Thursday, February 01, 2024

BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting Report: January 30, 2024

Twelve people attended the meeting. Julio has arranged another modeler's meet-up at Pier 57 in Manhattan on 2/24/24. Details are on the BPMS Facebook page. Highly recommended. Noreastcon is 3/23/24 at the Freeport Rec Center on Long Island. 
Lou reports a lot of Italeri re-releases are available now but their new 1/48 F-35 C isn't. Jimmy shared images of Tamiya's new Leopard 2 A7V, German machine gun team and KS-600 motorcycle and sidecar kits. 
Mark told us IPMS is looking for new initiatives to encourage modelers, attract new people to the hobby and increase IPMS membership. Contact him directly with your suggestions. 
In progress and completed work included: SdKfz 251-9, Me-262 A1A, SdKfz 232, Wildcat, P-47, WAGB Burton Island, Vickers twin turret T-26, RF 8G Crusader and Grimoire. Acquisitions included: 2 1/2-ton airfield truck, Vietnam USAF airfield kit (from ICM), F-104,  A-10A, Chia Typ seaplane, Tyrannosaurus Rex (vintage kit) and Sea King. 
The topic was mistakes, how we made them and how we fixed them. Lost or damaged part? Ask the manufacturer for a replacement, or check the spares box, or fabricate it (you can do a lot with stretched sprue). Removing stray glue marks without causing collateral damage can be challenging and let's just say it's important to double check the masking when painting around canopies. Don built a motorized Mustang only to find the propeller rotated in the wrong direction. He fixed it by switching the wires. Frank C saved his tail heavy Mig-17 by finding a ground crew figure he could glue to the tailpipe to keep the nose down without any external supports. 
The next meeting is Tuesday, 2/6/24 at 7:30 pm. Invites to follow. Hope to see you there. 


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