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The December 5th Meeting was a Special (Non-Points) Contest

 

"Mustangs and Corsairs"

Any P-51 Mustang or F4U Corsair model, any scale, in World War II markings, U.S. or Allied

 

and the

"2014 ASM Model of the Year Showdown"

Click here to see eligible models

Guest Speakers:

John Perkins, USMC, an armorer with VMF-224 (F4U Corsairs) in the Pacific during WW II

Bob Bryan, USAAF, a crew chief with the 357th FG (P-51D's) in Germany after WW II

 

 

   

 

VMF-224 Website    357 FG Website-1    357 FG Website-2

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Best of Show Winners from
December's "Mustangs and Corsairs"
Special (Non-Points) Contest
Best 1/32 Scale Mustang
Masters
Best 1/48 Scale Mustang
Masters
Best 1/72 Scale Mustang
Masters
Best 1/32 Scale Corsair
Masters
Best 1/48 Scale Corsair
Masters
Brian Peck Glenn Bingham Mike Blohm Brian Peck Larry Glenn
P-51D
Capt Henry Brown
354 FG
P-51D
Capt William
Whisner 352 FG
P-51D
Capt Robert Foy
357 FG
F4U-1
1Lt Wilbur Thomas
VMF-213
F4U-1D
LtCdr Roger Hedrick
VF-84

 

Best 1/32 Scale Mustang
Intermediate
Best 1/72 Scale Mustang
Intermediate
Best 1/32 Scale Corsair
Intermediate
Best 1/72 Scale Corsair
Intermediate
Best 1/72 Scale Corsair
Juniors
Tim Wood Len Faulconer Adrian Montano Frank Randall Aleya Montano
P-51D
RAF 3 Sq
P-51B
Maj David Tex Hill
23 FG
F4U-1D
VMF-312
F4U-1A
LtJg Ira Kepford
VF-17
Corsair

 

2014 Model
of the Year
Juniors

2014 Model
of the Year

Basic

2014 Model
of the Year
Intermediate
2014 Model
of the Year

Masters
Aleya Montano Jeannie Garriss Steve Brodeur Brian Peck
Gundam With
Light Saber
'33 Willys
Gasser
Proteus
Fantasic Voyage
F4U-1
Birdcage Corsair

 

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September October November December

Click here to see December Contest Results

Click here to see December Model Pictures

Click here to see December Meeting Pictures

 

 


 

The Prez's Fez

by Tony Humphries, ASM President

February 2015 Article:

Well, here we are again in February, and our annual swap meet (probably the only one this year, although that will be confirmed ASAP) is once again fast approaching. It's time to get those kits that you've been promising to build for the last five years out and sell them to someone who may actually build them. Come on, be honest. You are never going to get to build that resin 1/72-scale Spruce Goose kit. You know it. We know it. Your wife knows it. Even the dog has his suspicions. So why not pass it on to some crazy... er...I mean, someone brave enough to give it a go, and raise some additional funds at the same time. You know it makes sense.

As it is February once more, it’s also time for me to make my annual search for an airbrush that I can actually use. Being somewhat clumsy, they have a tendency to terminally clog, bend, break and in one case, actually explode (it was a Testor's Aztek, in case you were wondering). I was still picking up pieces out of the carpet six months after that one's demise, so I think I shall give those a miss from now on.  But what shall I try this year?  Shall I blow a whole bunch of money on a top-of-the-line Iwata, or go for something more modest, knowing that either way the damn thing will annoy the hell out of me within a week?  I like to brush-paint figures and some armor pieces, but we all know that the best results particularly for larger projects come from airbrushing and so, frustrating though they can be at times, they are a necessary evil, I suppose. So, if any of you have any particular advice and/or good experiences to share regarding a given brand or model of airbrush, please do let me-and indeed other members too-know. I believe we'll be having at least one airbrushing clinic in the next few months and I look forward to finding out the myriad of things that I am doing wrong. This would be a good forum to share your tips and experiences too.

This newsletter should also hopefully include the finalized build schedule for this coming year, which I'm sure many of you have been eagerly awaiting. Our first three months will fit the now traditional schedule but we'll try and give you something a little different throughout the rest of the year.

Hopefully many of you will also be building for the Region 10 convention in Colorado later in the year, even if you are not planning to build for (or attend) the Nationals. We don't get too many National contests in our own back yard (last year being an exception of course) and so these always seem to involve a significant amount of travel.  This is a huge country, of course, with journeys far longer on average than I was used to in England, although at least the traffic here isn't as bad. Even so, it would be nice to have a National Convention closer to home, don't you think?  Maybe we should try and host it ourselves?  The very suggestion is likely to lead to outright mutiny in some circles, but if we can ever find a suitable venue here in Albuquerque, maybe we should give it a try?  It's a thought, anyway, and if you come across a potentially suitable venue in your travels around town, do let us know.

Lastly, some of you may have heard about and perhaps even attended the Albuquerque Comic Convention held in mid-January. If you did, please consider writing a trip report to let us know how it went and whether you were also accosted (as happened to a friend of mine) by a certain big name Canadian Star Trek actor's bodyguards (mentioning no names of course as I would hate to have to tell you what an arrogant, vain, greedy, self-important bar steward he apparently is) for some imagined infraction or other.  Anyway, hurriedly changing the subject and avoiding all of the details to prevent being sued, I hope to see you at the February meeting anyway and make sure you bring lots of kits and/or money with you. With your involvement it will be a good one.

January 2015 Article:

How soon January comes around! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and are all suitably refreshed and ready to build for the New Year. There are a host of contests coming up this year, including a Region 10 regional contest in nearby Colorado, that I hope many of us will be able to attend, so there's plenty to build for. The contest schedule for 2015 will be released shortly, but the first three meetings of this year will follow the familiar pattern of Sci-Fi, Swap Meet and Open Contest, respectively. So while you wait for the finalized schedule you can still get those tools out and get working.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the talk given by the WWII vets at our last meeting in December. I thought that it was interesting, informative and entertaining and I hope that you did too. Also I believe that both Vets were happy to receive the models that were built for them as souvenirs of their visit. My thanks go to Victor and John for completing those builds and to Tim Estes for arranging the visit. Once again I am sure that you will join me in thanking these men for their service. At this time of year in particular, I am sure that we appreciate the sacrifices and service of our armed forces, both past and present. Many currently in the military cannot be with us to celebrate the Holidays as they are on active service in many corners of the globe. You have no doubt seen the greetings on local TV sent back by serving members of the military to their families in New Mexico. Maybe one day we will live in a world where service far away from their families and loved-ones is no longer necessary. We can but hope. But until that happens (if indeed it ever does) then we salute them for the sacrifice that they are making on our behalf.

In December and January every year, I always think of those who serve not just in our own time, but those who have served in previous wars too. This year is of course the 100th anniversary of the short-lived Christmas truce of 1914. What a different world it would have been if the men on both sides had simply refused to return to the fighting. Many encountered the enemy and found that the propaganda they had been fed was entirely false. The enemy were ordinary men too - from a different country certainly, but in reality much the same as themselves. We could have avoided another four years of senseless slaughter and the names of two distant members of my own family (and maybe yours too) would not now appear on the memorials at Thiepval and the Menin Gate as a result. Sadly of course, that didn't, and probably couldn't, have happened.

Spare a thought also for those who fought in the Battle of the Bulge - this is the 70th anniversary of that momentous battle also. The Battle of the Bulge is often seen as America's greatest battle of WWII and with some justification. Remember that some British troops also served, though, albeit in a more minor role. I had two relatives myself who served with the British XXX Corps, guarding the bridges over the Meuse River as a backstop to the American forces fighting further forward. I also had a relative on my wife's side who was in Bastogne throughout December and January and was wounded during the fighting. Many of the veterans that I've spoken to from the Bulge remember the cold and will often comment that however cold this latest winter may be, at least they are not in Bastogne! My wife's grandfather had a different view in that he was grateful for the cold as he credited it with saving his life - he firmly believed, until he passed on several years ago, that he would have bled to death in that foxhole if it hadn't been so cold. Whether that's true or not, I of course will never know. But the sacrifices of him and men like him both then and now seem particularly poignant to me at this time of year, when we are all celebrating and enjoying ourselves. There's not much to be jolly about when you're in a foxhole with bullets and shells whistling around you, after all!

So hopefully you will all have something to enter in the Battle of the Bulge contest in January to commemorate the service of these men. Also of course, we have the annual Sci-Fi extravaganza and at least one special contest, so there is plenty to look forward to at our January meeting and I hope to see you all there. In the meantime you'll have to excuse me while I grab a glass of something suitably festive, don my kilt (not a sight for the faint-hearted) and launch into a rowdy version of "Auld Lang Syne."  Cheers everyone!

December 2014 Article:

Reminder: We will be having two veterans of WWII as our guests at the December meeting, so please attend if you can. We don't get many chances to hear directly from the men of the greatest generation these days, so please don't miss out on the chance to hear about their experiences. It promises to be a fascinating evening. Also, in conjunction with their visit, we will be having a special contest for Mustangs and Corsairs. Any Allied markings will work, so please bring along any relevant builds that you have. Let's fill the tables and show these guys how we remember and honor their service.

Well-ho, ho, ho, and all of the usual seasonal malarkey to one and all. Cue all of the usual jokes about pulling a cracker, the frenzied shopping (although since they started selling Christmas stuff in July, you may already be done with that) the endless repetition of that mind-numbingly dreadful "Feliz Navidad" song and the traditional annual attempts to set fire to a couple of dozen sand-filled paper bags in the front yard with tea-light candles. In short, all of the things that make the Festive Season so much fun. Bah, humbug indeed.

Well another year has almost passed, lots of plastic has hopefully been built. Lots of kits have been purchased I expect and if you're anything like me, half of them are partially built and put back in the box until inspiration strikes again. I hope that the forthcoming year provides lots of opportunity to build new and fun stuff and that you are more successful at actually finishing things than I am.

I don't know whether you, the reader, are affected in the same way as me-it may just be my feckless (yes, there was an "e" in there) nature-but one thing that I find with modeling is that my interest in subjects jumps around a lot and consequently things can sometimes be hard to finish. Two or three models from the same subject area (e.g., Vietnam, post D-Day Allied "softskins," the War of Jenkins' Ear, etc.) and I am forced to look for something new to retain my interest. I am not sure how the modeling for the forthcoming year is likely to go yet, of course, especially as we are likely to have at least two open contests and so there is no particular subject matter required there. Hopefully you are all more focused than I am anyway, although I guess we'll find out soon enough.

I am definitely going to challenge myself this year, though, and here's how: For every points contest this year I intend to submit a diorama entry. I am going to buy Tamiya's Livestock Set, and possibly some similar styrene and resin sets from Bronco and Mantis, as I have resolved that every diorama entry that I complete in 2015 will contain a 1/35-scale chicken somewhere. Yes, you read that right. A chicken. Why? Well, why not?  It will help to keep me creative, hopefully help my work to be more imaginative and will hopefully also inject some fun into the process too. Besides, it's chicken. What's not to love?

So why not join me in making a similar modeling resolution? Not necessarily a chicken, of course, but a constant theme or running gag of some kind and if it is amusing, well so much the better. Not that there is anything inherently amusing about chickens I suppose, or indeed poultry in general, come to that. In fact chickens can be a serious business indeed. Just ask Colonel Sanders or Jose Luis Ochoa.  Murder most fowl, perhaps?

One other thing I will definitely do as well is to complete at least one figure in a Fez; i.e., the figure will be wearing a Fez, not me. My wearing a Fez while modeling is a given, of course, and it is entirely appropriate (and should probably be a requirement) that I should complete such a figure, particularly given the title of this column. Again, it's something a little different and there are hopefully plenty of subjects out there that will qualify, although I haven't actually checked yet and so I could be really shooting myself in the foot here.  Still, I guess there's one way to find out. Anyway, why not give something similar a try, or perhaps even sponsor a contest on your chosen theme next year?  Hmm - a special contest for best Fez related subject?  You may be hearing more about that shortly.

 


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President

ASM in 2014

I would like to thank the members of ASM for the support they gave to our major club projects during 2014.  These included conducting a great model show at the 2014 Albuquerque Comic Expo in June (over 140 models), and sponsoring and judging the 2014 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest in September that included a great ASM display-only "70th Anniversary of D-Day" and "100th Anniversary of World War I" model exhibit (32 models).  The biggest ASM undertaking of 2014 was the very successful "Chile Con III" IPMS/USA Region X Convention and Model Contest in July, with around 83 entrants and 600 models.  At the Chile Con awards banquet, ASM was awarded both the Region X Chapter of the Year Award for 2013 and the Region X Website of the Year Award for 2013.  ASM conducted a Group Field Trip to the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona in April that was well-attended.  ASM also supported the Cavalcade of Wings Model Display by setting-up and hosting a model display during the City of Albuquerque's Durand Open Spaces celebration in May.  And lastly, we had a great turnout and good audience participation for the World War II veterans' presentation and the accompanying "Mustangs and Corsairs" contest (24 models) at the December meeting.  So all in all, I think ASM had a pretty good 2014.  Thanks again for supporting the club, and let's all strive to continue to have fun building models, and promoting the hobby in 2015. 

For more details and pictures of the above activities, check out the ASM Website's 2014 Meeting Pictures webpage. 

 December 2014 Article:

All ASM members are reminded that the December meeting includes the "ASM 2014 Model of the Year Showdown." Contending models include all the Best of Show winners from the 2014 Theme (Points) Contests and the Best Overall Winners from the 2014 Special Contests, in each of the four skill levels: Juniors, Basic, Intermediate, and Masters. You do not need to be present at the meeting, but your model does. So if you cannot attend please arrange to have someone else bring it.

The complete listing of all the eligible models is available on the ASM Website's Model of the Year Contenders webpage.

The December 5 ASM meeting will also feature two guest speakers: Mr. John Perkins, a former Marine sergeant who served as an armorer with VMF-224 (F4U Corsairs) in the Pacific during WWII, and Mr. Bob Bryan, who served as a crew chief with the 357th FG (P-51D Mustangs) in Germany after WWII.

The presentation will be in a roundtable format with the guests answering questions from the audience, so please mull over what you would like them to talk about.

 

Previous Month's Article:

This month's Vice President's Report discusses E-Board Nominations at the October ASM meeting; introduces a trip report on the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona - site of the upcoming ModelZona 2014 model contest; and provides the results of the 2014 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest.

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E-Board Nominations.

The October meeting is the annual "ASM E-Board Nominations meeting" and all members are encourage to think about becoming a member of E-Board for 2015.  Descriptions of the major duties of the E-Board positions are listed in the Bonus Pages.  Information on the nomination and election process can be found in the ASM By Laws, which are posted on the ASM Website.  Please talk to current E-Board members if you would like additional details on what goes on behind-the-scenes to keep ASM a fun place to learn more about scale modeling.  Members can self-nominate, or you can have one of your friends nominate you. 

ModelZona 2014 and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum. 

Modelzona 2014 is being held on November 1st at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum in Mesa, Arizona.  This is always a good model contest and ASM members are encouraged to attend both the contest and to visit the museum at the same time.  The museum is the home of the Arizona Wing of the CAF, and their collection consists of about 18 aircraft and helicopters, including a B-17G, B-25J, C-47, A-26C, P-51D, Nieupoart 17, MiG-15, MiG-21PF, and F-4N.  A trip report on the CAF Museum is posted elswhere on this webpage and will be posted on the Field Trips webpage.  Click here for more info on ModelZona 2014.

2014 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest.

This year’s New Mexico State Fair model contest was very successful, with a high number of entries.  There were a total of 57 model entries made by 32 entrants, and the display cases were packed.  ASM also put on the “70th Anniversary of D-Day" and "100th Anniversary of World War I" non-competition display that included 32 total models of aircraft, figures, armor, and ships, and information and maps of these events.  Thanks to all ASM members who entered models in the contest or provided models for the displays, and to those who helped with the registration and judging.  A longer NM State Fair article is posted elsewhere on this webpage  and all contest results and about 270 pictures are posted on the 2014 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest webpage.   

 

 


 

The Finer Points

By Jerry Little

The New Year started with a bang when it came to recognition for some outstanding model building in 2014. As part of that recognition, we presented the Modeler of the Year and Model of the Year awards prior to our normal monthly club awards! Of course that wasn't all, as we recognized the outstanding work by those who participated in December's Special "Mustang and Corsairs" competition as well as the modeling for our January club meeting.

Traditionally, the annual "Moe Blalters" Sci-Fi/Fantasy special contest plus Patrick Dick's "Frickin’ Laser Beams" sponsored contests are held in January but this year we added the E-board-sponsored "Battle of the Bulge" theme along with the "Fanta-storical" sponsored contest hosted by Josh Pals and Patrick Dick. Given all of the potential categories, the turnout was outstanding and some great models were on the table!

Starting with the annual "Moe Blalters" Sci-Fi/Fantasy, in the Basic category, we had two fantastic models from Kim Rogulich and Jeannie Garriss. Kim's "Pirates of the Caribbean" earned a Gold and Jeannie's X-Wing fighter earned her a Silver award. Two great models to start the year.

Best Entry
Juniors
Best Entry
Basic
Best Entry
Intermediate
Best Entry
Masters
Joshua Kinman Kim Rogulich Tom Perea Patrick Dick
Dodge Challenger
SRT8
Pirates of the Caribbean Project Gemini
Capsule
Battlestar Pegasus

In the Junior category, Josh Kinman presented an outstanding Dodge Challenger SRT8 that earned him a Gold award.

The Intermediate category showed the talents of those builders. First place was awarded to Tom Perea's Gemini Space Capsule. Tom's capsule was complete with an EVA (Extravehicular Activity) that was nicely presented. The Second place ribbon went to Mike Foust with his 120mm Super Armor Figure. Finally, Steve Brodeur had a third place finish with his 2001: A Space Odyssey Orion Shuttle.

In Master's, Patrick Dick earned a First Place with his Battlestar Galactica Pegasus, the companion ship to his Battlestar Galactica. Second place was awarded to Victor Maestas's fine figure of a Droid Sniper.

The (Just) Staff recognized Jeannie Garriss, Tom Perea, and Patrick Dick for their outstanding models in the annual Moe Blalters contest. Congratulations to all of them.

Basic Intermediate Masters


  




 
Jeannie Garriss Tom Perea Patrick Dick
X-Wing Project Gemini
Capsule
Battlestar
Pegasus

In addition to the Moe Blalters contest, there were three other contests to judge. Starting with the E-board-sponsored Battle of the Bulge, Tony Humphries had an outstanding GMC M16 from the 203rd AAA Battalion in Belgium, 1944.

There were a lot of "Frickin' Laser Beams" models on the table in Patrick Dick's sponsored contest. The one that stood out as best was Mike Blohm's Lindberg 1/48-scale UFO model. Nice and shiny complete with two lasers and a little green thing!

Finally, Josh Pals and Patrick Dick had a lot of models to choose from in their sponsored "Fanta-storical" contest. Ultimately, the award went to Mike Blohm's VF-1J Valkyrie.Veritech Fighter.

Finally, the club recognized the 2014 Modeler of the Year and Model of the Year winners with nice plaques representing their outstanding achievement over the year. The Modeler of the Year award is meant to promote model building and participation by club members in club activities. Each winner is a result of the most accumulated points of the entire year's contest. This year's Modeler of the Year awards went to Victor Maestas in Masters, Adrian Montano in Intermediate, Alaya Montano in Junior, and Jeannie Garriss in Basic.

The Model of the Year is awarded from the Best of Show winners in the Theme contests and Best Overall award during sponsored contests. 2014 brought many outstanding models to judge and demonstrated the proficiency of the club members in the models they build. The Model of the Year for 2014 in the Master's class went to Brian Peck's 1/32-scale Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair. In Intermediate class, the award went to Steve Brodeur's Proteus from the 1966 Sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. Jeannie Garriss's Polar Lights kit of Ohio George '33 Willis Gasser was the Basic Model of the Year. Finally, Aleya Montano's Gundam was Model of the Year in the Junior class.

2014 Model
of the Year
Juniors

2014 Model
of the Year

Basic

2014 Model
of the Year
Intermediate
2014 Model
of the Year

Masters
Aleya Montano Jeannie Garriss Steve Brodeur Brian Peck
Gundam With
Light Saber
'33 Willys
Gasser
Proteus
Fantasic Voyage
F4U-1
Birdcage Corsair

2014 was a great year for model building in ASM, and considering the models on the table at the January meeting, 2015 may prove to be another great year. We had everything from a 45-year-old Revell Saturn V to Frickin' Lasers! Congratulations to all the award winners and a special thanks to Josh Pals and Patrick Dick for helping judge some amazing models.

Visit the club website's Model Pictures webpage to view all of the pictures of these models and more (http://tinyurl.com/asmpix15).

The Final Point

ASM’s contest guidelines are a compilation of years of club contests and activities that resulted in the rules that we use today. Each month, I'll highlight different aspects of those rules to help members better understand how we judge and award points as a result of our contest.

The first point is that ASM uses IPMS/USA contest rules as a guideline. However, the basis of every judging activity is good basic model building. Fit and Finish!

Next is points. ASM awards points for different things. Models finishing first are awarded 100 points towards Modeler of the Year. Second is 75 and third is 50 points. Each modeler is awarded 25 points for entering each model up to a maximum of three.

Next month we'll talk about the special points categories; however, in the meantime, I encourage everyone to go to the ASM Website and look at complete contest rules section (http://tinyurl.com/asmcontest).

 

Contest Update

by John Tate, ASM Contest Director

Just a brief article on the December meeting as the Contest Director job is handed over to Jerry Little - thanks to all who participated in the Mustang/Corsair Special Contest.  Turnout was impressive, with many excellent models on the contest table; our membership did a great job honoring the service of  our WWII veteran guests.  Congratulations to all who participated.

In the Model of the Year contest,  Aleya Montano won  Best Junior model with her Gundam with Lightsaber, Jeannie Garriss won Best Basic model with her '33 Willys Gasser, Steve Brodeur picked up Best Intermediate model with his Proteus inner-space ship from "Fantastic Voyage," and the Best Masters model went to Brian Peck for his outstanding 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair.

2014 Model
of the Year
Juniors

2014 Model
of the Year

Basic

2014 Model
of the Year
Intermediate
2014 Model
of the Year

Masters
Aleya Montano Jeannie Garriss Steve Brodeur Brian Peck
Gundam With
Light Saber
'33 Willys
Gasser
Proteus
Fantasic Voyage
F4U-1
Birdcage Corsair

Modeler of the Year honors went to Aleya Montano in Juniors, Jeannie Garriss in Basic, Adrian Montano in Intermediate and Victor Maestas in Masters.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 ASM contest year- as ever, this club has some great members and great modelers and 2015 will be another enjoyable year for scale modeling.

"Mustangs and Corsairs Contest" report from Jerry Little:

It is not every day that we as hobbyist get to sit down and talk with men of our generations past who have made a measurable impact on our country.  The opportunity to talk with both Mr. Bob Bryan (Mustangs) and Mr. John Perkins (Corsairs) and hear of their exploits during World War II and the first-hand experience working with the aircraft that we strive to model was priceless.  When the call went out to build and display P-51 Mustangs and F4U Corsairs, our club members responded overwhelmingly!  We displayed 24 models for our guest and scales ranging from 1/72 to 1/32.  In fact, there were so many models; we had to split the categories classes to recognize the great works everyone did.  Starting with the Cadillac of the Air, the Mustangs represented 14 of the group.  In 1/32 scale Masters, Brian Peck was recognized with his build of the Tamiya kit.  Tim Wood took those honors in the Intermediate category also with a Tamiya Mustang.   In 1/48 Masters; Glenn Bingham presented a well done Tamiya Mustang.  Mike Blohm's P-51D was the best 1/72 Mustang for Masters and Len Faulconer had the best 1/72 Mustang in Intermediate class

The quality builds were just as strong in the Bent Wing Bird category.  In the Junior class, Aleya Montano built a clean looking 1/72 F4U that was best in class.  Brian Peck showed up with 1/32 Birdcage Corsair that was best in Masters.  Adrian Montonio represented the best in Intermediate class with his well build 1/32 Trumpeter F4U-1D.  For 1/48 Corsairs, Larry Glenn built two outstanding Tamiya kits but his folded wing bird was the best in Masters.  Finally, Frank Randall built the best 1/72 Corsair in Intermediate class. 

Finally, it must be said that the "Best of the Best" goes to John Tate and Victor Maestas for the hard great work they did on the Corsair and Mustang presented to Mr. Perkins and Mr. Bryan for taking the time to come and talk with the Albuquerque Scale Modelers!   All of the models can be seen on the ASM website.

 

December 2014 Article:

At the November 7 meeting there were two contests-an Open points contest, and Tim Wood's "Russian Bombers" sponsored contest. As this was the last points contest of the year, there was a good turnout in all skill levels.

In Juniors, Aleya Montaño won a Gold, a Best of Show, and People's Choice award for her 1/100 Gundam; and in Basic, Jeannie Garriss won a Gold, a Best of Show, and a People's Choice for her 1/25 Fire Truck. In Intermediate, Adrian Montaño won a 1st Place, Best of Show, and People's Choice for his striking "Thor Avengers" Sci-fi figure model. In Masters, Patrick Dick won a 1st Place, Best of Show, and People's Choice for his 1/4105 Battlestar Galactica starship model.

Tim Wood split his "Russian Bombers" contest between pre- and post-1945 subjects; Larry Glenn won the pre-1945 award for his excellent 1/72 Tu-2 bomber and I picked up the post-1945 award for my 1/100 Il-28 Beagle.

The Modeler of the Year (MoY) points totals have been tallied for the November 7 Contest but the consensus of the E-Board was to hold off on public announcement of the Modeler of the Year winners until the December meeting; therefore, the final results will be published in the next newsletter. Congratulations, and thanks, to all ASM members who participated in our club contests this year.

A reminder: the December 5 meeting night will host two guest speakers: Bob Bryan, a USAAF vet; and John Perkins, a USMC vet-both of whom served in WWII and have agreed to appear at out club meeting to discuss their service. Mr. Bryan served as a crew chief with the 357th FG (P-51D Mustangs) in post-war Germany, and Mr. Perkins was an armorer with VMF-224, a F4U Corsair unit in the Pacific during WWII. In connection with the appearance of these gentlemen at our club meeting, there will be a club Special Contest - "Best Corsair/Best P-51 Mustang," open to any F4U Corsair or P-51 Mustang in WWII markings, with awards splits for scale and skill-level.

The previously scheduled Sponsored Contests for December-the E-Board's contest commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge and Patrick Dick & Josh Pals's "Fanta-Storical" contest-will be held at the January 9, 2015, club meeting, along with our club's traditional "Moe Blalters" Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Real Space, Science special contest and Patrick Dick's "Frickin' Laser Beams" sponsored contest. Patrick's "Lockheed Martin" sponsored contest will be moved to a later date in 2015, to be determined.

Webmasters note:  The "Adversaries" Sponsored Contest wll occur in 2015 - likely at the March meeting, but still to be determined. 

Please note that the 2014 "Model of the Year" contest remains scheduled for our December 5, 2014, meeting night, open to any Best of Show winner from an ASM points or Special Contest during the past calendar year.

It's been a pleasure to serve as ASM's Contest Director during 2014 and help judge the outstanding models placed on the club's contest tables by our membership. With Jerry Little deciding to give this job a try, it was a good opportunity to voluntarily step aside and let a new hand take a turn running our club contests. New blood keeps our club healthy and I look forward to Jerry's stewardship of our club contests in 2015. Remember, if you're a new member and want to help run the club, give some thought to running for an E-Board spot in next year; all of us can benefit from your talent and new ideas.

 

Previous Month's Article:

An important schedule change to announce:  the December 5th meeting night will host two guest speakers, Bob Bryan, a USAAF vet, and John Perkins, a USMC vet, both of whom served in WWII and have agreed to appear  at out club meeting to discuss their service.  Mr. Bryan served as a crew chief with the 357th FG (P-51D Mustangs) in post-war Germany and Mr. Perkins was an armorer with VMF-224, a F4U Corsair unit in the Pacific during WWII.  In connection with the appearance of these gentlemen at our club meeting, there will be a new club Special Contest- Best Corsair/Best P-51 Mustang, open to any F4U Corsair or P-51 Mustang in WWII markings, with awards splits for scale and skill-level.  Thanks to Tim Estes for arranging the appearance of these two veterans.

The previously scheduled Sponsored Contests for December- the E-Board's contest commemorating the "70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge" and Patrick Dick and Josh Pals' "Fanta-Storical" contest- will be held at the January 9th, 2015 club meeting, along with our club's traditional "Moe Blalters Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Real Space/Science" special contest.  Please note that the 2014 "Model of the Year" contest remains scheduled for our December 5th, 2014 meeting night.

We are fortunate to host these two WWII veterans so let's put out a maximum effort to honor our guests by having as many Mustangs and Corsairs on the contest table as possible.  Fortunately, these are popular modeling subjects, so all of us have a few of these models already completed and ready to go.

There were two contests at our September 5th meeting night:  a "Seaplanes/Amphibians" special contest and an "Electronic Warfare" contest sponsored by Gil De La Plain.  In the Seaplanes/Amphibians special contest, Len Faulconer's 1/72 A6M2N Rufe won Best Basic, Mike Foust's 1/48 RAF Catalina won Best Intermediate and Dave Straub’s 1/72 Douglas PD-1 won Best Masters.  In the EW sponsored contest, Best Intermediate went to Frank Randall for his 1/144 EA-6B Prowler and Brian Peck won Best Masters for his 1/48 EF-111A Raven.

Remember, there are three contests scheduled for our October 3rd meeting night:  the "Speed Demons" points contest with theme open to speed record subjects, and Mike and Matt Blohm's "Adversaries” and Don Smith's "Assam Valley" sponsored contests.  And don"t forget Tim Wood's "Russian Bombers" sponsored contest in November.  The rest of the contest year will be hectic indeed so make sure you’re cutting sprue now on those dream builds to have them ready by contest night.



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By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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ASM Web Page Highlight of the Month

The purpose of the Web Page Highlight of the Month is to familiarize ASM members with the information available on the ASM website, and where it can be found.  Each month a different web page will be covered with links to the subjects being discussed.  Previous month's highlights will be maintained on the Navigating the ASM Website webpage for access by ASM members and website visitors.  Eventually all the website's pages will be addressed. 

 Basic Website Organization

This first edition of the Web Page Highlight covers the "basic organization" of the website.  When you first sign-on to the ASM website's URL you will arrive at the "ASM Home page".  The ASM Home page has top-level information and links to upcoming meetings, contests, and articles all highlighted here.  There will be more detail on the Home Page next month.   

The ASM Website currently has 18 different major web pages (sections).  The picture below shows the major pages and links that are available at the top of each page on the ASM website to let you navigate wherever you'd like to go.  The ASM Home link is in the upper left corner.  .  Links to multiple sub-pages are available off the major pages.  There are currently about 158 total active webpages of information containing both current and archived information.  Pages for Model and Meeting pictures, Contest Results, Modeler and Model of the Year Winners, etc., all go back 8 to 12 years.  

Previous year's information is available by selecting links off the current year's page (e.g., you can select 2006 Model Pictures off the 2013 Model Pictures page, or any Model Pictures page after 2006 as well).  Note that the Hot Links at the top of previous year's pages, except the ASM Home page, will likely take you to pages associated with that same previous year.  Clicking on ASM Home page will always get you back to the current time and universe ("there's no place like home" as Dorothy used to say). 

Some sub-pages can only be reached off of a single or several major pages, such as the New Mexico State Fair Contest Results page, the ASM Reviews page, and the Fred's Foto File page.  More on those in another month's highlight article. 

 The ASM website usually gets about 7 to 10 updates per month.  There is a "Website Last Update on: XXX" notice with a date and a "Latest Website Updates" hot link button about one-third of the way down the ASM Home page.  See the red arrows in the picture below.  Clicking the button takes you to the Website Updates sub-page where all the updates are listed by the day they occurred (latest at top), along with a hot link straight to the updated item on whatever page it was posted to.  Web pages covering monthly events - Contest Results, Model and Meeting Pictures, Modeler of the Year Points Standings, and Model of the Year Contenders - will all be updated in the weeks following each ASM meeting.   

After the January meeting each year, new pages are created for all the major web pages that deal with a year of coverage - such as the Model and Meeting pictures, Contest Results, and the Modeler and Model of the Year Winners.  The major page hot links located at the top of those pages will all be redirected to the new pages.  Additionally, an archiving exercise will be done to remove dated articles and either post them on an appropriate major page or sub-page, or to post them onto the Archived Articles page for posterity.  A second Archived Articles page will probably be built in January 2014 due to the amount of information on the current Archived page. 

As always, please let the webmaster know if you see any errors or bad links, or if you have any suggestions to make the website better.  Contributions such as review articles and trip reports are always welcome for both the website and the ASM Newsletter.

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Some other reminders about the ASM website:

The “Marquee Banner” that scrolls across the top of the Home Page will always have the latest info on club activities – contests, events and speakers for the upcoming month, notice that new schedules and Newsletters have been posted, and whether an event has been postponed – so always check that out first when you visit the ASM website.  If the weather looks bad enough that the meeting might be cancelled - check that banner before you drive to the meeting.  We did use it once in 2011 when a meeting was cancelled by UNM due to a snow storm (all campus buildings were closed).  There will probably also be an audio alert (beeping sounds) that will go off when the page initially comes up if a meeting has been cancelled. 

There ia an  "ASM Review Articles"  page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page is an archive of all previous review articles authored by ASM members - it has links to different sections of the page based upon the review topic - aircraft, armor, automotive, books, etc.  Please take the time to write up a short blurb if you are building a new kit and submit that and some in-progress / final pics to the website and ASM Newsletter. 

There is also a "NM State Fair Model Contests" page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page includes links to the NM State Fair contest resuls pages from 2005 to 2012.  It also includes all the current Section and Class entry criteria.  Read through this information to learn what models you should be thinking about entering in 2013.  Note that ASM Master and Intermediate modelers are asked to enter in the "Professional" Class.  Please note that there is a link in the Upcoming Events calendar that will take you to the actual NM State Fair site. 

ASM Newsletters are available on the website going back to January 2004. 

We have other webpages going Way-Back to: Model Pics - 2006; Meeting Pics - 2005; Contest Results - 2003; Modeler of Year - 2003; Model of Year - 2005.

The “New and Potential ASM Members” web page has all the info that new and prospective members need to review to understand how ASM is set up and the policies that govern club operations – the By Laws, Contest Guidelines, etc.  The link to the New Member page is on the Home Page.  Both new members and “old heads” should review these documents every so often. 

Some of the links on the "Website Updates" page back to older article postings no longer work .  If you cannot find an older article mentioned in the Website Update listings, it would be best to check the "Archived Articles" page as it was probably moved to that location.  Articles moved to the Archives are always posted at the top of that page, so the most recently removed articles will be found at the top of the page.  Scroll down to go back in time - the ASM Time Machine.

As always, let me know if you have any ideas for changes or additions to the website, and please send me any articles, reviews, or trip reports with pictures that you’d like to post on the website - and also send your inputs to Joe Walters if you'd like your article  included in the  the Newsletter as well.    Thanks!

 

 


2013 Events


ModelZona 2013

November 2, 2013

Mesa, Arizona

Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 North Greenfield Rd, Mesa AZ

IPMS Craig Hewitt Chapter, Phoenix AZ

Click here for further details: ModelZona 2013 (website)

Click here for a ModelZona 2013 Flyer (pdf)

 


  
HIGH PLAINS CON XXIV


October 12, 2013

Loveland, Colorado

At "The Ranch", 4-H Building - Exhibit Hall A, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland CO

IPMS High Plains Modelers

Click here for further details: High Plains Con XXIV (website)

Click here for a High Plains Con XXIV Flyer (pdf) 

 


2013 New Mexico State Fair

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ASM sponsors the
Creative Arts Division 13: "Model - Military, Science Fiction and Others"
Category every year at the New Mexico State Fair

***  Model entry dates are September 6th and 7th  ***

Click here for more information


Best of the West 18

May 4, 2013

Henderson, Nevada

Railroad Pass Hotel, 2800 Boulder Highway

Click here for the contest website: Best of the West 18

Click here for Contest Categories (pdf file) 

 


Westfest 2013

April 20, 2013

Grand Junction, Colorado

Location:  Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Blvd, Grand Junction CO

Host:  IPMS Grand Junction Scale Modelers Society

http://www.gjsms.org/wordpress/

Contact:  Jim Hockett,  shermaholic@aol.com


StarFest 2013 Model Show

April 19-21, 2013

StarFest 2013 Science Fiction Convention, Denver Tech Center, Denver Colorado

The Model Show hosted by IPMS/Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying Sc-Fi (CoMMiES)

Denver's largest sci-fi convention is on April 19th thru the 21st.  For the first time, the StarFest Model Show is open to anyone, not just convention members.  If you have any science fiction, science fact, horror, anime or fantasy models, you are invited to bring them to the Model Show for display; we'd like to fill the tables up.  There is a $5 fee for unlimited entries.  If you are already a convention member, entry to the Model Show is free.  There will be some very nice prizes awarded, including a 1:350 Polar Lights USS Enterprise kit.  

Click here for a pdf file containing further details and contact  information

 


 

 

CoMMiESFest 4

February 16, 2013

 

 

Jefferson County Fairgrounds

15200 W. 6th Ave,  Golden, Colorado

IPMS / CoMMiES (Region 10)

 

CoMMiESFEST Website

For Info Contact: 
Mr.Badwrech64@gmail.com

 


 

Model Car Contest at 22nd Annual Super Nationals
Custom Auto Show

February 2, 2013

Presented by the Albuquerque Model Car Club

In conjunction with the

22nd Annual Super Nationals Custom Auto Show

Model Judging on Saturday, February 2nd

Entries must be submitted before 12 Noon on Saturday

Models accepted for entry at the Art Exhibition Hall (South of the Manual Lujan building)
on the Expo New Mexico grounds on Thursday, January 31st from 6 PM to 9 PM through
Saturday, February 2nd until 12 Noon when registration closes

29 Senior Classes for Adults 18 & Older
15 Junior Classes for ages 13-17
11 Beginner Classes for ages 12 & under

Pictures from the 2011 and 2012 Model Contests are posted below

For further information contact:
Richard Hansell at 505-837-1346
Tim Burkhardt at 505-891-8935

A Flyer with Entry and Classes information is available at the local hobby shops.
To view or print the Flyer pages, click on the thumbnail below:

  

Albuquerque Model Car Club
 
AMCC

 


5th Annual Plastic Model Swap Meet & Contest

January 20, 2013, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 Tucson, AZ

Presented by Tucson IPMS

Click here for a copy of the event flyer

Contact: sigandtoby@q.com  520-575-9045  

 

 


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2013 ASM Modeler and Model of the Year Awards

Awards for the ASM Modeler of the Year and ASM Model of the Year winners were presented at the January meeting.
Pictures of the winners and the awards are posted below.  Marie and Caroline Smith were not present to receive their awards.

   

 

Modeler of
the Year
Juniors - Tie
Modeler of
the Year
Juniors - Tie
Modeler of
the Year
Basic
Modeler of
the Year
Intermediate
Modeler of
the Year
Masters
Marie Smith Caroline Smith Matt Blohm Tony Humphries Jim Guld
Not present at
Jan meeting
Not present at
Jan meeting

 

2013 `Model
of the Year
Juniors

2013 Model
of the Year

Basic

2013 Model
of the Year
Intermediate
2013 Model
of the Year

Masters
Marie Smith Matthew Blohm Tony Humphries James Guld
Breyer Horse Spitfire Mk XVIc Matilda II CDL Pied Piper
Not At
Jan Meeting

 


 

 

The Prez's Fez

by Tony Humphries, ASM President

So June is upon us and it's time to break out the shorts and Hawaiian shirts again, despite the obvious risk to public health.  Possibly even the summer/tropical Fez (the lightweight khaki one with the battery-operated cooling fan and fitted mosquito net, since you ask...).  Of course, children will run away screaming, dogs will cower, and the police may even be called, but that's all part of the fun.  Probably. Anyway, Spring has certainly sprung by now and winter is just a distant memory. The Easter bunny has been and gone, having induced another chocolate-fueled diabetic coma and as usual in Springtime, the thoughts of gentlemen turn to love.  As in, "I'd love to get some bloody modeling done for change, instead of creosoting this damned fence…"”  Well, hopefully, now is your chance.

So what is this month going to bring us in terms of modeling?  Well, if you’re anything like me, it'll be spring-cleaning the workshop.  Many of you may also be banished to the garage for spray painting and airbrushing, like the proverbial red-headed stepchild… Well, it's pretty hard to do too much of that in the winter without chasing the penguins out first, scraping the ice from your bench, and defrosting your bottle of isopropyl.  Spring is your chance to get rid of all the cobwebs, to wipe the dust from your airbrush, and to finally get to grips with that 47-color German WWI camo scheme that has been giving you nightmares since Christmas.  A load of old Jackson Pollocks if you ask me…

Obviously it's a good time to be finishing up (or in Ken’s case, thinking about starting) your builds for the Nationals in Colorado this August too.  I believe we may have already mentioned that once or twice over the last few months?  It's also a good time, during the brief New Mexico Spring, to get out and do some boots on the ground research at local and even nationwide museums before the summer sun returns and tries to bake us into submission once again.  There's something magical about wandering around old museum aircraft, taking pictures, enjoying the ambience, imagining where, when, and by whom the exhibit was used, taking in the unique mixture of sights and smells, and then trying to sneak behind the rope, climb up and sit in the cockpit when the guards aren’\'t looking.  It's not just me that does that, is it?  It really gets the creative juices flowing. Or something flowing, anyway, although that could of course have something to do with the green chile stew from the museum snack-bar...

If you are going on any museum visits during the course of this year, please do take as many pictures as you can and give us a report in the newsletter, ask Mike Blohm to put them on the web site, or even give us a slide show and "live" report at one of our club meetings if you feel so inclined.  That we can all enjoy the fruits of your research, marvel at the historical sights, and laugh at your pale white legs and the shiny inch-thick layer of SPF3000 that coats your skin like bacon grease. Dear oh dear-that shorts and sandals combination… and white socks with those?   Really?  Or maybe that's just me again.

 

This month I would like to look at a less obvious area that sometimes affects us as modelers. When we buy a kit and it looks cool in the shop, it's an interesting subject, in the right scale etc. we often don't think about what will happen if there are problems with it. What if you are missing a part? Or what if one or more parts are not molded correctly?  Maybe the decals are mis-aligned? Or a part is broken?

Well, a number of manufacturers have services in place to assist with this. Unfortunately, the quality of these services varies enormously. Let us look at a few examples:

DML/Dragon: They are certainly famous within the armor modeling world (and presumably aircraft too) for the quality of their parts and after sales service. In much the same way that Attila the Hun was known for his scented-candle export business. I have heard of people who have waited for more than a year for parts and even more who never received them no matter what they did. Others seem to have had no problems, however, so there must be a trick to this. Whether it requires bribery, corruption, threats, pre-emptive drone strikes, hostage-taking or sheer dumb luck, who knows? DML certainly aren't saying.

Revell: Another hit or miss service. Having dealt with them a couple of times now, I have certainly been tempted to hit them but at my age would probably have missed. They regularly drop products from their own product line without even telling their own staff or removing them from the website(s) so that any attempt to order the kit, get parts or decals etc. from them stands a 72.8471% (approximately) chance of the item being oop and them therefore telling you to depart forth and multiply.  On a small but relentlessly cheerful postcard. After a fourteen-week wait.  Otherwise they will refer you to the parent company in Germany who have an arcane and fiendishly difficult system to negotiate (their phone system being in a bewildering mix of medieval German and robotically spoken Enigma code). Much of the time it's difficult to tell whether they're asking you a question or making fun of you. Often, by the time you find out, the product is oop there too. They seem to actually make so few kits that I assume their only factory is in Italy. They won't actually sing Deutschland Über Alles at you, but you can tell they're thinking it. To be fair, they do have what initially looks like a well thought out online part ordering system. Unfortunately it never works (often due to the oop situation) and can really only have been created to act as a diversion to distract your attention while they bomb Warsaw.

Cromwell Models: The poster child for appalling service. The very name is enough to strike terror into the heart of any armor modeler, no matter how bold. The company is run by a Scotsman, which should probably tell you a lot and certainly explains why he grabs your money like Blackbeard on crystal meth and never lets it go again. Ever. This wouldn't be so bad if he ever actually released any products in return. But no. That would be asking far too much. Buying the products is hard enough. It would be easier to find the Holy Grail than to get spare or replacement parts out of them. The Scottish concept of service is generally a headbutt in the face accompanied by much coughing, cursing and the gratuitous throwing of porridge - the "service" part being that they did you a favor and didn't kick you in the unmentionables while you were on the ground bleeding. So be grateful for small mercies. Cromwell have taken this idea and run with it.  A long, long way   In fact, they are probably still running. Dressed in a blue and white striped t-shirt and black face mask, carrying a large bag with "swag”"written on it, if I'm not mistaken.

Tamiya: Again, another mixed bag (well, the woman I spoke to there the first time could probably more accurately be described as a miserable old bag, but I digress).  If parts, or the kits that they are from, are in stock with their us company/distributor, they're usually pretty good and deserve credit for this. If they're not, it would be quicker to swim to Japan and get them yourself, sharks or no sharks.

Heller: Customer service from a French company?!?  I am not even going to dignify that with a response.

Airfix:  if you live in the uk, their service is pretty good. Quick, efficient and thorough. If you live outside of the uk, however, then you may be in for some disappointment.  Airfix take the traditional English approach to foreigners.  If at all possible, distract them and invade their country. If not, shout at them slowly and wave your arms around randomly, assuming that they could all speak English if they weren't so bloody lazy and assuming that they're just being stubborn and difficult. Or deaf. The English concept of customer service is generally similar to the Scottish one but without the initial headbutt and with the addition of the outstretched pinky finger and stiff-upper-lip, to add the element of style and sophistication. The customer is always wrong, but is told so politely at least (this is somehow worse) although always with the suggestion that you are somehow inferior, you've trodden in something nasty on the way-in and who invited you over here anyway?  Airfix are happy to embrace this approach.

So the experience for the modeler varies widely. Some companies such as Academy, are actually pretty good in my experience at least, and deserve some recognition as such.  Others, such as Cromwell, are clearly the spawn of Satan and deserve to be nailed to a large lump of driftwood and left there for the seagulls. So, you pay your money and you take your choice.  Except of course, without some rigorous research ahead of time, how do you know what to expect?  Even then, will your experience be typical?  It's a lottery I'm afraid and without the miniscule chance of $150 million in your pocket at the end of it.

Let's face it-some of these companies really need to pull their finger out and address the needs of their customers. Do some market research and look up what after-sales service actually means!  Also, don't just assume that we're sheep and we'll buy the 47th hypothetical Panzer that they've released this year, that only ever existed as a hastily completed pencil drawing on the back of a cigarette packet after last call in the local Bier-keller the day before the Russians arrived.  We know that it only differs from the other paper panzers because of the inclusion of one different decal and a neatly molded squashed stoat on the running gear. Actually, if they really did the stoat part, I'd probably buy one.  Otherwise, no thanks. So come on, manufacturers. Some of you are doing a great job but some of you really need to do your homework. You know who you are. So do we!


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President

ASM Update

Here’s an update on things going on with ASM in 2013.

First off, thanks to all who helped out with the ASM Model Display at Albuquerque Comic Expo 2013 (ACE 2013) the weekend of 22-23 June.  It was a lot of fun and I think we did a great job of promoting the modeling hobby and maybe we’ll see some new members, too.  See the trip report article on that event on the Field Trips webpage for further detail and pictures.

The IPMS/USA National Convention is rapidly approaching on 14-17 August.  We have a Group Build entry that is looking pretty good.  I hope that all the ASM membership will try to attend.  These conventions are always fun and the models on display will certainly fire-up up your enthusiasm.  And the vendor room is always equally impressive, and you can become poor very fast.  Here’s the ASM webpage link to the Nationals website. 

The 2013 New Mexico State Fair model contest comes up next, with the model entries on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th and the judging likely on Monday the 9th.  Please participate in the model registration if you can.  This is another one of our club’s promotions of the modeling hobby.  Please let the E-Board know if you have any ideas for the club’s “Display Only” theme.  Here’s a link to ASM’s 2012 NM State Fair webpage. 

We do not yet have any Make ‘N Take events scheduled in 2013, but there was a lot of interest in those from the people attending ACE 2013.  Several Cub Scout leaders saw our pictures of past Make ‘N Takes and talked to us about maybe providing one.  So stay tuned for more info on those. 

 ASM just got notice that our bid to host the Region 10 Model Contest and Convention in 2014 has been accepted.  So there will be a lot of activity in the near future as ASM prepares for Chile Con 3.  We will need lots of member participation in the various committees that will soon be forming up, so please get involved to help ensure that Chile Con 3 is a successful event.  .  Stay tuned for a Chile Con 3 webpage going up shortly



Contest Director Update

by John Tate, filling-in for Ken Liotta, ASM Contest Director

On March 1, 2013, ASM held the first points contest of the 2013 contest year, with an open theme.  Turnout was excellent, with all skill levels represented on the contest tables, including a number of works-in-progress entries.   Judging that many good models was difficult, so special thanks to volunteers Patrick Dick, Tim Wood and Larry Horyna for tackling Intermediate and Masters judging.  Standout models included Marie Smith's "Breyer Horse" in Juniors (Best of Show and People's Choice), newcomer Fred Behnken's "USS Ward" in Basic (Best of Show and People's Choice), Steve Brodeur's impressive "Saturn Ib/Apollo 7" rocket in Intermediate (People's Choice) and Jim Guld's "Final Push" diorama in Masters (Best of Show).

Best of Show in Intermediate went to Frank Randall's excellent 1/48 P-36 model in natural metal, and People's Choice in Masters went to Brian Peck for his new Wingnut Wings 1/32 Fokker D.VII.

The March contest night also had an E-Board Sponsored Contest, for best Revell 1/48 Ventura; Larry Horyna was the only modeler brave enough to tackle this beast, and did a nice job with an Aleutians-based PV-1 Ventura in a mid-WWII USN intermediate scheme.  Best wishes to Larry Horyna, a popular former club president and longtime ASM member, on his upcoming relocation to Maine.

Next month's points model contest, on April 5th, is the first of Contest Director Ken Liotta's "dual-theme" contest nights, with Theme 1, More than One Radial Engine, and Theme 2, Famous Motorsports Vehicles.  It's also a Sponsored Contest night, with Don Smith holding a Best Sci-Fi Spaceship contest.  Up to five models can be entered by modelers on this contest night.

Thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated in the March contest, and remember to keep to your building schedule- the IPMS Nationals in Colorado is only five months away.



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By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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Here's a summary of updates made in the months of January - March 2013: 

New 2013 webpages were built for Contest Results, Modl Pictures, Meeting Pictures, Points Standings and Model of the Year Contenders.  Thos ehave been updated with the results of the contsets and meetings since January.

Two new trip reposrts have been added since January on the Group Field Trip to the Chino California to visit the Planes of Fame and Yanks Air Museum, and a visit to three museums in Tennessee and Oklahoma. 

One change to the Meeting Pictures of note is that "Major ASM Events" such as model dipslys, Make 'N Takes, and ggroup field trips will now have the original articles archived onto that page with links by subject to articles posted at the bottom section of the page, or to the Field Trips page for trip reports. 

Some reminders about the ASM website:

The “Marquee Banner” that scrolls across the top of the Home Page will always have the latest info on club activities – contests, events and speakers for the upcoming month, notice that new schedules and Newsletters have been posted, and whether an event has been postponed – so always check that out first when you visit the ASM website.  If the weather looks bad enough that the meeting might be cancelled - check that banner before you drive to the meeting.  We did use it once in 2011 when a meeting was cancelled by UNM due to a snow storm (all campus buildings were closed).  There will probably also be an audio alert (beeping sounds) that will go off when the page initially comes up if a meeting has been cancelled. 

There ia an  "ASM Review Articles"  page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page is an archive of all previous review articles authored by ASM members - it has links to different sections of the page based upon the review topic - aircraft, armor, automotive, books, etc.  Please take the time to write up a short blurb if you are building a new kit and submit that and some in-progress / final pics to the website and ASM Newsletter. 

There is also a "NM State Fair Model Contests" page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page includes links to the NM State Fair contest resuls pages from 2005 to 2011.  It also includes all the current Section and Class entry criteria.  Read through this information to learn what models you should be thinking about entering in 2012.  Note that ASM Master and Intermediate modelers are asked to enter in the "Professional" Class.  Please note that there is a link in the Upcoming Events calendar that will take you to the actual NM State Fair site. 

ASM Newsletters are available on the website going back to January 2004. 

We have other webpages going Way-Back to: Model Pics - 2006; Meeting Pics - 2005; Contest Results - 2003; Modeler of Year - 2003; Model of Year - 2005.

The “New and Potential ASM Members” web page has all the info that new and prospective members need to review to understand how ASM is set up and the policies that govern club operations – the By Laws, Contest Guidelines, etc.  The link to the New Member page is on the Home Page.  Both new members and “old heads” should review these documents every so often. 

Some of the links on the "Website Updates" page back to older article postings no longer work .  If you cannot find an older article mentioned in the Website Update listings, it would be best to check the "Archived Articles" page as it was probably moved to that location.  Articles moved to the Archives are always posted at the top of that page, so the most recently removed articles will be found at the top of the page.  Scroll down to go back in time - the ASM Time Machine.

As always, let me know if you have any ideas for changes or additions to the website, and please send me any articles, reviews, or trip reports with pictures that you’d like to post on the website - and also send your inputs to Joe Walters if you'd like your article  included in the  the Newsletter as well.    Thanks!

 

 

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President  - Dec 2012 Article

So this is my last speil as your president. I'll still contribute newsletter and website articles, so don't start jonesing for armor related news.  I look forward to next year's schedule and to working on the display for the Matilda Group Build. Along with that I'm also planning on what to take to IPMS Nat's in Loveland, Co. That's always a fun process and I have one major diorama to finish up between now and then. 

Spoiler alert,we will have a cake at the meeting so make sure you leave room for desert.

On the armor front, there are a number of new books and magazines coming out soon. One is from Mike Rinaldi. He will be doing a series of books on armor building and finishing. His first one will focus on German armor and is set for release at the end of November.  Here is a link to his site; http://www.rinaldistudiopress.com/

Then we have a new magazine which is now getting ready to hit the market any day now. It's called Scale Model Addict Magazine. Here is a link to the website; http://magazine.scalemodeladdict.com/

They are going to offer it as both hard copy and online.

On the kit front there are a number of new kits for fans of British softskins from a new maker, Mirror Models. They are multi-media kits and from the looks of them, they should be very nice. Here is a link to their site. http://www.mirror-models.com/

Another new company I came across recently is called Armor Farm. They make diorama accessories. Here is their site. http://armorfarm.com/

Dragon should be releasing their new Sexton Mk II in December. From the looks of what I've seen it should be pretty nice. I know it will find it'' way into my closet. Here are some pictures off of the PMMS website. http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews/dml.html

 Well that is about all I have. I hope everyone has a good holiday season and gets lots of goodies.

Model On.

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President  - Nov 2012 Article

Let me be the first to congratulate next year's e-board. I know you will do an outstanding job and an extra thank you goes out to Tony Humphries for volunteering to run as president. We will also be having two first timers as protems but I know Adrian and Gil will do a bang up job. It's not a hard or time consuming job and I hope to see more people step up to the plate next year and try out a position.

The state of the club is outstanding. I don't have the official numbers from Frank, but we must be up to about 70 members this year and average around 50% attendance at our meetings. That's pretty good in my book but it could be better. People seem to be building and the works in progress table usually always has half a dozen models on it. Juniors and Basic categories have been a little light the past couple of months so this is a "call to action" to you Juniors and Basic modelers. We want to see your stuff. Summer is over so get back to the bench. Repeat after me, Build Models, Build Models, Build Models....... See that wasn't so hard. I look back at this year and reflect on what my personal modeling goals were and see how I'm doing, well I'm glad to report not bad. I had wanted to improve my figue painting skills and have done so, at least in my eyes. I set my goal to do one figure a month and I didn't always get there but came pretty close. I'm going to try and continue this practice throughout next year and hope to see a difference. That's my goal, what's yours?  I know I have seen improvements by many members in the club and at the end of each year we usually encourage people who are consistently doing good work to move up a level. Somehow this eludes Frank. Come on Frank come up to Masters.

At the end of each year the current e-board has a meeting with the incoming e-board and works on the schedule for next year. This is your chance to make suggestions for themes for contests and seminars or for any other sort idea that maybe we have''t tried out yet to make the meetings more enjoyable for everyone.  So if you got ideas let us know.

 We held our second Make-N-Take of the year on the 17th with a Cub Scout Pack in ABQ. The scouts enjoyed themselves as did the members of the e-board who volunteered their time to make it happen. I did''t get a head count but believe it was around 15 scouts. I'm sure Mike will have pictures up on the website at some point. The kids were completely into it. We also tried to encourage the adults to check out our club and bring their kids to one of our meetings.  Hopefully we planted the model making bug in them.

 I have another product update for you guys and gals, I picked up another one of the DVD's from MXpression, this time the one dealing with painting 1/35 scale figures in acrylics. It is well done like the first one and the artist, Oliver Kovacs, does all the painting in real time. The DVD is broken down into the following segments: Introduction, Preparation, Theory, Color Mixing, Face, Cap, Shirt, Binoculars, Trousers, Leather, Finishing, Presentation.

He basically walks you through painting and displaying a single figure. I have a couple of books on the subject but it is nice to actually see how someone else works his brush so to speak. Plus they also give you the colors used for the figure using Vallejo paints. I ordered it direct and with shipping it was $22.50.

  

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President  - Oct 2012 Article

It's October and that means it's time for nominations for next year's E-Board.  I hope to see some new faces step up or move up from a Protem position to one of the main positions. It's not hard folks and it really doesn't take up much of your time.  So get out there and man the helm.

Is it just me or has this year flown by pretty fast?  Before you know it w''ll be into the new year and building and finishing models to take to next year's Nationals in Colorado.  Last month we had a number of Matilda's on the table and hopefully this will inspire the others to finish up their kits.  My goal is to have all the kits finished by July 1st. That way we can get them all together and see how the display looks before we head up to Loveland.

 We are still planning to do another Make-N-Take with a Cub Scout pack later this year so if you want to help out, send me an email or let me know at the next meeting. Thanks.

I recently picked up a new airbrush. I switched brands from Iwata and got a Grex.  I've seen them at various model shows and went online and checked them out. I picked up the Tritium TG which is a gravity top feed that has some nice features such as interchangeable fluid reservoirs, it comes with three sizes and you can purchase an even larger 50cc cup. It can take various needle sizes from 2-5 mm.  I picked up a 2mm and 5mm needle set.  The thing that is different about this gun is that it is trigger operated like a larger paint gun.  It does take a little getting used to but I've used it a few times now and it seems more natural then the usual top trigger that other brushes use. Quality seems to be on par with Iwata and it is also easy to clean up. Another nice feature is that it has a magnetic front cap for the nose piece instead of the usual screw on type. They also give you a nose piece with two side prongs so that you can get up right to the surface and still have the gun to be able to spray. The rear of the gun also is magnetized to hold this cap if you like.  So far so good.

My other latest purchase is a DVD by Adam Wilder called "Authentic Metal."  It is in PAL format but will work on your computer.  It shows you a number of different techniques for simulating rusty steel finishes. I saw one of his models at the past year's AMPS Nationals done in this method and it was outstanding. It is carried by MXpression and I ordered it direct from them. They are in Maine and I had my copy in just a couple of days. They also have a few other DVD's available.

 Well that's about all I have this month. So keep on building.

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President -  September 2012 Article

So what's new you ask?  Oh, nothing much except Mike Blohm won IPMS USA Webmaster of the Year.  Make sure you bow to him at the next meeting.

With Nat's over with for another year it's time to start building for next year's show in Loveland, CO.  Get at it guys and gals and you Matildites!  Don't let the year slip away and you end up like Ken building in your hotel room.

 We are also coming up on nominations for E-Board positions for next year in October.  I hope to see some new blood throw their hat in the ring.  The jobs are not hard, the pay is great, and we get full medical benefits.  Yeah right.  I will not be running again for President but might consider running as a Protem.  Let's see some new faces on this side of the table and hopefully some new ideas.

 We are working on another Make 'N Take with a different Cub Scout pack.  The date isn't set yet but you can still volunteer to help out.  Just get ahold of me at the meeting or fire me off an email.  Thanks.

Well that's about all I have to say except keep building.


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President  - July 2012 Article

The winner of the "Best Display Only Model" at the June ASM meeting was Larry Glenn's nicely done "World War II Gull Wings" display, which consisted of five gull-winged aircraft.  These can be seen on the Model Pictures webpage.  We hope to see a bit more Display Only participation at the July 13th meeting - there is certainly a lot of choice there given the time periods of 1942, 1962, and 1982.  Please bring in your old projects that fit the theme, and show them off again.

I want to thank all the ASM members who participated in or contributed models to the ASM Model Show at the 2012 Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE).  I think ASM put on a great show and it was very well received by the both the ACE attendees and the ACE leadership.  It was like a super mall show, where the attendees knew what the subjects were, and really wanted to see and talk about the models.  We had "celebrity judging" by a cast of characters that reviewed all the models and picked out their favorite - those awards will be passed out at the July ASM meeting.  We passed out a lot of ASM promo sheets and it looked like a lot of folks were interested in the club.  There was also interest in bringing models to the New Mexico State Fair, especially amongst the junior modelers.  We all had a fun time.  If you've never been to one of these conventions, you should definitely check them out.  And you will get the chance to check ACE out next year, as it looks like ACE would like to have us back, and maybe incorporate some other aspects such as a contest.  See additional article below on ASM's Display at ACE 2012.

ASM Model Display at ACE 2012

               

                


Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director   - Oct 2012 Article

For September's contest, the theme was "New Mexico Centennial of Statehood.All entries with a connection to the state of New Mexico were eligible for theme points.  There were 23 entries with 13 in-theme.  There were no Junior level entries this month.  In Basic, Matt Blohm had Gold awards for both of his entries.  His F4F-3 Wildcat also earned People's Choice and Best of Show.   In Intermediate, Tony Humphries won Best of Show for his B-24 Pilot and Crew Chief at Kirtland Field.  The People's Choice award in Intermediate went to Adrian Montano's Galmer Indy Car in Little Al markings.  In Masters, the People's Choice award went to Brian Peck’' Rumpler C.IV.  There was no Best of Show announced for Masters at the meeting since there were no first place entries in theme, but having reviewed the contest guidelines, the Best of Show can be selected from any in-theme entry.  After conferring with the judges in the Master's division, the Best of Show goes to John Tate's Corporal Missile that was developed at White Sands Missile Range.

For the Pushing the Bounds bonus, there were several entries that pushed the bounds of the theme.  The winner of the $10 gift card this month is Matt Blohm.  His Wildcat entry was done in the markings of Butch O'Hare who served for two years aboard the USS New Mexico battleship prior to becoming a pilot.

The next contest is the "Century Series" theme contest in October.  All entries with 1xx in the designation are eligible for the theme.  Josh Pal's sponsored contest has been moved to December 7.  In November, the theme contest will be "More than a Handful, Big Guns". Mike Blohm's "Stealth" sponsored contest is also going to be held in November.

The October meeting is also the nomination meeting for next year's E-board.  I would like to enter more models in contests, so I would like someone else to take over the Contest Director position for next year.  Think about it and if anyone has any questions on the Contest Director position, please get with me.

ASM Model Spotlight - September 2012 Contest

This month's Model Spotlight is on Brian Peck's Rumpler C.IV (late) biplane from Wingnut Wings.

Brian built this plane because he wanted to do something different and wanted to do a German biplane with full lozenge coverings.  This plane has lozenge (decals included in the kit) on the fuselage sides and bottom as well as the top and bottom of both wings.  The kit is built up using one of the marking options included in the kit.  The only aftermarket items used were the Detail Associates eyelets for the rigging points.  The rigging itself is done with 2 lb fishing line.

 

 

 

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President - October 2012 Article

It's October and that means it's time for nominations for next year's E-Board.  I hope to see some new faces step up or move up from a Protem position to one of the main positions. It's not hard folks and it really doesn't take up much of your time.  So get out there and man the helm.

Is it just me or has this year flown by pretty fast?  Before you know it w''ll be into the new year and building and finishing models to take to next year's Nationals in Colorado.  Last month we had a number of Matilda's on the table and hopefully this will inspire the others to finish up their kits.  My goal is to have all the kits finished by July 1st. That way we can get them all together and see how the display looks before we head up to Loveland.

 We are still planning to do another Make-N-Take with a Cub Scout pack later this year so if you want to help out, send me an email or let me know at the next meeting. Thanks.

I recently picked up a new airbrush. I switched brands from Iwata and got a Grex.  I've seen them at various model shows and went online and checked them out. I picked up the Tritium TG which is a gravity top feed that has some nice features such as interchangeable fluid reservoirs, it comes with three sizes and you can purchase an even larger 50cc cup. It can take various needle sizes from 2-5 mm.  I picked up a 2mm and 5mm needle set.  The thing that is different about this gun is that it is trigger operated like a larger paint gun.  It does take a little getting used to but I've used it a few times now and it seems more natural then the usual top trigger that other brushes use. Quality seems to be on par with Iwata and it is also easy to clean up. Another nice feature is that it has a magnetic front cap for the nose piece instead of the usual screw on type. They also give you a nose piece with two side prongs so that you can get up right to the surface and still have the gun to be able to spray. The rear of the gun also is magnetized to hold this cap if you like.  So far so good.

My other latest purchase is a DVD by Adam Wilder called "Authentic Metal."  It is in PAL format but will work on your computer.  It shows you a number of different techniques for simulating rusty steel finishes. I saw one of his models at the past year's AMPS Nationals done in this method and it was outstanding. It is carried by MXpression and I ordered it direct from them. They are in Maine and I had my copy in just a couple of days. They also have a few other DVD's available.

 Well that's about all I have this month. So keep on building.

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President -  September 2012 Article

So what's new you ask?  Oh, nothing much except Mike Blohm won IPMS USA Webmaster of the Year.  Make sure you bow to him at the next meeting.

With Nat's over with for another year it's time to start building for next year's show in Loveland, CO.  Get at it guys and gals and you Matildites!  Don't let the year slip away and you end up like Ken building in your hotel room.

 We are also coming up on nominations for E-Board positions for next year in October.  I hope to see some new blood throw their hat in the ring.  The jobs are not hard, the pay is great, and we get full medical benefits.  Yeah right.  I will not be running again for President but might consider running as a Protem.  Let's see some new faces on this side of the table and hopefully some new ideas.

 We are working on another Make 'N Take with a different Cub Scout pack.  The date isn't set yet but you can still volunteer to help out.  Just get ahold of me at the meeting or fire me off an email.  Thanks.

Well that's about all I have to say except keep building.


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice Presid

The winner of the "Best Display Only Model" at the June ASM meeting was Larry Glenn's nicely done "World War II Gull Wings" display, which consisted of five gull-winged aircraft.  These can be seen on the Model Pictures webpage.  We hope to see a bit more Display Only participation at the July 13th meeting - there is certainly a lot of choice there given the time periods of 1942, 1962, and 1982.  Please bring in your old projects that fit the theme, and show them off again.

I want to thank all the ASM members who participated in or contributed models to the ASM Model Show at the 2012 Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE).  I think ASM put on a great show and it was very well received by the both the ACE attendees and the ACE leadership.  It was like a super mall show, where the attendees knew what the subjects were, and really wanted to see and talk about the models.  We had "celebrity judging" by a cast of characters that reviewed all the models and picked out their favorite - those awards will be passed out at the July ASM meeting.  We passed out a lot of ASM promo sheets and it looked like a lot of folks were interested in the club.  There was also interest in bringing models to the New Mexico State Fair, especially amongst the junior modelers.  We all had a fun time.  If you've never been to one of these conventions, you should definitely check them out.  And you will get the chance to check ACE out next year, as it looks like ACE would like to have us back, and maybe incorporate some other aspects such as a contest.  See additional article below on ASM's Display at ACE 2012.

ASM Model Display at ACE 2012

               

                


Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director   - October 2012 Article

For September's contest, the theme was "New Mexico Centennial of Statehood.All entries with a connection to the state of New Mexico were eligible for theme points.  There were 23 entries with 13 in-theme.  There were no Junior level entries this month.  In Basic, Matt Blohm had Gold awards for both of his entries.  His F4F-3 Wildcat also earned People's Choice and Best of Show.   In Intermediate, Tony Humphries won Best of Show for his B-24 Pilot and Crew Chief at Kirtland Field.  The People's Choice award in Intermediate went to Adrian Montano's Galmer Indy Car in Little Al markings.  In Masters, the People's Choice award went to Brian Peck’' Rumpler C.IV.  There was no Best of Show announced for Masters at the meeting since there were no first place entries in theme, but having reviewed the contest guidelines, the Best of Show can be selected from any in-theme entry.  After conferring with the judges in the Master's division, the Best of Show goes to John Tate's Corporal Missile that was developed at White Sands Missile Range.

For the Pushing the Bounds bonus, there were several entries that pushed the bounds of the theme.  The winner of the $10 gift card this month is Matt Blohm.  His Wildcat entry was done in the markings of Butch O'Hare who served for two years aboard the USS New Mexico battleship prior to becoming a pilot.

The next contest is the "Century Series" theme contest in October.  All entries with 1xx in the designation are eligible for the theme.  Josh Pal's sponsored contest has been moved to December 7.  In November, the theme contest will be "More than a Handful, Big Guns". Mike Blohm's "Stealth" sponsored contest is also going to be held in November.

The October meeting is also the nomination meeting for next year's E-board.  I would like to enter more models in contests, so I would like someone else to take over the Contest Director position for next year.  Think about it and if anyone has any questions on the Contest Director position, please get with me.

ASM Model Spotlight - September 2012 Contest

This month’s Model Spotlight is on Brian Peck’s Rumpler C.IV (late) biplane from Wingnut Wings.

Brian built this plane because he wanted to do something different and wanted to do a German biplane with full lozenge coverings.  This plane has lozenge (decals included in the kit) on the fuselage sides and bottom as well as the top and bottom of both wings.  The kit is built up using one of the marking options included in the kit. The only aftermarket items used were the Detail Associates eyelets for the rigging points.  The rigging itself is done with 2 lb fishing line.

 

 

Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director -  September 2012 Article

Last month was a break from the contests with the Super Clinic night, more time to get entries ready for upcoming contests.  It is encouraging to consistently see models shown on the Work-In-Progress table.  I look forward to seeing them on the contest tables in the upcoming months.

Upcoming contests include the "New Mexico Centennial of Statehood" points contest on September 7th.  In October, there will be another points contest with the "Century Series" theme, as well as Josh Pals' sponsored contest:  "From a Movie/TV show". 

Upcoming contests include the "New Mexico Centennial of Statehood" points contest on September 7th.  In October, there will be another points contest with the "Century Series" theme, as well as Josh Pals' sponsored contest:  "From a Movie/TV show". 

Upcoming contests include the "New Mexico Centennial of Statehood" points contest on September 7th.  In October, there will be another points contest with the "Century Series" theme, as well as Josh Pals' sponsored contest:  "From a Movie/TV show". 

The State Fair is also coming up in September.   The entry dates for entering models are Friday September 7th and Saturday September 8th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Points will be awarded toward the ASM Modeler of the Year Contest for participation.  Ten points will be awarded for the first three models entered for a maximum of thirty points.  For those in a tight contest, this might help close the gap!  As usual, volunteers are needed during registration and during judging for this contest.  Contact Mike Blohm or myself if you need more information or are available to help out.

ASM Model Highlight - July 2012 Contest

The selected Model Highlight from the July 2012 "Anniversaries" contest is a Hawker Harrier GR.3 in markings from the Falklands conflict in 1982 built by Adrian Montano.

The kit is an old distressed 1/32 Revell Harrier GR.1 kit.  It was converted by cutting off the kit nose and scratch-building a replacement.   Sheet styrene was rolled to the correct diameter and then filled in and shaped with putty.  The vertical stabilizer was modified to add the fillet.  The tail "stinger" and weapons pylons were also modified with sheet styrene and putty.   The markings from the conflict were relatively simple, so decals from spares were used.

Adrian took advantage of this theme to be able to use up a distressed kit and stretch his skills by scratch-building a conversion to get the correct version of this aircraft.

Webmaster's Note:  There is no August Model Highlight because the August 3rd meeting was a "Super Clinics Night" with no contests.



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By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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Here’s a summary of updates made in the month of July 2012: 

July Meeting and Model Pics were posted, and the Model of theYear point standings and Model of the Year Contenders were updated. 

A trip report on the 2012 AMPS Nationals was posted on both the Article apge and the Field Trips page (with over 60 model pics!).

A trip report om the ASM model display at the Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) was posted, including approximately 100 pics.

 

 

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President  (August 2012 Article)

Well for those of you who haven't heard, ASM won the Region X Chapter of the Year award and Mike Blohm won for Webmaster of the Year for the region.  These nominations get passed up the ladder and hopefully we'll win the national awards this year.  So congratulations to last years E-board and everyone else who helped out with ASM related projects.  It is this type of hard work that makes this possible.  

It's never too early to start thinking about the election, no not that election, the ASM election.  I encourage new blood to get out there and run for a position, any position.  It's not hard and most of the positions don't take up a great deal of time.  Ask anyone who has filled these jobs and they'll tell you it isn't that hard.

We are still trying to figure out about possibly putting in a bid for the 2015 IPMS Nationals.  The biggest hurdle is the cost of the convention center and if we have enough hotel space nearby.  I hope to have more information for you on this in the next few months.

The Matilda Group build is still going strong and if anyone else wants to join in, fire me off an e-mail.  We could always use more especially since we lost two finished tanks that Tony Humphries built due to theft.

Well that's about all I have for this month other then to say great turnout on the contest tables last month.  Keep the ball rolling guys and gals. 


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President

The winner of the "Best Display Only Model" at the June ASM meeting was Larry Glenn's nicely done "World War II Gull Wings" display, which consisted of five gull-winged aircraft.  These can be seen on the Model Pictures webpage.  We hope to see a bit more Display Only participation at the July 13th meeting - there is certainly a lot of choice there given the time periods of 1942, 1962, and 1982.  Please bring in your old projects that fit the theme, and show them off again.

I want to thank all the ASM members who participated in or contributed models to the ASM Model Show at the 2012 Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE).  I think ASM put on a great show and it was very well received by the both the ACE attendees and the ACE leadership.  It was like a super mall show, where the attendees knew what the subjects were, and really wanted to see and talk about the models.  We had "celebrity judging" by a cast of characters that reviewed all the models and picked out their favorite - those awards will be passed out at the July ASM meeting.  We passed out a lot of ASM promo sheets and it looked like a lot of folks were interested in the club.  There was also interest in bringing models to the New Mexico State Fair, especially amongst the junior modelers.  We all had a fun time.  If you've never been to one of these conventions, you should definitely check them out.  And you will get the chance to check ACE out next year, as it looks like ACE would like to have us back, and maybe incorporate some other aspects such as a contest.  See additional article below on ASM's Display at ACE 2012.

ASM Model Display at ACE 2012

               

                


Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director   (August 2012 Article)

This was another impressive month on the contest front.  For the "70, 50, 30 year Anniversaries" Theme Contest we had thirty-one entries.  In the Juniors division we had a guest entrant, Travis McDowell, with a very nice J-20 Mighty Dragon jet.   Travis earned Gold and People's Choice awards for his entry.  In Basic, Matt Blohm's A6M2-N Rufe earned a Gold and Best of Show, and his Arado Ar-196 earned a People's Choice award.  In Intermediate, Tony Humphries earned a Best of Show award for his "Small Act of Defiance" diorama, showing a scene from the Falkland Islands Invasion.  Adrian Montano earned a People's Choice for his Star Trek USS Reliant.  In the Masters division, Dave Straub earned Best of Show and People's Choice awards for his inspiring scratch-built USS Langley Sea Plane Tender.

There were several entries that pushed the boundaries of the theme this month.  The "Pushing the Boundaries" bonus went to Dave Straub for his USS Langley.  The ship was shown in 1930''s markings, but the ship was sunk in 1942.  Adrian Montano's Star Trek Starships (USS Enterprise and USS Reliant) were from a film released in 1982 (Star Trek II, Wrath of Khan).  So far, there have been some very imaginative pushing of the boundaries, accompanied with very nice builds, and I look forward to seeing more of these in upcoming theme contests.

For upcoming meetings, in August, there is a Super Clinic night with no contests being held.  In September, the Theme contest will be "New Mexico Centennial of Statehood".  Down the road a little more, October will have the "Century Series" Points Contest and the sponsored contest will be Josh Pals's "From a Movie/TV Show".  Also, keep an eye on the schedule for more clinics.

If you want to see a specific item during one of the upcoming scheduled clinics, get with Brian Peck, who is organizing them this year.  Also, if you are interested in helping with judging, please get with me before or at the beginning of one of the upcoming meetings.   It's a good opportunity to see first-hand what the judges are looking for when judging models at the contests.

ASM Model Highlight - July 2012

The selected Model Highlight from the July 2012 "Anniversaries" contest is a Hawker Harrier GR.3 in markings from the Falklands conflict in 1982 built by Adrian Montano.

The kit is an old distressed 1/32 Revell Harrier GR.1 kit.  It was converted by cutting off the kit nose and scratch-building a replacement.   Sheet styrene was rolled to the correct diameter and then filled in and shaped with putty.  The vertical stabilizer was modified to add the fillet.  The tail "stinger" and weapons pylons were also modified with sheet styrene and putty.   The markings from the conflict were relatively simple, so decals from spares were used.

Adrian took advantage of this theme to be able to use up a distressed kit and stretch his skills by scratch-building a conversion to get the correct version of this aircraft.

 

 

 

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President  (July 2012 Article)

I can hardly believe it. We are half way through the modeling year. As the summer months come upon us, we sometimes get away from modeling and do more outside activities. I know I hit a small lull a few weeks ago and couldn't decide about what to start next. What got me out of it was to look through some of my reference books and poked about online at some possible projects. This, along with our last AMPS meeting, was enough for me to decide on a project. Something about seeing and talking about armor got me off the fence. Something a bit different for me, no not a plane, but a modern subject.

I'm going to tackle a LAV A2 in Afghanistan from 2009.  One of the nice things about working on modern subjects is you can get some good pictures off of the internet. I've got most of the parts and upgrades are on their way. I even started thinking about another modern subject for down the road, the Panda M-ATV vehicle. So if you need a kick in the pants to get building, come to a club meeting and get inspired to build something. Strike up a conversation with someone about how they did a certain model or check out some of the works in progress and get your modeling mojo back.   


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President (July 2012 Article)

The winner of the "Best Display Only Model" at the June ASM meeting was Larry Glenn's nicely done "World War II Gull Wings" display, which consisted of five gull-winged aircraft.  These can be seen on the Model Pictures webpage.  We hope to see a bit more Display Only participation at the July 13th meeting - there is certainly a lot of choice there given the time periods of 1942, 1962, and 1982.  Please bring in your old projects that fit the theme, and show them off again.

I want to thank all the ASM members who participated in or contributed models to the ASM Model Show at the 2012 Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE).  I think ASM put on a great show and it was very well received by the both the ACE attendees and the ACE leadership.  It was like a super mall show, where the attendees knew what the subjects were, and really wanted to see and talk about the models.  We had "celebrity judging" by a cast of characters that reviewed all the models and picked out their favorite - those awards will be passed out at the July ASM meeting.  We passed out a lot of ASM promo sheets and it looked like a lot of folks were interested in the club.  There was also interest in bringing models to the New Mexico State Fair, especially amongst the junior modelers.  We all had a fun time.  If you've never been to one of these conventions, you should definitely check them out.  And you will get the chance to check ACE out next year, as it looks like ACE would like to have us back, and maybe incorporate some other aspects such as a contest. 

ASM Model Display at ACE 2012

               

                


Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director (July 2012 Article)

The theme for the June points contest was "British Steel".  There were 24 well-done entries and some folks did indeed push the theme boundaries for this contest.  

In the Juniors category, Aleya Montano took a Gold, Best of Show and People's Choice for her TIE Fighter.  In the Basic category, Matt Blohm also took a Gold, Best of Show and People's Choice for his Spitfire Mk Vb. Tony Humphries won Intermediate Best of Show with his Taliban Donkey and Driver vignette.  Adrian Montano won the Intermediate People's Choice award for his big RAF Eurofighter. In the Masters division Larry Glenn's Vickers Wellington Mk. X won both Best of Show and People's Choice awards.  Great work by all.

Tony Humphries won the "Pushing the Boundaries" bonus for the "British Steel" June contest. His connection to the theme is that he entered a model built by a Brit.  Other contenders included Aleya’s and Adrian's Star Wars TIE Fighters.  Their connection is that the actor playing the part of Darth Vader is British (David Prowse). Mike Blohm also entered his scratch built girder vignette made from British steel. To be considered for the PtB bonus, please remember to write your justification on the entry sheet and put a red sticker on your entry form.

The Modeler of the Year points standings in Juniors and Basic are being dominated by Aleya Montano and Matt Blohm, respectively. Masters and Intermediate are very close and the lead keeps changing.  Currently in Intermediate, Tony Humphries is leading and in Masters, John Tate is in the lead.  Both categories are still very close and with four more points contests left this year, anything can happen.

Upcoming contests include the "70, 50, 30 year Anniversaries" theme (1942, 1962, 1982) for the July points contest.  August is a Super Clinic night with no contests scheduled.  This will give time to build for the "New Mexico Centennial of Statehoo" points contest in September.  Also in September is the "From a Movie/TV Show" contest sponsored by Josh Pals.

 

 

President's Spiel

By James Guld, ASM President

Wow ! It's almost May.  That means warmer weather on a more consistent basis and more outdoor activities.  All I ask, is that you don't forget about building models.  We've had a pretty good turn out so far this year and I hope to see this trend continued.

 I will do a trip report next month about my upcoming AMPS Nationals on April 26-28.  Hopefully tornadoes will not be apart of it as it is being held in Auburn, Indiana.  For us treadheads it is great show.  It  will be held at the WW2 Victory Museum.  It houses over 150 vehicles along with a great vendor room and seminars from some of the top modelers from around the world.  This year both Mig Jemenz and Adam Wilder will be giving seminars.  For more information about AMPS here is a link to their website. http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/default.aspx

I do have a new technique I wanted to share with you for making Allied Air ID panels.  In the past I was making them out of lead foil.  This worked okay most of the time but occasionally when I was bending it to the contour of the tank it would crack the paint off especially on the tie down straps that are attached to the panels.  My new method involves using a combination of artists white tape for the back of the panel and regular tan masking tape from 3-M for the front of the panel.   I also use this tan tape to make the straps.  I lay down a strip of the white tape sticky side up on my cutting surface and then stick a strip of the tan tape on top.  It is oversized slightly, so next I cut it to the proper scale size of 28" x 72" or for the larger panels of 28" x 144".  After cutting them down I then paint the tan side either bright yellow or cerise.  They also used a blue panel but that was mainly for rear echelon troops.  Once this is dry, I add on the border strips and the tie down straps which were an OD colored canvas cloth.  You could even paint the tape strips first OD then add them or paint them afterwards.  I usually only put the tape strips on the colored side and just paint a thin OD line on the other side since you rarely see the other side once on the vehicle.  The panels were made from an acetate material with canvas borders and straps and were rolled up and stored in an OD bag.  The nice thing I like about the tan tape is that it has a slight texture to it and once bent looks a lot more like the real thing then the lead foil.  In Steve Zaloga's book, "Modeling US Armor of WW2" he has pictures of the real panels along with a chart of when they were used. 

 


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President

The winner of the "Best Display Only Model" at the March 2nd ASM meeting remains a mystery at this time.  The model itself is known - a nicely done Lamborghini Countach.  Please make yourself known so that info can be added to the website.  We did not get many Display Only models at the March meeting, probably because it was an "Open" Contset with no real theme to it.

Well, the April meeting is "Large Scale" so we hope to see a lot of 1/32 scale aircraft and some 1/25 sacle and up armor/military vehicles out there on the tables for Joe and I to judge the Best Display Only" model there that night. 

As you may already know, the Hobby Proz  "Best 1/32 scale Tamiya P-51D  Mustang" sponsored contest has been sliupped from April to May.  If you weren't procrastinating and actually have yours completed, that certainly qualifies in the "Large Scale" competition, so bring them in to set the bar for the May meeting. 

Also - Doug Dildy will not be able to do his "Dambusters" presentation at the April meeting due to a schedule conflict with his airline job.  We are working to reschedule that presentation for early in the fall.  Stand by for more informtion on that.


Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director

The theme for the June points contest was "British Steel".  There were 24 well-done entries and some folks did indeed push the theme boundaries for this contest.  

In the Juniors category, Aleya Montano took a Gold, Best of Show and People's Choice for her TIE Fighter.  In the Basic category, Matt Blohm also took a Gold, Best of Show and People's Choice for his Spitfire Mk Vb. Tony Humphries won Intermediate Best of Show with his Taliban Donkey and Driver vignette.  Adrian Montano won the Intermediate People's Choice award for his big RAF Eurofighter. In the Masters division Larry Glenn's Vickers Wellington Mk. X won both Best of Show and People's Choice awards.  Great work by all.

Tony Humphries won the "Pushing the Boundaries" bonus for the "British Steel" June contest. His connection to the theme is that he entered a model built by a Brit.  Other contenders included Aleya’s and Adrian's Star Wars TIE Fighters.  Their connection is that the actor playing the part of Darth Vader is British (David Prowse). Mike Blohm also entered his scratch built girder vignette made from British steel. To be considered for the PtB bonus, please remember to write your justification on the entry sheet and put a red sticker on your entry form.

The Modeler of the Year points standings in Juniors and Basic are being dominated by Aleya Montano and Matt Blohm, respectively. Masters and Intermediate are very close and the lead keeps changing.  Currently in Intermediate, Tony Humphries is leading and in Masters, John Tate is in the lead.  Both categories are still very close and with four more points contests left this year, anything can happen.

Upcoming contests include the "70, 50, 30 year Anniversaries" theme (1942, 1962, 1982) for the July points contest.  August is a Super Clinic night with no contests scheduled.  This will give time to build for the "New Mexico Centennial of Statehoo" points contest in September.  Also in September is the "From a Movie/TV Show" contest sponsored by Josh Pals.

 

Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director  (March-Apr 2012)

The contests keep getting better and better this year.  The April contests had a great turnout including several entries from new members.  Between the points contest and Don Smith's sponsored contest (Best Sci-Fi Spaceship), there were 37 entries!  This kept the Judges pretty busy.  I'm especially glad that we have some new participants in the Juniors level.

This month's points contest was an "Open" theme, all scales, all subjects, and all eras. In the Juniors level Phillip Trujillo won gold, People's Choice and Best of Show for his '57 Chevy, nice work.  Matthew Ortiz also won gold with his USS Missouri battleship and Aleya Montano earned a gold ribbon for her Bat Missile.  I hope to see more from these modelers this year.  In Basic, Matt Blohm earned Gold as well as People's Choice and Best of Show with his USS Enterprise NCC-1701E.  A mong the Intermediate level entries, Pete Beck won 1st in the Ships category as well as People's Choice and Best of Show with a very clean build of the USS Pegasus.  Special mention goes to Robert Meeker and for having all of his entries place in his first ASM contest!  In Masters.  John Tate is coming out of retirement and hasn't lost any of his skills with his Spitfire Mk Vb Trop diorama winning a 1st place and Best of Show.  People's Choice in Masters went to Larry Glenn's Breda Ba. 65; those Italian planes may not always be the prettiest, but they sure are interesting.

Things to note for upcoming contests:

- April's contest will be the next Points Contest and the theme is Large Scale.  See the website for specifics on this contest. 

- The scheduled Hobby Proz Tamiya 1/32 P-51 sponsored contest has been postponed one month due to the unavailability of Tamiya's metallic rattle can spray paints.  Have your Mustangs completed for the May 4 meeting. Check with Brian "The Dude" Peck if you have any questions on this contest.

 

ASM Model Highlight - April 2012 Contest

Adrian Montano's Lotus 78 Formula 1 Race Car

The Model Spotlight this month is for the Tamiya Lotus 78 Formula 1 race car in 1/12th scale by Adrian Montano.  Adrian picked this subject for its curb appeal, its innovative design, and success on the track with driver Mario Andretti.  The fact that his wife bought the kit for him for $10.00 at a flea market also greatly influenced his choice.

Adrian built the kit mostly out of the box with the only changes being scratch built wiring and plumbing details.   The kit was typical Tamiya, even if it's an "old" kit from the 80's, with good fit and plenty of detail.   The major gloss black surfaces of the car are black Bare Metal Foil applied to a primered base coat.   The hardest part of applying the finish is ensuring that there is no lint caught under the foil.   A final top coat of Future sealed the decals and gave the finish its gloss.

 



Spider_web (2).jpg (150780 bytes) Webmaster's Tales

By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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Here’s a summary of updates made in the month of March 2012: 

All the info from the March contest has been posted:  Contest results, Model and Meeting Pics, Points Standing, and Model of the Year Contenders. 

A lot of new events have been added to the Upcoming Events Calendar: In March there will be a Matilda Group Build meeting on March 11th, a field trip to the War Eagles Air Museum on March 18th, and a Make-N-Take with the Cub Scouts in Rio Rancho on March 21st.  The field trip report will be posted ASAP.

Other items of note on the website are listed below:

2012 Pages have been put in place for the Contest Results, Model Pics, Meeting Pics, Modeler of the Year Points Standings, Model of the Year Contenders, etc.  Please let me know via E-mail if you find some links going to the incorrect year pages.  Note that the links at the top of these pages for this year (2012) and the past year (2011) will be changed to work correctly.  Using the links at the top of any years before 2011 will probably take you to other pages of that same year. 

Of note, we have pages going Way-Back to: Model Pics - 2006; Meeting Pics - 2005; Contest Results - 2003; Modeler of Year - 2003; Model of Year - 2005. 

The "Upcoming Events" section on the Articles webpage has been updated with 2012 calendar information.   This section llists events that are not covered on the normal ASM Contest Schedule.   Please let me know if you are aware of any events that should be added.  The ROE used for inclusion was any event within a long-day's driving distance.  I am posting "major events" that are outside driving range, such as the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) National Convention, etc.  Events that might involve modeling in some manner are also listed, such as Science Fiction, Star Trek, and Comic Conventions. 

Rules of Engagement (ROE) for the Sponsored Contests - what the host has decided are the "criteria" to enter the contest / what entries will be judged on - have been listed for all the 2012 sponsored contests and can be found in the Sponsored Contest ROE section of the ASM Contest Schedule page.

Links to the 2012 IPMS-USA National Convention website - in Orlando, Florida - and previous year's websites can be found in that location on the Articles page.

An "Index to Reports" has been added at the top of the Field Trips page, with separate tables for the types of reports (Aicraft & Space Museums, Aromor and Milirtary Vehicle Museums, Model Conventions, Airshows, etc.).  Each entry in the Index is linked to the report for the event.  This will help ASM members know what has been posted and get to it quickly.  Please write up a short paragraph and send that in with pictures when you attend something that other ASM members might be interested in.

Some reminders about the ASM website:

The “Marquee Banner” that scrolls across the top of the Home Page will always have the latest info on club activities – contests, events and speakers for the upcoming month, notice that new schedules and Newsletters have been posted, and whether an event has been postponed – so always check that out first when you visit the ASM website.  If the weather looks bad enough that the meeting might be cancelled - check that banner before you drive to the meeting.  We did use it once in 2011 when a meeting was cancelled by UNM due to a snow storm (all campus buildings were closed).  There will probably also be an audio alert (beeping sounds) that will go off when the page initially comes up if a meeting has been cancelled. 

There ia an  "ASM Review Articles"  page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page is an archive of all previous review articles authored by ASM members - it has links to different sections of the page based upon the review topic - aircraft, armor, automotive, books, etc.  Please take the time to write up a short blurb if you are building a new kit and submit that and some in-progress / final pics to the website and ASM Newsletter. 

There is also a "NM State Fair Model Contests" page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page includes links to the NM State Fair contest resuls pages from 2005 to 2011.  It also includes all the current Section and Class entry criteria.  Read through this information to learn what models you should be thinking about entering in 2012.  Note that ASM Master and Intermediate modelers are asked to enter in the "Professional" Class.  Please note that there is a link in the Upcoming Events calendar that will take you to the actual NM State Fair site. 

ASM Newsletters are available on the website going back to January 2004. 

The “New and Potential ASM Members” web page has all the info that new and prospective members need to review to understand how ASM is set up and the policies that govern club operations – the By Laws, Contest Guidelines, etc.  The link to the New Member page is on the Home Page.  Both new members and “old heads” should review these documents every so often. 

Some of the links on the "Website Updates" page back to older article postings no longer work .  If you cannot find an older article mentioned in the Website Update listings, it would be best to check the "Archived Articles" page as it was probably moved to that location.  Articles moved to the Archives are always posted at the top of that page, so the most recently removed articles will be found at the top of the page.  Scroll down to go back in time - the ASM Time Machine.

As always, let me know if you have any ideas for changes or additions to the website, and please send me any articles, reviews, or trip reports with pictures that you’d like to post on the website - and also send your inputs to Joe Walters if you'd like your article  included in the  the Newsletter as well.    Thanks!

 

 

Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director  (March-Apr 2012)

The contests keep getting better and better this year.  The April contests had a great turnout including several entries from new members.  Between the points contest and Don Smith's sponsored contest (Best Sci-Fi Spaceship), there were 37 entries!  This kept the Judges pretty busy.  I'm especially glad that we have some new participants in the Juniors level.

This month's points contest was an "Open" theme, all scales, all subjects, and all eras. In the Juniors level Phillip Trujillo won gold, People's Choice and Best of Show for his '57 Chevy, nice work.  Matthew Ortiz also won gold with his USS Missouri battleship and Aleya Montano earned a gold ribbon for her Bat Missile.  I hope to see more from these modelers this year.  In Basic, Matt Blohm earned Gold as well as People's Choice and Best of Show with his USS Enterprise NCC-1701E.  A mong the Intermediate level entries, Pete Beck won 1st in the Ships category as well as People's Choice and Best of Show with a very clean build of the USS Pegasus.  Special mention goes to Robert Meeker and for having all of his entries place in his first ASM contest!  In Masters.  John Tate is coming out of retirement and hasn't lost any of his skills with his Spitfire Mk Vb Trop diorama winning a 1st place and Best of Show.  People's Choice in Masters went to Larry Glenn's Breda Ba. 65; those Italian planes may not always be the prettiest, but they sure are interesting.

Things to note for upcoming contests:

- April's contest will be the next Points Contest and the theme is Large Scale.  See the website for specifics on this contest. 

- The scheduled Hobby Proz Tamiya 1/32 P-51 sponsored contest has been postponed one month due to the unavailability of Tamiya's metallic rattle can spray paints.  Have your Mustangs completed for the May 4 meeting. Check with Brian "The Dude" Peck if you have any questions on this contest.

 

ASM Model Highlight - April 2012 Contest

Adrian Montano's Lotus 78 Formula 1 Race Car

The Model Spotlight this month is for the Tamiya Lotus 78 Formula 1 race car in 1/12th scale by Adrian Montano.  Adrian picked this subject for its curb appeal, its innovative design, and success on the track with driver Mario Andretti.  The fact that his wife bought the kit for him for $10.00 at a flea market also greatly influenced his choice.

Adrian built the kit mostly out of the box with the only changes being scratch built wiring and plumbing details.   The kit was typical Tamiya, even if it's an "old" kit from the 80's, with good fit and plenty of detail.   The major gloss black surfaces of the car are black Bare Metal Foil applied to a primered base coat.   The hardest part of applying the finish is ensuring that there is no lint caught under the foil.   A final top coat of Future sealed the decals and gave the finish its gloss.


Trinity Site Open to Public

April 7th, 2012

The Trinity Site will be open on Satuday, April 7th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Visitors are allowed to enter and exit unescorted.  Admission is free.  Entry is through the Stallion Gate entrance.  To reach that gate from Interstate 25, exit at San Antonio and drive 12 miles east on U.S. 380.  From U.S. 54, drive 53 miles west on U.S. 380 from Carrizozo.  Turn into the Stallion Gate entrance and drive south five miles. 

 For more info contact the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office at 575-678-1134

 

 

Click here for info on the site and touring the site: 

http://www.nmts.org/rides/trinitySite.htm

http://www.atomictourist.com/trinity.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test)

 

 

 

President's Speel

By James Guld, ASM President

March Madness (April 2012 Article)

 I have a bit of bad news to report. Club member Tony Humphries house had a fire in it recently, but luckily no one in his family was hurt.  Hopefully we'll see Tony at next month's meeting.  Anyone wanting to help out with kits or supplies for him can contact me.

We will be having our Boy Scout Make-N-Take event on Wednesday March 21st in Rio Rancho.  We have enough hands and kits so this is just a thank you to all who are helping out.

We had to postpone the presentation by author Doug Dildy due to some last minute conflicts in his schedule.  We will post information on the website about when he can speak as soon as possible.

We are working on our nominations for Chapter of the Year and Webmaster of the Year.  These applications get submitted to our Region 10  coordinator who then picks one,and then it gets passed up the ladder to the national organization for consideration for the national awards.  Our nominations are due in by April 1st and hopefully we should hear who won the regional awards by the beginning of June.

Remember to submit any articles to Joe Walters and Mike Blohm for inclusion in the newsletter and to the website.  It can be a simple book review, model build review, a trip report, or maybe a tip report on a new product or technique you tried.  It doesn't need to be fancy just a few paragraphs and maybe some photos if you have them.

Well that's about all I have this month.   

 

 

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President's Speel

By James Guld, ASM President

Mar 2012 Article

It's almost spring, wow where did winter goThat means warmer weather, longer days, baseball season getting under way and the start of the ASM contest schedule.  We had a good turn out of WIP on the tables back in January and I'm hoping that this will be the trend for the remainder of the year.  Bring in those WIP's and if you have questions don't hesitate to ask one of us how something should look or how we did a certain technique.  I think one of the strongest aspects of our club is the sharing of knowledge.  My door is always open.  Feel free to contact me either at the meeting or if you like via email.  Or dare I say even by phone.  Just do it before 9pm.

As I mentioned last month we are still looking for volunteers to help out with the Cub Scout Make-N-Take.  It will take place in Rio Rancho and runs from 6-7:30 P.M. The possible dates are March 7&21 April  4&18 or May 2&18.  So far there are three of us doing it.  I would like to see at least two more members help out. There are 15 scouts.  We have all the kits, we just need help with the mentoring.  Thanks!

Now moving on to more nuts and bolts of modeling, I thought I would give you my impression of the Vallejo Model Color paints that Hobby-Proz is now carrying.  These are high quality paints but I'm not a fan of the squeeze bottle jars.  They are also meant to be thinned before using. That is a good thing since you get more bang for your buck.  I save my old Tamiya paint jars and have found that I get almost two full jars once I thin the Vallejo paint down.  I use distilled water to thin it.  I have been using a number of their colors for my figures especially for my faces.  I've found that diluting it with distilled water and Liquitex retarder that I can get it to go on much better then Model Master paints.  I'm still experimenting with this but I'm happy with the way it's going so far.  Vallejo also makes their spray line called Model Air which I have only experimented with it a little.  I found that it still needs a bit of thinning even though they say you can spray it straight from the bottle.  What I like is that they have a great variety of colors, but on the downside a number of the colors from the Model Color line do not correspond to the Model Air line.  Another thing I noticed is that at least for WW2 US armor, their OD is a bit too brown.  On the upside they do have some other "greens" that IMHO better represent a good starting point for US OD.  Now don't call the color police on me.

Something shinny?  Well it started out that way at least.  I've been working on the Meng Models Toyota Technical pickup truck.  This is a pretty nice little kit and the fit surprised me.  I'm working on a little diorama with it and hope to have it ready for the March meeting.  Even if the diorama isn't done I'll bring in the truck.

Well that's about all I have. Get out there and build models and "Let's Go Mets!"  We both turn 50 this March.   

 

Contest Director Update

by Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Director

Mar 2012 Article

Well, this year we certainly started off with a bang!  The inaugural Honorary Moe Blalters Sci-Fi Special Contest had a very nice selection of Sci-Fi, realspace, and fantasy entries, all in honor of Joe and Mike's tireless work; thanks, guys!  This contest had 18 entries, although there were no entries in the Juniors category. Congratulations to Matt Blohm with a Best of Show in Basic with a very nice USS Enterprise.  In Intermediate, Gil De La Plain took a Best of Show for his Buick Assault Vehicle.  That entry was imaginative and very well executed; I look forward to seeing more of his work.  In Masters, Ray Ayles' Mummy won the Best of Show with a very clean build.

Patrick Dick's "Frickin' Lasers" sponsored contest had a good turnout with six entries.  Kyle Garber's Colonial Viper from the original series of Battlestar Galactica took the top prize in that contest.

While we're still on the subject of Sci-Fi, don't forget to bring spaceships for Don Smith's "Best Sci-Fi Spaceship" sponsored contest in March.  The prize will be a print similar to the ones given out for his aircraft contests.

Some more reminders for upcoming contests:

First of all, February will be a swap meet, so no contest this month.  This will give everyone time to get ready for our first points contest in March which is an Open contest.  All subjects, all scales, all eras.  In April, bring your 1/32 Tamiya Mustangs for the Hobby Proz-sponsored contest.  If you have any questions about this contest, see Bobby (the owner) or Brian (our very own plastics pusher dude) at Hobby Proz.

In addition, this year there are a few new items to go with the contests:

1.  State Fair 2012: points will be award­ed for participation in this year's Fair.  For more information, contact Josh Pals or Mike Blohm.

2.  Pushing the Boundary: Build a kit that is in some way connected to the theme for that night, but not in an obvious way.  To be considered, have written justification/explanation on the contest entry sheets.  The Contest Director will select the winner from the entries.  This is like extra credit and this is entirely separate from regular judging.  One winner will be awarded per points contest with a gift card to Hobby Proz.  For questions or clarifications, contact me.

3.  Best In-Theme Display-Only entries: Bring kits for the display only section that are In-Theme for that night's contest.  Webmaster chooses and recognizes on web site, contact Mike Blohm with any questions.  Let's see some full tables!

4.  Kit Show and Tell: Share with the group the reasoning behind the subject built, any peculiar aspects of the kit, any new techniques used for the build, any aftermarket / scratchbuilding / conversions / corrections?  Contact me with any questions.

5.  Model Spotlight: I will select an interesting subject to write up a spotlight on the model and/or modeler for the news­letter and web site.

January 2012 Model Spotlight

This month's Model Spotlight is Mike Blohm's "UFO Fly-In at Roswell" Diorama

The four UFO models are the Pegasus "Area 51 UFO" and "Alpha Centauri UFO" kits, Testors "Roswell UFO," and the vintage Lindberg "UFO"
(reissued by Atlantis).  Scratch-built landing gear were added to the Roswell UFO and Lindberg UFO models.  Figures are from Scene Masters and
Woodland Scenics.  A more detailed article on this diorama project will be posted shortly. 

 



 


Lobo Wing Fantasy Flight Training Raffle

The Lobo Wing of the Commerative Air Force is holding a Fantasy Flight Training raffle, with the drawing held on March 12, 2012. 
Tickets are $20.00 each, and there are three Grand Prize winners. 

What you win includes: 1. A replica WW II flight suit.  2. WW II Training Manual.  3.  Two hours of training. 
4.  Two hours of flight in a PT-26 (pictured above).  5.  One additional hour of advanced ground school.  6.  One hour of flight in an AT-6.

Enter Online or by mail at www.Lobowing.org

 

 

President's Speel

By James Guld, ASM President

(February 2012 Article)

I would have to say that I was pleasantly surprised to see so many models on the tables last month.  I hope this is a foreshadowing of what's to come.  Way to go, guys!  As most of you know, this month we are having our annual swap meet, so bring out those extra kits that you will never build or that have been superseded by newer kits.  Buy, sell, trade!

We are still planning to do a Make & Take with a cub scout den in Rio Rancho.  I've been in contact with the den leader and we are working out when it will happen.  I might even have it finalized by our meeting.  Anyone who would like to help out please contact me.

The club Group Chapter build for the 2013 Nationals is still on.  It is the Matilda tank.  We are building the new Tamiya release.  We could still use a few more built from the Western Desert campaign.  Again if you're interested, let me know.

What's on the bench?  Well we want to see it.  Bring in those Works in Progress!  I've set aside the pontoon diorama for the time being and have started in on the Meng Models Toyota Technical.  Not a bad little kit.  The fit is pretty good and it is forcing me to do a gloss paint job.  Well, it will start out that way but it won't be a shiny show rod when done.  Some of the modern armor kits are starting to grow on me.  I started looking around the web and the nice thing is you don't have to guess what color it is.  At least if you can see the base color(s) underneath all that dirt and dust. 

Well that about covers it.  Keep building and let's keep those tables crowded.

 


Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President

(February 2012 Article)

First off, thanks to everyone who brought in "Display-Only" models to the January meeting.  That showing was very impressive and led to a lot of model-building discussions, which is what this club is all about.  My guesstimate of the total of models is around 78, based upon going back and reviewing the pictures on the website.

Speaking of "Display-Only Models", I'd like to expand a bit on what Victor talked about in his Contest Director Article article below concerning the "Best In-Theme Display-Only entry".  The thought behind beginning this non-points competition is to challenge all the members to dust-off, repair, and bring in your previously-entered works that fit the evening's theme so that everyone gets to see more models on the table.  Everyone will benefit from discussing what you did to construct and finish the kit, and the odds are that a lot of new ASM members never saw your model when you originally entered it, and it will be new to them and worth a good look.  As Victor described, the Just Staff folks will choose the winner for that night and it will get a special "No-Prize" award and mention in the Newsletter and the Website. 

There are a lot of great models to be seen out there, so please bring them in when they match the theme of the night. 

 

ASFS Visit to ASM

Reminder!  Members of the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society have been invited to attend our January meeting, as our Theme is of interest to them.

I have no idea how many ASFS members will show, but I hope there are lots of Sci-Fi subjects in the competition and in the display-only section for them to see!

Who knows?  Perhaps some of them will be inspired to start modeling and join us!  And for any ASM members who might find ASFS interesting, they meet on second Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, just east of San Mateo on Ponderosa.

Albuquerque Science Fiction Society website at:  http://tinyurl.com/asfsweb


 

2011 Model
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Aleya Montano Gorham Smoker Larry Glenn Jim Guld
USS Enterprise A6M Zero Matilda Mk IV Matilda Crane Tank

 

 

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ASM 2012 E-Board Election Results from November Meeting

Results of the 2012 ASM E-Board elections held at the November ASM meeting are posted below. 

President - Jim Guld 
Vice President - Mike Blohm
Secretary/Treasurer - Frank Randall
Contest Director - Victor Maestas
Members Pro-Tem:
Patrick Dick
Larry Glenn
Brian Peck
Webmaster - Mike Blohm
Newsletter Editor - Joe Walters

 

ASM at the Kirtland AFB Open House

by Mike Blohm

ASM was an exhibitor at the Kirtland Air Force Base Open House on Sunday, 9 October.  ASM's display included the 1/32 scale F-16 Thunderbirds entry that won third place in the Chapter Entry category at the 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention, as well as ASM's "What is Scale Modeling?" display and other assorted models of all types.   The exhibit was very well attended by the crowds, as shown in the pictures below.  Special thanks to all ASMer's involved, particularly Pete Beck, Ken Liotta, and Keith Liotta.  Stay tuned for a more detailed trip report on the display from one of the participants, and a trip report on the air show.


 

 


New Mexico State Fair 2011 Model Contest

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Creative Arts - Division 13

"Models – Military, Science Fiction & Others"

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Posted below are pictures of the model cases at the 2011 NM State Fair

Click here for Contest Results

Click here for more information on ASM Model Contests at previous NM State Fairs

 


ASM Wins IPMS Region Ten 2010 Chapter of the Year Award

2010 awards announcement from IPMS Region 10 Coordinator Don Kehrer:

 

This year the winners are:

 

Newsletter of the Year:    IPMS/High Plains Modelers.  Editor:  Jeff Brown

 

Website of the Year:       IPMS/Ernest A. Love.  Webmaster:  Steve Barlow

 

Chapter of the Year:        IPMS/Albuquerque

 


ASM Road Trip

Brain Peck planned and conducted an impressive three-day marathon ASM Road Trip in May 2011 that included the Muesum of the US Air Force in Dayton Ohio and rhe Grissom AFB Museum, as well as visits to Legenfelter Performabnce Engineering and the Indianoplis Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum.  Gil De La Plain's report for this trip is posted below (the short ASM Newsletter version) and also on the Field Trips page (the unabridged version with 74 pictures!).  Please check them out. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Model
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2011 Model
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Aleya Montano Gorham Smoker Larry Glenn Jim Guld
USS Enterprise A6M Zero Matilda Mk IV Matilda Crane Tank

 

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Presidential Inklings

By Victor Maestas, ASM President (Dec 2011 Article)

Fictional Fighters

Recently, while perusing the shelves at Hobby Proz, I picked up a new helicopter model from Dragon, even though it was in the completely wrong scale of 1/144.  This is the model of the stealth helicopter that was partially revealed during Operation Neptune's Spear (to capture or kill "Geronimo") in May, 2011.  The only reason this new helicopter was revealed at all was due to one of the two helicopters used in the raid crashing and not being completely destroyed.  The day following the raid, pictures of the tail section of the aircraft showed up in news outlets and on the internet.

This kit is impressive in that is has been designed, molded, packaged and produced by a foreign company and is on the shelves in the U.S. only four months after its first photos appearedWith a small photo etch fret included!

There have been several other models produced that are based on rumors and best guesses.  The most successful was the Testors F-19.  This one was based on the rumors of the F-117 that had not yet been shown to the public.  When the actual aircraft was finally shown, the model didn't resemble the real aircraft much, but it captured the imagination of those who wanted to know what was really going on in those "black holes" at aircraft companies.  This was soon followed by a Russian equivalent, the MiG-37 Ferret (completely hypothetical), the B-2 bomber, again based on rumors, and despite being a flying wing, not resembling the real thing very well, and more recently, the SR-75 (based on a bigger, faster SR-71).

There are models sold that are based entirely on someone's imagination, or after-the-fact paper designs that were never built, but these ones that have a possibility of appearing one day really capture the imagination.  It makes you wonder how many other secret aircraft are out being used that the general public (and even aviation enthusiasts) don't know about and also how close the model companies can get to reality.  I'm looking forward to one day going to an airshow and looking over the real "Stealth Helicopter" and see how close Dragon got.

 

 


New Mexico State Fair 2011 Model Contest

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Creative Arts - Division 13

"Models – Military, Science Fiction & Others"

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Posted below are pictures of the model cases at the 2011 NM State Fair

Click here for Contest Results

 


***  Please refer to the "Temporary ASM Website" for pictures from early  ***
2010 meetings until the ASM Website gets caught up

Special thanks to Joe Walters for creating & maintaining the Temporary ASM Website
while ASM procurred new software to fix on-going problems!
Mike Blohm
Just Staff

 

 

Vice President's Report

By Jim Guld, ASM Vice President (July 2011 Article)

Man has this summer flown byIPMS Nationals are just about two weeks away and I'm trying to finish one more piece to bring, my French Zimmeritted Sherman.  It will be a close call if it makes it or not.  No rushing it, it gets done when it gets done.  I have plenty of finished pieces to bring, 11 total including two dioramas.  Plus this year John Tate and I are driving up together so we should have one pretty stuffed Subaru.  In fact I picked up a luggage bag for the roof.  This way we have plenty of room for all the goodies from the vendors room and hopefully some wood.

The best improvement I did this year for the modeling room was to add an air conditioner.  It sure makes modeling much more pleasant.  No more stopping and having to wipe my brow from the Optivisor.  Pure modeling bliss.  Ahhh.....

So I'll see you all in a few weeks with hopefully some wood from Nat's and a somewhat inflated Master Card bill. 

Model On.

 

 

Contest Update

by Josh Pals, ASM Contest Director (July 2011 Article)

Greetings, fellow Sprue-Heads!

June's meeting saw two contests; the first was May's special contest "Shiny Show-Rods" which due to low turnout was pushed to June.  The second was our summer points contest, "1941."

These are the results from the special contest "Shiny Show-Rods."  In Basic, new member Gorham Smoker received a well-deserved Gold ribbon for his amt Lil' Mixer show rod.  In Intermediate, Frank Randall received a 2nd place with his Tom Daniel Ice-T show rod.  And in the Master division, Mike Blohm took 3rd for his Mach 5 racer, Victor Maestas took 2nd for his Ed Roth Mysterion show-rod and 1st with his Tom Daniel Red Baron show-rod.

The results for our points contest "1941" are as follows:  in Basic, new member Gorham Smoker received a Gold ribbon for his 1/72 Bf 109F and a Gold ribbon, Best of Show, and People's Choice for his 1/48 A6M2 Zero.

In Intermediate, Frank Randall received 2nd for his 1/48 A6M2 Zero.  Tony Humphries took 1st with all three of his entries: a 1/35 Russian T-34, a 1/35 German SDKFZ 223 and a 1/35 Air Warden vignette.  Larry Glenn took 3rd for his Bf 109E-7 Trop and took 1st, Best of Show, and People's Choice for his Dewoitine D.520. Adrian Montano took 2nd for his 1/10 Captain America figure.  Although it did''t place, I have to give a nod to Adrian for pushing the boundaries of the theme by entering his F-14 Tomcat from the movie "The Final Countdown."

In the Master's Division, John Tate took 1st and 2nd for his 1/48 Hurricane MK I Trop and 1/48 Hurricane MK II 6 Trop, respectively.  Mike Blohm took 3rd for his 1/72 Bf 109E-4 Adolf Galland and, although not in theme, Mike took 1st for his UFO.  Victor Maestas took 1st and People's Choice for his Matilda MK I.  Paul Kirchner took 2nd with his 1/35 Russian KV-2 and took 1st and Best of Show with his 1/35 diorama of the "Counter attack on Yelna."

Just to refresh for current members and to let new members know, you don't have to have a model be in "theme" to enter in a points contest.  You just won't receive the additional 10 points for entering or be eligible for People's Choice or Best of Show.  The object of "themed" contests is to inspire you to build something, sometimes outside your "comfort zone."

July's meeting will have our third Special non-points contest "More or Less."  Vehicles with more than four wheels or less than four wheels.  Military vehicles are okay, but no tracked vehicles.  Because this is a "Special" non-points contest, only models that meet the "theme" will be allowed.

July will also have our first "Sponsored" contest, which is sponsored by me, Josh Pals. The theme is "Post-Apocalyptic. "Think 'Mad Max'," "Death Race," etc.   The rules?  There are no rules!  Scratchbuild, kitbash and have fun!  Models that may be entered are entirely up to the sponsor of the contest - in this case, me. Anything that looks like it's from a post-apocalyptic world, armor, aircraft, auto, figure, etc… I'm excited to see what kind of entries will be on the tables for both contests!  Model on, Sprue-Heads!


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By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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Here’s a summary of recent updates on the ASM Website. 

2011 Pages ahave been put in place for the Contest Results, Model Pics, Meeting Pics, Modeler of the Year Points Standings, Model of the Year Contenders, etc.  Please let me know via E-mail if you find some links going to the incorrect year pages.

The "Upcoming Events" section on the Articles webpage has been updated with 2011 calendar information.   This section llists events that are not covered on the normal ASM Contest Schedule.   Please let me know if you are aware of any events that should be added.  The ROE used for inclusion was any event within a long-day's driving distance.  I am posting major events that are outside driving range, such as the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) National Convention, etc. 

Rules of Engagement (ROE) for the Sponsored Contests - what the host has decided are the "criteria" to enter the contest / what entries will be judged on - can be found in the Sponsored Contest ROE section of the ASM Contest Schedule page.

Links to the 2011 IPMS-USA National Convention website and previous year's websites can be found in that location on the Articles page.

Two new pages have been recently added with links available in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  The first new page is "ASM Review Articles" that is an archive of all previous review articles authored by ASM members - it has links to different sections of the page based upon the review topic - aircraft, armor, automotive, books, etc.   The second new page is "NM State Fair Model Contests" that includes links to the NM State Fair contest resuls pages from 2005 to 2010.  It also includes all the current Section and Class entry criteria.  Read through this information to learn what models you should be thinking about entering in 2011.  Note that ASM Master and Intermediate modelers are asked to enter in the "Professional" Class.  Please note that there is a link in the Upcoming Events calendar that will take you to the actual NM State Fair site.

Some reminders:

The “Marquee Banner” that scrolls across the top of the Home Page will always have the latest info on club activities – contests, events and speakers for the upcoming month, notice that new schedules and Newsletters have been posted, and whether an event has been postponed – so always check that out first when you visit the ASM website.

Some of the links on the "Website Updates" page back to older article postings no longer work .  If you cannot find an older article mentioned in the Website Update listings, it would be best to check the "Archived Articles" page as it was probably moved to that location.  Articles moved to the Archives are always posted at the top of that page, so the most recently removed articles will be found at the top of the page.  Scroll down to go back in time - the ASM Time Machine.

 The “New and Potential ASM Members” web page has all the info that new and prospective members need to review to understand how ASM is set up and the policies that govern club operations – the By Laws, Contest Guidelines, etc.  The link to the New Member page is on the Home Page.  Both new members and “old heads” should review these documents every so often. 

As always, let me know if you have any ideas for changes or additions to the website, and please send me any articles, reviews, or trip reports with pictures that you’d like to post on the website - and also send your inputs to Joe Walters if you'd like your article  included in the  the Newsletter as well.    Thanks!

 

 


Trip Report - Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) 2011

by Mike Blohm

This trip report covers a visit to the Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) 2011 convention that took place on 24-26 June 2011 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.  The convention featured both comic book authors and celebrities from comic-book-related movies and television shows.  Guests of note included Marvel comic author legend Stan Lee, Richard Hatch (Apollo) and Anne Lockhart (Sheba) from the original Battlestar Galactica, LeVar Burton (Jordie) and Marina Sirtis (Councilor Troy) from Star Trek Next Generation, Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters and The Crow, and Jeremy Bulloch (Bobba Fett) from Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, and Doug Jones from Hell Boy.  Additional artists and authors included Jim Kelly, Arthur Suydam, Aaron Campbell, Ale Garza, Gene Ha, Andy Kuhn, James O'Barr, Joe Jusko, Mitch Brietweiser, Whilce Portacio, Tony Harris, Jill Thompson, and Tim Seeley. 

The biggie event was a question and answer period with Stan Lee on Saturday morning, which was very entertaining.  Saturday afternoon featured a costume contest, which meant that a lot of attendees were roaming about in some pretty cool costumes for most of the day.  Pictures below capture a lot of those.  Richard Hatch gave an interesting presentation called "So Say We All" that discussed the history of Battlestar Galactica from its original inception through the efforts to get it back on the air, the most recent series and movies, and some more things in the works.  There was also a Star Trek Q&A with LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis, and a presentation on the Robotech series which was pretty interesting. 

Talking with the celebrities was pretty cool, and we were able to get some good pictures with a lot of them.  Jeremy Bulloch (Bobba Fett) was very interesting to talk to, but the Storm Trooper dudes were always trying to take everybody in for the most minor infractions.  The upcoming Green Lantern movie had a large promotional display where you could see scenes from the movie and talk with some of the producers.  There was also a larger area where attendees could try out the latest video games. 

There were lots of vendors selling comic books, posters and art, action figures and statuettes/busts, T-shirts, etc. where you could spend a lot of your money.  There were some model kits too, including figures and science-fiction spacecraft.  Out in the main lobby coming into ACE there was an almost life-size replica of the power loader from the Aliens movie that Ripley used to fight the Mother Alien in the final scene of the movie.  This power loader would attempt to make an entry later on at the ASM-sponsored 2011 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest, but unfortunately was too large for the Fair officials to accept.

Overall it was a very fun experience, and you should plan to make the next ACE convention that is currently scheduled for 22-24 June 2012.  Make sure you attend the costume contest, as some of the costumes were pretty amazing.  Get working on yours.  Additional pictures are posted on the Field Trips page. 

 

 


 

Convention Report - Star Trek Las Vegas 2011

by Joe Walters

My wife Linda and I attend the big Trek convention put on by Creation Entertainment in Las Vegas every year, and we always have a great time!  This year was no different.

The convention took place August 11 - 14, and was in a new venue this year, the Rio Hotel & Casino - a large and modern facility with plenty of space.  The Rio featured a substantially larger Main Events room than the Hilton, and the Dealer Room was at least as large as its predecessor.  Previously, this convention had always been held at the Las Vegas Hilton, former home of the attraction known as Star Trek: The Experience.  With the closing of the Experience a few years back, we really had no further incentive to go to the Hilton, which is getting a bit dilapidated as time passes.

There were few items of interest to modelers at this convention, and certainly no modeling-related events.  The main thing of modeling interest would be the Dealer room, where some vendors sold kits (mostly the mainstream sci-fi kits you see everywhere), and some sold props and recreations of items from the shows and display kits that could be of interest.

Most of the dozens of guest stars were easily accessible at various times during the con; some, like the really major luminaries (Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc.) limited that access to autograph and photo sessions, for which you had to pay, but many were approachable after initial lines had died down.  Indeed, for much of the con, stars like Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and John DeLancie, spent time at tables in the Dealer room and you could just walk up and strike up a conversation.  Considering the several thousand people in attendance, this was a bit unexpected!

A major event of the convention was Leonard Nimoy in his final Vegas con appearance.  He's retiring from conventions as of this year, and his final con appearance ever will be in October at a Creation con in Chicago.  He spent his entire hour giving a prepared presentation on his life and career, including showing some slides of never-before-seen photos from Trek and other series he had done.  He became very emotional at the end, as he thanked the fans for the many years of support and good wishes.  He filled the Main Events room.  Linda and I estimated there were close to 5,000 chairs in that room, and they were nearly all filled.

There was an attempt (second year in a row) to break the Guinness record for most Star Trek costumes in one place at the same time.  They did this last year, setting the record at 543.  Later that year, DragonCon in Atlanta broke that record with 571, and then FedCon in Germany broke it again, setting the bar at 691. They'll have to work harder now: we hit a total of 1,040, including Linda dressed as Dr. Miranda Jones - sensor net, goggles, and all.

Sunday featured the biggest draw: Sir Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, and Kate Mulgrew together onstage.  They each got some solo time, then came together for a mass Q&A session.  The Main Events room was filled to the gills; all the chairs were full and people were standing around the walls and in the back.  I have to believe there were over 5,000 people in there.  Remember, Star Trek has been off the air for the better part of a decade!  Apparently, there's still some interest in the franchise.  This was easily one of the high points of the show.

Events we missed included several more panels (you can't hit them all!), David Gerrold's Writer's Workshop, genre auctions, the "Resistance is Futile Champagne Bingo Bash" (we attended that once a few years back - the prizes were excellent, but the event was very pricey and there were far more attendees than prize packages), Karaoke Night (I make a habit of missing out on Karaoke nights wherever and whenever, thank you), the various breakfasts and lunches with the stars, a presentation on the Hubble Space Telescope, Leonard Nimoy's photography seminar, a "Stump the Experts" trivia competition, autograph sessions and photo-ops (we happen to have virtually everyone's autograph from over the years; Linda only got one this year, John Cho - Mr. Sulu from the recent Trek movie), and much more.

An excessively detailed version of this report, along with a large number of photos taken at the con, can be found at the old ASM Temp Web Site (http://web.me.com/jwalters).

 


 

Trip Report - Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles

by Mike Blohm

This trip report covers the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles (HMMV) located in Lexington, Nebraska.  I had the opportunity to make a short visit at this museum when returning from the recent IPMS/USA National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.  The museum is located adjacent to I-80 at the Lexington exit, so it is very easy to get to.  A "vignette" of a UH-60 helicopter sitting atop a simulated rooftop with people (silhouettes) climbing into it - looking back to the Saigon evacuation - is next to the highway and calls your attention to the museum. 

The museum's mission is to preserve historic military vehicles and also to honor America's veterans of the battlefront and home front.  There are about 100 vehicles on display spanning more than 50 years of time, including tanks, jeeps, halftracks, trucks, ambulances, helicopters, snow and artillery tractors, Humm-Vees, and helicopters.  There is a long line-up of vehicles parked outside the museum, and a large amount of vehicles and displays located inside the museum's library area and several garage-type bays.  A lot of the vehicles are open, and hands-on is encouraged.  There are some model displays in the museum, along with rifles, helmets, munitions, and engines.  Tanks include the M-4A1E8 Sherman, M-60A1 with bulldozer blade, and M-2 Bradley.  Also in the collection are the M110A2 self-propelled 8-inch howitzer, M113 APC with a prototype Hellfire missile launcher system, M16 halftrack with quad .50-inch machine guns, M-28 Weasel, M-7 Snow Tractor, and German Army Kuebel-Wagen Type 82 and Schwimm-Wagen Type 166 vehicles.  Several pictures are included with this article; additional are available on the website's Field Trips page. 

Overall a great museum to visit and a definite stop for military vehicle modelers.  Plan about half a day if you want to see everything.  Admission is free.  For further information see the museum's website at:  http://www.heartlandmuseum.com. 

 


Web Site Review

by Glenn Bingham

For  the airplane dudes: Anyone who has been on HyperScale recently may have noticed two illustrations of art work by Jerry Boucher.  The latest was of an Me 262 flaming a Russian P-39, noted as the last Luftwaffe kill of WWII.  Jerry's web site (http://www.the-vaw.com) is filled with 81 fantastic CGI illustrations… really beautiful stuff.  Many of his illustrations are available to download free as wallpaper; many are available for purchase as posters and prints.  Subjects range from Word War I into the current jet age, and are historically significant.  Most of his illustrations were commissioned for aviation publication covers or plastic model boxtops.  Got any Classic Airframe kits?  If so, you've seen Jerry's work.  His web site is well worth a look.

P.S. - The current wallpaper I have on my computer is of a Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete" attacking a Dornier 24 seaplane of the Dutch Air Force near Malaya on 17 December 1941.

 

ASM 2011 Road Trip Report

by Gil De La Plain

Webmaster's Note:  This is the short version as published in the ASM Newsletter.  The longer version and additional pictures are posted on the Field Trips page. 

Not since Homer's famous writings of the adventures of Odysseus has there been such an epic tale of adventure as that undertaken by Brian and Gil during the ASM road trip of May 2011.  Well, maybe not epic, but it was a blast all the same.  Brian had done some research on inexpensive airfares and potential destinations and came up with a great itinerary.  The primary goals for the trip were seeing the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and a trip to Grissom AFB in Indiana, along with a stop at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.  For you non-car guys and gals, Lingenfelter is a performance engineering shop that specializes in getting very reliable, but very large, horsepower numbers out of modern automobiles (mostly GM products).  Things also worked out to allow a quick stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before making our way back home.  So we got to see lots of old airplanes and fast cars, what more could a guy want from a road trip (no offense meant to the armor, ship and sci-fi enthusiasts of our club)?  I guess the only thing really missing were more intrepid adventurers.  We sorely missed y'all and wish that more could have made the trip with us, but I have been assured that there will be more trip opportunities in the future.

Tuesday May 3rd dawned clear and a perfect day for travel.  We flew on that icon of aviation efficiency Southwest Airlines and arrived in Indianapolis, Indiana, that afternoon after a brief layover in Kansas City.  It was during the layover in kc that I realized just how little I know about commercial jet aircraft spotting.  Fortunately, I was sitting next to the club's 6'8" walking aircraft encyclopedia, so I learned a few things about the big jets.  We got our rental car and headed towards the motel in Indianapolis, making a quick stop at HobbyTown USA along the way.  I have not seen a hobby shop that large "live and in person," so it was a new experience for me.  It was impressive and pretty cool to see a place that had so many hobbies catered to, and all under one roof.  But it didn't take long to realize that something was missing, and that was atmosphere.  The first time I walked into Hobby Proz I saw people just hanging out and having a good time discussing their passion for hobbies of various types.  It was also staffed with folks who clearly knew way more than I did about those hobbies and they were just as eager to help me learn as they were to sell any product.  So it was neat to see the "big box" store, but even neater to realize how good we have it back home.

The next morning we got up early, had a quick bite at the motel and hit the road headed for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.  In a couple short hours we were pulling up at the National Museum of the Air Force and giggling like kids pulling up at Disneyland.

l had a personal interest in seeing one of the aircraft at the museum since my father in law was an engine mechanic on a SAC RB-36 during his years in the Air Force.  He had always described to me how huge they were, but until I saw one up close and personal it just never sunk in.

My father-in-law has also described many times how much of an ordeal it was to get all 56 spark plugs changed in a Pratt and Whitney Wasp Major engine like those used in the B-36.  Four rows of seven cylinders, each cylinder with dual ignitions.  Six Wasp Major engines on the aircraft, three per wing, that's 336 spark plugs if my math is right.  Each engine drove a 19-foot-diameter prop, and if they went out on a long mission it was rare to have all six props turning when they got home.  One of the problems was that the P&W 4360 was designed to have the carburetor at the rear of the airstream.  With the intake air flowing over the hot cylinders it would bath the carb in hot air and help prevent icing.  With the engines mounted in a pusher configuration that did not happen and the carbs tended to ice up.  If they iced up severely they sometimes ran rich enough that unburned fuel would pool in the exhaust manifolds until it ignited and started an engine fire.  The museum also had plenty of modern era aircraft, lots of jets from lots of different countries.

Just around the corner in the hangar, our intrepid travelers found a cool F-16 cockpit to sit in.  Here is a riddle for you, how to you get someone who is about 6'8" into the cockpit of an F-16? The answer is very carefully.  The short guy had a little easier time getting into the cockpit, but he was totally befuddled by the complexity of this high tech machine!

Not much to say about this museum other than wow!  We spent an entire day there and could have made it two or three and still not seen everything there was to see.  They have lots of memorabilia and interesting historical commentary, not just amazing aircraf. 

Like a presentation on how Disney Studios volunteered time and talent to help design unit insignia and artwork for flight jackets.

Or the accurate recreation of a typical control tower that the 8th Air Force would have used in Europe during the Second World War.  It was cool to see the old Teletype equipment.  My dad spent many months in a communications bunker on Christmas Island in the Pacific running equipment like that during wwii.

I did find out that you just can't take a serious model builder to an airplane museum and expect him to forget his keen eye and high standards.  A paint booger is a paint booger, and even in 1:1 scale that won't fly with Brian!

Well, that did it for stop one and now it was back to Indiana for a visit at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.  Brian has lots of their go-fast goodies on his Camaro engine and has been a customer of theirs for quite some time.  He had been there for a visit before and figured Gil would get a kick out of seeing their shop since he likes anything with a loud pedal too.

What a great time that was - the guys at Lingenfelter were more than gracious and treated us like we were going to drop $50K on our visit, even though they knew we would just be going home with some souvenir T-shirts.  We even got to meet Mr. Lingenfelter himself and he is as down-to-earth a guy as you will ever meet.

They spent a couple hours showing us the machine shop, the engine dyno room and the chassis dyno room.  No pics were allowed in the machine shop or engine dyno room since this is such a competitive business to be in.

Then, best of all, they asked if we would each like a ride in one of their 750 HP ZR1 Corvette "test mules."  Needless to say, it took no arm twisting, and Brian let me take the first ride.  Holy Cow!  I have never been in a vehicle that was capable of cruising down the road at 70 mph in 4th gear and then spun the tires when the guy stomped the throttle!  I am guessing it took about 2.5 seconds to hit 120 mph from 70 mph!  And yet on the small-town side streets it was a docile vehicle that you would not hesitate to take to the grocery store.  These guys definitely know their automotive engineering.

After our test rides we decided we might need to have the smiles surgically removed from our faces!  Alas the time had come to move on and leave this wonderland of hot rods behind.  So we piled back into our anemic little rental car and pointed it down the road towards Grissom Air Force Base and the next museum adventure.  The drive was very scenic and it really was a reminder why they call it "America's heartland."

Lots of towns, some with very "old school" looking hobby shops…

And some that just looked friendly, with flags on the front porch, old-fashioned main streets, and even an M3 Stuart in the little park by the post office.

Then it was time to get back on the road and the next museum.  The folks at the Grissom museum were very friendly and we were sad to hear that they have lost their funding due to budget cuts.  The loss of funds came without warning and they were not sure if they would be open this time next year.  We also met one of the guys that helps to restore aircraft and he was discouraged that they got so few volunteers to help with the restorations.  It made us wish they could send a few planes our way.  I bet we could generate a little interest here in the club if there were a local project like that going on!

The museum's aircraft are all outdoors, so it is even more of a challenge to keep them looking decent.  Out on the "back 40" they had pieces of an old F-89 hoping to become a whole aircraft again someday.

Inside they had some nicely done displays of memorabilia and an F-4 fuselage chunk that had been set up so the kids could crawl in one air intake and around the back of the cockpit to come out the other air intake.  Although we were sorely tempted we thought discretion was the better part of valor and did not get ourselves stuck in that particular display.  They also had a nice little display case that would warm the hearts of all our small-scale aircraft enthusiast.  Lots and lots of nicely built aircraft models, and every one in 1/72 scale! 

So we checked off another museum destination and got to meet more nice folks and see more interesting planes.  We then decided that if we got a move on, we had just enough time to squeeze in one more stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's hall of fame museum before we checked in at the airport.

It really is a big place and to get to the museum you drive through a tunnel under the grandstands and pop out in front of the main building.  If you like race cars, especially Indy Cars, then this is a neat museum to see.  There is something from every era and it is fascinating to see the progression in ideas and engineering over the decades.  The old roadsters killed quite a few drivers; the good old days weren't always so good.

Before we left we got a chance to take a ride on a small tour bus that runs around the track and down pit lane.  We were both impressed with just how big the track is - it really is a super speedway.  The bus driver probably got tired of us asking if that thing could go any faster.  They still have a one-yard wide strip of the original bricks that runs across the front straight.  If I remember right, the tour guide said the original track had 3.2 million ten-pound bricks that were laid by hand. Wow, and I was tired after laying a few pavers for a patio last summer! 

So in the end we got to see lots of history everywhere we went.  We met lots of nice folks everywhere we went and also gained more appreciation for the good friends we have back home. 

 

 


 

2011 EVENTS

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New Mexico State Fair Model Contest

Creative Arts - Division 13

"Models – Military, Science Fiction & Others"

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

***   Model entries are on Friday September 2nd and Saturday September 3rd   ***

Click here for the 2011 NM State Fair Entry Guidelines Book (PDF file)

Click here for the ASM 2011 NM State Fair Model Contest Handout (PowerPoint file)

Click here for more information on ASM Model Contests at previous NM State Fairs


IPMS Region 10 Day
September 17, 2011
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Pueblo, Colorado
A Chapter day, Swap Meet, BBQ and get-together for all the clubs in R10 in the newly expanded and improved Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.
Flyers below (font and back pages) provide additional information.  Contact:  Chuck Holte, 719-590-6270;  CHOLTE@comcast.net
	
Click here for IPMS Region 10 Day info on the IPMS Legacy webite

WingNutCon 2011
September 24, 2011
Wings Over the Rockies Museum, Denver, Colorado
IPMS Denver Rob Wolf is proud to present our contest WingNutCon 2011, at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver on Saturday, September 24th.

Registration starts at 10 AM and ends at Noon.  The contest entry fees are 2 free entries with paid museum admission or membership.  $3 for each additional model,
with $10 for up to 20 entries.  IPMS members receive $1 off total entry fees ($2 per model with $9 for up to 20 entries.)  There is a maximum of 2 entries per category.

A list of categories and more information can be found at our website, http://www.ipmsdenverrobwolf.org. Online registration will begin August 24th.

We are soliciting trophy package sponsorships.  Category sponsorship is $45; special categories (Best of Show, Elite, etc.) are $60.  
"Elite" Categories are for those models that are the "best of the best" in their overall category of either Aircraft, Miliary Vehicles, Automotive or Ships. 
Elite categories will be awarded a winner and a runner up.  Entry in these categories is purely at the discretion of the entrants.

We will also have vendor tables available for $30 ($25 if prepaid before September 10th).  Don't forget to sign up as a judge and get a free lunch!

For questions, to sponsor a category, or reserve a vendor table, email us at contest@ipmsdenverrobwolf.org or call the contest chair, 
Jennifer Reinecke, 303-564-7430.  For information about Wings Over the Rockies, go to http://www.wingsmuseum.org
Click here for Pdf file of the WingNutCon 2011 Flyer

SHOCON 11
October 1, 2011
Union Station, Ogden, Utah
Saturday, October 1 2011 at Union Station in Ogden, Utah,
Visit the SHOCON 11 web page for additional information
       

High Plains Con XII
October 8, 2011
The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgraounds, Loveland, Colorado
High Plains Modelers is hosting "High Plains Con XXII" model show and contest on October 8th, 2011 
at the 4-H Building, Larimer County Fairgrounds
Visit the High Plains Con XII web page for additional information

ModelZona 2011
November 5, 2011
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Mesa, Arizona

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Commerative Air Force Museum from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Visit the IPMS Carig Hewitt Chapter's ModelZona 2011 web page for additional information

Click here for Pdf file of the ModelZona 2011 Flyer


 


IPMS Region X Contest and Convention
May 20-21, 2011

Click on Logo above to go to the Chile Con 2 website

 
Pics from Chile Con 2:

Armor, Autos, Vendors & Outside Vehicles

Everything Else

Contest Results & Pics from Chile Con 2

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Links to information on ASM's 2006 Region 10 Contest:
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Region 10 Convention & Model Contest
May 5-6, 2006
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Click here for to go to Chile Con 2006 home page:  Chile Con 2006
Click here for Pictures from Chile Con 2006:  Thumbnail Pictures
Click here for the Contest Results Listing from Chile Con 2006:  Contest Results
Click here for the Contest Results with Pictures from Chile Con 2006:  Contest Results with Pics

 

 

Upcoming Events Calendar

January 16, 2011 Tucson IPMS Annual Swap Meet Show, Tucson, AZ; Region 10, IPMS/Tucson
Contact: Derek Campbell   520-425-0209
January 23 Dedication ceremony at 1:00 PM for the USS New Mexico battleship model in the exhibit "A Noble Legacy: The USS New Mexico" at the New Mexico History Museum in Sante Fe (next to the Palace of the Governors on the Sante Fe Plaza).
January 29 Model Car Contest, sponsored by the Albuquerque Model Car Club, at Expo New Mexico, in conjunction with the 20th Annual Super Nationals Custom Auto Show
February 19 CoMMiESFest 2011, Golden Colorado; Region 10, IPMS/CoMMiES
Contact: Brad Guy   303-467-2009  CoMMiESFEST info posted below.
March 13 NM AMPS meeting at 1:00 PM at Tony Humphries house.
March 26 Tulsa Modelers Forum Annual Contest, Tulsa Oklahoma; Region 6
April 6-9 Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) 2011 International Show, Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Theme: "Marine Armor"  Click HERE for show flyer.
May 7 Best of the West 16, Henderson, Nevada; Region 8,  IPMS/Las Vegas
Johnny Galza   702-658-6029
May 20-21 Chile Con 2 Region 10 Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico; IPMS/Albuquerque Scale Modelers;  James Guld   505-982-3089
May 20-21 Squadron Open House, Carrolton TX
June 18 SOONERCON 2011, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,  Greg Rose   405-590-7130
June 23-25 Squadron EagleQuest XX, Carrolton TX
June 24-26 Albuquerque Comic Expo, at the Albuquerque Convention Center
July 10 NM AMPS meeting at 1:00 PM at Jim Guld's house.
August 3-6 2011 IPMS/USA National Convention; Omaha By The Sea, Nebraska, IPMS/Fort Crook
September 2-3 New Mexico State Fair  ASM-Sponsored Model Contest; Model registration dates are on Friday Sept 2nd and Saturday Sept 3rd.  Judging probably on either 5 or 6 Sept
September 10 SuperCon 2011, Arlington, Texas; IPMS/ /Ft Worth, Region 6
September 17 IPMS Region Ten Day at the Pueblo Colorado Weisbrod Museum. 
September 24 WingNutCon 2011, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver CO, IPMS Rob Wolf - Denver, Region 10
October 1 SHOCON 11, Ogden, Utah; IPMS Northern Utah Scale Modelers Association, IPMS Salt Lake City & Utah Miniature Automotive Guild; Region 10
October 2 NM AMPS meeting at 1:00 PM at Dave Miller's house
October 8 High Plains Con XII, The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds, Loveland CO, IPMS High Plains Modelers, Region 10
October 9 Kirtland AFB Open House  The USAF Thunderbirds will perform at the air show.  ASM will have a display at the open house.  Contact Victor Maestas or Ken Liotta if you can help out with manning the ASM table.
October 16 Swap Meet at Hobby Proz's back parking lot, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
November 5 ModelZona 2011, Commemorative Air Force Museum, Mesa AZ, IPMS Craig Hewitt - Phoenux, Region 10
December 11 NM AMPS .meeting at 1:00 PM at Paul Kirchner's house

Please notify the ASM Webmaster of any additional events that should be included.

 

 

 

 

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ASM Salutes America's Veterans

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**  ASM 2012 E-Board Elections at the November Meeting  **

ASM 2012 E-Board Elections

Business topics at the November ASM meeting will include the election for the 2012 ASM E-Board.  Nominees are listed below.
Click here for information in the ASM By Laws on the ASM election process and E-Board member qualifications and responsibilities. 
Details on the electronic and
mail-in ballot process will be posted soon.  There will also be a ballot box to vote at the meeting

Click here for a listing of ASM E-Board Rosters from 1995 - Present (at bottom of By Laws page).

President:  James Guld
Vice President:  Mike Blohm  /  Tony Humphries
Secretary-Treasurer:  Frank Randall  /  John Tate
Contest Director:  Ken Liotta  /  Victor Maestas
Pro Tems (3 positions):  Patrick Dick  /  Larry Glenn  /  Brian Peck
Write-Ins also for all positions above

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**  ASM 2012 E-Board Candidate Nominations at the October Meeting  **

ASM 2012 E-Board Candidate Nominations

Business topics at the October ASM meeting will include nominations for the 2012 ASM E-Board.  Please think about whether you'd like to serve on the E-Board or who you would like to nominate for an office.  Click here for information in the ASM By Laws on the ASM election process and E-Board member qualifications and responsibilities.  The By Laws are posted on the ASM Website.  November is the election meeting with mail-in ballots and a ballot box at the meeting

 

 


B-17 Flying Fortress Visit to Albuquerque

The B-17G  Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" will be visiting Albuquerque on 1-8 October and will be flying out of Double Eagle II Airport.  Flights and ground tours are available.  Contact the EAA at 1-800-359-6217 or at www.B17.org for further information. 


 
 
 
 

Presidential Inklings

By Victor Maestas, ASM President

Cross-Training (Sep 2011)

Cross-training is used by top athletes to improve the performance in their primary sport by using skills gained by doing another sport.  If the same activity is performed all the time, the muscles learn to do that particular activity very well, but they become limited to only doing those activities.  By varying their workouts, they can increase their overall performance and widen their skills.  Professional skiers ride bikes or run to not only increase stamina and endurance, but to improve their other skills like balance and reflexes.  Even though these additional activities may not directly translate into improved performance on the ski hill, they will become better skiers overall because they are pushing their boundaries.  Modelers can do the same by using skills gained in other genres to improve their skills in their primary area of interest. 

Although my primary interest in modeling is aircraft, I have improved my skills by branching out into other types of models including figures, sci-fi, ships (subs), armor and automotive subjects.  Each type has its own set of skills and knowing more of them makes me a better overall modeler.  I have used several armor weathering techniques on aircraft and figures and I think they are better models because of it. 

Color modulation, filters and blending small multi-colored paint dots are common armor techniques used to break up monotone color schemes.  These techniques can be used to give a simple paintjob life, whether it's an OD tank or a gull grey aircraft by using the same procedure with different colors.  For armor weathering, dirt, rain and rust streaks applied vertically depict a well-used machine, and on aircraft, the streaks are applied along the airflow, with different colors, to show hydraulic leaks and exhaust stains.  

I have also used common aircraft techniques to improve other types of models as well.  Pre-shading panel lines on an aircraft can be used on figures to enhance shadows and creases in clothing and skin.  Washes applied in aircraft wheel wells using dark grey (for enhancing shadows) and pink (to show hydraulic fluid leaks) can be used on tank treads by using different colors including red (rust) and tan (dust and dirt).

I have used another technique, masking with silly putty, for masking the puzzle scheme on a Char B and to paint a lizard scheme on an aggressor A-4.  I haven't tried it yet, but I want to try the hairspray paint chipping technique on winter armor as well as showing paint burnt away from a hot jet engine nacelle.

I have been challenging myself by doing automotive subjects with high-gloss paint jobs.  The preparation and patience needed to get an unblemished gloss finish on cars has improved the finish of my armor and aircraft subjects.

Branching out once in a while and trying something new can improve your overall skills as a modeler.  It may not be easy, or get perfect results the first time, but your repertoire of skills will increase.  As this activity we do is a hobby, I find it encouraging having the quality of my models improve.  Changing subjects also keeps me challenged and lets me keep an eye out for new and different techniques to use on my same old subjects.

 
 
IPMS Region 10 Day
September 17, 2011
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Pueblo, Colorado
Click here for further Info

 

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New Mexico State Fair 2011 Model Contest

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Creative Arts - Division 13

"Models – Military, Science Fiction & Others"

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

***   Model entries are on Friday September 2nd and Saturday September 3rd   ***

Click here for the 2011 NM State Fair Entry Guidelines Book (PDF file)

Click here for the ASM 2011 NM State Fair Model Contest Handout (PowerPoint file)

Click here for more information on ASM Model Contests at previous NM State Fairs

 

 

New Mexico State Fair 2011 Model Contest

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Creative Arts - Division 13

"Models – Military, Science Fiction & Others"

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

***   Model entries are on Friday September 2nd and Saturday September 3rd   ***

Click here for further info


 

Presidential Inklings

By Victor Maestas, ASM President

Museum Model Displays

August 2011 Article

Every time I go out of town to a different city, I first look up the local model shops and then I always find out what interesting museums are around.  One of the things I look for when I'm in museums is model displays.  These can be used to showcase a large collection or tell a story without having to build a whole new wing.  The good displays are ones that not only have high quality models, but also have the background information clearly presented to explain the display and engage the audience to want to learn more about the subject being shown.

ASM has a presence in local museums and public displays with a display in the old National Atomic Museum as well as current displays in the New Mexico Veterans Memorial and Museum and the Cavalcade of Wings display at the Albuquerque Sunport.

Museum of Flight in Seattle

There is always something new at The Museum of Flight every time I go through it.  This time there was a new display showing vehicles and equipment used in space travel including a Soyuz capsule, Mercury capsule, a laboratory module of the ISS that was used as a ground simulator, and a moon rover.

The very impressive model display at this museum was a collection of aircraft of WWII in 72nd scale in the WWII fighter wing of the museum.  There were over 400 models all from a single builder.  Each country that was involved in WWII had planes represented.  The builder was Dr. H. Logan Holtgrewe and he built the models over a seven-year stretch.  The models were of very high build quality and were housed in custom display cases.  Most were built from kits, but when there was no kit some of the models were made from balsa wood.  This is the type of display that shows that with vision and a lot of perseverance, a very complete and impressive collection can be built.  It's great that this collection made it to a museum for us to see instead of taking up space in his attic.

45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City

The 45th Infantry Division Museum showcases the history of the 45th Infantry Division through WWII and Korea.  It has an impressive display of vehicles out on the grounds.  Displays inside the museum show the actions of the Thunderbirds through their campaigns in Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.

The museum had a wall dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients from the 45th Infantry Division.  The division had eight recipients and each one was memorialized with a copy of the citation as well as a model diorama showing a snapshot of the events leading to earning their awards.  Each diorama was built to the same scale and looked like the same builder (or group of builders) built them all.  They were consistent in scale and level of detail.  These displays complimented the MOH citations to get a good visual picture of the action that took place.  The impression I got from reading the citations and then looking over the dioramas was the stark nature of the battlefields.  There was no embellishment to the story.  Some of the dioramas were painfully simple involving only a desert landscape and some foxholes. It made the reality and gravity of battle really sink in.

Museum of Naval Aviation at Pax River

I visited this museum many years ago.  The Pax River Naval Aviation Museum has a large collection of test/evaluation aircraft in the typical white/orange markings for test aircraft outside near the entrance to the base. Some of the highlights include the X-35 and X-32 evaluation aircraft parked across from each other.

The display inside included an impressive model of the aircraft carrier USS Hancock in 1/48 scale!  It was huge, about twenty feet long and took up an entire hallway, so much so that it was hard to take pictures of it.  It was shown in its 1950s configuration and had a lot of detail including guns, stairs, rigging, etc.  It had about twenty aircraft on deck including F7U Cutlasses, F9F Cougars, and others.

Models getting the chance to be on display in a museum are like professional athletes or rock stars.  There are hundreds of thousands of worthy applicants out there, but only a select few get to go to the big show.  Some of the models and collections are there by luck or because they are so impressive in their own right. I like to go out and see what the next amazing display will have to show.

 


 

Presidential Inklings

By Victor Maestas, ASM President

Warbirds

(July 2011 Article)

   With an increasing sense of dismay, I recently read that a WWII bomber had been destroyed in a ground fire outside of Chicago.  When I found out it was a B-17, it got even worse.  On June 13, 2011 the "Liberty Belle" suffered an in-flight fire, the pilot successfully completed an emergency landing in a field where everyone got out safely then the plane was slowly consumed by the fire when the on-board fuel tanks lit up.  Fire crews were on the scene, but could not get close enough to the plane due to the field being too muddy.  The cause of the initial fire has not yet been identified.

   She was a B-17G that, after World War II was sold as scrap to a mining company.  The price was set based on how much fuel she had on boardThe plane was later sold to Pratt & Whitney as a test bed for new engines.  A fifth prototype engine was grafted onto the nose (kit bash/conversion anyone?) for testing.  She was later heavily damaged in 1979 when a tornado pushed another plane into the midsection, breaking the fuselage in half.  In 1987, the plane went through a 15 year restoration back to its original configuration.  She was given the markings of the "Liberty Belle", a plane that completed 64 combat missions with the 390th bomb group.

   I happened to see the Liberty Belle last summer at Double Eagle airport when she was going through as part of her tour.  I was in Corrales and heard, then saw the plane flying in the distance.  I convinced my wife to go for a quick look, so we drove out the airport.  The plane was coming in for landing when we got there.  The sound of four radial engines is something to behold.

   I talked to the pilot and got to go through the plane.  One of the questions to the pilot was how do you train for piloting a multi-engine tail dragger?  There aren't very many schools with that on the curriculum (or simulators) these days.  He is a 747 pilot that has been also flying various warbirds as a hobby.  He also said that their fuel bill for the weekend of flying was going to exceed $20,000.00.  That's one of the reasons the rides in these planes cost what they do.  I had considered getting a ride, but they were all booked up for the weekend. Oh well, maybe next time…

   I took some photos of the plane and was surprised at how cramped the interior of the plane is considering how big it looks from the outside.  The little "bridge" across the bomb bay is only 6 inches wide and you have to watch your head every time you go from one compartment to the next.  It was hard to imagine a crew of 10 and 13 .50 caliber machine guns blazing.

   Next time you get the opportunity to see one of these warbirds flying, take it.  They aren't making any more new ones, the restorations take decades and you never know if it will ever be back.  I'm glad I drove out to see her and got the pictures I did.  I will be using them as references for the upcoming common-kit contest with the new Revell B-17G.

Webmaster's Note:  See additional  Liberty Belle article below and and related Warbirds Tour article on the Field Trips page.

 


 

They Can't Be That Old, Can They?

By Jack Garriss

   Just a short note about former ASM members. Shawn and Kelly Brown, Graham Basha, and Margaret Ornelas, who attended many ASM meetings with me, became members and competed in both club and our last Region 10 contests, have graduated from Mountainair High School on Friday, May 27.  They were 12 when they first began attending meetings and, until all the life and activities of high school caught up with them, were a fixture for several years selling raffle tickets and snacks.  I knew I was getting older.  Or maybe just old. 


 

Firebombers at Kirtland Air Force Base

By Mike Blohm

Postd below are pictures of five P-2 Neptune fire bombers that were at Kirtland AFB 0n June 3, 2011 to fight the fires in New Mexico and Arizona.

 


 

B-17G "Liberty Belle" Lost to Fire

By Mike Blohm

On June 13, 2011 the Boeing B-17G "Liberty Belle" owned by the Liberty Foundation had an in-flight wing fire and made an emergency landing near Oswego, Illinois.  All seven aborad survived the gear-down landing in a field, but fire trucks could not make it to the aircraft and it subsequently burned and looks to be pretty much a total loss.  Click on the links below to read additional articles and view videos.  Pictures from varrious website are posted below.  The Liberty Foundation website's home page has an excellent  report on what happened. 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-13/news/ct-met-wwii-plane-crash-20110613_1_emergency-landing-engine-fire-bomber

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bomber-crash-20110614,0,6175429.story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Mi9WoQD_4

 

 

 

The August 12th Meeting is an ASM Swap Meet
and IPMS Nationals Debrief with No Contests

The "Post Apocalyptic" Sponsored Contest hosted by Josh Pals
has been slipped to the Septmber 9th Meeting


 

Best of the West - 16

 

IPMS Las Vegas Model Show

May 7, 2011

Railroad Pass Casino and Hotel, Henderson, Nevada

Click here for Best of the West website

The information below is from an E-Mail from Jeff Skillman, the Show Chairman:

 

The IPMS Las Vegas Chapter is sponsoring a show and contest May 7, 2011.  The show will once again be at the Railroad Pass Casino and Hotel, 2800 S. Boulder Highway, in Henderson NV.  If you think you may want to spend a night or two at the hotel, phone 702-294-5000 for room reservations (be sure to mention IPMS for the discount rate).

 

The category list is the same as last year.  The registration forms are available at our new website ipmslv.org, however they are attached as well.  We strongly recommend everyone print the registration forms and complete them in advance.  This will speed up the process and get you in to the show faster. 

 

The special awards will include Best of Show and Best Theme winner.  The theme this year is a little different.  It’s ‘Two of a Kind’, a set of two models that are related or versions of the same subject entered into a separate category.  Examples would be an entry of a P51 Mustang and a 500 GT, or two Shermans, or a U.S. and C.S.A. Civil War figures.  The models would be entered specifically for Best Theme, not in a category.  Should be interesting.   There are more special categories being added as we get closer to May 7.  Some of them are best paint, best hot rod, and best junior to this point.      

 

There will be first, second, and third place trophies for all categories, except those exceptions as described in the rules, which will be available on the web site and at the show.  We believe the award plaques will be unique and well received. 

 

As usual, we would appreciate any help from attendees with judging.  If anyone is able to assist us, please contact the Show Chairman, Jeff Skillman, at jeffskil@aol.com or
702-474-4224. 

 


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IPMS Region X Contest and Convention

May 20-21, 2011

At the MCM Elegante Hotel and Convention Center

2020 Menaul NE,  Albuquerque  NM  87107

Click on the logo below to go to the Chile Con 2 Website


SOONERCON 2011
June 23-25, 2011
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
IPMS Metro Oklahoma City
Moore Community Center, 301 South Howard Ave, Oklahmoma City

Contact:  Greg Rose   405-590-7130
Click here for SoonerCon 2011 website

 
Squadron Eagle Quest XX
June 23-25, 2011
Carrolton, Texas
Click here for Flyer     Click here for website: www.squadron.com

The information below is from an E-Mail from Squadron Shop:

We would like to extend an invitation to any and all in your Chapter to participate in this year’s Squadron Eagle Quest event. 

In the past couple of years we’ve seen an increase in the number of IPMS members who have participated, and we would like to see more. We encourage those of you who have not yet participated, to come and enjoy the fun.

 The event features modeling demos, lectures on military subjects/vehicles, shopping at the Squadron warehouse, a welcome party, awards ceremony and, of course, the camaraderie of your fellow modelers!

 Please check out www.squadron.com for entry forms, rules, event details and hotel information. Also, you may contact me directly at: 800-527-0674  x1060

 We hope to see you at this year’s event!

 Happy modeling,    Richard Poulsen, Wholesale Sales Manager, MMD/Squadron


 

 

 

Chile Con 2 Pre-Show Super Raffle

ASM is raffling a Trumpeter 1/32 scale F-14D Super Tomcat kit at the May 6th ASM meeting

Tickets are $5.00 each, or 3 for $12.00

See Frank Randall to purchase tickets

Mailed-in ticket requests must be received by April 30th

All procedes go towards the financing of Chile Con 2

And the lucky winner was Tim Wood!

 

 

Update - Upcoming Field Trip

By Brian Peck

For those who have expressed interest in the latest road trip, our ASM Dayton / Grissom air museums / LPE  / Hobby shop raid road trip is now officially "CLEARED HOT" for Tuesday May 3rd to Friday May 6th.  We will have almost 3 full days to hit all the destinations talked about - plus some.  There is still time and space for more to jump in.  If you are interested in joining the crew, contact me ASAP and I will send you the particulars of the itinerary.  But hurry the plane tickets will go up soon. 

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Greetings fellow ASMer's.  Patrick Dick and I are in the early stages of putting together an ASM Mega Road Trip for 2011. A ctually, it will be a plane trip, because the destination will be the Wright-Patterson AFB air museum in Dayton, Ohio!  Yes, that's right, the W-P air museum.  For those who haven't heard of it or been there, it is considered one of the top air museums in the country.  For those of you who have been there, I say no more.  It has hundreds of planes of all vintage - WWI to present - with many rare birds to see.  So far, the tentative timeframe will be next spring, when temps warm up north and far enough away from Chili Con.  It will be a 3-day trip, and the rough cost would be about $500 - $600 per person for plane ticket, hotel and food if purchased in advanced.  Goodies are extra and, as always, family members are welcomed.  We could also extend it one day and hit the local hobby shops if desired.  The trip is well worth it if you have not gone before.  If you are interested contact one of us.  Hope to see you all soon!

Webmaster's Note:  See Field Trip Report - National Museum of the US Air Force on the Field Trip web page to view pictures of the items on display at the museum.


Presidential Inklings

By Victor Maestas, ASM President

Start / Finish Ratio (May 2011)

While talking with club members, I have heard many (most) say that they have a selection (some large, some small) of started, but unfinished, model projects.  These can be in different stages of completion; from a few trimmed and prepped parts all the way through to the last few steps.

Other than the demands that having a life with families, pets, jobs, houses, cars, etc., can bring, there have been many reasons (excuses?) for this.  Some people come to a block because the kit is difficult and the builder is tired of the slog without much progress.  Put it away and maybe finish it some other day.  Others come to a halt due to lack of references to finish that particular section.  Put the kit away until a new reference book comes out to figure out what color those wheel wells really should be.  Still others will move on to a different project because of the dreaded "I hate this part of the process" problem.  Masking windows, assembling and painting ordinance, endlessly prepping for a natural metal finish, or a complicated camouflage scheme can all make you want to try something else.  Another reason for packing up an unfinished kit is making a mistake that will require backing up and re-doing work already done.  Putting an axle on reversed so the shocks won't mount correctly or having an idler wheel on the wrong way so the tracks won't line up with the rest of the road wheels can be easily fixed, but sure can take the wind out of your sails.  I think the most common is also the most simple, a new kit will come out and you literally cannot wait to start it.

There is a small minority (myself included) that like the "start one, finish one" approach.  There is great satisfaction in seeing a project through to completion and seeing the results of your efforts.  There are also no wasted efforts; modeling time is precious and you don't want to spend time on something that may never see the light of day.  This method also has its limitations.  If you are planning to follow the theme contests, this means some planning at the beginning of the year is needed to make sure there is enough time to get all the projects done on time.

There are also some benefits to putting away a partially finished model kit.  If a contest theme comes up that you want to enter into, you can look through the nearly completed pile and get that kit done quickly.  Another positive to this is that while you let this project simmer, you can work on something else.  It can be hard to wait for that finish to cure completely before moving on with the current project.  With some other kits in different stages in the wings, you can simply switch between them as needed.

As with most methods in a hobby, there is no absolute right or wrong way to do things.  This is a pastime and whatever continues to feed your interests and give satisfaction to the things you are working on is the best way to go.  It is interesting to observe the different approaches and find out the reasoning behind them.


Vice President's Report

By Jim Guld, ASM Vice President

Chile Con 2 Update

Well, it's less than a month away.  That means a lot of last-minute details to work out and people to volunteer to work the show.  We need people to work the show registration and model registration tables on Friday and Saturday.  We will also need help with the raffle and on the show floor as security.  The show only works when all of us pitch in.  Please come and see me at the next meeting or fire me off an Email and let me know where you would like to work or we can just assign you a job.  Thanks.

Now as far as show updates go, the vendors room is just about sold out (Webmaster's Note: Is now sold out) and I will be getting the medallions and finalizing all the trophies next week.  We also came up with a system to allow for model entry forms to be filled out before the show to alleviate possible long lines at the show.  These pdf forms are up on the web site now.

We still have a number of Trophy Packages to be sold.  Break open the piggy bank or spare change jar.  Well that about does it.  Oh yeah, finish those models for the show!


Contest Update

by Josh Pals, ASM Contest Director

(April 2011 Article)

Greetings fellow Sprue-Heads!  March was our first points contest and once again the quality of work made for some really tough judging! The contest results are as follows; In Basic Logan Carbin won a Silver for his A-10 Warthog and a Silver and People's Choice for his Predator U.A.V.  He also won a Gold for his trio of War Hammer figures.  Jeannie Garriss won a Gold and Best of Show for her '34 Ford Street Rod. 

In the Intermediate Don Smith won a 1st for his Crocodillia and 2nd's for his Panzer Troops and Blue Orchid Assassin.  Tony Humphries won 1st for his 1/16 German Machine Gunner and 2nd for his T-72B tank from Chechnya.  Steve Brodeur won 2nd for his German 251 Hanomag.  Jack Garris won 3rd for his A6M2 Zero.  Dan Blea won 2nd for his A-129 Mangusta.  And Larry Glenn won 1st, People's Choice, and Best of Show.

In Masters Victor Maestas won 1st for his Sauber Mercedes, Millenium Falcon and F/A-18E Super Hornet.  Mike Blohm won 2nd for his Alpha Centauri Short Range Saucer and 3rd for his P-51B in Ken Dahlberg's markings.  Ray Ayles won 3rd for his 1/1 scale Alien Face Hugger.  Glenn Bingham won 2nd for his BF-109F-4 Trop and 3rd for his A6M5a Zero diorama and his U.S. 2 1/2 ton cargo truck.  Paul Kirchner won 2nd for his diorama of the 505 S.Pz.Abt. Aug. '44.  Jim Guld won a 2nd for his Matilda MK IV and a 1st for his diorama "The End" and a 1st, People's Choice, and Best of Show for his Char B bis.

There is no contest for April; instead we will be having a "Super Clinic Night".  Frank Randall will be doing decals, Brian Peck - natural metal finishes, Jim Guld - armor and Josh Pals - acrylic washes.  May will be our second "Special" non-points contest:: "Shiny Show Rods" -  auto models of show rods, i.e. Chezoom by Boyd Coddington, Red Baron by Tom Daniels. etc.


 

 

The April 1st Meeting was a "Super Clinic Night" with No Contests

 

April 1st, 2011 Meeting
"Super Clinic Night"

Click here to see April Meeting Pictures

Click here to see April Model Pictures

 

Best of Show & People's Choice Winners
from March's "Open Contest #1"
 

Best of Show
& People's
Choice - Juniors

Best of Show
Basic

People's Choice Basic Best of Show &
People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show & People's Choice
Masters
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No Entries Jeannie Garriss Logan Carbin Larry Glenn Jim Guld
No Entries 34 Street Rod RQ-1 Predator UAV TBF-1 Avenger Char B1 bis

Click here to see March Contest Results

Click here to see March Model Pictures

Click here to see March Meeting Pictures

 

 

 

Trinity Site Tour - Saturday, April 2nd

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will be leading a bus tour to the historically significant Trinity Site on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The bus leaves at 6:00 AM  and returns around 4:30 PM.  Tour participants will walk to Ground Zero, see Jumbo and be able to enter the historic McDonald Ranch House.  Docents will lecture on the bus and at the site about historical events, developments and scientific pioneers of the Manhattan Project.  The tour includes lunch at New Mexico Tech and a demonstration of explosives by the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.  Cost for the tour is $65 per person. Call the Museum at 245-2137, extension 109, to make a reservation.

 

 

Click here for info on the site and touring the site: 

http://www.nmts.org/rides/trinitySite.htm

http://www.atomictourist.com/trinity.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test)

 


ASM 2010 Modeler of the Year Winners

Modeler of
the Year
Juniors
Modeler of
the Year
Basic
Modeler of
the Year
Intermediate
Modeler of
the Year
Masters
Aleya Montano Kent Weeks Josh Pals James Guld
       

 

 

2010 ASM Model of the Year Winners

2010 Model
of the Year
Juniors

2010 Model
of the Year

Basic

2010 Model
of the Year
Intermediate
2010 Model
of the Year

Masters
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