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other website pages, with the most current being posted at the top of this page.

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2007 Contest Schedule

"Back to Basics Schedule"

As Of:  September 22, 2007 (See +++ for changes)

Note: All "Theme" contests are open to ALL entries. However, only models that match the theme are eligible for the "Best of Show" awards in each skill level for that night's contest, and will subsequently become eligible for the "Model of the Year" competition showdown in December.


January 5   Special Contest # 1  Sci-Fi / Real Space / Science / Fantasy.  Any subject or scale in the realms of Science Fiction (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.), Real Space exploration (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle, Mir, etc.); Science (dinosaurs, human physiology, insects, etc.) or Fantasy, including anime subjects (Gundams, Robotech, etc.)                     Non-Points 


February 2        ASM Swap Meet.  (No Contests) 


March 2              Theme:  Armor.”  Any military armor subject, including dioramas.  Includes armored fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, half-tracks and soft-skinned vehicles.   Points Contest

                            ** Workshop:  Airbrush Maintenance and Fine Tuning - Dave Straub 


April 6             No regular points contest.

                        * Sponsored Contest:  “Best Sherman”.   Sponsored by Jim Guld

                       ** Workshops:  1.  Weathering - Armor painting techniques - James Guld

                                                2.   Alcaid II Application - Keith Liotta

                                                3.   Stick Notes and Tooth Picks - Mike Blohm

                                                4.   Zimmerit Application - Patrick Guld 


May 4          Theme:  Ships.”  Any naval ship subject, including dioramas.   Points Contest

                        Sponsored Contest:  “Best Modern US Aircraft Carrier”.   Sponsored by Keith Liotta

                         Workshop:  TBD 


June 1             No points contest.

                       $$ Sponsored Contest:  “Best Modern US Aircraft Carrier”.  Sponsored by Keith Liotta.  Extended from May 4th to June 1st.

                       Workshops:  1.  TBD    2.   TBD   3.  TBD   4.  TBD


July 13 ##        Theme:  “Automotive.”  Any automotive subject, including trucks, motorcycles, and dioramas. Points Contest

                   Sponsored Contest:  “Best Mustang.”  Any “Stang” that flew or drove somewhere on the planet.

                   Sponsored by Mark Soppet

                  Workshop:  TBD 


August 3           ASM Swap Meet.  (No Contests) 

August 22-25     IPMS/USA 2007 Nationals in Orange County, California. Website at  http://www.ipmsusa2007.org/

August 30 - September 1     New Mexico State Fair Model Contest: Creative Arts - Division 13, "Models – Military & Science                       Fiction" (Sections 349 – 352).  Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club.  Model entries are made the week prior to the fair opening - will probably on 30 Aug - 1 Sep.  ASM judging will probably be 4 or 5 Sep. The fair is  open September 7 - 23.  Tim Woods is the E-Board's NM State Fair POC. Click here for info on the fair:  http://www.exponm.com/SF/STIndex.htm


September 7      Theme: “Figures.”  Any figure subject, including vignettes and dioramas.  Points Contest

                            Sponsored Contest:  TBD

                            Workshop:  TBD 


October 5       Special Contest # 2  “Best Small Scale Model.”  Any subject, any manufacture, any era small scale model.  Aircraft – 1/100 and smaller; Armor – 1/72 and smaller; Automotive – 1/43 and smaller; Ship – 1/700 and smaller; etc                        Non-Points 

                            @   Sponsored Contest::   "Best Wildcat".  Sponsored by Don Smith

                            ++  Distressed Kit Auction.

                            +++ One-Hour Model Contest postponed until further notice!


November 2       Theme:  Aircraft.  Any aircraft subject, including dioramas.       Points Contest

                            Sponsored Contest:  Best Folded Wing Aircraft.  Any era, theater, manufacture, and scale aircraft with one or                               both wings folded or being folded.  Includes rotary winged aircraft (folded rotors/tail section).  Sponsored by                               Ken Liotta

                           ++ Guest Speaker:  Mike Blohm on F-4 Phantom II Experiences

                            Workshop:  TBD


December 7      No points contest.

                            Sponsored Contest:  TBD

                            Workshops:    1.   TBD   2.  TBD   3.  TBD   4.  TBD

        "Model of the Year" Competition amongst all the Best of Show and Best Entry winners at each skill level from all the 2007 Theme and Special Contests.


2007 Sponsored Contest Information

Information is provided below on the rules of engagement (ROE) for each of the 2007 sponsored contests. Detailed information and updates are the responsibility of the sponsor of these contests. The website will be updated as new information is provided, and covered at ASM meetings. An “As Of” date will be included with each separate contest. Please visit the website often to check the latest info.

To sponsor a contest, please present your idea to any ASM E-Board member. The idea will be discussed at an E-Board meeting, and you will be informed as to whether your proposed contest could be fit into the current contest schedule. Arrangements for judging and awards are the responsibility of the sponsor.


January 5  - No Sponsored Contest at this time.


February 2  - No Sponsored Contest at this time.


March 2  - No Sponsored Contest at this time.


April 6

* Sponsored Contest:  “Best Sherman".  Sponsored by Jim Guld

Any Sherman, any scale, and under any markings.  Award for Best Entry is a gift certificate to Formations.

As Of:  20 Jan 2007   

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May 4  

Sponsored Contest:  “Best Modern US Aircraft Carrier”.   Sponsored by Keith Liotta

* Contest subjects include the CV-41 USS Midway and newer carriers, angled-deck versions only.  Best Entry award.  Other awards possible based upon participation.

As Of:   20 Jan 2007

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June 1  $$ - Sponsored Contest:  “Best Modern US Aircraft Carrier”.   Sponsored by Keith Liotta

---  Extended from the May 4th to the June 1st Meeting  ---

Contest subjects include the CV-41 USS Midway and newer carriers, angled-deck versions only.  Best Entry award.  Other awards possible based upon participation.

As Of:   11 May 2007


July 13 ##  - 

Sponsored Contest:  “Best Mustang.”  Any “Stang” that flew or drove somewhere on the planet.

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As Of: 26 Dec 2006


August 3  -  No Sponsored Contest at this time.


September 7   -  No Sponsored Contest at this time.


October 5  -  @

Sponsored Contest:  "Best Wildcat".  Any F4F Wildcat model, any scale, any nationality, any model or variant.  This includes Grumman F4F's, General Motors eastern Aircraft FM's, British Martlets, etc.   Remember, any scale qualifies but Don is fond of small, micro models and the Special Theme for the meeting is "Micro".  The trophy will be a framed artist print of a F4F Wildcat during WW II with an engraved plate that says "Best Wildcat Model, Albuquerque Scale Modelers, 2007."

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November 2

Sponsored Contest: “Best Folded Wing Aircraft.  Any era, theater, manufacture, and scale aircraft with one or both wings folded or being folded.  Includes rotary winged aircraft (folded rotors/tail section). 

Sponsored by Ken Liotta

As Of:  26 Dec 2006


December  - No Sponsored Contest at this time.

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Model Demo at Hobbies N Stuff

December 6th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

by Ed Mummey

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Iwata Airbrush Demo at Hobbies N Stuff

December 6th, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

by Tom Grossman


New Mexico Armor Modeling and Preservation Society
(AMPS) Meeting on November 16th

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New Mexico AMPS' next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16th. at 2:00pm at Dave Miller's house.

Please call Dave for directions.

Phone: 505-281-4397

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The December 5th Special (Non-Points) Contest is

"Tag-Team Model"

2 Person Build - Any scale, manufacturer, or era.

AND

"2008 ASM Model of the Year Showdown"

Competition amongst all Best of Show and Best Enty Winners at all skill levels
from all of the 2008 Theme and Special Contests

Click here to see eligible models:  2008 Model of the Year Contenders

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The December 5th Sponspored Contests are:

"Best Captured Subject" Contest

Hosted by the ASM E-Board

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Best of any subject in captured markings.

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AND

"Something Completely Different" Contest

Hosted by Tom Grossman

Any subject that the builder does not usually build.   Click here for further info on the Rules.

Any subject that the builder does not usually build.  Rules as follows:

1.  Kit must be built in 2008 by any member in good standing of ASM

2,  Kit must pass approval of local peers at the time of registration as a subject the builder
does not usually build.  Ideally, a subject the builder has NEVER built.

3.  Judging will be done according to ASM policy by ASM members.

4.  Photos of all entries must be provided to the sponsor.

1st Place Prize:  $25 gift certificate for the hobby shop of winner's choice.

2nd Place Prize:  $15 gift certificate for the hobby shop of winner's choice.

3rd Place Prize:  $10 gift certificate for the hobby shop of winner's choice.

Winners must notify the sponsor of their hobby shop choice.


The Prez's Spiel

By Jim Guld, ASM President

A Few Words From the Top  

I would just like to say well done to all. Those tables have been pretty full the past couple of months, except for you juniors.  Come on get out there and build something.  

Just a couple of reminders: Buy raffle tickets for the upcoming Super Raffles!  June is just around the corner and that P-47 would look awful funny-looking sitting in my closet if I win it.   I will also have the signup sheet out for Dave Straub’s weekend workshop in June.

Well, that’s about it. Now get back to the workbench and build something


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

What’s hot in the world of armor, you ask? It seems that with fall, a bunch of new releases are coming out—that’s if you still have a house to build models in.

Some of the releases have been talked about before, but a couple are out of the blue.

From Tristar we have a Panzer 38t ausf. B with full interior and British paratroopers with Welbikes.

Formations has some new resin goodies for us: a set of wheels for the M-6 Dodge and a British vision cupola with adaptor for use on a Sherman.

AFV Club has the Stryker M1128 MGS coming out in September and the Churchill MkIII is still slated for October.

In the reference world we have new releases from The Factory Publishing and from Capricorn Publications. The Factory Publishing has “Panzers of Kasserine” and Capricorn Publications has a detail book out on the Studebaker US-6.

Now, after you’ve built that model you’ll need markings, right? Well, Archer Transfers has some new releases for you. They have markings for Marine M4A3 flame tanks and M4A2s on Iwo Jima, along with some new crate markings for US 105mm ammo. They also have new UN Flags, more surface details, and British Paratrooper uniform badges.

For you photoetch fans, Aber has some new items. They include items for the Dragon E-100, Geshutzwagen Tiger, Soviet Infantry belts, etc., a barrel for the Dragon Panzer IV G, a 105mm barrel for the Tamiya howitzer kit, and some German tapered antennas.

Resicast has a T-16 Universal Carrier coming out in September.

Trumpeter has a new Stryker M1127 recon version and for those of you liking 1/16 scale, they have a KT with full interior and an M16 halftrack. The KT is listed as a limited run and due out in October.

Tamiya has some re-pops out of Italian armor with some updates to them such as new plastic track and figures. They are the old Italeri kits. They do have listed as new an early version JagdTiger. These are 1/35 kits. They also have some new stuff in 1/48, including a new Marder III with the Russian 76mm gun, and re-pops of a Sdkfz. 222 armored car and AB41 armored car.

But by far the biggest surprise is from Tasca: an M4A1 DV Sherman in British service. The sprue shots look great. This is set for a mid October release. They will also be releasing the suspension set as a separate kit.

Bronco models also has their A13 Cruiser tank out and a 1/35 scale V1 Buzz bomb. I hadn’t heard of that one.

Dragon has some new announcements: a Panzerjager I, a 1942 version T-34 with Hex turret, a Premium Edition kit of the 250/8 German halftrack, a Panzer III J and Borgward combo kit, and a Stug III with the Flussigass tanks on the rear deck.

Well, there are the highlights. As always go to the PMMS web site for your armor modeling updates.


SHOCON 08

IPMS Region 10 Convention

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September 13, 2008

Northern Utah Scale Modelers Association co-sponsored by

IPMS/Salt Lake City and Utah Miniature Automotive Guild

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Union Station, Ogden, Utah

Click here for the latest SHOCON Briefings:

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SHOCON Briefing V

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SHOCON Briefing III

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Website link for SHOCON 08 Info:   http://www.nusma.org/contest08.html

Link to Northern Utah Scale Modelers Association website:  http://www.nusma.org/

Friday Night Social Update:

IMPORTANT:  THE VENUE IS THE SAME BUT THE TIME IS DIFFERENT!!

The Friday night social will be at the Golden Corral in Layton, Utah which is off Angel Street off Antelope Drive.  The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.  You will enjoy camaraderie and a number of models to be auctioned off.  It is my understanding that GreatModels Webstore has donated some of the models and we appreciate their participation.  Remember to show up early, at 5:30 for dinner!!!

 

Hotel Information:

The Host Hotel for the 2008 Region X Convention is the Ogden Marriott, which is within walking distance of Union Station.  The Hotel address is 247  24th Street.  We have reserved a block of rooms.  This is a very nice hotel and we have negotiated a rate of $99.00 per night with rooms set aside for Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13. 
The rooms will be held until July 18, 2008.  This is only a couple of days away so you had better get your reservation now if you have put it off.

The phone number for reservations is 1-800-627-7468 or locally at 801-627-1190.   Don’t delay making your reservation due to the July deadline!!

 


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October 18, 2008

High Plains Modelers Club

is hosting a Plastic Model Contest at "The Ranch"

Larimer County Fairgraounds and Events Complex

Adjacent to I-25, just North of Highway 34, in Loveland, Colorado

Club / Contest Website: http://www.ipmshpm.org./

Contest Chairman:  Mark Bradley

Cmtact Information:  303-881-5001 /   Bradley_mr@hotmail.com

 


ModelZona 2008

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November 15, 2008

Craig Hewitt Chapter IPMS-USA, Phoenix, Arizona

ModelZona 2008 will be held in the museum hangar of the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force,
located at Falcon Field in Mesa.

Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum
2017 North Greenfield Road
Mesa, Arizona 85215
480-924-1940

Click here for further information on ModelZona 2009:

http://www.ipms-phoenix.org/


New Mexico AMPS Meeting

by James Guld

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At out last NM AMPS meeting on July 12th we had some new faces in the crowd.  Mike Blohm and Josh Pals were in attendance.  Hopefully they will get the bug and build more armor.  Rounding out the gaggle was Dave Miller and myself. 

We started off the meeting with me showing my latest diorama, “Whada Catch”, and telling about the different techniques I used for the stonewalls and ground coverings.  After that I also pulled out my latest Sherman.  It is an M4A2/76w that was commanded by Dimitry Loza in 1945.  I explained how I used the hairspray technique to get the heavily worn white wash finish.  After that Mike showed us two of his pieces, a M4 Sherman in 1/48 scale and a T-62 in 1/72 scale.  Dave then brought out his latest work in progress, a German 88mm Pak 43/41 anti tank gun, which is close to being done.  He explained some of the kits faults and what he did to overcome them.  I have one of these in the closet so I was paying close attention.  After we got done BS’ing we fired up the grill and had hot dogs and burgers.  The next meeting will probably be in October some time.  Hope to see you there.

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For more information on the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS), please click on the following link to the AMPS home page:  http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/default.aspx


Dave Straub Demo

by Glenn Bingham

On June 15, a scratchbuilding demonstration was held by Master Model Builder Dave Straub in his home garage workshop.  In attendance were James Guld, Ed Johnson, Dave Miller, Fred Franceschi, Josh Pals, and Glenn Bingham.

Dave stressed the importance of gathering the necessary drawings and documentation before you start a project.  He demonstrated how to cut out and shape a master part, such as a fuselage, from jellutong wood or basswood.  He then shaped and sanded the part (basic features/details to be added later).

Dave showed the casting forms he had used in building his IPMS National award-winning NC-4 flying boat.   He then demonstrated how to splash-cast the upper and lower fuselage bodies, which eventually could be joined to make the finished fuselage.

Dave showed his many techniques, tools, and modeling materials.  Afterward, all viewed his living room display case filled with his many award-winning models, and were left in awe.

A very pleasant and informative afternoon.  Thank you, Dave.


Trip Report - National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

by Mike Blohm 

    This Trip Report covers two different visits I recently made to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio in April and May of 2008.  The museum was previously known as just the U.S. Air Force Museum

    The museum has recently added a new hangar and a tall circular building to house its missile and space display.  The collection was rearranged to make the new hangar into a “Cold War” Gallery.  The post-1945 prototypes and test-related aircraft (X and Y-types) previously displayed in the museum’s main hangars have now been moved into one of two hangars located over on Wright-Patterson AFB and are not available to the public except via a separate tour. 

    I was able to spend a whole day checking out most of the main hangars on my first trip, which was with my son Matt while we were attending “Transformer BOTCON 2008”.  (I will have another Trip Report shortly covering that event.).   On my second trip I arrived after the museum was closed but the weather was nice and I was able to check out the outside collection, which has slimmed down quite a bit with the new hangars having made room for some of them to move inside.  I had good fortune in that the A-36 Invader and the P-38J Lightning were both outside the hangars for some reason, and I basically had as long as I wanted to do “walk-around shots” of both aircraft, unencumbered by people or nearby aircraft.  Additionally, one of the hangar side doors was open, which allowed me to get some pictures from angles not normally available. 

     My report below mainly covers what has been newly-added at the museum.  The pictures posted below are arranged by separate galleries.  More pictures are posted over on the ASM Field Trips page.

New items in the Early Years Gallery included a SPAD XIII in Eddie Rickenbacker’s markings and a Fokker Dr I suspended from the ceiling.  There was also a Hawker Hurricane in Eagle Squadron markings and a clever diorama of a BT-14 trainer in a less-than-graceful nosed-over position. 

    New items in the Air Power Gallery (World War II) included a P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt in the markings of Colonel Neel Kearby, a Medal of Honor winner with 22 aerial victories in the Southwest Pacific.  This display included the tail fin and a .50 caliber machine gun recovered from the crash site of Kearby’s actual Fiery Ginger IV.  Kearby was killed in action near Wewak, New Guinea.  Other new aircraft include a Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai (George) displayed near the B-29 “Bockscar”, which has just come out of renovation and its spinner is not yet attached. 

    The center section of the Modern Flight Gallery (Korea and Southeast Asia) now has an F-22A Raptor.   This is the third F-22A built and was used in developmental testing at Edwards AFB, but it is displayed in Langley AFB markings (“FF” on tail).  Also new are a  RQ-1 Predator, a RQ-4 Global Hawk, and a Boeing “Bird of Prey” test prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) - very cool looking. 

    The new Cold War Gallery has a MiG-29A, a B-1, a test B-2, and three recently restored cruise missiles: Martin CGM-13B Mace, Martin TM-61A Matador, and a Northrop SM-62 Snark.  The new Missile Gallery building is attached to the East wall of the Cold War gallery, and this includes a balcony where you can get a great look out over the entire display.  Unfortunately they don’t have balcony overlooks in any of the other galleries, which is a significant shortfall. 

    The Missile and Space Gallery has the following newly-restored missiles:  Chrysler SM-78/PGM-19A Jupiter, Douglas SM-75/PGM-17A Thor, Martin Marietta SM-68A/HGM-25A Titan I and SM-68B/LGM-25C Titan II, Thor Agena A, and a Boeing LGM-118A Peacekeeper.  The Gallery does have a second story wraparound balcony to get a good look at the missiles, but it is still difficult to take pictures of them from any aspect due to their height. 

    The two on-base hangars contain the Research and Development (R&D) gallery and the Presidential Aircraft Gallery.  I only had time to zip thought the R&D display during my visit.  The aircraft there are quite impressive but they are jam-packed like sardines around the center point B-70 Valkyrie, leaving little room to get between them and making photography very difficult.  Aircraft of note include the RQ-3A Dark Star UAV, Piper PA48 Enforcer (turboprop P-51), Lockheed YF-12A and D-21B Drone, YF-22A Raptor, Bell XGAM-63 Rascal, and a North American X-10 Navaho.  If you have an extra hour, taking the bus over to see the R&D Gallery is recommended, especially if you are a fan of “X-aircraft”.   I was able to get some pictures of aircraft awaiting renovation (separate from any of the hangars), which included a MiG-23, B-47, C-131, and two F-4D’s, one of which I believe was previously a gate guard at Wright-Patterson AFB. 

    An overall observation (whine) is that the main museum hangars are extremely dark, marking it difficult to take pictures.  Aircraft are suspended from the ceiling, which is a good thing, but they have uncannily placed the signs for the suspended items directly in front of whatever you want to take a photograph of on the ground.  You will certainly need to be creative. 

    Very highly recommended to visit if you happen to be near Dayton.  Plan on at least a full day if you are a fast walker; otherwise maybe two days.   Bring lots of extra data memory cards or film for your camera, and a ton of money or credit cards for the gift shop, as they have a most excellent book section.  They do have models, but they are a little pricey. 

 Here’s a link to the museum’s website:  http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

Early Years Gallery

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Sopwith F-1 Camel SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Boeing P-26A
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North American BT-14 Hawker Hurricane MkIIa

Airpower Gallery (World War II)

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Douglas B-18 Bolo Bell P-39D Airacobra Supermarine Spitfire MkVc Lockheed P-38L Lightning Republic P-47D Thunderbolt North American A-36 Invader DeHaviland DH98 Mosquito

Modern Flight Gallery (Korea and Southeast Asia)

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North American F-86A Sabre Douglas B-26C
Invader
Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw Boeing B-52D
Stratofortress
Republic F-105G Thunderchief SA-2 SAM
V-750 Dvina
McDonnell
F-4C Phantom II

Cold War Gallery

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Convair B-36J Peacemaker Boeing RB-47H Stratojet Convair B-58A Hustler, Boeing
KC-97 Tanker
B-1, B-2, SR-71 and F-89 Martin CGM-13B Mace Lockheed
F-117A
Lockheed F-22A Raptor and Bird of Prey UAV

Missile and Space Gallery

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Missiles
Lineup
Chrysler PGM-19A Jupiter Douglas PGM-17A Thor Martin-Marietta HGM-25 Titan I and Thor-Agena B Boeing
LGM-118A
Peacekeeper
Apollo 15 Command Module Stargazer
Balloon
Gondola

Research and Development Gallery

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Vertijet
Republic
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American
F-107A
Martin
Marietta
X-24A
North
American
X-10 Navaho

More pictures are posted over on the ASM Field Trips page.


F-4 Phantom Historical Presentation

by Mike Blohm

  In a "Reverse Lend-Lease" fashion, an ASM speaker gave a presentation to the Albuquerque Aviation History Group, instead of the other way around.  On June 5th, I gave a historical presentation on the F-4 Phantom II, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Phantom's first flight in May 1958.  There were over thirty people in attendance and the presentation was well received. 

  From discussions after the meeting it is evident that there are several members of this group that ASM should invite to give talks to our own club.  I would encourage ASM members to attend the Albuquerque Aviation History Group meetings, which occur on the first Thursday of every month at the Bear Canyon Senior Citizens Center.   I hope to add information to the website covering their schedule of speakers.   See Harry Davidson for further details on the Aviation History Group.


Road Trips

by Brian Peck

Note:  The Pima Air Museum Road Trip was successfully completed and a great time was had by all.
Article by Brian Peck - with pics - is posted nearer the top of this page!

   The next ASM road trip info is April 12 – 13 to the Pima Air Museum, and we already have five signups so far.  We will either caravan out there in everyone's personal cars, use a member’s minivan, or chip in and rent a large 15-passenger van, depending on how many sign up.  Family members always are welcome to come along.  If we rent a large passenger van, you are recommended to bring your own gas mask just in case of an anonymous burrito gas attack.  There is a possible arrangement in the works to see the adjacent bone yard at Davis-Monthan AFB, but nothing is confirmed yet.  Here's a link to the Pima Air Museum:  http://www.pimaair.org/

     The second ASM 2008 road trip is planned for late spring (Date TBD) to the Denver/Greeley/Colorado Springs area for multiple Hobby Shop raids and a possible stop at the Air Museum in Pueblo.  It will be also a 2-day sortie.  Here's a link to the Weisbrod Air Museum:  http://www.pwam.org/

 The third road trip scheduled for mid-late summer will be to El Paso for a 1-day sortie to go the War Eagle air museum and Hal’s Hobby shop.

  The last road trip in the mid-late summer will be either to Liberal, Kansas, for the Air Museum there as a 2-day sortie, or to Amarillo for a 1-day raid at the local hobby shop and eats.  I dare anyone to eat the famous 72-ounce steak at The Big Texan steakhouse, (bring a bag!)


Book Review

by Don Smith

The Jolly Rogers: The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17

by Tom Blackburn with Eric Hammel
Zenith Press, 1998 (1st edition) • 270 pages

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I’m reviewing a book that keeps in theme with next month’s sponsored F4U Corsair contest.
Get those gull-wing birds ready; remember, anything goes as long as it’s an F4U.

I didn’t think I would like this book so I sent it to my Dad, he’s an old sailor. He liked it enough he sent back for me to review. It is a good book worth a look if you’re interested in the Pacific Theatre and dogfighting. Tom Blackburn’s cocky pilots were castoffs from other units. Together they worked out to become the top Navy fighting squadron during VF-17’s short time in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville area of the South Pacific.   The fighting was brutal and the attrition rates high. VF-17 would’ve been wiped out by attrition if they didn’t develop new tactics.

This book is a quick read. I tired a little of Blackburn’s bragging, but hey, he earned the right. From a modeler’s perspective it was interesting that they started out flying F4U-1’s and by the time they reached combat they had F4U-1A’s.  If you have a Tamiya F4U-1/2 model, you will notice that there are markings for a VF-17 F4U-1 with four kills; what gives?   You can also read about putting a bomb rack on the Corsair and why you have to be careful about showing an early Corsair with a bomb rack.  I think somebody noted that Tamiya made the mistake of putting a bomb rack on the wrong plane.  Now go build those F4U’s for next month.

I would recommend this book for any Corsair or Naval Aviation fan or student of the Pacific Theatre.  There are some interesting photos and a few maps, but the appendix does not show the final number of planes shot down by VF-17’s pilots (by the way, the Tamiya kit with the markings for four kills is for a pilot who had shot down four Japanese planes at Guadalcanal while flying F4F’s; the actual F4U-1 with the four kill markings did not see any combat and the pilot left VF-17 as soon as he finished the first tour).

I can’t find many faults with the book.  I liked it. I picked up my copy at Borders for $17.95 before I applied my coupon discount.  I’ll have to give it four out of five stars. ****

Webmaster's Addition: 

If you would like to build a VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" Corsair - note pirate flag emblem on the nose - here are some decal sheets for you to check out:

EagleCals EC#20 "VF-17 Jolly Rogers" (in both 1/72: 72020 and 1/48: 48020) has five different schemes, including Tommy Blackburn (model depicted below),
Roger Hedrick, James Streig, Butch Davenport, and Doris "Chico" Freeman. 
Eagle Strike Productions' # 72013 "Pacific Corsairs" has two VF-17 schemes: Ira Kepford (top VF-17 ace) and an early F4U-1 (BirdCage) aboard USS Bunker Hill.
Eagle Strike Productions' # 48093 "Corsair Collection Part 3" has two VF-17 schemes: Doris "Chico" Freeman and Merl Davenport.
SuperScale # 72-701 has one VF-17 scheme for Tommy Blackburn.
SuperScale # 72-856 has two VF-17 schemes: Doris "Chico" Freeman and Merl Davenport.
SuperScale # 72-857 has one VF-17 scheme for Thomas Killefer.
        Techmod # 72018 has two different VF-17 schemes for Ira Kepford (Corsair profile depicted below).
Recommend "Corsair Aces of World War II" by Mark Styling (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces) for additional information.

Here's Tommy Blackburn's F4U-1A Corsair # 1 "Big Hog" - Model by Mike Blohm (Hasgawa 1/72 scale kit):

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Ira"Ike" Kepford's F4U-1A  # 29


ASM Modeling Techniques Workshops

There will be an ASM Modeling Techniques workshop held at
Hobbies N' Stuff on TBD from 12:00 to 3:00 PM.

Workshops are scheduled each month on the second to last Saturday.


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at the October 3rd ASM Meeting
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"ASM's Best P-47 -
10th Anniversary"
Special Contest
(Non-Points)
"Best P-40"
Sponsored Contest
Hosted by
Patrick Dick
"Alan Goodman Memorial"
Sponsored Contest
Hosted by
ASM E-Board
"Alan Goodman Memorial"
Sponsored Contest
Hosted by
ASM E-Board
Winner:
Mike Franklin
Winner:
Larry Horyna
E-Board Plaque
Winner:
Dave Straub
Kathy's Favorite
Plaque Winner:
Dave Straub
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Click here to see October Model Pictures

Click here to see October Meeting Pictures

Click here to see October Contest Results


The November 7th Theme (Points) Contest is

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"World War I - 90 Years"

 Any World War I subject and any scale.

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The November 7th Sponspored Contest is:

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"World War I Aces"

Hosted by Mike Blohm

--  Best build of a World War I ace's aircraft.  Any aircraft type, any scale.  Bring documentation  --

Award plaque:

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ASM Super-Raffle at October 3rd Meeting

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Prizes Consisting Of:

Hobby Boss 1/35 Scale M4 High Speed Tractor kit

AFV Club 1/35 scale Long Tom 155mm Cannon kit

Tankograd reference book on U.S. WW II M4, M5 & M6 High Speed Tractors

Photoetch and Resin Detail Sets

--  See Frank Randall for raffle tickets  --

$3.00 per ticket or Two for $5.00


October's ASM Meeting Workshop

by Brian Peck 

Greetings, fellow ASMers!   At the October meeting, we will be having another modeling workshop.

For this one, I would like to do a “hands on” version. This means you should bring in your projects that you might be having problems with, or for which you are looking for a different idea on how to do something.

I’d like to get several people to bring their stuff in for this, because watching someone do it is only half as good as actually doing it!

Hope to see you all there at the meeting!


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from September's "The Pacific" Contest
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Best of Show & People's Choice
Juniors
Best of Show
Basic
People's Choice
Basic
Best of Show
Intermediate
People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
People's Choice
Masters
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No Entries Gil Johnson Kent Weeks Victor Maestas Kyle Garber Dave Miller Dave Miller
No Entries Japanese Type 1
75mm Self
Propelled Gun
Tiger Tank SSN-21
USS Sea Wolf
I-400 Japanese Submarine T-34/85
Korea, 1950
M1A1 75mm
Pack Howitzer

Click here to see September Contest Results

Click here to see September Model Pictures

Click here to see September Meeting Pictures

 


SHOCON 08  - IPMS Region 10 Convention

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September 13, 2008

Ogden, Utah

Click here for additional details:   SHOCON 08

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Model Conest at Hobbies N' Stuff on September 20th

Click here for additional details:  HnS Model Contest

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Next Sponsored Contest

October 3rd

"P-40" Contest

Hosted by Patrick Dick

--  Held-over from September 5th  --

Best build of Hasegawa's 1/32 scale P-40E kit in the"Texas Longhorn" markings from the kit.

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Webmaster's Addition:

Here's some "History" to go with your modeling of "Texas Longhorn"

by Mike Blohm 

"Texas Longhorn" was a Curtiss P-40E Warhawk flown by John D. Landers while he served with the 49th Pursuit Group, 9th Fighter Squadron in the Pacific Theater, achieving 6 credited victories against the Japanese. He evaded capture in December 1942 after being shot down and bailing out of his fighter plane near Dobodura, New Guinea after achieving his 5th and 6th kills.  The link below takes you to a description of Landers early career over Darwin and New Guinea and the air battle when he was shot down - great reading!

http://books.google.com/books?id=Q3b3d7-T4hMC&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=John+D.+Landers&source=web&ots=dPLVYkkMSy&sig=Ruh4Ebaam8y_RtC5gURS4_GmzZk&hl=en

Further info on Landers' career and pics of both "Texas Longhorn" and "Big Beautiful Doll" are posted below:

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Colonel John D. Landers is the 36th ranking U.S. ace (tie); and 31st ranking ace in the USAF (tie).  Landers was an ace in two war theaters, and was one of the great USAAF fighter group (FG) commanders in WW II.  He initially served with the 49 FG, 5 Air Force (AF) in the Southwest Pacific (SWP) and scored 6 kills in the P-40.  With the 8 AF in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) he was commander of the 38 Fighter Squadron in the 55 FG, Group Executive Officer for 357 FG; and then Commander of both the 78 FG and 361 FG.   His famous and much-modeled P-51D was named "Big Beautiful Doll".   He scored a “triple” on 7 July 1944 (3 Me 410s) near Bernberg, Germany, and 3 “doubles”.  Landers scored 8 ground kills on one mission.  Landers score included 14.5 aerial victories (14.5 confirmed / 0 probable / 1 damaged) and 20.0 ground (strafing) victories.  He scored 6 in the P-40E, 4 in the P-38J, and 4.5 in the P-51D.  He was promoted to Colonel in May 1945.  Landers passed away in September 1989. 

 

The Color Scheme of "Texas Longhorn"

So - what was the color scheme for John Lander's "Texas Longhorn"?   Is it really what is depicted in the kit's instructions?

Hasegawa's kit instruction state that the colors to use are Dark Green (DG) and Dark Earth (DE) on the upper surfaces over Azure Blue (AB) or a slightly-blued Light Gray FS36495 (LG) on the under surface.  Links to portions of the instruction sheet are included below.

Paint Scheme        Color Chart

However, John Tate and I exchanged a few E-mails on whether "Texas Longhorn" was really painted as per the kit's instruction or was actually in an Olive Drab (OD) over Neutral Gray (NG) scheme.  To help resolve this question, I went on a research hunt and discovered a few interesting facts that you'll need to ponder over before you paint up your model.

The excellent Schiffer book on the 49FG,  "Protect & Avenge" has some wording on page 24 describing the paint scheme's of the 49th's P-40s:

"Each 49er squadron was allocated 25 Curtiss P-40E fighters from the first, second, and third production blocks and P-40E1CU types from the fourth block.   Several of the third and fourth block planes were in earth brown and dark green with pale grey undersides camouflage, indicating RAF-contract machines for Europe or China duty.  They had been commandeered from RAF distribution after America joined the war effort."

So that more or less says that "Azure Blue" is out for an undersurface color.  More on this shortly.

To answer the OD and NG versus DG-DE and LG scheme question for "Texas Longhorn", I had to do some comparisons of photos.  I checked the excellent pictures of Lander's P-40 found on  page 8 of Squadron-Signal's "49th Fighter Group" book against photos of P-40's in the DG-DE scheme in the "Protect & Avenge" book.  Some good examples are on pages 56, 57, 60, 64, and 65.

One of the "49th Fighter Group" book photos of the right side fuselage showing the Longhorn's face shows what looks to be a DG-DE division line to the right of the horns, not too far from the front of the nose (third picture from left above).  Comparing this same view of the aircraft to multiple photos in the "Protect & Avenge" book reveals the same DG-DE division line on those aircraft as well.

This answers the upper paint scheme question.  Yes, "Texas Longhorn" was painted in a DG-DE scheme.

So what color was the lower side of the aircraft?

There are several possibilities.  Per the  "Protect & Avenge" quote above, the undersides camouflage was pale grey.  Another possibility is Sky Type S, or a U.S. light blue version of that color, as was painted on U.S. aircraft ordered by Great Britain.  Per the quote above, some of the 49th's P-40s were RAF-contract machines. 

This conundrum is much like the debate over the underside color of the American Volunteer Group's (Flying Tigers) Hawk 81 aircraft.  Advocates argue for either a Light Grey or Sky Type S.

So what to do?  Your best bet looks to be to build two models and have one Light Grey and one Sky Type S.  Actually, you can build whichever looks best to you, as it is highly likely that no one will be able to challenge your choice.   

If you have any additional insight or inputs on this issue, please send me an E-mail and I'll include it in this article.

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Of Note:  One of Landers' squadronmates in the 9th Fighter Squadron flying P-40E's didn't do too badly either when he also transferred to the ETO.
George E. Preddy, who flew P-40E "Tarheel" (an OD and NG acheme) alongside Landers, went on to fly the P-47 and P-51 with the 352 Fighter Group, where he became the top Mustang Ace with a total of 26.833 victories.  He flew a series of P-47's and P-51's named "Cripes A' Mighty".  See P-40 and P-51 pictures below:

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Also on October 3rd

"Allan Goodman Memorial" Contest

Hosted by the ASM E-Board

--  Best build of any model kit subject that was purchased from the Allan Goodman model collection.  --

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The October 3rd Special (Non-Points) Contest is

"ASM's Best P-47 - 10th Anniversary"

 Any scale, manufacturer, or  era.

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Award Plaque:

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The October 3rd Sponspored Contests are:

"Best P-40"

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--  Best build of Hasegawa's 1/32 scale P-40E kit in "Texas Longhorn" markings  --

Hosted by Patrick Dick - Held over from the September 5th Meeting

AND

"Allan Goodman Memorial"

Hosted by the ASM E-Board

--  Best build of a model from the Allan Goodman Model Collection  --


Model Contest at Hobbies N' Stuff on September 20th

Info provided by Hobbies N' Stuff is as follows:

"All scales, all genre, all ages.

This is our third tri-monthly contest and we really want to get people involved.

Gift certificate prizes will be awarded to winners.

Please have all entries in to the store by 12:00 PM.

Hope to see you there!  Good luck!"

Click here to see photos from past HnS contest.

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Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

The dog days of summer are drawing to an end, and hopefully autumn will bring more releases. I know I have my fingers crossed! Unfortunately, a few armor subjects that were supposed to be released this spring got pushed back to the fall.

Here is what is new or on the horizon:

Mig Productions has some figures and diorama bits for modern settings like Jersey barriers.

Tank Workshop has a German railway boxcar.

Blast has some cool items for the Stryker, including a mine-clearing plow and lane markers for the rear.

A new book on Shermans from Steve Zaloga is due out in October from Stackpole.

Trumpeter says they are to release the 1/16-scale M16 halftrack in September.

Dragon has some new figures coming out of Commonwealth troops for the Italian campaign, and are supposed to have the 1/35-scale M16 halftrack out in September.

Hobby Boss has their version of the Land-Wasser-Schlepper coming out in late August.

Tiger Model Designs has some updates for the new M5A1 from AFV Club and some exhausts for T-34s.

AFV Club is supposed to have the Churchill MKIII out in October, along with crew figures from Hobby Fan.

That’s about it for the major armor items. As always, keep up to date by checking the PMMS web site.


Trip Report - Pima Air Museum Road Trip

by Brian Peck

Here are some pictures from ASM's Road Trip to the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona on April 12-13, 2008. 

The first set of pictures is by Brian Peck.  The second set of pictures is by Victor Maestas.

Here's a link to the museum:  http://www.pimaair.org/

 The next road trip is planned for late spring (Date TBD) to the Denver/Greeley/Colorado Springs area for multiple Hobby Shop raids and a possible stop at the Air Museum in Pueblo. It will be also a 2-day “sortie.”

 The 3rd road trip scheduled for mid to late summer will be to El Paso for a 1-day “sortie” to go the War Eagle air museum and Hal’s Hobby shop.

 The last road trip in the mid to late summer will be either to Liberal, Kansas, for the Air Museum there as a 2-day sortie, or to Amarillo for a 1-day raid at the local Hobby shop and eats. I dare anyone to eat the famous 72-ounce steak at The Big Texan steakhouse (bring a bag!).

The motley ASM crew at Pima Air Museum. Tom points out that "See, real aircraft have seamlines too" Patrick waits for the keys next to his new F-14 as he wonders where his salesman has wondered off to. Mike and Tom discuss the merits of a B-52 and traffic control. Danny silently contemplates how hard it would be to take a B-52 for a joy ride with his son Josh.
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B-58 Hustler Tail
with Artsy-Moon
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weathering - toylike
F-107: Needs future
on canopy
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Trip Report - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

by Mike Blohm

  I recently had the opportunity to visit the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s headquarters at Royal Air Force (RAF) Coningsby in Lincolnshire, Great Britain.  The Flight provides flypasts and displays commemorating the RAF’s role in World War II.   It was formed in 1957 as the Historic Aircraft Flight and has undergone many changes in its history. Today it is one of the world’s best-known historic aircraft collections.  In 2007 the Flight conducted 945 individual appearances at 536 separate events, which included 99 displays and 437 flypasts of various sizes. 

     Our group was given a personal tour of all the aircraft that were parked in the Memorial Flight’s hangar.  These included a Lancaster Mk III, two Hurricanes (Mk IIc), five Spitfires (Mk IIa, Vb, LFIXe, and PRXIX), and two DHC-1 Chipmunks.  Their C-47 Dakota was out flying during our tour.  See the included pictures.  The tour went from plane-to-plane, talking about the operational history of each aircraft and the story behind their current markings.  The aircraft’s schemes are often changed to match a significant historical event.  Many of the aircraft were in pieces as they were undergoing maintenance actions.  Unfortunately we were not able to climb into any fighter cockpits, but we did get reign to scramble within the Lancaster’s interior.  It was quite narrow and involved a lot of climbing over and around items to make it from the tail gunner’s position all the way up to the bombardier’s station.  I had not previously known that the Lancaster had only one pilot – no co-pilot was aboard.

     There were several bombs on display outside the hangar, including a Tallboy (12,000 pounds) and a Grandslam (22,000 ponds) - see pictures.  The Memorial Flight has a small Visitor Center/gift shop with some nice postcards, prints, coffee mugs, etc.   They had a bunch of model kits but the prices were way too high. 

     An added bonus was a visit to the Flight by a two-seater Spitfire and a T-6 Texan.  At the end of the tour, an Avro Vulcan bomber – the last one flying. – flew in to RAF Coninsgy for a compass swing, making one flypast before landing. This aircraft was recently brought out of retirement for use in aerial displays.  It was very impressive - a lot of “aluminum overcast” there, not to take anything away from the B-36. 

     Highly recommended to visit if you happen to be near the city of Lincoln in Northern Great Britain or near one of the locations they perform at.  You can learn more about the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and their display schedule at their website:     http://www.bbmf.co.uk/index.html

More pictures are posted on the ASM Field Trips page.  .

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Trip Report - AMPS Nationals

by Jim Guld

This past month I attended the AMPS Nationals in Auburn, Indiana, and I drove.  It was held at the WWII Victory Museum, which also has side gallery rooms for Women’s Baseball League, cars, and a James Dean room.  A bit of an odd mix but a nice venue for the contest.   For those not familiar with AMPS, they don’t give out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards, but award gold, silver, and bronze awards.  Your model is judged to a set of standards with a four-man judging team.  Each judge awards up to 10 points with the lowest judge’s score thrown out.  Each model is judged for eight minutes.   I did two judging shifts while at the show.  You can go to the AMPS web site and get more information on how they judge:

http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/default.aspx

There were 425 models entered, plus probably another 20 – 30 out for show.  The way the AMPS show works, people bring their models in and register them, and the models are put on trays and side tables.  The judging teams start judging and the models are then put out on the display tables.  The only exception is for figures, vignettes, and dioramas, which are judged out on the display tables.  I personally like this system better, but it does take a lot of time and people to judge.  Judging was finished by early Saturday afternoon and the awards ceremony was at 5:00.

As far as seminars go, I was only able to sit in on one.  Gerry Chester was a wireless operator on Churchill tanks from the Tunisian campaign on into the Italian campaign. He gave a great presentation and he has a web site also (http://northirishhorse.net).

The vendors’ room was pretty good.  Some of the vendors who attended were Formations, Roger Saunders from Hornet Heads, Great Models, Ampersand Publishing, Panzer Tracts, CRM Hobbies, M&Models, Wings-N-Treads, Tank Rat’s Models, and reps from Tamiya and AFV Club.   AFV Club had sprues out for their new 1973 IDF version of the Centurion and some artwork for the upcoming Churchill III.

As far as models go, there were plenty of nice models on the tables and if you go to any of the armor-related web sites such as Missing-Lynx or Armorama you can find links to pictures.  As for me, I did better than I expected. I won 1 bronze, 2 silver, and 3 gold medals, and I also received Best US Subject for my WC-51.

Next year, the contest is held at Havre de Grace in Maryland, but hopefully it will be moved around after that. I’m hoping either west coast or more of a midpoint, say Kansas City.   A one-day drive sure would be nice.


Dem Brudders Visit Albuquerque

by Ken Liotta

   What do you get when only one of Dem Brudders stops by for a friendly visit?  Der Brudder?  Das Brudder?  Neither.  You get a lot of shared fun and camaraderie amongst plastic model building friends.  Recently, it became known that Richard Engar of the famed “Dem Brudders” in the IPMS/USA Journal and Regional Liaison/Publicity Coordinator of the Northern Utah Scale Modelers Association upcoming "Shocon 2008: The Regional" was going to be in Albuquerque on a small business trip.  Prior to his stay, arrangements were made between him and the ASM E-board to meet at my humble abode in conjunction with our monthly E-board meeting Thursday evening on March 27th.

   I always enjoy having club members over on occasions to share burnt hamburgers, hot dogs, and other goodies.  Before, during, and after the E-board meetings you will always find conversations jumping from the latest kit release, to the newest found model building  technique, to the latest news from the hobby shops, to updates on the next up coming model contests, etc, etc.  Of course, we do actually discuss club business, but hey, we’re all model builders and we love this hobby.  We usually have a couple of in-progress models that show up and also a few of the latest finished masterpieces.   The only difference this month was that we had the good fortune of sharing it with Dick Engar.  He spiced up the evening with his usual good humor and friendly model building experiences.  We learned a little more about the upcoming Regional in Utah this coming September.  (Those details will follow later).  Everyone had a fantastic time yucking it up with fellow craftsman and I am elated that I had the pleasure of hosting the E-board meeting here.  Of course, the business meeting was followed up with giving Dick a tour of Plastic Model Mecca.  Bulged eyeballs and dropped jars were abundant.  Many thanks to all that helped coordinate the visit/meeting and made it such a success:   The entire E-board, brother Keith, and just as important, best friend and loving wife Rita.

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E-Board Kit Review

by James Guld

   Bronco Models Hotchkiss H39

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I thought I would give you my impression of the H39, which I had at last month’s meeting. This was Bronco’s first model from 2005 and I built it basically OOB except for adding a few missing bolt details here and there, filling in the seams around the turret vision slots, and adding some casting numbers to the front nose under the Hotchkiss logo.

Starting from the bottom up, the running gear comes with metal springs for the bogey units. The fit of the pieces is slightly off when assembling the two halves together, so you have to watch that or they will sit askew. The tracks come as individual links which you glue together, but they didn’t have any knockout pin marks at all. The rear idler can be positioned on its mount, but make sure you mount it as low as possible—otherwise, you’ll have problems with the tracks hitting on the bottom of the fenders.

The lower hull tub is a one-piece unit and the upper hull is broken down into two parts. The front section stops about at the middle of the driver’s hatch where there is a natural seam line just like on the real tank. The rear section then has the engine deck grills as a separate piece.

The kit actually comes with a bit of an interior, but they left out any inside hatch details for the driver’s hatch so I left it buttoned up. The side fenders are separate and I had to cut off the location tabs to get them to sit right on the tank.

I tried something different on this build. I built the road wheels and put the tracks on and then assembled the upper hull to the lower hull. Basically, I built the entire tank and then painted it. The only thing I left off was the chain.

The turret comes with the side and front vision slots as separate pieces, and it also comes with a brass barrel. There are also interior details of the gun itself. The turret has some very fine details that you have to add to the top dome, and for mounting the gun itself they give you a thin plastic rod that goes through the side of the mantle.

They did forget to give you the exhaust shroud for the muffler, which I made out of spare photoetch brass, and I added the support arm, which goes down to the fender. All of the kit tools are a little weak on the detail side but I didn’t have any references other than the Char Francais web site (http://www.chars-francais.net)

I used part of the kit decals (the red hearts) and used Archer Transfers for the registration numbers on the front and back.

The overall fit was okay but not great. It’s not up to Tamiya or Dragon standards but not terrible either. The only other fit problems I saw were around the visor slots. I saw pictures at the Chars Francais site, which show gaps around the visor slots, and in other pictures I saw tanks that didn’t have the gaps. The tank I wanted to model didn’t seem to have the gaps, so I filled mine in. So to rate it, I would give it a 7.5 out of 10. Not bad for their first kit.


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

This month I thought I would talk more about a recent book I purchased than just give an armor kit update.

The book is called “Getting Started Painting Diorama Figures in Acrylics” by Brett Avants. The title is a little misleading, as you don’t have to do dioramas to learn to paint figures in acrylics. I’ve been painting my figures entirely in acrylics for about a year and have checked out some of the sites online for different people’s methods and had heard good reviews of this book, so I decided to pick it up. It is fairly cheap and may be out of production. I got mine through Amazon.com and it was listed as used but was brand new-looking to me. It looked like it was never opened up.

It starts out with a material listing of what Brett uses to paint figures, like what kind of brushes, paints, Optivisor, reference materials, etc. It then goes into explaining how painting in acrylics differs from painting in oils and explains how to do shadows and highlights. The one major difference I noticed was that Brett does his shadows first and then the highlights. Most of the other articles I’ve seen from the Spanish painters have them doing it just in the reverse. The book takes you through painting a few figures and has very good pictures along the way to show you step by step what he is talking about. He also has a step-by-step process for painting faces.

I learned a good deal from this book and between it and what I already knew, I feel I will become a better figure painter. At least, that is my goal. I think the two biggest things in figure painting are not to rush it and practice. You’ve just got to keep at it. I’m trying to force myself to do at least one figure a month along with whatever else is on the bench.

So there you have it. By the way here is another site I like (http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com) that has a great step-by-step article for painting figures using acrylics.


New Mexico State Fair 2008 Model Contest

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Creative Arts - Division 13, "Models – Military & Science Fiction" (Sections 450-453)

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Model entries are due the week prior to the fair opening - as follows:

Thursday, August 28    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, August 29    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 30    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

ASM judging will be on Tuesday, 2 September.  The fair is open September 5 - 21. 

Request ASM member's assistance with the registration of models.

Contact Mike Blohm or the ASM E-Board to voulnteer to help or if you have any questions.

Click here for Overall Info on the fair:  http://www.exponm.com/fair/

To get to info on the ASM-Sponsored Contest click on the following path:

Competition/Entries, then Premium Book, then Creative Arts, then Models - Military & Science Fiction

OR - just click here to go straight to the Fair's pdf file covering the Military & Sci-Fi Model Rules

Click here to see Models from the 2007 NM State Fair

Click here to see Models from the 2006 NM State Fair

Click here to see Models from the 2005 NM State Fair

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Best of Show
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Best of Show
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Winners of the "Best D-Day Subject" Sponsored Contest

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Sponsored by the ASM E-Board

Click here to see July Contest Results

Click here to see July Model Pictures

Click here to see July Meeting Pictures


New Mexico Armor Modeling and Preservation Society
(AMPS) Meeting on July 12th

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New Mexico AMPS' next meeting will be held on Saturday, July 12th. at 1:00pm at Jim Guld's house.

Please call or email for directions. Come and talk tanks and we'll even grill up some burgers and dogs.

Phone: 505-982-3089

Webmaster's Note:  Bring Your Own Zimmeritt (BYOZ)


The August 1st Theme (Points) Contest is

"The Zoo"

Mustangs, Panthers, Cougars, Pumas and Gazelles.  Think about it.  All scales, all subjects, any eras.

All scales, all subjects, any eras


Trip Report - Starfest 2008

by Joe Walters

The annual Denver-based StarFest science convention took place over the weekend of April 18 – 20.

In addition to the impressive lineup of guests (including Masi Oka from Heroes, Zachary Quinto from Heroes and the new Star Trek movie, Adam Baldwin from Firefly, Serenity, Independence Day and more, Nana Visitor [who currently lives in Corrales] from Deep?Space Nine, Nichelle Nichols from the original Star?Trek, and many more), there were far more activities and events than one could possible attend.

This is always a heavily-scheduled convention, with eight to ten events ongoing simultaneously all throughout the show.

A costume competition is held on Saturday night, and the hotel (Marriott Denver Tech Center) is packed with various aliens, creatures, and oddly-costumed humans.

There are some events that aren’t scheduled, but are continuously available. A sci-fi Art Show is a popular attraction, and Tom?Grossman always runs the “Airbrush?Experience,” which is sort of a make-and-take along with instruction on airbrush usage. Tom is always at these shows, and never gets to see anything, as he’s running the Airbrush?Experience from beginning to end.

One of the continuous attractions offered at the StarFest is the Model Show, which this year attracted over a hundred models entered. Shown with this article are a few photos from that event.

There were figures, spaceships, dioramas (one had a giant Japanese-style robot standing on a highway, stopping traffic while a bunch of little robots crossed the road), kits, scratchbuilds, you name it.

A large scratchbuilt Sulaco from Aliens was there (pictured), as was a large Klingon battlecruiser from the original Star Trek series, scratchbuilt to studio scale.        

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Like full-scale models?   There’s a nationwide organization of enthusiasts who build full-sized functional replicas of the B9 Robot from Lost in Space. Two were on display there, complete with the appropriate blinking lights and whirling thingies, and at least one of them spoke, in the Robot’s voice and synched with the flashing light. This was quite impressive—the owner operated the voice via a connected laptop computer, and could have the Robot speak numerous sentences and phrases, many taken from the old TV series. Still, some of the things spoken by the Robot clearly weren’t from the series; it said things like, “I?am not Robby the Robot—I am a Type B9 Robot, and am usually addressed as ‘Robot.’” and “I think R2D2 is cool!” There was also a function whereby the Robot would speak the time and date. The owner explained that he and several other members of this group had split the expense and hired Dick Tufeld, the voice actor who originally voiced the Robot, to record several things just for them. Now that’s aftermarket detailing!

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More info is available online (http://www.starland.com), including links to more photos.


Trip Report - USAF Armament Museum

by Mike Blohm

   I recently visited the USAF Armament Museum located outside of Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and took the pictures below of the aircraft that are on display outside the museum.  A lot of the modern aircraft types are from the Eglin test organizations that became surplus due to force drawdowns in the 1990’s.  Conditions of the aircraft vary greatly.  Some look to be just repainted and some are in very sad condition, particularly the MiG-21 and the Mace missile.  

    There are 26 aircraft and missiles outside the museum – the standouts include the following.   The B-25J - repainted as Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25B – used to be part of a memorial display in the town of Valparaiso that commemorated Doolittle Raiders training that took place at Eglin prior to the famous mission in April 1942.  The B-17G used to be an active fire bomber - I remember it flying in under its own power while I was stationed here.  The EB-47 was the last B-47 flying and was used to support electronic warfare testing at Eglin.  The SR-71 is a rare version with a long extended tail boom.   The AC-130A on display is the very first testbed Spectre that was built.

    Unfortunately the inside of the museum is currently closed due to work on the air conditioning system and will not be open until the end of April.  There are four aircraft inside, all in great condition: P-47, P-51, F-80 and F-105.  Fortunately, I do have pictures of the munitions located inside from a previous trip, and those will be included in my “Weaponology - Things Under Wings” talk at the September 2008 ASM meeting. 

More pics are posted on the ASM Field Trips page.

A definite visit for aircraft and weapons fans if you happen to be near this part of Northwest Florida.

 Click on this link for more info on the museum: http://www.afarmamentmuseum.com/

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Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

So what’s new in the world of armor related goodies, you ask?  Well, read on, you treadheads.

There haven’t been any earth-shattering new releases, just a number of minor releases like wheel sets and figures.

There have been some more announcements of upcoming kits, like the Dragon M4A1 DV Sherman in English service, and they have also released the M4A2 75mm gun turret late kit as a Marine tank (but it could also be used as a lend-lease tank).

Speaking of Marine tanks, this past weekend I picked up a cool new book from Squadron.  It’s called “Tank Warfare on Iwo Jima.” Lots of cool pictures of Jarhead tanks.   Good inspiration for the Pacific contest coming up.

Continuing along with the Pacific theme, Master Box has announced a couple of figure sets - one with Marines on Tarawa, and one with them in hand-to-hand with Japanese soldiers.  Master Box did this same theme before with Germans and Russians on the Eastern Front.  Nice in-action stuff for either full-blown dioramas or vignettes.

Other new interesting figure releases come from Dragon.  They have some US tank riders, a couple of sets of Soviet infantry-related sets, and a set of Italian infantry in North Africa.

Moving onto tanks they have announced another Tiger II but this one is from 505 Heavy Tank Battalion with the charging knight symbol and with the zimmerit removed around the symbol.  They also have a Panzer II C as a smart kit. So it looks like the early war stuff is still popular.  Nice to see this kit.

Just remember, you can visit the PMMS site for all your armor related info.


New Mexico Armor Modeling and Preservation Society
(AMPS) Meeting on July 12th

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New Mexico AMPS' next meeting will be held on Saturday, July 12th. at 1:00pm at Jim Guld's house.

Please call or email for directions. Come and talk tanks and we'll even grill up some burgers and dogs.

Phone: 505-982-3089

Webmaster's Note:  Bring Your Own Zimmeritt (BYOZ)

For more information on AMPS, please click on the following link to the AMPS home page:  http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/default.aspx

As the pics below from the AMPS website show, this is not just "tanks" modeling.  Please check it out!

           

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Hobbies 'N Stuff Model Contest - July 5th

Hobbies ’N Stuff is going to have a model building contest on Saturday, July 5th.  All entries will be accepted.  The only stipulation is that they cannot have been previously entered in a Hobbies N' Stuff contest.  Entries need to be in by 12:00 Noon.  Categories will be determined based upon the number of entries.  Hobbies N' Stuff gift cards will be awarded to placing models.

Pictures and Results from the March 29th Contest

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Pikes Peak Model Expo

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June 7, 2008

9:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
31001 Magnuson Ave, Pueblo, Co 81001
719-948-9219

Website link for info on Pikes Peak Model Expo:

http://www.centennialipms.org/pikes_peak_model_expo.htm

Hotel information - located near Exit 101:

Clarion: 719-543-8050; 4001 N. Elizabeth, Pueblo, CO. Free Internet, Free full hot breakfast buffet, Indoor pool and hot tube, Conference facilities, Restaurant and lounge.

Super 8: 719-545-4104; 1100 W Highway 50, Pueblo, CO. Free continental breakfast, Micro fridge available, Indoor pool and hot tube.

Motel 6: 719-543-6221; 4103 N Elizabeth St. Pueblo, CO.

Days Inn: 719-543-8031; 4201 N. Elizabeth St. Pueblo, CO.

Quality Inn and Suites: 719-544-5500; 3910 Outlook Blvd., Pueblo, CO.

See Additional info near bottom of page at this link:  http://www.centennialipms.org/hotel_information.htm


Special Raffle # 2 by Centennial IPMS

Centennial IPMS will hold Special Raffle #2 to benefit the upcoming Pikes Peak Model Expo on
June 7, 2008 at the Weisbrod Air Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.

Item to be raffled: 

Hasegawa Kit # 40024, 1/350 Scale IJN Nagato 1941 (Battleship).   SRP $219.99

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Ticket Cost:   $5.00 each.   All monies go straight into the Pikes Peak Model Expo fund.

Drawing Date:   June 7th at the contest - Need not be present to win!

Click here for raffle promotional info:  Nagato Raffle

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Tom Grossman at  tomtag@pcisys.net or 719-531-7346.
You can also contact any other Centennial Exec.


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Best of Show
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Click here to see June Contest Results

Click here to see all June Model Pictures

Click here to see June Meeting Pictures


The ASM E-Board will host a "Best D-Day Subject" contest

Best of any subject related to D-Day.  Any subject, any scale.

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Next Contest:

The July 11th Theme Contest is

"Open Contest # 2"

(Points contest)

All scales, all subjects, any eras.

   For further details on upcoming contests, click on the link below to the

ASM Contest Schedule section of the website:  Contest Schedule

Plus - Held Over By One Month:

The ASM E-Board is hosting the

"Best D-Day Subject" Sponsored Contest

Best of any subject related to D-Day, June 6th 1940.  Any subject, any scale.

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Click here for ASM "Historical Tidbit" story on D-Day.

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Model Contest at Hobbies 'N Stuff - July 5th

Hobbies N' Stuff will be conducting a model building contest on July 5th.
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** The next ASM meeting is on July 11th due to the 4th of July weekend **

Note: The September meeting has been moved to September 5th (not on September 12th).


Dave Straub's Mold Making Clinic - June 14th

ASM will be holding a mold making clinic at Dave Straub’s house on Saturday, June 14th starting at 1:30. It should last until around 4:30.

Dave’s address is 11424 Paseo Del Oso NE.


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by James Guld

This past Thursday, the 17th of January,  ASM did a presentation to Cub Scouts Pack 17 in Rio Rancho.  Tom Perea, Mike Blohm and myself brought models and we talked about models and fielded questions from the scouts.  I was happy to see so many young kids interested in models.  Now if we can just get their parents to bring them to a meeting, then we would have something.   We also took part in judging their Pine Wood Derby cars and helped out with their raffle.  All in all it was productive night out, though a cold one.

[ Webmaster's Note:  Pics of the presentation will be posted when they become available.]


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

May’s here and that means one thing, the Shizuoka Model Show in Japan. With that it also usually means a lot of new releases from the major players.  Here is a link to some show pictures:  http://www.geocities.jp/hobby_show_album/japan/shizuoka2008/index.htm

There has been a flurry of new kit releases along with some updates on earlier kits.  My favorite site for keeping up is PMMS. Just go to the New Kit News page and you can pull down a list of most of manufacturers and see what’s new.  Here are some of the highlights.

MasterBox has some new figures sets, a BMW motorcycle, a couple versions of the French Panhard armored car, and a couple versions of the German 170 VK staff car.

Trumpeter has some photos of a B4 203mm gun and limber.

SKP has a picture of the A30 Challenger Mk VIII model but no release date.

MiniArt has announced some new figure releases along with a new diorama building.  Also the US Jeep crew with MP’s is now out.

AFV Club has their Churchill MKIII listed as a May release along with the Stryker M1128 MGS.

Dragon has announced a DV M4A1 Sherman in British markings for El Alamein, early and mid production Brumbar’s, Marder IIIM initial production and a Sdkfz. 7 8 ton halftrack.

Tamiya has their new Panzer II A-C along with some older kits updated with new figures.

Tristar has an early Brumbar listed as a May release. They also have an early flak 38 kit with Waffen SS crew and a Marder III M kit listed.

Bronco Models has a few new kits listed.  Two different Staghound armored car variants and a Humber armored car variant.   There is also some test shots of the upcoming A13 Cruiser tank.

So it looks like a good year for new armor.


Hobbies 'N Stuff Model Contest - March 29th

By Tom Perea.  ASM Vice President

I just found out that Hobbies ’N Stuff is going to have a model building contest on Saturday, March 29.   They will be having separate categories to judge; e.g., armor, planes, ships, figures.  They will be awarding first through third trophies.  Each person who wins a first-place prize in their respective categories will be receiving a $25 gift card, but only for the first-place winners.  Any one person can enter with no limits on entries, but only one gift card per person—they want to spread it around.   The one exception will be for the Best in Show, which will receive a $25 gift card as well.  This is the only way one person can come out of the contest with $50 in gift cards.  They will fill me in on the dead line for entries, which is to say when we can start bringing in our models and what time they will be starting their judging.   More information to follow.

Note:  Article on the March 29th contest to be provided ASAP by Ken Liotta.  There were 28 total entries.

The next contest at Hobbies 'N Stuff will be on June 28th - stand by for more details.

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Special Raffle # 2 by Centennial IPMS

Centennial IPMS will hold Special Raffle #2 to benefit the upcoming Pikes Peak Model Expo on
June 7, 2008 at the Weisbrod Air Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.

Item to be raffled: 

Hasegawa Kit # 40024, 1/350 Scale IJN Nagato 1941 (Battleship).   SRP $219.99

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Ticket Cost:   $5.00 each.   All monies go straight into the Pikes Peak Model Expo fund.

Drawing Date:   June 7th at the contest - Need not be present to win!

Click here for raffle promotional info:  Nagato Raffle

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Tom Grossman at  tomtag@pcisys.net or 719-531-7346.
You can also contact any other Centennial Exec.

Cllick here for info on the Pikes Peak Model Expo

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Special Raffle # 1 by Centennial IPMS - Won By Frank Randall

Centennial IPMS held a special raffle to benefit the upcoming Pikes Peak Model Expo on
June 7, 2008 at the Weisbrod Air Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.

ASM's Frank Randall was the lucky winner.  Raffle details below:

Special Raffle - Centennial IPMS

Centennial IPMS is holding a special raffle to benefit the upcoming Pikes Peak Model Expo to be held on
June 7, 2008 at the Weisbrod Air Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.

Item to be Raffled:  Dragon #75001, 1/6 Scale Sd.Kfz.2 Kleines Kettenkrad   SRP $109.95

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Ticket Cost:   $5.00 each.  All monies go straight into the Pikes Peak Model Expo fund.

Drawing Date:   March 26 at Centennial’s monthly meeting - Need not be present to win!

Winner to be announced through the Region 10 contact list.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Tom Grossman at  tomtag@pcisys.net or 719-531-7346.
You can also contact any other Centennial Exec.

All out of town requests must arrive by March 19 to help ensure delivery of your ticket.


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

May’s here and that means one thing, the Shizuoka Model Show in Japan. With that it also usually means a lot of new releases from the major players.  Here is a link to some show pictures:  http://www.geocities.jp/hobby_show_album/japan/shizuoka2008/index.htm

There has been a flurry of new kit releases along with some updates on earlier kits.  My favorite site for keeping up is PMMS. Just go to the New Kit News page and you can pull down a list of most of manufacturers and see what’s new.  Here are some of the highlights.

MasterBox has some new figures sets, a BMW motorcycle, a couple versions of the French Panhard armored car, and a couple versions of the German 170 VK staff car.

Trumpeter has some photos of a B4 203mm gun and limber.

SKP has a picture of the A30 Challenger Mk VIII model but no release date.

MiniArt has announced some new figure releases along with a new diorama building.  Also the US Jeep crew with MP’s is now out.

AFV Club has their Churchill MKIII listed as a May release along with the Stryker M1128 MGS.

Dragon has announced a DV M4A1 Sherman in British markings for El Alamein, early and mid production Brumbar’s, Marder IIIM initial production and a Sdkfz. 7 8 ton halftrack.

Tamiya has their new Panzer II A-C along with some older kits updated with new figures.

Tristar has an early Brumbar listed as a May release. They also have an early flak 38 kit with Waffen SS crew and a Marder III M kit listed.

Bronco Models has a few new kits listed.  Two different Staghound armored car variants and a Humber armored car variant.   There is also some test shots of the upcoming A13 Cruiser tank.

So it looks like a good year for new armor.


The Prez's Spiel

By Jim Guld, ASM President

A Few Words From the Top  

I would just like to say well done to all. Those tables have been pretty full the past couple of months, except for you juniors. Come on get out there and build something.  

Just a couple of reminders: Buy raffle tickets for the upcoming Super Raffles! June is just around the corner and that P-47 would look awful funny-looking sitting in my closet if I win it. I will also have the signup sheet out for Dave Straub’s weekend workshop in June.

Well, that’s about it. Now get back to the workbench and build something. 


Next Contest:

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    The June 6th Theme Contest is

"Eastern Front"

(Points Contest)

Aircraft, Armor and Figures of WWII Eastern Front.  All scales and all subjects.

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For further details on upcoming contests, click on the link below to the

ASM Contest Schedule section of the website:  Contest Schedule

Plus

The ASM E-Board will host a

"Best D-Day Subject" Sponsored Contest

Best of any subject related to D-Day, June 6th 1940.  Any subject, any scale.

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Click here for ASM "Historical Tidbit" story on D-Day.

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"Phabulous Phantom Phiftyth Anniversary" Contest
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Best Small-Scale Phantom Best Foreign Phantom Most Colorful Phantom Best US Navy
Rhino
Best US Air Force Rhino
Frank Randall Larry Hornya Frank Randall Victor Maesta Mike Blohm
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Click here to see May Contest Results

Click here to see all May Model Pictures

Click here to see May Meeting Pictures


ASM's 2007 "Modeler of the Year" and
"Model of the Year" Winners

Division Modeler of the Year Model of the Year
Juniors Kelly Brown No Entries
Basic Gil Johnson Dan Blea  -  A6M5 Zero
Intermediate Victor Maestas Adrian Montano  -  U-552 Type VIIC U-Boat
Masters James Guld David Straub  -  NC-4 Flying Boat

Congratulations!

ASM's 2007 Modeler of the Year Winners

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Left to right: Victor Maesta (Intermediate), Gil Johnson (Basic), and Jim Guld (Master); Kelly Brown (Junior) not present.

ASM's 2007 Model of the Year Winners

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Left to right: Adrian Montano (Intermediate), David Starub (Master), and Dan Blea (Basic).   No Junior Entries.

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Models left to right: U-552 U-Boat by Adrian Montano - Intermediate; NC-4 Flying Boat by David Straub - Masters;
and
A6M5 Zero by Dan Blea - Basic.

Links to additional pics and info on these awards: Modeler of the Year    Model of the Year


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Best of Show and Peoples Choice
Juniors
Best of Show and Peoples Choice
Basic
Best of Show and Peoples Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show Masters Peoples Choice
Masters
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No Entries Gil Johnson Victor Maestas John Tate Mike Franklin
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Click here to see April Contest Results:   April Contest Results

Click here to see all April Model entry pictures:  April Model Pics

Click here to see April Meeting pictures: April Meeting Pics


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

So what’s new this month for you treadheads? Well, let’s start out with Trumpeter’s announcement and, by the looks of it, soon to be released Sdkfz 7 8-ton halftrack. People have been asking for a replacement for the old Tamiya kit and it looks like we’ll soon have one. There are images at Armorama and at PMMS of the test shot model built up. And, not to be outdone, Dragon has also announced that they will do one.

Next up, I was able to see sprues for the new IDF 1973 Sho’t Centurion while at the AMPS convention. I’m not a modern armor guy so I don’t know the differences between it and the recent release of the 1967 version.

Also in the vendors room at AMPS were the new releases from Formations of the M-50 Israeli Sherman pillbox and “Oddball’s” Sherman conversion.

Another cool new source I came across was a company called PFA Productions, doing all sorts of laser-cut boxes. Great for dioramas or onboard stowage for tanks. There is an article about them at Armorama.

Plus Model has three new releases: a Rural Farm set, a German ammo cart, and the twin light flak mg 36 mount.

MK/35 continues their range of civilian figures, with a seated Frenchman playing the accordion.

AJ Press from Poland has a new book out on the Churchill tank. It is vol. 1 of three. There is a review on Armorama.

Mike Starmer has updated his British Army Colors and Disruptive Camouflage book with new color chips and more info. There is a review at PMMS.

Tasca has their new M4A1 late version out along with the VC Firefly with cast in cheek turret armor. PMMS has reviews.

Tamiya announced a Panzer II A-C, a set of German infantry for the French front, and a Russian recon team vehicle and crew. Word has it that this is a re-release of the old Ford GPA with some ICM figures thrown in.


Salt Lake City - 08

IPMSSLC 08 Contest logo

April 26, 2008

IPMS/Salt Lake City

Hellenic Memorial Cultural Center

279 S. 300 W    Salt Lake City, Utah

Website link for SLC-08 Info:  http://www.ipmsslc.org/contest/

Link to IPMS/Salt Lake City website: http://www.ipmsslc.org/

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Next Contest:

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"Phabulous Phantom's Phiftyith Anniversary"  Special Contest

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"American MiG Killers" Sponsored Contest
hosted by Brian Peck

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The May 2nd Special Contest is

"Phabulous Phantom's Phiftyth Anniversary"

(Non-Points contest)

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Historical Presentation by Mike Blohm


Next Sponsored Contest

May 2nd

Brian Peck will host an "American MiG Killers" contest

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Any U.S. aircraft from any branch of the service, credited with any air to air kills.  From Korea to present, any U.S. involved conflict or 'skirmishes'.
I.e. 1981 F-14 Gulf of Sidra Su-22 killers, Bosnia conflict F-16MiG-29 Killer, etc.   Documentation reference or a simple photo of the presented subject is a plus. Awards will be divided up into 3 categories:  1950-1963, 1964-1980, and 1981-Present; Plus a overall best of -  aka "The Dude Award"

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Award plaque example (under construction) - "1981 - Present" Award:

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ASM Supports the Troops - 2007

 By Mike Blohm

ASM Webmaster

The picture below shows ASM's 2008 contributions to "Support the Troops"  An article will follow shortly.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this worthy cause!

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Article on ASM's Support to the Troops in 2007:

   ASM began a “support the troops” project in late 2006.  Jim Guld began researching points of contacts for model clubs in Iraq and Afghanistan found on the IPMS Website for ASM to send model kits and supplies to.  Various contacts and E-mail exchanges were made with clubs who already had enough models on hand.  Jim finally contacted Sgt Mike Thode, who had returned from Baghdad but was acting as a funneling point to ship models out to clubs in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

   ASM then began collecting kit donations in January 2007.  By the end of February enough kits and other items had been collected for a shipment.  See picture of the 27 total contributed items below.  Everything was boxed up and sent out on March 11, 2007.  ASM’s timing appeared to be right on the mark.  Sgt Thode’s E-mail response on receiving the kits is quoted below: 

   "All I can say is WOW!!!!!  I was quite amazed to see the size of  the box when I got home from work.  Usually kits filter in one or two at a time.  They showed up at the perfect time.  I received an E-mail from a new soldier in Baghdad who would like my help to receive some models.  Boy will he be surprised.  The variety and expense of these kits truly show that you and your club are dedicated to showing the soldiers in Iraq that they are not forgotten or lost in the turmoil that surrounds them.  Way to go!!!  Thank you for your sacrifice to them.

 ASM will continue to collect kits for another shipment.  Thanks to all the members who contributed to this cause and to Jim Guld for leading the effort. 

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Sci-Fi Update

by Joe Walters

Yes, there’s lots of news on the Sci-Fi front, and a bunch of space to fill, so here we go again!

 First off, Sci-Fi enthusiasts should monitor the Starland web site (http://www.starland.com) for news on the upcoming Starfest 2008,  which takes place this time around on April 18 – 20 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Starfest (as it says on their web site) is an annual convention encompassing all aspects of popular media, film and television. Started in 1977, it attracts several thousand fans of popular culture for a weekend of social interaction, games and fun. There are over a hundred activities on the multi-track programming schedule. Events include film studio presentations, onstage Q&A sessions with actors, producers & directors, autograph and photo sessions, costume and talent contests, film festivals, model and art shows, collectible merchandise, educational seminars, discussion panels, kids’ events, fan club presentations, and assorted Klingons, Jedi and other strange and unusual creatures.

Webmaster's Note: See Joe's Field Trip article on Starfest 2007 at:  Starfest 2007 Report

 The sci-fi model show is of particular interest to us kit assemblers, and has been growing in recent years—there were nearly 100 models at last year’s show.

 They haven’t yet begun listing scheduled guests or a detailed schedule of events, so keep an eye on the web site.

 Meanwhile, in the modeling world, many new kits and accessories have become available.

 From TimeSlip Creations comes a light board for Howling Wolf’s 1/24-scale Cylon Raider. This circuit board has 13 LEDs to simulate the eye movement. You need to supply a 3v power source and you have to carve out the head to install the board. The board has leads for you to attach your power source. For more information, visit the TimeSlip Creations web site (http://www.timeslipcreations.com), where you’ll also find some other ship kits from Battlestar Galactica.

 Fantastic Plastic Models’ new Phoenix Warp Ship One is now available in limited release. This is the prototype warp vessel built and piloted by Zefram Cochrane in 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact. The 1/144-scale kit features warp nacelles that can be positioned in either the launch (closed) or in-flight (open) position.

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 Fantastic Plastic has a number of incredible sci-fi kits, many of which you’ve probably never seen before (http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/gift_shop.htm).

 New from Starcraft Models is a 1/1400-scale New Orleans-Class resin kit (yes, this ship appeared on screen) (but you had to look close & quick!). This kit comes with a base, decals, and thorough assembly and painting instructions.

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 This kit is available through Federation Models (http://www.federationmodels.com), as are many others. Click on Model Kits, then select Starcraft Models, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see many other interesting kits there.

 In other Trek news, VooDooFX is proud to release the much anticipated Enterprise Refit Lighting Kit for the large Polar Lights kit. VooDooFX calls it “the most accurate and high performance lighting package of its kind.” This kit is designed towards the advanced to pro modeler level with electronic experience required, features navigation speed control (fine tuning), and includes all the needed circuit boards, shrink tubing, wire, LEDs, power supply with plug, online instructions and access to a customer support line.

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 This isn’t cheap—it runs $299.00, but you just can’t put a price on… well, okay, you can, but check this out anyway. The details are all on their web site (http://www.voodoofx.com/fiberfx.htm), where you’ll also find a must-see video of the kit in action (plus zillions of lighting kits for other sci-fi models!).

 Star Wars fans will want to check out a German web site (http://www.triliance.de/index2.htm), where there are a number of add-on products, including detail parts for the ERTL Millennium Falcon, a two-seater conversion for the Fine Molds Y-Wing Fighter, parts for making Death Star bases (including the laser tower shown here) and the dreaded Space Tick (look closely!).

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 Irwin Allen fans will be excited to learn that Moebius Models is coming out with a huge model of the Seaview from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. It’s in 1/128 scale, and measures 39 inches long! It is accurate and extremely detailed (exterior and interior!), comes with crew figures, a Flying Sub, Mini-Sub and Diving Bell, and if you want (and have large amounts of disposable cash available), you can get an add-on kit to allow you to operate this model in and under the water via radio control!

 A Seaview preview (sorry) written by the highly-opinionated Dave Merriman is available on CultTVMan’s site (http://tinyurl.com/2ddqpe). This thing has to be seen to be believed.


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

   Not a whole lot to report this month, armor-wise. The two biggest items are the new Stug III G from Cyber-Hobby, which comes with waffle pattern zimmerit. From the pictures it looks good. The other major item is from Armorscale. These guys usually just make aftermarket barrels but have now gotten into resin stuff as well. Go to the PMMS site and check it out.

    There are also a number of new reviews up since last month. They review the new Grant tank from Academy along with the new SU-76 kit from Mini-Art. The only other item that caught my eye is some of the new replacement wheel sets from Hussar Productions. They have some nice alternative wheel sets for both the Humber Scout Car and Staghound Armored Car.

    Next month I should have more new stuff to report to you, as I’ll give you a report from my trip to the AMPS National Convention. I’m not looking forward to the drive but the vendor’s room should be a gold mine.


The Prez's Spiel

By Jim Guld, ASM President

Presidential Spew

   I don’t know about you, but the number of models out on the tables impressed me last month. That is the way to start off the contest year. From the looks of it the Intermediate category is going to have some stiff competition. Now let us hope that this trend continues throughout the year. Way to go, people….

    I have a few other tidbits I’d like to share. We didn’t have a great turnout for the “Constructive Comments” workshop. In fact no one brought in anything to critique. Come on people, don’t be shy—we’ll go easy on you. I promise. You have my word on that. The check’s in the mail.

     Our master scratch builder, Dave Straub, plans to have a two-part seminar at his house this summer. The first part will deal with making the master part and the second session will concentrate on molding and casting. We would like to get a sense of how many people plan to attend and will have a sign up sheet at the meetings.

    Club Dues. If you didn’t attend the last club meeting then you might not have heard of the increase in club dues. They are now $25.00/yr. for an individual member. The family membership and junior membership has not changed.

    One last thing. If you have an article you would like to write for the newsletter please get it to Joe by the 20th of the month. Now get cracking on those models!


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"Open Contest #1"
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Best of Show and Peoples Choice
Juniors
Best of Show and Peoples Choice
Basic
Best of Show and Peoples Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show Masters Peoples Choice
Masters
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No Entries John Tribou Tim Wood Jim Guld Jim Guld
No Entries M4A3 Sherman MC 202 Steyr 1500A/01 "Don't Turn Your Back for a Second!

Click here to see March Contest Results:  March Contest Results

Click here to see all March Model entry pictures:  March Model Pics

Click here to see all March Meeting pictures: March Meeting Pics


ASM Supports the Troops

ASM is currently collecting kits and model supplies to make
another Donation to the Troops.

Please bring in your contributions to the March meeting.

See article below on ASM's 2007 Support to the Troops.


Special Raffle - Centennial IPMS

Centennial IPMS is holding a special raffle to benefit the upcoming Pikes Peak Model Expo to be held on
June 7, 2008 at the Weisbrod Air Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.

Item to be Raffled:  Dragon #75001, 1/6 Scale Sd.Kfz.2 Kleines Kettenkrad   SRP $109.95

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Ticket Cost:   $5.00 each.  All monies go straight into the Pikes Peak Model Expo fund.

Drawing Date:   March 26 at Centennial’s monthly meeting - Need not be present to win!

Winner to be announced through the Region 10 contact list.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Tom Grossman at  tomtag@pcisys.net or 719-531-7346.
You can also contact any other Centennial Exec.

All out of town requests must arrive by March 19 to help ensure delivery of your ticket.


The April 4th Sponsored Contest is "Best Corsair" hosted by Don Smith

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Upcoming Sponsored Contests in 2008:

April 4th

Don Smith will host a "Best Corsair" contest

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This is a sponsored contest to celebrate and recognize the 65th anniversary of the first major F4U Corsair battles.  Qualifying models may be any F4U Corsair, any variant such as a -1, -1a, -4, etc: any scale; any year; and any nationality.   The winner will be determined by a People’s Choice ballot vote.  I can hear those P&W 2800’s beginning to rev up now

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Next Contest:

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"Best Corsair" Sponsored Contest

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New Club In Town

by Rodney Lightning

   Attention plastic model building junkies: Some of the guys got together and have started up an IPMS chapter on the west side. They will be known as IPMS/Rio Rancho. They have been meeting once every other month at member’s homes and have noted April 1st as their official startup date. Anyone is welcome to join in on the fun. The only requirements is that you must bring a plastic model along with you each time they meet and you must actually work on the model while enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of your fellow craftsman. Each meeting is accompanied by burning meat, eating mass quantities of chips, soda, and home baked goodies. Each meeting is also conducted while viewing non-stop movies on big screen TVs. Movies closely follow themes, such as Star Wars-a-thon, War movie classics, silly kids show favorites from the club’s collective childhood (like Johnny Quest, Thunderbirds, Combat, and Rat Patrol).

    What’s not allowed at IPMS/Rio Rancho?  There is no bickering, no elitism, no exclusion based on model building preference, no name calling (except between brothers), and no intentions of not having fun. Remember, it’s only a hobby!

 This year’s inaugural E-board is comprised of the following:

 President:                    Huey

 VP:                               Dewey

 Secretary/Treasurer:  Louie

 NO CONTEST DIRECTORS ALLOWED

 Fun Police Captain: Bubbles, the spontaneously giggling, snap-together kit builder. Their headquarters phone number is 555-GO-BUILD!

    They are interested in having more plastic model builders attend the fun and help them spread good intentions amongst the model building community. Join them next month. Home location to be announced. Movie Theme: The rest of the Classic War Movies that they missed last month. “Kelly’s Heroes” is always one of their favorites. See ya there.

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April Fools !!!


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

So what’s new for you treadheads?  Well a ton of new stuff.   

Dragon has a new JagdPanther G and a Flakpanzer 38t.  I haven’t seen either in person yet but there are reviews of the JagdPanther at the PMMS and of the Flakpanzer at Missing-Lynx in the Time on Target area in the discussion groups.   Academy announced a Grant to go along with the earlier Lee.  Hopefully the boogies will be the correct height not like the Lee.  They did fix them for the M7 Preist kit.  Italeri has a slew of new listing for 2008. - Sd.Kfz.140 Flakpanzer 38 Gepard,Staghound AA, Horse drawn Breda 20, Crusader III AA MK.I, DUKW British Royal Army, Kfz.305 tank wagen, 1/4 Ton 4X4 Utility truck, Carro Armato L6 PRM Edition, LVT-(A) 2 “Saipan”,  Sd.Kfz.VI Tiger Ausf.E (w/photo etched parts),  Sd.Kfz.179 BergePanther (w/photo etched parts), Sd.Kfz.V Panther Ausf.D (w/photo etched parts) and a Bedford QL with 6 Pdr.AT gun.  

SKP has announced a British A30 Challenger tank.  There are some particle sprue shots up at PMMS. Alpine released a couple of new figures of 12SS HJ.  Formations jut came out with a replacement DV hull for the M4A2 Sherman along with a late High Bustle turret. Aber just came out with  U.S.30 cal barrels that you don’t have to roll the perforated sleeve.  Voyager seems to have also entered the fray with their rendition of a U.S. .50 cal barrel.   Italeri have their version of the Staghound armored car. 

Up next is Hussar resin replacement wheels for the new Humber Scout car kit.  They have a couple of different style tread patterns available.   They also plan to do some for the Staghound and for the Studabaker 2-1/2 ton truck. I also spotted stowage for both the Humber and Staghound by Blast and by Legend Productions.  There is also a book out on the Staghound by Service Publications.  It covers the Staghound in Canadian service.  You can find reviews at the PMMS website for all of the above at:  http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/

 I recently got for X-Mas, a CD from Easy One Productions on the DUKW 2-1/2 ton truck.  It is the tech manual put on a CD.  Now I always prefer a book to a CD but for the price it is a good compromise.  Easy One Productions has a number of different CD’s available and I also have one for the M36B1 and B2 tank destroyers.  Their site address is: http://www.easy1productions.com/

Oh my aching credit card.


Hobbies 'N Stuff Model Contest - March 29th

By Tom Perea.  ASM Vice President

I just found out that Hobbies ’N Stuff is going to have a model building contest on Saturday, March 29.   They will be having separate categories to judge; e.g., armor, planes, ships, figures.  They will be awarding first through third trophies.  Each person who wins a first-place prize in their respective categories will be receiving a $25 gift card, but only for the first-place winners.  Any one person can enter with no limits on entries, but only one gift card per person—they want to spread it around.   The one exception will be for the Best in Show, which will receive a $25 gift card as well.  This is the only way one person can come out of the contest with $50 in gift cards.  They will fill me in on the dead line for entries, which is to say when we can start bringing in our models and what time they will be starting their judging.   More information to follow.


Trip Report

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination Exhibition

By Mike Blohm

  I recently had the opportunity to see the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.   January’s upcoming “Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science, and Fantasy” contest makes this a good time to write an article on my visit.  The exhibit includes over 100 artifacts from all six Star Wars films, and explores the fantasy technologies depicted in the films, the real science behind them, and the current research that may someday lead to real-life versions of the technologies seen in the films.  There are a lot of hands-on activities for the kids and recorded interviews with movie designers and scientists.   However, to a model builder, it was the chance to see and photograph the actual, awesome models that were featured in all of the Star Wars movies.   I’m sure that I made a pest of myself doing “walk around” shots of each of the models.  A few of the pictures are included below.  More pictures can be found on the ASM Website’s Field Trips page at:   http://abqscalemodelers.com/asm_field_trips.htm

     The most prominent models were a Millennium Falcon that was about four-feet in diameter and an X-Wing fighter that had about a five foot wingspan.  There were smaller models of most of the ships and ground vehicles from all the movies.  The full-size mock-up of Luke’s “Landspeeder” from Episode IV was also in the display.  This was the vehicle that Obi-wan, Luke and the droids (“these aren’t the droids you’re looking for”) took to Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine.  Other items in the exhibit were the droids themselves including R2D2, C3PO, and Battle and Destroyer Droids; and the costumes worn by the main and supporting good guy and bad guy characters, among them Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and your favorite Storm Troopers. 

     And, of course, you get to “exit through gift shop” where you have the opportunity to spend a lot of money on really cool stuff that you never knew you needed.  “You cannot resist the power of the Force” is a good excuse.  A great show to definitely see if you get the opportunity to visit a city where it is on display. 

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Robert Lawrence, World War II Tuskegee Airman and Chile Con 2006 Guest Speaker, Passes Away at Age 85

By Mike Blohm

ASM Webmaster

Mr. Robert Lawrence, a World War II Tuskegee Airman and a guest speaker at Chile Con 2006, passed away on Thursday 8 November, 2007 at the age of 85. 
1Lt Robert Lawrence was a member of the 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group based in Italy and flew 33 missions in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operation.   Mr. Lawrence gave a marvelous talk at Chile Con of his Tuskegee experiences that was enjoyed by all the attendees.  Mr. Lawrence was presented with a model of his P-51C "Rick Lizzie" following his talk, and he remarked that it was the best model of his aircraft that he had received.  He was a true American hero, and he will be missed.

Information on Robert Lawrence's service with the Tuskegee Airmen can be found at: http://www.chesterfieldarmament.com/bailey/tuskegee_titans/titan.php

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Chile Con photos above by Matt Blohm, Brian Peck, and Mike Blohm

Click on the links below for newspaper obituaries:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/bob_Lawrence__1922_2007_WWII_pilot_broke_color_barrier_with_Tus

http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071110/NEWS01/71110040

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Book Review

by Don Smith

Wildcat: The F4F in WWII

By Barrett Tilman   Naval Institute Press, 1990 (2nd edition)

 

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I’ve been on vacation as the unofficial ASM Book Reviewer. A long summer with 2- and 4-year-old girls will keep you pretty busy.

All right, this isn’t a new book, as it has been around for 17 years.  It is a very good book, worth a look, and still is selling on the Borders bookshelf. I’ve always been fascinated by the F4F and how it held the Japanese Zeros at bay during the first year of World War II.  I’m amazed by the stories of pilots Joe Foss, “Butch” O’Hare, “Indian Joe” Harold J. Bauer, and Marion Carl.

This book is well thought out in layout and is enjoyable to read.  You are not going to read endless verse on how the Wildcat evolved from the Grumman biplanes and the attributes of each model biplane, etc. etc.  The book gives a quick rundown on the different models of Wildcats and some of the strengths and weaknesses.   For instance, you’ll learn why the -3 was considered to be better than the -4 in combat.

What I liked about this book was how it went through each major battle in chronological order and discussed the Wildcat’s role in each battle.  Don’t expect a whole chapter to tell you the difference between the models -3 and -3a—this book reads fast.

I would recommend this book for any Wildcat fan or student of the Pacific Theatre. There are many interesting photos, stories and helpful appendices.  It is a well-written quick read, and I can’t find any faults with the book.   I have read a couple of other books on the Wildcat and I would say by far this is the best.   As I said, I picked up my copy at Borders for $19.95 (before I applied my coupon discount).  Now if I can only lay my hands on a copy of Tillman’s Corsair book… I’ll have to give this five out of five stars. * * * * *


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

So what’s new for you treadheads?  Well a ton of new stuff.   

Dragon has a new JagdPanther G and a Flakpanzer 38t.  I haven’t seen either in person yet but there are reviews of the JagdPanther at the PMMS and of the Flakpanzer at Missing-Lynx in the Time on Target area in the discussion groups.   Academy announced a Grant to go along with the earlier Lee.  Hopefully the boogies will be the correct height not like the Lee.  They did fix them for the M7 Preist kit.  Italeri has a slew of new listing for 2008. - Sd.Kfz.140 Flakpanzer 38 Gepard,Staghound AA, Horse drawn Breda 20, Crusader III AA MK.I, DUKW British Royal Army, Kfz.305 tank wagen, 1/4 Ton 4X4 Utility truck, Carro Armato L6 PRM Edition, LVT-(A) 2 “Saipan”,  Sd.Kfz.VI Tiger Ausf.E (w/photo etched parts),  Sd.Kfz.179 BergePanther (w/photo etched parts), Sd.Kfz.V Panther Ausf.D (w/photo etched parts) and a Bedford QL with 6 Pdr.AT gun.  

SKP has announced a British A30 Challenger tank.  There are some particle sprue shots up at PMMS. Alpine released a couple of new figures of 12SS HJ.  Formations jut came out with a replacement DV hull for the M4A2 Sherman along with a late High Bustle turret. Aber just came out with  U.S.30 cal barrels that you don’t have to roll the perforated sleeve.  Voyager seems to have also entered the fray with their rendition of a U.S. .50 cal barrel.   Italeri have their version of the Staghound armored car. 

Up next is Hussar resin replacement wheels for the new Humber Scout car kit.  They have a couple of different style tread patterns available.   They also plan to do some for the Staghound and for the Studabaker 2-1/2 ton truck. I also spotted stowage for both the Humber and Staghound by Blast and by Legend Productions.  There is also a book out on the Staghound by Service Publications.  It covers the Staghound in Canadian service.  You can find reviews at the PMMS website for all of the above at:  http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/

 I recently got for X-Mas, a CD from Easy One Productions on the DUKW 2-1/2 ton truck.  It is the tech manual put on a CD.  Now I always prefer a book to a CD but for the price it is a good compromise.  Easy One Productions has a number of different CD’s available and I also have one for the M36B1 and B2 tank destroyers.  Their site address is: http://www.easy1productions.com/

Oh my aching credit card.


Flying Tiger Ace "Tex" Hill Passes Away at 92

By Mike Blohm

World War II American Volunteer Group (AVG) "Flying Tigers" ace David L. "Tex" Hill passed away on 11 October 2007, at the age of 92.  Tex Hill was the 2nd ranking ace of the AVG, the 39th ranking United States ace, and the 29th ranking ace in the USAF, with 15.25 total aerial victories (10.25 with the AVG and 5.0 with the USAAF) and 2.5 ground victories (with the AVG).  Hill initially flew SB2U's with VT-3 on the USS Saratoga and VB-4 on the USS Ranger, before resigning his commission in March 1941 to join the AVG.  Hill was a wingman and flight leader before becoming 2nd Pursuit Squadron commander in April 1942.  Hill  made “ace” in January 1942, scoring his first kill on 3 January (an I-97) and “doubles” on both 23 January  (two I-97s) and 24 January  (bomber & fighter).  He scored another “double” on 28 April 1942 (two Zeros) flying the P-40E.  Hill opposed the “pilot’s revolt” – the refusal to join the USAAF, and extended his AVG contract for two weeks and accepted a commission in the USAAF  and command of the 75th Fighter Squadron.  Hill scored 3 kills with the 75 FS before he returned to the U.S. in November 1942, ill with malaria and dysentery.  He returned to China as 23rd Fighter Group commander, serving from November 1943 to October 1944.  He scored one additional kill on 6 May 1944 (a Hamp).  After WW II, Hill was 412th Fighter Group commander from September 1945 to January 1946, flying the P-80 “Starfighter”.  Hill resigned from the USAAF  in June 1946 and joined the Air National Guard, rising to brigadier general and commanding the 58th Fighter Wing.   He later joined the AF Reserve, serving until 1968. Hill’s “Warhawk” (pictured below) carried  a “cowboy” version of the  “Panda Bear” insignia and blue tail stripe  used by the AVG’s 2nd Pursuit Squadron. 

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See the following link for a story from the San Antonio Express-News: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA101107.EN.TexHillObit.15f328f9a.html

See the following link for a story   from Reuters:  http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1241150320071012

See the following link for a story from the Houston Chronicle:    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5207975.html

 


ASM Workshop at Hobbies N Stuff on Saturday, 16 February from 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Brian Peck and Patrick Dick will be demonstrating:

Airbrushing, Weathering, and Detailing techniques.

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The Prez's Spiel

By Jim Guld, ASM President

Feb 2008

Well the holidays are over and I hope everyone got some cool stuff for modeling, be it kits, books, or supplies.  I picked up some stuff off of evil-bay and some resin goodies from one of my favorite suppliers.  So I’m a happy camper.

I would   like to keep you informed as to what’s happening with ASM for the New Year.  The new E-board had its first meeting and we believe we have some interesting modeling subjects for the upcoming year.  The contest schedule is set and you can see it at the website or pick one up at the meeting.

 We will be having a couple of special clinics throughout the year.  Brian Peck and myself will be doing them.  Brian’s will focus on airplane techniques, and mine on armor.   These will be “hands on” clinics.   What we plan to do, is focus on one particular technique one evening, say working with photo-etch, and I will show you what I do and then we will have people actually try working on some.  So if you have be itching to try and expand your modeling bag of tricks, but have been afraid of screwing up that expensive new kit, well here is your chance to make the leap.  We will keep you updated as to what each particular clinic will entail.   [ Webmaster's Note: Click here to see the ASM 2008 Modeling Workshop Schedule. ]

 I am happy to report. Along with our clinics at our meetings we will also be having clinics at Hobbies-N-Stuff.  We haven’t set the schedule as of yet but will update the website when we know more.

 We will be having two Super Raffles this year. Tickets will be available at the meetings for $3.00/each or two for $5.00. The first will be for the Hasegawa 1/32 P-47 along with some updates for it and a reference book.  This will be held in June.  The armor kit raffle will be held in October.  For the armor kit raffle, it will be the new Hobby Boss M-4 High Speed tractor kit and the AFV Club 155mm Long Tom kit along with a reference book and some resin replacement wheels for the Long Tom.  

 The E-board will be sponsoring two contests this year.  In June we will have the “Best D-Day” subject and for December we will have the “Best Captured” subject.  That would be like a Russian tank used by the German’s or vice-versa.  The same goes for planes, ships or even cars.

 Another special contest that we want to bring back for this year is the “Tag Team” contest.  This is where two members team up for a build.  One builds the kit and the other paints and weathers it.  This will be for December.  So start thinking of whom you want to work with.

 A new feature of reviews from E-Board members will be starting in February.  Each month a different subject will be reviewed.  Also if anyone wants to do a review they can always send one into Joe Walters for the club newsletter.  Just get it to him by the 20th. of the month.

 We are collecting kits and supplies for the troops overseas. We will be sending them out in the beginning of March.  We are also accepting kits for our own club raffle.  If you have anything to donate please see Frank Randall.

 Last up is a series of road trips throughout the year.  Brian Peck will be organizing them and when we set the dates we will post them on the website and let you know.  We will have one and two day trips.

 Well that about does it for now.  Just remember to build those models….

Jim Guld


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Smoke Trails

By Keith Liotta

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Blue Angel # 6 and its pilot, Lieutenant Commander Kevin J. Davis, were lost in a crash on Saturday, April 21, 2007 during the air show at the Beaufort, South Carolina Marine Corps Air Station.  This was the Blue Angels' opening show for the 2007 show season.  ASM's thoughts and prayers go out to both the pilot's family and the Blue Angels' team family.

For further details click on the link below:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18248797/

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Keith Liotta will be providing updates here on the progress of ASM's "Blue Angels" Chapter Entry for the 2007 IPMS-USA Nationals.

Stay tuned for inputs from Keith.

Here's the link to the Blue Angels' official website: http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/index.htm

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Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

’Tis the season for getting more stuff. What’s new on the armor front, you ask? Well, my fine plastic building friends, it looks like Hobby Boss is about to release their second kit of the M4 High Speed tractor. This one is for the 155mm gun and 8 inch Howitzer.

 I also saw some resin update wheels announced by Hussar for the Studebaker 6x6 truck that ICM recently came out with.

 There are also some resin updates out now for Tamiya’s UE tractor. Blast and Azimut each have a set.

 Dragon has a bunch of new planned releases either through Cyber-Hobby or Dragon. The latest I saw announced is for a Panther G early version done in the “Smart Kit” series, but it doesn’t have pre molded zimmerit like some of the Tigers recently redone. They also have some more paper panzers and odd variant for a Stug IIIG. Seems like they are trying to get as much mileage out of kits as possible. Yet, still no word on when the M3 halftracks will come out. Come on, Dragon, get it done…

 As always, keep your eye on the PMMS web site for the latest information on armor-related goodies (http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com)


The Prez's Spiel

By Jim Guld, ASM President

(Jan 2008)

Okay, I’ll get all the holiday wishy-washy stuff over with right off the bat. Happy whatever!

 Now, I do hope all you plastic-loving geeks get your fill this season, and with that, I want to see models, people! Yes, even planes out on those tables next year. I even heard a rumor that Jack Morris will build a model this year. Hoa boy, this I gotta see.

 That is like spotting the Jersey Devil out here in New Mexico.

 Well, it’s time to put the antlers on the dog and watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

 Season’s Greetings!

 


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Sci-Fi Update

by Joe Walters

Any sci-fi modeling enthusiast must be familiar with the CultTVMan web site (http://www.culttvman2.com/dnn), an unmatched source of knowledge and how-tos for the serious sci-fi builder.

Currently of interest, there is a report with many photos from the recent Hobby Expo show. The web site’s operator, Steve Iverson, looked at some interesting upcoming sci-fi kits.

Among other things, look for two new Lost in Space kits from Moebius: The Space Pod and The Chariot. The Chariot will come with a figure of the Robot!

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Above is artwork for the upcoming Moon Suit kit. Were you just thinking about Major Matt Mason?

In other news, Revell now has a license to issue the Revell Germany Star Wars kits in the US! Look for these in mid-year, coming soon to a galaxy near, near by.


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

With fall comes Balloon Fiesta, chile roasting, and, of course, the Tokyo Model Show. That means a lot of new releases and hopefully some sprue shots or kit builds of the new kits. I regularly check in at Perth Military Modeling Site (PMMS) to bone up on what’s new or to get reviews, so I wasn’t too surprised by what I saw from the show. (http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com).

The surprises for me were from AFV Club: their Early T-34 with full interior and Bofors AA Gun. From Tristar, a Flakpanzer Gepard and 20mm accessory set to go along with it. They also have a Fieseler Storch for you plane guys in 1/35.

From Bronco Models, there is a new Humber Scout car with twin Vickers MG and a couple of new Staghound armored cars. One has the 60lb rockets off of Typhoon’s mounted on the side of the turret, and the other is a Stag with the Crusader turret on it with a 75mm gun, I believe.

From Tamiya, we have some early war French Infantrymen for Mike Blohm, and a JS2, which looks pretty nice. It looks like it comes with link and length tracks like what they are doing in 1/48.

Also up from Tasca is a mid M4A1 Sherman. I know that I’ll be adding a few of these to my stash.

The only area of disappointment for me was not seeing any of the other M3 halftrack series from either Trumpeter or Dragon. But then again, it’s not like I don’t have enough to keep me busy for the next five years. Model on! 


Prez Notes

By Ken Liotta, Outgoing 2007 ASM President

 Amazing!  2007 is almost over.  The year has flashed by at warp 9.75 and ASM members have experienced a host of accomplishments and fortunes.  Winners of the 2006 Region X Chapter of the year; survival of the dreaded IPMS chapter splinter effect; and proud recipients of over a dozen awards from the 2007 IPMS Nationals, one of which was the coveted Best Aircraft award, (good job Dave).  We unfortunately lost a few top notch modelers but gained a handful of new and aspiring members.  Some members that lost their way have come back to the light with welcoming open arms.  After all is said and done, one common bond keeps the club together; our passion for plastic.  The enjoyment we all crave, seek out, and partake in; building plastic models.

I have had the pleasure of serving the clubs best interests as the 2007 President.  I am anxiously looking forward to continuing to serve the club in 2008 as your Contest Director once again.  With many years under my belt in this role as well as Head Judge and Contest Coordinator I plan to bring my usual fair and balanced administration, direction, and judging of your contests throughout the next year.  ASM also has the good fortune once again of having a new E-board filled with decades worth of the same fair and balanced experience.  In case you missed it, our October nominations were uncontested and your ‘08 Executive Board was voted in as:

 President:           James Guld

Vice-President:       Tom Perea

Secretary/Treasure:        Frank Randall

Contest Director:           Ken Liotta

Protem1:                       Patrick Dick

Protem2:                       Brian Peck

Protem3:                       Tim Wood

Webmaster:                   Mike Blohm (Appointed)

Newsletter Editor:          Joe Walters  (Appointed)

              These members all possess the experience and passion to provide you with the best plastic model club experience possible.  But their success will rely on your open communication with all of them to help determine what it is that you most desire from this club.  We all look forward to another year of sharing great plastic modeling amongst our fellow enthusiasts.  As soon as you finish reading this newsletter, GO BUILD A MODEL.  Cheers.


Vice-Pres Ramblings

By Jim Guld, Outgoing 2007 ASM Vice President and Incoming 2008 President

So you miss one meeting and end up as the new president. I wonder what would happen if I missed two—would I become the Pope?   I look forward to the coming year not only as your new president but also because we recently bought our first house, something that I thought wouldn’t happen in my lifetime when I lived back in NY. Well, at least not without winning Lotto.

So who is this new president and why should I give a [darn!] what he has to say? Well, I am an armor modeler and diorama builder who is always looking to better my skills as a modeler. Now for the second part of the question: When I got back into modeling five years ago, I knew I would dive into the deep end and go all out in the hobby (more like an obsession). That’s just my makeup. Now, I do realize that not everyone is like this and that some poor souls like to just build for fun. What we all have in common is building models, even if that includes planes. So what I would like to see is everyone build something. I don’t care what it is, just build it. Let’s see some stuff on those tables, people!

Continuing this theme of “get it done,” we will be having a series of workshops this year to help encourage you to build more and try out different techniques. Don’t be afraid to try something new and make mistakes. Knowing what doesn’t work for you is just as important as knowing what does. Now you don’t have to practice on that new $120 kit. Try it out on something old, “off the shelf,” or pick up one of those “Pro Built” models off “Evil-Bay” to practice on.

That is about it. I am always open to new ideas on what you would like to get out of the club and you can call or EMail me up to 9:00 p.m.


ASM Wins Region X Chapter of the Year Award for 2006!

Click here for article on ASM winning the 2006 award.

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2007 ASM President Ken Liotta (left) and 2006 ASM President Patrick Dick (right)
with the 2006 Region X Chapter of the Year Award


The contest at the January 4, 2008 meeting is

Sci-Fi / Real Space / Science / Fantasy

Any subject or scale in the realms of Science Fiction (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.), Real Space exploration (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle, Mir, etc.); Science (dinosaurs, human physiology, insects, etc.) or Fantasy, including anime subjects (Gundams, Robotech, etc.).

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New Mexico State Fair 2007 Model Contest

Creative Arts - Division 13, "Models – Military & Science Fiction" (Sections 349 – 352)

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Click here for complete results from the 2007 NM State Fair Contest


D-Day Additions at Atomic Museum Display

by Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

The latest addition to ASM’s model display at the National Atomic Museum is a small vignette depicting some of the armored vehicles, boats, and equipment used on D-Day, the Allied invasion of Europe at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. 

The display has long-lacked some military vehicles and ships.  There are only a few 1/48 scale armor vehicles that can be used to stay in scale with the aircraft in the display, but there are no invasion craft available in 1/48 scale.  Therefore I chose to go with 1/72 scale to get a group of armor vehicles as well as ships for the D-Day vignette.

The additions included an M-4 Sherman tank, a DUWK amphibious truck, and a Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) “Higgins Boat” representing the Allies, and a 88mm Flak 36 AAA gun and a SdKfz 251 half track representing the German defense. 

The models are grouped around a map of the invasion area and a description of the beach defenses used at Normandy.  Posted behind the vignette are a grouping of pictures from D-Day, and info placards for all the vehicles. 

Future additions to the D-Day vignette include a Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) ship, and Panther and Tiger tanks.  A 1/48 scale M-4 (Early) Sherman will also be added shortly. which will be separate from the D-Day display.

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ModelZona 2007

IPMS Craig Hewitt

Saturday, November 10th, 2007
10am to 4pm
at the
Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force
Museum Main Hanger

Informtion available at: http://www.ipms-phx.org/modelzona2007/modelzona.htm


From the Judges Chambers

By David Boehning, Contest Director

Here are the results from July’s “Automotive” Contest. 

 In the Juniors division, in Automotive class, Kelly Brown won a Gold Ribbon and Best of Show Award with her #28 Havoline Race Car.  Shawn Brown won a Gold Ribbon and People’s Choice Award with his 427 Chevy Engine.  Graham Basha won a Silver Ribbon with a 2004 Pontiac GTO.  In Aircraft, Graham Basha won a Gold Ribbon with his F-4 Phantom II. in a Thunderbirds scheme. 

 In the Basic division, in Automotive class, Gil Johnson won a Gold Ribbon and Best of Show Award with his Crash Cage Detail.  In Aircraft, John Tribou won a Gold Ribbon and the People’s Choice Award for his F4U-4B Corsair.  John also won a Silver Ribbon for his L-1049 Super Constellation.   Jeannie Garriss won a Bronze Ribbon for her P-51D Mustang. 

 In the Intermediate division, Automotive class, Victor Maestas won First Place and the Best of Show Award with his Porsche GT-1 racer.  Victor won a Second Place and the People’s Choice Award with his Tyrell P-34 race car.  Don Smith took Third Place in Automotive with his Volkswagen.   In the Aircraft class, Frank Randall won both First and Second Places with a pair of P-51B Mustangs.  First Place went to “Ding Hao!” and Second Place went to Tex Hill’s # 267 from the 51st Fighter Group..  Rick Carver took a Second Place in Figures with his Viking Raider. 

 In the Masters division, Jim Guld won First Place in Armor and Military class and the People’s Choice Award with his WC-51 military truck.  In Aircraft, Mike Blohm won a First Place with his P-51B Mustang “Salem Representative”, and a Second Place with his P-51B Mustang “Short-Fuse Sallee”.  There were no Automotive entries in Masters; therefore a Best of Show Award was not given. 

 The best entry in Mark Soppet’s “Best Mustang” sponsored contest was a P-51D Mustang “Little Shrimp” built by Mike Blohm.   

Pictures of all the entries from the Automotive and Best Mustang Contes can be found at: July Model Pics.


2007 New Mexico State Fair Contest Results

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Creative Arts - Division 13

Models – Military & Science Fiction

Sections 349 – 352

Sponsored by Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Click here for complete results from the 2007 NM State Fair Contest

by Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

There was a good turnout of models at this year’s fair, with 44 total entries across the four divisions.  This is up from the 2006 fair.  Of significance, there were 7 Junior entries this year, while there were none in 2006.  The spread of the model entries was:  Junior (11 years and below): 7; Senior Youth (12 to 17): 3; Adult (18 and above): 31, and Professional: 3.  ASM members submitted 17 of the 44 entries, and there was more than one fine-looking 1/32 scale F/A-18 Blue Angels Hornet on display. 

 The model contest cases had center stage as you entered the Fine Arts building.  This year’s crop had a few unusual entries of note:  We had to hang a huge radio-controlled P-51D Mustang from the ceiling above the display cases, which certainly called attention to our area.  There was also a hand-made Civil War six-pounder cannon that was almost three feet long that had to sit on boxes between the display cases, along with a three foot tall radio controlled pirate ship.  Two scratch-built models were also of note:  Glenn Bingham built an awesome 1/48 scale diorama depicting an OS2U-3 Kingfisher atop a catapult on a main gun turret of the battleship USS New Mexico BB-40.  His entry won the Adult Best of Show ribbon.  Gary Sinning entered an “Eagle Transporter” from the Space 1999 television show that was entirely scratch-built and was almost two feet long. 

 A listing of all the winners and pictures of all the models can be found on the ASM Website at: http://abqscalemodelers.com/ASM_NM_State_Fair_2007.htm

Thanks to the following individuals who helped-out this year with the registration and judging:  Tim Wood, Glenn Bingham, Frank Randall, Brian Peck, and Mike Blohm. 

 All-in-all it was a good show, and perhaps we’ll get some new members, which after all is our prime goal is sponsoring this contest each year. 

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Book Review

by Don Smith

The Bedford Boys

By Alex Kershaw   DaCapo Press, 2003

 

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I don’t know what’s wrong but I seem stuck in the western European theatre of war. I read on the back of this month’s book that this book is based on the true story that inspired the movie Saving Private Ryan. —D. Smith

This is a pretty sad story of bunch of guys who get cut down in the first wave on Omaha beach on D-Day. All the men in the company were originally from the same small town or surrounding area of Bedford, Virginia. These men had joined their local national guard during the great depression. This book is about the men who made up Company A, of the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. The 116th was from Virginia and was known as the “Stonewallers,” a name earned during the Civil War.

The men of the 29th are sent to England and become known as “England’s Own.” They are eager to face battle and get more than enough when they land on Omaha Beach’s Dog Green section. They quickly get cut down and much of the book tells the stories of these men’s families and how they cope. The book is interesting in showing how America lived prior to and during the war. The last book I read and reported on was about the 761st Tank Battalion, an all-black unit who fought in the racially segregated U.S. Army. The interesting and sad thing about this book is that these were the men who lived in the segregated south. You can draw your own conclusions, but it seemed to me that neither “side” was much different from their neighbors.

The book has interesting stories but not much to recommend for the modeler unless you are inspired to do a D-Day model. Don’t count on photos of much military hardware. I picked up my copy on sale a year ago at a Border’s “3 for 2” sale. Normally the retail price is $14.95 for the softbound edition. I’ll give it a rating of three out of five stars. ***


Winners in ASM's November 2007 "Best Aircraft" Contest

Best of Show and People's Choice - Juniors Best of Show
Basic
People's Choice Basic Best of Show Intermediate and
People's Choice (Tie)
People's Choice Intermediate (Tie) Best of Show and People's Choice Masters
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No Entries Zero Fighter F4F Wildcatr F-14A Tomvat F4F-4 Wildcat NC-4 Flying Boat

***   One-Hour Model Contest at December 7 Meeting   ***

Any UNBUILT (Not even started) plastic model.  You may glue, paint, and decal it if you wish in the contest.  
Models will be judged on completness and quality by popular vote.  Awards by modeling divisions.


The contest at the December 7 meeting is the

"Model of the Year" Showdown

Head-to-head competition between all the Best of Show and
Best Entry winners from all the 2007 Theme and Special Contests

Click here to see the contending models:  2007 Contenders

You do not need to be present at the December meeting to compete, but your model does!


Holloman AFB  Air and Space Expo

and X-Prize Cup

27-28 October

 


 

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SHOCON 07 Scale Model Show and Contest

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Union Station, Ogden, Utah

Click here for SHOCON 07 information:  http://www.nusma.org/contest07.html
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Model Show and Contest

September 22, 2007

Co-hosted by IPMS-Denver Rob Wolf and the

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Contest Location:

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Denver, CO

Click on logo/picture above for further information, or at:

http://64.119.173.247/~modelono/WingNutConFlyerSm.pdf

Not an IPMS/USA sponsored event.


Pikes Peak Model Show Report

by James Guld

It’s show time… Well, the model contest season started out this past weekend up in Pueblo, Colorado, with the one-day show put on by the Centennial club. It was held at the Pueblo/Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. The turnout was pretty good. I don’t have an official number but I would say there were around 35 – 40 contestants and about 150 models. There were three vendors, and the cost of admission allowed you to have access to the museum. The contest was held on the floor of the museum so you had to watch your head and not whack into the wingy things.

I think this was the first contest I can remember when there were more armor models than aircraft. There were also a number of dioramas, probably about ten total—that surprised me. As far as ASM members attending, I saw Dave Miller, Chuck DeWitt, and Don Alberts at the show. I know Dave won five awards, two first and three seconds, along with Best Mountain Subject. I picked up two each of first, second, and third. I know Don Alberts won Best of Show, but I’m not sure for which model.

They had a slight twist on the usual IPMS judging style: They assigned a point system to the entry sheets and broke it down into five categories worth ten points each, so when we were judging we would go through each model and give it points; and then, when we were done with a category, we would pick out the first, second, and third place winners. They didn’t allow sweeps. This style is somewhat like what AMPS has in place for its contests.

The room was also left open and people were mingling around while we judged, but it didn’t cause any problems. The only real problem was that we were short-handed for the armor judging—we only had five judges total to judge about 70 models, so we were very busy.

They had a Make-&-Take put on by Tom Grossman, and also had a raffle.

So there you have it. Next month, it is the ModelZona Regional in Mesa, Arizona.


Nellis Air Force Base Display Aircraft

By Mike Blohm

I recently visited Nellis Air Force Base n Las Vegas, Nevada and took the pictures below of the aircraft that are on display just inside the West Gate (I Street).  The display  includes most of the jet aircraft that have been used by the 57 Fighter Wing in the recent past.  Aircraft in the display are: F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, F-105 Thunderchief, F-111 Aardvark, F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger II, F-4 Phantom II, and an F-117 Nighthawk.  All were very nicely displayed and well cared for, but my favorite was the Phantom (of course!).  More pictures are available for viewing on the ASM Field Trips page.

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By Joe Walters

Each year, a local sci-fi group in Denver (online at http://www.starland.com) puts on Starfest, one of the most highly-regarded fan-run sci-fi conventions in the country, with attendance generally in the vicinity of 3000 people.  This year, the event ran across the weekend of April 20 – 22.

In addition to guest speakers, panels, video, art shows, demos, and many other activities (including an ongoing make-and-take event hosted by Tom Grossman, a friend of many ASM members), there’s a Sci-Fi Model Competition run by local modeler Vernon Clark.  My wife and I have been attending these conventions for over ten years now, and Vern always gives me a hard time if I don’t enter a model, so I brought along the Klingon/Romulan battlecruiser I had entered at ASM’s January contest, and it fared just as well there as here… well, I got a consolation prize—everyone who entered got a choice of a new X-Acto knife or a cool self-clamping tweezer thing. I took the latter.

Be that as it may, this year’s show featured far more models than I had ever seen there, with a total approaching 100. Very impressive turnout!

A printed photo doesn’t do it justice, but someone had acquired and built all those glow-in-the-dark monster kits Aurora issued several years ago, and arranged them in a light box under a black light—the effect was astounding.   The picture on a video display looks pretty good, so check it out on the Bonus Page if you receive the electronic version of the newsletter, or the ASM web site Field Trips page (http://abqscalemodelers.com/asm_field_trips.htm).

Another type of club had on display two full-sized replicas of the robot from Lost in Space—complete with blinking lights and sound effects.  One of them even talked, though I’m pretty sure the fellow nearby with the laptop was feeding it the proper lines.

Someone entered a full-sized replica of the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  The entry form next to it mentioned that it was “safe to open.”  We didn’t take the chance.

There were a number of scratchbuilds, such as a huge Nostromo refinery ship and escape pod from the movie Alien, and a rebel blockade runner from Star Wars. A tiny Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey was there, as was a huge Treebeard figure from Lord of the Rings.

Lots of Gundam-type robots and Japanese anime figures were in evidence, particularly—but not exclusively—in the juniors category.

A private collector brought a gargantuan collection of Star Wars toys and figures (for display only) in several full-sized display cases, and all laid out in various tableaux from scenes from all the movies.

There was an informal meeting of IPMS Front Range at the convention, so I thought I’d drop in.  By chance, I had my ASM name badge (I keep it in my camera bag), so I wore it proudly.  There were about ten folks present—this wasn’t a regular meeting of the chapter.  One of the members was in costume as the “V” character from the movie V For Vendetta.  I figured he was probably working on a V-2…

Oh, the rest of the convention was pretty good too.  My wife got her picture taken with Leonard Nimoy, and later got him to autograph it.  Gil Gerard and Erin Gray from the Buck Rogers TV series were there, and were excellent guests.   Gil looks like he could play the part again.  Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode 1) was an excellent guest, with lots of stories from the Star Wars film as well as his work on X-Men, Sleepy Hollow, and others.  He demonstrated some of his moves on request, and was a very well-received speaker. Additional guests were from Battlestar Galactica and the Stargate series, the Mummy movies, and several horror films.

The dealer room was vast and crowded, and modelers would be interested to see how many and varied kits (some of questionable origin) were being sold.  

Two pages of photos from the convention are available on Starland’s web site (http://tinyurl.com/2cmbys).  

More Starfest 2007 pictures (35 total) are available on the ASM Field Trips page.

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Model Zona Trip Report

June 22-23, 2007

by James Guld

On the weekend of June 22 – 23, I attended the Region 10 model contest known as ModelZona, held in Mesa, Arizona. We had four ASM members enter the contest—Dave Miller, Rick Carver, Frank Randall and myself. The show had over 300 models and probably around 80 modelers. A few of the categories were a little light, like the jets, but overall it was a good show.

So you are probably wondering how well we did. Here is a list of what we won: 

•  Frank Randall: 1st Place for 1/48 P-40, OOB for a 1/72 FW-190 and a 1/72 Mosquito

 

•  Rick Carver: Two 2nd Place awards for Sci-Fi pieces of “Burt” and an Alien bust

 

•  Dave Miller: 1st Place for a 1/35 250/9 halftrack, 1st Place for a 1/16 .30-cal water cooled MG, 1st Place for a 1/72 Famo halftrack with 88mm, 1st Place for U826-Type 7C U-Boat, 2nd Place for a 1/35 M3A3 Stuart

 

•  Jim Guld: 1st Place for a 1/72 S-100 Schnellboot and “Best Ship,” 1st Place for a 1/35 BergTiger P recovery tank, 2nd Place for “Sshhh” Diorama, 2nd Place for a 1/72 M4A3 76w Sherman, 3rd Place for a 1/35 251/16 halftrack.


2007 IPMS/USA National Convention Report

by Ken Liotta

This year’s convention was hosted by Orange County IPMS Chapter in Anaheim, California, at the Marriott Hotel. Many aspects of the convention were exciting and enjoyable. However, way too many flaws overshadowed the event and, unfortunately, will mark this year’s Nats as possibly the worst in years.

Where do I begin? Let’s start at the registration desk. Five people in front of me and no movement for 20 minutes. Didn’t get to the desk itself for another 20 more. Once I got there I announced that I had prepaid via the official web site and produced my printed PayPal receipt and the fellow disappeared for another 15 minutes. Upon returning, I was handed my registration receipt along with my Nationals package of the usual flyers, banquet ticket, official Nationals decal sheet, and my “Modeler” badge. Similar experiences were echoed amongst numerous other modelers.

Lucky for me, I was one of the 5% that actually got a badge upon registration. Most others were requested to return in a few hours to wait even longer to get their badges and many never got one at all. Many of those that I spoke with also didn’t receive their banquet tickets until additional inquiry was pursued. And most of us never received the Nationals souvenir pin. The explanation at the banquet was that the vendor mistakenly supplied 1000 judges’ pins and only 300 entrants’ pins. Not sure why OC didn’t figure that one out soon enough to correct it. They have promised to mail out the pins to us, once they receive them from the vendor. As for the delay at the desk, we were told that their database had crashed and were entering information manually (this would prove to be the starting point of the terrible awards banquet failure). Again, not sure why they didn’t have a backup program or a backup computer system.

The competition hall was very spacious but in many cases the lighting left a lot to be desired. Some lighting was really good, but in many places it was lame. Initially, the layout of the categories was logical and easy to follow… until they started running out of room in many of the categories and needed to add at least ten more tables (and most likely more when all was said and done). By the time tables were added and the many anticipated splits were applied to their categories, the layout had become disjointed and close to impossible to follow. For example, 1/48 single-engine prop splits were predominately along one wall with the original category along another row of tables. Another example: the Group/Chapter and Collections categories were commingled and required looking at the category numbers on each entry sheet to figure out which entry belonged where. On the positive side, with the weather as warm as it was, it was very pleasant throughout the entire air-conditioned venue.

Awwwww, the vendors room. Cram-packed with loads of plastic, paints, books, tools, resin, and everything the plastic modeler could desire. This was the one place where everything seemed to go right. Vendors are usually self-sufficient and they were able to make it work without any outside assistance. I was lucky enough to find a few great deals on models (the Special Hobby 1/32 X-15 and P-39D together for $100.00!), and as usual, I spent way too much money there. We’ll be eating hot dogs and PBJ sandwiches for a few months at Plastic Model Mecca.

As for security, many participants received color coded wrist bands at registration that were to be worn to gain access into the display room on their assigned days. (I never received any. I assume that is because I was one of the lucky ones to receive a badge). I am aware of numerous occasions where individuals without wrist bands or badges were able to walk right into the display room without ever being challenged. That includes Saturday even during the awards banquet, the moment when a model would most likely be stolen. And there is already a posting on the IPMS/USA discussion forum that three models were actually stolen! In addition to that, many unregistered guests were also able to walk right in unchallenged. Not only is this a security issue for the safety of the models but also some significant lost revenue that might have been tapped from the paying public.

And for the icing that fell off of the cake, the awards banquet (or lack thereof). Yes, we were seated only 15 minutes late, but the food was actually good this time. And it was served (at least to our table) in a very timely manner. Then came the awards announcements. We were told that the hosts had thought about it for several weeks and decided to only announce the “Special” and “Best Of” awards and then in order to give us more time at the end of the evening we would be sent over to the contest room where we could see for ourselves which model placed in each category.

Apparently, these guys paid no attention to years of history showing that once the awards banquet has been adjourned, the model room turns into a frantic grab-and-snatch, pack-and-run with your models. Sort of like when you turn the lights on in a roach-infested house and they all scatter in chaos to hide. It was possible to see about five categories worth of placings. Anything beyond that requires word of mouth if you are interested in who placed with which model. Otherwise, you have to wait another two months for the Nationals Journal issue to find out.

The awards that they did announce had no accompanying photos, digital images, or images of any kind. We know that Mike McDaniel (spelling?) won Best Armor with some sort of Egyptian truck. But in the sea of military models, I have no idea which model that was. No photo. I also came to find out that the real reason behind the lack of presentation was that they had a catastrophic Audio/Visual failure (computer system or database broke down). I would have respected them more had they told us the truth at the banquet and not lied to us with the “Go view the models yerself” story. What a complete letdown.

They offered no form of the traditional Arias Pappas and Bill Devins show, no tongue-in-cheek satire video, no additional entertainment at all. I still can’t figure out what the $50.00 awards banquet ticket was for. The meal was all of about $20.00 worth. So I figure that they owe me $30.00 in refund. Not to mention that little IPMS/USA Nationals Convention souvenir pin thingy.

As for fair judging, well, I couldn’t really tell you much about that, given the chaotic mass exodus that followed the end of the awards banquet. Too many awards appeared to have not been placed on the table, had been placed next to the wrong model, had already been snatched up by the recipients, or were perhaps even absconded with. In some cases, awards that were misplaced were turned over to the correct recipient.

Since there was no announcement or records divulged about which model and modeler placed in which category, I have no way of reporting on the accuracy of the judging. There are several reports that during the judging of the aircraft categories, rulers were handed out, and aircraft were subjected to “equal wingtip height” scrutiny as a means for automatic elimination. This explains the unusually fast conclusion of the aircraft division judging (approximately one hour compared to the three or so hours to complete other divisions, like Armor).

What little bits of the announced and confirmed stats and placings I could note are that 713 modelers registered and there were 2179 entries. We had 14 Albuquerque Scale Modeler club members attend, and they provided 53 entries. One of those was the Group/Chapter entry of the 1/32-scale Academy F/A-18 Blue Angels team. Six aircraft were placed on the table with the coolest bases. In that category, the Craig Hewitt Chapter placed first with their display of Luke Air Force Base aircraft. Because of the frenzied model exodus, I have no idea what placed second and third, as no awards could be found. But I can tell you that the Blue Angels appeared not to have placed.

Perhaps the greatest victory of all ASM members this year goes to our resident scratchbuilding nut job Dave Straub, who won thee (well-earned) Best Aircraft awards with his months-long project build of the NC-4. What the heck is an NC-4? Check the attached photos. It’s way cool. Those other club members that were lucky enough to win wood (or find wood placed next to their models) are:

 Dave Straub           one 1st place, Best Aircraft

John Tate    one 1st place

                     two 3rd places

                     one Out of the Box

                     one Premier award

Brian Peck  one 1st place, one 3rd place

Dave Miller  one 1st place

James Guld             two 2nd places

                     two Premier awards

Ken Liotta   one 2nd place

                     one 3rd place

Frank Randall         one Out of the Box

Patrick Dick             one Premier award

 

Other ASM members who also attended included:

 Rick Carver

Kyle Garber

Keith Liotta

Taylor Liotta

Jack Morris

Steve Stronach

 

About four other New Mexico modelers showed up also, but I’m sure you can read about that in the Good Guys’ Newsletter elsewhere.

As usual, if I missed listing anyone’s awards, my apologies. Please, let us know so that we can announce it at the next club meeting.

In conclusion, I usually make every effort to report the optimistic side of any IPMS business or Nationals event. Unfortunately, this was what I drove away from California with as this year’s experience. No sour grapes here— I got wood, I saw great models, and reunited with great modelers. But the rest was more than anyone could attempt to sweep under the rug.

I had been bragging for months to any and all fellow modelers that were considering attending the OC Nationals that they could expect excellence from them. Their performance was a complete letdown and an embarrassment to the National organization. It is my hope that they recognize this, admit it to themselves, and then help the National organization learn from their experiences to prevent this from happening at future IPMS National Conventions. Otherwise, we are in for a ride of uncertainty, deception, and continued disappointment.

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*** 1/12th Scale Model Contest for Hobbies 'N Stuff Doll House ***
27 October at Hobbies 'N Stuff

Scale equivalents:

Us humans  Scales down to
1/350  1/29
1/385 1/32
1/600 1/50
1/700 1/58
1/900  1/75
1/1200  1/100

So a Tamiya 1/350 F-4J is a 1/12 scale 1/29th model.  Close enough for 1/32 scale!


Prez Notes

By Ken Liotta, ASM President

  IPMS/Albuquerque Scale Modelers, Region X, 2006 Chapter of the Year!

 Con-grat-u-lations Albuquerque Scale Modelers.  It has been officially announced by the Region X Coordinator that we have been awarded this distinction once again.  You worked hard and enjoyed a wonderful year in plastic modeling, touring, make-and-taking, seminars, and Regional contest hosting.  And on behalf of the 2007 ASM E-board, I wish to extend an extra special thanks to the 2006 ASM E-board for having been largely responsible for making ‘06 so successful for us:

Patrick Dick

James Guld

Frank Randall

Keith Liotta

Tom Perea

Tim Wood

            Well done.  Additionally, I would like to reiterate my thanks to Mike Blohm for leading the charge on authoring our 13 page nomination and Joe Walters for assisting with compiling and editing of the nomination.   It is my belief that the work of these two played a significant role in our having received the award.  Our nomination was so impressive, the Regional Coordinator attached it to his announcement of the awarding as a model for other IPMS Chapters to use for future COY nominations.

The rest of the membership should also take a bow for their support and participation in all of the ‘06 events.  Many of you assisted in various different ways.  You know who you are and we appreciate your work.

 OTHER NEWS

              Hobbies n Stuff is closing their doors!  What?!?  Yes.  After 20 successful years of being Albuquerque’s premier hobby shop, Stan and Helen wish to enjoy retirement.  They are willing to continue filling special orders for a short period but they will not be replenishing their usual stock items.  The doors are set to close for the last time on June 30th.

            For the past twenty years the Johnson’s have been providing the best service to many different hobby goers, most importantly to us, the plastic modeling community.  Of the many “Plastics Guys” there, (Stan, Pat, Keith, Larry, Tim, John and Tom) they have all served as “Bartender” to our many issues and needs.  From Aeromaster’s latest P-47 decals to Trumpeters newest 1/32 A-7, they have given so much to us.  I would like to extend my personal gratitude for all that the Johnson’s have given us and let them know that, THEY WILL BE MISSED.  All of our best wishes from ASM for a long and relaxing retirement, you’ve earned IT and more.


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

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Well, since I’m writing this before Nationals, I can’t tell you how good it was, so you’ll have to wait until next month for my comments on that. What I will blather on about is my last build.

I started in on the Italeri RSO/03. There isn’t all that much out there on the RSOs as to reference material, and some of what is out there is wrong. I found this out the hard way. Oh well, at least I found it out prior to painting.

I have the MK/35 editions book on the RSOs but it is in French with a poorly translated supplement. I was going by what someone else built and I should have known better.

I made a number of upgrades to the kit both using photoetch and some scratchbuilding with styrene. All was well, I thought. I posted pictures up at the Missing-Lynx constructive comments forum, and, lo and behold, found out that the kit has many flaws.

Italeri missed the boat on this one. The cab layout is wrong, the back cargo bed is wrong, and a few details on the chassis are wrong. I did glue the cargo bed down, but I didn’t glue the cab down.

One other detail I found out, from a gentleman from Austria who is restoring one, is that they were issued until the fall of 1944. So much for putting it in my next dio set around Coutance, France, at the end of July.

AMS (advanced modelers syndrome) got the better of me and I’ll now have to de-construct the RSO. Sometimes it’s one step forward and three steps back. I guess I’ll get to practice more scratchbuilding skills. I have to change the shape of the cab interior engine covers and narrow the rear cargo bed to match the cab width, along with making all new sides for the cargo bed and making new bows and braces for the cover tarp. On the chassis I have to change the front tow hooks or delete them, change the rear drive sprocket cover, and change the rear tow pintle and layout of the stowage. Basically I have to re-do the entire kit.

Oh well, better get back to the bench…


Holloman AFB  Air and Space Expo

and X-Prize Cup

27-28 October

Click here for further information:   http://www.hase2007.info/Index.html     http://space.xprize.org/x-prize-cup/

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ASM's September 2007 "Figures" Model Contest Winners

Best of Show
and People's
Choice - Juniors
Best of Show
and People's
Choice - Basic
Best of Show
and People's
Choice - Intermediate
Best of Show
and People's
Choice - Masters
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N/A Gil Johnson Rick Carver Jim Guld
N/A BAR Gunner Gladiator "Back to the Hedgerows"

Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

Well, with Nationals coming up I figured I would talk about some of the new kits I hope to spot in the vendors’ room and see in the back of Rick’s Bronco on the ride home.

Armor-wise, there should be some new releases at the time of Nationals. Dragon is talking about an M2 halftrack with the 37mm gun mounted in the back for infantry support. It is supposed to be a Cyber-Hobby release. They also have the M3/M3A1 and M16 announced, but I haven’t heard any release dates for these kits.

I hope to see some of Tasca’s aftermarket sets in the vendors’ room. They have two really nice .50-cal sets and a new set of US water and gas cans. One other item they recently released is an assembly jig for doing Model Kasten Sherman tracks. It looks to make a horrible job a bit easier.

Bronco Models has just released their Humber Scout Car and hopefully their Staghound armored car will be ready too. From the test shots I’ve seen online, these kits look really nice with full interiors and engine bays. Wow!

Trumpeter has also been talking about their own line of US-based halftracks, but I haven’t seen any release dates, so I doubt we’ll see any at the show other than maybe some test shots at the Stevens booth. They should have some new Axis stuff like the Bridge layer on the Panzer IV hull and the armored train flatbed car with the Panzer IV turret. I saw a review of this kit at the PMMS site, and it didn’t get a great review. Trumpeter seems to be hit or miss with its armor kits. Their KV series of tanks are really well done, but some of their newer armor kits aren’t at the same level.

So you guessed it I’m getting pretty excited about next month. The contest itself should have some stiff competition. I think if you win anything this year you really deserve it. Well that’s it for me. Back to the bench and working on that M3 Lee and I still have to finish up those bases for the Blue Angels.


The Special Contest # 2 (Non-Points) theme at ASM's October 5 meeting is

“Best Small Scale Model”

Distressed Kit Auction will be held at the meeting

***   "One Hour Model" Contest postponed!  ***

Pictures from the May 2005 "Micro-Modeling" Sponsored Contest:

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The sponsored contest at the October 5 meeting is

"Best Wildcat"

hosted by Don Smith

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Any F4F Wildcat model, any scale, any nationality, any model or variant.  This includes Grumman F4F's, General Motors Eastern Aircraft FM's, British Martlets, etc.

Don's Award Plaque:

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Click here for further details:  Best Wildcat

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By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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Here is an update on the status of the new ASM website.  All of the standard pages have been created for 2007:  2007 Model Pics, 2007 Meeting Pics, 2007 Contest Results, 2007 Modeler of the Year Points Standings, and 2007 Model of the Year Contenders; and these are being populated with new information after each meeting.  Access to previous year's information is generally available from the page for the current year.  The 2006 Model Pics have all been relinked, and are available off the 2007 Model Pics page.  They are separated into four pages with three months each.  Each group of months is available by hot buttons from the 2006 page  Links are available on each page to get to where you want to go without backing up.  The Meeting Pics for 2006 and 2005 are initially accessed off the 2007 Meeting Pics page.  The 2006 Meeting Pics page has also been seperated into four pages with three months each, and these are completely relinked.  Each group of months is available by hot buttons from the 2006 page.    I am now working on the 2005 Meeting Pics page - October to December have been relinked.  2005 may also be split up into three month sections. 

The Contest Results for 2006 through 2003 are now on separate pages available through hot link buttons off the 2007 Contest Results page.  Model of the Year standings for 2007 through 2003 are all on one page, but there are now hot links at the top of the page to take you to each different year.  Winners for each year and the final points standings are posted.  Model of the Year Winners and Contenders pages for 2006 and 2005 are available through hot link buttons off the 2007 Model of the Year Contenders page.  .  

All of the Chile Con 2006 pages and pictures have now been relinked and are available for viewing.  Access to the Chile Con pages is available from either the "Local Contests" section on the Articles page, or from the 2006 Contest Results page.  You can also access the pages for the 2006 New Mexico State Fair and ASM Winners at the 2006 IPMS/USA Convention from the 2006 Contest Results page.   Individual pictures of models in ASM's World War II display have been added to the National Atomic Museum page, 

Some computer operating systems are unable to see the hot link buttons that I have been using on the ASM Home Page, so I have begun adding separate links adjacent to wherever buttons are used .  There are also alternate page links available at the bottom of each website page that replicate the hot link buttons found at the top of each page.

Stay tuned to this column and the "Website Updates" section at the bottom of this page for information on the latest fixes and updates as we recover from the move to the new provider.  Please let me know via E-mail (see contact info on Home Page) if you find problems with any of the links or thumbnail photos.  Thanks! 

A new "ASM Field Trips" page has been added - this page will cover both current and past ASM field trips and visit / trip reports by ASM members.


August 22 - 25:  IPMS/USA 2007 Nationals in Orange County, California

       

For more info click here.  Website at  http://www.ipmsusa2007.org/

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August 30 - September 1:  New Mexico State Fair 2007 Model Contest

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Creative Arts - Division 13, "Models – Military & Science Fiction" (Sections 349 – 352)

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Model entries are due the week prior to the fair opening - as follows:

Thursday, August 30, 2007    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, August 31, 2007    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, September 1, 2007    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

ASM judging will probably be 4 or 5 Sep. The fair is open September 7 - 23. 

Request ASM member's assistance with registration of models.

Tim Woods is the E-Board's NM State Fair POC.

Click here for a pdf file of the Division 13 Rules and Sections

Click here for info on the fair: http://www.exponm.com/SF/STIndex.htm

Click here to see models from the 2006 NM State Fair

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The Theme (Points) Contest at ASM's September 7 meeting is "Figures"

Distressed Kit Auction will be held at the meeting

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ASM's July 2007 "Automotive" Model Contest Winners

Best of Show Juniors People's Choice   Juniors Best of Show Basic People's Choice Basic Best of Show Intermediate People's Choice Intermediate Best of Show Masters People's Choice Masters
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Kelly Brown Shawn Brown Gil Johnson John Tribou Victor Maestas Victor Maestas N/A Jim Guld
# 28 Havoline Race Car 427 Chevy Engine Crash Cage Detail F4U-4B Corsair Porsche GT-1 Tyrell P-34 Race Car N/A WC-51 Truck

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New Mexico State Fair 2007 Model Contest

Model Entries on : August 30 - September 1

Creative Arts - Division 13, "Models – Military & Science Fiction" (Sections 349 – 352)

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Click here for additional information on the Articles Page

Click here to see models from the 2006 NM State Fair

 


Famed Flier Buried at Arlington

by Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

James B.McGovern Jr, better know as "Earthquake McGoon" for his size, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 31, 2007.  McGovern shot down two Japanese planes in World War II as a Captain in the USAAF while serving with the 118th Reconnaissance Squadron in the China Burma India theater.  He  was killed on May 6, 1954 while making a cargo delivery in a C-119 to the surrounded French forces at Dien Bien Phu in Viet Nam.  McGovern was one of the first Americans killed in the Viet Nam conflict.  His body was discovered in Laos in 2002. 

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For further details click on the following links:

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,136797,00.html?ESRC=airforce-a.nl

http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/flier-earthquake-mcgoon-gets-arlington/20070524100409990003?ncid=NWS00010000000001

http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/399777,CST-NWS-mcgoon24.article

http://www.air-america.org/newspaper_articles/Earthquake_McGoon.shtml


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

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Well, this month I’m working on the 1/35 Academy M3 Lee tank.

Right now it’s a W.I.P. but I’ll give you my take on it, along with what I’ve taken off of the PMMS site.

So far, I’ve assembled the bogie units, the inside of the lower hull and the upper hull. Starting with the bogie units, they are slightly too tall, by about 2mm. I had picked up some resin replacement parts but I wasn’t 100% satisfied with them. In addition I am building a mid-late M3 which had horizontal reinforcing ribs added to the front face of the bogies, so I just reworked the kit parts. Other fixes to the bogies include adding two bolts to the top of the unit near the center return roller, and to file out a relief fillet at the rear of the top stiffeners on each side of the unit.

The lower hull is basically good except for the right side sponson. It is too narrow by about .032" from the front 75mm gun sponson to the back. A little Evergreen fixed that.

The Academy kit is a bit off due to the fact that what is depicted is an early M3 and the kit decals are for mid/late Lees. All of the pictures I’ve seen of Lees in North Africa had the later “quick fix” square air filters and fishtail exhaust below them, and not the earlier round exhaust as depicted in the kit. Formations’ resin replacement square air filters are on the way to solve the problem.

The only other weird thing about the lower hull is a large oval cutout that is supposed to be used as a location hole for the inner floor panel. Why? It isn’t necessary, as there are two small tabs at the back of the inner floor panel and this locates the panel just fine. It was filled in with .020" styrene and the missing rivet detail put back in.

The upper hull is a little tricky as it is made up of seven panels, so getting this good and flat will help with mating it up to the lower hull later.

There are a number of places where the rivets are either missing or are in the wrong location. The biggest “fitment” problem is with the rear top panel that goes vertically from the engine hull deck to the top hull deck. There is a .010" gap the entire length. I used some Evergreen to fix this and had to replace some rivets lost to the sanding gods.

The kit comes with a pretty nice interior and so I decided to leave the hatches open. Well, all those nice rivets on the outside have to be replicated on the inside. Let’s just say that the punch and die set got a good workout!

That’s where the kit stands right now. I still have the turret to build and fix. On the rear wall, Academy got the shape wrong—they included a flat spot vertically behind the upper hatch and it really should just be a slight protrusion at the top with a slightly rounded lip to it. Luckily the turret wall is thick enough that I can sand it down and reshape it.

I still have some photoetch pieces for some of the outside details to add along with new rear stowage boxes, since the kit ones are of the style used on Commonwealth Lees. They are slightly smaller then the US style. A bit of styrene will fix this.

I plan to use Archer Transfers for the yellow stars and blue drab registration numbers. I also need to come up with the yellow turret bands and unit markings. I did a test and Archer makes a clear decal film for use with their transfers, which I sprayed a lemon yellow to match the stars and it goes on nice and thin and looks great.

Well there you have it. I would give the kit a 6 – 7 on a scale of 1 – 10.


From the Judges Chambers

By David Boehning, Contest Director

Contest results for May’s meeting are in and here we go:

Once again there were no Junior entries, so starting with Basic, Jeannie Garriss won Silver with her USS Constellation aircraft carrier and Bronze for her battleship USS Iowa.  Gil Johnson won Gold, Best of Show, and People’s Choice with his PBR 31 Mk II patrol boat.

In Intermediate, Adrian Montano won 2nd with his Al Unser Jr. Indy race car and 3rd with an Al Unser Sr. Indy car.  .In Armor, Rick Carver took 2nd with his” Pink Panther”.  In Vignette, Don Smith won 1st with his “Cold War Encounter” depicting the USS George Washington submarine and a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber.  In ship, Don Smith took 3rd for his SSBN-599 USS Patrick Henry sub, 2nd went to Frank Randall for his USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, while Adrian Montano won 1st, Best of Show and People’s Choice with his German U-552 Type VIIC U-Boat .

 In Masters, Mike Blohm won 2nd for his F6F-5 Hellcat for aircraft.  In Dioramas Jim Guld took 1st with his "First of May".  Jim also won 1st in Figures with his German infantry.  In Armor Mike Blohm took 2nd with his M-4 Sherman and Jim Guld won 1st with his German Sd Kfz 251/16C flamethrower halftrack.  In Ships Mike Blohm won 2nd with his Higgins Boat and Dave Miller took 1st and Best of Show with his U-826 Type VIIC U-Boat. This month we had a tie for People’s Choice between Dave Miller and Jim Guld for Masters.

 Congratulations to all, and we will see you next month.  Remember to bring your most current model for display only, no points.   Dave - Contest Dir.


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Smoke Trails

By Keith Liotta

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Blue Angel # 6 and its pilot, Lieutenant Commander Kevin J. Davis, were lost in a crash on Saturday, April 21, 2007 during the air show at the Beaufort, South Carolina Marine Corps Air Station.  This was the Blue Angels' opening show for the 2007 show season.  ASM's thoughts and prayers go out to both the pilot's family and the Blue Angels' team family.

For further details click the links below:

http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/blue-angel-crash/20070421170809990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070423/D8OM3KFG2.html

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070422/D8OLOOVO0.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18248797/


2007 Region 10 Convention

Friday and Saturday, June 22nd & 23rd, 2007
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
1600 S. Country Club Drive at US 60
Mesa, Arizona

Click here for Regional Information

IPMS Craig Hweitt Website: http://www.ipms-phx.org/
Contact Information:

Contest Chairman - Dick Christ;  DickC24@aol.com

Vendor Coordinator - Ken Osborn; (602) 696-9189;  dundvlrcr@aol.com

Website - Mike Ronnau;   ipms_phx_webmaster@cox.net

 


SR-71 Speaker at National Atomic Museum

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Retired Air Force Col. Donn Byrnes will discuss the SR-71 aircraft and its missions in a talk at the National Atomic Museum at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, as part of its “Meet the Author” series.  Col Byrnes was one of the featured speakers at ASM's Chile Con 2006.  If you missed him at Chile Con, now is your chance to hear him speak.

Byrnes is the author of Blackbird Rising: Birth of an Aviation Legend, an authoritative chronicle of the supersonic, long-range SR-71.  He will talk about the political as well as technical concepts of the aircraft, including its design, construction and deployment. As a newly graduated electrical engineer at Wright Patterson AFB in 1962, Byrnes was a systems and flight test engineer with the program testing the SR-71 sensors.

Biographical information on Col Byrnes can be found at:

http://roadrunnersinternationale.com/byrnes.html

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Col Donn A. Byrnes

"Blackbird Rising"

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Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

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This month, I thought I would give my build impression of the 1/35 Dragon 251/16 C halftrack.

The level of detail and accuracy is pretty good overall. The front firewall/dashboard aren’t 100%, but after it’s buttoned up, you can’t see all that much anyhow. One nice feature is that the front and side visors can be left in the open position, and these parts are clear for the vision blocks. When I started this kit, I decided I would add a few tweaks here and there but wouldn’t go crazy and buy aftermarket photoetch. I didn’t even use photoetch for the tool clasps; I just made the handles out of thin styrene.

The interior of this halftrack has the motor and fuel tanks for the flamethrower unit and they look good from the few photos I have of 251/16s. I only added some minor wiring to the rear of the unit and used .010 lead solder inside the braided hose they give you for the flamethrower guns. This helps shape the hose to the right look. The rear door detail is nice and the only thing missing was the MG magazine holder on the rear wall, which you would have a hard time seeing due to the motor unit. I did have some minor fit issues between the upper and lower hull. This resulted in a slight gap at the right rear corner of about 1/64". What seemed to be happening was that the top hull was pivoting off of the dashboard but even after I sanded it slightly it still had a gap at the back. I also think that when I glued the rear panel to the side panels that it was just ever so slightly low and helped the gap form. A little filler fixed it and I was on my way. There are a number of other minor issues with the Dragon hull. The kit is too narrow at the top as compared to scale drawings, and where the top hull meets the lower hull it should have a slight overhang but Dragon omitted this.

 The running gear is pretty good except for the front drive sprocket itself. On the real sprocket they have a series of teeth that catch on openings between the track links, and these teeth should have a roller between the two halves of the sprocket. Dragon left them out. Funny, since they could have easily molded this in. I added thin round bits of styrene using my punch-and-die set to correct this problem. The tracks themselves are pretty nice. I made myself an assembly jig out of masonite where I could lay up all the tracks and then just put a small amount of liquid glue on the hole that holds the track pad. This way, the tracks stayed basically workable and I was able to paint and weather them off the vehicle. That’s a real timesaver. So now that it was basically built the real fun was to start.

I had previously painted and weathered the interior so it was now time to paint and camo the outside. I was going to try out the hairspray technique that I gave the clinic on last month, but I forgot to bring it to my shop where I paint. I did have with me the Marmite, and I applied it with a Scotchbrite pad and then gave the vehicle a couple of thin coats of acrylic flat that I had in the shop. It worked out similarly to how the hairspray works. This was done over the previously painted and “Futured” halftrack along with the decals being in place. I also used the Marmite to mask the decals and it worked great. I then proceeded to apply the whitewash with a few thin coats of acrylic white. I let this dry for about 20 minutes and then carefully used a wetted paint brush to remove the Marmite first and then used a stiffer brush dipped in alcohol and blotted off and then worked the surface to remove the whitewash. I was going after a heavily worn finish as the vehicle is to be set in a diorama later around March of ’44. After that I wanted to try and just use acrylics for the weathering on this one. I tried to use gouache for the pin washes around the bolts and details, but it didn’t work the same as oils. The one nice thing about gouache is that if you don’t like it you can remove it. I also used some cheapo craft paints from Hobby Lobby and they thin very well and dry dead flat. I wanted to add in some slight filters to break up the white ever so slightly. I then did a light dry-brushing on the running gear and on the weapons followed by graphite for worn metal on the drive sprockets and the vehicle edges in spots here and there.

I would give the kit a 7 – 8 on a scale of 10.


Book Review

by Don Smith

Brothers in Arms

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anthony WaltonBroadway Books. 2004

 

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Keeping with the European theatre of war “theme,” this month’s book starts with the Lorraine campaign as my companion to last month’s  Lorraine 1944: Patton vs Manteuffel book. - D. Smith (See Archived Articles page for this book review - WM)

This is a pretty interesting book about the men who fought in tanks and their stories.  What makes this different is that the 761st Tank Battalion is an all-black unit formed when the army was racially segregated.  This book is co-authored by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has a personal connection to the unit.

The men of the 761st faced many obstacles at home and on the front.  There are lots of individual stories about the fierce fighting this unit faced.  The 761st was never intended to fight in the war and was more of a publicity stunt in the racially segregated U.S. Army.  With the high casualty rate facing the U.S. armored units, the 761st was needed in Europe.   Despite being a racist by today’s standards, Patton and the 761st seemed fond of each other.  When an infantry commander ordered the 761st tanks into a virtual suicide mission, Patton wanted to know who got “his” tanks killed, and the commander was never heard of again.  The 761st was an independent tank battalion with 76mm M4A3 Shermans.  The unit was attached to various infantry units to provide armor support.  As you may suspect, this led to friction, because infantry commanders did not know how to use tanks and also each infantry unit had initial prejudices against an all-black unit.  Like all the other armor units, regardless of race, the 761st saw some brutal and bloody action.

The book has interesting stories, both on and off the battlefield, including one about Jackie Robinson.   I recommend this book based on the great stories and to get an idea of what individual combat was like in this theatre.  The book does not get any points for historical accuracy (what is a Mk. IV Panther?).  There also aren’t many photos for modelers although there are some shots of Shermans.  I picked up my copy on sale a few years ago when Hastings was closing one of the Santa Fe stores.  Normally the retail price is $24.95.

I’ll give it a rating of three out of five stars  ***


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

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This month, for your modeling pleasure, I bring you my progress report on the 1/35 Skybow kit of the WC-51/52. It is a 3/4-ton Dodge weapons carrier. The 51 series is without the winch, while the 52 had the winch. The Skybow kit is now available from AFV Club. They bought the molds a few years ago.

I have to say this is the best fitting kit I have ever built. Yes, even better then some of the Tamiya kits I’ve built. The level of detail O.O.B. is pretty amazing since this kit is now seven years old.

I decided I was going to go “hog wild” on this one and picked up the Eduard photoetch set. It is okay, but has some flaws in it—for example, they provide the wrong style for the rear tool holder. They give the earlier 42-43 style, and the kit depicts a WC 51/52 from a 44-45-body style. There are subtle changes like the tool holder, the seats, and the rear cargo area seats. I also picked up the Wings & Wheels Production book on the Beep (that was the nickname given to WC 51/52).

I decided to add all the major wiring in the engine compartment and to the chassis. When I picked up the Eduard set I was hoping it would contain new parts for the hood, but it didn’t. I had to scribe lines on the inside of the panels for where the louvers were located, and then took my micro chisel and used it to push the plastic to give it the look of the louvers from the backside. It came out okay but not as slick as it would with new photoetch pieces.

Right now, I’m at the point where I have to get some paint on the chassis and paint the engine bay parts. I can then add the front hood and cab pieces and the rear cargo bed. I will be painting it with an OD/earth red camo pattern seen in the Italian campaign. 

So if you’re looking for an Allied softskin that goes together without much fuss, then this kit might fit your ticket.

Here are a couple good websites on the Beep: 

http://www.wheelsofvictory.com/index2.html 

http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/photogallery/dodge_wc-51/index.htm


Museum Visits in the United Kingdom

By Jim Guld

Posted below are pictures that I took during visits last year to several armor museums in the United Kingdom.  A representative selection of pictures from an overall set of 178 pictures is posted immediately below.  Please visit the ASM Field Trips page to see all 178 pictures. 

Links to the museums depicted below are:

Imperial War Museum: http://www.iwm.org.uk/

The Tank Museum, Bovington:  http://www.tankmuseum.co.uk/home.html

Imperial War Museum, London, UK

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British 25 Pounder Field Gun German Pak 40 German Flak 38 German Jagdpanther British Grant - Monty's Command Tank at El Alemain

The Bovington Tank Museum, Dorsett, UK

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British M-10 Wolverine British Vickers MkVI French Char French Somua British Matilda
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German Tiger I Early Russian KV-1 Russian Su-100  Egypt Markings US M-24 Chaffee British Markings Italian M-13/40

Visit to the National Air and Space Museum

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

By Mike Blohm

Posted below are pictures that I took during a visit to the National Air and Space Museum - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on February 10, 2007.  This museum is located out near Dulles International Airport, about 45 minutes from downtown Washington DC.  The amount of displays was truly impressive.  I was surprised at how uncrowded it was for a Saturday, but it was about 20 degrees outside so I'm sure that slowed down the visitors.   One side of the large hangar-like building has military aircraft, and the other side has civilian and racing aircraft and helicopters.  A section off the middle of the hangar covers space exploration and early missiles.  There are a lot of displays including the space shuttle "Enterprise," which is truly huge.  Fans of German V-Weapons and early precision guided munitions will have a lot to salivate over.  One rarity in the aircraft section is the XF-35B short takeoff / vertical landing (STOVL) prototype of the Joint Strike Fighter in its demval test markings (check out the Revell and Italeri kits).  One comment I would make is that the lighting is not very good throughout the building making it hard to take pictures.  Most of my pictures were taken with the ambient light level due to the distance away from the aircraft.  Additionally, the planes are arranged such that it is hard to photograph them without something being in the way.  A big advantage over the downtown Air and Space Smithsonian and the Air Force Museum is that there are multiple balconies around the inside of the building that do allow you to get some unimpeded shots looking down on the aircraft.  However, some of the aircraft are parked right beneath the balconies, leading to some gyrations trying to get a good shot.  Sometimes you have to shoot between steps and poles, especially if you're a Korean War fan.  There is only one balcony in the space exploration section, so it is harder to get pictures there.  I would definitely recommend that you put this on your list to visit if you are in the Washington DC area!

A representative selection of pictures from an overall set of 35 pictures is posted immediately below.  Please visit the ASM Field Trips page to see all 35 pictures. 

Check out the museum's website at:  http://www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy/

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Vought F4U-1D Corsair Nieuport 28C-1 Scout Rockwell Space Shuttle "Enterprise" McDonnell F-4S Phantom II

Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"

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Luftwaffe Aircraft

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
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JB-2 Loon (V-1)

Nike-Ajax Missile SAM

Fritz X Guided Bomb

Mars Pathfinder Lander Prototype & Sojourner Rover

Lockheed Martin X-35B STOVL JSF

Chile Con 2006 Guest Speaker Honored with

Congressional Gold Medal

By Mike Blohm

ASM Webmaster

Mr. Robert Lawrence, a guest speaker at Chile Con 2006, was amongst 300 Tuskegee Airmen that went to the Capitol in Washington DC on March 29, 2006 to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service during World War II.   The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress.   It can also be awarded to military personnel.  1Lt Robert Lawrence was a member of the 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group based in Italy and flew 33 missions in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operation.

Information on Robert Lawrence's service with the Tuskegee Airmen can be found at: http://www.chesterfieldarmament.com/bailey/tuskegee_titans/titan.php

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Chile Con photos above by Matt Blohm, Brian Peck, and Mike Blohm

Click on the links below for newspaper articles covering the award ceremony.

San Antonio Express-News:  http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/stories/MYSA040207.01O.tuskegee2ed0402.278bb63.html

Austin American-Statesman:  http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/nation/03/30/30tuskegee.html

Kansas City Star:  http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/16995806.htm


ASM's 2006 "Modeler of the Year" and "Model of the Year" Winners

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Modeler of the Year Winners, Left to Right: Rick Carver, Logan Carbin and Wayne Sprong (John Tate not present).

Model of the Year Winners, Left to Right: Rick Carver, Logan Carbin, David Boehning, and Victor Maestas.

Division Modeler of the Year Model of the Year
Juniors Logan Carbin Logan Carbin  -  M2A3 Bradley
Basic Wayne Sprong Victor Maestas  -  KV-1
Intermediate Rick Carver Rick Carver - Italian Roach Coach
Masters John Tate David Boehning  -  P-47D Thunderbolt

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Congratulations!

Links to additional pics and info on these awards:   Modeler of the Year     Model of the Year


ASM's May 2007 "Ships" Model Contest Winners

Best of Show & People's Choice - Basic Best of Show & People's Choice - Intermediate Best of Show & People's Choice (Tie) - Masters People's Choice (Tie) - Masters
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Gil Johnson - PBR 31 Mk II Adrian Montano - U-552 Type VIIC U-Boat Dave Miller - U-826 Type VII-C U-Boat Jim Guld - Sd Kfz 251/16C

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Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave, Pueblo, Co 81001

Contact Information: 719-948-9219;   pikespeakmodelexpo@adelphia.net

Centennial IPMS Website:  http://www.centennialipms.org/


ASM's 2006 "Modeler of the Year" and "Model of the Year" Winners

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Modeler of the Year Winners, Left to Right: Rick Carver, Logan Carbin and Wayne Sprong (John Tate not present).

Model of the Year Winners, Left to Right: Rick Carver, Logan Carbin, David Boehning, and Victor Maestas.

Division Modeler of the Year Model of the Year
Juniors Logan Carbin Logan Carbin  -  M2A3 Bradley
Basic Wayne Sprong Victor Maestas  -  KV-1
Intermediate Rick Carver Rick Carver - Italian Roach Coach
Masters John Tate David Boehning  -  P-47D Thunderbolt

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Congratulations!

Links to additional pics and info on these awards:   Modeler of the Year    Model of the Year


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A Review of the

Dogfights  TV Series

by Mike Blohm

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    This is an unusual review in that it is about a TV show.  Dogfights is an hour-long series on The History Channel, airing on Friday nights.  There are usually reruns during the week on Wednesday nights. 

    Dogfights is absolutely terrific.   Modelers will especially appreciate the show because you get a dose of history – some of which you may not have heard before; an introduction to basic fighter maneuvers and air combat tactics; and the aircraft and ships are depicted (unbelievably) in accurate colors and markings.  Yes, I did say “ships”.  Ship-to-ship combat is included in the series as well as air-to-air combat. 

    Each episode covers a specific theme and includes several different notable dogfight engagements that fit the theme.  A short history of the aircraft involved is given, including a comparison of strengths and weaknesses.  The show “Zero Killers” was F6F Hellcats versus A6M Zeros and featured engagements by Robert Duncan, Hamilton McWhorter and Alexander Vraciu.  The show “Air Ambush” covered Operation Bolo in Viet Nam where F-4 Phantoms masqueraded as F-105 Thunderchiefs to lure the MiG-21s into combat.  Robin Olds planned and led Operation Bolo, and the show featured his engagements from both World War II in the P-38 and in Bolo itself. 

    What makes Dogfights really unique is that computer animations are used to show how the aerial engagements were fought, interspersed with narration from the actual participants – a lot of “there I was…”  When the actual participants are no longer with us, a historian fills in with the story.  The action will often stop while the narrator diagrams the fight with who is where, and what the options might be - should he climb, dive, continue ahead, break left or break right?  This is followed by what really occurred, for better or worse. 

    Season one had eight shows, including four from World War II, one from Korea, and three from Viet Nam.  Season two is now underway and those shows have been great too.

     Highly recommended viewing, which I think you’ll enjoy.   And as a true nit-picker model builder, I did notice a few markings that weren’t quite entirely correct…

 For further details go to the History Channel website at:  http://www.history.com/minisites/dogfights

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May 3-6, 2007


IPMS/UMAG


Salt Lake Sheraton on 150 West 500 South in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah

Link: http://www.gslchampionship.org/


From the Judges Chambers

By David Boehning, Contest Director

Guest Appearance by Jim Guld - Host of April's "Best Sherman" Sponsored Contest

Sherman’s March to Albuquerque

First let me start out by saying thank you to all that participated in my special Sherman contest.  We had 8 entries total with 2 works in progress on the table.   We had a pretty diverse range of Sherman’s also. A few M4’s, M4A3’s with the T-23 turret, a Sherman dozer, and even a Calliope. The scales represented varied from 1/72 on up to 1/35.  All where in US markings.  I was hoping Mike Blohm would have finished his M4 and done it up in Free French markings but he was still plugging away when I started judging.  When all the dust and mud settled the winner was Ken Liotta’s M4 Sherman from Tamiya in 1/35 scale.  It was an OOB entry with some very nice figures and it even was sporting the sand shields, which you don’t often see on US Sherman’s.  For Ken’s hard work I awarded him a gift certificate to Formations.  That’s an aftermarket resin outfit that specializes in Sherman goodies.  You never know when you might have another Shermaholic. Signs to look out for are blathering on about low and high bustle turrets and the use of duckbill end connectors.  If you know of anyone with these symptoms please have him or her contact me immediately at my office. It can be fatal to your pocketbook.

 


Book Review

by Don Smith

Lorraine 1944  Patton vs Manteuffel

By Steven J. Zaloga • Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2000

 

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Last month’s book was Operation Cobra, so the Lorraine campaign is a good followup book. - D.Smith

Once again, an Osprey Campaign series book is our subject.  And again, lots of maps, artwork and interesting photos about the campaign are packed into 96 pages.

Last month we looked at Operation Cobra, which got the U.S. Army out of the Normandy hedgerows and into Paris. T he Lorraine campaign was based on Hitler’s belief that a violent panzer attack against Patton’s Third Army would prevent the 12th Army Group and the 6th Army Group from linking up, and also prevent Patton from entering Germany’s Saar region.  Hitler used General Hasso von Manteuffel from the Eastern Front to lead the counteroffense.   The Allies were facing critical logistical problems and feuds between American and British commanders.  The Allies then committed to Montgomery’s Operation Market Garden, thus severely limiting Patton in the Lorraine area.  The ensuing tank battles in the Lorraine have been described as the largest and most violent series of battles for U.S. armored forces in Europe for the entire war (I would have guessed that honor would’ve gone to the Battle of the Bulge).

Basically, every time the Germans attacked they were ripped apart by the Americans and the French 2nd Armored Division.  Hitler had put too much faith in his newly-formed panzer brigades.

Manteuffel fights his battles like he is on the Eastern Front with disastrous results for the Germans.  The battle ends in a stalemate with Patton holding onto some valuable real estate, and he makes a big splash later in the Ardennes. The Germans stabilize a defensive line in front of the West Wall and Hitler makes plans for Operation Wacht-am-Rhein.

I liked the book for its inspiration for armor models or dioramas; I found the book otherwise a little sterile.   I’m also reading another book about an armored unit involved in the fighting and you don’t get the idea of how desperate and violent the battles were from reading the Osprey book.  Don’t expect detailed personal accounts of the campaign.   This book’s coverage is very broad and therefore a must for anyone interested in the Lorraine campaign.  There is also a reading list near the back of the book.   An interesting fact is that the author is also a modeler; you can view some of his work on the web.

This book is softbound and I picked up a copy at Borders for about $19.00.  I’ll give it a rating of three out of five stars. ***


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

This month I thought I would talk about acrylic paint for painting figures and some of the web sites that I have come across in my journey to learn to improve my figure painting skills.

I think painting figures is one of the most frustrating aspects of our hobby.  You have a number of different media to choose from and so the learning curve can be quite steep.  I have bounced around with using acrylics and oils for painting figures.  I have decided to try and stick with acrylics, at least for the time being.

I have found some interesting articles on the web along with a good book put out by Andrea Press called “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Painting Figure Techniques” I got it from Amazon (http:/www.amazon.com)/.

The first two sites below list face painting techniques by two very talented painters, Andres Heinz and Jaume Ortiz.   They are good step-by-step articles with pictures.

http://tinyurl.com/246jne

http://tinyurl.com/349ye5

This site, http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com, has an article which walks you through how to use acrylics for painting figures.  You have to go to the site and then click on the English translation link. then up at the top of the page is a pull-down bar.  Click on the link to Model Color and when that page comes up, scroll down the page to near the bottom and you’ll see a link to Painting Figures with Model Color.   It is a very good article that explains a number of different techniques used when painting with acrylics.  I learned a lot from it and plan on trying out these new steps on my figures.  Hopefully this will make the learning curve a little less steep and not so frustrating.

So get out there and don’t be afraid to try something new.  Just remember that while making mistakes, you are learning what not to do the next time.


Southwest Armor Modelers Meeting on 21 April

By Jim Guld

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The next meeting of Southwest Armor Modelers will be held Sat. April 21st. at 2:00pm at the home of Dave Miller.  He lives in Tijeras, NM.   

If you plan to attend please contact me.  Also contact me if you need directions.  We will be focusing on the open style of judging, Gold, Silver, Bronze. Please take a look at the Amps webpage on judging. http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/contestRules.aspx      Please bring in your latest work or works in progress and we will have a simulated contest using the open system.  I hope to see you there. 

Note:  The Southwest Armor Modelers club is not part of the Albuquerqueb Scale Modelers (ASM) club.  Advertising on the ASM website is being provided as a public service to fellow modelers. 

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The April 6 Sponsored Contest is

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Hosted by Jim Guld

Any Sherman, any scale, and under any markings.

Award for Best Entry is a gift certificate to Formations.

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Sherman Models by ASM Members

Ken Piniak Don Smith Jim Guld 
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Don Smith Jack Garriss  John Kendrick
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Jim Guld Mike Blohm Stan Harris
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From the Judges Chambers

By David Boehning, Contest Director

Here are the contest results for March 2, 2007.  The theme was Armor. 17 models were entered, with no Juniors showing.  

Jeannie Garriss won a silver ribbon with her 1/48 scale Tiger Tank.   Gil Johnson won a Gold ribbon ,Best of Show and People's Choice with his Mk V Chieftain tank in 1/35 scale. 

In intermediate, there was a split between Armor and Collections.   Don Smith won Second place for his collection of  AAV7A1, M1A2,and M109A6 in 1/144 scale.  He also won First place for his collection of  LVTP7, AAVP7A1,and AAV7A1 in 1/144 scale.  In Armor, Third place also went to Don Smith for his M4 Sherman in 1/48 scale.  Frank Randall took Second place and People's Choice with his M-8 Gray Hound in 1/72 scale.  Kyle Garber won First place and Best of Show with his KV-1 heavy tank.

In Masters,  Jim Guld took First place in Diorama  and the People's Choice award "Sssh!!" in 1/35 scale.  He also won First place in Figures with "Dog Face - Spring 45" in 1/35 scale.  In Armor, Jim Guld won Third place with his M-4 Sherman tank ,in 1/35 scale.  Dave Miller took Second place with his Flak 38/103 in 1/32 scale.  Dave also won First and Best of Show with his Sturmgeschutz III Ausf G.

Congratulations to all and we will see you all in April.  -   Dave


The ASM Website is currently under Re-Construction in some areas

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The web site is under re-construction in some areas due to the move to the new domain and provider. Some of the page links are down and the thumbnail pictures have to be relinked to the new site address. These will be fixed ASAP, starting with the most recent articles and pictures.   The plan is to keep the 2007, 2006 and 2005 model and meeting pictures posted on separate pages on the site.  Articles will be archived after two to three months.  Please keep your articles coming!  Suggestions on ASM web site improvements are requested.  Our grateful thanks to Stan, Helen and Callie Johnson at Hobbies 'n Stuff for hosting ASM on their own web site for the past few years.


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

This month I thought I would talk about something different: safety in modeling.

    I work as a custom furniture maker, mainly in steel, but also incorporate other materials like wood, stone, etc.  Last December, I was working on a piece at my shop and it was a very cold day and I decided not to open up my back door where I have my exhaust fan located and was doing some finish sanding on some metal chairs.  Well, you guessed it. I got a small piece of metal dust in one of my eyes that didn’t come out with eyewash.  After a visit to the emergency room and to the eye doctor for antibiotics for my eye, I thought I would write about safety.

 We often don’t think about it or take a short cut like I did on that cold day.  Well, it’s just not worth it. I’m generally very good about wearing safety gear at the shop and now even more so.  Now how does this relate to model making?  Well, think about where you spray and what you spray.   Good ventilation is a must. I personally use a 3M -mask respirator with filters for inorganic materials along with having the exhaust fan running at my shop when I paint.   I usually prime my models with enamel spray paint and finish them off in acrylics.   For the acrylics I usually don’t wear the mask and just have the fan on which works fine.

   There is an easy test for this. Just get a tissue and pick your nose.  If you see paint residue then put the mask on.  Besides painting you should be wearing a respirator when working with resin if you’re doing a lot of dry sanding.  Now, if you do wet sanding you’ll be okay.  If you’re using a table saw or doing any sort of cutting or grinding with a Dremel motor tool, then I would suggest some sort of eye protection.

 I just wanted to pass this on. I was lucky back in December, so think safety first.


Book Review

by Don Smith

Operation Cobra 1944

Breakout from Normandy

By Steven J. Zaloga • Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2001

 I wasn’t going to review Osprey books. I found glaring inaccuracies in the first Osprey book I read—Pearl Harbor 1941.  Since then I found the Osprey books are a quick and dirty way to learn about a particular battle that interests me.   - D. Smith

   What can I say?  This is a typical Osprey Campaign series book; lots of maps, artwork and interesting photos about Operation Cobra packed into 96 pages. Despite the fact this is an English book company there are no disparaging remarks about Patton’s bad teeth and DeGaul’s pigheadedness.  Nor does it talk about the great job Montgomery did holding down the German Panzer Divisions around Caen.   What you get is a concise history of Operation Cobra.  Just the ticket if you’re pressed for time.

    In short, Operation Cobra was the battle to get the allies out of the Normandy hedgerows and into a more open area where they could use their numerical advantage in armor to race to Germany.  The campaign started in July 1944 in Normandy and ended in August when Paris was liberated.  During this time the Germans were never successful in getting off a counterattack against the American spearhead.  George S. Patton was brought off the bench and given the U.S. Third Army to command.  He takes off and the rest is history.  One of the things I learned was he might have sealed off the Falaise pocket but was redirected away by General Omar Bradley.  I also learned that Culin hedgerow cutters were not as widely used as legend suggests.

    I liked the book and found full of helpful photos for the modeler.  I’ve been working on a diorama of the 2nd Armor Division with troops in camouflaged uniforms and an M-5 with the Culin hedgerow cutter.  I had doubts this would be accurate but the photos prove I’m on the right track.  Don’t expect detailed personal accounts of the campaign, this book is very broad.  There is also an informative reading list at the back of the book.  The book is softbound and I picked up a copy at Borders for about $19.00. 

I’ll give it a rating of four out of five stars. ****


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By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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This new column provides an update on what's going on with changes to the ASM website since our move to the new provider.  New pages have been created for 2007 Model Pics, 2007 Meeting Pics, and 2007 Contest Results.  There is a 2006 Model Pics page, but the 2005 and 2004 page files were lost in the transfer, and will probably not be recreated.  The 2006 Model Pics have all been relinked.  The 2005 Models page could be added back, time permitting.  There are 2006 and 2005 Meeting Pics pages.   I am about halfway through fixing the 2006 page, working from top to bottom.   The Contest Results page had been an aggregation from all the previous years.   The 2006 through 2003 info is now on separate pages available through hot link buttons. 

Speaking of buttons:  Some computer operating systems are unable to see the hot link buttons that I have been using on the ASM Home Page, so I have begun adding separate links adjacent to wherever buttons have been used .  There are also alternate page links available at the bottom of each website page that replicate the hot link buttons found at the top of each page.

The Chile Con 2006 pages have been delinked from the ASM website due to the massive amount of fixes required.  As a minimum, I plan to repair and relink the contest results page and all those embedded pictures.  Will get that back up ASAP.

Thumbnail pics are slowly being relinked, so please be patient.   Current info like the Articles and Model of the Year Contenders pages will be fixed first, followed by 2006 pages, and then 2005 info.  I will keep you apprised of fixes and updates using this column and the "Website Updates" section at the bottom of this page.


Historical Tidbit:


Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) Meeting

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       Saturday, February 24, 2007  

Jim Guld has announced that the first meeting of the local AMPS club has been set for for 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2007.  The meeting will be held in Room I at the University of New Mexico Conference Center (click here for location information).

For more information on AMPS, please click on the following link to the AMPS home page:  http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/default.aspx

As the pics below from the AMPS website show, this is not just "tanks" modeling.  Please check it out!

           

 


Ken Taylor - Pearl Harbor Hero - Passes Away

By Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

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Kenneth Taylor, a decorated World War II fighter pilot whose heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was depicted in the film "Tora! Tora! Tora!", died recently at the age of 86.  Taylor was able to get airborne twice during the raid and scored two victories.  Click on the links below for two obituaries and two stories detailing Taylor's experiences on December 7, 1941.  The left picture above depicts 2Lt Ken Taylor, while the middle photo is recent.  The right picture above shows a group of five USAAC pilots who downed at least one Japanese plane during the attack.  Ken Taylor is third from left, with George Welch (four victories) fourth from left.

http://legacy.com/Obituaries.asp?Page=APStory&Id=12168

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/02/AR2006120201162.html

http://www.aviation-history.com/airmen/pearl.htm

http://www.pearlharborhero.net/index.html


Cutthroats

The Adventures of a Sherman Tank Driver in the Pacific

By Robert C. Dick; Presidio Press, 2006

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I’m going to the Pacific Theatre for this month’s book review. I had to read this after hearing there will be a sponsored Best Sherman contest this year. Thanks -Don Smith

 This is a very interesting book about the Leyte and Okinawa campaigns from a tank driver’s point of view. Robert Dick is a National Guardsman from California who gives up his Sergeant’s stripes in the infantry to become a private in armor. He is assigned to the 763rd Tank Battalion, attached to the 96th Infantry Division. The book is divided into eight parts and 56 chapters, but is only 247 pages long—go figure. Dick’s book is fast, entertaining and easy to read.

 Like all personal account books, the first one-fourth to one-third of the book tells about pre-war, boot camp and training. Dick talks about the nuances of operating, fighting with, and living in a Sherman tank. There are interesting stories about running over decomposed Japanese soldiers and then having to sleep under the tank that night, and how to relieve one’s self while on patrol. A couple of interesting tidbits of information I learned was how highly regarded the Japanese 47mm antitank gun was, and that the US hospital in Guam was the largest in the world at that time. There very few photos in the book and these are very small.

 I liked the book just because I’ve become interested in Shermans lately and would recommend this book to Shermanolics. Don’t expect detailed descriptions of the campaigns, all Dick talks about are his personal stories. The book is paperback and I picked up a copy at Borders for about $7.00.

I’ll give it a rating of four out of five stars. ****

 


Pacific & China-Burma-India

Theaters of Operation (Left Case)

Left Case Set-Up - As Of  23 April 2005

45 Models - Done (In Place): 33 / Need: 9 / Working: 3


Shelf - 1

China
AVG
Pearl Harbor

Doolittle’s Raiders

Hawk 82
John Tate
Zero
John Tate
Kate
John Tate
Val

Juan Benitez

P-36
Larry Horyna
P-40B
Don MacBryde
B-25B
Frank Randall

Shelf – 1 Continued 

Coral Sea Midway
F4F
Fred Franceschi
F4F
Juan Benitez
SBD-3
Fred Franceschi
PBY (Suspended)
Brian Peck
Devastator

Shelf - 2

Guadalcanal

New Guinea

Operations
Betty
Brain Peck
Oscar
Larry Horyna
F4U-1A
P-39F
Fred Franceschi
F-4F
John Tate
F4U-1A
Fred Franceschi
P-47D (Razor)
P-40N
Don MacBryde
P-38H
Fred Franceschi
P-40M
A-20G
Fred Franceschi

Shelf - 3 

Philippine

Islands Mariannas CBI
Frank
John Tate
George
John Tate
Judy
John Tate
B-25J
Don MacBryde

P-61A

P-38J
Mike Blohm

B-24J

F6F-3
David Boehning

P-40N
John Tate
P-40E

P-51B
John Tate

P-51D


Shelf – 4

Central Pacific Drive Assault on Japan
Grace
John Tate
Gekko
Don MacBryde
Ohka
Avenger
Don MacBryde
Helldiver
Fred Franceschi
F4U-1D
Tony
Brian Peck
Tojo
Rick Peck
Jack
John Tate
P-51D
Mike Blohm
P-47N
Mike Blohm
F6F-5
Mike Blohm

European & Mediterranean

Theaters of Operation (Right Case)

Right Case Set-Up - As Of  23 April 2005

40 Models - Done (In Place): 26 / Need: 10 / Working: 4


Shelf – 1

Battle of the Atlantic USA

MTO - 1 - North

Africa Ops
U-107
Mike Blohm

O-59 CAP
T-6
Juan Benitez

PT-13/19

D.520
John Tate

G55
A-36A
Don MacBryde

P-40F
A-20B
Fred Franceschi

P-38F
B-25D
Fred Franceschi

B-24D

Shelf - 2

Combined Bomber  Offensive 8 AF 1942 - 1944
Me 110G-2
Brian Peck
Me 109G-10
Fred Franceschi

Fw 190 A8
Phillip Speath

Spit Vb
John Tate
P-38J
P-51B
Fred Franceschi
P-47D-Razorback
Fred Franceschi

P-51D Brian Peck


Shelf - 3

MTO - 2 - Italy Ops

D-Day / 9 / 12 /

15 AF
Mc202
Juan Benitez
Spit Vb Trop
John Tate
P-51D
Juan Benitez

P-51B
Mosquito
Juan Benitez
A-26
John Tate

B-26
C-47
John Tate

P-47D  Rick Peck

Shelf - 4 

Combined Bomber Offensive 1944-1945
He-219
David Boehning

Fw 190D
Don MacBryde

Me 410B
Brian Peck

Bf 109K        Phillip Spaeth

 

 

Me 163             Reid Langermann

Me 262A
Patrick Dick


P-51D
Mike Blohm
B-17G
John Tate
P-47M


P-59


P-80

Ba 349 Natter   Reid Langermann

V-1
Mike Blohm

V-2                      Reid Langermann

 


ASM Member Model Loans / Contributions:

John Tate - 16
Fred Franceschi - 12
Mike Blohm - 7
Don MacBryde - 7
Brian Peck - 6
Juan Benitez - 5

Reid Langermann - 3
David Boehning - 2

Larry Horyna - 2

Rick Peck - 2

Phillip Spaeth - 2

Patrick Dick - 1

Frank Randall - 1

 


From the Judges Chambers

By Ken Liotta, 2006 Contest Director

The year of model building seems to be coming to an end soon for 2006.  The good news is that with the Thanksgiving holiday upon us and Christmas around the corner, we get a day or two extra on the weekend.  You can get a few extra chores around the house done, complete a few honey-do’s, and then sit down to a few extra hours of model building.  I know that is what I plan to do.  And I hope all of you will too.  And when you are getting ready to come to the next club meeting, bring in you latest project.  Whether it is just started, half built, or completed, we want to see what all of you are working on these days.  In fact, bring your travel kit too and maybe even trim a few more pieces.  We have plenty of table space available for those that want to build during the meeting.

                As for December’s “Model of the Year” contest, I have looked through this year’s contests and have compiled a list of every “Best of Show” model that is eligible.  All of the modelers listed will need to have their model at December’s meeting in order for the model to be judged.  We can’t compare it to all of the others if the model is not there.  We will also be announcing the official results of the “Modeler of the Year” at December’s meeting.  I look forward to seeing all of you there with all of the wonderful models that you have, are, and will be building.

 Albuquerque Scale Modelers

Best of 2006

JUNIORS

Jan 6                                        1/500       Polar Lights                            Godzilla                                   by           Margaret Ornelar

Mar 3                                       1/35         Revell                                      Velociraptors                         by           Ryan Sharp

Apr 28                                     1/100       Multiple                                  Gundam Diorama                   by           Taylor Liotta

Jul 7                                         1/32         Revell                                      Ferrari                                      by           Jeannie Garriss

Sep 8                                       1/72         Dragon                                    M2A3 Bradley                       by           Logan Carbin

Oct 6                                        1/72         Revell                                      Ka-52                                       by           Logan Carbin

Nov 3                                      1/48         Tamiya                                    Fw-190A-3                              by           Logan Carbin

 BASIC

Mar 3                                       1/24         Revell                                      Hummer                                  by           Tim Estes

Apr 4                                       1/32         Hasegawa                               Ki-84                                        by           Tim Estes

Apr 28                                     1/35         Tamiya                                    Amphibious Jeep                  by           Wayne Sprong

Jul 7                                         1/35         Tamiya                                    PzKpfw II                                by           Wayne Sprong

Sep 8                                       1/35         Tamiya                                    PzKpfw III M                         by           Gil Johnson

Oct 6                                        1/35         Tamiya                                    “In the Field”                         by           Wayne Sprong

Nov 3                                      1/35         Trumpeter                               KV-1 1942                               by           Victor Maestas

 INTERMEDIATE

Jan 6                                        1/6           Garage Resin Kit                   Aries                                       by           John Pattison

Mar 3                                       1/100       Bandai                                     RX-78G Gundam                    by           John Kendrick

Apr 4                                       1/48         Nichimo                                  Ki-43-I                                     by           John Kendrick

Apr 28                                     1/72         Dragon/Revell                       “Special Delivery”                by           John Kendrick

Jul 7                                         1/35         Various                                   “Italian Roach Coach”        by           Rick Carver

Sep 8                                       1/35         Tamiya                                    PzKpfw III                              by           Kyle Garber

Oct 6                                        1/35         Tamiya                                    T-55                                         by           Rick Carver

Nov 3                                      1/24         AMT                                       Armored Woody                   by           Rick Carver

 MASTERS

Jan 6                                        25mm      Unknown                                Dragon                                    by           Mike McNichols

Mar 3                                       1/48         Tamiya                                    P-47D                                      by           Mike Franklin

Apr 4                                       1/48         Tamiya                                    Ki-46                                        by           Juan Benitez

Apr 28                                     1/62         Scratchbuilt                            S.39                                          by           Dave Straub

Jun 2                                        1/72         MPM                                       DC-2                                        by           John Tate

Jul 7                                         1/24         Tamiya                                    Enzo Ferrari                            by           Don MacBryde

Sep 8                                       1/35         AFV                                         M3A3 Stuart                          by           John Tate

Oct 6                                        1/35         Tamiya                                    GAZ-67B Jeep                       by           John Tate

Nov 3                                      1/48         Tamiya                                    P-47D                                      by           David Boehning


Atomic Museum Display Update

By Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

There have been several recent additions to ASM’s 1/48 scale model display at the National Atomic Museum. These include:

Dave Boehning - F6F-3 Hellcat and He-219 Uhu

Philip Spaeth - Fw-190A-8 and Bf 109K

Reid Langerman - Me-163 Komet, Ba-349 Natter, and V-2

Rick Peck - P-47D Thunderbolt (9 AF)

Brian Peck - P-51D Mustang

The total model count is at 68, with 37 in the Pacific/China-Burma-India Theaters of Operation display case, and 31 in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operation display case. Check out all the models on the ASM website at: http://www.hobbies-n-stuff.com/ASM-Stuff/ASM_Atomic%20Museuem%20Display%20Pics.htm

We still need some 1/48 scale armor in the display. Tamiya has been issuing some kits that are certainly candidates for you armor fans in the club to show off your talents at the museum: U.S. M-4 Sherman in early and M4 A1 versions; U.S. M10 Tank Destroyer; German Panzer Mk IV Ausf J; German Panther Ausf G, and German Tiger I and King Tiger versions.

It would be nice to add some 1/700 ships into the display. Does anyone want to build a USS Hornet with B-25’s on the deck, and an accompanying destroyer on a water base? That would look great sitting next to Frank Randall’s B-25B in the "Doolittle’s Raider" display. I’m working on a Liberty Ship to go with the U-107 U-Boat currently in the display.

Please let me know if you’re interesting in contributing to the display. Thanks for your support!

Reid Langerman - Ba-349 Natter Reid Langerman - Ba-349 Natter, and V-2 Reid Langerman - Me-163 Komet Reid Langerman - Ba-349 Natter and V-2 Rick Peck - P-47D Thunderbolt (9 AF)
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Philip Spaeth - Fw-190A-8 Philip Spaeth - Bf 109K Dave Boehning - F6F-3 Hellcat Dave Boehning - He-219 Uhu Brian Peck - P-51D Mustang
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American WW II Ace Herschel "Herky" Green Passes Away

By Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

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Col Herschel "Herky" H. Green, an American ace in World War II in the Mediterannean Theater of Operations, recently passed away.  Green scored 18 victories flying with the 325 Fighter Wing "Checkertail Clan" and was the top ace in the 15th Air Force. 

The following story is reprinted from the LA Times:

(http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-green25aug25,1,1451152.story?coll=la-news-obituaries&ctrack=1&cset=true)

Herschel Green, 86;

By Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
August 25, 2006

The first time he faced enemy fighters — a swarm of German Messerschmitts on the southern coast of Sardinia on May 19, 1943 — P-40 pilot Herschel "Herky" Green was convinced he was going to die.

"Your heart just about jumps out of your damn body," he once recalled.

The 22-year-old Kentucky native not only survived his first mission — despite being wounded and suffering severe damage to his plane — but he also scored his first kill and was rapidly on his way to becoming the leading ace of the 15th Air Force, a record he held until he was grounded by headquarters after his 100th combat mission.

Green, who scored 18 aerial victories as a fighter pilot in Europe and Africa from 1943 to 1944, died Aug. 16 of cancer at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, said his wife of 60 years, Jeanne. He was 86.

"He was what would really be called a tiger," Art Fiedler of Oxnard, who was Green's wingman on several missions, told The Times this week.

"This man had the quickest reaction of anybody in the group," Fiedler said. "As soon as somebody called out 'bogies!', Herky would immediately drop his [auxiliary fuel] tanks and take after them. He was a fantastic pilot, he was gung ho, and he was an excellent shot."

Green never forgot his dramatic trial by fire in May 1943.

He was leading one of four flights in the 317th Fighter Squadron, which consisted of 16 P-40 Warhawks, when, he recalled in a 1994 interview with the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, "all hell broke loose."

"Break left, Mayfair Red, break left!" Green remembered a fellow pilot yelling over the radio, warning him to take immediate evasive action.

Messerschmitts flashed past him in pairs "like a swarm of bees," Green recalled. "There were just airplanes everywhere, and it seemed like most of them were shooting at me — and they were getting hits."

When one Messerschmitt streaked directly in front of him, he said, "I just put my nose on his and started firing. It was the only thing I knew to do. I managed to get some hits on him."

The enemy plane exploded as it passed Green. Then, he recalled, "I felt a whomp, you know, and I knew someone had hit me with cannon fire right behind my head."

At the same time, he said, he realized that his radio and some cockpit instruments had been shot out.

"This is it," he remembered thinking. "I can't exist in this environment."

After pulling out of a spin, he headed his plane into a cloud where joy over having downed his first enemy plane was not on his mind.

"I had a feeling of elation I was still breathing when I got in that cloud," said Green, who was promoted to captain a few days after the mission.

"He described it as 'the mother of all dogfights,' " Fiedler said. "Six of them had him trapped and were giving him their personal attention. After he shot up one and it exploded, the five others redoubled their efforts.

"You can't comprehend the damage that his airplane took. It's a miracle it didn't collapse when it landed on the ground. The maintenance people took one look at it and hauled it off to the junkyard to be used for parts."

Fiedler added: "That's a hell of a first mission — to get a victory and a Purple Heart at the same time."

After surviving half a dozen close calls, Green developed a strong sense that he would survive the war.

"Many times after that, I would tear into large gaggles of Luftwaffe fighters with just a wingman, and my only thought was how many we could get before they got away. I know that sounds crazy. Maybe it was," he wrote in the 1996 book "Herky! The Memoirs of a Checkertail Ace."

On one mission in January 1944, Green was credited with shooting down six enemy aircraft.

Two months later, he took command of the 317th Fighter Squadron of the 325th Fighter Group, which was known as the "Checkertails" because of the yellow-and-black checkerboard pattern on their planes' tail sections.

That September — after flying 100 combat missions in P-40s, P-47s and P-51s and destroying 18 aircraft in the air and 10 on the ground — Green was assigned to the staff at 15th Air Force headquarters. Among his many decorations were a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Green was born in Hickory, Ky., on July 3, 1920, and grew up in nearby Mayfield. He began his lifelong love of flying at age 5, when two barnstormers made an emergency landing near his rural school. As thanks for inviting them home while their plane was being repaired, they gave the boy a ride in their open-cockpit biplane.

Green enrolled in the U.S. government's Civilian Pilot Training Program while attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1940 and enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1941, before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

He remained in the military after the war and retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 1964. He then worked in the international sales division of Hughes Aircraft Co. in Culver City before retiring in 1982.

At his funeral service Tuesday at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, four planes from Edwards Air Force Base saluted Green with a missing-man formation flyover.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Anita and Kathryn.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Green's memory to the Little Company of Mary Community Health Foundation, 4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA, 90503. Checks should be payable to LCM-CHF (memo: Rehabcentre — in memory of Herschel H. Green).

Links to other obituaries:

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/northern_california/15309072.htm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14416453/

http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/cbzforum/showthread.php?p=37505


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

 
   I thought I would touch on some of the cool items I've seen or picked up over the holidays. These first two items came from Model Military International, January 2007. 
 
   The first is from a company I'd never heard of; Shinsen?gumi makes 1/35 German camo patterns in waterslide de?cals for seven different patterns (currently, all are SS patterns). They are available online (http://www.lsamodels.co.uk). 
The second company is also new to me; Fiba Model makes diorama products in 1/35 and 1/72 scale. They have a set of laser-cut boxes in thin plywood in 1/35 and a few sets of leaves in both 1/35 and 1/72 scales. They are em?bossed and have the stems attached and are colored. From the picture it looks like oak and maple leaves to me. Very cool indeed. 
 
   I picked up a "Chopper II" from Northwest ShortLine. I have an old Dremel table saw, but sometimes I wish I had something that I could do angle cuts without having to make up custom jigs. So for Christmas I asked for one, but due to the snowstorm it hasn't reached me yet. What I like about it is that you can change out the cutting mat once it gets worn from cutting, and it also comes with some angle guides to make various angle cuts. Looks like it will come in handy in working with scratchbuilding projects. 
 
   One other item I picked off of the Missing-Lynx site is to use Future for gluing down photoetch parts. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to. Now get back to the worktable and finish off that Sherman.
 


Book Review

by Don Smith

Master Modeler 
Creating the Tamiya Style 

By Shunsaku Tamiya, Kodansha International Ltd., 1997

 
 This month's book review has nothing to do with military history but is very relevant to our hobby. Thanks -DS 
 
Everything you ever wanted to know about Tamiya, or at least what Shunsaku Tamiya wants you to know about his model company, is in this book.  I know this isn't a recently released book - I had it on my Amazon wish list for over a year, and then it laid around for a few more months after I bought it.  I wish I'd picked it up sooner.  This is a very interesting book about Tamiya Models and how they got to be the best model company in the world.  Tamiya's father started the business after doing poorly in the lumber business after World War II.  The company then started to offer wood model ships you carved yourself.  Then American plastic model companies started to make wood models obsolete.  Tamiya convinced his father to get into the plastic model business.  Their first effort was a model Musashi battleship that failed miserably.   Tamiya decided not to fail again and the rest is history for the plastic model hobby. 
 
The book is very interesting to the hobbyist because it discusses Tamiya's history and philosophy.  The stories are interesting and my dream now is to attend a TamiyaCon one day.  Ever wonder why Tamiya made its tanks in 1/35 scale?  The book will tell you the reason. 
 
While reading the book I had to dig out a couple of model Sherman tanks, one by Tamiya and one by Italeri.  The Italeri box is the same size except it is about two inches shorter and fits on my garage shelf easier.  I wondered why Tamiya spent more money on a longer box.  An examination of the model parts tells the story of Tamiya's quality philosophy. T he box is bigger so the tracks can be laid flat at the bottom of the box.  The Italeri tracks are draped over the model sprues.  It's no big deal, but you can appreciate the care and commitment of Tamiya. 
 
This book is in hardcover.  I picked up a copy from Amazon.com; the retail price is $35.00, but costs a little less on the web.  I recommend this book if you really want to read about a model company and especially Tamiya.  I'll give it a rating of five out of five stars. *****

 

 


Book Review

by Don Smith

This month’s book review has nothing to do with military history and some would argue that it has little to do with the type of a modeling we do. I think we’re modelers because we like making miniature "things" and I know some of you "do" trains. Thanks -DS

Playing with Trains

A Passion Beyond Scale

by Sam Posey

Random House Trade Paperback Edition, 2005

Boy meets toy trains, boy falls in love with toy trains, boy grows up, later in life boy rediscovers toy trains are actually model trains and falls back in love.

This book is about Sam Posey’s journey into model railroading. When his son is born he believes he will once again get to play with toy trains. In his effort to build a dream layout he learns about trains, history, model railroaders and himself. Sam Posey is a former race car driver and TV sports announcer, and he has the money to get into the hobby in a major way. His book looks at his journey and examines what makes train guys tick. He doesn’t have a conclusive answer but discovers different "camps" of railroaders (sound like anyone we know?). I enjoyed the gritty stories about modelers, their layouts and the business. I didn’t care about the "mushy philosophy" but told myself, "This guy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, cut him some slack." The book ends in a slow death—Posey takes a train ride to Florida and also visits the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania where he actually gets to drive the train. Not actually exciting stuff compared to what we do. Ah, give me an M-3 halftrack at Regionals any day.

The biggest groan, but also a wise choice by Posey, is hiring a professional railroad model builder to help him. Give him credit—he also does much of the work himself.

This book is in softcover. I picked up a copy from Borders. The retail price is $13.95 but I got a 3 for 2 deal last month. I would recommend this book if you really want to read about model railroading, but it probably wouldn’t do much to make you a better modeler. The saving grace is it covers the hobby’s current state rather than reminiscing on the good ol’ days, back when you made your own plaster out of flour and glue. I’ll give it a rating of two out of five stars.


Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

by James Guld

Oh, no—not another post-Nationals report! Sorry, kids, but I promise to make it "tool related."

With my shopping list in hand I headed into the vendors’ area and started to scope out where the best deals were to be had for what I was looking for. On my tool list was the Micro Chisel from Mission Models. They have also come out with a scribing set and a replacement chisel set for this tool. It is a simple metal shaft with a rubber grip about 5-1/2" long with the ends held in by a tiny Allen head set screw. They even come with protective rubber tips, but I’ve already worn through them. That’s how sharp the ends are. The scribing tip set comes with four bits: a plain pointed bit, .005, .0075, and .010. The 1mm replacement chisel set comes with two flat tips and one round tip. One of the side benefits of this set is the round tip. I was experimenting with it and found it great at making half-moon shape weld beads in styrene. I have a technique that I picked up from AFV Modeller that uses putty and a small shaped brass tube to make the same look, but this new tool needs no putty. I was pretty jazzed about that. I know what you’re thinking: "Jim, you gotta open up a window when working with glue!" That was the only cool tool I came across.

I was hoping to find a good deal on a new Iwata airbrush but none were to be had, so I had to spend money on kits and books. I know it’s tough, but we all have to do our part to spur on the economy. I did get a sneak peak into one of the new Dragon "smart kits" of the Panther G late. Looks like a nice kit and should be out soon. They did have some for sale on Saturday, but at $50 a pop.

I did pick up the Academy M3 Lee, Dragon premium edition so-called Porsche turret King Tiger, Italeri 232 6-rad early war recon vehicle, and a bunch of sweet resin goodies from Formations. Rob from Formations is one of the nicest vendors you’ll ever meet and he makes beautiful kits and conversions for U.S. related armor.

On the book front I picked up the WWP book on the WC-51 Beep, the Allied/Axis book on the Chafe, and the JJ Fedorowicz book Funklenkpanzer which covers all the German remote- and radio-controlled units in WWII.

On the ride home, the conversation centered on what to build next. Boy, it’s getting tough with a lot of different kits pulling at me. But I decided on some of my next projects. I have an itch to do some Zimmerit so I’m starting in on a Stug 3 late with the waffle pattern, and then after that I’m going to start in on a series build of the vehicles of the 653 Panzerjager battalion. First up will be the Bergtiger P, which also has Zimmerit, and I’ll try out my hot knife method on it.

Well enough from me. Now get back to that workbench and build something!


Yamamoto Mission Participant Passes Away

By Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

Lt Col Besby Holmes, a participant in the long-range P-38 mission that downed Admiral Yamamoto's "Betty" bomber, recently passed away.  .

The following story is reprinted from the Marin Independent Journal newspaper.

Additional stories are available at the following links:

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/northern_california/15147475.htm

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060728/NEWS06/607280500/1012

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/27/BAGDGK6DCP1.DTL

World War II Hero Dies in Marin

by Gary Klien

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Besby Frank Holmes, a World War II ace who helped shoot down Admiral Yamamoto, the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack, died Sunday at Marin General Hospital. He was 88 and lived in San Rafael.

The cause was a stroke, said his son-in-law, Jeffrey Roehm of Virginia.

Holmes' storied military career included service in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1968. His career took him to Japan, Panama, New Zealand, South America, Florida, Arizona and the Pentagon, among other assignments.

He served in three wars - World War II, Korea and Vietnam - earning the Navy Cross, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Legion of Merit and the Air Medal.

But he was perhaps best known for the 1943 attack that brought down Yamamoto, the naval commander who devised the Pearl Harbor attack. The 1941 ambush killed more than 2,400 soldiers and devastated the Hawaii fleet.

Although Japan was arguably losing the war by the time Yamamoto was killed, the outcome was still far from certain, and the admiral's death was a serious psychological blow to the Japanese, said Eric Hammel, author of Aces Against Japan and Aces Against Japan II.

"It was one of the critical events of World War II," said Hammel, a Pacifica resident. "It just took his brain out of the war. Japanese morale suffered because he had been the architect and was lionized by the Japanese public, and certainly the Imperial Navy."

Stationed on Oahu when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor, Holmes rushed to his base and managed to get his plane in the air in the face of intense enemy fire. He saw the USS Arizona as it went up in flames.

A year and a half later, he was part of a special team that went after Yamamoto.

"We had intercepted a message that Yamamoto and his staff were heading for Bougainville from Rabaul," Holmes recalled in a 2000 interview with the Independent Journal. "Admiral Halsey's staff instructed us to pick them off when they were on a launch going from an airstrip on Bougainville to an island offshore."

Sixteen fighter planes, including one flown by Holmes, skimmed close to the water and attacked Yamamoto's party, which included two bombers and six fighter planes. Yamamoto was aboard one of the bombers.

Holmes and his co-pilot took out one bomber and three Japanese fighter planes, while two others, Rex Barber and Tom Lanphier, shot down the other bomber. Later, it was decided that Yamamoto was in the bomber destroyed by Barber and Lanphier.


2006 New Mexico State Fair Contest Results

Sept 8 –24, 2006

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Creative Arts - Division 13

Models – Military & Science Fiction

(Sections 349 – 352)

Sponsored by

Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Section 349 - Youth (11 years and under)

Best of Show: Saul Romero (Velardo) – F-117

2. Aircraft and helicopters, Jet

First: Saul Romero (Velardo) – F-117

3. Aircraft and helicopters, Non-Jet

First: Stephen Serna (Albuquerque) – F4U Corsair

8. Miniature Figure - single-footed or mounted figure

First: Cori VanMeter (Estancia) – Mega Hawk

Section 350 - Senior Youth (12 to 17 years)

Best of Show: Kim Rogulich (Albuquerque) – Spirit of Saint Louis

3. Aircraft and helicopters, Non-Jet

First: Kim Rogulich (Albuquerque) – Spirit of Saint Louis

6. Sailing Ships & Oared Ships

First: Preston Edwards (Albuquerque) – P-61 Black Widow

Section 351 – Adult (18 years and over)

Best of Show: Byron Gore (Albuquerque) – HMS Neptune

1. Flying Models, including flying rockets

First: John Walther - Rocket

2. Aircraft and helicopters, Jet

First: Reuban Apodaca (Albuquerque) – F-4B Phantom II

3. Aircraft and helicopters, Non-Jet

First: Mike Blohm (Albuquerque) – Ki.84 Frank

Second: Gary Sinning (Los Lunas) - Wright Glider

Third: Ryan Sparker (Albuquerque) – P-47D

4. Military Vehicles - Fully Tracked

First: Wayne Sprong (Albuquerque) – Panzer II

Second: Gil Johnson (Albuquerque) – Cromwell Tank

Third: Jeff Frickstad (Albuquerque) – 13/40 Carro Comando

5. Military Vehicles & Equipment - Non Tracked & Half Tracks

First: Gil Johnson (Albuquerque) – M20 Armored Car

Second: Wayne Sprong (Albuquerque) – Ford Amphibious

6. Sailing Ships & Oared Ships

First: Byron Gore (Albuquerque) – HMS Neptune

Second: Kerry Connor (Los Lunas) – Harbor Plot, Virginia

Third: David Foster (Rio Rancho) – Elizabethan Galleon

7. Powered Ships

First: Reuban Apodaca (Albuquerque) – USS Arizona

Second: Kerry Connor (Albuquerque) – Robert E. Lee

8. Miniature Figure - single-footed or mounted figure

First: James Steiner (Albuquerque) – Killer Robot

Second: Craig Fix (Sante Fe) - Guard

Third: Gerrard Caffey (Albuquerque) – British Soldier

9. Miniature Figure Vignette - maximum of 3 related human, animal or equipment figures, no vehicles

First: Gerrard Caffey (Albuquerque) – No Respite

Second: Wayne Sprong (Albuquerque) – Italian Wine Carrier

10. Diorama - miniature scene, wholly or partially three-dimensional, depicting model in a naturalistic and realistic setting

First: Wayne Sprong (Albuquerque) – Opel Truck and Nebelwerfer

Second: Louis Estrada (Albuquerque) – Lebannon 1973

11. Science Fiction, Spacecraft, etc. (excluding figures)

First: Brian Archer (Albuquerque) – Godzilla

Section 352 – Professional (anyone teaching or selling for profit)

Best of Show: Frank Randall (Albuquerque) – F-22 Raptor

2. Aircraft and helicopters, Jet

First: Frank Randall (Albuquerque) – F-22 Raptor

3. Aircraft and helicopters, Non-Jet

First: FrankRandall (Albuquerque) – Mosquito NF II

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Classes 1-12:

Each Section will Compete in the Following Classes

1. Flying Models, including flying rockets

2. Aircraft and helicopters, Jet

3. Aircraft and helicopters, Non-Jet

4. Military Vehicles - Fully Tracked

5. Military Vehicles & Equipment - Non Tracked & Half Tracks

6. Sailing Ships & Oared Ships

7. Powered Ships

8. Miniature Figure - single-footed or mounted figure

9. Miniature Figure Vignette - maximum of 3 related human, animal or equipment figures, no vehicles

10. Diorama - miniature scene, wholly or partially three-dimensional, depicting model in a naturalistic and realistic setting

11. Science Fiction, Spacecraft, etc. (excluding figures)

12. Miscellaneous (none of the above)

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ASM Wins at IPMS/USA Nationals, AGAIN

By Ken Liotta, Contest Director

The IPMS/USA National Convention has come and gone once again, and ASM should be proud of the superb turnout of its membership in Kansas City. We had 19 of our current members participate in the Nationals with 15 of those members entering 33 entries. These entries brought home 15 total awards ranging from the new Premier awards through the usual firsts, seconds, and thirds all the way to the prestigious Michael L. Fritz Memorial (Best World War I subject) Award.

The event had 783 modelers enter 2031 entries. Over 1000 participants attended the seminars and 35 kids joined in the "Make-&-Take" event. The Convention was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Kansas City over the weekend of August 2 – 5. The well-lit model display room was most spacious with plenty of room to move around in between the display tables.

The equally spacious vendors’ rooms (yes, that is plural—they had two vendors’ rooms) had all the plastic modeling candy that an enthusiast could ask for. When I walked out of the main vendor room, I had spent almost an entire paycheck and then had to bargain with my wife on the phone to let me dip into the emergency funds.

There were so many top-quality models, books, tools, decals, etc., that my head was spinning. I’m not sure how I got it to sit straight long enough to finish my traditional "all-nighter" hotel room Nationals model build. Yes, I did it again! Can’t help myself. And it turned out to be worth it, too—I brought home a few pieces of wood (awards) of my own.

One of our club members’ greatest achievements was when our representative dirigible/amphibious scratch builder, David Straub, took the 1/72 scratchbuilt category first place award with his marvelous L-32 Zepplin. That same work of art was the model that won the prestigious Michael L. Fritz Memorial Award. And, get this, he also built a car model! Bet you didn’t know he builds those things. Before you start wondering what was he thinking, he won first place with his 1/20-scale 1939 Mercedes Benz Indy Car in the Compet_ition Open Wheel category. I just hope he doesn’t start thinking about building motorcycle models.

ASM’s highlight at the Nationals was placing third in the Group/Chapter category. No less than nine of our club members banded together to build not just six but seven Tamiya 1/32-scale F-16 Thunderbirds. The primary builders were Patrick Dick, Frank Randall, Tom Perea, John Pattison, Brian Peck, and Kyle Garber. During the closing weeks before the Nationals, problems in building popped up and an alternate joined the group, Keith Liotta. With only three weeks left before the Nationals, Keith was able to build up a complete T-bird to have at the ready in case a backup was needed. With all the little hiccups along the way, it turns out that the alternate was needed and in true Thunderbird team spirit, Keith’s F-16 became aircraft No. 3. All six models were displayed on a superb eight-foot-long display base that had been crafted by our resident treadhead, James Guld. Master figure painter Stan Harris painted most of the pilots, while the remaining pilots were painted by the aircraft builders (due to scheduling issues). All of these members deserve a big round of applause for their magnificent achievement.

Our club can also be proud of the following members for having received awards with these models:

When walking through the display room I was able to capture over 400 digital images of the incredible model work. That certainly didn’t cover all 2000+ models but those that I did catch appeared to be of exceptional quality. As is the case with most every Nationals, the judging results was spot on with no occasions where one was left wondering what the judges were looking at. The Judges Grand Award was presented to a fabulously built 1/72 scale USS Kidd, and the People’s Choice went to a magnificently super detailed 1/72 B-2.

There are several web sites where you can find photos of the Convention and the models, including:

http://www.ipmsusa2006.org/results/index.html

http://www.ipmsusa2.org/EventsGallery/2006_Nats/ index.htm

http://www.scalewarbirds.com/nats2006kcpage01.htm

And a few to view the full results:

http://www.ipmsusa2006.org/results/index.html

http://www.ipmsusa2.org/EventsGallery/2006_Nats/ 2006IPMS_NationalWinners.pdf

The banquet room was as spacious as ever with the dinner served in the buffet format that seems to have become the norm for the banquet. Over the past few years, the awards presentation seems to have been bitten by a bug or two. This year’s seems to have fared a little better than most. However, for those that were counting, only four photos of the wrong piece appeared in the slide presentation and the presentation had to stop only three times to re-align the award announcements with the photo slide sequence. Once the awards presentation was complete, model removal from the display room went a little smoother and without as much haste and urgency as has been the case in the past.

Next year’s 2007 IPMS/USA Nationals will be held August 22 – 25 at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Anaheim, California, and will be hosted by the Orange County IPMS Chapter. Having been a former member of that group when I still lived in Southern California, I can attest to their commitment and love of the hobby to put on a superb convention. Make your calendars, start planning your trip, save your vendor room money, and above all, build those award-winning models! See ya there.

2006 IPMS/USA Nationals ASM?Award Winners

Don Alberts: 1st Tam 1/48 Swordfish

1st Mono 1/48 TBD Devastator

3rd Trump 1/72 RA-5C Vigilante

Rick Carver: 2nd Misc 1/35 Italian Roach Coach Diorama

3rd Unk 1/35 Medieval Mortar

Mike Franklin: 2nd Has 1/48 P-47D

James Guld: 2nd Mult 1/35 "Things to Come" Diorama

Premier DML 1/35 V-2

Ken Liotta: 1st Tam 1/12 YZR-M1 2005

3rd AccMini 1/48 F3F-1

Dave Miller: 2nd Unk 1/15 Browning 30 Cal. MG

2nd Unk 1/72 8.8cm Flak 37 ZGKW 18t

Dave Straub: 1st Revival 1/20 1939 Mercedes Benz Indy Car

1st Scratch 1/200 L-32 Zepplin

& the Michael L. Fritz Memorial Award

Apologies if I have left anyone out. -KL

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Report from Scale Modelmania 2006

Offenbach-am-Main, Germany

10-11 June 2006

By

John Tate ASM # MA9

While on a business trip to Germany, I was curious about the local scale modeling scene so when some websurfing turned up a weekend scale model show near Frankfurt, I decided to check it out. It was hard to know what to expect beforehand, since the website was entirely in German, but travel is adventure so I headed towards the venue in Offenbach-am-Main.

The show was being held in the town’s "Stadthalle," which turned out to be a mid-size municipal auditorium. Admission was 3 Euros, about $4. The event itself was unlike any model show I’ve seen in the U.S., since there was no contest. Instead, picture the vendor room at the Nationals with large model club display tables set up in the middle of the hall. I started checking out the vendor tables and found an amazing selection of model kits, reference material and aftermarket products. I like to think I’m current on the hobby, but about half of the products on display were completely new to me – it was an alternate universe of modeling! In the U.S., we are used to a Japan-dominated hobby, but Europe has its own hobby industry with an outstanding selection of kits, aftermarket products and reference books. I spent a half hour just looking at all the new products before buying anything. The show’s primary focus was armor, diorama and figure modeling, but there were also plenty of aircraft kits and aftermarket items for sale.

The model displays were first-rate, representing about a dozen local model clubs. Aircraft, armor, figure and diorama models dominated the displays, but some nice car, ship and card models were also on hand. Particularly interesting was a card model display with some incredible ship and Zeppelin models – I couldn’t believe these models were made out of paper! After seeing some of these great models, all I can say is that I’m glad there’s an ocean between us and Europe or we would be in serious trouble at our Regional and National contests. Overall, the show had a friendly, business-like atmosphere, with participants shopping the vendor tables, admiring one another’s work and sharing historical tidbits and modeling tips; similar to an American show, but without the high-pressure competition.

But some things took some getting used to. For example, smoking was allowed in the lobby and there was beer on tap at the venue’s snack bar, something you don’t see at an American modeling event. Another curious note – none of the WWII Luftwaffe models had swastikas on their tails. They were left off, covered or only partially applied. This was in keeping with German law banning public display of the swastika. I know this is controversial to some American modelers but the Germans took it in stride. The only downside to the show was the exchange rate - no bargains here for Americans, since the dollar was only worth about 75 cents against the Euro.

Having a chance to visit a German model show was a worthwhile hobby experience. I enjoyed seeing a lot of new products and models on display and was interested to see a different approach to organizing a hobby show. If any ASM members find themselves in a foreign country, take an opportunity to check out the local scale modeling scene – you might be in for a treat.

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SHOCON 06

September 23, 2006

Union Train Station
2501 Wall Ave.

Ogden, Utah

Link:    http://www.nusma.org/ 

Contact: Phil Gladstone  pgladstone@ntezero.net    / 801-499-7695

Northern Utah Scale Modelers Association

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DESERTCON 2006

October 7, 2006

Bethany Christian Church

10453 Springwood Drive

El Paso, Texas

Link: http://www.ipmselpaso.com/

Contacts:  

Michael Drapes    mjdrapes@ix.netcom.com

John Estes   bagpipejm@aol.com  /  915-598-6957

El Paso Scale Model Society, IPMS / El Paso

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ModelZona 2006


October 21, 2006

Arizona Wing, Commemorative Air Force
corner of McKellips and Greenfield

Mesa, Arizona

IPMS Craig Hewitt, Phoenix Arizona

Link:   http://www.ipms-phx.org/modelzona06/modelzona.htm

Contact: Keenan Chittester   kchittester@qwest.net   / 480-706-8178

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Chile Con 2006 Results

May 5-6, 2006

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Region 10’s 2006 Regional Convention and Contest in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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*** Post-Chile Con Remarks from the IPMS President: ***

"It was a terrific show.  I had a ball and even won a few. 

Not sure if they gave them to me because I'm Pres or what.

You guys in Albuquerque deserve a big hand.

Thanks.   Jack Kennedy"

Chile Con Pictures added to Chile Con Website!

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Region 10 Update

Don Kehrer, Region 10 Coordinator

Greetings All,

 I hope all of you had a good Memorial Day weekend.

Just a few announcements before you read the minutes to the most recent IPMS/USA Board meeting minutes.

 1.    The Nationals in Kansas City is drawing near.   I understand that the rooms are filling up and looks to be a record breaker for attendance.  However, they sure could use your support concerning Trophy Packages.   If your Chapter has not purchased one please consider it ASAP.  These terrific shows are expensive.  Just ask Brian Peck and the folks down in Albuquerque about the Regional this last month.

 2.    Speaking of the RECON 10.  Please check out the results on the IPMS/ASM website.

http://www.hobbies-n-stuff.com/Region_10_%20Chile-Con_%202006.htm

My understanding is that it was quite a party.  To quote Brian Peck: "The Albuquerque Scale Modelers would like to thanks all those who came in and participated in the show and we all hope you had a good time while you were here. For the record, we had 97 entrants and 449 models on display at the convention".  

Congratulations you guys

 3.    Speaking of Congratulations.  I'd like to also congratulate the winners in the following categories:

    a.    Chapter of the Year    IPMS/High Plains ModelersAmong other things they put on a great Regional with a rather limited number of members.  Terrific work Folks.

    b.   Newsletter of the Year    Keenan Chitteste of IPMS/Craig HewittOutstanding job.  Especially with the competition from such chapters as IPMS/Albuquerque, and IPMS/Denver-Rob Wolf.

     c.    Web Master of the Year     Jeff and Phil Peterson of IPMS/Salt Lake City (again!).  What can be said?  Plenty of up to date content, gizmos and gadgets and gobs of pictures. 

     d.      I'd like to make special mention of Mike Blohm of IPMS/Albuquerque Scale Modelers.  He really came through with an outstanding web site for the 2006 RECON 10 (Chili Con).  And he's still working it!  He's posting pictures and results for the show.  Really nice work.

 4.    If you haven't been to the IPMS/USA web site -- please notify your members to do so.  You may now vote on-line for the upcoming Amendments.  This has been a great effort by our Society's webmaster Bob Hester.  Nothing is easier and more important than to aid your Society by voting on these amendments.

5.    Finally IPMS/Grand Junction Scale Modelers have firmed up dates for their contest next year.  Mark your calendars for April 14th & 15th 2007.  As details flow in I'll pass them on.

 Hope this note finds you all well and happy.

Model On,

Don Kehrer, RC-10


Passing of Three American Heroes

By Mike Blohm, ASM M-14, IPMS 10602

Three American Heroes in the aviation field have passed away over the last several months: Robert L. Scott, Frederick J. Christensen, and A. Scott Crossfield. A brief biography of each of these heroes is presented below.

Robert L. Scott, a 10-victory ace who commanded the 23rd Fighter Group "Flying Tigers" in the CBI during World War II and author of "God is My Co-Pilot," passed away on February 27, 2006 at age 97. Modelers may have built his P-40E Warhawk named "Old Exterminator" and most have probably read his book or seen the movie. He flew 388 combat missions in China from July 1942 to October 1943. He returned to China in 1944 to fly fighter aircraft equipped with experimental rockets directed against Japanese supply locomotives in eastern China. He then went to Okinawa to direct the same type of strikes against enemy shipping as the war ended. Scott received two Silver Stars, three Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Air Medals, and the British Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired as a Brigadier General in 1959. He later lent his support to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia, which I highly recommend you put on your visit list. The museum website is at: http://www.museumofaviation.org/home.htm .

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Frederick J. Christensen, a 21.5-victory ace with the 56th Fighter Group "Zemke’s Wolfpack" in the ETO during World War II, passed away on April 4, 2006 at age 84. Modelers are probably familiar with his P-47D Thunderbolt named "Miss Fire / Rozzie Geth". Christensen is the 16th-ranking American Ace. His most notable day was July 7, 1944 when he downed six Luftwaffe Ju 52 transport aircraft on a single mission, a record for victories at that time. He flew 107 missions and was the 5th ranking ace of the 56 FG. After the war, Christensen served with the Massachusetts Air National Guard and the US Air Force Reserve. He retired as a Colonel in 1970. His honors include the Silver Star, seven Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the three Air Medals. Two good websites on the 56 FG are at: http://www.web-birds.com/8th/56/56th.htm and http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=56.

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And lastly, A. Scott Crossfield, a pioneer and a legend in the world of test flight and space flight, died ion April 19, 2006, at age 84. On November 20, 1953, while flying the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket, Crossfield was the first man to exceed Mach 2. (Check out pics of the D-558-II program at http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/D-558-2/index.html ). He flew many of the early X-series research aircraft including the X-1, X-4, X-5, XF-92A, and both the D-558-I and D-558-II. He had 87 total rocket-powered flights. He then participated in the X-15 rocket plane program in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, and flew the first free flights with it in 1959. Crossfield was later involved in testing of the Apollo Command and Service Modules and the second stage of the Saturn V rocket. In 1993, NASA awarded him the Distinguished Public Service Medal for his contributions to aeronautics and aviation over a period spanning half a century. Most recently, Crossfield served as technical adviser for the "Countdown to Kitty Hawk" project, which built and flew an exact reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer for the national centennial of flight celebration at Kitty Hawk in December 2003.

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New Mexico Museum of Military History

A new museum is possibly in the works in Rio Rancho. The plan calls for an 80,000sf space: 35,000 for exhibits, 30,000 for conservation and restoration, and the remainder for classrooms, meeting rooms and offices.

You can help by letting your elected representatives know that you want this museum and watch for news of the "$1 a Vet" campaign. For more information, please contact the following non-profit organizations:

New Mexico Museum of Military History (505) 345-0037

Museum Development Associates (505) 466-3480


Kit Review

By John Tate

Citroen Traction 11CV "Staff" Car

1/48-Scale Kit by Tamiya

(Military Miniature Series No. 17)

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Tamiya’s all-new kit of the Citroen Traction 11CV sedan is a great new addition to their 1/48 armor series. At first glance, the little Citroen might seem an odd choice for a military model, but it saw widespread military and civilian use during the Second World War and can be adapted to a wide variety of modeling projects, from "stand-alone" model to diorama accent. Car modelers can also enjoy the kit, as the Citroen Traction was a popular and technically-advanced auto design and can be modeled as a civilian vehicle.

The best part of building this model was the state-of-the-art engineering that Tamiya put into the kit. It is no exaggeration to say this is one of the best model kits I’ve ever built—accurate, well-designed and easy to assemble. If you are looking for a fun and easy modeling project that will turn out a contest-winning model, I highly recommend this kit. The model went together beautifully, with no seam problems or construction flaws, and the kit can be built easily in an afternoon.

Tamiya supplied decals for four different vehicles: Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht staff cars in overall field gray from early WWII, a dark green French military staff car from 1940 and a French civilian vehicle from the WWII era. I chose the Wehrmacht vehicle, as it served on the Eastern Front and offered the best opportunity for weathering.

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This kit is a beauty—an offbeat, interesting subject engineered to perfection by the model masters at Tamiya. If you build only one model this year, make it a Citroen Traction!


2006 New Mexico State Fair

Sept 8 –24, 2006

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Creative Arts - Division 13

Models – Military & Science Fiction

(Sections 349 – 352)

Sponsored by

Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

*** Model Entry Dates ***

Aug. 31st – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sept. 1st – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sept. 2nd – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Please contact Jack Garriss if you are interested in helping to check-in models on the above dates, or can help judge the entries the following week (exact date still to be determined).

Sections:

Section 349 Youth: (11 years and under)

Section 350 Senior Youth: (12 to 17 years)

Section 351 Adult: (18 years and over)

Section 352 Professional: (anyone teaching or selling for profit)

Awards

Premiums: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Ribbons in each Class

Best of Show: Rosettes Awarded in all Sections

Classes 1-12:

Each Section will Compete in the Following Classes

1. Flying Models, including flying rockets

2. Aircraft and helicopters, Jet

3. Aircraft and helicopters, Non-Jet

4. Military Vehicles - Fully Tracked

5. Military Vehicles & Equipment - Non Tracked & Half Tracks

6. Sailing Ships & Oared Ships

7. Powered Ships

8. Miniature Figure - single-footed or mounted figure

9. Miniature Figure Vignette - maximum of 3 related human, animal or equipment figures, no vehicles

10. Diorama - miniature scene, wholly or partially three-dimensional, depicting model in a naturalistic and realistic setting

11. Science Fiction, Spacecraft, etc. (excluding figures)

12. Miscellaneous (none of the above)

 

General Rules

1. Entries in this department are limited to residents of New Mexico.

2. Only amateurs who make or craft as a hobby are eligible to compete for prizes.

3. Commercial or professional parties may exhibit for display only if space permits and shall not be judged.

4. No person shall make multiple entries under one class number. Exhibits and parts shall be entered in only one group or section each.

5. Exhibits wrongly classified shall be placed in the proper class.

6. All entries shall comply with the requirements as set forth in the New Mexico State Fair Premium book.

7. The decision of the judges will be final.

8. Please address entries being delivered by UPS, FED EX., etc. in care of New Mexico State Fair, Superintendent, Creative Arts Center, 300 San Pedro NE, Gate 4, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108. If you mail entries through the United States Post Office, they must be addressed in care of the New Mexico State Fair, Superintendent, Creative Arts Center, P.O. Box 8546, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87198.

9. Exhibitors are responsible for picking up their own exhibits or providing written authorization for pick-up by another individual.

10. Upon presentation of claim checks, all exhibits will be released only on Monday, September 25th, 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Any exhibits remaining on the Fairgrounds after the designated pick up date of September 25, 2006 will be considered abandoned and shall become the property of the New Mexico State Fair to be disposed of at its discretion.

Special Rules

1. The exhibitor must construct all models.

2. Entries must never have been entered in a previous New Mexico State Fair.

3. Due to space limitations, no exhibits will be accepted for display only.

4. Entries will be entered in specific class, otherwise model will be entered in the miscellaneous class.

5. One entry per exhibitor per class.

6. Classification and acceptance of entries will be at the discretion of officials.

7. The judges will determine qualification or disqualification of any entry in question.

8. Judges may reclassify entries if needed.

9. Entry tags will not be tied to item.

10. Models and diorama bases shall not exceed 15"x 20" or 300 sq. inches. Space for large models is very limited.

11. Display of large models will be at the discretion of officials

12. All ribbon winners will be displayed.

13. Non-ribbon exhibits will be displayed only if space permits.

14. Quality is emphasized and entries are judged by means, which recognize workmanship, scale authenticity, finish and presentation.

 

Click Here for a pdf version of the New Mexico State Fair bookle:  NM_State_Fair_models_military.pdf

Pictures from the 2005 New Mexico Sate Fair

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From the Prez

By Patrick Dick, ASM President

March 2006

One of my goals this year as President is to increase the membership of the club.   As I mentioned in the January meeting, I have challenged each of the members of the E-Board to recruit at least one new member this year.  I would also like to extend that challenge to the entire club.  I know this is a tall order, but there are quite a few modelers out there that would like to join a club to learn more about the craft and history in general—we just have to find them.

We discussed a couple of different recruiting strategies at the January meeting.   The first one was to do another Mall Show, and this time we are going to engage the crowd by having a "People’s Choice Award" to get them to be active instead of passive participants in the show.  This gets the people involved in looking at the models and asking questions.  We need to have a large participation in this show in hopes of getting a respectable number of new members.  Also, this will be an excellent opportunity to promote "Chile Con."  So please, if you have the time and/or models you would like to put on display, please contact anyone on the E-Board to get involved with the show.  The second idea is to have "Make & Takes" at the hobby shops.  Jim Guld is currently working with the Hobby Lobby in Santa Fe to set one up for early April (see his article below). Other ideas have been to work with schools and Boy Scouts to introduce the hobby to the younger generation.

I am going to discuss this further at the March meeting so, if anyone has other ideas about recruiting new members, please join the discussion.

I have printed up about 200 ASM "business cards" for everyone to hand out at any opportunity that presents itself.  These cards have the ASM logo on the front and the meeting time and place with Jim Guld’s and my E-mail addresses on the back.   There is also a stack of the cards at Hobbies ’N Stuff that can be given out to anyone buying plastic models.


Vice-Pres Ramblings

By Jim Guld, ASM Vice President

March 2006

Make-&-Take

The Albuquerque Scale Modelers will be hosting a Make-&-Take program at Hobby Lobby in Santa Fe on Saturday, April 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The Make-&-Take program is set up by IPMS/USA as a way to introduce the hobby to younger modelers and reintroduce it to older modelers.  Participants will be given a model to build and shown the various model making tools and techniques. Limit one model per person.  On hand will be model makers from our club that have won awards at the national level of competition.   Along with the clinic will we also have some models on display and will answer your entire model making questions. Best of all, it’s free!

For details and directions, see James Guld at the meeting; he can also be contacted using the information at the end of the newsletter.


From the Judges Chambers

January - February 2006

By Ken Liotta, Contest Director

Hello my fellow model builders. Thank you for placing your trust in me to return as ASM’s Contest Director. It is great to be back and I look forward to serving all of my fellow club members to the absolute best of my abilities. It has always been my desire to share with you the enjoyment we all get out of building, talking, trading, and admiring the plastic models that we build. Be it an F6F Hellcat, an SdKfz. 251/9, or an YZR-M1 I look forward to talking models with all of you. And serving on your E-board once again brings me that much closer to the ASM membership.

One significant aspect of ASM is our almost monthly contests. They have become an important feature of our organization. Unfortunately, too many modelers, both outside and inside of the club, have looked upon us as overly contest driven. And that is not the case. ASM covers a lot of plastic model building ground, from clinics on applying decals, to guest speakers that have actually flown warbirds during World War II. We have swap meets, raffles, distressed kit auctions, mall shows, etc., etc. Not to mention a fairly substantial website presence and a colorful and comprehensive monthly newsletter. (By the way, many thanks and appreciation's go to Joe Walters and Mike Blohm for putting in many hours of their own time to make these two such successes). But yes, we still do host model contests. We meet 12 times a year and of those meetings we host ten monthly costs. I view my job as being responsible to all of you, the membership, to insure that these contests are conducted in as smooth, complete, enjoyable and fair as absolutely possible. And to make sure the playing field is as evenly presented as possible.

A few years back, in my previous tenure as ASM’s CD, I drew up what is now the club’s current Contest Guidelines. They have had a few modifications since then and I am reviewing them once again to see if they need further revision to more closely reflect the way we conduct our monthly contests. These guidelines are a compilation of several years of contest evolution within ASM and I, as your representative, believe they are a fair representation of how we collectively would like our contests to be conducted. Once I have had a chance to complete this task, I would like to invite all of you to review these guidelines on our website. And if you do not have Internet access, please, please feel comfortable enough to come up to me and ask if I can get a printed copy for you. I would like each and every one of our club members to be comfortable with how we conduct our monthly contests and feel even more confident that all of you receive equal and fair treatment as contest participants.

It is imperative that the part about fair treatment be based upon fair and impartial judging. This is why I am committed to insuring that experienced model builders with demonstrated ability to observe and judge with the utmost impartiality towards the model’s builder assist with the judging duties. I firmly believe that a model entered in a contest must never be judged by who its builder is, but rather by how well it has been built and how it stands on its own merits, both good and bad. And of course, prospective judges must also be able to recognize top quality craftsmanship in plastic model building. They must understand and recognize all of what are known as "the basics". If the knowledge needed to perform this task is not present, the member must be capable and willing to learn this. And I am happy to provide any needed instruction in this area. I welcome any member that feels they can fit these qualifications to step up and let me know they would like to participate in these duties.

January’s -- Sci-Fi / Real Space/ Fantasy Contest

We had a total of 9 models entered, 2 Juniors, 4 Intermediate and 3 Masters. A respectable number of models and all of which were very enjoyable to observe. <<Hey Basic model builders, "Heeeelllloooooooo!" We are in desperate need to know that you are all still alive. Please, bring models to the meetings.>>

New modeler Margaret Ornelar received the "Best Juniors Entry" and "People’s Choice" awards for her fabulously painted Polar Lights Godzilla model. John Pattison’s spectacular Garage Resin Kit "Aries" female fantasy figure rewarded him with both the "Best Intermediate" and "People’s Choice" awards. And Mike McNichol earned the "Best Masters", "People’s Choice", and "Best Overall" awards for his expertly rendered 25mm Dragon figure. Congratulations to these modelers for some excellent work in your classes. And thanks to all members that brought in models for entry AND display.

February -- SWAP MEET month. No contest

This is our traditional "Swap Meet" month where all members have an opportunity to thin the herd, clean out the closet, or just "Git rid o some models." While there will not be any contest, please remember that you are welcome to bring models in for display AND for "Works In Progress" points. You can earn a total of 6 "Works In Progress" points (2 for each model, maximum of 3 models) each month. Swap meet months included!

March -- Open Contest

This will be the first contest of the year that will award points for participation AND especially for placing. It is an Open Contest theme, which means that ALL models that have NOT PLACED in a previous club points contest or last years IPMS/USA Nationals are eligible. (Models that have only placed in a "Special" or "Sponsored" contest ARE still eligible for a points contest). We look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations. So sling some glue and slap some paint on. Let’s see that plastic!


Book Review

By Don Smith

Death Traps

The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II

By Belton Y. Cooper

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Due to the number of books out there covering military history, I would like to encourage everyone to write a short book review of noteworthy books (or to root out the stinkers). I will submit a review as I finish books I am reading. I’m not a history expert so my reviews are based on what I like, not what I think is accurate. Please be patient, I’m a slow reader. Thanks  - Don Smith

I’m sure you’ve seen copies of this book floating around the club; I sure have. This is a book about the U.S. Third Armored Division in World War II. The author of the book, Belton Cooper, is a young engineer who is initially ambivalent about his role in the war because he wanted to be a naval architect. Instead he is an ordinance officer in the army.

Cooper tells about the 3rd AD’s role in the war from Normandy to crossing the Rhine. His story is pretty interesting because he is a liaison for the Division’s Maintenance Battalion and gets to see more aspects of the war than most junior officers. Among the shocking facts I learned was that the Division suffered over 500% casualties. Cooper also describes the inadequacies of the Sherman tanks and replacement crew training. Other interesting stories include the dangers of tank recovery in combat, Patton’s role in ensuring the Sherman received priority over the Pershing, the 3rd AD’s Pershings in combat action, and the reason the 75mm gun was chosen for the Sherman and the 75mm vs. the 76mm gun for the Sherman (neither was adequate).

There are lots of interesting stories that could inspire a modeler to build dioramas depicting American armor in Europe. There are an interesting series of photos of a Pershing tank in action, although you won’t see much detail due to the small format. This book is in paperback and I picked up a copy at a used bookstore for three or four dollars. I’ve noticed it on the shelves of many new bookstores. I would give this book my highest rating of five out of five stars. * * * * *


 Jim’s Sprues & Reviews

By James Guld

Balsa Foam: what is it and where do I get it? Well, I will let you know, along with how well it works. It is Phenolic resin foam. It comes in three different densities: 7lb, 12lb and 20lb. I’m currently working with the 12lb density and find it carves easily while still being pretty durable. It glues with white glue, yellow carpenter’s glue, or even thick super glue. I’ve been using yellow carpenter’s glue and it has worked fine for me.

The parent company maintains a web site (http://www.balsafoam.com/aboutbalsafoam.asp) but you will have to buy it from one of the online retailers; for example, Dick Blick Art Materials (http://www.dickblick.com/zz331/11a).

That is where I got mine. There are also others out there.

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The downside to working with it is that it doesn’t come in large sheets in thin thicknesses. I bought the 1/2" thickness sheets, which comes as two 6x9 pieces. Yes, it can be glued up to make bigger sheets, but it would be nice if it came in larger pieces. Another downside is the 1/2" thickness. For a 1/35-scale building, that translates into an 18" thick wall. Now yes, there are some older stone-type building that would be that thick, but I would also like to see it in 3/8" thickness. For one of the barn buildings I’m working on, I re-sawed the pieces on the band saw and then made a thickness gauge out of wood (screwed to my worktable) and I then took a palm sander and sanded the pieces to 3/8". Make sure you are wearing a respirator while doing this—the dust is super fine.

One other thing you have to do after working with balsa foam is to clean off your tools well. I wiped mine down with some WD-40 afterwards.

The Balsa Foam has some sort of citric acid in the binder glue that holds it together and it will rust metal quite easily. I forgot and left a piece on the table saw overnight and the next day found a ghost image of rust when I picked it up. Not to worry, a little WD-40 and a Scotchbrite pad and it cleans up the metal fine.

So what do I think of it? I like it, but it is a little pricey; still, it sure does work nicely. I don’t think I’d use it for all my buildings, but I heard about it and thought I would give it a try.


Sci-Fi Kit Explosion

By Joe Walters

Enthusiasts of science fiction modeling have certainly noticed that there have been many new kits made available over the last few years—notably several Star Trek kits from Polar Lights and Bandai, as well as recent reissues of old AMT kits and some new Star Wars subjects—but those who only monitor the major manufacturers are missing out on the overwhelming number of new subjects and conversions out there!

Many smaller manufacturers and "garage"-type sources are offering a staggering number of sci-fi spacecraft subjects, and not just from Trek!

A small outfit called Howling Wolf, for example, offers craft from the new Battlestar Galactica series (Cylon Raider and Cylon Base Ship) as well as the "Alkesh" craft from the popular Stargate: SG1.

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Another outfit called simply "Alliance" offers the new Galactica itself, along with many other subjects, mostly Trek-related, including several shuttlecraft types, the Delta Flyer, and even Khan’s DY-100 Botany Bay (in scale with the new Polar Lights Enterprise model).

Howling Wolf and Alliance sell their products through combined sales websites like Federation Models and Starship Modeler; all websites mentioned in this article are listed at the end.

Comet Miniatures offers an 18" Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and an in-scale Leonov from 2010, as well as subjects from Firefox, Mad Max, Space: 1999, and others.

Skyhook Models offers subjects from several sci-fi films and series, including the Planet Express from Futurama, the Martian War Machine from George Pal’s War of the Worlds, and many more.

Starcraft Models (also sells through the sites mentioned above) offers a number of Trek kits in scale with AMT’s Enterprise-D, so you can build an entire Starfleet in scale, including several ship classes not offered by the majors. They also offer a kit of the Protector from Galaxy Quest!

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Warp Models, a UK outfit that also sells through commercial websites, offers numerous Babylon 5 subjects (including the White Star, Shadow destroyer, and two different Earth Alliance warships), several Space: 1999 kits, Stargate subjects (including the stargate itself and Death Gliders), and several Trek subjects including a detailed Borg Cube, conversion kits to alter standard AMT kits to variant classes, and more.

Also selling through the conglomerate websites, Gizmotron offers another B5 White Star model, as well as several Star Trek variant ship classes. Planet V also sells a Babylon 5 kit, the ubiquitous Earth Alliance Shuttle.

Of course, anyone building any sci-fi subject should always start by looking at the CultTVMan website. This site collects vast quantities of reference data for virtually any imaginable sci-fi subject, and even includes an online hobbyshop offering many of the subjects mentioned above.

More than just spaceship kits are out there—aftermarket products exist for sci-fi kits just as they do for other subjects. For instance, the recent Polar Lights Star Trek Refit Enterprise kit can already be enhanced with lighting kits, structural bracing armatures, stencils for making the hull patterns, and more. Interiors, fighter cockpits, conversion parts, figures (many of them recognizably based on known actors—one of them actually sells an Adam West replacement head for the old Aurora Batman figure!) and many other add-ons are available for many kits and subjects. Look around!

Notice that we haven’t even touched on things like decals, "accurizing" replacement parts, figures, props, electronic sound and light kits, and other sci-fi items, but they are out there in vast numbers and can be found the same way as these kits.

Quality of these kits varies, of course, as does size, scale and accuracy. Buyer beware! Do some research if in doubt—someone out there has built this kit, and can offer some critique and details from experience!

And Your Favorite Local Hobby Shop can certainly order most if not all of these kits for your convenience.

Contacts

Websites mentioned in this article, and a few others, in no particular order:

Federation Models http://www.federationmodels.com

Starship Modeler http://www.starshipmodeler.com

Comet Miniatures http://www.comet-miniatures.com

Skyhook Models http://www.skyhookmodels.com

CultTVMan http://www.culttvman.com

Don’s Light & Magic http://www.dlmparts.com

JBot Decals http://www.jbot.ca

Lunar Models http://www.lunarmodelsonline.com

Realspace Models http://www.realspacemodels.com

Voodoo FX (lighting) http://www.voodoofx.com

 


Websites of Interest

Brian Peck submitted the two following websites that show the old airfields located around Albuquerque (first website) in in New Mexico (second website):

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/NM/Airfields_NM_Albuquerque.html

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/NM/Airfields_NM.htm

 

Jack Morris provided information that pics of the Memphis Belle restoration at the National Museum of the US Air Force can be found at the IPMS Dayton website at the following address:  Here are a few pics from the site.

http://daytonipms.com/Walks/Memphis%20Bell/Memphis%20Belle.htm

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Kit Review (March 2006)

By John Tate

British Universal Carrier Mk. II

Tamiya 1/48th Armor Kit (MM No. 16)

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The Universal Carrier Mk. II was one version in a family of light, tracked personnel carriers common on British and Commonwealth armies during the Second World War.   Tamiya’s recent 1/48th-scale kit is the newest tooling of this important WWII armored vehicle and a delight to build.

Tamiya’s model represents a Universal Carrier Mk. II, used by Allied forces during the latter half of WWII in the European and Mediterranean theaters.  The Universal Carrier was designed to transport motorized infantry support units, known as Motor Battalions, for the British Army and thus saw much action with armored brigades in Northern Europe.

Assembly of the kit is straightforward with few problems.  The normal seam-and-gap issues arise, but are minor and easily handled with small amounts of putty or CA glue.   Fit is generally good. I found the kit’s biggest drawback to be the mold line running around the interior and circumference of the pre-molded track-and-bogey assemblies.  It is difficult to remove and the modeler must be careful not to cause damage to adjacent parts during cleanup.  However, I commend Tamiya for molding the track-and-bogey units in single pieces, rather than having the tracks molded as separate links or vinyl bands.

Marking schemes and decals are provided for four British vehicles, three from Northern Europe in 1944/45 and one from Tunisia in 1943.  All are overall dark green, although paint shades varied considerably.  I chose the Tunisia scheme because of the striking red-and-white ID flashes.

Overall, I enjoyed building this little model, which in 1/48th scale fits comfortably on a dollar bill.  Given the choice of subject matter, I would expect Tamiya to soon release a Churchill, Cromwell, or Firefly tank in 1/48th scale to provide some fire support for those Motor Battalions.  I recommend this kit to all modelers interested in WWII British subjects and especially those wishing to try Tamiya’s new line of 1/48th-scale armor kits.


 Jim’s Sprues & Reviews (March 2006)

By James Guld

While sitting down to write last month’s column, I had two ideas of what to write about. You all saw one and the other was supposed to be for this month. Well guess what—I forgot to write it down and it went out of my head. So I decided—well, actually, my wife Stacy suggested—that I write about how I got into model making and how it makes me feel. So here goes.

Like many of you, I built kits as a kid and into my teen years. I even managed to continue into my early 20s when on winter/summer break from college. I then stopped for about seven years, and at the time I lived in New York City and had my own model making shop for architectural models and advertising props, etc. Through a mutual friend, I made a large window display diorama for a trendy southwest-style restaurant. Fate, maybe? I traded my services for food, since I like to eat. It was a good deal because they made killer margaritas and mean shrimp ceviche. After that, I didn’t really do much model-wise for fun. I guess it was like a "busman’s holiday" for me. Too much of it at work had taken away the urge to build tanks. Well, fast-forward to 2002, a year after moving to Santa Fe, and while talking to my brother-in-law (also a fine model maker in his own right) he was telling me about how the hobby has grown in recent years. He told me about a number of model-making websites and I had to check them out, so, lo and behold, the bug bit me big-time. That fall I picked up a few kits and did a diorama for the Bataan Museum here in Santa Fe. It was through the museum that I found out about ASM.

The thing that I love the most is that it makes me feel exactly like I did when I was younger and just building for the first time. I don’t know of anything else in my life that makes me feel this way. No matter how bad a day is at work, I can usually come home and relax by putting on my optivisor and picking up some minute piece of photo-etch for a model. Now that may sound crazy to most, but hey—whatever floats your boat!

Now please go build something for Chile Con.


JIM'S SPRUES & REVIEWS (Feb 2006)
  
James Guld 
 

So what did Santa leave under the tree for you this year?  My better half got me a couple of books: The Jentz book on the King Tiger, and a book on sculpting and modifying figures.  Both will come in handy in the future. 
 
Other goodies that I picked up are a bunch of figure sets and accessories for my Falaise Gap dio. S eems like I have enough bits and bobs to work with now, so now it's just a matter of building it all and hopefully pulling off the battle presentation.  I hope to have it done by March, but we'll see. 
 
On the armor model front, Dragon just doesn't quit with releasing new stuff and Trumpeter isn't too shabby itself.  If you follow the Perth Military Modeling Site you'll see in the new kit section all the new releases. 
 
Trumpeter is putting out a plastic version of the German BR52 locomotive.  It's pretty big at 30" long, so make room on those shelves if you plan on having it pulling the Leopold rail gun. 
 
Dragon is about to release the 251/17, M4A3E8, 234/4, Marder II and a bunch more.   They also have the limited releases available only online through Dragon USA. 
 
"Wow" is all I can say.  So I'll keep it short this month and follow my own advice and go out and build something. 

Happy New Year to all. 

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Stand-By for an Article covering the historical presentation at the September 9th meeting by

Mr. Jim Stark - a P-38 pilot who served with the 474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force,

in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

474 th Fighter Group

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Pictures of 474 Fighter Group P-38's, 474th Fighter Group Patch, and Airfield Y-59 at Euskirchen, Germany

474 Fighter Group History:

Constituted as 474th Fighter Group on 26 May 1943. Activated on 1 Aug 1943. Trained for combat with P-38's. Moved to England, Feb-Mar 1944. Assigned to Ninth AF. Flew first combat mission, an area patrol along the coast of France, on 25 Apr 1944. Attacked bridges and railroads in France in preparation for the Normandy invasion. Provided cover for the invasion force that was crossing the Channel on the night of 5/6 Jun and flew bombing missions to support the landings on the following day. Began armed reconnaissance missions after D-Day to assist ground forces, and attacked highways and troops to aid the Allied breakthrough at St Lo, 25 Jul. Moved to the Continent in Aug 1944 for continued operations in support of ground forces. Bombed and strafed such targets as airfields, hangars railroads, bridges, highways, barges, fuel dumps, ammunition depots, gun emplacements, and troop concentrations until the end of the war; also escorted bombers that struck marshalling yards, factories, cities, and other objectives. Received a DUC for a mission in France on 23 Aug 1944: participating in a joint air-ground attack against retreating enemy forces in the Falaise-Argentan area, the group discovered an immense quantity of enemy equipment massed along the Seine River; despite severe fire from small arms and from antiaircraft guns that the Germans had placed at two bridges to protect the materiel and cover the retreat, the group repeatedly bombed and strafed the enemy, knocking out motor transports, barges bridges, and other objectives, thereby disrupting the evacuation and enabling Allied ground forces to capture German troops and equipment. Other operations included bombardment of flak positions near Eindhoven in advance of British 1 Airborne Division during the attack on Holland in Sep 1944; participation in the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945; and patrols along the route of the airborne assault across the Rhine in Mar 1945. Continued operations until V-E Day. Returned to the US, Nov-Dec 1945. Inactivated on 8 Dec 1945.

Redesignated 474th Fighter-Bomber Group. Activated in Japan on 10 Jul 1952. Assigned to Tactical Air Command but attached to Far East Air Forces for duty in the Korean War. Served in combat from Aug 1952 until the armistice in Jul 1953, operating from Korea and using F-84 aircraft. Bombed and strafed such targets as bunkers, troops, artillery positions, bridges, vehicles, airfields, and power plants, and sometimes escorted bombers that attacked munitions factories and other objectives. After the armistice, trained with F-84 and F-86 aircraft. Moved to the US, Nov-Dec 1954, and continued training with F-86's

Squadrons:

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Campaigns:

Air Offensive, Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes-Alsace.

Stations:

Florennes, Belgium   1 Oct 1944

Strassfeld, Germany    22 Apr 1945

Schweinfurt, Germany     16 Jun 1945

Stuttgart, Germany    25 Oct-21 Nov 1945

Camp Kilmer, NJ    6-8 Dec 1945

Glendale, CA     1 Aug 1943

Van Nuys Metropolitan Aprt, CA    11 Oct 1943

Oxnard Flight Strip, CA    5 Jan-6 Feb 1944

Moreton, England    12 Mar 1944

Neuilly, France    6 Aug 1944

St Marceau, France    29 Aug 1944

Peronne, France    6 Sep 1944

Florennes, Belgium    1 Oct 1944

Strassfeld, Germany     22 Mar 1945

 Langensalza, Germany   

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2005 New Mexico State Fair Contest Results

New Mexico State Fair – Expo New Mexico

Creative Arts - Division 13 Model

Contest Results

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Model judging was conducted by ASM on Wednesday, 7 August and ribbons were awarded at that time.

Thanks to all ASM members who participated to log-in entries, judged the entries, and entrered their models in the competition.

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Section 349 – Youth (11 years old and below)

No entries.

 

Section 350 – Senior Youth (12-17 years old)

Class 2 – Aircraft & Helicopters, Jet

First Place    Ryan Sparks    F-102 Delta Dagger

Class 3 – Aircraft & Helicopters, Non –Jet

First Place    Ryan Sparks    FW 190

Best of Show, Section 350

Ryan Sparks    FW 190

 

Section 351 – Adult (18 years or older)

Class 1 – Flying Models

First Place    Ralph Stumpff     AGM-85 Rocket

Class 2 – Aircraft & Helicopters, Jet

First Place    Brian Peck    Me 262

Second Place    Mike Blohm    F-86F Sabre

Third Place    Gary Sinning    V-22 Osprey

Class 3 – Aircraft & Helicopters, Non –Jet

First Place    John Pattison     GeeBee Racer

Second Place    Mike Blohm    H-81A2 Tomahawk (AVG)

Third Place    Brian Peck    Ki-84 Hayate "Frank"

Class 4 – Military Vehicles, Fully Tracked

First Place    Byron Gore    Personnel Carrier - Kangaroo

Second Place    Jeff Frickstad     LTV-4A

Third Place    Larry Winchell     Panther

Class 5 – Military Vehicles & Equipment, Non-Tracked & Half-Tracked

First Place    Gil Johnson    M21 Mortar Carrier

Class 6 – Sailing Ships and Oared Ships

No Entries.

Class 7 – Powered Ships

First Place    Michael Hatfield    USS Enterprise, CVA-6

Second Place    Byron Gore    PBR 31 Mk II

Third Place    Tom Redling     Bismarck

Class 8 – Miniature Figures – Single Footed or Mounted Figure

First Place    Craig Fox    Traveling Wizard

Second Place    Gerard Coffey     Eowyn - Maiden of the Rohirrim

Third Place    John Pattison     Timmy

Class 9 – Miniature Figure Vignette

First Place    Phillip Bryant    "German 7th Army Retreat"

Class 10 - Diorama

First Place    Tom Redling    Abrams and Bradley

Second Place    Louis Estrada     "Bunker"

Third Place    Larry Winchell     "Will He Make It?"

Class 11 – Science Fiction, Spacecraft, Etc.

First Place    Jim Steiner II    Tank Warrior

Second Place    Mike Blohm     Rocket Retriever Spacecraft

Third Place    Larry Winchell     Sci-Fi Tank #17

Class 12 - Miscellaneous

No Enteries.

Best of Show, Section 351

Michael Hatfield USS Enterprise, CVA-6

 

Section 352 – Professional / Teacher

Class 3 – Aircraft & Helicopters, Non - `Jet

First Place    Frank Randall    P-40C Flying Tiger

Class 11 – Science Fiction

First Place    Frank Randall    Star Wars A-Wing

Class 12 – Miscellaneous

First Place    Frank Randall    Z’Gok Gundam

Best of Show, Section 351

Frank Randall P-40C Flying Tiger

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IPMS Region-10 Update provided by Don Kehrer

 COY or Chapter of the Year. Well, the choice was tough this year. As it stands currently in Region 10 the chapters make submissions and the decision is up to the Coordinator. Some how the RC is suppose to determine the winner based on those submissions? Well Pat Gilmore’s very good submission and shows that his chapter IPMS/SLC has been doing not only a good job but also a great job. And I sure wish I could grant more than one winner (I hate to judge model contests for the same reason!).  But, This years’ COY will go to IPMS/Craig Hewett. Hosting a National Convention is an arduous undertaking. Most of the time it is a 2-year project and all other Chapter activities come to a halt. IPMS/Craig Hewett did an outstanding job hosting a successful 2004 National Convention. Congratulations!

 Newsletter / Editor of the Year.    Again I stress that although a Chapter may have an outstanding newsletter or website etc the way this works is you or someone "has to submit" your nomination. If you don’t I guess it doesn’t matter to you? There are some excellent newsletters out there. IPMS/Albuquerque, "The Corsair" from IPMS/Craig Hewett, come to mind as well as many others. One of the other criteria for Newsletter of the Year it must be sent to the RC on a regular basis. Out of this years nominations the Newsletter/Editor of the Year goes to Dave Reinecke of IPMS/Denver-Rob Wolf for publication of the AMS Chronicle. Dave has done a tremendous job bringing the AMS up from practically nothing to what it is today. Congratulations.

 Website/Webmaster of the Year.    Again, what a tough call. I wish I could award this to a number of Chapters. If you’ve never seen some of your sister Chapters websites go to http://64.119173.247/~modelono/ContactsLinks.html and click on the chapter links! However, I received 2 excellent nominations this year. Mike Blohm of IPMS/Albuquerque and Jeff and Phil Peterson of IPMS/SLC. Both not just great websites but absolutely excellent websites. But, a winner has to be chosen and for the second year in a row the Website/Webmaster of the Year goes to Jeff and Phil Peterson of IPMS/Salt Lake City. I feel like their extensive day-by-day coverage of the National Convention tipped the balance in this case. Good Job and Congratulations.

 Again congratulations to the winners and thank you from all of Region 10 for your fine efforts.


Aviation Talks for the Albuquerque Tricentinneal

19 October 2005, from 0900-1200

at the Balloon Fiesta Museum

Don Alberts: "Albuquerque's Role in Aviation History"

Jim Guldea:  "Kirtland Air Force Base's History"

Harry Davidson: "Albuquerque's 1939 Municipal Terminal - Aviation Threshold to the Southwest"


IPMS Region-10 Update provided by Don Kehrer

 COY or Chapter of the Year. Well, the choice was tough this year. As it stands currently in Region 10 the chapters make submissions and the decision is up to the Coordinator. Some how the RC is suppose to determine the winner based on those submissions? Well Pat Gilmore’s very good submission and shows that his chapter IPMS/SLC has been doing not only a good job but also a great job. And I sure wish I could grant more than one winner (I hate to judge model contests for the same reason!).  But, This years’ COY will go to IPMS/Craig Hewett. Hosting a National Convention is an arduous undertaking. Most of the time it is a 2-year project and all other Chapter activities come to a halt. IPMS/Craig Hewett did an outstanding job hosting a successful 2004 National Convention. Congratulations!

 Newsletter / Editor of the Year.    Again I stress that although a Chapter may have an outstanding newsletter or website etc the way this works is you or someone "has to submit" your nomination. If you don’t I guess it doesn’t matter to you? There are some excellent newsletters out there. IPMS/Albuquerque, "The Corsair" from IPMS/Craig Hewett, come to mind as well as many others. One of the other criteria for Newsletter of the Year it must be sent to the RC on a regular basis. Out of this years nominations the Newsletter/Editor of the Year goes to Dave Reinecke of IPMS/Denver-Rob Wolf for publication of the AMS Chronicle. Dave has done a tremendous job bringing the AMS up from practically nothing to what it is today. Congratulations.

 Website/Webmaster of the Year.    Again, what a tough call. I wish I could award this to a number of Chapters. If you’ve never seen some of your sister Chapters websites go to http://64.119173.247/~modelono/ContactsLinks.html and click on the chapter links! However, I received 2 excellent nominations this year. Mike Blohm of IPMS/Albuquerque and Jeff and Phil Peterson of IPMS/SLC. Both not just great websites but absolutely excellent websites. But, a winner has to be chosen and for the second year in a row the Website/Webmaster of the Year goes to Jeff and Phil Peterson of IPMS/Salt Lake City. I feel like their extensive day-by-day coverage of the National Convention tipped the balance in this case. Good Job and Congratulations.

 Again congratulations to the winners and thank you from all of Region 10 for your fine efforts.


A Tribute To:

Robert Galer - USMC World War II Ace and Medal of Honor Winner

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert E. Galer, 91, a Marine Corps ace who received the Medal of Honor for aerial combat in the South Pacific during World War II and made a narrow air escape during a Korean War mission, died June 27 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He had had a stroke.

Exerpt above from a Washington Post obituary column.  Full article available at:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/30/AR2005063001893.html

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A sysnopsis of Robert Galer's career is provided below:

ROBERT E. GALER

US Marine Corps, Commander VMF-224 "Fighting Wildcats", Guadalcanal Island

AIR VICTORIES: 13.0

13 Confirmed / 4 Probable / 0 Damaged

Roberty Galer is the 11th ranking USMC ace, the top ace of VMF-224, and the 4th ranking "Wildcat" ace. Major Galer took VMF-224 into Guadalcanal on 30 August 1942, where it served until evacuated on 16 October 1942. Galer won a Medal of Honor for heroic actions in defense of the island, where he scored 13 kills during September - October 1942. These included a "triple" on 28 September; and 3 "doubles": 2 September (Zero & Type 97); 11 September (Zero & Type 97); and 2 October (2 Zeros). Galer was himself downed twice during this period. He returned to the Pacific in 1944 as Ops Officer of the 3rd Marine Air Wing (MAW). During the Korean War he was Assistant Chief of Staff of the 1st MAW, and became MAG-12 Commander in May 1952 . He was shot down behind enemy lines on 5 August 1952 but was recovered by a daring helicopter rescue. He retired as a Brigadier General in July 1957 and was later vice president of Ling-Tempco-Vought, involved in the development of the F-8 "Crusader" fighter.   He passed away on June 27, 2005.

Picture of Galer's F4F-3 "Wildcat", coded MF-1, depicted in September - October 1942, are included below. 

Other pictures are included of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Marion Car's Wildcat, and Galer's most common foe, an A6M "Zero".

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***  The September 9th Meeting will feature a historical presentation by   ***

Mr. Jim Stark - a P-38 pilot who served with the 474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force,

in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

474 th Fighter Group

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Pictures of 474 Fighter Group P-38's and the 474 Fighter Group Patch    

See the Articles Page for more info on the 474th Fighter Group


New Mexico State Fair – Expo New Mexico

Creative Arts - Division 13 Model Contest

Model Entries on September 1-3, 2005

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Model entries accepted on Thursday, Sep 1 and Friday, Sep 2 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM; and on Saturday, Sep 3 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

State Fair Website page covering overall categories in Creative Arts is at: http://exponm.com/cms/index.php?id=22,71,0,0,1,0

Click here for an Adobe pdf file covering the rules and entries in the Creative Arts Division 13 Models – Military Science Fiction:

NM_State_Fair_2005_Models_Military.pdf

ASM is the sponsor of this category at the New Mexico State Fair. Please come out to help check-in and judge the models.


Past Month's Contest Corner Articles

Contest Corner

By Mike Blohm, Out-Going ASM Contest Director

ASM M-15, IPMS 10602

December 2005 - January 2006

November and December Contest Results

First off, in this my last edition of the Contest Corner, I’d like to thank everyone in the club for their support during my last three years as the ASM Contest Director, especially Brian Peck and the rest of my fellow E-Board members.   It’s been a fun but challenging position to serve in, and I’m glad that members have enjoyed each year’s contest schedule.  I want to especially thank all the club members who served in the very demanding job of contest judge.  And a special thank you to the "new guys" who stepped-up this year to fill out the judging ranks – I really appreciated your help!  I encourage everyone to get involved in judging – you’ll learn a lot about modeling and just how hard it can be to split hairs (after the contest you can use those for antenna wires and aerials).   I’ll still be wearing my other hat as the ASM webmaster in 2006, so if you have any suggestions please let me know.  Please note that as of 5 December there has been a new, and hopefully final, address for the ASM Website, now at: http://www.hobbies-n-stuff.com/ASM-Stuff/asmweb.htm    Please reset this in your "favorites".  All the older thumbnail pic’s links to full size pics are now scrambled, so please stand by while I go through and change them all. I plan to delete the 2003 pics on the website.

November Contest Results

November’s contest was "Open Contest #2" which had 19 entries on the tables and 11 works in progress. Some of the "in progress" models were very impressive, especially Juan Benitez’s 1/72 scale U-Boat. The meeting also featured the 2005 "One Hour Model Contest’ – more on that later.

Open Contest #2

In the Junior’s Division, Jeannie Garriss made a point’s sweep with her very nicely done DeLorean from the "Back to the Future" movie, winning the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards, and a Gold ribbon in Automotive. Jeannie also won a Silver ribbon for her Gundam model.

The Basic Division had their best turnout of 2005 with eight entries. John Kendick won the Best of Show – Basic award and a Gold in figures with his outstanding Saint John’s Knight. John’s exceptional Flak 36 88mm gun won the People’s Choice Award and a Gold in Dioramas & Vignettes. John Tribou won two Silver awards in Automotive for his nicely done Harley-Davidson FXE/F-80 motorcycle and BMW Z8. Don Smith won a Bronze in Automotive with his 1956 Corvette, a Silver in Armor with his 1/144 scale Panzer Mk 4 ausf D, and a Bronze in Aircraft with his P-40B. John Kendrick won a Gold award in Ships with his USS Ohio submarine.

In the Intermediate Division, David Boehning’s superbly finished natural metal P-51B Mustang made a point’s sweep, winning both the Best of Show and People’s Choice - Basic awards, and a First in Aircraft. Second place in aircraft went to Frank Randall’s nicely done F/A-22 "Raptor 01". Third place in Aircraft went to David Down’s MiG-15. David also won a First place in Armor with his excellent BT-7 Russian tank.

The Master Division also had a point’s sweep, with Jim Guld’s "Kurfurstendamn U-Bahn Station", featuring a T-34/85, winning the Best of Show and People’s Choice – Masters awards, and a First in Dioramas & Vignettes. In the Aircraft category, Glenn Bingham won First place with his Fw 190F-8/R-1. Second place went to Fred Franceschi’s SB2C-4 Helldiver. Third place went to Don MacBryde’s French Navy F4U-7 Corsair. First place in Armor & Military went to Glenn Bingham’s Bradley AFV.

One Hour Model Contest

The One Hour Model Contest was a lively affair, especially the people’s choice judging. (Incriminating pictures can be bought back for a small fee.) The winners were as follows: Best Basic Entry went to John Tribou’s T-6 Texan. The Best Masters Entry went to Keith Liotta’s DC-9. And finally, the Best/Most Completed Award went to John Kendrick’s Harrier.

"F/A-22 Raptor" Sponsored Contest

Frank Randall won Best Entry with an excellent 1/72 scale F/A-22 in the rollout markings of "Spirit of America / Raptor 01", the first F/A-22 produced by Lockheed Martin.  The intent of the contest was to commemorate the initial operational capability of the "Raptor" at Langley AFB, Virginia in December 2005.  The award, presented at the December meeting, consisted of a collection of F/A-22 patches representing all the units that had participated in testing the "Raptor" and included one patch flown aboard an F/A-22 at Mach 1.8 and 55,000 feet during a test mission.

December Contest Results

The December meeting featured the "Modeling New Mexico" Special Contest, the 2005 Model of the Year Showdown, and presentation of the 2005 Modeler of the Year Awards. Hobbies ‘n Stuff graciously provided a cake for the meeting – members not in attendance missed a real treat. Our thanks to Stan and Helen Johnson for both the cake and their support to ASM during 2005!

"Modeling New Mexico" Special Contest

The Best Entry Award was won by Jeff Frickstad’s 4th Texas Dismount Trooper, depicted at the Battle of Glorieta Pass. This model was included as a contender in the Model of the Year Showdown.

Model of the Year Showdown

The Showdown was a head-to-head contest amongst the 2005 Best of Show and Best Entry winners in all four divisions from all the contests this year. Unfortunately, there was a fairly low turnout of contenders, with only 16 of a possible 31 entries at the meeting.  The ASM 2005 Model of the Year winners are as follows:

Junior Division: Taylor Liotta – Gundam EZ8.

Basic Division: John Kendrick – Saint John’s Knight.

Intermediate Division: David Boehning – P-51B Mustang.

Masters Division: Dave Straub – Zeppelin L-32. 

This year we decided to also have People’s Choice Awards for the Models of the Year.  As fate would have it, "the people" picked the same winners as listed above!  Click here to see pictures of the winning entries and awards.

Modeler of the Year Winners

There were several close races that were photo-finishes at the November contest. The ASM 2005 Modelers of the Year and runners-up are as follows, with my congratulations to all:

Junior Modeler of the Year: Jeannie Garriss; Second: Hamish Connell; Third: Shawn Brown.

Basic Modeler of the Year: John Kendrick; Second: Don Smith; Third: Don Blea.

Intermediate Modeler of the Year: David Boehning; Second: David Downs; Third: Hank Petitgirard.

Masters Modeler of the Year: John Tate; James Guld; Third: Glenn Bingham.

Click here to see pictures of the modeler of the year winners and awards.

National Atomic Museum Update

I’d like to solicit members to build some models still needed for ASM’s 1/48 scale WW II model display at the National Atomic Museum. There are now some decent 1/48 scale armor kits out, and we could use some armor and figure subjects in the display. The display is mostly aircraft at this time. We could also use some naval subjects, such as a 1/72 scale LST with perhaps a Sherman tank and some figures for scale reference. Please let me know if you are interested. Pictures of the display are on the website.

Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

Jan 6, 2006 - Special Contest # 1 "Sci-Fi / Science / Real Space / Fantasy". (Non Points) Any subject/scale in the realms of science fiction (Star Wars/Trek, etc.); science (human physiology, dinosaurs, etc.); real space exploration (Mercury-Apollo, Space Shuttle,etc.); and fantasy (comic book heroes/villains & anime - Gundams, etc.). Awards sponsored by Hobbies ‘n Stuff (Thanks Stan!).

Feb 3 - ASM Swap Meet - No Contest.

Mar 3 - Open Contest #1. Points Contest All scales, subjects and eras.

May 5-6 - Chile Con 2006.  Region 10’s 2006 Regional Convention and Contest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Web page on ASM website at: http://www.hobbies-n-stuff.com/Region_10_Chile-Con_2006.htm

Aug 6-9 - 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention. Crown Center Exhibition Hall, Kansas City, Missouri. Website at: http://www.ipmsusa2006.org/

Check 6, Over and Out! - Merlin


October 2005

September Contest Results: "Africa and Middle East – 1914 to Present"

The September meeting had two great contests and an excellent historical speaker. The theme contest was "Africa and the Middle East – 1914 to Present", which had 32 total entries. Pictures of the Best of Show winners can be found in the ASM Newsletter. Pictures of all the models can be found on the ASM Website at the following link:  Africa & Middle East Entries. 

In the Junior’s Division, Shawn Brown’s excellently finished "Lowrider" won the Best of Show, People’s Choice and a Gold Award in Automotive. Kelly Brown won a Silver Award with her nicely painted Boeing 737 airliner. Nice job, Juniors!

Don Smith’s SdKfz 251/1 Half Track won the Best of Show – Basic award, and a Gold Award in the Armor and Military category. John Kendrick won the People’s Choice – Basic award, and a Gold Award in Armor and Military category for his M3A1 Stuart tank. Don’s 1/144 scale Panzer IV aus F won a Silver award. John’s nicely done F-117A won a Gold award in Aircraft.

The Intermediate Division had a great turnout with seven total P-38’s and one piece of armor. Hank Petigirard’s P-38F "Texas Terror" from the 1 FG in Algeria in 1943 won the Best of Show – Intermediate award. Kyle Garber’s P-38J from the 20 FG in Kingscliffe, England in 1944 won the People’s Choice – Intermediate award. Tom Redling’s excellent British M7 Priest won a First in Armor and Military. In the Aircraft category, Kyle Garber’s P-38J took First place; Hank Petitgirard’s P-38F took Second place; and Jack Morris’ P-38L took Third place.

The Master’s Division had 17 model entries. The Best of Show – Masters award went to Glenn Bingham’s outstanding Bf 109 F-4/R-8 from 1.(F)/122 in Tunisia 1942. The People’s Choice – Masters award went to Jim Guld’s excellent "Operation Battleaxe" featuring a Panzer III of the 5th Light Division. In the Armor & Military category, First place went to John Tate’s T-34/85 tank from the Egyptian Army in 1956. Second place went to Jim Guld’s Valentine Mk III tank. Third place was won by Mike Mummey’s VK4S01 Tiger tank. In the Aircraft category, First place went to Glenn Bingham’s Bf 109 F-4. Second place went to John Tate’s Spitfire IXe from the Royal Egyptian Air Force. Mike McNichols won a First place in Figures for his "Egyptian Gods". In the Science Fiction and Fantasy category, which includes rockets and real space entries, First place went to John Tate’s S-75 "Dvina" (SAM-2). Second place went to Mike Blohm’s Burning Gundam. In the Diorama and Vignettes category, First place went to Jim Guld’s "Operation Battleaxe". Second place went to Mike Mummey’s Water Pumop House. Third place went to Don MacBryde’s "SAS Motor Pool".

"Best P-38" Sponsored Contest Results

Stan Johnson’s "Best P-38" sponsored contest had a great showing with 13 total entries representing both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation in World War II and a great range of scale. Pictures of all the entries can be found at this link: Best P-38 Entries.  First Place – Masters went to Fred Franceschi’s F-5 Photo-Recon Lightning in 1/48 scale. Second Place - Masters went to Mike Blohm’s P-38L Lightning in 1/72 scale. Third Place - Masters went to Keith Liotta’s P-38J Lightning in 1/32 scale. First Place - Intermediate went to Frank Randall P-38J Lightning in 1/72 scale. Second Place - Intermediate went to Kyle Garber’s P-38J (in 1/32 scale. Third Place - Intermediate went to Jack Morris’ P-38L Lightning in 1/72 scale. Stan had some great trophies to present to the winners – engraved glass mugs featuring the award level, a P-38 profile, and the dedication: "In memory of the men and machines of the 474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, Europe, 1945". Stan hopes to do another sponsored contest in 2006, so you won’t want to miss that one!

 P-38 Lightning Pilot Historical Presentation

In conjunction with the "Best P-38" sponsored contest, the September meeting featured a very entertaining and enlightening historical presentation by Mr. Jim Stark, a P-38 Lightning pilot who flew with the 474th Fighter Group in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. A short article will be posted on the ASM Website, which also features a short history of the 474 FG.

Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

There are quite a few local contests in October. Let’s make a good showing in El Paso and Phoenix!

Sep 30 - Oct 1 - Region 10's 2005 Regional Contest. Fort Collins, Colorado  Websaite at:  http://www.ipmshpm.org/2005Region/

Oct 7 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Battles of 1945". Any subject or scale, friend or foe, that participated in one of the major battles of WW II that occurred in 1945.

Sponsored Contest: 1/35 Scale German Armor – Rick Carver and Don Smith

Sponsored Contest: "Babefest" – Larry Horyna

Workshop: Scratch-Building and Rivets – James Guld

Oct 8 - Desert Con 2005 Contest. El Paso Scale Model Society. Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere Blvd, El Paso, Texas. Website at: http://www.ipmselpaso.org/

Oct 22 - Craig Hewitt IPMS Chapter Annual Contest. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona. Contact: Rick Marshall: 623 935 4300; rjmarsha@cox.net       Website at: http://www.ipms-phx.org/

Nov 4 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: Open Contest #2. All scales, subjects and eras.

One-Hour Modeling Contest. ROE: The kit must not be started in any manner – parts must still be on the sprue, and unpainted. Work on the model can begin at the "go" call. All work must stop at the 60 minutes call. Judging by People’s Choice, with awards in each Division.

Sponsored Contest: F/A-22 Raptors – Mike Blohm

Note: The European Sports Cars Sponsored Contest has been canceled.

Dec 2 - Special (Non Points) Contest #3 "Modeling New Mexico" . Any subject from New Mexico’s history. All subjects, scales, nationalities and eras.

"Model of the Year" Competition amongst the Best of Show/Best Entry winners at each skill level from all the 2005 Theme and Special Contests

May 5-6, 2006 - Chile-Con 2006. Region 10’s 2006 Regional Convention and Contest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Web page on ASM website at: http://www.hobbies-n-stuff.com/Region_10_Chile-Con_2006.htm

Aug 6-9, 2006 - 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention. Crown Center Exhibition Hall, Kansas City, Missouri. Website at: http://www.ipmsusa2006.org/

Check 6 - Merlin

September 2005

August Contest Results: "Jet; and Prototype Aircraft / Vehicles / Ships"

The August meeting had a great turnout of both models and modelers.  There were 75 total models on display: 49 entered in the theme contest, 12 in the sponsored contest; 13 works in progress, and 15 as display only. That could well be a record - great job ASM!  Pictures of the Best of Show winners can be found in the ASM Newsletter.   Pictures of all the models can be found on the ASM Website at: asm_pictures.htm

In the Junior’s Division, Shawn Brown’s nicely-done Wright Flyer won the Best of Show, People’s Choice and A Gold Award in Aircraft.  Shawn did a nice job with the wire rigging on his Flyer!  Jeanie Garriss won a Gold Award with her F-18 Blue Angel.  Kelly Brown won a Silver Award with her modified Jaguar jet aircraft.

Don Smith’s excellent, diminutive Maus Heavy Tank Prototype won the Best of Show – Basic award, and a Gold Award in Armor and Military category.  John Kendrick won the People’s Choice – Basic award, and a Gold Award in Armor and Military category for his excellent AAV-7A1 assault amphibious vehicle.  Great camouflage job, John!  John also won a Gold Award in Figures for his Samurai Warrior – Crane Clan.  And finally, Alberto Bernal won a Gold Award in Science Fiction & Fantasy for his excellent comparison via models of the Enterprise and Buran Space Shuttles.

The Intermediate Division had a great turnout with 16 models – all aircraft!   The Best of Show award went to David Boehning’s superb Do 335-AO Pre-Production "Pfiel" (Anteater).  The People’s Choice award went to Kyle Garber’s most excellent MiG-21 F-13.  The Aircraft category had a large-small scale split.  In the small aircraft split (1/72 and smaller), First place went to Frank Randall’s Mosquito Mk II night fighter.  Second and Third places went to Walt Schanwald’s Ryan XF2R-1 "Dark Star" and Ryan FR-1 "Fireball" – a couple of designs that most people aren’t aware of.   In the large aircraft split (1/48 and larger), First place went to David Boenhing’s Do 335 A-0; Second place went to Kyle Garber’s MiG-21 F-13; and Third place went to Philip Spaeth’s Bf 110G-4 night fighter.

The Master’s Division had 18 models entered, with a good mix of entries across all categories.  The Best of Show award went to John Tate’s excellent MiG-17F from the Vietnamese People’s Air Force.  The People’s Choice Award went to Jim Guld’s Panther F.  In the Armor category, First place went to Jim Guld’s Flak Panther 341.  Second place went to Mike Mummey’s T-34/76 Mod 1940.   Third place was won by Jim Guld’s Panzerjager IV. I n the Diorama & Vignettes category, First place went to Jim Guld’s Panther F. Second place went to Mike Mummey’s "Dulce Carman’s Shack". F irst place in the Aircraft category went to John Tate’s MiG-17F VPAF in 1/48 scale.  Second place went to Glenn Bingham’s superb TBM-3D Avenger Night Torpedo Bomber in 1/32 scale.  Third place in Aircraft went to Mike Blohm’s F6F-5N Hellcat Night Fighter in 1/72 scale.   John Tate’s nicely-done "MiG Killer USAF Phantom II Pilot" won First place in Figures.  And finally, in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category, which also includes Real Space and Rockets-Missiles, First place went to John Tate’s excellent S-75 Dvina (SA-2) SAM, VPAF 1972.  Second place went to Ed Mummey’s innovative and fascinating German Trade Federation Tank (1946) from Star Wars.

"Night Fighters" Sponsored Contest Results

The "Night Fighters" sponsored contest had a great showing with 12 entries representing both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation in World War II, and both propeller and jet night fighters in the Korean War.  The Best Large-Scale Entry award went to Glenn Bingham’s awesome TMB-3D Avenger Night Torpedo Bomber in 1/32 scale.  The Best Small-Scale Entry was won by Frank Randall’s excellent Mosquito Mk II Night Fighter in 1/72 scale.  The Best Overall Night Fighter Entry award went to Glenn Bingham’s TMB-3D Avenger .

P-38 Lightning Pilot Historical Presentation at September Meeting

In conjunction with September’s "Best P-38" sponsored contest, the September meeting will feature a historical presentation by Mr. Jim Stark, a P-38 Lightning pilot who flew with the 474th Fighter Group in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.  Please peruse the Articles page on the ASM Website to read the history of the 474 FG in WW II and to see pictures of their P-38’s in action.

Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

Sep 1-3 - New Mexico State Fair – Expo New Mexico. Model entries accepted on Thursday, Sep 1 and Friday, Sep 2 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM; and on Saturday, Sep 3 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The State Fair Website covering all categories in the Creative Arts Division is at: http://exponm.com/cms/index.php?id=22,71,0,0,1,0

Click here for an Adobe pdf file covering the rules and entries in the Creative Arts Division 13 Models – Military Science Fiction. ASM is the sponsor of this category at the New Mexico State Fair.  Please come out to help check-in and judge the models.   File:  NM_State_Fair_2005_Models_Military.pdf

September 9 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Africa and Middle East – 1914 to Present".  Any subject from Africa or Middle East from 1914 to the present.   All scales, nations.  Includes African continent nations, with the Middle East defined as the current nations of: Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen; or what had once been these nations from 1914.

Sponsored Contest: Best P-38 – Stan Johnson

Guest Speaker – Mr Jim Stark – World War II P-38 Lightning pilot

Sep 23-24 - The Gathering / SHOCON Annual Contest. Davis Conference Center, Logan, Utah. Website at:  http://www.nusma.org/

Sep 30 - Oct 1 - Region 10's 2005 Regional Contest. Fort Collins, Colorado. Wensite at:   http://www.ipmshpm.org/2005Region/

Oct 7 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Battles of 1945". Any subject or scale, friend or foe, that participated in one of the major battles of WW II that occurred in 1945.

Sponsored Contest: 1/35 Scale German Armor – Rick Carver and Don Smith

Sponsored Contest: "Babefest" – Larry Horyna

Nov 4 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: Open Contest #2. All scales, subjects and eras.

One-Hour Modeling Contest

Sponsored Contest: F/A-22 Raptors – Mike Blohm

Oct 22 - Craig Hewitt Annual Contest. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave , Phoenix, Arizona. Contact: Larry Grapentine: 623-875-6967;  grapent1@cox.net      Website at:   http://www.ipms-phx.org/

May 5-6, 2006 - Chile-Con 2006. Region 10’s 2006 Regional Convention and Contest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Web page on ASM website at: http://www.hobbies-n-stuff.com/Region_10_Chile-Con_2006.htm

Aug 6-9, 2006 - 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention. Crown Center Exhibition Hall, Kansas City, Missouri. Website at: http://www.ipmsusa2006.org/

Check 6 - Merlin

 

August 2005

August Meeting and Contests

The August meeting will have two contest events including both a theme (points) contest - "Jets; and Prototype Aircraft / Vehicles / Ships"; and a Sponsored Contest – "Night Fighters" hosted by Patrick Dick and Jason Clevenger. The theme contest’s ROE is: Any jet subject; or any prototype airplane, ship or vehicle subject - military or civilian; all scales and eras. The Night Fighters contest ROE is: Any WW II or Korean War night fighter aircraft. Any scale. Entry must have night fighter markings. Award for Best Overall Entry and best entry in each division (Junior, Basic, Intermediate and Masters). There are lots of cross-over possibilities between these two contests, so hopefully we’ll see a lot of entries. I also hope to see some F/A-22 "Raptor" entries previewed for my "Best F/A-22 Raptor" Sponsored Contest upcoming in November.

The awards for June’s "Southeast Asia – 1941 to Present" will be presented at the August meeting. There will be a workshop by James Guld on "Scratch-building and Rivets". We also hope to see lots of 2005 IPMS/USA National Convention winner’s plaques on display at the meeting. Pictures of the IPMS/USA models can be found at: http://www.ipmsusa.org/EventsGallery/05-07-15_Nat_Con/Models/2004_Exhibits.htm .

Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

Aug 6 - "Stealth Blackbird SR-71 Classified Unveiled". Presentation by Gilbert Martinez, a former SR-71 crewmember. At 1:00 PM on 6 Aug at the NM Veteran’s Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE. Call 256-2042 for further information.

Aug 27 - Grand Junction Scale Modeller's Society Show and Contest.  Lincoln Park Barn, 910 North 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colorado. IPMS/Grand Junction Scale Modeller's Society. Contact: Jim Hockett: 970-243-0889; shermaholic@aol.com

Sep 1-3 - New Mexico State Fair – Expo New Mexico. Model entries accepted on Thursday, Sep 1 and Friday, Sep 2 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM; and on Saturday, Sep 3 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  State Fair Website page covering overall categories in Creative Arts is at: http://exponm.com/cms/index.php?id=22,71,0,0,1,0

Click here for an Adobe pdf file covering the rules and entries in the Creative Arts Division 13 Models – Military Science Fiction: NM_State_Fair_2005_Models_Military.pdf

ASM is the sponsor of this category at the New Mexico State Fair. Please come out to help check-in and judge the models.

Sep 9 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Africa and Middle East – 1914 to Present".  Any subject from Africa or Middle East from 1914 to the present. All scales, nations.  Includes African continent nations, with the Middle East defined as the current nations of: Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen; or what had once been these nations from 1914.

Sponsored Contest: Best P-38 – Stan Johnson

Sep 23-24 - The Gathering / SHOCON Annual Contest. Davis Conference Center, Logan, Utah. Website at:  http://www.nusma.org / .

Sep 30 - Oct 1 - Region 10's 2005 Regional Contest. ''The Ranch'' (Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex), 5280 Arena Circle, Suite 100; Fort Collins, Colorado. Contact: Mark Bradley: 303.881.5001; bradley_mr@hotmail.com.   Website at: http://www.ipmshpm.org/2005Region/ .

Oct 26 - Craig Hewitt Annual Contest. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave , Phoenix, Arizona. Contact: Rick Marshall: 623 935 4300; rjmarsha@cox.net .  Website at: http://www.ipms-phx.org/

May 5-6, 2006 - Chile-Con 2006. Region 10’s 2006 Regional Convention and Contest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Web page on ASM website at: http://www.hobbies-n-stuff.com/Region_10_Chile-Con_2006.htm .

Aug 6-9, 2006 - 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention. Crown Center Exhibition Hall, Kansas City, Missouri. Website at: http://www.ipmsusa2006.org/

 Check 6 - Merlin


July 2005

June Special Contest Results: "Southeast Asia 1941-Present"

The June meeting had 27 great models entered in two contests. The second special contest for 2005 was "Southeast Asia 1941 – Present" with awards sponsored by Hobbies ‘N Stuff (thanks, Stan!). We also had a nicely attended sponsored contest: "Best P-40 Subject" hosted by Ken Liotta. The majority of the P-40 entries also fit the Southeast Asia theme. .

The Southeast Asia contest had a best overall entry award, and best entry awards for each separate division. There were 25 total entries. In-theme entries were mostly from the Viet Nam war, with a few from World War II. Unfortunately, we had no Basic entries in the contest. Pictures of the Best Entry awards are shown in the Newsletter; pictures of all the entries can be seen on the ASM website

The Junior entries were a wide mix, ranging from cars to biplane and jets. There were no in-theme entries, although the nicely done "Godzilla" by Margaret Ornelas came fairly close – but we thought that Godzilla spent most of his time near Tokyo, and we didn’t think that Monster Island was located in Southeast Asia. The Best Junior Entry award went to Logan Carbin’s excellent M1A1 Abrams tank.

The Intermediate division had entries from both World War II and Viet Nam. The Best Intermediate entry award went to Frank Randall’s first-rate American Volunteer Group P-40C in 1/48th scale.

The Master’s division had the most entries at the meeting. The 14 total entries resulted in a split, with John Tate’s outstanding P-40N-1 winning the Best Air Vehicle Entry; and Stan Harris’ Patrol Boat Riverine (PBR) winning the Best Land-Sea Vehicle Entry. John Tate’s P-40N-1 also won the Best Overall Entry award.

Best P-40 Subject Contest Results

The "Best P-40 Subject" sponsored contest had 7 total entries, and Kenny remarked that it was a difficult judge to pick the final winners. The Best Large-Scale (1/48) Entry award went to John Tate’s P-40N-1. The Best Small-Scale (1/72) Entry was won by Frank Randall’s P-40N. The Best Overall P-40 Entry award went to John Tate’s superb P-40N-1. This award was a very nice plaque featuring classic box-top art from two Revell kits of "Flying Tiger" and "Aleutian Tiger" P-40’s.

Modeler of the Year Standings

We are halfway through the year and we have some close races underway. Remember that there are awards for second and third place, so keep bringing-in your entries. Everyone likes to see your models – that’s what this hobby is all about! John Tate is way out in front in the Masters division, but James Guld and Stan Harris are possibly within striking distance. Rick Carver, David Downs and David Boehning are neck-and-neck for the lead in Intermediates, with Jeremy Connell, Hank Petitgirard, Brian Willard, and Tom Redling grouped not too far behind. Don Smith and John Kendrick are very close in the Basic division. Hamish Connell and Jeannie Garriss are out front in the Juniors division, with Logan Carbin and Taylor Liotta contending for third place.

Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

July 8 - ASM Swap Meet. (No Contest)

July 20-23 - IPMS/USA Nationals. Atlanta, Georgia. http://www.ipmsusa2005.org. Good luck to all ASMer’s. Bring your awards to the August meeting!

August 5 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Jets and Prototype Aircraft/Vehicles/Ships". Any jet subject; or any prototype airplane, ship or vehicle subject - military or civilian. All scales & eras.

Workshop: Scratch-Building and Rivets – James Guld

Sponsored Contest: Night Fighters – Patrick Dick and Jason Clevenger. ROE: Any WW II or Korean War night fighter aircraft. Any scale. Must have night fighter markings. Award for Best Overall Entry and best entry in each division (Junior, Basic, Intermediate and Masters).

September 9 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Africa and Middle East – 1914 to Present".  Any subject from Africa or Middle East from 1914 to the present. All scales, nations.  Includes African continent nations, with the Middle East defined as the current nations of: Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen; or what had once been these nations from 1914.

Sponsored Contest: Best P-38 – Stan Johnson

Sep 23-24 - The Gathering / SHOCON Annual Contest. Davis Conference Center, Logan, Utah. http://www.utscale.org/.

Sep 30 - Oct 1 - Region 10's 2005 Regional Contest. Fort Collins, Colorado. http://www.ipmshpm.org/2005Region/.

 Check 6 - Merlin


June 2005

May Contest Results: "World War I"

The May meeting was a busy night with two great contests. The World War I theme (points) contest had 27 entries, with 12 models relating to WW I – much higher than seen in previous WW I contests.  The Micro-Modeling Sponsored Contest hosted by the E-Board had 25 entries – I didn’t know there were that many small-scale builders out there! Additionally, we had 10 works in progress on display.  Pictures of the best of show winners are in the Newsletter; all pictures and detailed contest results can be found on the ASM website.

In the Juniors division, Hamish Connell won the Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards, and a Gold ribbon in Dioramas & Vignettes for his excellent "First Round of the Day" diorama featuring a British 18-Pounder field gun and crew.   Jeannie Garriss won a Gold ribbon in the Automotive category with her nicely-finished Jeff Gordon "Pepsi" Monte Carlo. Bre Anna Camacho won a Silver ribbon in Aircraft with her Boiled Egg Blue Jumbo 747 Dash 400. Nice work, Juniors!

The Best of Show and People’s Choice – Intermediate awards, and a Gold ribbon in Armor &Military, went to John Kendrik for his excellent "Mk A "Whippet" tank.   Don Smith had a bunch of excellent models entered, winning a Gold and Silver ribbon in Dioramas & Vignettes with his "Raptors" (two nicely-finished dinosaurs, not F/A-22’s); and his "On to Hill 227" featuring two very, very, very tiny Sherman tanks in 1/700 scale. Don also won a Silver ribbon in Figures for his World War I German pilot.

In the Intermediate division, David Downs won both the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards, and a First in Armor & Military with his excellently finished and weathered Ford Model T Ambulance in 1/72 scale.  Second place in Armor & Military went to Tom Redling’s British AS-90 155 mm Self-Propelled Gun.  Rick Carver had a group of nicely done models, taking a First and Second in Science Fiction & Fantasy with his Sulaco spaceship and Dropship from the "Aliens" movie.  Rick also won a First in Figures with his "N/A" (you’ll have to check out the website to see what this was).  Brian Willard swept the Aircraft category with his nicely built A-7 Corsair II (First place), F-15C Eagle (Second) and Su-27 Flanker (Third).

The Masters division had their best showing of the year with 14 excellent entries.   The Best of Show in Masters was won by Dave Straub’s superb Zeppelin L32 airship, which also took First in the Aircraft category.  The People’s Choice - Master award was won by Ken Piniak’s excellent FT-17 Tank in 1/72 scale.  In the Dioramas & Vignettes category, First place went to Stan Harris’ excellent "Trench Warfare – 1917".  Jim Guld took Second and Third places respectively with his excellent "The Long Road Home" and "Operation Black".  In the Armor & Military catgory, First place went to Jim Guld’s excellent VC Firefly, 3rd Troop, 1st Northant’s Yeomanary, 1944.   John Tate took Second and Third places respectively with his excellent Mark IV (Female) Tank, Cambrai 1917, and German WWI 7.7cm Field Gun.  In the Aircraft category, Dave Straub took First with his Zeppelin L32 airship.  Second place went to Patrick Dick’s Fokker D-VII in 1/48 scale.  Third place was won by Mike Blohm’s Nieuport 28 in 1/72 scale.  Don MacBryde also had an excellent Fokker D-VII entered.  In the Figures category, Stan Harris took First place with his awesome mounted "Scots Grey – 1815".  John Tate took Second with his nicely-done "Teufel Krieg" – WW I German Stormtroop.

Micro-Modeling Contest Results

The Best Overall Entry award was won by Dave Straub’s Zeppelin L32 airship.   With 25 total entries in multiple categories, it was tough to break down the lower level awards.  The E-Board’s decision on the breakdown, and the winners, are as follows: The Best Aircraft award went to John Tate’s Su-25 Frogfoot.  The Best Military Award went to Dave Miller’s 105mm Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40 artillery piece.  The Best "All Others" Award went to John Tate’s "Kursk" submarine.  The E-board greatly appreciates the excellent turnout. Awards will be presented at the June meeting.

 June Contest Entries

The June 3 Special Contest is "Southeast Asia 1941 - Present".   Please be sure that you document the "where, when and how" information (country and dates) concerning your model on your entry sheet to help the judges confirm that your entry does fit the theme.  A few examples include: 1) a P-40 or P-38 from a unit that was based in India but flew missions into Burma during a particular campaign in World War II; and 2) an A-6 or A-7 from a squadron that flew missions into Vietnam while assigned aboard a particular aircraft carrier during a particular time period.  If your model also fits into the "Best P-40 Subject" Sponsored Contest theme, please be sure to circle "Enter in Both Contests" on your entry form.

Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

June 3 - ASM Special (Non-Points) Contest #2 "Southeast Asia 1941 - Present" Any subject from the Southeast Asia nations, or involved in conflicts in those nations, from 1941 to the present. All scales. SE Asia is defined as the current nations of: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam; or what had once been these nations from 1941. Trophies are sponsored by Hobbies ‘N Stuff – thanks Stan!

Sponsored Contest: "Best P-40 Subject" – sponsored by Ken Liotta. Any era, any scale, and any model kit manufacturer. Best Entry award; secondary awards possible depending upon participation – i.e., division level, scale, nationality, etc.

June 18-19 - Region 6’s 2005 Convention.  Moore, Oklahoma. http://htwebservices.net/r6conv/.

July 8 - ASM Swap Meet. (No Contest)

July 20-23 - IPMS/USA Nationals. Atlanta, Georgia. http://www.ipmsusa2005.org.

August 5 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Jets and Prototype Aircraft/Vehicles/Ships".  Any jet subject; or any prototype airplane, ship or vehicle subject - military or civilian. All scales & eras.

Workshop: Scratch-Building and Rivets – James Guld

Sponsored Contest: Night Fighters – Patrick Dick and Jason Clevenger

September 9 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "Africa and Middle East – 1914 to Present".  Any subject from Africa or Middle East from 1914 to the present. All scales, nations.  Includes African continent nations, with the Middle East defined as the current nations of: Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen; or what had once been these nations from 1914.

Sponsored Contest: Best P-38 – Stan Johnson

Sep 23-24 - The Gathering / SHOCON Annual Contest. Davis Conference Center, Logan, Utah. http://www.utscale.org/.

Sep 30 - Oct 1 - Region 10's 2005 Regional Contest.  Fort Collins, Colorado. http://www.ipmshpm.org/2005Region/.

 Check 6 - Merlin


May 2005

April Contest Results: "Bent Wing Birds, Cats or From the Animal Kingdom"

The April meeting’s contest topic was a popular one, resulting in a great turnout of 37 model entries.  Who can resist building a Corsair or Hellcat, and there are certainly a ton of animal names associated with both commercial and military vehicles.  Additionally, we had 14 works in progress on display.   Pictures of the winners are in the Newsletter; all model pictures and detailed contest results are posted on those pages of the website.

In the Juniors division, Hamish Connell won the Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards, and a Gold in Dioramas & Vignettes for his clever and excellently-crafted diorama entitled "Eagle versus Bear – Final Showdown on Zulu Prime".   Nice job, Hamish!  The diorama featured two animal Gundams fighting to the death, vaguely reminiscent of US-Soviet relations during the Cold War. There were a lot of Automotive entries with animal names, with Hamish Connell winning a Gold for his 1970 Dodge "Ram" Charger; Jeannie Garriss winning a Silver for her Corvete Stingray; and Adam Martin winning a Silver for his 1968 Shelby Mustang.  Jeannie also won a Gold in the Ships category for her excellent "Bat Boat".

The Best of Show – Intermediate and a Gold in the Figures category were won by Don Smith for his excellent "Screamin Eagle" figure from the 101st Airborne.   The People’s Choice award went to John Kendrick’s P-61 Black Widow.   Don Smith also won Gold awards in the Armor & Military category for his Tiger Tank, Desert Afrika Korp; and in Ships for his Bat Boat.  In the Aircraft category, Don Blea won a Gold for his North Vietnamese MiG-17 and a Silver for his F4U-5N Corsair night fighter; and John Kendrick won a Bronze for his P-61 Black Widow "The Spook."

In the Intermediate division, Jeremy Connell won both the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards, and a First in Dioramas & Vignettes with his excellent "The Year of the Dragon – Taming a Panther".  This 1/35 scale diorama involved three Tamiya vehicles (M25 Tank Transporter, Willys MB ton 4x4 Truck, and Panther) and 12 figures.  Second place in Dioramas & Vignettes went to Tom Redling’s "What if the Cold War Had Not Ended?" featuring an M-1 Abrams and an M-2 Bradley.  In the Armor & Military category, First place went to David Downs Mk A Medium Tank "Whippet"; Second went to Rick Carver’s Tiger Tank; and Third went to Tom Redling’s 2A6 leopard Tank.  Cecil Severs won a First in the Miscellaneous category for his excellent Cockpit Interior for Avia B534 "Dogan" (Hawk).  In the Aircraft category, First went to David Boehning’s excellent F6F-3 Hellcat; Second went to Frank Randall’s F4U-1 Corsair; and Third went to Hank Petitgirard’s F4U Corsair.  Hank and Walt Schanwald both brought an impressive group of Bent Wing Birds as entries - thanks for letting us see your collections!

The Best of Show in Masters was won by John Tate’s excellent P-40N, which also took First in the Aircraft category.  John also won the People’s Choice award and a First in Dioramas & Vignettes for his "Dress Rehearsal" which featured a Ju 87B Stuka from the Condor Legion in 1939.  Second and Third place in the Aircraft category went to Don MacBryde’s F-6F-3 Hellcat and F/A-18C Hornet.   Second placein Dioramas and Vignettes went to Glenn Bingham’s excellent F4U-1A Corsair, which featured folded wings.  In the Figures category, First place went to Jim Guld’s German Anti-Tank Infantryman, France 1940; and Second place went to Stan Harris’ Mongols & Bolsheviks – Central Asia 1920’s.  In the Armor & Military category, First place went to Stan Harris’ British Sherman 3rd Hussars – El Alamein; Second place went to Jim Guld’s "Whittman’s Last Ride" (Tiger I); and Third place went to Ken Piniak’s Tiger Tank.  John Tate won a First place in Science Fiction & Fantasy with his General Ursus figure from the movie "Planet of the Apes".

May Super Raffle

There will be a special "super raffle" at the May meeting sponsored by the ASM E-Board.  The raffle prize is a Trumpeter 1/16 scale T-34 / 76 Model 1943 Tank, so you don’t want to miss this one!

 Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

May 6 - ASM Theme (Points) Contest: "World War I" .   Any subject or scale, friend or foe, that participated in WW I (all fronts).

Special "Super Raffle":  Trumpeter 1/16 scale T-34 / 76 Model 1943 Tank

May Sponsored Contest: "Micro-Modeling" – ASM E-Board. Includes 1/100 scale and smaller Aircraft (note: this is change from 1/144 scale and smaller), 1/72 scale and smaller Military Vehicles, 1/700 and smaller Ships and Subs, 1/43 and smaller Automobiles, and 1/72 and smaller Figures.   Award for Best Entry, and possibly other levels based upon overall participation.

May Workshop: Wet Sanding Finishes - Brian Peck

May 14 - LoCon 2005.   Radisson Suites, Colorado Springs Colorado. http://users.adelphia.net/~dkagarisefamily/LoCon2005.htm

May 21 - Scalefest 2005.   Mesquite TX  (IPMS/USA-North Central Texas).   www.ipmsnet.org/scalefest.html

June 3 - ASM Special (Non-Points) Contest #2 "Southeast Asia 1941 - Present" Any subject from the SE Asia nations, or involved in conflicts in those nations, from 1941 to the present.  All scales.  SE Asia is defined as the current nations of: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam; or what had once been these nations from 1941 to the present.

June Sponsored Contest: "Best P-40 Subject" – sponsored by Ken Liotta.  See Sponsored Contest page for further details

June 4 - ASM Mall Show at the Cottonwood Mall

June 18-19 - Region 6’s 2005 Convention.   Moore, Oklahoma.   http://htwebservices.net/r6conv/

July 8 - ASM Swap Meet.  (No Contest)

July 20-23 - IPMS/USA Nationals.   Atlanta, Georgia. http://www.ipmsusa2005.org

Sep 23-24 - The Gathering / SHOCON Annual Contest.   Davis Conference Center, Logan, Utah. http://www.utscale.org/

Sep 30 - Oct 1 - Region 10's 2005 Regional Contest.  Fort Collins, Colorado. http://www.ipmshpm.org/2005Region/

Check 6 - Merlin


April 2005

March Contest Results

The March meeting was packed with events and provided something for everyone.  It featured the first "Open Contest" of 2005, which had 36 total entries; and John Kendrick’s "Gundams" sponsored contest, which had 9 total entries.   Stan Harris conducted a great figure-painting workshop and there was also a Swap Meet.  Pictures of the winners are in the Newsletter; all model pictures and detailed contest results are posted on the website.

The Juniors had a great showing with nine models entered between the Open and Gundam contests.  Logan Carbin built a very nicely done P-51D in invasion markings, which won the Juniors’ Best of Show and People’s Choice awards and a First in Aircraft.  Great job, Logan!  In the Automotive category, Jeannie Garriss won a Gold with her Herbie the Love Bug, and Nathan Shatto won a Silver with his Pontiac Z-28 Firebird.  The rest of the Junior entries were Gundams in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category, with results as follows:  Taylor Liotta won Gold for his MS-14E and Silver for his Super Deformed RZ-79; Jeannie Garriss won two Golds for her Dragon Gundam and Log Gundam; and Jimmy Letterhos won Silver for his Gundam Wing Zero.

The Basic division had five entries.  John Kendrick’s nicely constructed "Gundam Battle" diorama won the Basic Best of Show and People’s Choice awards, and a Gold in dioramas.  John also won a Gold with his knight figure "Elector Otto Heinrich", which just narrowly lost the People’s Choice award.  The other entries were all Gundams in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category, with results as follows:  Don Smith won a Gold for his Gundam NT-1 (RX-78NT1).  Matt Blohm won two Silvers with his RX-78 Gundam and scratch-built Anubis Gundam.

There were nine entries in the Intermediate division.  David Boehning’s excellent Bf 110 G-4 night fighter won the Intermediate Best of Show and People’s Choice awards, as well as a First in Aircraft.  Hank Petitgirard took Second in Aircraft with his F-4E; and Walt Schanwald took Third with his LaGG-3.  Rick Carver took a First in Figures with his nicely done 12th Century Knight.  Frank Randall took a First in Science Fiction & Fantasy with his MSM-07 Z’Gok Gundam.

The Masters division had a great turnout with 13 model entries.  Joe Tate’s excellent "V-Weapon" collection took the Master’s Best of Show and a First in Collections.  Jim Guld’s excellent "Things to Come" diorama took the People’s Choice award, and a First in Dioramas.  Second in Collections went to Stan Harris’ collection of "Zulu" figures.  In the Aircraft category, First went to Larry Horyna’s Najakima B6N Tenzan "Jill"; Second went to Ken Liotta’s F3F-2; and Third went to John Tate’s I-16 "Mosca".  In the Figures category, First went to John Tate’s "Apache Warrior"; and Second went to Jim Guld’s "Bloodbath at Belgorod".  First in Science Fiction & Fantasy went to Mike Blohm’s Burning Gundam.  First in Automotive went to Ken Liotta’s MacDonalds Oldsmobile Funny Car.  Jim Guld’s "Learning to Crawl" with a Panzer I won First in Armor and Military.

Contest Guidelines Change

At the March meeting the membership voted to change the number of Works In Progress that can be brought to any meeting whether there is a contest or not.  The limit is now set at three models per meeting, with two points per model

People’s Choice Award Voting

The new procedures for voting for the people’s Choice awards were used at the March meeting and worked successfully.  The same procedures will therefore be used for the rest of the year.

Upcoming Contests / Events of Interest

April 1 - Theme: "Bent Wing Birds, Cats, or From the Animal Kingdom". Points contest.  Any "Bent Wing" Bird (change in ROE - see further explanation below**); Grumman "Cat" aircraft (Wildcat, Hellcat, Tomcat, etc.); or a subject that fits an "animal name".  All scales and eras.  Note that "animals includes insects and aquatic life.   Qualifying animal name examples are: DeHaviland "Mosquito", submarine "Nautilus", aircraft carrier "Hornet", F-15 "Eagle", Corvette "Stingrays", and both P-51 and Ford "Mustangs".   "Official nicknames" only – note that "Cockroach" (F-117) would not be applicable, but the F-117 does qualify under "Nighthawk".   Foreign language animal names are also included, i.e., Russian Su-47 (S-37) "Berkut" (Golden Eagle) and German He 219 "Uhu" (Owl).  **The "Bent Wing Bird" part of this contest has been expanded to include any aircraft that has a wing with a significant change in the vertical.  Note that changes in the horizontal (like double-delta wing of the Su 15 Flagon); and airliners with "winglets" are not players.  Eligible examples include the Polikarpov I-15, B-25 Mitchell, and Ju 87 Stuka.  No Sponsored Contest at this time.

Workshop/Presentation – "Airships" – David Straub

April 2 - Modelmania 2005 and Space City Nationals. Stafford, TX (IPMS Houston). Website at:  www.ipms-houston.org

April 17 - ASM Road Trip to Holloman AFB Air Show.  Visit the Holloman Community Appreciation Day and Open House website at www.holloman.af.mil/airshow2005/ for further info.

May 6 - Theme: "World War I".   Points Contest.   Any subject or scale, friend or foe, that participated in WW I (all fronts).

Sponsored Contest: "Micro-Modeling" – ASM E-Board. See website schedule for further details.

Workshop: Wet Sanding Finishes - Brian Peck

May 21 - Scalefest 2005.  Mesquite TX (IPMS/USA-North Central Texas).   Website at: www.ipmsnet.org/scalefest.html.

June 3 - Special Contest #2 "Southeast Asia 1941-Present". Non-Points.  Any subject from the SE Asia nations, or involved in conflicts in those nations, from 1941 to the present. All scales.  SE Asia is defined as the current nations of: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam; or what had once been these nations from 1941.

Sponsored Contest: "Best P-40 Subject" – sponsored by Ken Liotta. See website for further details

June 4 - ASM Mall Show at the Cottonwood Mall.

June 18-19 - Region 6’s 2005 Convention. Moore, Oklahoma. Website at: http://htwebservices.net/r6conv/

July 20-23 - IPMS/USA Nationals.  Atlanta, Georgia. Website at:  http://www.ipmsusa2005.org

Sep 23-24 - The Gathering Annual Contest.  Davis Conference Center, Logan, Utah.Website at:   http://www.utscale.org/

Sep 30 - Oct 1 - Region 10's 2005 Regional Contest.  Fort Collins, Colorado. Website at: http://www.ipmshpm.org/2005Region/

Check 6 - Mike


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IPMS/USA 2004 National Convention Home Page:  http://ipms-phx.org/2004/

August 4-7, 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona

 


Special ASM Raffle at May Contest:

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Trumpeter 1/16 Scale T-34 / 76 Model 1943


 

ASM Assists Cavalcade of Wings

"Spring Cleaning"

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The Cavalcade of Wings display at the Albuquerque Sunport Airport was assisted by ASM volunteers to help with the "Spring Cleaning" effort which took place on Saturday, 19 February.  Thanks to those that helped-out!

 


January 8, 2005 ASM Modeling Workshop

ASM members Brian Peck and Patrick Dick presented a modeling skills workshop on January 8 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM at Hobbies N' Stuff.  The workshop covered Wet Sanding techniques. 

ASM will attempt to schedule modeling workshops for the Saturday after each ASM monthly meeting.  The topics and presenters will be posted on the website and ASM Board at Hobbies N' Stuff as they are scheduled.  Don't miss these opportunities to sharpen your modeling skills, or to learn more about something new!

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Desertcon 2004 Report

Oct 23, 2004 - El Paso, Texas

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Me 262 Project

by Patrick Dick

This past summer I had the rare opportunity to visit three of the finest air museums in the country, the National Air and Space Museum, the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson, and the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Each museum had beautiful examples of restored aircraft. However, I found myself spending the most time looking and photographing the Messerschmitt Me 262’s at the NASM & AFM. Looking at these planes made me wonder what it was like to see them fly. Until now seeing one of these airplanes in flight is just a fleeting memory for a handful of people. In Everett, Washington (just north of Seattle) there is a small company, "The Me 262 Project," which has something that no museum in the world can claim: a flying Me 262 with four more on the way.

Last July I was lucky enough to pay a visit to these folks and was truly impressed. I was there the week before the 3rd flight test of "White 1" and they were making some last minute repairs and changes. A very friendly and knowledgeable person gave us a tour of the facility. The five planes being built will continue the numbering sequence where the original "werk numbers" ended in 1945 (501241 – 501245). They are also informally giving the designation approved by the Messerschmitt Foundation of Me262 A/B-1c. The "c" designation is used for the GE engines since "b" was used for the BMW 003 powerplant. She explained that the group used both original blueprints and the measurements from another Me 262 they restored for the Navy to create the hundreds of custom made parts. The materials they used are the same as the originals right down to the wooden landing gear doors. However, the engines aren’t the old Jumo 004’ s (Good thing too!!). "White 1" is using the same two GE J-85 engines that are used in the F-5. Since there is a considerable weight difference between these engines, the group made castings of the old Jumo’s and placed them around the J-85’s. This solved two problems, giving the appearance of real Jumo’s and making the weight distribution the same as it was with the old engines. We talked a little more about "White 1" before we went into the second hanger where "Tango-Tango" is being built for the Messerschmitt Foundation.

This 262 still needed quite a bit of work before it was ready for the first engine test. In fact the engines were sitting out on the workbenches ready to be installed. I don’t remember who manufactured these engines but they weren’t made by GE. I was surprised at how small the engines were. They were about six feet long and eighteen inches in diameter. The tour guide said that the GE engines were about the same size. We also discussed what you need to have to own and fly one of these planes: a license to fly a twin engine jet and a good insurance policy since these are considered either "experimental" or "demonstration" airplanes.

Once we finished looking at this plane the tour got really good. The tour guide started talking about the three remaining airframes and asked me to come have a look at them. She explained that these were about half complete and they will stay that way until someone decides to purchase them. I was then invited to have a seat in the cockpit of one of them. For the next fifteen minutes while I was sitting in the cockpit I only heard her say that the instruments were modern but the dials were designed to look vintage. The rest of the time I was in my own little world. She talked about other things to my wife and my cousin but I was oblivious to what the conversation was about.

After building several models of this plane, the cockpit seemed somewhat familiar. It’s rather small and my legs were bent quite a bit even with the rudder pushed completely to one side. The gauges looked like they belonged in a 1940’s plane, no digital CRT’s, only analog instrumentation. I could explain in more detail the layout of the cockpit if I only knew how to fly. I guess the limited range of these planes was a good thing because the seat was very uncomfortable even with the small cushion. Sorry Brian, I don’t think you could fit into this thing without some serious modifications – to you and the plane.

After what seemed way too short a period of time, I FINALLY got out and we all went back to the office area of the facility. The tour guide asked if I would like to purchase one of the three remaining airframes. The cost is 2 million dollars plus the cost of the engines ($60,000 for reconditioned engines - $250,000 for brand new J-85’s). The price could also go up depending on the extra avionics you may want. Since all my money is currently tied up in the stock market and Manhattan real estate, I could only afford a couple of shirts and a hat. I would have stayed quite a bit longer, but I think my wife and cousin were satisfied with the time we spent there.

I recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Seattle area. The people are friendly and more than happy to give you a tour. They’re open Monday through Friday for tours. The only drawback is that the only pictures they allowed were the ones of me in the cockpit of the airframe. Progress and information about the project can be seen at www.stormbirds.com.

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Report on the 2004 Gathering

September 24-25, 2004

by  John Tate, MA-9

The big news from this year's Gathering model contest (held Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th) was the new venue. Moving from its old location at the Ogden train station, the Gathering entered the 21st Century at the new Davis Conference Center in Layton, UT.

The Davis Conference Center is adjacent to and integral with the Hilton Garden Inn, a brand-new, mid-range hotel. Both facilities met and exceeded expectations and Gathering organizers plan a long association with the new venue.

Unfortunately, the downside to this year's show was the lower-than-expected turnout, possibly due to the recent IPMS Nationals in Phoenix, AZ and the new, unfamiliar venue. Gathering MC Dick Engar reported 467 entries totaling 534 models, with 110 registered modelers. These numbers were about half the total of previous years. Vendor turnout was also light, but hobby retailers Just Plane Hobbies and Earl's RC & Hobby had a large variety of kits for sale. Former ASM member Mike Franklin was on hand to assist Just Plane Hobbies, an online hobby retailer based in Spokane, WA. For those modelers willing to leave the venue, online retailer GreatModels had an open-house sale on Friday and Saturday in nearby Salt Lake City.

Despite lower turnout, Gathering modelers had a good time at the contest and traditional Friday Night social/auction. ASM'ers with entered models did well, with the following results:

o  Don Alberts: Best Golden Age Aircraft award and a Silver in Biplanes for his 1/48 Grumman FF-1; a Gold in 1/48 Prop (Detail) and a Best Hooker (USN Plane with a Tailhook) award for his 1/48 Grumman Avenger; a Gold in 1/48 Jets (Detail) and Best Classic Monogram Kit award for his 1/48 P-80, a Gold in Resin Kits for his 1/48 XF5U Flapjack and a Silver in Vintage Kits for his 1/72 Savoia S.55X seaplane.

o  Chuck DeWitt: a Gold in 1/48 Prop (Axis, Stock-Box) for his nicely-done Hasegawa N1K2-J Shiden

o  Larry Horyna: Best Figure Special Award and a Gold in 54mm Historical Figures for his Samurai Archer; a Gold in Female Fantasy Figures for his 1/7 scale CDR Katoc Klingon warrior figure; a Bronze in 120mm Figures and Col. Sutherland's Choice award for Best Military Figure, for his Victorian-era British Life Guard soldier; a Silver in 1/48 Prop (Detail) for his RAF Hurricane IIc in SEAC markings; a Gold in 1/48 Prop (Moderate Detail, Axis) for his IJNAF Val; a Silver in 1/48 Prop (Allied, Stock Box) for his P-40 AVG model with custom-made R.T. Smith pilot figure and a Bronze in 1/144th Aircraft for his Sweet A6M2 Zero.

o  Mike Mummey: a Bronze in 1/35 Support Armor, Detail, and Best Mid East Wars Armor award for his Su-100 in Egyptian markings ; a Silver in 1/35 Armor, Moderate Detail, for his USMC M4A2 Sherman; a Silver for his 1/35 SdKfz 184 Ferdinand; a Silver in Small Scale Armor for his 1/76 Egyptian T-34/85 and a Silver for his 1/24 Chevy Monte Carlo.

My wins included: Best Mid East Wars Aircraft award for my 1/48 IDF/AF Spitfire IXe; a Gold in 1/48 Prop (US, Stock Box) for my USMC F4U-5N; a Gold in 1/72 Prop (US, Moderate Detail) for my USAAF Spitfire IXc; a Best P-36/P-40 award for my CBI P-40N-1; a Gold in Large Armor for my 1/25 Tamiya T-34/85; a Gold in Spacecraft/Unmanned Missiles and a Best Luftwaffe award for my 1/48 V-1 flying bomb; a Silver and HSU Award (Best WWII Soviet Subject) for my Assault on Berlin diorama and Best C-47 Award and a Silver for my HO Scale Soviet C-47.

Although the Gathering is an 11-hour drive from Albuquerque and can be expensive for out-of-towners, it is the largest, best-known and most enjoyable annual contest in our Region. The new venue holds promise for future shows and organizers expect a bigger turnout for next year's contest. I recommend the Gathering to all ASM members interested in attending an annual, Regional-scale event in the Mountain West. 

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ASM At The Nationals

ASM Sets Another Record

By Ken Liotta

This year, Albuquerque Scale Modelers set another attendance record at the 2004 IPMS/USA Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona.  No less than 27 ASM members were present (last years was 20), with as many as 32 New Mexicans total, participating in the event. Our members claimed their fair share of the wood too, bringing home 27 awards.  The grandest of them all being the "Best Miscellaneous" award going to David Straub’s magnificent Collection of Legendary Rigid Airships.  See a photo of it at: http://ipms-phx.org/2004/models/913_best_misc.jpg. (See the listing of attending ASM modelers and their awards below for more details).  We had a tough battle earning the awards that we did since this years Nationals had the second highest number of models entered in the USA of 2034 by 729 registered participants.  And that doesn’t even count the 1909 general admission walk-ins.

The quality of entries was remarkable and there was plenty of room to display them all in the large display hall at the Convention Center with the most superb lighting.   Top craftsmanship seemed to be the order of the day in virtually every category.   Last year, there were many categories that had very few entries.  This year was a complete reversal.  Most categories were well entered and many were over flowing.  While I had been in the contest room several times throughout Thursday and Friday, I started my final close look sweep of models at 12:00 Noon Saturday.  When the room closed at 5:00 PM, I had just barely made it to the last row.  Five hours of no stop admiration of some of the finest work from the Southwest’s model building population was just not enough time.

A few of the usual benchmarks used to gauge the success of a Nationals fell a little short this year.  For example, there were only five splits in 1/48 scale, single engine props when at past Nationals there have been as many as eleven.  Oddly enough, the small number of entries in this category is not proportionate to the total number of entries in the event.  And the usual jaw dropping, eye-popping vendors room left a few participants less than enthusiastic.  This did not appear to be the result of a small or poorly light vendor room, for it was quite spacious and brightly light, but the selection just didn’t seem to have the flare of past events.

The convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency, was as beautiful and as luxuries as ever with top rate service and quality.  But it was not a direct walk across the street to the Convention Center due to some unannounced construction work that the city had planned well after the Phoenix IPMS folks had secured the venue.  A short detour had its fair share of artistic scenery in front of the Arts Theater in the form of some rather interesting sculptures that would have put IPMS/USA’s prohibition decency laws to the test.  And what about that construction sight between the hotel and the CC?  An energetic crew of welders chose to work from 1:00 to 5:00 AM, ending with the 6:00 AM demolition extravaganza of two earth-moving caterpillars on Friday morning.  Not the fault of the hotel nor the Nationals committee but certainly a noteworthy nuisance.

The banquet turned out to be a self-serve buffet with a fair amount of tasty choices.   While this may have been a more expeditious way to serve the food then the usual catering to the table, many are still wondering where their $35.00 a plate went to. (Last year’s banquet was $28.00).  The "Bill and Arias" comedy awards show kept the audience both in stitches and captivated.  The presentation was quite successful with photos of the award winning models in each category being displayed on a pair of large projection screens at each corner of the banquet hall.  For a complete listing of the results you can go to: http://ipms-phx.org/2004/.   Only a few glitches popped up though.  A couple of the "Pre-" and "Post-" category split results were mixed up.  The Judge’s Grand Award was presented to Derek Brown’s 1/72 scale Abrams M1A1 tank that was COMPLETELY detailed with opened up (and operable) engine panels, side skirts and REMOVABLE detailed turbine engine.  You can see it at: http://www.ipms-phx.org/2004/models/917_judges_grand.jpg .

While we already knew that the ’05 Nat’s are being held in Atlanta, Georgia (See: http://www.ipmsusa2005.org/ for the details), it was announced that the ’06 Nat’s will be held in Kansas City, Kansas.

Even with all of the hiccups along they way, this Convention turned out to be just as much and perhaps even more fulfilling then past events.  The brunt of this was due to the attendees present. So many creative and friendly members of our fine Society made it a pleasure to participate in.  And so many past and present fellow-modeling acquaintances greeted me with such enthusiastic camaraderie.

While many of us ASMers may not make it to Atlanta next year, I am certain that Kansas City will be a destination for many in ’06.  I look forward to sharing that experience with my fellow modelers.  I also hope that most of you will be able to look over the many collections of photographs that our members have taken of the event, including the 400 plus images that I captured with my digital camera and have copied onto two CD’s that have been made available to any and all members that wish to view them on their own home PC.  Bravo, ASM.

ASM Nationals results and model pictures are posted on the

website's "Contest Results" page.  "People pics" are posted below.

Connect to the Phoenix website (link below) for overall results and pics.

http://ipms-phx.org/2004/

Pictures also available on the IPMS/USA website - use link below

http://www.ipmsusa.org/EventsGallery/2004_Nats/2004_Nats.htm

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ASM Wins Region 10

Chapter of the Year Award for 2003!

Great work, ASM members!  Thanks for all of your hard work and

participation that makes ASM such a successful modeling club.

The plaque is on display at Hobbies N' Stuff.

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The March Sponsored Contest is "Gundams"

Sponsored by John Kendrick

For further details on upcoming Sponsored Contests, please click on the link below to the

ASM Contest Schedule - "Sponsored Contest" section of the website:

 Sponsored Contest ROE

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Click on the two links below to view two great "Gundam" PowerPoint presentations by John Kendrick.

The first provides "in action" pictures of the Gundams.  The second provides an overview on: the creator of Gundam; the history and timeline of Gundams; the story of Gundam; and all about Gundam models.  These should really inspire you to build an entry for the March contest!

   

Please check out John's "Gundams" display at Hobbies N' Stuff for more info.

Nice job, John!


November 6, 2004 ASM Modeling Workshop

ASM member James Guld presented a modeling skills workshop on November 6 at Hobbies N' Stuff.  The seminar covered Armor Detailing and Techniques. 

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ASM modeling workshops will be scheduled for the Saturday after each ASM monthly meeting.  The topics and presenters will be posted on the website and ASM board at Hobbies N' Stuff as they are scheduled.  Don't miss these opportunities to sharpen your modeling skills, or to learn more about something new!

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October 2, 2004 ASM Modeling Workshop

ASM members Bruan Peck and Patrick Dick hosted a modeling skills workshop on October 2, at Hobbies N' Stuff.  The seminar covered cockpit basics and seam-filling.  The worshop ran from about 10:30 to 4:00.

ASM modeling workshops will be scheduled for the Saturday after each ASM monthly meeting.  The topics and presenters will be posted on the website as they are scheduled.  Don't miss these opportunities to sharpen your modeling skills, or to learn more about something new!

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John F. Bolt - American Hero

by  Mike Blohm, MA-15

I was checking through the newspaper the week after the "Aces and Heroes" contest at the September 10 meeting, and happened across an obituary that was rather pertinent to our recent theme, and I thought that it should be brought to the attention of our ASM members.

Colonel John F. Bolt passed away from leukemia on Sep 8, 2004.   He was a US Marine Corps ace during World War II as a member of Pappy Boyington's "Black Sheep" squadron, and made ace again during the Korean War during an exchange tour from the Marines to the Air Force.  He was the only USMC ace during that war.  Bolt was a member of the "Inner 7" - an ace in two wars.  In fact, he was the last American to have become an ace in two wars, having been the 37th pilot to become an ace in Korea, out of 39 total.  I had recently added his Korean War F-86F to my "Aces Gallery" model collection at the USAF Academy, and thought that it would be fitting to include the pictures and info Colonel Bolt's military career and F-86F below.  After his retirement from the USMC, Bolt became a lawyer and practiced law in Florida until his second retirement in 1991.

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John F. Bolt

Major, US Marine Corps (Rank in Korea)

Exchange Tour With 39 FIS, 51 FIW, 5 AF, Korea

VMF-214, South Pacific, World War II

Air Victories: 12.0 ;  6.0 WW II / 6.0 Korea

12 Confirmed / 0 Probable / 2 Damaged

North American F-86F "Sabre"  "Darling Dottie" - Depicted July 1953

Bolt was an "ace in two wars", and the only U.S. Marine Corps ace in the Korean War. He was the 37th jet ace, with his 5th kill on 11 Jul 1953. He scored 6 MiG-15 kills between May - Jul 1953, with a "double" on 11 Jul 1953 (becoming a jet ace) near Chojing-Ni.  He served one Korean combat tour with the USMC’s VMF-211 at K-13, flying 92 fighter-bomber missions in the F9F-5 "Panther jet" before wrangling an exchange tour with the USAF’s 51 FIW.  During World War 2, Bolt flew 3 tours with the VMF-214 "Black Sheep", scoring 6 kills (all Zeke / Zeros) flying the F4U-1 "Corsair".  He had 2 "doubles: 23 Sep 1943, between the Jakohima and Shortland Islands; and on 23 Dec 1943, over the St George Channel. Bolt retired as a USMC colonel in 1970.

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Aces and Heroes Identification Contest

This contest was held-over to the October meeting.

Identify the persons below, and the person to whom aircraft or race cars are related to, to win a raffle ticket at the October contest.  Submit entries via E-mail to E-Board members (see Home page for addresses), or bring your listing to the September meeting.  In the case of a tie, eligible names will be drawn from a bowl to determine a winner!  

The winner of the Aces and Heroes ID Contest was Walt Schanwald.  Congratulations!

Aces and Heroes ID Contest Key

1. Eddie Rickenbacker    2. Manfred Richthofen    3. Frederick Libby    4. Elliot White Springs    5. Edward Mannock

6. Rene Fonck    7. Albert Ball    8. Charles Lindberg     9. Amelia Earhart    10. Wiley Post     11. Jimmy Doolittle

12. Dick Bong & Tommy McGuire    13. Francis Gabreski     14. Marmaduke Thomas St John Pattle   

15. David McCampbell    16. George Preddy    17. Adolf Galland    18. Joe Foss    19. Johnnie Johnson     20. Nisizawa

21. Pappy Boyington 22. Saburo Sakai    23. Oscar Perdomo     24. Erich Hartmann    25. Gregori Rechkalov    

26. Gerhard Barkhorn    27. Ivan Kozhedub    28. Gunther Rall    29. Joseph McConnell    30. Steve Ritchie   

31. Manuel Fernandez    32. Robin Olds    33. Yuri Gargarin    34. Chuck Yeager    35. John Glenn     36. Neil Armstrong   

37. Eindecker – Max Immelman    38. SPAD VII – Charles Guynemer    39. P-47D - Walker Mahurin   

40. Tony - Teruhiko Kobayashi    41. Wildcat – Robert Galer     42. P-40E - John Landers    43. Bf 109G – Hans Assi Hahn   

44. P-51D - William Shomo    45. Fw 190A - Pips Priller     46. Mario Andretti    47. Jackie Stewart     48. Dale Earnhart   

49. John Lingenfeldt    50. Jackie Stewart

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September 18, 2004 ASM Decaling Workshop

ASM member Frank Randall hosted a model decaling workshop on September 11 at Hobbies N' Stuff.  This seminar initiated a series of modeling workshops that will be scheduled for the Saturday after each ASM monthly meeting.  The topics and presenters will be posted on the website as they are scheduled.  Don't miss these opportunities to sharpen your modeling skills, or to learn more about something new!

Super Raffle at September Meeting

Tamiya 1/32 Scale F-15J Kit

The lucky winner was Patrick Dick!

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New Mexico State Fair  - September 2-19, 2004

**Model Registration Dates - August 26-27**

Note:   30 Models were entered this year - stay tuned for an article!

ASM sponsors the "Models - Military and Science Fiction" category of the Creative Arts

Division competition at the New Mexico State Fair each year.  This year the fair is

scheduled for September 2-19, 2004.  Pertinent dates are listed below - note that

models are entered the week before the fair.  Jack Garris is leading the model

check-in/registration and judging by ASM.  Please contact him at 281-1500

if you can help either doing the model check-in's and the judging.   This event is

being held at the Creative Arts Center at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

For further information on the fair visit the website at www.exponm.com

Model Registration Dates and Times:

Thursday, August 26:  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, August 27:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Model Judging:  Monday, August 30:  Meet at 6:00 PM

Info sheets will be provided by Jack at all the local hobby shops.

Here's a quick overview of sections and classes:

Section 348:  Youth (11 years and under)

Section 349: Senior Youth (12 to 17 years)

Section 350: Adult (18 years and over)

Section 351: Professional (anyone teaching or selling for profit)

Classes (only one entry allowed per class):

1.  Flying Models, including rockets.

2.  Aircraft and helicopters, Jet.

3.  Aircraft and helicopters, Non- jet.

4.  Military Vehicles - Fully Tracked.

5.   Military Vehicles & Equipment - Non-Tracked and Half Tracks.

6.  Sailing Ships and Oared Ships.

7.  Powered Ships.

8.  Miniature Figure - single-footed or mounted figure.

9.  Miniature Figure Vignette - maximum of 3 related human, animal or equipment figures, no vehicles.

10.  Diorama - miniature scene, wholly or partially three-dimensional, depicting model in a naturalistic and realistic setting.

11.  Science Fiction, Spacecraft, etc. (excluding figures).

12.  Miscellaneous (none of the above)

2003 New Mexico State Fair

Pictures from the 2003 Fair are posted below:

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July 10, 2004 ASM Weathering Seminar

 ASM hosted a well-attended model weathering workshop at Hobbies N' Stuff on July 10.  Brian Peck gave weathering demonstrations on aircraft and armor.  John Pattison showed how to weather railtraod and automotive models. 

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Report From "Weekend of Heroes"

25-27 June, 2004

by  John Tate, MA-9

   Weekend of Heroes (WOH), a large action-figure event held annually in Southern California, took place at the Ontario, CA convention center the weekend of 25-27 Jun 04. Ordinarily this is not an event I would attend, but the WOH website boasted of a Stalingrad re-enactment, armor display and scale-model contest. A full-page, back-cover ad in a recent Finescale Modeler (FSM) billed WOH as a Hasegawa/DML-sponsored modeling event.   Since I was in the area on business, I made an effort to attend the show.

The FSM ad notwithstanding, the scale-modeling portion of the event was tiny compared to the action-figure draw, which was the primary focus of WOH.  Model turnout at WOH was about the size of a small local contest, with model entries lumped into a few large categories and judged by volunteers from IPMS Orange County.  I ended up placing third with my Hasegawa 1/48th SBD-3 Dauntless in a combined category of 1/48th and 1/32nd scale jets and props.  Mr. Hasegawa awarded trophies to the winners at a small ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

There was a large vendor floor at WOH, about the size of the vendor room at the IPMS Nationals, but the vendors were primarily oriented towards the action-figure market. There were a few exceptions, with the standout being Mission Models of Los Angeles, CA, which had an excellent selection of aftermarket armor conversion kits.  WWII armor displays included a restored M3A3 Stuart tank, SdKfz. 222 armored car and reproduction Tiger I based on a T-34 chassis, used in the movie Saving Private Ryan. Active-duty armor was also on display, including an M1A1 tank from the California Army National Guard.

Highlights of WOH were the two "Combat Dinner" events on Friday and Saturday nights.  Friday's event was a talk by Lt. Col. James Megellas, a highly-decorated veteran of "H" CO, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, who saw action from Anzio to Germany in WWII.  His recent book, "All the Way to Berlin," is a must-read.  Lt. Col. Megellas is a natural leader and riveting speaker and the dinner audience listened closely to his account of frontline combat in the Anzio beachhead.  Lt. Col. Megellas reminded us that in war, it is young men in small units who do the fighting, not the Generals and Grand Armies on which most historians focus.  In his closing remarks, Lt. Col. Megellas cautioned against glorifying war, useful advice for an audience of militaria buffs.

The Saturday night event was a re-enactment of the Battle of Stalingrad, held in a commercial steelyard in nearby Rialto, CA.  Conventioneers were taken by bus to the steelyard, where a Soviet re-enactor gave a call to arms to fight for the Motherland (a la Enemy at the Gates) and herded us off the bus.  Under the watchful eyes of Rialto Police Department, a prolonged shootout followed between Red Army and Wehrmacht re-enactors of the WWII Research and Preservation Society (RPS).  The authentic uniforms, loud automatic weapon reports and sputtering armored vehicles made it look and sound a lot like the real thing.

After the battle, the spectators were put back aboard buses and returned to the convention center for dinner.  The two combat veterans of Stalingrad, Maj. Alfred von Habsburg-Hohenberg and Col. Anatoly Kozlov, each gave speeches about their experiences.   Both veterans were true gentleman and received standing ovations from the audience.

As an event, WOH was not cheap, since it was designed as a Nationals-type show for action-figure hobbyists.  The cost of the Friday and Saturday night dinner events, contest registration and parking exceeded $200.  When food, fuel and lodging were added in, it became an expensive show for anyone outside the local area.  John Lu, the event organizer, put a lot of effort into making WOH a logistical success and action-figure conventioneers enjoyed themselves.  However, given the high cost of WOH and the focus on action-figures, scale-modelers could be disappointed.  My advice: if time and money are limited, stick to dedicated scale-modeling events.  Nothing beats the IPMS Nationals!

 

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National Atomic Museum ASM Display Highlights

Supermarine "Spitfire" Mark Vb Trop

By Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

This article highlights one of the recent additions to ASM’s display at the National Atomic Museum - a Supermarine "Spitfire" Mk Vb Tropical built by ASM master modeler John Tate. This 1/48 scale Tamiya kit depicts a Spitfire Mk Vb flown by 1Lt Sylvan "Sid" Feld, assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, based at Sbeitla, Tunisia in June 1943.

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John built this Spitfire kit out of the box with the exception of the cockpit, which has an aftermarket resin seat with belts. To complete an accurate Sutton harness, John strung a single, scratch built seatbelt from the rear of the armored seat rest into the rear fuselage, with retaining wire, as per the real aircraft. John examined photos of Feld’s aircraft and determined that his Spit had a rare "Type B" scheme. Almost all other USAAF Spitfires had the more common "Type A" scheme. The upper surface was painted in a weathered approximation of RAF Mid-Stone and Dark Earth. John painted the underside light blue, rather than the darker RAF Azure Blue or Mediterranean Sea Blue, as examination of photos of RAF aircraft in desert schemes disclosed that a surprising number were painted light blue instead of the more familiar, darker underside colors. John states that this was true of Feld's Spitfire as well. Paints were a combination of Testors, Humbrol and various acrylics. John’s Spitfire does not have a radio aerial, because as John pointed out, that from the Spitfire Mk. II on, RAF Spitfires had VHF radio sets, which replaced the HF set that used the radio wire. Decals were from the Tally-Ho "Supermarine Spitfire Mk V Aces, Part I" sheet.

Sid Feld, with nine aerial victories (9 confirmed, 0 probable, 1 damaged ) in the Spitfire, is the top-ranking American "Spitfire" ace. He was the top ranking ace of the 4 FS, and the 4th ranking ace of the 52 Fighter Group "Nomads." Feld was commissioned and rated a pilot on 4 Feb 1942, and then joined the 52 FG. He scored 9 victories in the Spitfire between March and June 1943, with 6 kills being scored in the month of April alone. Feld scored 7 kills in the spitfire Mk V and 2 in the Mk IX. He was known as a very ferocious pilot and he sometimes unnerved his own squadron members. Feld scored one "double" on 19 Apr 1943 (an Fw 190 and a Bf 109) north of Tunis, Tunisia. After completing his tour with the 52 FG, Feld was transferred to the 410 FS, 373 FG in Sep 1943 for a second tour in Europe. He was downed by flak on 13 Aug 1944 in the Argentan area while flying a P-47D, and became a POW. He was then the unlucky victim of a U.S. bombing raid on Germany, being wounded on 20 Aug 1944 by an exploding bomb. He died of his wounds the following day, 21 Aug 1944. Sid Feld is amongst the least remembered USAAF aces of WW II, but he flew his Spitfire with devastating results.

As of the March 2004 model drop-off, there are 59 models in ASM’s display. New pictures of the display are available on the website in the National Atomic Mesuem Display section. Aircraft model "needs" are also listed on the website, but models of 1/48 scale armor and figures are also needed. Please contact me if you have a quality model that you’d like to include in the collection.

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Report From Tamiya/Con IX

17-18 April, 2004

by  John Tate, MA-9

Albuquerque Scale Modelers was represented in force at the ninth annual Tamiya/Con event, held 17-18 April 04 at the Tamiya America HQ in Aliso Viejo, California. ASM members Ed and Mike Mummey, Ken and Keith Liotta, Don Alberts, Chuck DeWitt and myself made the trip to southern Orange County to enter our best Tamiya models in one of the most prestigious modeling events in the country.

Tamiya/Con IX was a two-day, Saturday/Sunday show, with the models divided by subject among three contest rooms. Registration began at 9 AM on Saturday with the remainder of the day filled with modeling events and demos. Tamiya America's front office model gallery was open to visitors and a WWII re-enactment group was on hand, displaying a vintage U.S. Army half-track, 37mm anti-tank gun and M5A1 Stuart tank. Tamiya America erected a large sales tent in front of their HQ and there were a number of great deals on selected Tamiya kits and accessories.

Saturday was a slow day, possibly due to a rain front that moved through the area, but Sunday saw a huge turnout, similar to a large IPMS Regional. It was enjoyable to shop the sales tent and see the great models on display, but the highlight of the show was ASM's own Mike Mummey, MSG, USMC. At the invitation of Tamiya America, Mike gave an interesting talk about markings changes on USMC tanks during his 20-year career as a Marine tanker, which included service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike is a great speaker and enlivened his presentation with humorous anecdotes about his experiences in the Corps. Particularly memorable was a story about how he applied desert mud to camouflage the green reactive armor tiles on the M60A1 tanks in his company, something he learned from reading a model reference book on WWII Panzers in Russia!

Award presentations were made by senior Tamiya America representatives and Mr. Tamiya himself was on hand to witness the ceremonies. Although the basic categories at Tamiya/Con were similar to those at IPMS Regional contests, judging was less restrictive, with emphasis on creativity and attractive finishes. Well-built, eye-catching, imaginative models had the edge. ASM winners were as follows:

- Ed Mummey, 3rd Place in Wheeled Military Vehicles, All Scales, for his 1/35th U.S. Army Dragon Wagon, loaded up with a captured Panther.

- Don Alberts, 1st Place in 1/48th Scale Jets for his USN F4D-1 Skyray and 2nd Place in 1/48th Allied Props for his USN F2A Brewster Buffalo.

- I won a 1st Place in Dinosaurs for my 1/35th T-Rex and a 3rd Place in 1/700th Ships for my Kursk submarine.

Unfortunately, none of us won a trip to Japan, although four lucky modelers were selected for the legendary journey, scheduled for May 04.

All in all, Tamiya/Con was a worthwhile experience. Tamiya America obviously values its customers and went to great lengths to see that their contest was fun for all participants. If I can finish more Tamiya models over the next year, I will certainly be at Tamiya/Con X and recommend it to all ASM members looking for an enjoyable contest experience.

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Historical Presentations to ASM

by Mr. Frank N. Moyer

March and May, 2004

Background: Mr. Frank N. Moyer gave historical talks on his career and experiences at two different ASM meetings – March 5 and May 7, 2004. Mr. Moyer participated in WW II, Korea and Vietnam during his service with the USAAF and USAF. He was a navigator and flew a wide variety of aircraft, but predominantly the B-17 Flying Fortress in WW II, the B-26 Invader in Korea and the F-105F Wild Weasel in Vietnam. He is a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The following is a consolidation of two separate "Prez" articles written by Brian Peck that recap Mr. Moyer’s presentations to ASM. Pictures from the two presentations are posted below.

Part 1 – March 5, 2004 Meeting

If you missed the March meeting then you missed an outstanding presentation from Mr. Frank Moyer. He had so much stuff he wanted to talk about we have to split his presentation over two meetings! How’s that for content!

Mr. Moyer’s presentation lasted about an hour as he discussed the first part of his long flying career. Starting from his early flight training through the Korean conflict, he talked about some of his more harrowing mission through flak-filled skies over Europe and witnessing the destruction of numerous B-17’s and several of his fellow airmen. He also discussed his time flying in B-26’s in Korea and helping support the US ground forces at the Chosin Reservoir battle, and his other 50 plus missions during Korea. Offering the feeling of first hand account experience rarely conveyed in books, everyone was listening with great interest on what he had to say. After his presentation he answered several question from ASM Members. Mr. Moyer will return within the next month or two to talk about his F-105 Wild Weasel days during Viet Nam so stay tuned and do not miss Part 2 of his presentation!  

Part 2 – May 7, 2004 Meeting

Our May meeting was largely filled with the tales of Frank Moyer’s Part 2 of his military flying career from post Korea to the end of Viet Nam and some post war exploits as well. Some of the highlights of his presentation were a humorous cultural faux pas in the Orient with a few misinterpreted phrases, to the tense F-105 Weasel mission where his plane was hit by a SAM and his pilot was injured. He also talked about his book that he wrote along with a humorous special award he received for "throwing around the bull’ as he called it. His presentation lasted nearly an hour and a half and everyone was extremely interested in his presentation - with the neat visuals he had it was hard not to be. If anyone is interested in an audio tape recording of his presentation, the E-board has a few copies available to those interested. We again thank him for sharing his experiences.

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Winner of the Distinguyished Flying Cross (DFC)

Flew in the USAAF / USAF in three conflicts -

B-17's in WW II,  B-26's in Korea,  and F-105's in Viet Nam

Come listen to some great war stories!   ("There I was ...")

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See Brian Peck's review of the new 1/32 scale Hasegawa Bf 109 K-4

kit on the IPMS/USA website at: 

http://www.ipmsusa.org/Reviews/Kits/Aircraft/Kits_Air.htm

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June 26, 2004 ASM Field Trip

Rick Carver's first trip as ASM's Field Trip Coordinator was a one-day trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Stand by for an article on the trip by Patrick Dick. 

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ASM's June 5, 2004 Mall Show

ASM conducted a mall show at the Cottonwood Mall on June 5, 2004.   The display included a "D-Day 60th Anniversary" theme (June 6, 1944).   There were over 130 models on display, including just about every type of modeling interest and scale.  Pictures on the displays are shown below.  Thanks to Brian Peck, Frank Randall, Fred Franceschi, John Tate, Patrick Dick, Jack Garriss, and his daughter Jeannie.  Jeannie had some nice Gundam Models on display and some charts showing how easy it was to get started building them (see last picture in top row below).

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D-Day 60th Anniversary - June 6, 1944

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Field Trip!

War Eagles Air Museum, Santa Teresa, NM

January 25, 2004

By Tom Perea

We started out at 0700, and it was great that we were all able to fit into the same van. Danny Williamson was nice enough to put the miles on his own vehicle. If you don't know Danny, he's our newest member, and he's been in Japan for the past three and half years. Talk about hobby heaven. So six of us piled into the van: Danny, Brian Peck, Rick Carver, Jason Clevenger, Patrick Dick and I. Tim Estes had made the trip with his friends and family, and we met up with him at the museum.

After making a couple of stops along the way for breakfast and leg stretching exercises, we made the trip in record time. OH, wait a minute-Brian wasn't driving. It really did go by fast for a four and half hour trip. The company was good and the conversation was interesting. As we got closer you could hear the anticipation in everyone's voices. "Turn Here!" "No, park here!" "Let me out, I'll just walk from here. " Well, it wasn't quite that drastic, but you get the idea.

Six dollars apiece and we were in, except for Danny who got the military rate. The very first thing you walked into was the gift shop, and of course we had to check out all the books, posters, and, of course, models. I think overall we were pretty well disciplined - we didn't buy everything we saw. Of course, I think most of us were smart not to bring a whole lot of money on this trip. The very first thing that we saw when we walked in was a Duesenberg, the first car to enter WWII; well, maybe not.

The museum was a mixture of classic cars and airplanes. It was my first time here and I had taken my digital camera. I think I saw the whole museum through the lens of my camera. It was great.

I really like all the planes that were there. Some were smaller then I thought and some were bigger then I had imagined. There were a couple of P-51s, a P-38, various MiGs, a cool-looking Corsair - just so many nice planes.

After hanging out and talking about variations of all the planes we saw, we grabbed a quick bite at Chili's, and we were on our way back home. If anyone had the desire to see these planes for themselves, it's a trip that's well worth the time it takes to get there.

The museum's web site is accessible at the address

http://www.war-eagles-air-museum.com

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Book Review:   Flyboys by James Bradley

(Little, Brown and Company, 2003)

Reviewed By Mike Blohm, ASM M-15, IPMS 10602

What initially caught my interest in this book was the wording on the inside cover flap, which talked about nine American flyers that had been downed near the island of Chichi Jima in the latter months of WW II, that one had been rescued by submarine; and that the other eight had disappeared. It further stated that the fate of the eight flyers had then been covered up after the war by both the US and Japanese governments. I recalled the well-known tale of the rescue of George Bush, and thought that he might have been the rescued flyer, and it stirred my interest to want to know what had happened to the rest of these "flyboys."

James Bradley takes a very winding but interesting and informative path to get to the answer to that question. You get a history lesson in both US and Japanese politics and colonial and military practices, and how they affected the island of Chichi Jima as it existed in WW II. (Chichi Jima is near Iwo Jima.) The US decision to rely on air power versus ground power (Billy Mitchell’s prophesy come true) in both the European and Pacific theaters is also given extensive coverage, and plays a central role in the book. Coverage is then given to the incidents that led up to Japanese aggression in China and the attack on Pearl Harbor. The early lives, military training and careers of the nine "flyboys" are covered in different segments throughout the book. Note that Bradley uses the term "Flyboys" for all the aircrews that answered the call to arms in the air services of both the US Army and US Navy/Marines, and does so with great respect for what they faced and accomplished.

One of the more interesting and thought-provoking sections covers the inhumanity of war. Each side’s viewpoint is covered, and why each side thought they were justified in what they did. The book centers on the harsh and often fatal Japanese treatment of prisoners of war. Bradley delves into why that mindset existed, resulting from an inflexible cultural hierarchy of obeying the emperor’s orders (relayed by the officer corps), a brutal military training system, miss-directed or perverted Samurai traditions; and the experience of having the Japanese homeland attacked by B-29 fire bombings with massive amounts of casualties. The American perspective is also well covered – that the fire bombings minimized US casualties and would cause Japan to eventually surrender, again saving Allied lives, regardless of how many civilian casualties occurred as unintended but necessary collateral damage.

All of this foreshadowing eventually leads up to what happened to the American prisoners on Chichi Jima, and how revelation of their fate got entwined in post-war politics. Bradley did extensive research, including interviews with surviving Japanese participants, in order to provide detailed coverage of what had happened to each of the captured Americans.

Flyboys is a very interesting if somewhat disturbing read. If you’d like to learn more about the Japanese military mindset during WW II, and would like to get contrasting perspectives from both warring sides on the US bombing strategy and the treatment of prisoners of war, then I would recommend this book to you.

Check 6 - Mike


2003 ASM Mall Show Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Contest Director

ASM M-15, IPMS 10602

ASM held a model show at the Cottonwood Mall on June 14, 2003 to publicize the club and seek out new membership. There were 135+ models on display during the day, with just about every type of modeling being represented. One of the highlights of the show was the new "Scale" display honchoed by Frank Randall, with "Spitfire" models built by Brian Peck (1/32), John Tate (1/48) and Frank Randall (1/72). It looked really great - see pictures in the Newsletter and on the Website. Lots of interest was given to the "big kits" (1/32), the Sci-Fi / Fantasy kits (Star Trek, Star Wars, Space 1999, etc.), the "Air War Korea" display, Jeff’s armor, and Frank’s awesome collection of airpower in 1/72 scale. Thanks to the following members who participated in the show: Brian Peck, Frank Randall, Jason Clevenger, Patrick Dick, Mike Blohm, Ray Ayles, Jeff Frickstad, Scott Podeyn, Don Smith, and Tom Tagert

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April 2004 Raffle !

The April meeting Raffle prize was a

1/32 scale Academy F/A-18C Hornet kit

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The lucky  raffle winner was Keith Liotta !!!

 


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