Thursday, March 09, 2023

BPMS Zoom Mini Meeting Report 03/07/2023

Eight people attended the 3/4/23 lunch meeting at Junior's. The group was large enough to fill a table, yet small enough for everyone to hear what was being said around the table. The food was good, too. 
Fourteen people attended the 3/7/23 zoom meeting.  No zoom meeting next Tuesday as the March in person meeting is Friday, 3/17/23. Doors open around 6pm, meeting begins around 7:30 pm. Details are in the flyer, which is in the mail. For those who can't be in Brooklyn on the 17th, the meeting will be streamed on the BPMS Facebook page. Thank you, Gordon.  
Lou reports Takom's 1/35 AH-64 E Guardian is available now and Revell Germany's 1/32 Hurricane is on the way.  Don went to IPMS Richmond's Old Dominion Show on 2/25/23. He enjoyed the show despite some of the prices in the vendors' room. Rommel also went and placed twice in the Aircraft category with his A6M Zero and P-51.  Congratulations, Rommel. And Mark shared photos taken by friends who attended the Show. His photo of a heavily weathered jet led to a discussion on the evolution of US Naval aircraft markings. He also shared photos of a built-up 1/200 IJN Yamato (contact Mark directly to learn who built it, how long it took and where it will be displayed). 
In progress and completed work included: Jagdpanther, A-6A, Convair Kingfish, Tiger 1(World War Toons version), XP-55 Ascender, Sepecat Jaguar and Monocycle.  Acquisitions included: 1/16 Tiger 1 (Andy's Hobby HQ version), Silbervogel,  Mirage MIII CJ and several copies of Frank's book on The Sikorsky Aircraft Centennial. 
This week, Gil showed us a paint strainer that fits an airbrush paint cup. A faucet aerator, with the inner part removed, also works (personal experience). Masking was the discussion topic. Common masking materials are masking tape, painters' tape, FrogTape, Tamiya tape, Bare Metal Foil, commercially made stencils (Don likes AK's flexible stencils and there are others), Silly Putty, Panzer Putty, Frisket Film, wax paper, Post It Notes, masking fluids (Mr. Masking line of products or art store products like Daler-Rowney Masking Fluid (works best over gloss finishes, according to Gil). If precut masks aren't your thing, make your own using circle templates, french curves, etc. A good tip from Vaughan, for feathered edges, cut a hole in the center of your paper mask and attach the mask to the model by taping over the hole. The edges of the mask will lift enough to create a feathered edge. Meanwhile, Frank will be investigating the masking potential of Wikki Stix. 
Hope you can make it to the Friday meeting. It will be St. Parick's Day, bring a green model or two.   

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