites to follow. Have a safe 4th of July.

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