Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Here are the arrangements so far. We have a room at the 56th Fighter Squadron for Saturday, April 28. The cost, tax and tip, is around $30 per person. A cash bar will be available for those who want to have a drink. We were none too soon in making the arrangement. The room we used last time was already booked; however, there is another very nice room on the first floor which we will be able to use from 1pm to 5pm. The food will be available, buffet style, at 1:30 pm.
• Salad-Tossed garden salad or tomato mozzarella salad
• Entree- Chicken marsala, or penne a la vodka, or sliced steak with mushroom
• Dessert-Cheesecake or chocolate mousse
• Unlimited coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
Please note that wives, girlfriends, and significant others are welcome! Please let the officers know whether or not members’ guests are interested and at the next meeting. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 IPMS/USA Convention Update

Guys & Gals,

Info about the upcoming 2012 IPMS/USA Convention.
Please note the trophy & special award sponsorship information, which is brand-new.

At this time there is no space for displays, including SIGs, however they are working the configuration to see what they can do.
If your SIG has a strong interest in a display, send me what you might want in table space and I'll see what they can do for you.

John Ratzenberger
IPMS/USA SIG Coordinator

Hello fellow modelers from sunny Florida. All of us here at the 2012 IPMS/USA National Convention Committee hope that everyone is having a good new year so far. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this August for a great convention. There are many updates that we would like to pass along to everyone, so here they are.

Convention Hotels : We have almost 3000 room nights booked at this time. The main convention hotel is sold out, but we do have an overflow hotel that is just a short monorail ride away. You can still access the hotel registration by clicking here http://mydisneymeetings.com/internationalplasticmodelers/27e86b08af424210vgnvcm100000d864a8c0rcrd . If there is an issue booking on line you may have to call the Disney with the number provided within the online registration page.

Also if you have already made a reservation and are planning on flying in, please do not forget to register with Disney's Magical Express for your transportation from the airport to the hotel. This would be done once you book your flight. You can click here to go straight to the page http://mydisneymeetings.com/internationalplasticmodelers/27e86b08af424210vgnvcm100000d864a8c0rcrd

For attendees that will be staying off property, we will be releasing information in regards to parking in the very near future. Please stay tuned.

Vendor Room : At this time the vendor room is almost sold out. We do have a few tables remaining. If you have an interest in being a vendor, please click here http://ipms2012.org/Vendors/vendors.html . We also have a list of vendors on our website if you are interested. Guys and gals, time to start saving your money.

You will also be able to ship all your vendor room purchases from the convenient shipping store located right in the convention center.

Convention Registration : Is up and running at this time. Just click here to go directly to the site http://ipms2012.org/Registration/registration.html . You can either register online or by mail.

We encourage everyone to pre-register for the show as this will speed up the process of getting your name badges and convention packets to you.

Also please remember that to enter models in the contest you have to be an up to date IPMS member through the convention. IPMS will be on site to do this or to take new memberships, but if you can have all this taken care of prior to arriving at the convention it will expedite your convention experience.

The tours, t-shirts, extra convention pins and the banquet all also available.

Let me take a minute to discuss the banquet. Hopefully everyone will take the opportunity to attend the banquet. We understand that it is a little more than any other banquets in IPMS history, but the food is phenomenal. We had an opportunity to sit down and sample each menu item for the banquet and I truly believe that the quality and quantity of the food is superb. Chef's created the menu and they also prepare it. Not your typical rubber chicken type banquet meal. Wait a minute. You have a special dietary need. When you register, please make a note of it and your dietary need will be passed on to Disney and they will accommodate it for you.

Trophy Sponsorship : We have opened up trophy sponsorship at this time. If you or the club that you belong to would like to sponsor an award, here is the link that will take you to the page http://ipms2012.org/Contest/Trophies/trophies.html . We would like to thank you for your support with this.

Special Awards : If you have an interest in sponsoring a special award at the 2012 IPMS/USA National Convention, please click on this link http://ipms2012.org/Contest/Trophies/trophies.html . The deadline for this is June 1,2012.

Thank You for your time. We look forward to seeing you August 8 -11, 2012.

Mike Van Schoonhoven
Convention Chairman

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Resuming Troop Support

Resumption of Troop Support: Though we still do not have an overseas Point of Contact for Troop Support, the IPMS-USA web site now has a POC for support to the Wounded Warrior center in San Antonio (see below for details). I've already sent one box to support this effort and will be sending more. The donation bin will be making its reappearance at the January meeting. As a side note, since don't have to ship through the APO/FPO system, we can now send enamel paints.

From the IPMS-USA website (http://www.ipmsusa.org/):
Several IPMS members have, since 2009-2010, been organizing and managing a domestic "point of contact", that being the Warrior Family Support Center and Center for the Intrepid located in San Antonio, Tx at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), Ft. Sam Houston, Tx. Troops are sent to BAMC for treatment and rehabilitation at the Center For the Intrepid. In some cases the troops remain onsite for up to 12 months. BAMC and the Center for the Intrepid are known as being among the elite medical facilities in the world for treatment and injuries received in a combat zone.
Through the generosity of hundreds of IPMS members, IPMS chapters, and modelers, the Warriors stationed at BAMC have received models, tools, books, movies, and other hobby related items through the IPMS Wounded Warriors Chapter.
For additional information about BPMS troop support activity - select the "Supporting the Troops" tag.
For additional information about IPMS troop support activity - select "Supporting the Troops"

Monday, January 09, 2012

Bulletin - January 2012

T H E  M I N U T E S
by Bobby Pokorny
December was a great meeting with an amazing showing to close out the 2011. We had 29 members and 1 guest who brought in a 27 models for the theme contest.

December Meeting
MONOGRAM THEME CONTEST: We had a great showing for the contest. Winners will be announced at the next meeting.

DINNERS AND ANNIVERSARIES: We continued discussions regarding the 40th Anniversary Celebration. We’re leaning towards the 56th Fighter Group, like we did 10 years ago.

AWARDS & HOLIDAY DESSERTS: First things first, on December 6th we held our annual Holiday Dinner. We had over a dozen members congregate at Sweik in Brooklyn. We were as pleased with the food and drink as we’ve been for years now.
Then came the December meeting. We had the MONOGRAM THEME CONTEST, which had a great showing. More details below.

We had the results of the annual contest. So here are the winners as YOU voted for them!
HM: Richard Berner, Tomasz Kalata, Frank Tripoli
3rd: Frank Colucci
2nd: Hugh Alcock
1st: Charlie Nelson

HM: Joe Bergman, Kosta Lukyano
3rd: Ed Johnson, Howell Serkin
2nd: Bob Epley
1st: Frank Tripoli

HM: Ed Johnson, Bill Murphy
3rd: Kamila Lukyano
2nd: Bob Elpey
1st: Joe Bergman

HM: Ed Johnson
3rd: Charlie Nelson
2nd: Phil Benson
1st: Bill Murphy

HM: Bill Murphy
3rd: Hugh Alcock
2nd: Gordon Cheung
1st: Ray Keegan

3rd: Phil Benson
2nd: Kevin App
1st: Joe Bergman

1Q: Tomasz Kalata – Brewster Buffalo
2Q: Hugh Alcock – Spitfire Mk I
3Q: Joe Bergman – Big Creech
4Q: Joe Bergman – Monster Scene
Tomasz Kalata – P-39D-1BE Airacobra


On behalf of the BPMS, I would like to thank all the members who participated in the contests, sponsors of the theme contests, members who contributed to the desserts, etc. Without members pitching in and helping out, the club couldn’t exist.

You can see pics from each meeting either at the Club Website or on the Photo-Blog: http://gmobile17.blogspot.com/

On the agenda: January
MODEL PLEDGE 2012: The pledge worked out pretty well in 2011, so we’re starting it up again. Remember, it’s NOT a contest, we’re only trying to inspire more members to build! Details below.

KIT SALE: Bring models to sell or trade. You might want to bring some money too. You never know what might show up on the block!

2012 MODEL PLEDGE: It seemed that we kept the concept entirely too loose for members tastes last year so we tightened them up a little in 2011 and it was a success. Just bring in an unbuilt model between January and March 2012 to declare as your pledge model. Please have it finished for the OCTOBER MEETING, 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!

As we enter 2012, there are some things that I would like to say. I couldn’t be more proud to continue being an officer for this fine organization especially with such a major milestone as our 40th anniversary is coming up. So I’m sponsoring the first Theme contest of the year to mark just that. If anyone wants to join me, feel free to contact me.

TECHNOLOGY. I mentioned last month that it appears more of our members are connected to modern technology than ever before. I mentioned that while dues have barely gone up since the inception of the BPMS, everything else in the world has. I suggested that members could help save the club money by getting all the club news from our website. All the news from this Bulletin also appears about a week before the club meeting on the site. If you want to take that route, you can speak to Jeff or me, as we do the mailings.

CONTEST CATEGORIES. Last month I was asked about dioramas. Dioramas are a hot spot for discussion in any contest. What exactly makes a diorama? The rule I’ve always quoted from IPMS is, “One or more models depicted in a scene that tells some story.” For the purpose of the BPMS, we only have five categories and we keep them loose for interpretation. If you build a diorama that fits neatly into one of the other categories (Air, Armor, Figures, Sea, Sci-Fi) you can feel free to place it in that category. If you feel it doesn’t fit in any of the above, we have Miscellaneous. Our contest structure has worked so well over the years because it’s so relaxed. Remember, anytime you have a question on anything, feel free to speak with any of the officers or senior members. We’re all happy to assist!

May 2012 be a banner year for the BPMS! Go build a model!

Our next meeting will be on
JANUARY 20, 2012
Same time, Same place!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

IPMS Sanctioned Events 2012


Sanctioned Events

3/18/2010 MASSCAR IPMS MASSCAR Taunton, MA

3/25/2012 ValleyCon IPMS Wings & Wheels Chicopee, MA

3/31/2012 Fleet Ops IPMS Mid-Hudson/HVHMG Hopewell Jct,NY

4/1/2012 DownEastCon IPMS Southern Maine Saco, Me

4/15/2012 BuffCon IPMS Niagara Frontier Cheektowaga, NY

4/21/2012 CanAmCon IPMS Champlain Valley Plattsbutgh, NY

5/5-6/2012 NOREASTCON IPMS Long Island SMS Farmingdale, NY

9/28-29/2012 IPMS AMPSEAST Northeast Mil.Mod. Assoc. Danbury, CT

10//7/2012 Model Festival IPMS Igor Sikorsky Milford, CT

10/20/2012 HVHMG IPMS Mid Hudson Poughkeepsie, NY

10/21/2012 GraniteCon IPMS Granite State Nashua, NH

11/10/2012 LIARS Long Island Auto Rep. Soc. Freeport, NY

NON Region 1
4/7/2012 MosquitoCon IPMS New Jersey (Reg 2) Wayne, NJ

8/8-11/2012 IPMS USA National Convention IPMS Pelikan Orlando, FL