Friday, January 26, 2024

BPMS Zoom mini Meeting: January 23, 2024

Fourteen people attended the meeting. Julio must be feeling better. He arranged another Modelers Meet-up on 2/24/24 at Pier 57 in Manhattan. See the club's Facebook page for details. Noreastcon will be 3/23/24 at the Freeport Rec Center.
Lou reports the following kits are available: from Trumpeter 1/16 --Tiger 1E (steel wheels), 1/35 --Flak 41, Russian  Pantsir AA vehicle, 1/72 -- A6A Intruder, 1/48 -- Fairy Fulmar, 1/700 -- HMS York, USS Iowa and from Academy 1/144 – E3 Sentry, 1/72-- LeClerc.
We heard a quick review of Magic Factory's F-4U 1A/2 Corsair dual combo kit. Mark talked about using Starbond Black to fill seams. It's a rubber infused superglue that takes a long time to fully set but can be sanded easily. Don told how brushes intended for painting nails are good for painting stripes. He compared them to brushes used for pinstriping. 
In-progress and completed work included: Hawker Hurricane, B-26, Pz-4, Me-262 A1A, Catwoman, P-47, Mig-29, Crusader, Skyhawk, Ford service truck and '53 Ford pick-up. 
Acquisitions included: Sd. Kfz. 251-9 Kanonwagen, crew for same, KJ-500 (and two variants) and MQ8B Fire Scout. 
The week's tool is Distressed Ink. Intended for scrapbooking, these ink pads come in many subtle shades which can be used for weathering. Gil has rubbed the pads directly on the model and he's used micro brushes to apply the ink. Maybe they'll work with stencils?
What details do we omit? For Vaughn, it's ordnance. For Bryan, it's squishy tires for landing gear. For Frank C and others, it's stencil decals. Many leave off delicate bits that they know are going to break off shortly after they're attached. Sometimes, detail is omitted to meet a contest deadline. Many people said if it can't be seen, why bother? Of course, almost as many said if it comes with the kit, I'll use it. 
The next meeting it Tuesday, 1/30/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope you can make it.


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