Wednesday, May 25, 2022

5/24/22 BPMS Zoom mini-meeting

Eleven people attended the meeting. Fleet Week has returned to New York. Today's Parade of Ships includes US Navy, Coast Guard, Naval Academy and Royal Navy vessels. Ship tours run from tomorrow through Monday. Special events will be held every day. Details are available on-line. 
Several new releases were reported, AMT's 1/35 1953 Ford pickup with die-cast Coca-Cola vending machine, MRC/Gallery's 1/16 Panzer 3 J/L and Atlantis' Curtiss Jenny JN4. In progress and completed work included: Corsair, Su-27, Phantom RF-4, Bf-109, Praetorian Guard figure, M1-A1 Abrams, Dragon, Porsche 365 Speedster and a reworked Sd. Kfz.250/9 (see Michael's igluemadels blog for details). This week's tool was the "HM 160 Modular Wash Free" airbrush from the Robot Kai website. It's inexpensive, has an unusual nozzle arrangement and is good for spraying primer. I'm sure Gil will tell us more about it later. The featured topic was glue. Seems like everyone has a favorite. MEK, Pro-Weld, Tamiya liquid cement (standard and extra thin), generic super glue in little tubes, Plasti- Zap, Gorilla Glue(original [be advised-it expands after placement], superglue, epoxy), Gator Glue, Tamiya Airbrush Cleaner, Loctite superglue, proprietary canopy glue, GS Hypo Cement (For our younger members, it's used to secure watch crystals on pre digital wristwatches), two-part epoxies, plumbers' epoxy, UV cured glue, proprietary liquid glue in needle applicator bottles, tacky glue and, of course, good old tube glue.  Wow, thats a lot of information from only eleven guys. Next meeting is Tuesday 5/31/22 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Remember Memorial Day and stay safe.

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.

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