Saturday, July 23, 2022

7/19/22 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting report

The July lunch meeting is this Saturday, 7/23/22, at 12 o'clock, at Wheeler's 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn.  Hope to see you there. 

Gill's cookout is Saturday, 7/30/22. If you plan to go, email Gill

Twelve people attended the meeting. Two new items, AMT's 1/24 Hauler trailer and Pocher's 1/8 Lotus 72 D. Joe reports Eaglemoss, producer of subscription payment-based models of iconic vehicles went out of business, leaving subscribers with expensive kits that will probably never be completed. Jose won't have that problem because he is big into 3D printing. Using a Anycubic Mono X printer, he's made busts (Pirate, Viking, Warrior), a Warhammer style figure, individual link tank tracks for Tiger 1 and Wespe in 1/35 and tool clamps for tanks. There were so many questions (printer size, printing time, cost of materials, health and safety measures, etc.) it's clear that a more formal discussion/demonstration is needed. 
In progress and completed work included: Comanche (Vaughn's not sure what's rattling around inside) , F-15 E Strike Eagle ( Frank recommends this 1/72 Academy kit), Buccaneer, Wespe, and 1963 Ford Thunderbird. Acquisitions included: P-38 J, DH 100 Vampire and Tiger 1. This week's tool was the Paasche ER-15 "Air Eraser", a mini sandblaster good for removing paint, scuffing up vinyl tires and etching glass.  The aluminum oxide grit can be reused after screening out the debris. We also saw how a sandblasting cabinet could be made from a plastic storge bin for about $40.00. Thanks, Gill. 
More online resources were named: Scalemates, Fantastic Plastic, Hyperscale, Cybermodeler, RLM.AT,  Buc Wheat's Scale Models Website, 
the shermantank.com, Sherman Minutia,  Surviving Panzers, williammaloney.com (click the link for aviation and military museums), and boxartden.com 
Next meeting is Tuesday, 7/26/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Stay cool. 

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