Thursday, March 21, 2024

BPMS ZOOM Mini Meeting Report: March 19, 2024

Fifteen people attended the meeting. We heard that Vallejo paints have changed their packaging and formulations. They've also introduced Triads. Details will be in the next Bulletin. 
Noreastcon is this Saturday, the 23rd, at the Freeport Recreation Center. It’s a good opportunity to catch up with old friends, see a bunch models and spend a bunch of money. Also, they're looking for help with judging. 
Lou reported three 'I Like Kits' kits were available: Arlighe Burke DDG (1/200), M-48A1 and M-48A5 (1/35). Jimmy has posted several new kits on the club's Facebook page. Full disclosure, most of them are SdKfz 234/2 Pumas. 
In-progress and completed work included: S-67 Blackhawk (Vaughn's first resin kit), Dodge A-100 with Jimmy Flintstone body (Gil's latest resin kit), 3D printed Shredder figure (from TMNT), Clicker (from Last of Us), espresso can-based robot (ask Julio), Nurse Price bust (from American Werewolf in London) and Schwimmwagen. Acquisitions included: Challenger 1-Mk3 and Billy Sole bust (from Predator). 
Using two screws, Gil attached a hacksaw blade to a board and made a tool to cut sheets of sandpaper evenly. We also saw that a plant clamp is good tool for holding/clamping thin or cylindrical parts. 
We finished up with a discussion of things we do to increase productivity. Some people prefer building on a regular schedule (mornings or evenings), others build whenever time permits (including time spent on the phone on hold). Or, a session can be a reward for completing a routine (aka non-modeling) task. Some assemble two or three kits at a time, then paint them in one session to save set up /clean up time. Some say that having music, tv, or podcasts (Kevin mentioned Model Club TV on YouTube) playing in the background makes them more productive. Probably the best way to ensure productivity is to have a deadline. Fortunately, we have one, 6/21/24 and it will be here sooner than you think. 
The next meeting is Tuesday, 3/26/24 at 7:30 pm. Frank C will send the invites. 

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