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Monday, August 08, 2022

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: 8/9/22 featured topic straightening bent parts

Maybe it was poorly manufactured. Maybe you bent it by mistake. Tell us what you've done to straighten plastic, resin or brass/stainless steel parts.
 
Part 1 starts promptly at 7:30 PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:10 PM if we need more time.

Members and guests are cordially invited to join our group for our weekly online meeting!

If you would like to join, DM us your email address and name so we can include you in the email list with Zoom Meeting details (meeting numbers and passwords)!

On the agenda:

BPMS Club News.
IPMS News.
Other clubs news.
Hobby News.
What's on your workbench?
Featured Discussion  

Friday, August 05, 2022

August 2nd, 2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Gil's 7/30/22 cookout was well organized and well attended. Twenty people from area clubs and BPMS were there to talk about the hobby, eat, see Gil's workshop, eat, see vintage cars and generally enjoy an in-person event. Many thanks to Gil and his family for their hospitality.

Seventeen people attended the Tuesday meeting. Frank shared photos of the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. Impressive collection. Field trip, maybe? We're looking at a place in Brooklyn, Buckley's, for our 50th Anniversary Dinner. You'll get a separate email with details. In industry news, the price of Testors Dullcote and Glosscote spray cans will go up by $2.00. New releases in1/35: Stug 4, early and late versions and M4 A3 Easy Eight from Rye Field and T-90 with interior from Amusing Hobby. Revell Germany has what appears to be a new F-15 Strike eagle in 1/72. In progress and completed work included: Ventura, FW-190, P-51, James Dean bust, P-26 ("a Dullcote disaster", says Mr. K), two identical C-47s ("a coincidence" says Mr. K), Royal Navy lifeboat, Hurricane (Portuguese AF markings), Buccaneer, F-15, Huey (from Metal Works, not Metal Earth) and Black Falcon.  Acquisitions included: Vladislav the Poker (from What We Do in the Shadows), M-4 Sherman and Revell's Top Gun Maverick Set (with what appear to be new F-14 and F-18 kits). The featured tool was the #22 Xacto blade. The curved edge lets you cut away from you and follow curves easily. The discussion topic was magazines. Everyone has their favorites. Many are no longer in print but the names are here in case you want to follow up: Air Enthusiast, Air International, American Aviation Historical Society Journal, Wings and Airpower, Flight Journal, Military Miniatures in Review, Air Modeler, Finescale Modeler, IPMS Journal, Starship Modeler, Amazing Figure Modeler, SciFi Scale, Fantasy Figures International, Modelers Resource. Think of it as a good news, bad news situation. Bad news, less printed material available, good news less printed matter to store. Next meeting is 8/9/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
~Russ

Friday, July 29, 2022

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report: 07/26/2022

Gil's cookout is Saturday, 7/30/22. Let him know if you're going.  
Despite the heat, seven people met for lunch at Wheeler's last Saturday. Suggestions for future lunch locations are always welcome. 
Sixteen people attended the Tuesday meeting. Several new releases were reported: Tamiya's 1/48 Desert Storm Challenger 2, Kinetic's 1/48 South African Cheetah, Squadron's book on the B-25 and Scale 75's Mount Suribachi vignette in 1/35. Watch for Eowyn vs the Nazgul Lord and Oz, both from Mindwork Games. Mark discussed how paint affected the performance of WW2 bombers and shared photos from his shipbuilding group. Speaking of ships, Kosta shared photos he took at the Tall Ship Festival held in Clevland earlier this month. Participants included: Trinidad, Pride of Baltimore, Niagra, Empire Sandy and others. He also sent videos of the ships under sail the group email list. Joe told us about his 1980-era Tamiya John Player Special that's resistant to glue. Any recommendations? It was said (but confirm for yourself) that Japanese items ordered through Amazon.com.jp arrive quicker than ordering through Amazon.com. Shipping costs are said to be similar (also confirm). Another tip, with the Euro at an all-time low, depending on the item, it may be cheaper to order from an overseas distributer than one in the US.
Probably because of the heat, there wasn't much in progress work, just a Phantom F4-B and an M-48 A5.  Same thing for acquisitions, M-41 Walker Bulldog and Ma. K Altair.  The featured tool was a Locking Rotary Bit Holder from treelineusa.com. Very useful if you tend to knock stuff over. Very timely, too because, as we found out, most of us use some kind of rotary tool for grinding. Seems like everyone has a Dremel or a knock-off,  even if they're rarely used. When space is tight, a flex shaft attachment is handy to have. We saw Tamiya's build it yourself "Electric Handy Router" (unbuilt at the moment). We were warned that ball headed burrs can skip across the work surface, damaging the workpiece and, more importantly, you. Ceramic burrs are less likely to melt plastic as they don't get as hot as their metal counterparts. Milwaukee's rotary tool can be used on modeling projects but it's really intended work in the real world. The battery powered engraving pen from American Science and Surplus is at the other end of the spectrum. Gordon closed the meeting with a demonstration of how to turn a battery powered toothbrush into a small disc sander.  He added an AC adapter because, hey, who wants to buy batteries? 
The next meeting is Tuesday 8/2/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow.  Hope to see you there.
~Russ   

 

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. 
~Russ

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

BPMS Bulletin: July 2022


BPMS

Bulletin

 

by Bobby the Blue

JUNE was a big meeting. The Green Theme seemed to compel people to bring work to display. We had 26 members and 1 guest who brought in 37 models, mostly for the theme.

June Meeting

NEW MEMBER: We voted in our first new member, post-pandemic. Jose Vazquez, an armor builder and 3D printer, was voted during the June meeting! Congrats and welcome to the fold!

GREEN MODELS: We had a huge turn-out for this theme. You would expect green aircraft and armor, but we have cars, figures, EVERYTHING! Great display!     

Photo-phone list: Gordon started taking photos of the group for the photo-phone list. If he didn’t take your photo at the last meeting, please see him at the next meeting.  

BPMS SHIRT: Gordon did some leg-work and found that we can order polo-style shirts in a variety of colors for around $30. We will be accepting money for orders at the next meeting.  

SWAP NIGHT: Bring in models to swap or sell. Please also bring cash, you never know what you might find and there is no tab at this bar!  

raffle: We had another raffle with a remarkable assortment of prizes. The club is always looking for donations for these activities.

On the agenda: JULY

 BEST ONLINE RESOURCES: Over the last couple years, it seems like many of our members have been mentioning various online resources for methods and inspiration to build models. Please bring in a list of your favorite sites and specific channels you like to visit to share with the group.  

BPMS 50th Anniversary: It seems perfect timing that the club could get back to meetings in time for our 50th Anniversary. We opened discussions and due to the occasion the group is interested in something more reflective of the celebration. We were kicking around ideas about steak or Italian food possibly during the months of September or October, before the holidays set in. Please continue to explore places that might have a room so we could make this a more intimate party. Discussions will continue!

WEEKLY ZOOM: Even though we are back to having regular meetings, the weekly ZOOM will continue! New day and time: Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. Every week EXCEPT for weeks with an in-person meeting.

ZOOM RAFFLES: In the early days of the ZOOM meetings we held raffles with donated items. Unfortunately, your humble narrator had photos of the items and who won them. Well, I did. Last week the computer I kept that data on was officially declared DOA at my local repair shop. If you know who won what, please let us know! 

 
Meeting Date: 
July 15, 2022

Same time,
Same place!
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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.
~Russ
 
 

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.
 
~Russ

Thursday, June 23, 2022

6/21/22 BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting Report

Featured Discussion - the longest day
Fourteen people attended the meeting. New releases, Takom's  V-1 launch site and Meng's T-72BCM, both in 1/35. Frank reported getting a delivery from Models UA in Ukraine. That's good to hear. It started a conversation about increased shipping charges and how that's changed (or hasn't) our buying habits. Kosta told us about a Tiger 1 look alike he saw at the Museum of American Armor near Old Bethpage Village. He also said Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactments are planned for 0ld Bethpage Village in the next two weeks. See https://www.oldbethpagevillagerestoration.org/ for details. Jerseyfest 2022 is still up in the air according to Kevin. He'll keep us advised. 
 
In progress and completed work included: Wyatt Earp bust, James Dean bust, Jabba the Hut, Comanche (conversion to production version),  PHM Pegasus, Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate, USS Grenville, Pretorian Guard figure, '63 Nova Station Wagon, Yak -28, Panzer 4 G, Field Marshel Rommel figure, F-84 (Greek markings), Blackburn Buccaneer and P-51 B. Acquisitions included: Krrsantan (Wookiee bounty hunter), RJ McCready bust (from 1982's The Thing), Big Muddy Monster and Lacrosse Mobile Launcher. 
 
We had tips on straightening resin parts, organizing tools and eliminating seams. I expect we'll revisit these topics in future. There were several interpretations of the longest day theme, from aircraft and people associated with D-Day to submarines, where many long days are spent underwater, to Stonehenge, where they (Druids? Aliens?)  measured the longest day and to those model builds that just go on and on. The next meeting is 6/28/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
 
~Russ




 
 
 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report: 06/07/2022

The next LIVEly meeting of the Brooklyn Plastic modelers will be on Friday, June 17 at the Bergen Beach Community Center. We have scheduled a GREEN model night, so bring in anything Green. Bobby P. suggested even a clean-exhaust Toyota Prius was okay.
Remember, there is no BPMS Tuesday ZOOM meeting during the week of the Friday in-person meeting.

Our June 7 ZOOM meeting drew 15 people. The Lu kit report brought news of the Atlantis box-scale Bismarck battle cruiser from ancient Aurora molds and a German Sd. Kfz. 251/21 Drilling halftrack in the Dragon 1/35 Smart Kit series. Squadron Publications have revived with a new F-18 In Action edition.

Kevin K. reported Escape Hatch Hobbies is due to release a Vampire figure from London After Midnight. Moebius promises an all-new plastic kit of The Fly. Kevin continues work on his Wyatt Earp bust and showed how careful painting can put realistic shadow on a face shaded by a hat.

Charlie N. continues work on the Tamiya P-51 Mustang with Old Crow markings from the less-than-great kit decal sheet. Jimmy T. began work on a Trumpeter M117 personnel carrier.

Soon-to-be-southerner Don I. reported Vallejo acrylics are now available with 16 oz. spray cans. He also brought news of a new kit of the Platt-LePage XV-1 outrigger helicopter.

Bob K. finished an Accurate Miniatures IL-2 Sturmovik in 1/48 scale and announced he was ready to sell items from his 2,000-kit stash. Interested parties should email their wants to the address in this report.

Gil H. showed his Oldsmobile Aerotech speedster in process and talked about a new Dead Center mini-awl from the Scale Pro Shop – the pin-vised tool helps mark engine parts to locate scale wires.

Mark N acquired an A6M-2 Zero Fighter Type II two-seat trainer.  Mike continues work on a 1/720 Pegasus Hydrofoil from the Dragon kit.

Especially welcome was the return of Gordon C. with his recently completed Samurai Gundam, immaculately masked and painted with Alclad metallic blue and steel.  Gordon found that hand-brushing Microset decal setting solution over Model Master acrylic dull-coat smooths the appearance of the entire model.  He believes Vallejo flat varnish has a similar formulation.

See ya Friday.
 
~Frank

Thursday, June 09, 2022

BPMS BULLETIN: June 2022

BPMS
Bulletin

by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

The BPMS is back with a vengeance! We had 27 members and 2 guests who brought in 61 models, nearly half by Don, and mostly for the first quarterly contest since the reopneing.

May Meeting

CONTEST NIGHT-2Q22: Technically this is our first contest of the year, but the calendar says it’s the second quarter. We had a HUGE number of entries, and the work was impressive. We got to see what some of the guys have been working on during the quarantine.

PARTS BOX: We didn’t have a whole lot of parts, it seemed like the contest was the big attraction.

BPMS 50th Anniversary: It seems perfect timing that the club could get back to meetings in time for our 50th Anniversary. We opened discussions and due to the occasion the group is interested in something more reflective of the celebration. We were kicking around ideas about steak or Italian food possibly during the months of September or October, before the holidays set in. Please continue to explore places that might have a room so we could make this a more intimate party. Discussions will continue!

Photo-Phone List: Gordon addressed the group that he would like to get back to recreating this list. It also makes it easier to associate a name to a face.

Raffle: We had another raffle with a remarkable assortment of prizes. The club is always looking for donations for these activities.

ZOOM RAFFLES: In the early days of the ZOOM meetings we held raffles with donated items. Unfortunately, your humble narrator had photos of the items and who won them. Well, I did. Last week the computer I kept that data on was officially declared DOA at my local repair shop. If you know who won what, please let us know!

WEEKLY ZOOM: Even though we are back to having regular meetings, the weekly ZOOM will continue! New day and time: Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. Every week EXCEPT for weeks with an in-person meeting.

2019-22 Model Pledge:
2019-22 declaration period is now CLOSED! You already showed me something unbuilt. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2022, for a display. After October you may bring back your pledge for the November meeting for the last contest of the year. For your efforts you get an additional FIVE Super Raffle tickets for completing your pledge! Sweet! Easy enough!

On the agenda: June

GREEN MODELS: Bring in anything that could be interpreted as GREEN, or contains some green, to put on display. A tank? A Prius? It’s up to you!

SWAP NIGHT: Bring in models to swap or sell. Please also bring cash, you never know what you might find and there is no tab at this bar! 

Meeting date:

June 17, 2022

SAME TIME

SAME PLACE!

 

Friday, June 03, 2022

May 31, 2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Fourteen people attended the meeting. In industry news,  Kinetic has re-tooled its 1/48 F-16 A/M and Reskit, in Ukraine, is back online. Jimmy reports Men at Arms Hobbies in Middle Island is still in operation; games mostly, books, some kits and lots of paint (reminds me of The Complete Strategist on E 33 St in Manhattan). Michael D shared many (but, hey, he builds models, so you know he took a whole lot more) of his photos from Fleet Week 2022. We saw USS Bataan, its USMC detachment and its aircraft, USS Milwaukee, HMS Protector, USCG Dependable and other vessels. Thanks again, Michael. 
In progress and completed work included: Japanese Type 10 tank, NASCAR Monte-Carlo (with aftermarket decals), Gundam, Pittsburgh class USS Columbus,  SAAB J-21 A3 and J-21R, Comanche,  M-3 Stuart, Beaufighter Mk 6, M-29 Weasel conversion and F-84. The tool of the week was a mirror scribe (photos attached). We heard that Plastic Magic glue, from the UK, works on styrene and ABS, that True Colors paints match Model Master enamels and Vallejo metallic paints work well . The featured topic was paint compatibility, a timely subject as old product lines fold and new ones appear. Not all brands can be mixed to get that special color you need (mix a trial batch), some topcoats will interact with primers (let the primer dry - use a food dehydrator), airbrushes can get gummed up (keep 'em clean), know when to shoot at low/high pressures. Tamiya and Vallejo primers seem to work well. The next meeting is 6/7/22 at 7:30 pm. Frank C will send the invites. Maybe Bobby will talk about the green model theme for June's in person meeting. 

~Russ

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

5/24/22 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting

Eleven people attended the meeting. Fleet Week has returned to New York. Today's Parade of Ships includes US Navy, Coast Guard, Naval Academy and Royal Navy vessels. Ship tours run from tomorrow through Monday. Special events will be held every day. Details are available on-line. 
Several new releases were reported, AMT's 1/35 1953 Ford pickup with die-cast Coca-Cola vending machine, MRC/Gallery's 1/16 Panzer 3 J/L and Atlantis' Curtiss Jenny JN4. In progress and completed work included: Corsair, Su-27, Phantom RF-4, Bf-109, Praetorian Guard figure, M1-A1 Abrams, Dragon, Porsche 365 Speedster and a reworked Sd. Kfz.250/9 (see Michael's igluemadels blog for details). This week's tool was the "HM 160 Modular Wash Free" airbrush from the Robot Kai website. It's inexpensive, has an unusual nozzle arrangement and is good for spraying primer. I'm sure Gil will tell us more about it later. The featured topic was glue. Seems like everyone has a favorite. MEK, Pro-Weld, Tamiya liquid cement (standard and extra thin), generic super glue in little tubes, Plasti- Zap, Gorilla Glue(original [be advised-it expands after placement], superglue, epoxy), Gator Glue, Tamiya Airbrush Cleaner, Loctite superglue, proprietary canopy glue, GS Hypo Cement (For our younger members, it's used to secure watch crystals on pre digital wristwatches), two-part epoxies, plumbers' epoxy, UV cured glue, proprietary liquid glue in needle applicator bottles, tacky glue and, of course, good old tube glue.  Wow, thats a lot of information from only eleven guys. Next meeting is Tuesday 5/31/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Remember Memorial Day and stay safe.
~Russ
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Army Painter: Speed Paint - A Review By Kevin K

I first saw this product on FB a few months ago. I am guessing it is their answer to Citadel's Contrast Paints.  Speed Paint seems to be in between regular acrylic paint and washes. Being thicker than a wash the paint will tint a painting area, while at the same time being thin enough, it will gather into the recesses creating some shadows. The whole trick is to use the speed paint over a matte white primer or some other light color. It was even tried over a light metallic with some interesting positive results. 

 When finally released it came as two choices, the Starter pack Comes with 10 paints in dropper bottles, which included a stainless steel mixing ball in the bottle. AP also includes a paint brush. They create their own names for their brushes, so there is no number but to me it looks like a slightly stubby No. 2 brush. But this is what you need. The Speed Paint needs to go on fairly thick.

 Alternatively, you can get the Mega-pack which contains 23 paints (plus Speed Paint Medium). This set gives you a few choices of red, green, blue and brown, rather than just one choice with the starter set.  It also comes with a how-to booklet, the same No. 2 brush and mixing ball. I got the Mega set through Amazon, and that seller included a small container of AP foliage - lichen of 3 different colors.  All of this for $99. A bit more expensive than buying regular paint, but the huge PRO is it's supposed to take care of 3 different paints - base coat, highlight and shadow.  

 Picking out my figure, I didn't want to waste the paint (or my time if things went bad) by painting a large figure. So a 32mm figure was the victim. 

 I missed the first recommendation that the paints should go on a hard palette and not a wet palette. The reason is to keep the paint from soaking thru the paper into the sponge. But as I use parchment paper, and had no bleed thru. 

I wasn't really concerned with historical accuracy of the Viking. I just wanted to see how many colors I could use and what they looked like. 

 I decided to put out one color at a time and came up with my first annoyance: I was surprised how most colors, directly out of the bottle, is VERY dark. It was hard to tell whether that puddle was brown, blue, or green. This is where the hard palette, the type with little cups pays off. 

 All the colors did what they said they were going to do -kept the highlights bright while darkening the shadows. Any excess puddles can be reabsorbed with the paintbrush to avoid "tide marks."  When I painted and didn't like the color, I flooded the area with water and easily wiped the still wet paint away. I dried the area and then put down the new color.

 Each paint bottle has a triad shield image on it. That's not a design but indicates how dark multiple layers will look. The first Con occurred when I didn't allow the first coat to fully dry before adding a second. It is in the how-to that the new coat will reactivate the first one and you will get a mess. You NEED to let each layer dry and will see this on the front of my Viking. It's rather messy in the front.

 You can really see how well the base/ highlight/shadows work on the wooden shield though. In the end, I got carried away and added a little silver here and there to the figure.Regular acrylic paint goes over a dried Speed Paint with no problem

 I think this is a very good product; especially for the modelers who build armor, or aviation (any model with a figure) and don't really want to take the time to learn to paint figures. The only situation where this may not work out for someone is if the modeler is a real stickler for accuracy. The shad of blue you want may not be the shade of blue they have.  But if you think as long as it's close I'm good, then this is for you.  I'm guessing that if and when the line takes off, they will add more colors. But remember you can always add regular paint too.

 Two thumbs up from me. Being this is a B&W newsletter, the color images can be found here: 

http://kevtk.blogspot.com/2022/04/trying-army-painters-speed-paint.html

Monday, May 16, 2022

BPMS BULLETIN: May 2022


BPMS
Bulletin


by Bobby P

This year kicked off in a spectacular fashion. The returned to IN-PERSON meetings with 24 members and 2 guests who brought in 31 models, showing off a lot of work that was completed during the pandemic!

April Meeting

TRIUMPHANT RETURN: It was like time froze for those 2+ years. Tom and Tom took their seats before the group and presided over the meeting like nothing had ever happened. The huge turnout provided plenty of material to discuss.

DISCUSSIONS: The night was slated for Decal Swap and Favorite models. In addition, we had many members who brought in models to sell. Each member had an opportunity to tell the group about what he brought in to display.

WEEKLY ZOOM: Even though we are back to having regular meetings, the weekly ZOOM will continue! New day and time: Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. Every week EXCEPT for weeks with an in-person meeting.

2019-22 Model Pledge: 2019-22 declaration period is now CLOSED! You already showed me something unbuilt. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2022, for a display. After October you may bring back your pledge for the November meeting for the last contest of the year. For your efforts you get an additional FIVE Super Raffle tickets for completing your pledge! Sweet! Easy enough!


DECEMBER THEME: We have had plenty of time for this one!

Coming December 16, 2022


THE GOLDEN AGE OF AURORA
THEME CONTEST


Who among us in this hobby doesn’t have some sort of a fond AURORA memory? To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of AURORA MODELS we bring to you THE GOLDEN AGE OF AURORA theme contest for June. The criteria are simple: build any model produced by Aurora, Polar Lights (re-pop), Monogram (who acquired the remaining Aurora molds from the train wreck), Moebius (did a minor re-pop), Atlantis (re-pop), Doll and Hobby (newest re-pop company). Revell USA acquired a few molds, and a short-lived spin off company called Addar would all be acceptable. Since AURORA produced models in every niche, there’s something for everyone, and with all the re-issues over the years, they aren’t cost restrictive any longer. Feel free to contact the sponsors with and questions or comments!

Sponsors: Joe Bergman
Kevin Kilkenny


Raffle: We had another raffle with a remarkable assortment of prizes. The club is always looking for donations for these activities.


On the agenda: MAY

CONTEST NIGHT-2Q22: Technically this is our first contest of the year, but the calendar says it’s the second quarter. Bring in something that hasn’t, previously, competed in a quarterly contest. After 2+ years of quarantine, I imagine there must be plenty of good work for the competition.

PARTS BOX: We all have a box of spare parts. Feel free to bring in yours to share with the group. We are separating parts by genre now. Something you may never use could be gold to another member.

BPMS 50th Anniversary: It seems perfect timing that the club could get back to meetings in time for our 50th Anniversary. We need to think about some proper celebration and maybe a 72nd scale theme contest (BPMS was formed in ‘72, 72nd scale… get it?). Let’s discuss!


Our next meeting will be on May 20th 2022

Same time,

Same place!


Friday, May 06, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting Report

Fourteen people attended the meeting. We meet in person next Friday, 5/20/22, so there's no Zoom meeting next Tuesday. On 5/20/22 we'll have our first Quarterly Contest in two years. Two years? You must've built something. Bring it in, enter the contest, ask Bobby to explain how to mark the Ballot.
In industry news, Zvezda has released an up-armored T-15 in 1/35, ICM will be releasing The Ghost of Kyiv MiG-29 in 1/72 and Tamiya's new P-38 is expected in July.  In progress and completed work included: F-84 G, F-84 F (?), GTK Boxer A2 (built in less than an hour, it was definitely not a T&M job),  Armored Troopers Scopedog and Brutishdog (Gordon would have recognized them, but I had to ask Armita what they were), 31 Ford pickup (Metal Earth, pre-painted), Tyrell Formula 1 racer, McLarin-Mercedes Formula 1 racer, Panther, Manhole as Foxhole vignette (with baking soda for snow), unarmed Roman Centurion (good one, Mr. K),  Hurricane 2C, Sea Serpent, Griffon, SF3D armored suit, Panzer 4 G and Stug 3.  Acquisitions included: Panzer 3 (in 1/16), M-20 vignette base, PT Boat and FW 187 A. In the tool segment, Gil showed that a wire rack made to hold CDs can also hold and organize sprues during construction. The featured topic was basic bases. Many of us use foamboard covered with prints of runways, highways, maps, etc. Rigid foam insulation is good for larger bases. Hard plastic cases for cassettes and CDs can be easily refashioned into durable bases, unlike faux wood trophy plaques. A clear acrylic block provides a stable base for a rocket or missile. Some white or yellow lines turn a small blackboard into a highway.  The most basic base we saw was a cardboard circle, painted black, with an irregular patch of white, upon which the model sat. Very effective way to display smaller models. 
The next meeting will be in person on Friday 5/20/22 at the John Malone Community Center, 2303 Bergen Ave. Brooklyn 11234. No invites needed.  Door open around 6:30 pm. Hope to see you and your models there.
~Russ
 
 To those that asked about the workbenches during the meeting, these are the ones: https://www.harborfreight.com/60-in-4-drawer-hardwood-workbench-63395.html

Some digging around Youtube showed some of the cool modifications that were made to these tables for a variety of workspaces, drawer types especially. Search link here for anyone curious: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=harbor+freight+workbench+modification
 
~AP
 
 
 

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Fourteen people attended the meeting. The next in person meeting will be Friday May 20, 2022 at the John Malone Community Center, 2303 Bergen Ave, Brooklyn where we'll have our first Quarterly Contest. In case you forgot, the categories are: aircraft, armor, ships, figures, sci-fi and miscellaneous. In case you forgot how to vote, Bobby will explain how to mark your ballot, a longstanding BPMS tradition. Mark shared photos of Noreast Con. There were over 500 entries. The quality of work was high, making it difficult for the judges. See for yourself at http://www.ipmsneny.org/noreastcon50.html
In industry news, Lou reports Tamiya's 1/35 KV 2 is available and Kevin told us Micro Mir's 1/35 CSS David is also available. The price of Testors paint will go up by 46% on May 15. You may want to stock up now. In-progress and completed work included: Panzer 4 G, RAH 66 Comanche, Spitfire (with Micro Krystal Klear camera window), Corsair, Bristol 175, Chevy Nova (with nail polish paint job), A-10, Fw-500, Roman Warship and F-84G (more on that later). Acquisitions included: NIAI-1 Fanera 2 (Mr. K is not a fan of this kit) and Speedpaint set from The Army Painter (Kevin's detailed write up will appear in the next Bulletin - watch your mailbox). Instead of introducing us to a new tool, Gil told us about Stynylrez, a water based acrylic polyurethane paint. The paint is temperature sensitive. Don't schedule a delivery if it's winter anywhere along the supply chain (ask Kevin). No featured topic to discuss this week and we still didn't have enough time for Frank to explain why his F-84 G had US, not Taiwanese, markings. He'll have another chance at our next meeting on 5/10/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.
~Russ
 
 

A list of the BPMS Theme Contests over the years

1997 – Science Fiction
1998 – The 50s
1998 – To the Rescue

1999 – Israel
1999 – Conceptual
2000 – On Patrol
2000 – The Marines
2001 – Humor
2001 – Diorama
2002 – Space
2002 – “Old Model”
2003 – Things With Teeth
2003 - A Moment in Time
2004 – Adversaries
2004 – US Military
2005 - In the Movies
2005 - Cats
2006 – Worn, Weathered, and Working
2006 – Star Wars / Star Trek Anniversaries
2007 – Vintage 1965
2007 – We Mean Business
2008 – Warsaw Pact
2008 – NASA
2009 – A Mad, Mad, Mad Theme Contest
2009 – Size Matters
2010 – Naval Aviation
2010 – Things That Sting
2011 – Classic Monogram
2011 – The Twilight Zone
2012 – That 70s Theme
2012 – End of the World
2013 - Television

2013 - Sloppy Seconds 
2014 - Asian Invasion 
2014 - Western European Tour 1944 - 1945 
2015 - Modeling With the Stars 
2015 - New Kids on the Block 
2016 - Basic Black
2016 - Island Hopping 
2017 - Star Wars 40th Anniversary 
2017 - Peaceful Plastic 
2018 - WWII - 1946 
2018 - Rivets!
2019 - NASA: 50th Anniversary of the Moon-landing 
2019 - D-Day to The Battle of the Bulge - 75th Anniversary
2020  (no themes due to COVID-19)
2021  (no themes due to COVID-19)
2022 - 70 Years of Aurora Models

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Schedule of Events 2022

2022

January - Kit Sale / Declare Pledges

February - Show Us Your Tool / Contest Night 1Q22

March - Decal Swap/Fav Model/Mil Artifacts

April - Work In Progress Night

May - Parts Box Night / Contest Night 2Q22

June - Theme / BBQ Night

July - TBA Clinic

August - Pizza Night / Contest Night 3Q2022

September - TBA Clinic

October - Nominations / Pledge Model Night

November - Contest Night 4Q22 / Super Raffle

December - Theme Contest / Holiday Desserts