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Monday, December 21, 2020

12/31/2020 Zoom mini meeting

Final Zoom of 2020!

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

12/17/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. Zoom was generous, allowing the meeting to run as long as we wanted. In this case about an hour and a half. Maybe we'll get more time for the New Year's Eve Meeting. Remember, there's no meeting next Thursday. In progress and completed work included: SH 3, yacht America, F5E, Pz Kw 38t, AA Crusader, M1151, Phantom of the Opera, Monitor and Merrimack, Su 122, Wappen Von Hamberg, Woodpecker, 58 Edsel, Viper Mk 2. One in progress item we heard about but didn't see was a 3-D printed, 30" tall Kraken. Hopefully we'll have photos soon. We saw several acquisitions: Discovery, Galileo (the shuttlecraft, not the astronomer), Dakota, snow mobile dragster, Johnny Quest Dragonfly, Ki 79b, F 35A. Much of the meeting was spent discussing decals, from basics like using shallow, rather than deep, trays for water, to burnishing tools and silicone tipped clay shapers. Designed for shaping clay (duh?), they're useful for positioning decals and applying putty. Sponge cloth and cosmetic wedges are good for blotting and conforming decals to irregular surfaces. Some people use Microset AND Micro Sol, some just use Micro Sol and others use Solvaset. Instead of applying decals over a gloss coat, try polishing the area with coffee filter paper, place the decal then overcoat. Yellowed decals can be restored by taping them to an east facing window for about two weeks. Watch out for condensation on the window. Old and fragile decals can be strengthened with a decal bonding spray. Our next meeting is 12/31/20. Join us at 8 pm to say good riddance to 2020. Invites to follow. Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night. 

~Russ

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

12/17/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting - featured topic: decals

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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 topic: Decals (if you would like to join in, please have a couple couple words prepared and maybe even some pics to share!

12/10/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. Traditional modelers will be happy with two new releases, USS Enterprise (CVN 65, not NCC 1701) and F 100. Adventurous modelers will be happy with foldable 3d printed tanks. Look for the folding Tiger 1 video on YouTube. In a smaller scale, it would make a nice "tank in a bottle" display. In progress and completed work included: Panther A, F117, M 10, PzKw 38T, Viper Mk 2, Sopwith Camel,  Hurricane (which will soon have an instruction sheet, thanks to a helpful modeler), Mustang (car, not plane), Rubicon  (Jeep, not river), Jekyll/Hyde, MiG 25, MiG 27 and Chuck Yeager's Bell X1.  Despite Santa's imminent arrival, we continue to get more stuff: Si 204 A conversion set, Subaru Brat, Alpha jet, F 8 Crusader and Cadillac Escalade.  We saw new tools: airbrush holder, watchmaker's vice, precision glue/paint applicators. We talked about Tamiya panel paint and Gaia metal paints. And, one week later, we saw pictures from another club's "Turkey Challenge", where contestants have four days to build a model. Entries included: HMS Astute, B 24J, P 51, BA 6, Universal Carrier,  SWAT(ish) team figures, Sherman, M3 Grant, V2 and Hanomag, SR 71 and the Hunley. It's surprising to see how much quality work can be done in four days. Thanks, Mark. Next week's featured topic is decals. Everyone is invited to contribute. What were your best, worst or most complicated markings? How did you restore old decals? What setting solutions work/don't work? Your favorite aftermarket decals? Tell your horror stories and use pictures, if you're not easily embarrassed. Next meeting is 12/17/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.
 
~Russ

 

Monday, December 07, 2020

12/10/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting details

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

12/03/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Seventeen people attended the meeting. In Club news, our charter has been renewed. In industry news, two new releases were reported, a Panzer 3N from Takom and a MiG 29 from some other company. As for in progress and completed work, we saw The Invisible Man (sorry, couldn't resist), Jekyll/Hyde, Lancaster, F 117, MiG 15, P 40 E, B 36 and a 3D printed Mandalorian. Acquisitions included an 8/1 scale human tooth (with interior), Si 204, Taurus SHO and the Wappen Von Hamburg. We heard that two of our local hobby shops, Rudy's in Astoria and Brownie's in Staten Island, are still open. Check the hours before you go. The tool demonstrated this week was Infini's Easycutting Matte. A simple idea but very useful to quickly cut masking tape into straight or curved strips, or other complex shapes. Thanks, Gil. The featured topic, assembly/painting sequences for tracked vehicles was illustrated with photos and live shots. Masking road wheels, with either kit-specific aftermarket masks or a circle template, produces good results and makes painting less tedious. Tracks, particularly multi part, individual, nonworkable links can be tedious, too. Workable tracks in metal, resin or plastic, cost extra but greatly simplify track installation and hey, how much is your time worth? We didn't forget about vinyl tracks and discussed various ways to join and install them. Thanks, Tom and Jimmy. In the last minute (literally) of the meeting we saw the first photo of a quick build contest the Hudson Valley Club organized for Thanksgiving. Thanks, Mark. We'll see the rest of them next week, so don't forget to join us on 12/10/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. 

~Russ

Saturday, November 21, 2020

12/03/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting featured topic: painting/assembly sequence for tracked vehicles

Our next meeting will be on DECEMBER 3rd, 2020!
  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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 topic: painting/assembly sequence for tracked vehicles

11/19/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Nineteen people attended the meeting. Just one new release reported, a MiG 21PF in 1/72 by Eduard. In progress and completed work included: Saab 29 Tunnan, El Camino with trail bike, VW Baja Bug, Offshore oil platform, Creature from the Black lagoon, General Zod and Ursa, MK 3 Crusader, B36 (1/144), Prowler(1/144), T 55 Enigma. New acquisitions included: USN Cleveland, H34 Choctaw, JU 126-127. We had a full agenda, starting with a step-by-step description of the casting process, including casting bed fabrication, materials used, effect of temperature and humidity, mold release agents, minimizing air bubbles (in case you don't have a vacuum chamber or pressure pot). Thanks, William and thanks to the other guys who shared their considerable experience in casting. We also talked about brush painting. What's best, synthetic or natural hair? What are the advantages of the different shapes? What's the best way to clean a brush? Notice I'm not giving you the answers. That's not to be a wise guy, it's to encourage meeting attendance. Speaking of meetings, the next one is in TWO WEEKS. Invites to follow. Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving. 


~Russ

Sunday, November 15, 2020

11/19/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting info

Time: Nov 19, 2020

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST (US and Canada)
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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(s): brushes and brush painting techniques, and home casting if Bill is able to make the meeting. 

We look forward to seeing you!

11/12/2020 Zoom mini meeting report

Twenty people attended the meeting. No new kit releases reported this week. 

 IPMS/BPMS MEMBERS ONLY: The charter is up for renewal. Please provide your membership # and expiration date to Frank C as soon as possible. Thanks in advance. 

Also, BPMS was asked about sponsoring a trophy package for the 2021 Nationals (assuming they are held). Votes will be taken at a future meeting. We had an update on the Community Center. The building and the grounds remain closed and are likely to remain that way into the start of 2021. That led to a discussion on the Christmas lunch and it looks like that'll be postponed too, unless someone can find a restaurant that can accommodate us. Any thoughts? 

There was a lot of in progress and completed work: Panther A, Cthulhu, steampunk fish submarine, EA 6 Prowler, F 117, Nosferatu, Celtic noble, Crown Victoria, FW 190, P 40, MiG 15, El Camino, DH 88 Comet, Yak 55, the Hulk, Stug 4, Brumbar, Opel Blitz, Stalin tank. We saw a demonstration of the Dspiae ball bearing pin vice, pricey maybe, but comfortable to use and inexpensive bits are readily available. We also had a well-illustrated talk on "Liquid Gravity" including tools and techniques needed to get it to stay where you want it. Hopefully we'll have more demonstrations at the next meeting which is Nov. 19 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Saturday, November 07, 2020

11/12/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting

Time: Nov 12, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

11/5/20 BPMS Zoom meeting report and a socially distanced model show

Fifteen people attended the meeting. For weeks, we've been wondering when in-person shows will resume. Some say this October, some say next year. But that wasn't good enough for the dedicated and creative modelers of the Hudson Valley Club, so they organized a small, outdoor show. Pictures of the venue, models, winners and awards are attached. Safety protocols and judging rules are also attached, in case you want to host your own Covidcon. Thanks, Marc. Only one new release, a 1/350 USS Birmingham from Very Fire. In progress and completed work included: F 106, Delorian (with flux converter), Offshore Oil Platform, Corsair, Hurricane, Panther A. There were some interesting aircraft acquisitions: Edgley EA 7 Optica, Victory 357 Ekranoplan, B36 (1/144). The Tool Demonstration featured the DISPAIE STA single blade nipper, when to use it and, equally important, when not to use it. The blade is thin and is intended for fine work only. And while we didn't have an actual demonstration, several people talked about using ac/usb powered miniature rotary tools. They're lightweight, relatively inexpensive and widely available. These demonstrations generate a lot of useful information. I hope we're able to do them on a regular basis. The meeting ended with a clinic on preparing 3D printed resin and monofilament parts. We saw and discussed clean up, priming and assembly techniques. Next meeting is Nov 12 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Speaking of meetings, you may have noticed that Thanksgiving is on Thursday (duh) and so is Christmas Eve. Since these are traditional family holidays and since BPMS is a family friendly club, I suggest we skip the meetings for those two weeks. Thursday New Year's Eve is another matter. You can have plenty of family time between the end of the meeting and the ball drop. Just saying. See you next week.

~Russ

Friday, October 30, 2020

11/5/20 meeting Featured Topic: Prepping 3D printed items

Time: Nov 5, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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: Prepping 3D printed items hosted by Bobby and Joe


10/29/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. For some reason, one person couldn't be re admitted to the second session. Did someone annoy Cthulhu? The meeting started with the status of model shows. Northestcon could be moved to May or October. The Hudson Valley Show could be moved to the last week in October. On the bright side, we heard that shows are being held in New Hampshire. Closer to home but not specifically model related, the spy museum in Manhattan has a good 007 display. If you need a pandemic souvenir, consider the "I wasn't there in 2020" convention tee shirt from AMPS. We heard of one new release, a 1/144 B52H from Lion's Roar and saw a new acquisition, Tamiya's 1/35 Marder 1( Lorraine chassis). In progress and completed work included: F4 in Greek markings, F 106, FW 189, FW 190, Stratocruser, Defiant target tug, Panther A, 96 (or 97) Ford Crown Victoria and MiG 15. Following up on the last meeting, we had a demonstration of the DSPIAE circle cutter and a discussion on electronic cutting machines like Cricut and Silhouette Cameo. We'll have more tool demonstrations in the coming weeks. the meting ended with a lengthy session of airbrushes. Despite its age, the Pasche H is still the go to airbrush for many because it's easy to maintain and replacement parts are widely available. We also talked about Badger, Grex, Iwata and Iwata knock offs. We closed with airbrush related topics: 15 -20 psi recommended for most jobs, compressors with 1.5 gal. tanks are useful and the importance of taking all safety precautions when using cleaning solvents with hazardous components. Next meeting is Nov 5 at 8 pm. invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Sunday, October 25, 2020

10/29/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting info

Time: Oct 29, 2020

08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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?

10/22/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Ten people attended the meeting. While there wasn't  much industry news (one new release, the Discovery from Space Odyssey) we saw a lot of in progress and completed work including: El Camino, Stratocruser, Boultan Paul Defiant target tug, Tu 16 Badger, FW Ta 283, Jagdpanther (with paper zimmerit), Panther A (with decal zimmerit), Creature from the Black Lagoon, Gill Woman, and "Buddy Cthulhu". We had a wide ranging discussion - using a UV light designed to dry nail polish for curing paint, plastic canopy masks vs. paper/tape masks, wheel masks made with a circle compass, another tool (details needed) to cut thin circles for masks, removing dust from models with a 50/50 mix of Murphy's Oil Soap and water,  Vallejo premium acrylics, Liquid Gravity, lead putty, dealing with Ali Express and, as an unexpected bonus, informative Q&A sessions on 3D printing and creating photo etch items. Next meeting is 10/29/20  at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

~Russ

Saturday, October 17, 2020

10/22/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

10/15/2020 BPMS zoom mini meeting report

Thirteen people attended the meeting. Having a moderator kept things moving along. Maybe that's why Zoom didn't terminate the meeting after 40 minutes? [We still need to smooth out some of the rough edges, but it was a solid meeting with good and educational content. Thanks to the members for participating and Mr Kaza for telling us how he uses nail polish to paint his models.] Thanks again, Frank. The next meeting is 10/ 22/20 at 8 pm. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ [Additions by Bobby]

Sunday, October 11, 2020

10/15/20 BPMS Weekly Zoom Mini-Meeting

Topic: BPMS 10/15/20 Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 15, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern 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)

New Meeting Format:

  1. Club and Industry News (10 min) Talk about other clubs, new releases, status of shops and on-line vendors. 
  2. Individual Updates (20 min) Moderator calls on each person and gives them a minute, if they want it, to discuss what they're working on. Feel free to ask questions, but don't change the topic. Think of it as the "talk about your model" part of the meeting.  
  3. Open Discussion (50 min) Talk about techniques or equipment, share photos of contests, museums or your favorite model or share your knowledge in a clinic.

On the agenda:

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

10/08/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

We've been holding weekly Zoom meetings for seven months and it's safe to say we know how Zoom works. It's also safe to say a simple Agenda would make the meeting move more smoothly, eliminating dead air and cross talk. So here it is: 

Item 1- Club and Industry News (10 min) Talk about other clubs, new releases, status of shops and on-line vendors. 

Item 2- Individual Updates (20 min) Moderator calls on each person and gives them a minute, if they want it, to discuss what they're working on. Feel free to ask questions, but don't change the topic. Think of it as the "talk about your model" part of the meeting. 

Item 3 - Open Discussion (50 min) Talk about techniques or equipment, share photos of contests, museums or your favorite model or share your knowledge in a clinic. 

As for last week's meeting, fourteen people attended. In progress and completed work included: Tu 16, F4, MiG 21, F 22, F 35, Panther A, T55, Nuclear Powered Flying Wing, Lenticular Reentry Vehicle, Ka 25. New acquisitions included: Bell X22, Hiller X18, 67 Impala, 77 Monaco with Joker figure and another Cthulhu. We saw an impressive (1/6 scale?) 3D modeling project, Ray Harry Harryhausen, in his studio, filming some of his creatures with other creatures scattered around the room. Nice work, David. We also saw photos from the Chattanooga Nationals. Thanks, Mark. Next meeting is October 15. Invites to follow. Hope you can make it.

~Russ

Sunday, October 04, 2020

10/08/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

 And maybe the monthly raffle scheduled for last week but didn't happen because we got busy!

10/1/20 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Nineteen people attended the meeting. Some good news, Rudy's, in Astotria, is open again. Hours can vary. Check before you go. We saw a wide range of in progress and completed work: General Zod, Dracula, Quasimodo, Medusa, Corvette, Bronco, Moon Ship (aka Lunar Lander), P40 and Chezk crop duster. We saw newly acquired kits and tools: Ju EF 126, F 4e, Challenger 2, Ball Tank, He 70, FW 189, Rabelo (aka Portuguese wine boat), eyeglass mounted headlamp, and micro tweezer set. We discussed equipment - at least one guy still has a Mattel Vac-u-form - materials - 3D printed resin parts, electrically conductive paint- and fabrication - making  metal parts to replace warped resin ones. We'd be remiss not to thank the family of an old member, Don B, for donating his unbuilt kits to BPMS. Thanks as well to the guys who picked up the kits. Next meeting is October 8 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you then.

~Russ

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

10/01/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?
  • Raffle

9/24/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Fifteen people attended the meeting. If the Terminator, Aston Martin DB 5 and the other subscription models you've seen didn't impress you, maybe the1/200 scale  Bismarck we heard about - die cast hull, interiors, lighting , sounds and moving parts -  will. All you need is time, money and display space. Speaking of display, we saw a lot of completed and in progress work: F16I, Hurricane family, KA25, Mil 1, resin and 3D printed Cthulhus, Tu 95, Digno (with Gurkha), KV 85, Shermans (cast and welded hulls), CV 35, Flakpanzer, USS Louisiana, USS Massachusetts. We also discussed lighting sets, wire wheels and foam holders for boat hulls, car bodies and paint bottles.  Next meeting is October 1 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Assuming we have prizes, there will be a raffle . That's to remind you donations are always welcome. See you Thursday.

~Russ

Monday, September 21, 2020

9/24/20 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

09/17/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Thirteen people attended the meeting. New releases to watch for: 1/48 U2D, 1/35 Centurion w/plow, 1/350 Korean War vehicles, 1/32 Dambuster. In progress and completed work included: F 16I, Panther A, T 34 (the one with wings, not the one with tracks), Cessna Bird dog w floats, 58 Edsel, single seat and two seat Hurricanes. Members report good results ordering from Lucky Models, Hobby Easy and Scale Hobbyist. We discussed preparing photo etch for painting, how ammonia and acetone will damage your airbrush, good primers (Gunzie v Tamiya), model paint availability and, for a change of pace,  home renovations. The next meeting will be 9/24 20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

 
~Russ

Monday, September 14, 2020

09/17/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini-Meeting Details

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

09/10/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini-meeting report

Fourteen people attended the meeting. In progress and completed work included: F16I, FW 190, Ford P 68, Hurricane, Ka 25, Panther A and 1925 Model T. We continue to acquire new kits: Rafale, P51 (with 12 choices of markings) , 1956 Ferrari Lancia, 1914 Mercedes GP, Bisnovat SK1 and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Yes, that's a kit. We discussed various ways of applying zimmerit, who has the most airbrushes and why, how Tamiya's pink primer improves red final coats, sources for STL files/plans for 3D printed models, and the fun of looking for kits at Baseline Hobbies. Also, New London is hosting the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival this weekend, check their website for details. The next meeting is Sept 17 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Saturday, September 05, 2020

09/10/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

09/03/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Nineteen people attended the meeting including another BPMS alumni we haven't seen for a while. Welcome back, S. Speaking of coming back, I went to the Community Center to ask about plans to reopen. They haven't heard from the Parks Department and they don't think anything is going to happen or the foreseeable future. Outdoor meetings are also under Parks Department jurisdiction, so unless someone can find a restaurant with adequate social distancing or a location for tailgate meetings, we'll be Zooming for a bit longer. 

We learned Revell Germany released an Airbus 320 and 321 in 1/144 and Rye Field released an EZ8 Sherman and a Pz4 J (with interior). Some interesting acquisitions in 1/350 scale: 3D printed quad 40s and ship's crew members. Completed and in progress work included: F 100, Mandalorian & Baby Yoda, two Kingfishers, Albatros D5, Edsel, Terminator, Winged Dragon and Ogre with chains (Poor descriptions, admittedly, but I'm not a Fantasy guy), Me 262 night fighter, KV 85, Beach Bunny, Dingo and Panther A. We heard recommendations for micro brushes, wet palates and 3M Quick Dry Tacky & Easy Glue. Next meeting is Sept 10 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Have a nice Labor Day.
~Russ

Monday, August 31, 2020

09/03/2020 Weekly BPMS Zoom Mini-meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

08/27/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini-meeting Report

Thirteen people attended the meeting. In progress and completed work included: F 100, Northrup Nuclear Bomber, Cthulhu, Santa, Medusa, Perseus, Mandalorian, Supertanker, Panther A, M4A1 early, Flackpanzer, Pershing, Panther (with paper zimmerit), M32 recovery vehicle and Terminator plasma rifle. Judging by new acquisitions, we should be seeing some new car builds soon: Olsonite Eagle, Ford P68 and a 65 Chevy Impala. We discussed priming soft plastic figures with craft paint and 3D printing topics like the printed cockpit decals and tips on assembling 3D printed kits. We had the raffle and once again the winner was the one who donated the prize. Will it happen again next month? Donate something and see for yourself. The next meeting will be Sept 3 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Friday, August 21, 2020

08/20/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Seventeen people attended the meeting. Some good news, Willis Hobbies is back. They expect to have more inventory in September. If you go, tell us about it. In progress and competed work included: F5E, Panther A, Ae607, Nuclear Powered Flying Wing, P 39 trainer, C 117 and, Cuthulu (Cthulhu?). Regarding shows, it looks like everything planned for 2020 is cancelled, but the Las Vegas 2021 IPMS Nationals are open for business. Check their website for details. We discussed various ways to transport built models, the surprising quality of Dollar Tree acrylic paints and using a wet palate. Our next meeting, the last one of the month, means it's time for a Raffle. The meeting starts at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
~Russ

Sunday, August 16, 2020

BPMS Zoom Mini meeting: 08/20/2020

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

8/13/2020 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. The hobby shop update: Brownie's (Staten Island) is open, Red Caboose (Manhattan) is open, Rudy's (Astoria) is closed and Tremont (The Bronx) is out of business. What's the status of the shops in your area? Let us know. Acquisitions, In progress and completed work included: off shore oil platform & tanker, Comet Mk1A, F15E, Panther A, Lighthouse, Yak 9A, Ju 52 bomber conversion. We noticed a lot of people have an F15 or two in their stash. Theme contest maybe? Miss the raffle? It will be back, on the last Thursday of every month. So, to enter the raffle, be at the meeting last Thursday. Sounds like a BPMS version of Who's on First. The next meeting will be 8/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

~Russ

Saturday, August 01, 2020

8/6/20 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

BPMS Zoom Mini  Meeting
Time: Aug 6, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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? 

We hope to see you there!

BPMS 7/30/20 zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting. We talked about our favorite and least favorite flat finishes and recent experiences with vendors. Scale Hobbyist, Hobby Link and Free Time Hobbies got positive reviews. There was a lot of work in progress / completed work: Terminator, Strike Eagle, Me 262 HG4, Ar E340, Panther A, Minsk, Sdkfz 222, Lincoln Continental station wagon and others. Technical problems and other obligations meant fewer people in the raffle pool but that didn't bother Frank, who finally got that Titanic he wanted ever since the movie came out. Speaking of the raffle, the inventory of prizes is getting low. If you have anything to donate, send Bobby a photo. Your generosity will be appreciated. That being said, Frank, keep the Titanic. The next meeting is Aug 6 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. See you there. 

~Russ

Monday, July 27, 2020

07/30/20202 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

7/23/20 BPMS Zoom mini meeting report

Sixteen people joined the meeting. It was confirmed that Mosquitocon in Wayne and AMPS in Danbury have been cancelled for 2020. Nothing definite yet on the Hudson Valley show in Poughkeepsie. The news that Hobby Boss is releasing 1/32 scale A 26 Invader led to a discussion of other company's upcoming releases. It looks like they all decided to make the same kit. Speaking of the same kit, In case you missed the meeting we had a first for the Random Number Raffle. The winner won the kit he donated to the raffle. He got an alternate prize and the Titanic went back into storage. Don't worry, you'll see it again. We saw some interesting stencils for camouflage - stiff metal, flexible plastic, different patterns, different scales. They can produce nice paint jobs, but so can sponge fragments. We saw a whole lot of Works in Progress and completed kits: F15 E, F 100, Mig21, F22, F4 Phantom, Me 109z, M4A1, 1920 pattern RR Armored Car, Panther A, USS Massachusetts, Vosper, SS United States, Apollo/Soyuz and Apollo/LEM combinations. Really nice work. If you have time, post some photos to a "What are you working on" email string the group email address. The next meeting is June 30 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. See you then. 

~Russ

Saturday, July 18, 2020

07/23/2020 BPMS Zoom mini meeting

BPMS Meeting
Jul 23, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

BPMS 07/16/2020 Zoom mini meeting report

A total of fourteen people attended the meeting. By coincidence, two guys who didn't join second session were replaced by two guys who had other commitments during the first session. The important thing is that we had enough people to make the raffle interesting. OK, not everybody can spare 80 minutes every Thursday night. Family obligations, work and actually building a kit can take-up a lot of time. But even a 10 minute "pop-in" is a good way to keep in touch and maybe share some model building wisdom. If you don't have a camera, you can phone it in. Now, back to the report. We discussed ways to clean resin parts prior to painting, removing masking residue without removing paint, priming models with commercial auto primer (properly thinned) and the performance of various acrylic metallic paints. Works in Progress included Intruder, Leduc 022, FW 191 and Kingfisher, to name a few. Two recently acquired F 14s and a Saunders Roe flying boat are sure to become Works in Progress soon. The next meeting is July 23 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 

~Russ

Friday, July 10, 2020

7/16/20 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

  • Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
  • Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

7/9/20 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting report

Sixteen people attended the meeting, including a BPMS alum we haven't seen since he relocated many years ago. It was good to talk with him and see the work he's doing now. It made me think of all the members who left the area but haven't left the hobby. If you're in contact with an expatriate member, let them know about our virtual meetings. You can never hear too many decal disaster stories. Last night's stories focused on paint colors, paint thinners and paint alternatives. BK reported good results using nail polish thinned with lacquer thinner for car bodies. Aircraft and armor Work in Progress photos were shown. One of the guys found a new way to acquire kits, dumpster diving. He remembered to show us what he found. He forgot to tell us where he found them. Maybe it's in your neighborhood? Thanks to the generosity of members like JB we had another Random Number Raffle. The next meeting is July 16 at 8 pm. Invites will follow. See you there. 
 
~Russ

Saturday, July 04, 2020

7/9/20 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting


Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

Friday, July 03, 2020

7/2/20 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting report

Eighteen people attended last night's meeting. Guys are saying it's getting harder to get new kits. Well, someone familiar with the industry reports Zvezda is up for sale. Think about it. Aftermarket decals, on the other hand, are plentiful. We saw some several nice aircraft and armor markings for 1/72 sale kits. Speaking of aftermarket, we saw 1/35 scale 3 D printed tool clamps and brackets for WW2 German armor. Thanks for sharing, J. and congratulations on winning the Random Number Raffle. There were WIP updates on several builds: Terminator, Sturmovik, E 581-4, F16 variants, FT 17 SPG and two Panthers. The Q&A session started with "What's a good color for tank tracks" and ended with "Who makes the best frozen pizza". Opinion is divided on both questions. The next meeting is Thursday, July 9 at 8pm, invites to follow. Hope you can make it. Have a safe 4th of July and resist the temptation to blow up any unfinished Theme Contest builds. 
~Russ

Saturday, June 27, 2020

July 2nd, 2020 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

6/25/20 BPMS Zoom Mini-meeting report

Fifteen people attended the meeting. We discussed using compressed air for air brushes, masking with tape/paper/silly putty/parafilm, tools for propeller alignment, making dust covers, gator board display bases, using decals for canopy framing and, for the gardeners, how copper tape can repel snails. Works in progress/completed work included: Terminator, Sea Vixen, Mig 17(?) , Arado E340 (?). Zvezda kits are available again. The big news came in after the meeting ended. The 2020 IPMS National at San Marcos has been cancelled. However, it was put in the rotation, after Las Vegas (2021) and Omaha (2022). Closer to home, our plan is to keep the October Pledge Model date and move the Aurora Theme Contest to December. Don't worry, we'll have a Pizza Night and a Quarterly Contest before the end of the year. Of course, it all depends on getting back to the Community Center. We'll keep you posted. Thanks to your continued donations, we had another Random Number Raffle. Next meeting is July 2 , 2020 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope you can make it. 
 
~Russ

Sunday, June 21, 2020

BPMS 06/25/2020 Zoom mini-meeting

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

Friday, June 19, 2020

06/18/20 Zoom mini-meeting report

Seventeen people attended last night's meeting. We saw some new acquisitions, many works in progress and several completed pieces. Lots of armor this time around, Shermans, Panthers, JS3, Renault Ft 17. Aircraft, cars and a 24# naval cannon were also shown. I predict we'll have a lot of nice work to see in person once we get back to the Community Center.  And when will that be, you ask. Quick answer, we don't know. It's up to City Hall. Hopefully we can meet in August, either inside or outside. We'll keep you posted. We floated the idea of continuing the virtual meetings, say once a month, without a random number raffle (The club has to make money like everyone else) after the regular meetings resume. There was an impromptu mini clinic on scribers and templates, a testimonial to the performance of Liquid Gravity, photos of a Wings over Dallas airshow a few years back (thanks N) and, of course, a random number raffle. Next meeting will be June 25 at 8pm. Invites to follow. 

~Russ

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

IPMS Region 1 Update

Good evening chapter contacts,

First let me place my IPMS RC hat on, hope all of you are still safe and healthy and building some models. Not much to report except that the national convention is still on as I send out this email I just check their website. I know that they have not received a a lot of sponsors so please consider sponsoring a category.

Now changing hats and putting on my Noreastcon Chairmen hat. As I write this the show is still on the committee is planning on getting together early in July and see were we go. I'm asking that all of you check with your chapters and see if there is still an interest in coming to the event. I have a couple of concerns one being if we require masks and social distancing when we judge the contest how is that going to work. So please discuss with your clubs and get back to me maybe with a head count so I can let our committee know.

Stay safe and healthy!!! and remember it is all about the models

Dave S. IPMS/ USA RC1

APG Tanks — Russell Tracy Photography

BPMS 06/18/2020 Zoom Mini-Meeting

Topic: BPMS meeting
Time: Jun 18, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: part 2
Time: Jun 18, 2020 08:41 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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

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?

DM your email address to be added to the list and get sign in details! 

BPMS 6/11/20 Zoom Meeting Report

Fifteen people attended last night's meeting. We discussed equipment (sources for compressor fittings, moisture trap performance), parts count (do you really need 800 + pieces to build that ship or tank), subscription kits for iconic cars (J, thanks for sharing your Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger) and kit reissues (Lindberg's Clermont and Bandi Gundams). We saw new acquisitions and aircraft, auto, ships (plastic and paper) and sci fi works in progress. We also saw the impressive camouflage D was able to produce using flexible masks. The Random Number Raffle went off smoothly. Thanks for your donations. Next meeting will be 6/18/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 
 
~Russ

Monday, June 08, 2020

BPMS 06/11/2020 Zoom mini-meeting

Topic: BPMS meeting
Time: Jun 11, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: part 2
Time: Jun 11, 2020 08:41 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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

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?

BPMS 06/04/2020 Zoom mini-meeting report

Seventeen people joined the meeting. Due to technical difficulties, we weren't able to present the 3D printing clinic. We'll try again. Of course, that didn't stop us from talking about it. Several people had examples of 3D printed figures and kits. There were questions about uses for 3 D printing pens. Many people shared photos of their favorite models and works in progress. We also shared experiences with airbrushes including cleaning them with ultrasonic cleaners.  We learned that "Liquid  Gravity" will keep an aircraft nose heavy. It will also run all over your work area if you're not careful. For the locals, Willis Hobby in Nassau County is in the process of closing it's building. Plans for the future are unknown, but items are being sold at discounted prices. Best contact them in advance if you plan to visit. 

Next meeting,  6/11/20 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you then.  Stay safe. 

~Russ

Monday, June 01, 2020

Remember?

Weekly BPMS Zoom Meeting: Jun 4, 2020 08:00 PM EST

Weekly BPMS Zoom meeting
Time: Jun 4, 2020 08:00 PM EST
  • BPMS Club News.
  • IPMS News.
  • Other clubs news.
  • Hobby News.
  • What's on your workbench?
  • Show us your Favorite Model
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5/28/20 meeting report

Seventeen people attended the meeting. We discussed paints (availability of older brands, performance of new metallic paints) and painting (don't spray when it's humid), digital camouflage, decal camouflage patterns and options for preparing and gluing 3D printed parts. Works in Progress included aircraft, autos and maybe a Red Dwarf Starbug, (a sci-fi thing, I could be wrong). We had another "Random Number Raffle" and thanks to those who donated items, we should be able to continue the RNR for a few more Thursdays. That said, you should never assume because...(you know the rest) so donations are still welcome. Next meeting will be 6/4/20. Invites to follow.

Monday, May 25, 2020

BPMS 05/28/20 Zoom mini-meeting info

Part 1 starts promptly at 8PM EST.
Part 2 starts at 8:42 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?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

05/20/2020 Mini - Meeting Report

Eighteen people joined last night's meeting. There was talk about the difficulty of getting Zvezda kits, Model Masters paint availability and the status of Wingnut Wings. We continue to work on mastering the shared screen. Some are more successful than others (that's me). Works in progress included aircraft, a cruiser, a sub, and a car. Completed aircraft and sci fi pieces were shown and discussed. We also saw the head of a 7 foot tall Godzilla that was under repair. We're all anxious to see the completed job. The virtual raffle got even more sophisticated, with the random number generator picking both the prize and the prize winner. Thanks again to the members who donated items to the raffle. If you have something to donate, send a photo of the item to Bobby and Jeff. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 28 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Stay safe. 
~Russ

Sunday, May 17, 2020

BPMS Thursday 5/21/20 mini-meeting

Topic: BPMS Meeting
 
Time: May 21, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Topic: part 2 Meeting
Time: May 21, 2020 08:42 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To Discuss:
  • BPMS Business / Meeting News
  • IPMS News
  • Hobby News  
  • What's on your workbench?
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BPMS Mini-Meeting report May 14, 2020

 
Eighteen people attended last night's meeting. Using shared screens and live cameras, we saw completed work and several categories of work in progress: vehicles (Chevy pickup, Formula 1 racer), ships (Missouri, Prinz Eugen, Black Falcon, Viking ship), aircraft (commercial jetliner, German space shuttle concept) and space/si fi ( Space 1999 Eagle, Terminator, Lost in Space Cyclops). Shared screens were very good at showing how a replacement distributor was fabricated and how to improve the fit of a jet engine.

The good news, our first virtual raffle went well. The bad news, the winner will probably have to wait until August, when regular meetings might resume, to pick it up. If we get a few prize donations (including hand sanitizer) we can have more raffles. Next meting is Thursday May 21, at 8pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. Stay safe.

~Russ