Tuesday, June 18, 2024

June 11, 2024: BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Twelve people attended. No Tuesday Zoom next week, the in-person meeting is Friday, the 21st, at the Community Center. If the D- Day theme contest sponsored by Charlie and Steve isn't enough to get you out of the house, it's also BBQ night. The cost is $15.00. Joey Chestnut isn't expected to attend, so there'll be plenty to eat.
Lou reported Ryefield's 1/35 Tiger 1 (mid production) and Panzer 4 G with winterketten were available. Kevin wants the diorama builders to know that Scenic Express is running a Father's Day sale this week. Jimmy often finds bargains on the Lucky Model website. 
Vaughan shared photos from the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach (it was Yak-3 day) and Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA (lots of aircraft, armor and re-enactors). Thanks, Vaughn. 
In progress and completed work included: Frau Blucher (from Young Frankenstein),  P-38 Lightning, Me-262 Mistel, EA-6B, P-47 D and Mk 1 Male tank. Acquisitions included: Cheshire Cat (from Alice in Wonderland), the aforementioned Panzer 4 G with winterketten, Egyptian archeological dig vignette and Shaanxi Y-9 transport aircraft. 
The featured tool was the optivisor. Prices vary with features, materials and style. Harbor Freight has one with multiple lenses and a light for about $15.00. Well worth looking into ('ats some joke, eh boss?)
We talked about what scales we build and why. Lou observed that most purchases are 1/72, but most people prefer 1/48.  Our choices can depend on what we're building. 1/6 is fine for figures, problematic for armor. Switching from 1/32 to 1/72 saves space and 1/144 allows large ac to be displayed on a base. Even so, we'll buy a bomber in 1/32 or a 1/16 Tiger 1 if the price is right. Car guys like 1/24 and1/25. Box scale is OK, if that's all there is. 1/72 ac may lack details but some experimental ac are only available in that scale. Bobby has a simple rule, whatever it is, the finished piece should be about 6"so it's easy to display, transport or store. Cthulhu may not be happy to be that size but, hey, he's free to build his own model.   
The next meeting is Friday 6/21/24 at the Community Center in Brooklyn. Doors open around 6pm. You don't need invitations but you do need $15.00 for the BBQ. The D-Day theme contest is free and, you might win a nice award. Hope to see you there. 

June 2024 Bulletin by Kevin K

Minutes from the May Meeting
Attendance: Members – 21, Guests – 3, Models – 25
President Tom G. gaveled the meeting to order at 8:00PM.
Business: Tonight’s meeting is Parts Box Nite + 2Q Contest.
•May 25 – Manhattan Group Build Meet. Bring a model to build, meet friends, make new ones.
•Was discussion of the possibility of a model exhibition at the Manhattan location.
•Was discussion of adjusting the timings of the Manhattan build.
•The June Meeting will be the D-Day Special Theme. There will be a number of categories, including a ‘What If’ for the sci-fi members.
•The Facility we meet at asked that the club buys a ticket to their function. Since we do not get involved in politics in any way, a number of members volunteered to buy a ticket.
•In a similar fashion, members volunteered funds to sponsor a category at the IMPS Nationals. With the money received, the BPMS was able to sponsor 2 categories. They ended up being AFV Open Top or Fully Detailed Interiors and Airplane Diorama.
•A break was then called. The meeting reconvened at 8:50 with the monthly raffle. There were 11 winners. Final activity of the night is the Show & Tell.
•The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM, next meeting is July 19.
Next Meeting:
JUNE 21, 2024
D-Day 80th Anniversary Theme Contest
BBQ Night: $15 per person
Location: BBSC
Doors open by 6 PM 
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Friday, June 07, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: June 4, 2024

Fourteen people attended.
Lou wasn't one of them, but in a post meeting email, he reported Tamiya's 1/35 Leopard 2 A7V and Kinetic's 1/48 RF-5 Freedom Fighter were available. Jimmy posted some new kits on the club's Facebook page. 
Big changes at Kalmbach with many of their publications, including Finescale Modeler, sold to other companies. 
Erasmo is making a presentation on the Lockheed Electra tomorrow, 6/6/24, at 7pm Central Time. He graciously offered to send invites to interested parties. Please contact him directly.
Bobby shared photos of the Pier 57 Memorial Day group build organized by Julio and Mark shared photos of the Hudson Valley Club's recent make-n-take event. Looking beyond the Summer, October will be busy, with Armorcon on the 4th and 5th, the Hudson Valley show on the 26th and a Cape May NJ event about U-boats off the US East Coast during WW2 (details to follow). 
In progress and completed work included: Wildcat, Canadian Leopard. Sherman Jumbo, NASCAR racer (a Salvinos JR kit), Lockheed Electra, de Havilland Comet, Zaku tank, Trog figure (maybe not a good movie, but a good figure), M-4 Sherman, Monocycle (3D printed), F-15, P-47 and Mark 1 male tank. Acquisitions included: KFIR C-10 and a couple of aircraft kits costing $6 or $7, with free shipping, from China (who could resist). 
This week's tool was a magnetic tool tray/dish. They're inexpensive, come in many shapes and sizes and are handy to have around. Maybe, with a couple of nails, nuts and suchlike, you could make a cheap magnetic jig? 
Mark also had a tool, a "Drawing Gum Masking Fluid Pen" from Jeanoko. Intended for watercolor painting, it has applications for modelers. 
On the topic of excesses, there was a common thread. Most of us admit we have too many kits. Even after downsizing, if that dream kit comes along, we snap it up. Other items we buy even though we know better- new types of paints, fine sandpaper, and, Tiger 1 kits. One guy was completely honest when he said he had too much of everything. Of course, he didn't put it in writing. 
The next meeting is Tuesday, 6/11/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: May 28, 2024

Twenty-two people attended. We met modelers from IPMS's Bay Colony, Niagra Frontier, Patriot and Wings & Wheels chapters. Thank you, Mark for spreading the word and thanks to the "new" guys who told us what they like to build. We also caught up with people who missed a couple of meetings. Happy birthday, Mr. K! 

Lou reports HK Models' 1/32 A20 J/K, Havoc/Boston IV and 1/48 Avro Lancaster Grand Slam, ICM's 1/35 Ukrainian Sapper team, Magic Factory's 1/35 M-2A4 Bradley and Takom's 1/16 Big Box (two Tiger 1s, one figure) and 1/72 M60A1&A3 with ERA are available.
Last Saturday, twenty-two people attended the group build at Pier 57 in Manhattan. Photos are on the BPMS Facebook page. Thanks, Julio, for setting it up. I expect we'll see photos from Fleet Week at upcoming meetings. Erasmo gave a brief report on last Saturday's Scalefest 2024 in Grapevine, Texas.
In progress and completed work included: Sikorsky S-55, S-67 Blackhawk, Macchi 202, Fiat BR-20 (a "brutal" kit), T-72 B3, RAF Rescue Launch, RGC-80 GM Cannon, (Gundam), Elf and Owl shadowbox, Dracula and victim bust (from Dracula, AD 1972), '23 Model T Depot Truck, Werewolf and Vampire figures (from Dark Shadows), Space Ghost figure (3D printed) and F-16 (Frank's weekend build). Acquisitions included: F-104, KA-15 anti-sub, English Knight-15th Century and Flakpanzer 341. This week's tool was the Badger Hobby Pal, a suction tool for picking up small items. Gil has tried similar tools and prefers this one.
We asked what surprised you about the hobby and we heard: the lack of models from the Golden Age of Aviation, the rapid improvement of 3D printed items and the cost of 1/32 multi engine aircraft kits. Two memorable answers - "I'm from New York, nothing surprises me" and "I make my own surprises".
Don't be surprised when you get your invite to the next meeting. It's Tuesday, 6/4/24, at 7:30 pm. Hope you can make it.


Thursday, May 23, 2024

BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting: 05/21/2024

Eleven people attended. We welcomed Erasmo, naval aviator, industry consultant and builder of 1/72 scale aircraft. Hope we'll see him again. 
Lou reported Academy's 1/72 Merkava 3, AFV Club's 1/35 M-15 "Special" CGMC with 40mm gun, DML's 1/35 M-113 (Yom Kippur War), 
Pz 4 (late),  SdKfz 250 (75 mm gun), SdKfz 250 (50mm gun) and 1/72 T-34/76 (cast turret) are available.
The next few days will be busy. Fleet Week has begun (check their website for details), there's a modeler's meet-up this Saturday at Pier 57 (Daffodil classroom) in Manhattan from noon to 5 on the 25th and the Bethpage Air Show is this Saturday and Sunday at Jones Beach. 
In progress and completed work included: B-26 (Vaughn spoke briefly about the construction and performance of the actual aircraft), S-55 (the vintage kit doesn't include clear parts for the cabin windows), Sherman Firefly, elf & owl vignette,  Flying Taxi (from The Fifth Element), Shinden, Corsair, Dr.1, Seahawk, two P-47 Ds (1/144 and 1/48), Mitsubishi F-1, Zaku tank and Cthulhu.  Acquisitions included:
3 D printed Panther tool racks, wet pallet and Trog figure (Kevin said it was from a low budget film where Trog's costume was half of a monkey suit leftover from 2001: A Space Odyssey).
The tool of the week was the Klick Fix pen holder. It's good for organizing and securing tools on horizontal or vertical surfaces.
The featured topic was modeling accidents and steps taken to prevent them from reoccurring. Cuts were common. Lessons learned - always cut away from you, if you must use a knife to pry something apart, lay it on your bench, not on your hand, and don't try to catch a falling hobby knife between your knees. There were painting accidents, too. Lesson learned - always check the orientation of the paint can nozzle, never wear your good clothes when you paint. There were no stories about superglue and skin. 
The next meeting is Tuesday, 5/28/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. Hope to see you at Pier 57.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Schedule Of Events: 2024

Kit Sale Night
Declare Model Pledge

Show Us Your Tool
Contest Night 1Q24

Decal Swap Night
Green Model Night

Work In Progress Night

Parts Box Night
Contest Night 2Q24

D-Day Anniversary Theme Contest
BBQ Night

Lunar Landing Anniversary
Theme night

Pizza Night
Contest Night 3Q24

Swap Night
Theme Night / Clinic

Model Pledge Night

Contest Night: 4Q24
Super Raffle

Build Like An 11 Year Old Theme Contest
Holiday Dinner / Desserts

BPMS Bulletin, May 2024 (by Kevin K)

Minutes from the April Meeting

Attendance: Members – 23, Guests – 1, Models – 28
President Tom G. gaveled the meeting to order at 8:00PM.
Business: Tonight’s meeting is WIP nite.

• May will be both Parts Nite and 2Q Contest.
• IPMS Region 1 has chosen the BPMS as Chapter of the Year, as well as our own Bob P. as Member of the Year. Congratulations!
• Steve N. as volunteered to be BPMS’ rep for the IPMS Nationals in WS.
• The Facility we meet at asked that the club buys a ticket to their function. Discussion was held and since we do not get involved in politics in any way, the club was leaning toward a no vote, until Treas. Jeff E., offered to donate $ from his model’s sales toward the ticket. Additionally, Vinny R., Mark M., Ray W., Guy F., and Frank C. also donated, and the ticket will be bought.
• Similar discussion was had for sponsoring a prize packet for the IPMS Nats. Discussion was leading toward a no vote. VP Kevin K. volunteered to buy the packet. With that a number of other members also donated $ towards the packet. So, the BPMS WILL be involved. Kevin wasn’t as smart as Jeff to take down names, so a gracious THANKS to all those who donated. You know who you are! (Kevin is writing this so he CAN make fun of himself).
• A break was then called. The meeting reconvened at 8:50 with the monthly raffle. There were 9 winners. Final activity of the night is the Show & Tell.
• The meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM, next meeting is May 15.
Next Meeting:
May 15, 2025
Contest: 2Q24 
Part Box Night
Location: BBSC

Thursday, May 09, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: 05/07/2024

Twelve people attended. No Tuesday Zoom next week. The in-person meeting is Friday, the 17th at the Community Center. Time for the quarterly contest. Details are in the Bulletin, which is the mail.
Its rumored Academy will re-release their CH-54E.
Jimmy was impressed by the work he saw at the Miniature Figure Collectors of America (MFCA) show last Saturday. Photos from the show are on the club's Facebook page.
Bobby found a good selection of reasonably priced Atlantis kits at Ollie's.
Get ready, Fleet Week is 5/22-28/24, the next Pier 57 meet-up is Saturday 5/25/24 and the D-Day theme contest is coming up in June.
In progress and completed work included: S-67 Blackhawk (with scratch built stretched sprue minigun), vintage Sikorsky H-19 (cockpit details added), Wildcat, Flying Taxicab (Gil is using a Leroy pen with Amsterdam acrylic resin ink to do the checkerboard markings) and P-47D. Acquisitions included: aftermarket Panther and King Tiger tracks, Quinta decals for the SdKfz 251 and Panzer crew figures.
We saw another tool from the cosmetics aisle, wedge-shaped sponges. Gil likes them for weathering, setting decals and stippling. He challenged us to find more uses.
The topic was what gets you excited about modeling. Everyone is excited to get new items, especially when they're bargains. Opening the boxes is another high point. Finishing a kit is exciting. Finding errors after completion is exciting, but not in the same way. Guess who said 'anything having to do with a Phantom' is exciting? Kits with lots of parts are exciting for some and discouraging for others. Some people are experiencing a lack of motivation while others acknowledge having too many partiality-built kits on the workbench. Well, we all bounce between those two groups, don't we?
The next meeting will be Friday, the 17th at the Community Center in Brooklyn. Doors open around 6pm. Because no invitations are needed, you never know who will be there. Intrigued? See you Friday.

Thursday, May 02, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: April 30, 2024

Fourteen people attended. On short notice, Gil moderated the meeting. Thanks for stepping up, Gil. 
Lou reported ICM's 1/48 B-26 Marauder, 1/35 Studebaker US6 truck and SdKfz 251 ambulance kits are available. He also told us about the new EPA ban on methylene chloride, which many of us use, especially for plexiglass. Production will be phased out over time. Check the EPA website for details. 
Get ready to visit Manhattan. Fleet Week is May 22-25 and the next modeler's meet-up at Pier 57 is on May 25th. 
In progress and completed work included: S-67 (Vaughan has been busy correcting the intakes, rear deck and rotor droop), 1/8 scale Eleanor Mustang (from Gone in Sixty Seconds), Sherman Jumbo, F-104G, Phantom (Frank finally got the Hellenic AF colors he was looking for), Schwimmwagen, Merkava 3, M1A2 SEP Abrams (it was on Gordon's shelf of doom for a long time) and Flying Taxicab (from The Fifth Element). Acquisitions included: George Bailey & Mary Hatch vignette (from It's a Wonderful Life), Flash Gordon bust, 1/72 German AFV antennae and No-Name's battery powered airbrush. 
Switching from Moderator to Tool Guy, Gil introduced us to the Vinyl Weeder (aka scrap collector). Designed to remove scraps of vinyl from blades, it looks like it could be used to remove tape (think masks), decal backing or anything that collects on your blade. 
The topic was model mistakes discovered after the project was finished. We heard about cutting wires too short on kits with electrical components, misspelling hand painted vehicle markings, using incorrect decals, not realizing a kit part was oversized until it was attached and attaching pieces upside down (on the plus side, this led to an interesting discussion on the crawler NASA used for the Space Shuttle and how it operated). Kevin, who never considers his kits to be truly finished, corrects mistakes as he finds them, even years later. Other guys put the kit back in the box if it didn't come out right. 
But don't you make the mistake of missing the next meeting, Tuesday, 5/7/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. You should be back from the Kentucky Derby by then. 

Thursday, April 25, 2024

BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting: 4/23/24

Featured Discussion: What have you built outside of your usual interest? Did you enjoy it?

Seventeen people attended. There were two updates from the in-person meeting. Kevin collected enough money to sponsor two awards at the upcoming IPMS Nationals, Open Top Axis AFV and Aircraft Diorama (thanks, guys) and Chuck recommend a hobby shop (hobbyoutlet.net) in Cresco, PA. The owner is Clayton Colefield, 570 594 1466. Call before you go. 
Lou reports Academy's 1/144 KC 135 R and three Border 1/35 tanks, Leopard 2A6 (Ukraine), Merkava 2D and early Tiger 1 are now available. 
Ready for a road trip? Mark says the Philadelphia Navy Yard has a drydock tour of the USS New Jersey. Mr. K told us the Cherry Point Air Show is May 11&12. 
Closer to home,  Julio arranged a modeler's meet-up for May 25th at Pier 57.
In-progress and completed work included: S-67 Blackhawk (Vaughn explained how the S-67 Blackhawk and the UH-60 Black Hawk got their names), Mi 4, Puckish vignette, Sherman Jumbo, D-day bunker diorama (with a twist?), Me-410, 77 Ford van, 97 Ford F-150, P-36, SdKfz 251/1, Stummel, Phantom (Hellenic AF), F-104 (Belgian AF) and Schwimmwagen. Acquisitions included: XXXG-OOWO- Wing Gundam and F-18 (with aftermarket decals from CAM). 
Old and new tips were thrown around during the meeting- Tamiya air brush thinner will glue styrene,  tree branches can be made by coating a wire armature with matte medium and sawdust, highlighting the ID letter on each sprue is helpful when building kits with many sprues, soak resin parts overnight in Dawn dish washing liquid before assembly and don't put Alclad clear over Tamiya. 
The topic was building outside your comfort zone. Comfort zones could be categories (armor, aircraft, etc), media (resin, vacuform, paper) or static v moving (think railroad layouts). Most of us have tried and liked building outside our cz (unless there's a lot of road wheels). It seems like a lot of car models went into storage once it came time to paint. 
The next meeting is Tuesday,  4/30/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.


Friday, April 12, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: April 9, 2024

Twelve people attended. We welcomed Alyssa, an aircraft modeler from Massachusetts with a special interest in helicopters. 

There's no Tuesday Zoom next week as the in-person meeting is Friday the 19th. Doors open around 6pm and the meeting starts around 7:30. It's Work in Progress night. Details are in the Bulletin, which is in the mail. 
Lou reports Academy's 1/144 EC 121, 1/72 Leopard 2 A-4 and 1/35 USMC M4-A2 are available. 
Several club members went to Mosquitocon last Saturday. Charlie's F-8 Crusader placed. Gordon's photos are on the BPMS Facebook page. Thanks, Gordon. 
In progress and completed work included: S-67 Blackhawk, M117 Guardian, Jaguar E, Schwimmwagen and Cthulhu. Acquisitions included: MG RX77 Gundam conversion, Zvezda 1/48 Mi-8, C130A book and Bandai 1/48 T34/76. 
Frank C was our tool man this week. His find was two inexpensive photoetch saws from AliExpress. The offset blades are about 1.5" long, just right for those hard-to-reach places. This led to a discussion on how to get discounts from AliExpress. 
The featured topic was dealing with ejector pin marks. Although Lou knew a guy who used a hot screwdriver, most of us either cut them down or fill them flush. To cut, we use rotary tools, blades, micro saws, files, sanding sticks and custom-made sanding blocks. For fillers, we use proprietary (Tamiya, AK, Vallejo, etc.) modeling putties, automotive glazing putty, modeling epoxy putties and sprue dissolved in glue. While pin marks that can't be seen are usually left alone, some exposed marks are intentionally overlooked (once you convince yourself they look like structural details). 
The next meeting is Friday, 4/19/24 at the Community Center, in Brooklyn. No invites needed. Hope to see you there. 

Saturday, April 06, 2024

MosquitoCon 32 Photos

Photo report for MosquitoCon 32. I had taken 1 photographs of almost every model entry prior to 12pm. Totaling over 450 photos. Some photos of models are not cluster together with it's category since I had to go back for some late entries. Please see the link below for the gallery.


BPMS Members at MosquitoCon 32

It was a great day for us at MosquitoCon in Wayne, NJ. We did some shopping, touring the models in the contest area and then off to lunch. It's like tradition that we all met up at Grasshopper Too, a near by pub for lunch. Today I had also taken almost a photo of ever model entry prior to 12pm. I'll have the gallery up soon. To our buddies entering the contest, good luck! 

Friday, April 05, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: April 2nd, 2024

Fifteen people attended the meeting.

Mosquitocon is this Saturday, April 3, in Wayne NJ. The flyer is on the BPMS Facebook page. The page, btw, is 14 years old according to Gordon and it has a surprising number of followers. 

Lou reports Trumpeter's 1/16 SdKfz 251/22 and 1/35 18-ton Flakwagen are available. Jimmy posted some new kits (mostly Tigers this time) on our Facebook page. 

Gordon told us about Model Colors, an app that keeps track of your paint, among other things. Joe U uses a similar app, paintRack. 

In-progress and completed work included: B-26, S-67 Blackhawk, Jagdtiger (just the engine but at 1/16 it's a kit in itself), Marylin Monroe bust (Kevin used pastels for highlights and confirmed the 'shadow switching sponge' Gil told us about last month really removes pastels from paint brushes), Bishop sp artillery, Flint's Car 2077 (3D printed Flintstone car of the future) and Schwimwagen. Acquisitions included: Leprechaun figure, 'Female Warrior with Useless Armor' figure and stainless-steel cutting mats for camouflage masks. 

We heard from people we missed last week. Don was introduced to scale modeling by his uncle, a lens maker whose work ranged from WW2 bombsights to a camera that went to the Moon. Frank C remembered his father getting him a Strombecker kit on a family vacation on Long Island. 

This week's tool was the Artist Brush Washer. It's for cleaning and drying brushes. It must be good, because it was "borrowed" almost immediately. 

The topic was working with worn-out expendables. We heard a lot about sandpaper. Everybody seems reluctant to replace theirs even though it's cheap, abundant and comes in sheets, discs, rolls and pads. We treat blades differently; Vaughn replaces them with every new kit, others do it as needed. Gil repurposes old blades into scrapers. Jimmy has a simple approach to expendables, buy cheap and stack deep. 

Next meeting is Tuesday 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 


Thursday, April 04, 2024

BPMS "Bulletin" - April 15, 2024 Meeting

Minutes from the March Meeting
Attendance: Members – 19, Guests – 1, Models – 16
President Tom Govia gaveled the meeting to order at 8:00PM.
Business: The Manhattan Group Model Build on 2/24 was quite a success. Julio reminds us that there will be another meetup later this spring
•There is still time to Pledge a build to build for the end of the year.
•Next month is WIP Night. Take what’s on your work table and bring it in.
•Dues now due! $35 pp
•The Meeting reconvened at 8:40PM for a raffle. There were 10 winners.
•A show and tell of the models on the display tables. There were plenty of GREEN MODELS for the theme.
•Jim T. gave a demo on his new “cordless” airbrush. He says it has a .3 needle, and can operate for at least 30 minutes before it needs a recharge. Recharging, he says takes under 15 minutes. See images below.
•The meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM
April Activities:
  • WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT: This would be a good time to show us where you are with your Pledge Model or anything / everything that's on your work bench!

Meeting date:

April 19, 2024

Location: BBSC

Business starts at 8PM, but members are at the facility by 6PM. Feel free to join us early!   
Download the FULL BPMS Bulletin in PDF format HERE.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: March 26, 2024

The good news is that 20 people attended. The bad news is that there wasn't enough time for everyone to speak. Apologies to those we missed.

Mark read the nominations for Bobby P for IPMS Member of the Year and BPMS for Chapter of the Year. Several people gave spontaneous testimonials about Bobby's dedication to BPMS, his efforts to attract and welcome new members and his commitment to the hobby. There were testimonials about BPMS, too - It's not a club, it's a bunch of friends - It's not cliquish - You meet people from all walks of life - and my favorite - We're not IPMS, we're BPMS (no offense to the national organization). 

Noreastcon was last Saturday. Many club members were there. Charlie, Kosta and Gordon placed. Gordon also took a lot of pictures. A link is posted on the club's Facebook page.
In progress and completed work included: Wazbom Blastajet and another Warhammer vehicle (you’ll have to ask Angelo what it is), Nurse Price bust (from American Werewolf in London), Marylin Monroe bust (Kevin is trying out a pink and purple painting technique he saw on the Groundeffected YouTube channel), Dr. Doom bust, F- 6F, Ilyushin Il-2, Stuka, Typhoon, Buffalo, and Little Red Wagon (updated version). 

It was a good night for tools and tips. Gil introduced us to the paint puck, a silicone disc for cleaning paint brushes and Michael showed us that the Dyson vacuum with the green laser can be used to check the floor for missing parts. He also showed us how he used Tamiya Compound and a carefully bent staple to remove overspray from the interior of a sealed canopy. 

We remembered the people who introduced us to scale modeling. Fathers, brothers (who can forget those wind up Zoids?), friends and neighbors either taught us how to make models or encouraged us to build more. One self-motivated builder started making models from cardboard before the age of five, while others found the hobby later in life. Who knows, maybe the BPMS website, Facebook page or Zoom meeting will be someone's introduction to the hobby? Which reminds me, the next meeting is Tuesday, 4/2/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. Tell us how you spent April Fool's Day. 


Saturday, March 23, 2024

Photo coverage for 2024 NOREASTCON 52

First thing, congratulations to all the participants who won a place or award at the Region 1 contest and applauses to all the contestants. 

Second, a shout out and big round of applause to our BPMS member, Charlie N. and Kosta, for winnng Bronze. Big congratulation as well to Bobby P. who had been picked IPMS Northeast Region Member of the Year and we are honored to be selected as Chapter of the Year! 
In addition, I am grateful to had placed Silver in 1/100 Gundam category. 

The turnout of entries was good dispite the harsh weather. I had taken over 300 photos of entries at the contest. The photos are stored in a google photo album for anyone interested. Link is below.


Thursday, March 21, 2024

BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting Report: March 19, 2024

Fifteen people attended the meeting. We heard that Vallejo paints have changed their packaging and formulations. They've also introduced Triads. Details will be in the next Bulletin. 
Noreastcon is this Saturday, the 23rd, at the Freeport Recreation Center. It’s a good opportunity to catch up with old friends, see a bunch models and spend a bunch of money. Also, they're looking for help with judging. 
Lou reported three 'I Like Kits' kits were available: Arlighe Burke DDG (1/200), M-48A1 and M-48A5 (1/35). Jimmy has posted several new kits on the club's Facebook page. Full disclosure, most of them are SdKfz 234/2 Pumas. 
In-progress and completed work included: S-67 Blackhawk (Vaughn's first resin kit), Dodge A-100 with Jimmy Flintstone body (Gil's latest resin kit), 3D printed Shredder figure (from TMNT), Clicker (from Last of Us), espresso can-based robot (ask Julio), Nurse Price bust (from American Werewolf in London) and Schwimmwagen. Acquisitions included: Challenger 1-Mk3 and Billy Sole bust (from Predator). 
Using two screws, Gil attached a hacksaw blade to a board and made a tool to cut sheets of sandpaper evenly. We also saw that a plant clamp is good tool for holding/clamping thin or cylindrical parts. 
We finished up with a discussion of things we do to increase productivity. Some people prefer building on a regular schedule (mornings or evenings), others build whenever time permits (including time spent on the phone on hold). Or, a session can be a reward for completing a routine (aka non-modeling) task. Some assemble two or three kits at a time, then paint them in one session to save set up /clean up time. Some say that having music, tv, or podcasts (Kevin mentioned Model Club TV on YouTube) playing in the background makes them more productive. Probably the best way to ensure productivity is to have a deadline. Fortunately, we have one, 6/21/24 and it will be here sooner than you think. 
The next meeting is Tuesday, 3/26/24 at 7:30 pm. Frank C will send the invites. 

Friday, March 08, 2024

BPMS "Bulletin" - March 15, 2023 Meeting

Minutes from the February Meeting
Attendance: Members – 20, Guests – 2, Models – 20
President Tom Govia gaveled the meeting to order at 7:50PM.
Business: Upcoming will be the Manhattan Group Model Build on 2/24
  • There is still time to Pledge a build to build for the end of the year.
  • September on the calendar has been filled. Thanks to the Nelsons. Look for Weathering Aircraft in the Autumn.
  • A new year brings the call for dues. $35 pp is due now.
  • Next month’s meeting will be the Decal swap, and Green Model night. Any model that’s green or has green in the name is welcome.
  • A break was called so the members could vote for their favs at the 1st quarter contest.
  • The Meeting reconvened at 8:40PM for a raffle. There were 11 winners.
  • A show and tell of the models on the display tables.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM
March Activities:
  • Decal Swap Night - bring in decals to sell, swap, or simply give away!
  • Green Model Night - bring in something that is in some way, shape, or form GREEN!

Meeting date:

March 15, 2024

Location: BBSC

Business starts at 8PM, but members are at the facility by 6PM. Feel free to join us early!   
Download the FULL BPMS Bulletin in PDF format HERE.

Thursday, March 07, 2024

March 5, 2024 - BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Fourteen people attended the meeting. No Tuesday Zoom next week, the in-person meeting is Friday, the 15th, at the Community Center in Brooklyn. Doors open around 6 pm, meeting starts around 7:30. The theme is green models. See the newsletter for more details. 
Noreastcon is Saturday, 3/23/24 at the Freeport Recreation Center.
Congratulations to Frank C for 50 years of IPMS membership.
In-progress and completed work included: Cartoon M4-A1, Hotel Transylvania Wolfman (sculpted by Kevin), Wildcat, Challenger, Schwimmwagen, Silk (3D printed figure), Jaguar (Indian Air Force conversion), 45 mm anti-tank gun and Vickers twin turret tank. Acquisitions included: SdKfz 251-1, flying Taxi (from The Fifth Element), S-67 Blackhawk (resin kit) and Cuthulhu.
Two tools this week. Gil told us about another dollar store find, the shadow switching sponge. Designed to clean makeup brushes, it's also good for cleaning brushes used to apply PanPastels or dry pastels. Bobby told us about a LED light strip and a LED light bar he got from Temu. Small and inexpensive, maybe they're just what you need for your workbench.
The featured topic was what do we look for in a model club. We want friendly, knowledgeable people with similar interests, not overly competitive, not cliquish and no egos. We also want comfortable meeting places with good seating/table arrangements and clubs where people actually build kits and bring them to meetings.
Then we got to talking about BPMS. We liked that it's based on friendship, not hierarchy, liked pizza night and BBQ night, liked to see what people will build next and that there's always time for another question. Kevin summed it when he said there are many places to learn on line, but face to face is better.
Next meeting is Friday, 3/15/24, at the Community Center. No invites needed. Bring something green. Could be a model or could be cash, if you haven't paid your dues yet. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting: 02/27/2024

Sixteen people attended. We welcomed Emiliano, a modeler from Queens, who found us on Facebook. 
Lou reports Border Models' 1/35 IJN Akagi flight deck with Kate, Dragon's 1/72 M-142 Himars and Magic Factory's 1/700 Gerald R , Ford are available. Tamiya paint brushes #87014,015,016,017,018,028 #87045,046,047,048,049,050 
and #87227 are also available (get specifications online). Mr. K told us about Fire Scale paints and he mentioned several AK Interactive colors Kevin may find useful. 
Saturday's Pier 57 Meet-Up was very well attended. It was a good way to meet modelers who can't make it to our in-person meetings at the Community Center. Photos are on the club's Facebook page. Thanks again, Julio. 
Noreastcon will be Saturday, 3/23/24 at the Freeport Recreation Center. 
In progress and completed work included: B-26, Hawker Hurricane, Wolfman (Benicio Del Toro version), Universal Carrier, '65 Coronet, F-22 Raptor, Pzkw 2 F/G, Capt. Enoch figure (3D printed), Silk figure (Gil painted the flesh on the figure with flesh colored ink), Jagdpanther, T-80 (Kosta wanted 1/72 reactive armor, Jimmy told him where to find it), F-35 A, Crusader and Schwimmwagen. 
Acquisitions included: set of three Tiger 1s, set of three Hetzers, SdKfz 251/1, F-35B (Chuck's Italeri/Tamiya kit came with the wrong instructions), '49 Mercury, Red Knight of Vienna, Type 27 B sub, Chinese submarine and Spanish Tiburon submarine. 
The featured tool was a makeup brush holder, with suction cups. It stores brushes properly. It frees up space on the bench. It comes from the dollar store. 
The topic was bargains and where we found them. Chuck likes Westchester Trains and Hobbies, in Yorktown Heights and Julio likes Wiseguys Hobbies, in Williston Park. Both have online services, but each is worth visiting in person. Clearance/Estate/Going out of business sales are sources, but you have to look for them and act fast. Andys Hobby HQ recently had deals on Tiger 1s and Hetzers. Don finds bargains on AliExpress, but returns can be a problem. Frank was surprised to find a jet (not an F-4) for $10.00 on Amazon. He bought it and the following day the price had changed to $110.00. And don't forget Lou. If they make it, he can get it. 
Next meeting is Tuesday, 3/5/24 at 7:30pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

Friday, February 23, 2024

BPMS Group Build, NYC February 24, 2024


Thanks to Julio, there's another Modelers Meet-up in the Daffodil classroom at Pier 57 (25 11 Ave, near W15 St) in Manhattan this Saturday, the 24th, from noon to 5pm.


BPMS Zoom 2/20/23 Mini Meeting Report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. Thanks to Julio, there's another Modelers Meet-up in the Daffodil classroom at Pier 57 (25 11 Ave, near W15 St) in Manhattan this Saturday, the 24th, from noon to 5pm. It's free. All you have to bring is a model to build. 

We welcomed Jessica, a modeler from CT (and the new Secretary of the IPMS executive board) who told us about the swap/sell/make meetings her club holds to promote the hobby. Mark shared photos of Hudson Valley club members preparing for a make & take by test building kits they plan to distribute.
We saw several simple, inexpensive display bases. 

Don discussed the pros and cons of AliExpress, Mark observed that 0.170 vinyl tubing is the perfect size for decanting Tamiya's spray paint and Jimmy recalled how surgical gauze was turned into camouflage nets, back in the day. 

In-progress and completed work included: Hawker Hurricane, B-26, the Fly (Joe improved the control panel), Moon Suit, SdKfz 232, Challenger 2, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (from the 1951 Scrooge), Frankenstein's monster (as described in Mary Shelly's book), Hotel Transylvania Wolfman (Kevin's latest sculpture), Vickers twin turret tank, Falcon 10 and Chani (from Dune - Gil printed the 3D figure). Acquisitions included: Goliath and Assault Pioneers, Tankcraft books, Jaguar XKE, Ghost of Christmas Present, Gotha bomber and IJN Akagi Island/flight deck. 

The featured tool was a watch case knife. Designed to pry tight fitting pieces apart, it also works well as a seam scraper. 

The topic was what do you save at the end of the build and what do you salvage before trashing an old kit? Most of us save the extra/optional parts included in the kit. We save specific parts like canopies, cockpit components, ordnance, landing gear, wheels for aircraft and vehicles, tank tracks, decals, vehicle stowage and tools. We also save parts because of their shape or size. Tom G saves instructions, Chuck saves long, straight lengths of sprue. Many save figures from military vehicles although older figures don't meet today's standards. We salvage resin and well molded parts from kits headed for the trash. Most would save the boxes if they had room. Having a viking funeral for boxes was mentioned, but that was joke, right? I repeat, right? 

The next meeting is Tuesday, 2/27/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. Or at Pier 57. Or both. 


Monday, February 12, 2024

BPMS Meeting: February 16, 2024

Minutes from the January Meeting
Attendance: Members – 19, Guests – 1, Models – 10
Meeting was gaveled to order at 8:00PM.

New Business: In the absence of your editor, Bob P., your Activities Director steps up with the New Business.

Despite the foul weather, we kicked off 2024 impressively. Tom Govia took the president's seat and took command of his first meeting up front. Many members brought in models to sell, and plenty of those found new homes.

For FEBRUARY we have two activities. 

  1. First, it's time for the first quarterly contest of 2024. If you built something new for the LEGENDS theme contest, or have a model that hasn't competed in a previous quarterly contest, feel free to bring it in. 
  2. The second activity is the BPMS classic SHOW US YOUR TOOL. If you have a tool or process or source, etc. that the group might like to learn about, feel free to bring it in and tell us about it. Also, seven members have declared their model pledges for 2024. You can let me know what you select through APRIL.

Business starts at 8PM, but members are at the facility by 6PM. Feel free to join us early!  

Download the FULL BPMS Bulletin in PDF format HERE.



February 6, 2024, BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Eleven people attended. No Tuesday meeting next week, the in-person meeting is Friday, the 16th, at the Community Center. Doors open around 6 pm, meeting starts around 7:30 pm. Details are in the newsletter, which is in the mail.

Thanks to Julio for arranging the 2/24/24 Modeler's Meet Up at Pier 57 (11Ave & W15 St) in Manhattan. See the BPMS Facebook page for details. Noreastcon is Saturday 3/23/24 at the Freeport Recreation Center.

Bobby was happy to report he acquired a piece from the estate of hobby industry legend and early BPMS member Andy Yanchus. If you didn't know Andy, the Maxsmodels site has videos describing his work for Aurora and Marvel. 
Looking to attract new people to IPMS competitions, we talked about better ways to categorize Gundam et al, rather than lumping them into the Sci-fi/Fantasy category. Your suggestions are welcome.

In progress and completed work included: Water Taxi, Aerial Hunter Killer (from Terminator 2), four versions of Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, Pebbles Flintstone, SdKfz 232, P-47, Me-262, Brewster Buffalo, Chani (from Dune) and FR-8G Crusader. Acquisitions included: Moderoid (from Robocop 2) and OV-10.

This week's tool was DAP plastic wood filler. It adheres well to resin (not so well to plastic) and is good for filling large gaps with minimal shrinkage.

We discussed our oldest models and how some fell victim to firecrackers and decluttering (often involuntary). While glow in the dark Godzilla, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, an Airfix Chieftain and a Porsche 914 may only be memories, these have kits survived: F-14 Tomcat, UH-60, 1976 Ford Econoline van, Matchbox F-5, Italeri Phantom, Esci F -16, Aurora Bismarck and Aurora Panther. They're dusty, but they're still here.

Next meeting is Friday, 2/16/24. No invites needed. Contest entry and tool are recommended. Confused? Read the newsletter.