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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