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Sunday, October 02, 2022

October 4, 2022 BPMS Zoom Meeting

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, September 30, 2022

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  
 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

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

Sunday, September 25, 2022

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: Sept 27, 2022 - Topic: Take 2!

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: Take Two - How do you disassemble and rebuild an old model? Is there something better than an X-Acto knife? What removes paint with least mess?

BPMS ZOOM Meeting Report 9/20/22

Eleven people attended the Tuesday, Sept. 20 BPMS Zoom meeting. The 50th Anniversary Luncheon is on for October 16, 1 PM at Buckley’s in Brooklyn.

Word came from Lu that no new kits of significance have arrived.

The Facebook live-stream experiment at last Friday’s Brooklyn meeting was apparently a partial success. Webmaster Gordon said more work is needed.

The discussion topic for the night was tricks modelers can use to build faster. BPMS vice president Tom G. finds his best move is, “going over the instructions first, before I touch anything.”

To finish aircraft faster and sustain interest in his latest project, Frank C. builds as much of the model as possible without painting tedious sub-assemblies. Once the largely-complete model is primed and airbrushed, details can be hand-painted with Vallejo colors free of brush marks.

Vaughan showed off his completed Fw190 built from the ProModeler kit and gave some insights into German fighter engineering. On the real aircraft, the radio antenna wire aft of the cockpit traveled through multiple pulleys to stay taut when the canopy opened. On his model, Vaughan just closed the canopy. Vaughan’s next project is the big F7U Cutlass from Hobbycraft, a naval jet fighter with great looks and unimpressive performance. Vaughan plans to ‘bang it together’ for the joy of building. He typically finishes 3-4 kits a year.
Kevin showed of his beautifully painted Jabba the Hutt bust and two works in progress – a Western Sherriff and fighter jock Wild Bill Kelso from the movie 1941. He also showed off his amazing sculpted clay Large Marge from a PeeWee Herman movie. Kevin’s only tip for speed building is to super-glue lots of small, photoetched parts in succession to “get a rhythm going.”

Chuck said he favors a slow, methodical approach to building and observed, “Going faster, saving time never works for me.”

Mark showed off some interesting historical photos – including a P-47 stained black with oil streaming from battle damage. His tip for faster building is to start with research on other people’s troubles building the same model. “It reduces the chance you’ll just put it down because you can’t achieve your objective.” Mark recommended a fiberglass eraser pen from AK Interactive to remove minor mold marks fast. Square sanding blocks help repetitive tasks like removing mold marks from road wheels. Mark’s next project is a Tamiya Su-76M tank. The Hudson Valley Historical Miniatures Guild will host its annual show October 22, and Mark reminded BPMS of his group’s Turkey Challenge – finish any kit you want over the four-day Thanksgiving Weekend.

Bob K. finished his 1/400 scale HMS Undine submarine and showed a 1/144 C-130 Hercules in progress. He currently has eight models in work at a time.

Mike has undertaken an F4F Wildcat comparison build with the 1994 Tamiya, 2007 HobbyBoss, and 2022 Eduard kits going simultaneously. He shies away from photoetch accessories and noted, “The more you buy, the less chance you’ll finish the model. Mike’s tips for speedier building included sanding sponges for cleaning up tank wheels and a Lazy Susan work base for airbrushing.

To answer the speed building question, Gordon reviewed several sets of plastic sprue nippers. The best and most expensive of them trims parts so close little sanding is required.

Gil showed off a resin Shogun Babe in progress with magnet hands to hold her sword. His tool tip of the week was Harbor Freight center drills made for power tools also make good hand drills to center holes in round stock. 

Zoom Master Bob P. also advised builders to study instructions first and build several similar small figures at once. He painted 15 Cthulhu goods at the same time and recently discovered Speed Paint from Army Paints. The pigment-rich paints enable the modeler to color and shade “with one stroke of the brush.”

Next Zoom Meeting is Tuesday, September 27. Invitation to follow.

~Frank C.

Monday, September 12, 2022

BPMS Bulletin: SEPTEMBER 2022

BPMS
Bulletin

 by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

Despite the fact that August meeting was Pizza Night, we had a surprisingly light turnout. Nonethelss, we had plenty going on! We had 25 members and no guests who brought in 12 models mostly for the contest.

August Meeting

MEETING CHANGES: We had a couple of changes during the meeting. We started earlier, around 7:30 PM to make sure we were able to get all our activities done in time. Gordon also got a feed to work on Facebook. We will be refining both of these in the coming months.

PIZZA NIGHT: Possibly one of the all-time favorite BPMS annual activities. PIZZA! The group made quick work of the stacks of Brooklyn style. Your humble narrator couldn’t have been more proud!

CONTEST NIGHT – 3Q22: So the third installment of the BPMS contest is in the books. There were some exquisite models on the tables so the members had a tough job voting.

BPMS 50th Anniversary: Looks like we have this settled. Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Buckley’s Restaurant & Caterers

2926 Avenue S

Brooklyn, NY 11229

We have the room for four hours.  Guests are welcome. Tentative Price: $75 per person

BPMS SHIRT: Gordon got our order in. We should be able to wear our new shirts to the Anniversary Luncheon!   

DECEMBER THEME CONTEST: With the year speeding by we can look forward to the December theme contest: The Golden Age of AURORA Models. Click the link to the left for details. Sponsored by Joe B and Kevin K. .

raffle: We had another fun raffle this month. We’ll likely have another for September. The club is always looking for donations for these activities.

 

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: SEPTEMBER

 SPEED PAINTING: Is this a must-have product or a gimmick? Kevin K. and your humble narrator will demonstrate how to use this product!

DECAL SWAP NIGHT: Why not? Bring in decals to swap, sell, or give away.

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.  

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:

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

BBSC

STARTING BUSINESS AT 7:30!

 

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Brooklyn Plastic Modelers Society 50th Anniversary Luncheon

We are pleased to announce that the Brooklyn Plastic Modelers Society 50th Anniversary Luncheon!

Location:
Buckley's
2926 Avenue S
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Date / Time:
Sunday, October 16, 2022
1:00 PM

DM for more details!

Saturday, September 10, 2022

09/06/2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

The Sept. 6 BPMS meeting on-line drew 12 participants, 11 of whom overcame a Zoom mystery or operator inexperience at the end of Part 1 to re-join the conversation for Part 2.
Bobby P. took advantage of his trip to Dallas, Texas to meet our long-lost pandemic partner Bill for real. The hope is Bill will re-join our on-line group during regular Tuesday Zoom meetings.
Our Deja-vu All Over Again theme proved a disappointment – most BPMS members rarely build the same kit more than once. That said, Frank C. showed six ESCI F-104s and seven Italeri F-5s in different national markings, proving insanity can make you do the same thing over and over with different outcomes.
Kevin showed off his bust of Black Krrsantan, the Wookie bounty hunter from the Star Wars universe and a beautiful Sasquatch bust modeled on a movie Big Foot.  Kevin’s new acquisitions included a two-piece rocket from Space Patrol and Unicraft 1/72 Vought ADAM ducted fan VTOL aircraft. Kevin has built the classic Hawk Vanguard satellite twice.
Vaughan showed progress with his 1/48 FW190 and shared some interesting historical background on the real aircraft -- the Butcher Bird was designed to be more rugged and survivable than the elegant Me109.  
Tony showed a two-tone 1956 Chevy work in process and remembered building two 1955 Chevys, the second a gift for a friend.
Mark showed some interesting historical images, including the wartime outdoor assembly line for the Lockheed P-38 and a B-29 “Stratovision” conversion with a big fold-down antenna mast to relay early television broadcasts.  Mark mentioned the Omaha National Convention included a “Gear-Up” category for airplane models on stands.
Gil had a 1/350 scale Seaview submarine in progress. His tool of the week was a diamond-coated wire from a coping saw, cut short to create a mini-file.  Gil admitted to building several Volkswagens in different versions for theme contests.
Gordon showed several new Gundam robot editions. 
 
~Frank
 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

8/30/22 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Twelve people attended the meeting. Gordon is keeping busy. He ordered the BPMS polo shirts and he got wireless mics to better livestream the September in-person meeting. Now all we need is content. Sensible suggestions are welcome. The 50th Anniversary luncheon will be Sunday, 10/16/22 at 1pm at Buckley's, 2926 Ave S, Brooklyn NY 11229. To date, 25 people have said they'll attend and there's room for more. 

In progress and completed work included: Fw-190 G (Vaughn's work on the kit landing gear was guided by the operation of the actual landing gear), P-26 (Mr. K overcame the "Dullcote disaster" he reported a few weeks back), An-74, F-15 E, F-111, F-4 EJ, Capt. Kidd's Black Falcon and Green Hornet's Black Beauty. Acquisitions included: Postal Service Truck (Metal Earth) and 1960 'Vette Grand Sport. Gil's tool of the week was Tamiya's anti-static "model cleaning brush". It removes dust etc. without any tack cloth residue. It also gets in places tack cloths can't. We heard Dullcote can be made even flatter by pouring off 1/3 of a new bottle and replacing it with lacquer thinner. We asked about rubber infused crazy glue. Several people saw for sale but no one has tried it yet.

The discussion on pinning joints covered ways to align parts and transfer center marks, hole orientation and size, pin materials and adhesives. Thanks to Kevin. Joe, Vaughn, Frank, Steve, Bobby and others for sharing. Don't take this the wrong way but if you missed this discussion, you missed a lot

The next meeting is 9/6/22. Frank and/or others will be sending the invites for September 's Tuesday meetings. Thanks in advance for filling in. 

Russ

Thursday, August 25, 2022

8/23/22 BPMS Zoon Mini Meeting featured topic - Get Bent!

Featured Discussion: Share tips on bending plastic, metal, and wood. 

The BPMS 50th Anniversary Dinner will be in Brooklyn, on Sunday, October 16 from 1-5pm. Details will follow in a separate email. 

Last week, in addition to enjoying our annual Pizza Night, members at the August in-person meeting participated in the first live-streamed BPMS meeting. It's on the Club's Facebook page. Not bad for a first attempt, and Gordon has several improvements in mind.  
 
Thirteen people attended the 8/23/22 meeting. New releases, 1/48 F4-U1A and 1/35 King Tiger (early). In progress and completed work included: a pair of   F-15 Strike Eagles (one by Jimmy, one by Frank), 101 Spaceborne figure, T-34, 1/700 SeaKing and Seahawk helicopters (Michael apparently likes a challenge), 1934 Ford Pickup (Mr. K was disappointed by the fit and the instructions), Arsenal VG-36, Hurricane IIC (Portuguese markings) and F-111. Acquisitions included: Olivia Newton-John (as Sandy from Grease - from Pestilence Labs - a portion of the price goes to breast cancer research), RQ-4N Global Hawk and  F-4C Phantom. We got several tips: Flitz Metal Polish also works on plastic and fiberglass, Tamiya Black Panel Liner is good for painting the rubber on tank road wheels, and another way to paint the wearing surface of a tire is to roll the tire through a puddle of paint. 
 
The featured topic was bending and we saw several tools and methods used to bend metal (mostly): Cold Heat inductive soldering gun, ceramic tweezers, a stepped mandrel designed for modelers, an inexpensive transfer punch set used as mandrels, photo etch bending pliers (from Tamiya and others), bending tools from Mission Models and Hold and Fold, a pair of chisel blades and a glass surface, and handrail/handle jig set (from Trumpeter Master Tools). Next meeting is 8/39/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. hope to see you there. 
 
~Russ

 

 

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Seas the Day! Cartographic Ship Plans!

 From Russ: 

 Naval ship drawing of the Line Ware #17. This drawing includes sail plan, rigging, and out board profile details.

 http://archives-20973928.hs-sites.com/cartographic-ship-plans?ecid=ACsprvugHXHdBeKe5d4KN3T8spMZPnlW4LDI1YfI01s0BgtlD60k1T3Rl5SoszonYt5w-fdHMvsd

BPMS Bulletin: AUGUST [Meeting on 8/19/22]

BPMS Bulletin

by Bobby B2 Blue Pokorny

JULY was another big meeting, despite being the, traditionally, lightest attended meeting any year. We had 29 members and 5 guests who brought in 24 models for another meeting presided over by Tom Govia, acting in a presidential capacity.

July Meeting

NEW MEMBER: We voted in our second new member, post-pandemic. Julio Guadalupe, a builder with eclectic tastes and, another, 3D printer, was voted during the July meeting! Congrats and welcome to the fold!

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.  

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 SHIRTs: 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 in AUGUST.  

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: August

EARLY START: We have had some packed meetings. Maybe we should start the business at 7:30 PM? We have Pizza showing up, too!

PIZZA NIGHT: Possibly one of the top favorite BPMS annual activities. PIZZA! Just be paid up to date on your dues and you can eat all you like. We ask members to please avoid bringing guests for this meeting.

CONTEST NIGHT – 3Q22 The year is just moving along. It’s time for the third installment of the quarterly contest. This would be a good time to rack up some more votes for your annual totals. Remember, if you built something for the theme contest that has never been to a quarterly contest before, feel free to bring it back!

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. Russ has some things to report at the next meeting.

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.

MEETING DATE:

AUGUST 19, 2022

BBSC

STARTING BUSINESS AT 7:30!

Monday, August 15, 2022

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

Since there's an in-person meeting on Friday 8/19/22, there's no Tuesday Zoom meeting next week.  

Thirteen people attended the 8/9/22 meeting. We're working to schedule the BPMS 50th Anniversary Dinner at Buckley's (2926 Avenue S, Brooklyn, 11229) on Friday 10/21/22. The Dinner would take the place of the October in-person meeting, so it won't require extra travel. We'll work out the details and start taking a headcount at the 8/19/22 meeting. Family, friends and non-model builders are welcome. Meal options and prices to follow. 
Mark shared photos of the 2022 IPMS Nationals and the National WW1 Museum and Memorial in Omaha. Mark will host a virtual meeting with one of the authors of Shattered Sword in the near future. Contact Mark directly if you're interested in attending. 
In industry news, Tamiya's 1/35 US Infantry Scout set and ICM's 1/48 OV-10 D are available. Takom is coming out with a series of M-48 variants. Watch for four Transformers kits from Trumpeter. Bayshore Hobby has moved to a new place, a few doors away. Jimmy was impressed by the clear aisles. Reports that Dragon USA is no longer around started a discussion about Dragon products in general.  
In progress and completed work included: James Dean bust,  F-13 (on floats), HMS Ursula, Lacrosse Mobile launcher, F-15 and we heard about Mike's plan to build and compare the Tamiya, Hobby Boss and Edward Wildcat kits. Acquisitions included: Su-25 Frogfoot, Type 5 [Ho-Ri II] (Japanese paper panzer), and two books, Battle for Hungary and US Navy Colors. The tool of the week was a Woodworking Edge Chamfering Planer, which also works well with styrene. The featured topic was straightening bent parts. For resin, bring water to a boil, take it off the heat and dip the part into the water. In time, depending on the thickness of the part and the amount of curvature, the part should return to its original shape. Quickly put the piece in cold water to set the shape. Heat can also be applied with a hair dryer or a heat gun. If a heat gun sounds too risky, try holding the part over your toaster. Hot water/heat also works for styrene, but without the shape memory. Staying with styrene, glue, clamps and internal reinforcement resolve many fit problems. Thinning or scoring the part on its inner surface makes it easier to bend. Delicate parts, like antennae or pitot tubes, can be taped to a flat surface for a few days to straighten them out. As a last resort, you could contact the manufacturer and order a replacement part.  A quick tip from Don to the car builders, it's easier to install rubber tires after they've been sitting in hot water for a while.
Our next meeting is in-person, on Friday 8/19/22 at 2303 Bergen Ave, Brooklyn. NY 11234. This will be our first Pizza Night since 2019. Doors open around 6pm, meeting starts around 7:30 and pies arrive around 8. Also, Gordon will be taking orders for official BPMS polo shirts. Stay safe, hope to see you on the 19th.
~Russ

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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