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Thursday, January 26, 2023

BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting: Jan 31, 2023

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

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: 1/24/23

Fourteen people attended the meeting. We're thinking of a lunch meeting on Saturday, 3/4/23 at Junior's, 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, across from the DeKalb Ave. subway station. It's a good opportunity to catch up with those who can't attend the Friday night meetings. 
Lou reports three 1/35 releases from Trumpeter: Ka-29 Helix helicopter, Iron Dome Air Defense System, M-901 Launching Station w/ Patriot SAM and, one from Hobby Boss, 1/48 F4U-1D. Noreastcon will be 4/29/23 in Albany and AMPS is scheduled for the 5/4&6/23 in Harrisburg, PA. Details to follow. Mark talked about doing kit reviews for AMPS. If you're interested, contact him directly. He also told us why military map symbols look the way they do. Interesting stuff. Thanks, Mark. 
In progress and completed work included: Lysander (Vaughn is putting that second kit to good use), F-104 J, AT-33, Wazbom 40K, RF-4, Delphin Midget Submarine, Gerat 040, Jagdpanther and masked female figure. Acquisitions included: F-4G Wild Weasel, YF-22 and Be-200 ES.
In the tool segment, Gil explained how to make and use a simple vacuum forming device, built using easily available parts. The featured topic was (injection molded) dream models. There was some overlap, but they fell into several categories: never produced (Duplex Drive Sherman, 1988 Mercury Cougar, S-67 Blackhawk, P-8 Poseidon), out of production (SS United States, HMS Hermies), in need of an update (F-7F Tigercat, RF-8 Crusader, M-88 A2, OS2U Kingfisher) or, in a different scale (Forrestall class ships, SH-60 K, HH-E3, Huey Gunship). Several people felt they already had every kit they wanted. Gil was one of them until Don mentioned his Porsche 804 F-1 from Fernando Pinto. 
Next meeting is 1/31/23 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you then.
~Russ

Monday, January 16, 2023

Remember The Member Theme Contest: June 16, 2023

 JUNE 16TH 2023

REMEMBER THE MEMBERS

THEME CONTEST

During the quarantine the BPMS shaken with losses of multiple members To remember them, the club will have a remembrance contest to honor those members and what they built in the hobby. It will be a simple contest, since the BPMS is all-inclusive and we love all branches of the hobby, so you can display what you like. We will be preparing special awards for the four specific members we are focusing on:

· Tim Greeman: he primarily built 1/72 armor, loved Shermans, and built occasional figures.

· Ray Keegan: he built everything but was known best as a sci-fi guy, esp Star Wars and Gundam.

· Joe Barrett: known for his 1/35 WW2 German armor and cars, he also enjoyed sci-fi.

· Andy Yanchus: his name is well known in our hobby, especially for his role in Aurora in the early days. Mostly he built sci-fi. Figures, and loved toy conversion. He, also, sponsored one of your earliest theme contest: Humor in Modeling.

There you have it. It will be easy to build for, and we hope to see plenty of work on the tables for this one. Feel free to contact the sponsors with and questions or comments!

BPMS Bulletin: January 2023

BPMS Bulletin 

by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny 

Welcome to 2023! We hope you had a happy, healthy and a safe Holiday Season. 2022 ended brilliantly! We had 31 models on the tables, most were for the theme contest. Plenty of tasty treats and cheer to go ‘round!

December Meeting

AURORA THEME CONTEST: The theme contest to mark the 70th Anniversary of Aurora Models (celebrated on the 72nd, Thanks COVID) finally happened and we had some gorgeous work on the tables.

 

1st           Jake Moon                          Maserati 3500 GT

2nd          Bob Pokorny                   Joseph Stalin IS-3

3rd           Kevin App                           Phantom of the Opera

HM       Russ Holcomb                                Black Falcon

                Kosta Lukyanov            UH-25

                Frank Coluccia               Moon Bus 

The winners of first, second, and third places got awards emblazoned with an early Aurora poster that our master award maker Ed Dietrich  digitized for the anniversary! We’d also like to thank the sponsors – Joe Bergman and Kevin Kilkenny for sponsoring another theme fun for the members to build for.

AWARDS CEREMONY: The group voted and I tallied the numbers all year. Here are the results:

Air

1st           Frank Colucci

2nd          Charlie Nelson, StevenNelson

3rd           Ray Whitton, Rommel Xu

HM       Russ Holcomb

Armor

1st           Guy Ferrara

2nd          Howell Serkin

3rd           Tom Knoll

HM       Mark Mullen

Figures

1st           Joe Bergman

2nd          Howell Serkin

3rd           Don Illjes, Mark Mullen

Sea

1st           Kevin App

2nd          Joe Bergman

3rd           Charlie Nelson

HM       Kosta Lukyanov

Science Fiction

1st           Mark Mullen

2nd          Joe Bergman

3rd           Gordon Cheung

HM       Julio Guadalupe

Miscellaneous

1st           Kevin App

2nd          Kosta Lukyanov

3rd           Bobby Pokorny

Most Popular

1st           Qtr        Frank Colucci

2nd               Qtr        Rommel Xu

3rd           Qtr        Charlie Nelson

4th          Qtr        Julio Guadalupe

 

Frank Tripoli Memorial

TOP GUN AWARD

JOE BERGMAN

 

Great work! Now the slates are clean and time to start a new year!

HOLIDAY DESSERTS: Thanks to everyone who brought in some goodies, and there was plenty!

raffle: We didn’t have a raffle during the meeting. It will return next month.

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. 

On the agenda: JANUARY

2023 Model Pledge: Looks like we got this working nicely now! Bring in an unbuilt model between January and APRIL 2023 to declare as your pledge model. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2023, 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!

KIT SALE: Bring kits to sell and cash to buy with. There’s no tab at this bar!

JUNE THEME:

JUNE 16TH 2023

REMEMBER THE MEMBERS

THEME CONTEST

During the quarantine the BPMS shaken with losses of multiple members To remember them, the club will have a remembrance contest to honor those members and what they built in the hobby. It will be a simple contest, since the BPMS is all-inclusive and we love all branches of the hobby, so you can display what you like. We will be preparing special awards for the four specific members we are focusing on:

·        Tim Greeman: he primarily built 1/72 armor, loved Shermans, and built occasional figures.

·        Ray Keegan: he built everything but was known best as a sci-fi guy, esp Star Wars and Gundam.

·        Joe Barrett: known for his 1/35 WW2 German armor and cars, he also enjoyed sci-fi.

·        Andy Yanchus: his name is well known in our hobby, especially for his role in Aurora in the early days. Mostly he built sci-fi. Figures, and loved toy conversion. He, also, sponsored one of your earliest theme contest: Humor in Modeling.

There you have it. It will be easy to build for, and we hope to see plenty of work on the tables for this one. Feel free to contact the sponsors with and questions or comments!

SPOTLIGHT MODELER:

FRANK “GRAIL” GIALLAMBARDO

In NOVEMBER we voted Frank in to join our ranks. He found out about the BPMS on Facebook and came to the February 2020 meeting. Then COVID came around and the quarantine. If you come on the ZOOM meetings, you are probably already familiar with Frank. He’s been a resident of Staten Island since 1962, where he went to school, and he, currently, teaches ESL. He doesn’t only like models; he plays the bass and 12-string guitar, classic rock, original music, chess, baseball, reading and comic book collecting.

 

Like many of us, Frank’s first exposure to the hobby was during his childhood, when his father brought him to a hobby shop. He thinks his first model may have been an Aurora Dracula, and having just celebrated 72 Years of Aurora at the BPMS, she shares the same start as MANY of us in the hobby! 

 

That first figure help set him along his path in the hobby. Frank enjoys figures and science fiction, but we have also seen him working on a historical ship on the Zooms, so his tastes vary greatly. He likes to work on his models, like many of us, on the kitchen table. He suggests that following instructions is a good way to avoid problems during a build and that the internet is a valuable resource for references and learning skills. He also hopes to find models of Indiana Jones and Napoleon Bonaparte to build to apply those skills to in the future. He hopes to find more of the models from the 1969 Aurora catalog being offered, and with companies like Atlantis out there, he might just get his wish!

 

Frank has a similar concern as many of us. The Hobby doesn’t seem to be attracting younger modelers anymore. What would it take to remedy this?  Would advertising help? Maybe some lines of inexpensive models to attract the youngsters. Something needs to be done before the hobby vanishes.

 

In closing, Frank would like to offer us some Wisdumb  --- "Don't get glue on your fingers as you put the model pieces together." Yep! We have all been there!

~BP

EDITOR’S NOTE: After more than 20? 25? years of writing the BPMS Bulletin, I am handing over the reins to the capable hands of Kevin Kilkenny. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the club in this capacity for so many years. It’s been a fun ride. Like Douglas Adams wrote, “So long and thanks for all the fish!” 

~Your humble narrator, Bob Pokorny

Meeting date:

January 20th, 2023

People start shwoing up by 6 PM. 

See you at the BBSC!

Saturday, January 14, 2023

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: 01/10/2023

No Zoom next Tuesday, as the January in person meeting is next Friday, the 20th. Meeting details are in the flyer. Check your mailbox.
Twelve people, one cat and one goose attended the 1/10/23 meeting (yes, a cat and a goose). New releases: 1/72 U2-C (Hobby Boss) and 1/35 Jagdpanzer IV L/70 (Dragon). Also, Tamiya paint brushes have come down in cost. 
In process and completed work included: A-6, Lysander, X Wing fighter (a late entry to last week's big model discussion. Joe promises to bring it, and some other large kits, to the 1/20/23 meeting), C-130, T-34 (Michael expected a quick build. Then the vinyl track melted. We could tell you how he fixed it,  but then you wouldn't bother joining the Zoom), Wild West Marshal figure, masked female figure and Jagdpanther (the incompletely molded parts were an unwelcome surprise to Russ. Kevin suggested Blue Stuff). Acquisitions included: Zaku II and a new, inexpensive but noisy, compressor. A headband magnifier was the featured tool. Wildy available, easy to use and inexpensive. No reason not to have one. 
A quiz to start the New Year. Guess who made these resolutions: Make fewer mistakes. Keep doing what I'm doing. Sell more products. Build more helicopters. Build out my new workshop. Paint the kits I've built. Build a little more. Build 30-60 minutes every day. Build Ukrainian models. Finish 5 incomplete models.
The next meeting is 1/20/23 at the Community Center. Doors open around 6pm, and the meeting starts around 7:30 pm. If you're going to declare a Pledge Model for 2023, bring the unbuilt kit to the meeting. Hope you can make it,  but if you can't, check the livestream on the Club's Facebook page. Stay safe.
Russ

Thursday, January 05, 2023

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting 01/03/2023

Twelve people attended the meeting, which was moderated by Mark N. Thanks, Mark, for helping out on short notice. Lou reported releases from HK (1/48 B-25 J) and from Trumpeter (1/35 2S25 Sprut-SD amphibious light tank and two 1/72 T-72s, one w/ mine roller, one w/ gill armor). In a sort of prelude to the big model topic, Vaughn and Frank C discussed actual helicopters with folding blades and other space-saving features. 
In progress and completed work included: A-6 (with multi-part pre-colored pe instrument panel), C-47, B-47, H-25A, Monarch butterfly (Metal Earth), Roman warship (Franks G has made a lot of progress), FW-187 A, Kyushu Q1-W1 Lorna, M-1 Panther II mine clearing tank, Spirit of St Louis and F-104.  Acquistions included: Ghost of Christmas Past bust (from 1951's Scrooge), Palmer bust (from 1982's The Thing), Convair Kingfish and Mirage III E/R. The featured tool was Windor & Newton Brush Cleaner & Restorer. It works on acrylics and oils. Safe for brushes but not for plastic (ask Gil about his Rapidograph).  
The topic was big models. It seems like most of us have bought at least one big kit. Some have built them (ask Gil about his Seaview or DB-5), some have sold them (ask Frank about his B-36) and some stick to one scale as a way to save display space. That leaves the rest of us to figure out where we're going to put our big kits once they're built (like Tug McGraw, Ya Gotta Believe). The next meeting is Tuesday, 1/10/23 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow.  Hope to see you then.
Russ

Monday, January 02, 2023

Bulletin Archive in PDF Format

 
 
 

Bulletin 2019 06
Bulletin 2019 05
Bulletin 2019 04
Bulletin 2019 03
Bulletin 2019 02
Bulletin 2019 01

Bulletin 2018 12
Bulletin 2018 11
Bulletin 2018 10
Bulletin 2018 09
Bulletin 2018 08
Bulletin 2018 07.pdf
Bulletin 2018 06.pdf
Bulletin 2018 05.pdf
Bulletin 2018 04.pdf
Bulletin 2018 03.pdf
Bulletin 2018 02.pdf
Bulletin 2018 01.pdf

Bulletin 2017 12.pdf
Bulletin 2017 11.pdf
Bulletin 2017 10.pdf 
Bulletin 2017 09.pdf
Bulletin 2017 08.pdf
Bulletin 2017 07.pdf
Bulletin 2017 06.pdf
Bulletin 2017 05.pdf  
Bulletin 2017 04.pdf
Bulletin 2017 03.pdf
Bulletin 2017 02.pdf
Bulletin 2017 01.pdf

Bulletin 2016 12.pdf
Bulletin 2016 11.pdf
Bulletin 2016 10.pdf
Bulletin 2016 09.pdf
Bulletin 2016 08.pdf
Bulletin 2016 07.pdf
Bulletin 2016 06.pdf
Bulletin 2016 05.pdf
Bulletin 2016 04.pdf
Bulletin 2016 03.pdf 
Bulletin 2016 02.pdf
Bulletin 2016 01.pdf

Bulletin 2015 12.pdf
Bulletin 2015 11.pdf
Bulletin 2015 10.pdf
Bulletin 2015 09.pdf
Bulletin 2015 08.pdf
Bulletin 2015 07.pdf
Bulletin 2015 06.pdf
Bulletin 2015 05.pdf
Bulletin 2015 04.pdf
Bulletin 2015 03.pdf
Bulletin 2015 02.pdf
Bulletin 2015 01.pdf

Bulletin 2014 12.pdf
Bulletin 2014 11.pdf 
Bulletin 2014 09.pdf 
Bulletin 2014 08.pdf
Bulletin 2014 07.pdf
Bulletin 2014 06.pdf
Bulletin 2014 05.pdf
Bulletin 2014 04.pdf
Bulletin 2014 03.pdf
Bulletin 2014 02.pdf
Bulletin 2014 01.pdf

Bulletin 2013 12.pdf
Bulletin 2013 11.pdf  
Bulletin 2013 10.pdf
Bulletin 2013 09.pdf
Bulletin 2013 06.pdf
Bulletin 2013 01.pdf

Bulletin 2004 06.pdf

Bulletin 2001 06.pdf

Bulletin 2000 05.pdf

Bulletin 1996 07.pdf  

Joe B - Fleshtones and Eyeballs.pdf Bulletin 2014 10.pdf 
Spotlights [old] - Holcomb Alvarado Kasza[x2] Ferrara Gertner Reinert Keegan Rosati Maroney Batterman Pokorny Eng.pdf
Weathering Models by Eric Reinert.pdf
Spotlight - Rob Garitta.pdf
Spraying Gloss Finishes by Bobby Kasza.pdf
That 50s Display.pdf SPOTLIGHT - Rosati - Maroney - Batterman - Pokorny - Eng.pdf
BPMS By Laws V2.pdf BPMS By Laws.pdf

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
2023 - Remember The Members
2023 - Legends