Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Army Painter: Speed Paint - A Review By Kevin K

I first saw this product on FB a few months ago. I am guessing it is their answer to Citadel's Contrast Paints.  Speed Paint seems to be in between regular acrylic paint and washes. Being thicker than a wash the paint will tint a painting area, while at the same time being thin enough, it will gather into the recesses creating some shadows. The whole trick is to use the speed paint over a matte white primer or some other light color. It was even tried over a light metallic with some interesting positive results. 

 When finally released it came as two choices, the Starter pack Comes with 10 paints in dropper bottles, which included a stainless steel mixing ball in the bottle. AP also includes a paint brush. They create their own names for their brushes, so there is no number but to me it looks like a slightly stubby No. 2 brush. But this is what you need. The Speed Paint needs to go on fairly thick.

 Alternatively, you can get the Mega-pack which contains 23 paints (plus Speed Paint Medium). This set gives you a few choices of red, green, blue and brown, rather than just one choice with the starter set.  It also comes with a how-to booklet, the same No. 2 brush and mixing ball. I got the Mega set through Amazon, and that seller included a small container of AP foliage - lichen of 3 different colors.  All of this for $99. A bit more expensive than buying regular paint, but the huge PRO is it's supposed to take care of 3 different paints - base coat, highlight and shadow.  

 Picking out my figure, I didn't want to waste the paint (or my time if things went bad) by painting a large figure. So a 32mm figure was the victim. 

 I missed the first recommendation that the paints should go on a hard palette and not a wet palette. The reason is to keep the paint from soaking thru the paper into the sponge. But as I use parchment paper, and had no bleed thru. 

I wasn't really concerned with historical accuracy of the Viking. I just wanted to see how many colors I could use and what they looked like. 

 I decided to put out one color at a time and came up with my first annoyance: I was surprised how most colors, directly out of the bottle, is VERY dark. It was hard to tell whether that puddle was brown, blue, or green. This is where the hard palette, the type with little cups pays off. 

 All the colors did what they said they were going to do -kept the highlights bright while darkening the shadows. Any excess puddles can be reabsorbed with the paintbrush to avoid "tide marks."  When I painted and didn't like the color, I flooded the area with water and easily wiped the still wet paint away. I dried the area and then put down the new color.

 Each paint bottle has a triad shield image on it. That's not a design but indicates how dark multiple layers will look. The first Con occurred when I didn't allow the first coat to fully dry before adding a second. It is in the how-to that the new coat will reactivate the first one and you will get a mess. You NEED to let each layer dry and will see this on the front of my Viking. It's rather messy in the front.

 You can really see how well the base/ highlight/shadows work on the wooden shield though. In the end, I got carried away and added a little silver here and there to the figure.Regular acrylic paint goes over a dried Speed Paint with no problem

 I think this is a very good product; especially for the modelers who build armor, or aviation (any model with a figure) and don't really want to take the time to learn to paint figures. The only situation where this may not work out for someone is if the modeler is a real stickler for accuracy. The shad of blue you want may not be the shade of blue they have.  But if you think as long as it's close I'm good, then this is for you.  I'm guessing that if and when the line takes off, they will add more colors. But remember you can always add regular paint too.

 Two thumbs up from me. Being this is a B&W newsletter, the color images can be found here: 


Monday, May 16, 2022



by Bobby P

This year kicked off in a spectacular fashion. The returned to IN-PERSON meetings with 24 members and 2 guests who brought in 31 models, showing off a lot of work that was completed during the pandemic!

April Meeting

TRIUMPHANT RETURN: It was like time froze for those 2+ years. Tom and Tom took their seats before the group and presided over the meeting like nothing had ever happened. The huge turnout provided plenty of material to discuss.

DISCUSSIONS: The night was slated for Decal Swap and Favorite models. In addition, we had many members who brought in models to sell. Each member had an opportunity to tell the group about what he brought in to display.

WEEKLY ZOOM: Even though we are back to having regular meetings, the weekly ZOOM will continue! New day and time: Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. Every week EXCEPT for weeks with an in-person meeting.

2019-22 Model Pledge: 2019-22 declaration period is now CLOSED! You already showed me something unbuilt. Please have it finished for OCTOBER 2022, for a display. After October you may bring back your pledge for the November meeting for the last contest of the year. For your efforts you get an additional FIVE Super Raffle tickets for completing your pledge! Sweet! Easy enough!

DECEMBER THEME: We have had plenty of time for this one!

Coming December 16, 2022


Who among us in this hobby doesn’t have some sort of a fond AURORA memory? To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of AURORA MODELS we bring to you THE GOLDEN AGE OF AURORA theme contest for June. The criteria are simple: build any model produced by Aurora, Polar Lights (re-pop), Monogram (who acquired the remaining Aurora molds from the train wreck), Moebius (did a minor re-pop), Atlantis (re-pop), Doll and Hobby (newest re-pop company). Revell USA acquired a few molds, and a short-lived spin off company called Addar would all be acceptable. Since AURORA produced models in every niche, there’s something for everyone, and with all the re-issues over the years, they aren’t cost restrictive any longer. Feel free to contact the sponsors with and questions or comments!

Sponsors: Joe Bergman
Kevin Kilkenny

Raffle: We had another raffle with a remarkable assortment of prizes. The club is always looking for donations for these activities.

On the agenda: MAY

CONTEST NIGHT-2Q22: Technically this is our first contest of the year, but the calendar says it’s the second quarter. Bring in something that hasn’t, previously, competed in a quarterly contest. After 2+ years of quarantine, I imagine there must be plenty of good work for the competition.

PARTS BOX: We all have a box of spare parts. Feel free to bring in yours to share with the group. We are separating parts by genre now. Something you may never use could be gold to another member.

BPMS 50th Anniversary: It seems perfect timing that the club could get back to meetings in time for our 50th Anniversary. We need to think about some proper celebration and maybe a 72nd scale theme contest (BPMS was formed in ‘72, 72nd scale… get it?). Let’s discuss!

Our next meeting will be on May 20th 2022

Same time,

Same place!

Friday, May 06, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting Report

Fourteen people attended the meeting. We meet in person next Friday, 5/20/22, so there's no Zoom meeting next Tuesday. On 5/20/22 we'll have our first Quarterly Contest in two years. Two years? You must've built something. Bring it in, enter the contest, ask Bobby to explain how to mark the Ballot.
In industry news, Zvezda has released an up-armored T-15 in 1/35, ICM will be releasing The Ghost of Kyiv MiG-29 in 1/72 and Tamiya's new P-38 is expected in July.  In progress and completed work included: F-84 G, F-84 F (?), GTK Boxer A2 (built in less than an hour, it was definitely not a T&M job),  Armored Troopers Scopedog and Brutishdog (Gordon would have recognized them, but I had to ask Armita what they were), 31 Ford pickup (Metal Earth, pre-painted), Tyrell Formula 1 racer, McLarin-Mercedes Formula 1 racer, Panther, Manhole as Foxhole vignette (with baking soda for snow), unarmed Roman Centurion (good one, Mr. K),  Hurricane 2C, Sea Serpent, Griffon, SF3D armored suit, Panzer 4 G and Stug 3.  Acquisitions included: Panzer 3 (in 1/16), M-20 vignette base, PT Boat and FW 187 A. In the tool segment, Gil showed that a wire rack made to hold CDs can also hold and organize sprues during construction. The featured topic was basic bases. Many of us use foamboard covered with prints of runways, highways, maps, etc. Rigid foam insulation is good for larger bases. Hard plastic cases for cassettes and CDs can be easily refashioned into durable bases, unlike faux wood trophy plaques. A clear acrylic block provides a stable base for a rocket or missile. Some white or yellow lines turn a small blackboard into a highway.  The most basic base we saw was a cardboard circle, painted black, with an irregular patch of white, upon which the model sat. Very effective way to display smaller models. 
The next meeting will be in person on Friday 5/20/22 at the John Malone Community Center, 2303 Bergen Ave. Brooklyn 11234. No invites needed.  Door open around 6:30 pm. Hope to see you and your models there.
 To those that asked about the workbenches during the meeting, these are the ones: https://www.harborfreight.com/60-in-4-drawer-hardwood-workbench-63395.html

Some digging around Youtube showed some of the cool modifications that were made to these tables for a variety of workspaces, drawer types especially. Search link here for anyone curious: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=harbor+freight+workbench+modification

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Fourteen people attended the meeting. The next in person meeting will be Friday May 20, 2022 at the John Malone Community Center, 2303 Bergen Ave, Brooklyn where we'll have our first Quarterly Contest. In case you forgot, the categories are: aircraft, armor, ships, figures, sci-fi and miscellaneous. In case you forgot how to vote, Bobby will explain how to mark your ballot, a longstanding BPMS tradition. Mark shared photos of Noreast Con. There were over 500 entries. The quality of work was high, making it difficult for the judges. See for yourself at http://www.ipmsneny.org/noreastcon50.html
In industry news, Lou reports Tamiya's 1/35 KV 2 is available and Kevin told us Micro Mir's 1/35 CSS David is also available. The price of Testors paint will go up by 46% on May 15. You may want to stock up now. In-progress and completed work included: Panzer 4 G, RAH 66 Comanche, Spitfire (with Micro Krystal Klear camera window), Corsair, Bristol 175, Chevy Nova (with nail polish paint job), A-10, Fw-500, Roman Warship and F-84G (more on that later). Acquisitions included: NIAI-1 Fanera 2 (Mr. K is not a fan of this kit) and Speedpaint set from The Army Painter (Kevin's detailed write up will appear in the next Bulletin - watch your mailbox). Instead of introducing us to a new tool, Gil told us about Stynylrez, a water based acrylic polyurethane paint. The paint is temperature sensitive. Don't schedule a delivery if it's winter anywhere along the supply chain (ask Kevin). No featured topic to discuss this week and we still didn't have enough time for Frank to explain why his F-84 G had US, not Taiwanese, markings. He'll have another chance at our next meeting on 5/10/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.

A list of the BPMS Theme Contests over the years

1997 – Science Fiction
1998 – The 50s
1998 – To the Rescue

1999 – Israel
1999 – Conceptual
2000 – On Patrol
2000 – The Marines
2001 – Humor
2001 – Diorama
2002 – Space
2002 – “Old Model”
2003 – Things With Teeth
2003 - A Moment in Time
2004 – Adversaries
2004 – US Military
2005 - In the Movies
2005 - Cats
2006 – Worn, Weathered, and Working
2006 – Star Wars / Star Trek Anniversaries
2007 – Vintage 1965
2007 – We Mean Business
2008 – Warsaw Pact
2008 – NASA
2009 – A Mad, Mad, Mad Theme Contest
2009 – Size Matters
2010 – Naval Aviation
2010 – Things That Sting
2011 – Classic Monogram
2011 – The Twilight Zone
2012 – That 70s Theme
2012 – End of the World
2013 - Television

2013 - Sloppy Seconds 
2014 - Asian Invasion 
2014 - Western European Tour 1944 - 1945 
2015 - Modeling With the Stars 
2015 - New Kids on the Block 
2016 - Basic Black
2016 - Island Hopping 
2017 - Star Wars 40th Anniversary 
2017 - Peaceful Plastic 
2018 - WWII - 1946 
2018 - Rivets!
2019 - NASA: 50th Anniversary of the Moon-landing 
2019 - D-Day to The Battle of the Bulge - 75th Anniversary
2020  (no themes due to COVID-19)
2021  (no themes due to COVID-19)
2022 - 70 Years of Aurora Models

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Schedule of Events 2022


January - Kit Sale / Declare Pledges

February - Show Us Your Tool / Contest Night 1Q22

March - Decal Swap/Fav Model/Mil Artifacts

April - Work In Progress Night

May - Parts Box Night / Contest Night 2Q22

June - Theme / BBQ Night

July - TBA Clinic

August - Pizza Night / Contest Night 3Q2022

September - TBA Clinic

October - Nominations / Pledge Model Night

November - Contest Night 4Q22 / Super Raffle

December - Theme Contest / Holiday Desserts


Saturday, April 30, 2022


December 16, 2022!!!

Celebrating 70 Years

of Models!

Who among us in this hobby doesn’t have some sort of memory of a fond AURORA memory? To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of AURORA MODELS we bring to you THE GOLDEN AGE OF AURORA theme contest for June. The criteria are simple: build any model produced by Aurora, Polar Lights (re-pop), Monogram (who acquired the remaining Aurora molds from the train wreck), Moebius (did a minor re-pop), Atlantis (re-pop), Doll and Hobby (newest re-pop company). Revell USA acquired a few molds, and a short-lived spin off company called Addar would all be acceptable. Since AURORA produced models in every niche, there’s something for everyone, and with all the re-issues over the years, they aren’t cost restrictive any longer. 

Here is a video on YouTube on the history of Aurora:

Feel free to contact the sponsors with and questions or comments!

·       Joe Bergman
·       Kevin Kilkenny

Thursday, April 28, 2022

TUESDAY, 04/26/22 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Zoom Meetings are now on TUESDAYS!

Fourteen people attended our first Tuesday zoom meeting, which is pretty good considering we had a zoom meeting last Thursday and an in-person meeting the following day. Attendance at the in-person meeting was at pe-pandemic level and a large number of models were on display. Expect to see them again in May at the first Quarterly Contest. BTW, there are only three Quarterly Contests in 2022 (huh?). We tried to see if zoom would work at the Community Center without any additional equipment. It didn't, so we posted photos and videos of the meeting on the BPMS Facebook page.
Even though he was on the road, Lou reported IBG's 1/35 Polish 7TP light tank was now available. We also heard that Micro Mir released the USS Monitor in 1/144. In progress and completed work included: SAAB J-32, Fw-500, A-10 (Don was pleasantly surprised by this 1/48 Italeri kit), Type XXIII U-Boat, An-74 (on skis), M1-A1 Abrams, Wild Bill Hickock figure, F-84 G and Sdkfz 250 (an old build Mike is re-working). The tool was Museum Wax. Gil will compare it to similar products and share his findings. We had time to revisit old topics. Vaughn shared several photos of the boxes he built to transport his models. Mark told the story of the modeler who beat the system by getting Home Depot to mix a gallon of Dunkelgreb only to find that house paint ain't model paint. Mike had questions about glaze medium and Frank had questions about undercoats for natural metal finishes. Mr. K gave his son's Twitch channel, Warduck Miniatures, a plug. Next meeting is 5/3/22 at 7:30pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there.



Sunday, April 24, 2022

04/21/2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report!

Final Thursday night BPMS Zoom before we switch over to TUESDAYS! 

Ten people attended the final Thursday Zoom meeting. I expect more people will attend tonight's in person meeting at the Community Center (2303 Bergen Ave). Bring a mask, just in case. In progress and completed work included: SAAB J-21 jet conversion, T-72 B3, T-90, M-113 MRV (Australian) and F-104 G (with camera pod). Acquisitions included: Curtis Jenny (or Wright Flyer, maybe - I got distracted), Viking Ship and Mummy's Chariot. We saw two tools this week, the Badger Hobby Pal suction pick up tool which is good for picking up, holding and positioning smooth parts like windows. The other tool, which Gil is building, is a waterfall spray booth (my name, not his). Sprayed paint is captured by water cascading down a vertical sheet of glass. A pump collects the filtered water and recirculates it. The booth also has an exhaust fan and lights behind the glass panel. Very impressive. The discussion topic was protecting models for moving or storage, a timely topic because shows are coming back and several people are relocating in the near future. Vaughn uses dense cardboard to make 4" tall boxes with custom cutouts to position the piece so the landing gear, antennae and tail are protected. A large number of the small boxes can be stacked in a 3'X3' cardboard box. Mark likes lidded plastic containers sold for under-bed storage. Place bubble wrap on the bottom to keep the model from shifting. Don likes banker's boxes; they have built in handles. Put foam blocks in the corners and place models (separated by airbags or bags of styrofoam peanuts(avoids direct contact with plastic). Then, put a cardboard sheet over the corner blocks and repeat. Voila! Two level storage! Gil has built custom sized boxes from foam. He also uses thick cardboard tubes with commercially available end caps. Magnets on the bases of 28 mm figures keep them in place in a metal box. Will it work on larger scales? Old-timer Andy used a hat box to transport figures and robots. When Frank moved, each model went in a plastic bag and then into a shopping bag. Me, I use thin, crumpled up plastic bags in a shoe box. Of course, I don't get out much. But I'm getting out tonight. Hope you can, too. If not, see you at he Tuesday zoom 7:30 pm. Invites to follow.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

13 April, 2022: BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report

Eighteen people attended the meeting. 
The wait is over! The first in-person BPMS meeting since 2/28/2020 will be held on Friday 4/22/2022 at the John Malone Community Center, 2303 Bergen Ave, Brooklyn NY. Doors open around 6:30 pm. Meeting starts around 8 pm. For those who donated prizes for the "Randon Number Raffle", now's the time to bring them in. A review of old posts shows that we admitted two new members at the 2/28/20 meeting, Felix O. and Louis S. Unfortunately, we have no email address for either of them. If anybody can contact these guys, please tell them about the 4/22/22 meeting. Thanks.

We discussed and voted on changes to the Zoom meeting schedule. The final Thursday Zoom meeting will be 8pm on 4/21/22, the day before the in-person meeting. Invites to follow. Then, starting with 4/26/22, Zoom meetings will be every Tuesday at 7:30 pm, except for the week we have in person meetings. Simple, right? 

In industry news, Lou reports the long-awaited Tamiya 1/35 Hellcat is available. For in progress and completed work, we saw: Alfred E Neuman, Grandpa & Herman Munster, The Beatles (upgraded by Mark R) , T-90 A, T-72 , P-51 D (w aftermarket Chuck Yeager markings) , Winged Dragons (one metal, one plastic), USS Pittsburgh, RF-104 (will be Italian), F-84G (will be Taiwanese), and Panzer crewman (will be repainted). Tom felt good that everything he brought to sell at Mosquito Con was sold. Jimmy felt good, too, because he acquired some of it. Other people's acquisitions included: Brewster Buffalo and F-4 F. In the tool segment, we saw a homemade "light duty" ball vice/part holder that's way, way cheaper than anything on the market. It's a split wooden ball (2" works well) sitting in a pipe reducer. The workpiece can be mounted to the ball's flat surface by tape or pin/dowel or whatever works. Friction between the ball and the reducer is sufficient to hold it in place as you work. Thanks for sharing, Gil. Again, the final Thursday Zoom will be 4/21/33 at 8pm. Invites to follow. The in-person meeting is Friday, 4/22/22. No invites necessary. Happy Holidays to all.



Tuesday, April 12, 2022

April 7, 2022 BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting Report

Fourteen people attended the meeting. Big news, in person meetings will resume at the Community Center (2303 Bergen Avenue, Brooklyn 11234) on Friday April 22 at 6pm. Bobby will mail a flyer detailing our catch-up plans. If you donated items for the Random Number Raffle, remember to bring them to the meeting. If you won items in the Raffle, remember to claim them. In-person meetings won't end our Zoom meetings. Zoom let us reconnect with old friends and make new ones, so we'll keep having them in some fashion. Maybe on a different day, maybe once a month. Tell us what works for you. In other club business, we took an informal poll on shows which were primarily displays, where the only award is "Best of Show", as determined by the attendees. Some clubs do this routinely and they get a good turnout (vendors and seminars always attract a crowd). Many people liked the idea. Frank recalled we participated in a display in Pennsylvania (1997 - I checked). Will we do it again in 2023? 
Lou reports the following kits are available:1/48 OV-10A, B-26 K and Ju-88 Mistel from ICM, 1/72 Bearcat, 1/18 UH-1B Huey. 1/35 Commando Armored Car (w grenade launchers) from Hobby Boss and 1/35 Stug 3 G from MiniArt. 
We revisited the Autolock airbrush+compressor discussion Gil started last week. It's a double action brush. The needle is 0.3mm so the paint must be thinned. Gil had good results with inks and thinned acrylics. It has two pressure ranges, 12-15 psi and 20-27 psi. A fully charged battery lasts about an hour. It's quiet. It's reasonably priced. It's not the ultimate airbrush, but it's sure to come in handy. Others, like I Beautte and Spraygunner offer similar units. Look online.
We didn't see much work in progress but there were many acquisitions: T 90A & Tiger, Mig 29 T, P-51 Mustang, F-18 Hornet, Spitfire, He-111, 66 Chevy Nova, Ch47, Mig-15, Convair Nuclear Exploratory Vehicle, HH 3E Jolly Green Giant, AH-56 Cheyanne and lots of silver paint.
The featured topic was: re-issued kits, do you buy them and why? For some, re-issues are fond memories or opportunities to correct old mistakes. For others, it's the only kit available. And some just don't buy them. The next and, possibly, final Thursday meeting, is 7/14/22 at 8 pm. Invites to follow Hope to see you there. 

Thursday, April 07, 2022




Meeting Date:

APRIL 22, 2022 

At the Bergen Beach Sports Complex

Members start showing up around 6:00 PM

We will get back into the swing of things with the following activities:

·         Decal Swap Night: Bring Decals to sell or trade or even give away. You might want to bring some money in case that sheet you’ve looking for shows up!

·         Favorite Model: Bring in your favorite model right now, built or unbuilt and be prepared to tell the group a couple words why you chose it. 

If you have models from the raffles, please bring them in for the exchange!  

Crossing Fingers!

I hope everyone is having a happy and HEALTHY 2022! Saying that things didn’t go as expected in 2021 would be a huge understatement, with multiple fasle starts, so here’s looking forward to getting back to normal! We have much to thank Vinny Rosati for, he got the BBSC to commit to having us back on our usual nght, except for April, since it’s Easter weekend. So we hope to see everyone on APRIL 22nd at the BBSC, Same time, same place! Contact other members! Tell your friends!