Friday, June 03, 2022

May 31, 2022 BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting

Fourteen people attended the meeting. In industry news,  Kinetic has re-tooled its 1/48 F-16 A/M and Reskit, in Ukraine, is back online. Jimmy reports Men at Arms Hobbies in Middle Island is still in operation; games mostly, books, some kits and lots of paint (reminds me of The Complete Strategist on E 33 St in Manhattan). Michael D shared many (but, hey, he builds models, so you know he took a whole lot more) of his photos from Fleet Week 2022. We saw USS Bataan, its USMC detachment and its aircraft, USS Milwaukee, HMS Protector, USCG Dependable and other vessels. Thanks again, Michael. 
In progress and completed work included: Japanese Type 10 tank, NASCAR Monte-Carlo (with aftermarket decals), Gundam, Pittsburgh class USS Columbus,  SAAB J-21 A3 and J-21R, Comanche,  M-3 Stuart, Beaufighter Mk 6, M-29 Weasel conversion and F-84. The tool of the week was a mirror scribe (photos attached). We heard that Plastic Magic glue, from the UK, works on styrene and ABS, that True Colors paints match Model Master enamels and Vallejo metallic paints work well . The featured topic was paint compatibility, a timely subject as old product lines fold and new ones appear. Not all brands can be mixed to get that special color you need (mix a trial batch), some topcoats will interact with primers (let the primer dry - use a food dehydrator), airbrushes can get gummed up (keep 'em clean), know when to shoot at low/high pressures. Tamiya and Vallejo primers seem to work well. The next meeting is 6/7/22 at 7:30 pm. Frank C will send the invites. Maybe Bobby will talk about the green model theme for June's in person meeting. 


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