Thursday, June 29, 2023

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: June 27, 2023

Nine people attended the meeting. Next Tuesday is July 4, so the zoom meeting is canceled (it's hard to compete with fireworks). Lou reports MiniArt's Modern British and WW2 German (France) tank crews are available in 1/35 as are their Allied Jerry cans in 1/48. 

In progress and completed work included: Chupacabra (Kevin used static grass to represent hairs along the spinal ridge), Michael Landon/Teenage Werewolf bust, A 6-E Intruder, MS 09 Dom (Jeff convinced Bobby to "take the robot", a phrase familiar to anyone who has attended an in-person meeting) and R3-Y Tradewind. Acquisitions included: Wolfie (3D printed Groovie Goolies character) and USAF aggressor decals. 

This week's tool was a wire bending jig. Good for right angles, curves and complex bends, it's inexpensive and widely available. 

Random tips: Have you seen those packages of 3 garlic cloves in the grocery stores? Well, the sleeves holding them have modeling potential and, they can be glued, according to Bobby - vinyl caulking can be used to create seascapes, according to Don. 

The featured topic was organizing your paint supply. Most felt the best way is to organize by color, rather than paint type or brand, although one guy maintained that "organization is for losers". Storage systems included cigar boxes, pencil boxes, plastic cases, office supply carts/Ikea furniture and repurposed nail polish display racks. Paint intended for future needs should be stored separately. Spreadsheets only work if you keep them updated. 

We had time for a spontaneous discussion about modeling in general, kit reviews, what we do/don't enjoy, personality types we've encountered, why manufacturers are increasing parts counts, experiences with judges and what can happen "when a hobby becomes a religion".
Next meeting is Tuesday 7/11/23 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. 

Have a safe and happy Independence Day. 


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