Monday, March 14, 2022

Zoom Mini Meeting Report: 03/10/2022

Fifteen people attended the meeting. The new releases are 1/48 M-109 Howitzer from Atlantis and two 1/35 M-114 variants from Takom.  Accurate Armor has released a re-worked M-114 A1/A1E1 (with interior).  Future releases are Trumpeter's 1/32 DBD-1 Devastator, 1/24 P-51B and 1/32 F-35C. No further news on Tamiya's M-18.  Kosta reports the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor on Staten Island is well worth a visit. Seminars and speakers for Noreast Con (Latham, NY 4/29-30/22) are posted on the event's website.   In progress and completed work included: SAAB J-21 jet conversion (leading to discussions on how tractor propellers and pusher propellers affect rudder designs and why speed brakes were developed - Thank you, Vaughn), Project Vanguard satellite, FM-2 Wildcat, P-47 D, Ju-288C, USS Pittsburg, 64 Olds convertible, M-1 A1 Abrams, Bell X-1 A, Gargoyle figure, Wolly Mammoth (Steve is taking suggestions for material for its wool coat), Yak-42 and Panzer 4 G. Acquisitions included: A 3D printer(Kevin agreed to tell us all about it once he's gotten familiar with it), Panther D, 3D printed Panther tracks, Tamiya side cutters, Audrey Jr. (from Little Shop of Horrors) and Slibervogel. We heard that masking the sides of a seam before filling it makes clean up much, much easier, that Rustoleum Chrome Spray paint works well on plastic and for making quick copies of small parts, nothing beats Blue Stuff & Green Stuff. Figures in 1/72 and 1/48, especially pilots, ranked high on the aftermarket wish list, followed by 1/48 armor accessories, tires for re-issued automobile kits, tailwheels for aircraft, one-piece propellers, hollowed out aircraft exhausts, and pylon mounted recon pods and ordnance. What took first place on the aftermarket wish list? Lower prices.  Next meeting is St. Patrick's Day, 3/17/22 at 8 pm. Invites to follow. Feel free to bring an age-appropriate beverage. Hope to see you there. 

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