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Next Club Contest

The July 7th meeting is the

Theme (Points) Contest

Presentation: B-1 / Dyess AFB Trip by Theron Brawley


The June 2nd meeting was the

"Kill Markings"

Special (Non-Points) Contest

Sponsored Contest:

"General Motors"

Hosted by Patrick Dick

Presentation: B-1 / Dyess AFB Trip by Theron Brawley


 Upcoming ASM Contests Info

July 7th  -  "1967" Special (Non-Points) Contest

August 4th   -   ASM Swap Meet - No Contests

September 1st   -   "First or Last" Theme (Points) Contest

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

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Workshops will be listed below as scheduled.  Please stay tuned for updates and changes to the schedule.

Jan 17 Painting and Weathering Exhaust Stacks by Brian Peck
June 2 Paint Chipping Techniques by Jerry Little

Test Page

Next Sponsored Contest

June 3rd, 2017

"General Motors" hosted by Patrick Dick


Upcoming Sponsored Contests:

September 1st  - 
"Knife Fight / Night Lights" Hosted by the E-Board

October 6th  -  "Orange" Hosted by Gil De La Plain

November 6th  -  "Heavies" Hosted by Brian Peck

For further details on upcoming Sponsored Contests, click on the link below to the

Sponsored Contest ROE

Upcoming Events Calendar

January 13-15, 2017 Albuquerque Comic Con, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque NM. 
ASM Trip Report from the 2011 event.  See ASM Trip Report for the 2012 Event.
January 14 Scorpfest/Modelmania Tucson.  Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, Tucson, Arizona. Sonoran Deset Modelers, IPMS Region 10.
February 4 Model Car Contest, sponsored by the Albuquerque Model Car Club, at Expo New Mexico, in conjunction with the 26th Annual Super Nationals Custom Auto Show
February 18 Model Fiesta 36.  San Antonio Event Center, San Antonio Texas.  IPMS Region 6.
March 4 CoMMiESFest 2017 - "Let it Snow"  Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado.  IPMS CoMMiES, Region 10.
April 1 Trinity Site Open to the Public.  8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at White Sands Missile Range.
April 8 30th Annual Tulsa Modelers Forum Open Contest & Show  Bixby Community Center. Tulsa Modelers Forum, IPMS Region 6.
April 21-23 StarFest 2017.   Science Fiction Convention, Marriott and Hilton DTC Convention Hotels, Denver Colorado. 
April 23 NM AMPS meeting at Mike Mummey's house at 1:00 PM.  Contact Paul Kirchner for directions. 
April 29 Modelmania 2017.  Stafford Center, Stafford Texas.  IPMS Houston, IPMS Region 6.
Apr 20-22 AMPS 2017 International Convention.  Danbury, CT
May 6 VegasCon 2017 / Best of the West-22 Show and Contest.  East Side Cannery Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.  IPMS Region 8.
June 16-17 Squadron EagleQuest 26,  Grapevine Texas
July 26-27 IPMS/USA National Convention La Vista Conference Center, Columbia, Omaha, Nebraska.  Hosted by Fort Crook IPMS
August 2-6 Star Trek Convention - Las Vegas 2017, Rio Suites Hotel, Las Vegas NV
See Star Trek Trip Report from the 2011 event. Star Trek Trip Reports for 2013 and 2014
August 25-27 Bubonicon 2017.  Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Albuquerque Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE (Louisiana & I-40), Albuquerque, NM
TBD New Mexico State Fair  ASM-Sponsored Model Contest; Model registration dates are on Fri TBD  & Sat TBD from 9 AM to 5 PM. Judging probably on Mon, TBD. 
ASM Display-Only Theme: "Star Wars - 40th Anniversary"  The fair runs Sep 7-17.
October 7 Trinity Site Open to the Public.  8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at White Sands Missile Range.
November TBD ModelZona 2017  Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 North Greenfield Rd., Mesa, AZ from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.   IPMS Craig Hewitt Chapter, Region 10

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

Notes and News Items


2017 Region 10 Convention and Model Contest

June 16-17, 2017

Marriott Pyramid Hotel

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Chile Con 4 Contest Theme:

Star Wars - 40th Anniversary

Aircraft Visits to Albuquerque

 Wings of Freedom Tour - April 5-7

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be in Albuquerque from April 5th (Wed) at 2 PM to April 7th (Fri) at 12 PM. 
They will have a B-17, B-24, B-25, and TF-51D.  They will be parked in the area over by Cutter Aviation, east of the airport rental car facility (2502 Clark Carr Loop SE).  The pictures of the B-17 and B-24 below are from a visit to Albuquerque in April 2010.  See the ASM Website's Field Trips webpage for additional pics.  The pictures of the B-25 are from a visit to Albuquerque in April 2016. 
Walk Through Tour Times (no reservations needed):
4/5/2017 - 2:00 PM till 5:00 PM
4/6/2017 - 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
4/7/2017 - 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM
$15 Adults / $5 Children 12 and under.
Flights take place before and after tours.
30-minute flight on the B-17 or B-24 is $450 per person
30-minute flight on the B-25 is $400 per person
30-minute flight training on the TF-51D is $2200
60-minute flight training on the TF-51D is $3200
Call 978-562-9182 for flight reservations.

Ford Tri-Motor "City of Wichita" - April 6-9

The Liberty Aviation Museum's Ford Tri-Motor "City of Wichita" (it's original markings with Transcontinental Air Transport in 1928) will be visiting Albuquerque on April 6th (Thur) to April 9th (Sun) at the Double Eagle Airport (Bode Aviation, 7401 Atrisco Vista Blvd). 
This tour is being sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
Flights are available at $70 (advance) or $75 (walk-up) for adults; children (17 and under) are $50. 
The pictures below of the Tri-Motor are from the EAA website.
 If you visit either of these events, please do an article for the ASM Newsletter and Website.


Trinity Site Open to Public

April 1st

The Trinity Site will be open on Saturday, April 1st from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  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.  On open house days, this gate is open for entrance from 8 AM to 2 PM.  Trinity Site closes at 3:30 p.m. Visitors are allowed to enter and exit through this gate unescorted anytime during these special days.

 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:



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ASM 2016 Model of the Year Winners
Model of the Year
Model of the Year
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Current Articles


Deadline to submit proposed ASM Newsletter articles to

Joe Walters is the 20th of the month prior.

ASM E-Board Articles

The Eagle's View

by Mike Blohm, ASM President


May Article:

I want to thank the ASM members that have stepped up and purchased trophy packages for Chile Con 4. We are about halfway there, with 43 sold of 83 total, as of April 24. If you haven't purchased one yet, please consider doing so. Please contact Patrick Dick.

The May 5 contest is "Star Wars - 40th Anniversary," so we hope to see a nice preview of models that will be showing up at Chile Con 4. There have been a ton of new kits out to celebrate the anniversary of the movie, so there is a lot to choose from. Time is running out, so you’d better be building right now. As Yoda once said: "Build or do not build - there is no try to build."

One other item that I’d like to plug is ASM building models for the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School Museum on Kirtland Air Force Base. We had a great number of builds and loaners in 2015, but we fell off in 2016. The display is both nuclear-related models (e.g., missiles, aircraft that carried nuclear weapons and nuke subs) and anything that was part of the Cold War (tanks, APCs, etc.). Please see Erik McIntyre if you are interested in building for the display. Some pictures of the models are in the Newsletter's Bonus Pages section, including one of ASM members in front of the Defense Nuclear Weapons School during the June 20, 2015, tour of the museum. More are available via a link on the ASM Model Displays web page.

To wrap up, here is another short ace story on Capt. George S. "Wheaties" Welch, US Army Air Corps. You may recognize his name as one of the few American pilots who got airborne during the Pearl Harbor attack, scoring four victories during two sorties flying a P-40B Warhawk. But most people don’t know the rest of his story. He was recommended for a Medal of Honor for that action, but it was downgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross because he took off without permission. Welch ended up scoring 16 total victories between December 1941 and September 1943. He scored a "triple" one year later on 7 Dec 1942, making "ace" in the P-39 Airacobra, hence the P-39 profile and model pictures with this article. Welch scored nine of his victories in the P-38 Lightning. After the war he was a test pilot and flew the first flights of the P-82B and P-82E Twin Mustang and the F-86 Sabre. He was killed during a test flight of the F-100 Super Sabre in October 1954. Welch is the 33rd-ranking American ace (tie), and the 27th-ranking USAF ace (tie).




April Article:

Chile Con 4 is looming ever closer. Please read Jerry Little's article on what the membership can do to help out. Trophy package purchases is where ASM normally loses money by having to absorb a lot of that cost itself. I encourage members to buy at least one trophy package. Those are priced at $40 each covering first, second, and third place plaques. The CC4 Trophy Package Information webpage is now up. You can see pictures of all the awards, their sponsorship costs, and what has already been sponsored and is still available. Patrick Dick is working those, as well as the Vendor tables. Shop early to get your favorite category! Registration forms are about to go up on the CC4 website. There is a discount for early registration (before May 27), and also for IPMS/USA members. There will be announcement when that occurs.

Next up after Chile Con is the 2017 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest in September. Our "display-only theme" this year is "Star Wars," so we should have a bunch of models from Chile Con to display. Check out the pictures of the "Science Fiction" display that we put on at the fair in 2010 by visiting the ASM Website's "Model Displays" webpage. We had thirteen Star Wars models for that. Please give some thought to whether we might want to do something different this year, like either some model building demonstrations and/or Make & Take events on one or both of the two Saturdays during the fair. The demos might be a simple as bringing some kits to build, and being prepared to demo some techniques if asked by observers. We may also want to look at having an ASM Group Field Trip after Chile Con.

Here is another short ace story, this time with some model pictures as well as the profile at the top of this column, covering Lieutenant Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa, US Navy. Vejtasa initially flew the SDB Dauntless dive bomber with Scouting Squadron (VS) 5 on the USS Yorktown, where he participated in attack operations on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, and in the battle of the Coral Sea where he helped sink the light Japanese carrier Shoho on 7 May 1942. He scored three victories over Zeros in his SDB on 8 May 1942 during an anti-torpedo plane patrol. This mission was covered quite realistically in the Dogfights TV series on the History Channel. Vejtasa then transferred to the newly-formed VF-10 "Grim Reapers" on the USS Enterprise flying the F4F Wildcat.  He saw combat in the battle of Santa Cruz, where he downed two dive bombers and five torpedo planes in one mission on 26 Oct 1942. He ended the war with eleven total victories.

IPMS Las Vegas is hosting the VegasCon 2017 / Best of the West 22 Show and Contest on May 6, 2017, at the East Side Cannery Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is an IPMS Region 8 contest. Further details, a flyer, and links are available in the Local Contests section below.




March Article:

"Et tu, Airafixo?"  It is the Ides of March month, and therefore one must be careful with one's X-Acto knife. For all you ASM members with degrees in Latin, you will translate that as "Even you, Airfix?"  Airfix has again put me in an all too familiar position. They have just released their new 1/72-scale B-17G kit, which from the reviews that I've read may be the best B-17 kit yet issued. So what is the familiar position? I already have several B-17 kits in my stash to build, including the last "best kit yet" by Revell-Germany. I'm sure this sounds familiar to a lot of you, too. So, do I need to buy this new kit? Of course I do!  But should I?  For now I am trying to resist. But as Obi-Wan Kenobi once said: "Resistance is futile." We shall see.

On to other things. I'm sorry that I missed the February meeting, but from the pictures it looks like it was a pretty good swap meet. Chile Con 4 is now one month closer. So many models to build and so little time. Hopefully you've considered purchasing at least one trophy package. Patrick Dick is working those, as well as the Vendor tables.

John Tate has completed a whole set of Star Wars kit reviews that are posted on the ASM Website and in this issue of the ASM Newsletter. Please check those out, and maybe you'll get inspired to build for both Chile Con and the New Mexico State Fair. Thanks to John for authoring those. Please consider writing a kit review of your latest build. All it takes is a couple of paragraphs and a few pictures. If you are trying out a new technique, then other members would love to learn about it.

To wrap up, here is another short ace story. Major Don "Buzz" Beerbower is one of the least-known major aces of the European Theater of Operations in WW II. Beerbower flew with the 354th Fighter Group "Pioneer Mustang Group" and became its 2nd ranking ace with 15.5 victories. The majority of those were scored in his P-51B "Bonnie B II" depicted at the top of this article and in the pictures below.  He commanded the 353rd Fighter Squadron from June - August 1944. Beerbower was killed in action by flak on 9 August 1944 during a strafing attack at Epernay Airfield near Reims, France. He is the 2nd ranking ace of the 9th Air Force, 28th ranking USAAF/ USAF ace (tie), and 33rd ranking American ace (tie).




February Article:

First off, I wanted to explain why I decided to title this column "The Eagle's View." I think the goal of my monthly articles should be to give a high-flying overview of what the club is doing, both right now and somewhat over-the-horizon into the future. That's the kind of view that a high-soaring Eagle has, so I thought that might be appropriate. It has nothing to do with a certain fighter aircraft with various monikers that I will not mention here (talk to me later).

The February meeting is our first swap meet of the year, with no contests. Try to keep your plastic-sold to plastic-purchased ratio even. Please consider donating a recently issued kit, book, magazine or decal sheet to the Chile Con 4 Raffle - see Frank Randall. Note that you can still bring in works-in-progress models for 2 points each (max of 3) at the February meeting.

Chile Con 4 is fast approaching. As a politician once said, "Ask not what Chile Con can do for you; ask what you can do for Chile Con" (my apologies to JFK, but I'm sure that's what he probably meant). I hope there are some more Star Wars models under construction out there - we only had three at the January Sci-Fi Contest. The Contest Categories and Contest Rules have been posted on the CC4 website. Please get with Patrick Dick to sign up for a Trophy Package or to get a Vendor Table. Hopefully most ASM members will be able to afford sponsoring one package. The CC4 costs should be somewhere near the CC3 costs, which were $35 for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd award packages and $40 for the "Best Of" awards.

Finally, here is my promised short blurb on one of America's lesser-known aces. I thought it appropriate to first mention Capt Daniel T. "Danny" Roberts, who was from Tucumcari, New Mexico. Roberts flew the P-39 with the 8th Fighter Group and then the P-38 with the 475th Fighter Group in the Southwest Pacific Theater in 1942 - 43 and commanded the 433rd "Possum" Fighter Squadron. During that time he scored 14 aerial victories before being killed in action on 9 Nov 1943 when his own wingman collided with him during a hard turn while engaging a Ki-43 Oscar. At that time he was right behind Dick Bong and just ahead of Tommy McGuire in the scoring race. His P-38H is depicted at the top of this article and in the pictures below. There is a link on the ASM Website's Home Page to a longer story on this forgotten, high-scoring ace. Matt Blohm, John Tate, and I are sponsoring the "Capt Danny Roberts Memorial Award - Best American Ace Aircraft" at Chile Con 4. So get building for that!




January Article:

A Look Back at 2016 and the Upcoming 2017

I want to thank Tony Humphries for his service as ASM President over the past four years and Jerry Little for his service as Contest Director for the past two years. Both of them did great jobs in their positions and helped ensure ASM continued to be a place to learn modeling skills and have fun doing so. Thank you also to the rest of the 2016 E-Board for their past service to the club and for agreeing to continue on in 2017.

Here is a quick recap of ASM events that occurred in 2016 - we were quite busy. On February 25 we had a group field trip to the War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. This is a great museum and an easy drive from Albuquerque. ASM conducted a Make & Take on April 21 with Cub Scout Pack 338 in Rio Rancho. About thirty Scouts participated in this event. On June 4 and 5, ASM provided a model display for the Kirtland AFB Airshow. The theme of the airshow and ASM's display was the "75th Anniversary of Kirtland AFB (1941-2016)."  ASM had a great display with seventy models of all genres and scales spread over four tables, and we had seventeen members manning the display over the two days. We had thousands of visitors check out the models and talk about the hobby of scale modeling. Great job, ASM!

Our last event of 2016 was the New Mexico State Fair Model Contest on August 26-29. We set a new record for model entries with a total of 69 models by 40 entrants. ASM also put on a display with the theme of "Desert Storm 25th Anniversary" that included 31 models. Overall, I think we did a great job of promoting scale modeling and the club with the public in 2016. My thanks to all who participated. There are links to all these events on the ASM Meeting Pics webpage.

Looking forward to 2017, we have a couple of major events that will need maximum membership participation. The first is Chile Con 4 on June 16 – 17. Planning is well underway and we have committee chairmen that will all need help. We'll talk more about this at the January 6 ASM meeting. Please keep checking the CC4 website for the latest updates.

We are still working to determine if ASM will have a model display at the 2017 Albuquerque Comic Convention on January 14-15. If this comes to fruition, we will need both models and folks to man the display in shifts over those two days. Expect it to be similar to our comic convention displays in 2012, 2013, and 2014. These were all a lot of fun.

As you likely know, the theme for CC4 is "Star Wars 40th Anniversary."  This is also likely to be the theme of the ASM display at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest. So - I would encourage you to build some Star Wars models that you can enter at these two events, as well as the ASM Moe Blalters "Sci Fi, Real Space, Science and Fantasy Contest" in January. Victor Maestas is working on the ASM 2017 Contest Schedule. There will likely be a "Star Wars 40th Anniversary" Sponsored Contest in May hosted by Joe Walters, and Mike and Matt Blohm. What other year will give you the opportunity to build a model eligible for four separate contests? And it gives you no excuses for not entering one—eventually. I encourage you to get busy and build lots of models and participate fully in our activities. I think there will be a lot of fun to be had.

For new members who may not know me well, I've been building models since I was around eight years old. I've been a member of IPMS/USA since 1976, and a member of several different IPMS/USA Chapters around the country. I've been a member of ASM since 1995. and have previously held the ASM E-Board positions of Vice President, Contest Director, and Pro Tem, and have been the ASM Webmaster since 2004. I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel with thirty years of service in the USAF, and flew F-4 Phantoms for about eighteen years. Amongst my assignments was a tour as an instructor at the USAF F-4 Fighter Weapons School, the USAF's version of Top Gun. I mostly build 1/72-scale aircraft, sci fi, and real space models, but occasionally go to the "Dark Side" with armor and 1/48 and 1/32 aircraft. I really enjoy digging into the history behind all my model subjects. I build models of the aircraft flown by the American aces for a collection at the USAF Academy, so I am going to try to include a short paragraph on some of the relatively unknown American aces in future President articles.

I am looking forward to serving as the club's President for 2017 and hope we have a productive and enjoyable year.


Pictures above are of Major Richard Bong's P-38J Lightning "Marge."  Bong was America's top ace of World War II with 40 victories.


The Prez's Fez

by Tony Humphries, Out-going ASM President

January Article:

The Final Installment/Countdown/Insult

As we start a new year, with a new club administration, I thought it only fitting that, since I am stepping down after a lengthy spell as President, I should just pen a few words to thank you all for your help over the last few years and wish you well for the future. As those who attended December's meeting will know, we have resolved the issues with our November election both quickly and efficiently and a new board has been voted in and will, I have no doubt, do an excellent job in taking the club forward from here on. I was both disappointed and exasperated with what occurred during the original election, as many of you that I've spoken to were also, and my feeling was that there have to be consequences for people's actions, but the club by-laws don't allow for that as they are a guide and not a penal code, and that is as it should be. But anyway, what's done is done and hopefully we can all move past this, pull together, and continue to take the club in a positive direction. I am sure that everyone will do their best in that regard.

We had a lot of success over the last few years (is it four or five now?) both on individual and club levels. It's been a lot of fun, even if I was never able to find an affordable source for really good leopard-skin fezzes for the rest of the E-Board. That must go down as an opportunity missed and one that will, of course, taint my Presidency forever.

Many of you have won awards at National and Regional competitions and the club itself has won Chapter of the Year more than once at the Regional level and once for the first time ever, at the National level too. I think we've had some good times (well I did, especially after everyone else had gone home...) and I would like to thank you all for your efforts to make the club as successful as it has become. A lot of you have put in a lot of hard work and I am glad to see your efforts rewarded. As far as I am concerned, I am going to take some time out from the hobby and the club now. I have other interests, some of which have been sadly neglected in recent years, so I look forward to becoming more involved in those once again. Given the size of the bass amp that I've just bought, my neighbors are probably going to be rather less enthusiastic, however...

The new board are all well qualified and experienced in both the modeling world and in club matters. They have the skills, knowledge, integrity and good humor necessary to take the club onwards and upwards. You are in good hands. Mike, in particular, will do a splendid job as President, I am sure, and I wholeheartedly endorse both him and the rest of the board. He has sadly fallen victim to the President's Curse recently (a bit like Tutankhamen's but hopefully less deadly) with a nasty injury (I didn't push him - honest!) so please offer him some proper hot tea and sympathy when you see him next. And be sure to remove any trip hazards or breakable objects too...  Perhaps you could duct-tape some bubble wrap to the chairs and podium in the meeting room, or something? Anyway, I will see you all around at some point, I have no doubt. But in the meantime, Good Luck to you all. Have a happy and fulfilling 2017, and in the words of the immortal Douglas Adams, "So long, and thanks for all the fish."



Vice President's Report

By Jerry Little, ASM Vice President

The Column Without A Name

May Article:

T-60 and counting!

"Houston, we are go at throttle up" ....those are the words the crew radios down to CAPCOM with the Space Shuttle engines reach 104% and the velocity starts to increase after maximum dynamic pressure. What that represents is the point at which the spaceship is no longer reacting to the combination of speed and pressure put on it by the density of the atmosphere... The shuttles engines are throttled down to 64% to keep the pressure down on all the components of the spaceship. In rocket science, they call that Max Q.

Well, ASM has reached Max Q in prep for Chile Con 4. We are now at "throttle up," which means we’re past all the rough stuff and into smooth air. With only 60 days to go, it's time to start putting the finishing touches on the plan.

Probably the most difficult part of any contest is judging. Having spent the last few years as the contest director for the club, I can tell you the desire is to be accurate, but also important is consistency. Consistency is important because we are only judging the models on the table. At Chile Con 4, we expect a large turnout. That means we'll have to get through a lot of model in a limited amount of time. Efficiency counts! That is why IPMS national standards focus on the basics. In order to get through a lot of models, you have to have a measured approach to judging. You start by eliminating the models with major errors of basic construction. Then continue to narrow the field until a clear winner is decided.

The problem we will likely see at Chile Con is the enormous number of talented modelers and they will not have a lot of "basic" problems so we'll need a lot of experienced judges to start digging a little deeper! If you've had experience judging at the national or regional level, please get with Ken Liotta and let him know you will be available to help judge.

With less than 60 days to go, it's time to jump in and be ready to go! Let Ken know if you are interested in judging. It's one of the best parts of supporting a model contest!  Remember, when the Shuttle was "go" for throttle up, they were traveling at 1,600 miles an hour and the engines stayed at max power the rest of the way to space! Don't wait to be a part of Chile Con... we are T-60 days and counting!

The date is now set for ModelZona 2017! The contest is 4 November and will be held at the at the Commemorative Air Force Museum at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, on Saturday, November 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ModelZona is hosted by the Craig Hewitt Chapter of IPMS/USA.

For something a little out of our area (Region 8), the IPMS Las Vegas chapter will host the "Best of the West – 22," VegasCon 2017 on May 6, 2017. It is located at the East Side Cannery Resort & Casino, 5255 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (

What role will you play?

April Article:

It's a simple question you have to ask yourself when it comes to our summer convention and contest. For sure there is something for you to contribute. Albuquerque Scale Modelers does not suffer from a lack of talent. We've been blessed as one of the best clubs in IPMS as noted in the last few years by being selected as the IPMS USA Club of the year. It's not just the ability to build killer models, it's the level of commitment every one of you have to making this club what it is.

We have an opportunity to host the best Region 10 Convention and Contest alongside of our Chile Con 4 contest.  Our goal should not only be the best host that we can be, but to also be better than we were the last time. Chile Con 3 had a few setbacks in the planning stage when the hotel changed the dates on us late in the game. As a club, we rallied around the problem and was able to provide a great event. This time, things are even better. The R10/Chile Con team led by Tom Perea has secured an awesome venue in the Marriott Pyramid and our rooms will be bigger and better than before. So what can you do? Simple... participate. We'll need people to help set up, help modelers register, security and most important help judge. Also, you can be a great club liaison just by helping that out-of-town modeler find their way around the venue. As we get closer to Chile Con, the team will provide more information that will make you a walking modeler's help desk when it comes to the event!

There are also plenty of opportunities to support the convention by entering your models, buying trophy packages and even the coveted Chile Con t-shirts. But the most valuable contribution is your time. Look for Tom or Ken Liotta at the next meeting and see where you can fit in! Now it's time to bring all that talent from the workbench to the contest table.

Speaking of events, there is an interesting one coming up in Phoenix on 22 April. The Craig-Hewitt IPMS chapter is hosting their Annual Clinic. It is meant to educate local modelers about the hobby. They provide demonstrations of a wide range of tactics, techniques and procedures and they have experienced modelers available to answer all kinds of questions about just about everything related to model building. Some of the highlights are learning about figure painting, building aircraft, cars, armor, ships, and sci-fi subjects, decaling, making bases, and observe and participate in seminars on airbrushing. Another great thing is they are providing a Make and Take for younger modelers. So if anyone is going to be in the Phoenix area on April 22, stop by the American Legion Post #1 at 364 N 7th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85007, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (0930 -1500 for you military types). A flyer for the event can be found here

Also in the Phoenix area is the Desert Scale Classic 13 on April 8, 2017. This is Arizona's largest model car contest and swap meet. If you've been before, DSC 13 will be held at a new venue: the Deer Valley Community Center, 2001 W Wahalla Ln, Phoenix AZ 85027, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A flyer for the event can be found here.

March Article:


Enlightened... that's what we all want to be when it comes to philosophy, life, and, well... models. We seek the truth, but we settle for opinion. I was recently excited to learn that a couple of the model manufacturers were going to produce long-sought-after kits in quarter scale. Hobby Boss announced the Su-34 Fullback, a Russian frontline fighter-bomber, and Kitty Hawk announced the Su-17 Fitter, a Soviet era fighter-bomber that became a staple of many Soviet bloc and third-world countries' air forces. To my amazement, but not my surprise, the kits were panned in the blogosphere... all the while no one commenting had ever seen the kit! Not one person had laid a hand on the model, yet somehow, they were able to determine the accuracy of the kits.

We tend to lose sight of the purpose of this hobby. We need to come away from the experience with a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment for the time and effort we spent constructing the subject. While it may be part of basic human nature to be critical, we've done ourselves a great disservice by trying to live in an obsessive world that is in search of constant gratification on a moment's notice. We don't need to fall victim to the trap of getting sucked into the conversation that is the loudest, we need to build it for ourselves and our own education and enjoyment.

And speaking of enlightenment, one of the downsides of getting old is the incredible amount of light needed when building models! On my work desk, there has always been a competition on the battle space for lights, tools, and model parts. I had literally three desk lamps on the small space just to provide enough light to see.

Well, taking a tip from fellow modeler Chris Kurtz, I sought a solution in what is called an "Arch Lamp," simply, a light bar that arcs over the desk and provides ample light for the desk.

I searched all over for the perfect (read "obsessive") solution, only to realize I needed to build it myself. It was really quite simple and inexpensive. The basic parts are a one-inch piece of aluminum bar stock from Lowe's and an LED light kit from Amazon. Both parts came to less than thirty dollars.

My desk is 48 inches wide, so the arch was deceptively long! The total length is about seven feet when you calculate the distance needed. I used self-adhesive strips on the back of the LED strips to attach it to the aluminum (above right). The challenge - okay, obsession - was "wanting" the aluminum strip to be a smooth arch. The solution was to build a temporary "slip-roller" out of wooden dowels and roll the aluminum into the arch (below). It worked so well, I rolled the aluminum into a hoop! Of course my monumental accomplishment with the homemade slip-roller came back to haunt me later when I unclamped one side of the arch and it sprung back to center and cleaned everything off the desk while doing so...

The light is simply attached to the desktop by small clamps and has a thumbscrew on each end for positioning. This lamp provides an abundance of light for the desk and was simple and cheap to build. The benefit of using aluminum is that it acts as a heat sink and keeps the desk cool. The only real problem now is if the light is on at night, aircraft on approach to the Sunport try to land in my driveway.


February Article:

Ahh... Region 10. The Albuquerque Scale Modelers plays and important role in the region. Most significantly, this year, we are hosting the Region X Conference here in June in conjunction with Chile Con IV (4). I took the opportunity to head down to Tucson, Arizona, earlier this January to support the Sonoran Desert Modelers at their local contest and swap meet: Scorpfest/Modelmania.

The contest was an excellent opportunity to get out with other modelers and enjoy the hobby we love. The turnout was great with well over a hundred models on the table and at least fifteen vendors in attendance.

While some may consider it "smal"” by other's standards, I thought it was great as it allowed for great fellowship and good chance to see others’ work around the region. I was able to pick up a couple of Gold/Silver medallions for my entries and share in the fun. Oh, and of course I left with a few kits from the vendors and a new airbrush from Grex. Gerald Voigt was there representing Grex and proved to be a great wealth of knowledge and support for my airbrushing activity..... Tip #1: turn down the air pressure!


Also during the contest, I was able to get around and tell everyone about Chile Con IV and the Regional. A lot of folks were excited about coming to Albuquerque and looking forward to the convention. We may have even picked up a vendor or two as well. Hosting these contests is a great way for a club to support the region and share with all the region members. ASM does a great job representing the hobby and the area.

To be honest, Scorpfest wasn't the only thing I did in Tucson. Who in their right mind would pass up Pima Air Museum? I got down there early enough on Friday to spend the afternoon at the museum and take a tour of the Boneyard! That tour was a little bitter-sweet since I saw more than a few tails of jets that I used to fly while in the Air Force. It was kind of sad realizing that I’m old! But, I did learn a few things about the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, or "AMARG" as most know it. The "yard" is actually split into two areas; AMARG, where the Air Force provides maintenance and regeneration capabilities for aircraft that may return to flying (storage) or used for parts (support) for the military or foreign air forces that bought our hardware. They do about a billion dollars a year in parts and services for the DoD. The other side of the yard is the "Boneyard." That's where planes go to die. You'll see tons of B-52s and other aircraft that have been cut up or parted out for other uses. They refer to that side of Kolb Road as the "reclamation area." Sad...



So, one little interesting fact: There is only one F-14 left in the Boneyard. The rest have all been destroyed in an effort to keep Iran from obtaining parts for their remaining eight flying Tomcats. Also, know that Australia has retired all of their F-111s, and there is only one Aardvark left in the yard. Now, the only F-14s and F-111s left in existence will be at museums...


January Article:

Merry New Year everyone! Two thousand seventeen looks to be a great year for ASM. We've got a lot going on this year as we host the 2017 Region 10 Convention at Chile Con IV. While CCIV isn't until June, the time between now and then will go quickly. There is still a lot left to do in getting ready for the convention, however, we have a crack team in place to make that happen!  I'm looking forward to Chile Con and all of the other activity happening in the modeling world between now and then.

First out of the chute is Scorpfest IV being hosted by the Sonoran Desert Model Builders ( in Tucson, Arizona, on January 14. The contest will be a single day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I'm planning on heading down for the contest and swap meet to support and maybe drum up some business for CCIV.

On the same weekend, the 2017 Albuquerque Comic Con ( will occur at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The show starts Friday evening and runs through Sunday. The best time to attend is Saturday and the list of guest is growing. Everyone from the "Wax on, Wax off" Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to "Sweep the leg" Johnny (William Zabka) of Karate Kid fame will be there signing autographs. These two "Yutes" are not that young anymore...

Additionally, the CoMMies are coming (No, they didn't hack the election)! CoMMiESfest 2017 is March 4 at the Jefferson County Fairground in Golden, Colorado, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The theme for the show is "Let it Snow," which may be appropriate since it is Colorado in March. Check out their website for more details (

Finally, ASM has a FaceBook page! If you are on FB, go over to Albuquerque Scale Modelers and send a friend request ( There is a lot good information there for the modelers. The page isn't intended to compete with our website, however - it is a way to see what's going on around the local modeling world. As all the cool kids say these days, "Like us on Facebook!"



Contest Director


By Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Chairman

April Article:

For the March meeting, there was a good turnout for the first points contest of 2017 with the customary "Open" contest theme.

In Basic, Aaron Schmie­dicke's imposing Battlestar Pegasus took both Best of Show and People's Choice, an impressive build. Steve Brodeur took both Best of Show and People's Choice with his Ki-43 Oscar in 1/32 scale with a very interesting and well executed camouflage over natural metal. Masters had a good selection of models with Chris Kurtze taking Best of Show with his Ta-152 and People's Choice with his USS Essex. Even if this was built mostly Out-of-the-Box, the scope and quality of the detail and weathering work on his ship was inspiring.

The Contest Public Service Announcement for this month is on entry forms. Please remember to completely fill the forms out as best you can. It makes putting the results together quickly and compiling the points much easier with all the relevant information filled in, especially a week later when trying to remember details from the meeting. If a question comes up or there is an unclear "grey area" relative to your entry on any part of the form, please ask.


February Article: 

Welcome to another contest season at ASM! The contest schedule is in final review and will be posted online shortly. There are some interesting themes to build for (lots of opportunities to push the envelope) this year. Some of the ASM contest themes are tied to other events including the New Mexico State Fair and Chile Con IV (Star Wars and WWI), so if you plan ahead, you can have several opportunities to enter your models.

Speaking of themes, below is a breakdown of the various types of contests held during the year at ASM.

If there are any questions on the organization of the contests (types of contests, judging, points awarded, etc.) you can check the Contest Guidelines posted on the website or get ahold of me.         

The January customary Moe Blalters Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science, and Fantasy special contest had a bit of a light turnout, but had some very well-built models on the table. Since this is a Special Contest, there were only awards for best in each skill level. The top entries included Anthony Weaver’s War of the Worlds Diorama in Basic, Michael O’Brien’s Vulcan Warpshuttle Surak in Intermediate, and John Tate’s Space Marines Vindicator AFV in Masters. For Patrick Dick’s Frickin’ Laser Beams sponsored contest, the top entries included Anthony Weaver’s War of the Worlds Diorama in Basic, Ken Piniak’s USS Constellation and John Tate’s Klingon Battlecruiser in Masters.



The Finer Points

By Jerry Little. Out-going ASM Contest Chairman

January Article:

The Final Point

So this is the last time I'll write as contest director for ASM. I've been fortunate enough to be contest director for another great year in 2016. We've shared a tremendous contest season and a lot of models were built for the club Theme contests as well as Sponsored and Special contests. In fact, ASM put 390 models on the table in the form of contest entries or Works in Progress. That is an amazing number if you consider we averaged over 38 models a month! Well done, ASM!

When you have great modelers, you have great models. That is no different this year. Our Model of the Year contest was very tough. Narrowing the selection to only models that were Best of Show didn't really make it easy! As you can imagine, when a model is good enough to earn Best of Show, you know it's going to be tough to pick the best of the best. With so many to choose from, the team selected Larry Glenn's P-51 Mustang 'The Millie P" as the Model of the Year in Masters. Larry's 1/48 Tamiya Mustang was well done with the iconic prancing horse and checker nose!  In Intermediate, the choice was difficult. With a lot to choose from, the team selected Chris Kurtze's 1/35 "Beutepanzer M8 Greyhound" from the "Captured" theme contest. The model even had a unique base made from a surplus baking pan! The model looked like it could have been snatched right out of the historical photos it was built from.

Not to be outdone by Dad, Chris Kurtze Jr's Panther G was chosen as Model of the Year in Junior. The fit and finish of the model was spot on and really demonstrated the quality of model builder that Chris has become. Finally, in Basic, Jeannie Garriss reminded us all of what a great modeler she is with her "French Police Car." Her Best of Show from the "Rescue Me" themed contest in April was an easy call!

Congratulations to all modelers for the outstanding work they did throughout 2016 and competing for Model of the Year. Knowing the Albuquerque Scale Modelers, 2017 will be an equally competitive year!

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By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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The ASM Website has completed its changeover to 2017.  All of the "yearly" web pages (model pics, meeting pics, modeler of the year, and model of the year) have been created and populated with the pictures and information for 2017.  All these pages are updated through the February 2017 meeting.  The 2017 pages have links to last year's info and to previous years, often going back to 2004.  Note that selecting any of the button at the top of the 2017 pages will take you to other 2017 web pages.  If you are on previous year's pages (for example 2016 Model Pics) selecting a "year" web page will take you to that same year's pages.  Note that selecting the Home Page will always get you back to the Home Page.  

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 is 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 2015.  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 2016.  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!

ASM Member Articles


Kit Review - Revell Fokker D.VII in 1/28 Scale

by John Tate


Wingnut Wings revolutionized WWI aircraft modeling with their excellent 1/32 kit line but it wasn't that long ago that modelers who wanted replicas of Great War flying machines had to make do with whatever kits were available,  which was especially true of big-scale biplanes.  One of these was Revell's 1/28 Fokker D.VII, Kit 4665, released in 1996 and the last of Revell's well-known line of 1/28 biplanes dating back to the 1960s.  Although the Fokker D.VII kit was widely panned after its release, due to hard-to-correct wing and fuselage shape issues, this out-of-production kit can still be a fun project and is worth the effort if there's one hidden away in your model stash.

I picked up my Fokker kit from the legendary Goodman Collection local estate sale back in 2008, a never-to-be-equaled adventure in scale model rummage & salvage.  The kit box was in poor condition but the parts were intact and it looked like a simple build, so why not put it together?  I was aware of the useful article by Frank L. Mitchell in the January 1999 issue of FineScale Modeler, which highlighted the necessary surgical fixes for the model, but in the spirit of my "rescued" kit I opted instead for an out-of-the box build.


Overall, I found it an easy model with no surprises; everything fit together with a minimum of work.  The cockpit had simplified detail but with careful painting it looked OK.  Likewise the kit engine and machine guns, which lacked the kind of detail one would expect in a large scale, but cleaned-up and painted they looked the part and fit well.  The wing struts were a bit thin and I was worried they wouldn't hold up the wings but they did their job and lined-up well.  Rigging was a breeze, as the real D. VII only had bracing wires for the undercarriage and control wires from the fuselage to the upper wing, elevators and rudder.

The kit had only one marking option, for a red & white Fokker D. VII from Leutnant August Raben's well-known Jasta 18 circa Summer 1918, which I was happy to apply to my model.  Later I learned that many Fokkers from this unit had their wing undersides left in the original lozenge pattern, but no decals for this were included in the Revell kit.  The decals in my kit were in terrible shape from exposure to the elements but with some careful work I was able to revive them and apply them to the model, a testament to the toughness of Revell's decal sheets.  Since I built my model, the reconstituted Copper State Models (same product range, now based in Latvia, has marketed a 1/28 lozenge decal sheet for this kit, which will be helpful no matter what scheme you choose.


I was happy with the finished model as it was big and menacing and looked the part of the deadly Fokker biplane fighter from the last year of WWI.  The "upside down" top wing might be noticeable to us airplane enthusiasts but not to the casual observer and I found I could live with it on a display model.  The other dimensional issue, the too-deep/too-wide fuselage, is less noticeable and if a modeler really feels the need to hack away at the kit, I'd say fix the wing but don't worry too much about the fuselage.

 These kits are hard to find today, but if you get one or have one, give it a try, with or without the corrections- it's well worth building and with a minimum of work you can end up with an impressive replica.

Revell Poe's X-Wing Fighter

SnapTite Max Kit Review

by John Tate


One of the neatest-looking spacecraft to make an appearance in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens was Resistance pilot Poe Dameron's black & orange X-Wing fighter, Black One. Revell and Disney capitalized on the popularity of Poe's character by releasing a pre-decorated SnapTite model of his X-Wing, an Incom T-70, an upgraded version of the T-65 X-Wings used in the original trilogy. Like the Rebel T-65s, the Resistance T-70s were hand-me-downs from sympathetic planets and politicians so the subject offers an opportunity for modelers to try some Star Wars-style weathering, in this case on an easy-to-build model that nevertheless can be made into a decent replica.

The kit itself is molded in black plastic with orange and gray stripes and panels, which greatly simplifies finishing. The model is generally a quick build, although it has a few challenges, like seam & mold lines and canopy fit, that require modeling skill to fix. For example, a clear plastic insert is supplied for the rear cockpit windows, but it doesn't fit easily, so I cut off the window panels and cemented them inside the frames for a neater and more realistic finish. Another shortcoming is the lack of a pilot figure, especially since many kids who buy the kit would want to fly it against the First Order TIE fighter from the same series; the kit does include the BB-8 tech droid, however. Because I wanted to display the model in flight, I turned a 1/48 F-16 pilot in­to an X-Wing driver, which worked well with little mod­ification. The model can also be built with gear down, which can turn it into a nice centerpiece for a diorama. The wings are adjustable and a sturdy stand is included for in-flight display. Painting is always a challenge on X-Wings but the overall black scheme makes it an easier and you can use your imagination when weathering, given the variable planetary environments in which this craft would have operated.


Even with the application of modeling skill, the kit can be completed in a weekend and certainly looks like an X-Wing fighter when it's done. Currently these kits are marked down to around $20 at local Hobby Lobby stores and at that price represent decent value for money. This is another good subject that can serve as an introduction to Star Wars modeling and is guaranteed to be the coolest model on your shelf when finished.

Revell Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Cargo Walker
Kit Review

by John Tate

Last year's movie blockbuster Rogue One, the final installment in the Star Wars prequel saga (and arguably one of the best Star Wars movies yet made), introduced several new machines to the Star Wars universe, one of which is a variation of the infamous AT-AT Walker Imperial assault transport, the AT-ACT Cargo Walker.  Revell released a box-scale, SnapTite model of this vehicle to tie-in with the movie release, and when my son saw one on the shelf at Hobby Proz, he had to have it.  Turns out, it's a great little kit and a fun build for all ages, and a great way to get into Star Wars modeling ahead of ASM's upcoming Chile Con 4 regional contest.

Although the kit is marketed as a SnapTite model, it's well-designed and engineered for a precise build, in a way that will appeal to modelers of all ages.  The parts are clean and smooth and most fit together with little trouble and I was impressed by how easy assembly was; everything went together so nicely that a kid could build it in an afternoon.  However, I wanted a more finished look for the model so used CA glue on some parts, filled a few seams and sanded mold lines, then gave it a shot of gray primer before adding a wash and dry-brush weathering.  The orange cargo panels on the hull sides can be added later, which greatly simplifies painting.  And don't be shy about weathering an AT-ACT; these behemoths were Imperial "trash haulers" so presumably would get a lot of the same abuse as our own terrestrial construction equipment.


 Modeling observations aside, this kit is designed to be fun for kids, too, so the Walker legs and feet can be articulated and the plastic is tough enough for this to occur without damage to the model.  Best part, though, is the battery-powered light-and-sound module in the Walker control head, with the activation button blended in with the surrounding plastic detail so that it is almost undetectable.  This module really brings the model to life and with today's technology, should be designed into all sci-fi kits.  I added a small red plastic windshield to the control head for realism and to enhance the lighting effects.

 Even with scale-modeler enhancements, I finished the model in a weekend and it was a lot of fun to put together.  In fact, I would rate this kit as one of the top five model kits I've ever built and it was an enjoyable change from the usual diet of airplane and armor kits.  Kudos to Revell, and Disney, for releasing this fun little kit.  The only enhancement I would suggest, is a set of X-Wing, U-Wing and Imperial Striker attack fighters to go with it in the same scale, so that a kid could recreate the epic Battle of Scarif with the finished model.  Pick up one of these kits and rediscover the fun and adventure of scale modeling.  Recommended.


Trip Report - Cavanaugh Flight Museum

 By Mike Blohm

This trip report covers a visit to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in June 2016 during attendance of Squadron's EagleQuest 25.  This museum is located in Addison, Texas, just northwest of Dallas.  Brian Peck, Matt Blohm and myself took a couple of hours to make a quick tour through the museum, which has 54 aircraft and some vehicles on display in 5 hangars and on their flight line.  Aircraft of note include: Fokker D.7 and Dr.1, Sopwith Camel, FG1-D, FM-2, TBM, Yak-3, P-51D, P-40N, Spitfire Mk VIII, HA-112 (Bf 109), B-25H, B-25J, A‑1H, F9F, F-86, MiG-15, MiG-21, F-104A, F-105G, and F-4C.   Pictures of some of them are posted below.  More pictures are available on the Field Trips webpage Warbird rides are available in 9 different aircraft (4 trainers, 3 attack/observer/bombers, and 2 fighters) and 1 helicopter. 

Per their website, the museum is devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America's aviation heritage; the museum fulfils its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation. 

The museum has a lot of great stuff packed into a small space.  Definitely worth a visit.  Plan on two to three hours to get through everything. 

They are open Mon-Sat 9 AM - 5 PM and Sun 11 AM - 5 PM.  Admission is Adults: $10, Seniors & Military: $8, and Children (4-12): $5. 

Their website is at:


Darth Vader's TIE Fighter
Revell SnapTite Model
by John Tate

Another subject in Revell's SnapTite Star Wars collection is the Darth Vader TIE Fighter, released to coincide with interest in the movie series generated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015.  SnapTite models have come a long way over the years although some still need a modeler's attention to build right; this kit is a good example of that, although it's designed primarily for kids or casual modelers.

 Like many SnapTite kits, this one has a low parts count, builds easily and is rugged enough to be used as a toy when finished.  However, it also makes a decent replica, and with a little extra modeling work it's competitive with more expensive Sci-Fi models.  One of the neat things about the kit is the pre-painted cockpit and Darth Vader pilot figure, with no further painting or detailing required, especially since little can be seen from outside the once the model is finished.  Some CA glue on the cockpit pieces helps hold it together for further assembly.  Before placing the cockpit inside the fuselage halves, it's also a good idea to paint the interior of these parts black for a more realistic appearance.  The pod hatch supposedly can be made to open and close but I found this to be a problem and cemented it shut for a neater appearance.


 The rest of the model goes together smoothly although the spacecraft's side panels do not fit together well without the application of thin CA glue to hold the joint.  Once the glue sets, however, there is a sturdy bond.

 When the model is finished, there are seam lines along the edges of the fuselage halves, which I filled with CA glue and putty.  I left the model in the azure blue color it was molded in, although where this hue originated from is a bit of a mystery, since I remember TIE fighters from the first three movies being white or light gray.  I gave the model a dark gray acrylic wash to bring out details but I was careful not to overdo it, since the idea was to give the craft a lived-in look without heavy weathering, as Imperial fighters presumably were well-maintained.  A little paint touch-up along the filled seams and some dry-brushing, and you have a nice replica of Lord Vader's X1 TIE fighter.

 If you're looking for an enjoyable change from military modeling ahead of our upcoming ChileCon contest, give these Revell Star Wars kits a try- you'll have a great-looking model with just a minimum of effort.



Aluminum Overcast Visit

By Fred Franceschi

Fred's Foto File

This B-17G-105-VE, known as Aluminum Overcast, was first flown on May 18, 1945, too late to see action in the Second World War, and it was sold as scrap for $750 in 1946.

It was modified and used at various times to haul cattle, as a pest control and forestry dusting aircraft, and for a variety of other purposes. In May of 1979, it was acquired by the Experimental Aircraft Association, where it was displayed, then restored to almost original configuration, with radio and avionics equipment updated to meet current airworthiness requirements.

This B-17 was painted to represent airplane 42-102516 of the 398th Bomb Group, shot down on its 34th combat mission over Le Manoir, France, on August 13, 1944.

The Aluminum Overcast visited Albuquerque's Double Eagle Airport during January of 2017, and I drove my Command Car there on January 8, just for the hell of it.


I just had to take these first two shots after Brian Peck's demonstration on painting B-17 exhausts and superchargers during our January meeting.

Damn, but it looks beautiful.

Starting up the engines. Notice the person with the fire extinguisher. That is normally required when airplanes are started in both military and civilian life.

Next two images: Heading for the runway.


Next, a couple of shots of the airplane flying overhead. Seeing one plane flying over is impressive; it must have been awesome, or terrifying, to see five hundred or a thousand of these flying over at one time. The underwing star looks a bit small and further rearward on the wing than I would expect, but maybe that is how the original was painted.

Below and next page: Coming home.

A couple of closeups of the nose as the plane returns from a flight.

The advantage of having a WWII military vehicle is that I can (with permission) park my truck under the wing of the B-17 for a photo shoot.




Kit Review

Heller 1/72 T-6G Texan

by John Tate


Here's another golden oldie - the Heller 1/72 T-6G Texan.  This kit is about 40 years old but there isn't a lot to choose from in 1/72 if you want to build a T-6 Texan, so fortunately with a little work this kit will still build-up into a nice model.  Understandably, Heller kitted airplane subjects to appeal to their domestic market, so this particular version was intended to represent an Armee de l'Air COIN bird used in France's colonial war in Algeria during the 1950s. Conceivably a modeler could make other versions of the Texan from this kit, but building the model out-of-the-box produces an eye-catching replica of a warrior Texan.

Just like the real plane, Heller's Texan is simple and rugged, with no surprises during construction.  Unsurprisingly for a model this old, some work is required to fill seams and ensure a good wing/fuselage fit, but nothing too taxing.  The cockpit has reasonable detail so all that was added was a pair of seatbelts to bring some interest to this area.  The canopy looks nice after polishing and fit well, although painting the greenhouse frame can be a chore for airplanes of this type.  Add the landing gear and underwing stores, and voila! - a French T-6.

One kit shortcoming was the poor decal sheet, but fortunately an excellent substitute is available, Berna Decals' "North American T-6G in Algeria," No. BD 72-85, with colorful markings for six different aircraft.  The decals are nicely printed and set down easily; using them really made all the difference to the finished model.

This is a simple kit that can be built into a nice replica and is worth the time invested.  Thanks to new decals, it can be turned into a unique model of an old prop job that saw plenty of action in Africa through the 1960s while military technology elsewhere was moving headlong to fast jets.  Recommended.




Ken's Armor Files

by Ken Piniak

Camp Life during Desert Shield/Storm

The Third Armored Cavalry Regiment was the first heavy armored unit to be fully deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield. As soon as our vehicles arrived and were offloaded from the ships, we deployed out into the desert and took up positions to defend Saudi Arabia from an Iraqi attack. We operated out of base camps; the base camp for the First Squadron of the Third ACR was Camp Bessey.

At first, conditions were very primitive; we just lived off of the vehicles, with camo nets to provide some shade and protection from the wind.

Over time, we made improvements. The Engineers built showers and latrines.


Headquarters purchased Bedouin tents for us to live in. Fitting up to four men, these were actually quite comfortable.

A mobile kitchen trailer (MKT) was set up to provide hot food.

We began to conduct physical training (PT) and sports to keep fit. Some of the guys created a set of improvised weights to work out with. They used cases of water for a bench, jack stands for supports, and torsion bars, road wheels, tracks, and other heavy items for weights.

Back in the States, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger heard about soldiers using improvised weight equipment and donated thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment to be sent to the soldiers in the field. So we got brand new weight gear thanks to the Terminator!


Eventually, our GP Medium and GP Large Army tents began to arrive from the States, and we passed our Bedouin tents on to some other unit that needed tents. Life went on. We worked on our vehicles, pulled guard duty and KP, found new friends, and trained for the war we all knew was coming.

On Thanksgiving, the Red Cross delivered a big turkey dinner for us, but the big hit was the snow cone machine!

By December, the nights were getting cold, although the days were still warm. Christmas was nice, and for New Year’s Eve we had dinner with some people from New Zealand! But then came January, and the war. That was the end of Camp Bessey.


The author and a friend.


Kit Review

FROG 1/72 Vultee Vengeance

by John Tate


At the January meeting, club president Mike Blohm asked for reviews on old kits for our website and newsletter so here's a model that's so old it's almost prehistoric- FROG's early 1970s-vintage Vultee Vengeance.  Conveniently, I finished the model in December and it's a good example of how an old kit can be given new life through transplanted parts from a newer kit of the same airplane, in this case, the Special Hobby 1/72 Vultee Vengeance.

 As for the real plane, the Vengeance was the hardest-working WWII plane you never heard of, successfully employed by the RAF bombing Japanese positions in the jungles of Burma and fulfilling a variety of second-line duties such as training and target towing.  However, it never found favor in the country of its origin, as the USAAF saw no need for a vertical dive bomber when fighter-bombers were coming into vogue and considered the Vengeance obsolete and lacking performance.  Hundreds were produced, however, from Vultee's plant in Nashville, TN, and they saw service from French Morocco to Australia.  BTW, that unusual cranked wing?  No, it wasn't a secret dive-bomber design trick, it was an effort to correct a center-of-gravity problem, one of the many fixes made to this plane during its fairly short service life.


I liked the FROG kit because the outline is more or less correct, it's a tough model that can take a little abuse during construction, and was engineered to be built quickly.  Detail ranges from questionable to non-existent but that's where the fun is, correcting it.  When tackling the kit, the two things that must go are the oversized and ridiculous rear guns, and the lump of semi-clear plastic that is intended to be a canopy.  Then replace the engine and prop (spares from a B-25 work nicely), add larger exhausts, and lengthen the landing gear struts.  As for the interior, you can add seatbelts and a pilot's gunsight but otherwise don't waste too much time here because even under a new greenhouse canopy not much can be seen.  Fortunately, Special Hobby's vacuform canopy (two come with the kit) fit perfectly to the FROG kit, as did the Special Hobby kit's resin exhaust tubes.  The decals from the Special Hobby kit were the finishing touch, which I used to depict a Vengeance from No. 45 Squadron RAF based in India in 1943.

 It took a few months to correct and fix the FROG kit but it was an enjoyable build and I'm happy to have a unique model of a little-known WWII dive bomber.  Someday I'll finish the Special Hobby 1/72 Vengeance as a comparison model but since it's a limited-run kit it probably has its own quirks and problems- the FROG kit might be the way to go as long as you have the Special Hobby kit to use as a guide and parts source.  So don't pass up an old kit if you're curious about building it- it can still provide plenty of scale modeling enjoyment and compare nicely to more recent kits as long as you don't mind borrowing from newer kits to accurize it. 


City of Albuqueque Proclaims
"Harry Davidson Day"

 By Mike Blohm

The Council of the City of Albuquerque formally proclaimed October 5, 2016, as "Harry Davidson Day in the City of Albuquerque." A ceremony was conducted at the beginning of the October 5 City Council meeting where the proclamation was read and presented to Harry. Pictures of the proclamation document and the ceremony are included below.

The proclamation cited seven accomplishments by Harry, which are summarized as follows.

1.   Harry is a life-long resident of New Mexico who flew missions in the Pacific in the Navy's last operational flying boat, the Martin P5M Marlin;

2.   In 1963 Harry proposed the installation of the Cavalcade of Wings at the Albuquerque Sunport, which is seen by thousands and known and respected by aviation aficionados worldwide;

3.   Harry has served as the unofficial historian of both the Sunport and Kirtland AFB for many years and his knowledge of the history of the people, planes, and events is legend;

4.   Harry created and oversees the Albuquerque Aviation History group, arranging speakers and displays;

5.   Harry worked to get funding to restore the Ingram Biplane that is the centerpiece of the art display at the Sunport;

6.   Harry introduced many people to the joy of flying through his work as a flight instructor;

7.   Harry is a one-of-a-kind person who has made an indelible mark in preserving Albuquerque's aviation history and his determination to create the Cavalcade of Wings is the primary reason that the display exists.

The document is signed by the members of the Albuquerque City Council.

This award was very well deserved by Harry for all his hard work over the years, and ASM is proud to have Harry as a longtime member. Support of the vast Cavalcade of Wings model display at the Sunport is an ongoing effort by ASM, and contributes to the public's knowledge of the hobby of scale modeling. Multiple ASM members serve on the Executive Board of the Cavalcade of Wings.

In addition to the proclamation by the City, Harry was also honored by the Cavalcade of Wings Executive Board with a plaque for his half century of dedication in preserving Albuquerque's Aviation Heritage with the Cavalcade of Wings Historical Collection and his service as the Chairman of the Board.




Kit Review

Great Wall Hobby Handley Page Victor B.2

 By Larry Horyna

Retired from active service in 1993, the Handley Page Victor was the last of the British "V" bombers (the Vulcan and Valiant being the first two). Removed from the strategic nuclear bombing mission in 1968 due to the discovery of fatigue cracks, many Victors were modified to fly strategic reconnaissance missions. After the nuclear deterrent role was handed over to Polaris missile carrying submarines of the Royal Navy, the Victor found new life as an aerial refueling tanker. In this capacity, the Victor saw service during the Falklands War refueling Vulcan bombers on the long range "Black Buck" missions. The 1991 Gulf War saw the Victor in its last use in wartime before being retired.

Great Wall Hobby has recently released a 1/144-scale kit of the this historically important Cold War British aircraft.

Given the scale, the kit is very well detailed. The casting is clean and crisp with very little fit issues. There were a few ejector pin marks in places that were a bit of a hassle to remove, most noticeably on the tiny fuselage intake doors near the tail. Nose weight is required to get the model to sit on the gear (very little though, three grams as I recall). The large wing leading edge intakes pose a bit of challenge as there is a seam running right through the middle of it (but, hey, isn't that just a fact of life for "jet guys?"). Careful filling and sanding will get rid of what was the only seam issue on the kit.


One other very small gripe. There are several antennas on the fuselage. Three are very small blade antennas. Two have to be glued on but for some reason, one is molded on the fuselage top center, making it a certain victim of covering the fuselage seam. After accidentally sanding it off I made a simple replacement from plastic card. I just thought it was strange that Great Wall elected to mold that antenna on the fuselage when the other two would not have been in the way. That's about it for assembly! Everything else was a breeze as far as fit. The real challenge was the paint scheme. The leading edges of the wings and tail had a slight wraparound, which required a lot of masking. In fact, I would say that I spent half the time on this model masking! The result was well worth it, though.

Paints were Tamiya acrylics following the same techniques I use for larger scale models. I start with a black pre-shade, followed by base colors and then a highlight using the base color with a little white mixed in. This is the third model I have used post-shading on and I like the technique very much. I keep a bottle of a particular mix for this. It is made up of Tamiya black and red brown thinned about 75% with Tamiya thinner. I spray this in shadowed areas as well as on the demarcation lines between the camo colors. There is a very good tutorial on where Brett Green demonstrates the technique.


 I used Future for the clear coat followed by the decals. The kit decals went down without a problem and reacted well with only a few coats of Micro-Sol. Next came a panel wash using MIG dark brown followed by Testor's clear flat mixed with just a little semi-gloss. I wanted a tiny bit of sheen but not much because of the scale. Lastly, the landing gear were added. Here there is one little glitch in the instructions. The instructions have you add the gear doors before the gear struts. This is a little unusual but it works fine for the main gear. If you follow the instructions for the nose gear you will have a problem. The doors will interfere with the strut going into the bay. You will want to attach the gear and then the doors. Otherwise, this was a very nice little kit and a very enjoyable build. Highly recommended.


ASM Model Display at the 2016 Kirtland AFB Airshow

By Mike Blohm


The Albuquerque Scale Modelers (ASM) conducted a fantastic model display at the Kirtland AFB Airshow on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th, 2016.  It was a great way to promote both the club and the hobby of scale modeling.  The theme of the model display was the "75th Anniversary of Kirtland AFB (1941 - 2016)" to match the theme of the airshow.  We did our best to have all the aircraft that were involved in the history of Kirtland AFB and it's many missions over the years, plus some models to show what other subjects can be built within the hobby.  We started with three tables on Saturday and increased that to four on Sunday, with a total of 70 models being on display.  I think we had more planes on our tables than they had on the flight line.  Model scales varied from 1/32 to 1/144.  We had three huge 1/48 scale aircraft (B-17G, B-24J and B-29A) courtesy of Don Goodrich, that got a lot of attention.  Additionally, we had five ASM-built nuclear bomber models on loan via Erik McIntyre from the display at the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display (B-36, B-47, B-50, B-52 and B-2) at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School Museum representing that testing mission at Kirtland AFB.  Some pictures of the airshow display are included with this article; more are available on the ASM Website. 

ASM was located in a great spot in the center of the display hangar.  We had literally thousands of visitors stop by to check out the models, talk about scale modeling, and discuss the history of the aircraft that had been stationed at Kirtland AFB.  The parents loved the aircraft and armor whereas the kids loved the science fiction subjects, particularly the Star Wars models and the UFO flying saucers.  Actually, most people loved the sci-fi.  We had to be fast to stay ahead of the little kids who wanted to touch the models, but luckily we had only a few minor, repairable casualties.  Lots of veterans enjoyed seeing their aircraft types in the display and sharing their stories of when they had flown or worked on them.  We even had a few people show us cell phone pictures of their ancestors and ask us if we could identify the aircraft in the picture that they had flown or supported, as they wanted to build a model of their planes.  I'm happy to say that we were successful with those requests.  We also had a few requests to provide some models for additional historical displays, and I'll talk about those at the next ASM meeting. 

We passed out lots of flyers on both ASM and the upcoming New Mexico State Fair Model Contest and encourage folks to visit our website.  It sounded like we might get some attendees at a meeting to check out the club.  Additionally, lots of the kids seemed excited to come enter a model at the State Fair, as well as a few adults.  It was a lot of fun, and I think we succeeded very well in promoting both the club and the hobby of scale modeling.  My sincere thanks to all the ASM members who participated in manning the display and/or loaned models (see alphabetical list below).  We were able to have enough folks to watch over the models - a challenge with four tables - and to answer all the questions that came our way.  In particular I'd like to thank Victor Maestas, Josh Pals, Matt Blohm, and Larry Glenn who assisted me in the coordination with Kirtland and the initial set-up on Saturday morning. 

Matt Blohm

Mike Blohm

Theron Brawley

Jeff Frickstad

Jack Garriss

Larry Glenn

Don Goodrich

Gil Johnson

Bret Kinman

Josh Kinman

Victor Maestas

Jim Mesco

Josh Pals

Ken Piniak

Andy Rogulich

Dave Tipps

Frank Randall








History Lost and Found -  General Giller and the Millie G

By John Tate

For scale modelers, what can be more exciting than the story of a pilot who flew P-51D Mustangs in the ETO during WWII?  Since we were kids and first drawn to this hobby, fighter pilots have been our heroes, so when Albuquerque Scale Modelers member Glenn Bingham alerted the club via email on June 30 that the Albuquerque estate of Major General Edward B. Giller was being sold, I did not want to miss it.  I was not immediately familiar with Maj. Gen. Giller, but I discovered that as modelers, all of us were familiar with the plane he flew - the famous "Millie G" from the 55th FG, 343rd FS, 8th AF, depicted on dozens of model kits and decal sheets and even a restored warbird, thanks to a series of well-known 1944 air recognition photos (picture 1 below).

I was fortunate to obtain from the estate sale one of Maj. Gen. Giller's WWII photo albums, which documented his time at Wormingford irfield in England, including many shots of his fellow pilots and squadron mates. Inside I found several pictures of his Mustangs as well as photos of P-38s he flew, but one of my favorites was this one - his squadron's WWII briefing room (picture 2).  We have seen this setting in a hundred WWII movies, but this is the real thing - how many of us have imagined ourselves seated before a mission map just like this, ready to take on Berlin, while gluing together our plastic P-51s?

Being a fighter pilot was not all work and no play, however - here's the bar at the "new" officer's club at Wormingford. (picture 3). To have been a fly on the wall and to have heard some of those flying stories...

Here's a great shot of Ed Giller in Spring 1944, in the cockpit of a P-38, the plane his squadron flew before exchanging them for P-51Ds later that summer.

Giller ended the war as a Lt. Colonel and group commander, but his career really took off after WWII, when he enrolled at University of Illinois and obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. He was assigned to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, in charge of the radiation branch, and then to Albuquerque to the Air Force Special Weapons Center, and involved in nuclear testing throughout the 1950s.  Remember those famous pictures of suburban homes being blown apart by a nuclear blast?  Those were the projects he was involved in, before going to work for the CIA and the Atomic Energy Commission and, along the way, managed Project Blue Book, the famous USAF UFO study; he retired from active duty as a Major General in 1972 but continued working as a civilian with a defense contractor, Pacific Sierra Research, in Washington, DC, until 1990, when he retired and returned to Albuquerque. That's quite a career - now you know how these gentlemen ended up being known collectively as the Greatest Generation.

As it turns out, Maj. Gen. Giller also crossed paths with IPMS/USA. In a prominent place in the General's living room was a display case containing four in-flight models of the Millie G, representing the four different P-51Ds he flew from 1944 to 1945.  I was fortunate enough to pick up the display during the last day of the estate sale, thinking perhaps a modeler from ASM might have built it for him, years ago. When I brought the display to our club meeting on July 8, veteran ASM member Jack Morris recognized the display immediately but pointed out, to my surprise, that the models were not presented to General Giller by ASM, but by IPMS/USA, at the 1968 National Convention in Washington, DC, where General Giller was a banquet speaker. Sure enough, Jack was able to locate an IPMS Quarterly, Vol. 4 No. 2, from 1969, which contained an article on General Giller and the Millie G, as well as some photos of General Giller receiving the four P-51 models at the banquet. The models were constructed from the Hawk 1/48 P-51D kit, which in 1968 was the best model available of the P-51D in that scale; Jack told me they had been built by IPMS modeler Tom Mitchell, from Texas. Those models were part of IPMS history as well as General Giller's history, and I felt fortunate that just by accident, I was able to rescue the display (pictures 9-16).

When I discovered the story behind the display models, I contacted Jim Pearsall, IPMS/USA historian and Publications Director, who kindly arranged for re-publication of the 1969 IPMS article in our club newsletter (pictures 5-8). It gives a good account of the WWII story of General Giller and his P-51D Mustangs, but keep in mind when reading it, of the difficulties of researching and publishing back in the pre-IT days; the article was prepared and set by hand.

I learned a few things from my experience with General Giller's legacy; that this is a better hobby if we collaborate and share information, that old hands still have sharp memories, and that it is important to act quickly and decisively to preserve history. But most of all, that those gentlemen whom we present models to at IPMS functions, really do appreciate our handiwork and our efforts to capture the history those models represent. Remember this the next time an opportunity presents itself to build and present a model to a veteran at one of our events; this can be more rewarding than all of the trophies and awards we will ever win at competitions. And if you're looking for a worthy P-51 modeling project, give some thought to the Millie G; as modelers, there's no better thank-you to Major General Giller for his lifetime of service to this country, than by preserving his memory with a beautiful replica of his sleek Mustang.


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Field Trip - Udvar-Hazy Annex


Smithsonian Air and Space Museum


By Victor Maestas

In April, 2016 I had a work training class near Washington DC.  I went a day early so I could have time to go to the Udvar-Hazy Annex of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  I attended one of the free "highlights" guided tour.  This tour started with early aviation and went through most of the museum in chronological order.  The docent stopped at certain aircraft to give background on the plane, the people involved and details on how the museum selects and restores artifacts.


This museum restricts its artifacts to prototypes of historically significant aircraft, including the first to accomplish something (record holders), aircraft piloted/crewed by significant persons and aircraft involved in historical events. The museum is always adding exhibits and there are about 170 aircraft and over 150 large space artifacts on display. Some of the vehicles on display include:

Boeing 367 "Dash 80" (707 and KC-135 prototype) that introduced jet passenger aircraft to the public by doing barrel rolls over the Seattle 1955 Seafair and Gold Cup Hydroplane Racers at Lake Washington.

B-29 "Enola Gay"

SR-71A  2023/61-7972 last flight from LA to DC - 1hr 7mins 53.7secs on 1990 Mar 6


Selection of US WWII aircraft including
P-40E Warhawk  
F4U-1D Corsair

Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver


Selection of German WWII aircraft including

Do-335 Pfiel   

Me 163 Komet

Arado 234 Blitz jet

He 291 Uhu



Selection of Japanese WWII aircraft including:

Aichi M6A1 Seiran

Kyushu J7W1 Shinden

Kugisho MXY7 Ohka Model 22 (Cherry Blossom)

Nakajima J1N1-S Gekko


Bob Hoover's North American  Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S

Double Eagle II balloon gondola, piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean on 17 August 1978

F-35B with engines on stands for display

Red Bull Stratos Capsule Felix Baumgartner jumped to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on October 14, 2012. Doing so, he set world records for skydiving an estimated 24 miles, reaching an estimated top speed of  843.6 mph, or Mach 1.25 becoming  the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power relative to the surface on his descent

NASA Pathfinder solar powered UAV - set the altitude record for solar-powered aircraft - as well as propeller-driven aircraft - to 71,530 feet (21,800 m) on July 7, 1997.

Space Shuttle "Discovery"

"Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" Mother Ship film prop


There were also a large number of models on display in cases around the museum.  Most of them were of the painted carved-wood type (mostly in flying poses on stands).


Restoration Hanger

The museum has an on-site restoration hanger where artifacts are prepared for display in the museum.  Work in the hanger can be seen from an overhead viewing area. The museum is also connected to Dulles Airport by a taxiway, so flying aircraft can take their last flight to the museum.


The docent explained that people often ask if the aircraft on display are restored to flying condition. The answer is yes and no.  Most artifacts are taken apart and all parts restored to as close to factory perfect as possible, then coated in a preservative to prevent corrosion or deterioration.  They are then reassembled and put on display.   Even though they are probably able to become airworthy, the aircraft would have to be completely taken apart and have all the preservatives removed.  Artifacts that go to this museum are for historical record and will never leave.


Some of the artifacts being worked on while I was there include:

"Friendship 7" Mercury capsule

B-26 "Flak Bait"

Horten Ho-336 flying wing

Start Trek nacelles - the film prop Enterprise is being restored by the Smithsonian to match the "Trouble with Tribbles" episode, (see reference material on top of the white paint booth)

Sikorsky JRS-1 utility/transport flying boat, survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941


This museum has a great selection of very interesting artifacts.  This museum has a lot of the larger aircraft/spaceships that will not fit in the main museum on the DC mall.  If you like seeing historical aircraft and spacecraft in great condition, this museum is a must-see.  I spent about six hours at the museum including a Space Program movie at the IMAX Theater.



ASM Cub Scout Make and Take

By Tony Humphries

 On Thursday April 21st, ASM (specifically Theron Brawley, Josh Pals, Bret Kinman, Victor Maestas, Jack Garriss and Tony Humphries) attended a meeting of Cub Scout Pack #338 at the Church of Latter Day Saints on Caberzon Blvd, Rio Rancho. After an initial introduction, principally by Tony and with help from Theron, the Scouts were split into groups of approximately 6 or 7 Scouts and along with some of their siblings, they were given a choice of snap-together model kits to assemble. The choices were the Scooby Doo Mystery machine or a Monster Truck and both proved popular. With assistance from the ASM members present, around 30 scouts and siblings assembled their kits over the course of the next hour and all seemed to enjoy the event.


Both the Scouts and the parents in attendance were very happy with the results and many of the parents came to thank us afterwards and to tell us how much their children had enjoyed themselves. The Pack also presented ASM with a poster afterwards to commemorate the event, as you can see below:


It is unfortunate in our view that IPMS have discontinued their support for these events as everyone there seemed to enjoy themselves very much, and we had at least 2 enquiries about our club and our meeting schedule, which shows that these make and take events are potentially still a valid recruitment tool.  As support has been discontinued, however, this is likely to be the last event of this kind that we are able to organize, but at least we went out on a good note. ASM would like to thank the members of Pack 338, their parents, their leaders and especially Shawn Quigley for helping us to organize this event. A picture of all of the ASM team (aside From Bret, who had left at this stage) is shown along with the poster, above.



ASM Field Trip - War Eagles Air Museum

Santa Teresa, New Mexico

By Larry Glenn

On February 25, 2016, Brian Peck, Tommy Willers, Ken Peniak and myself took the long journey to Santa Teresa, NM to visit the War Eagles Air Museum (WEAM).  This was not the first trek to WEAM by ASM members, but it was the first for me.  For an out of the way place, the museum is certainly well represented in aircraft, some military vehicles and many classic automobiles.  WEAM has 36 aircraft on display and 52 vehicles.  Additional exhibits include several nuclear weapons, vintage flight simulators, aircraft engine displays, both propeller and jet, uniform exhibits of allies and WWII German aviators, vintage gas pumps and many other artifacts and exhibits.

Some of the more notable WWII aircraft on display are a F4U-4 Corsair, a TBM-3E Avenger, a P-40E Warhawk, a P-51D Mustang,  a P-38 Lightning (it was in after war racing livery), a Sea Fury Mk X, a Fieseler Storch, a A-26C Invader, a DC-3 (C-47) in civilian attire and a yet to be restored Soviet TU-2.  More modern aircraft included a T-33, a F-86 Sabre Mk.. VI (Canadair), a FJ-2 Fury, a T-38B Talon , a Cessna T-37B Tweety Bird, an A-7E Corsair II, a F-84F Thunderstreak and a MIG-15, a MIG-15 two seater and a MIG-21. 

The classic automobiles included a 1935 Auburn Model 85 Boat Tail convertible, a 1936 Packard Super 8 convertible, a 1918 Oldsmobile Touring car, several Fords, including a 1914 Model T Speedster, a 1927 Model T, 1929 and 1930  Model A's, a 1970 E-Type Jaguar roadster,  and other assorted Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, Cadillacs, MG's, Jaguars and a lot more.  The military vehicles included the standard Jeeps, a M706/V-100 Commando and, and as you entered the premises, a M163 and Hawk anti-aircraft missile battery.

 We were escorted by Gus, a fellow modeler and collector of military memorabilia.  Gus permitted us entry into the cockpits of the MIG-15 and MIG-21 and into the gunner's station in the TU-2.  Ken brought his collection of flight helmets and other flight gear and was photographed in the gear in the aircraft. 

 We spent about 3 hours at the museum and I took over 100 photographs of the exhibits, many of which are posted below.  We left Albuquerque shortly after 7:00 a.m.  The trip took about 4 hours.  The drive is well worth it and for those who have not seen it, it is a trip well worth taking.

Pictures below by Larry Glenn

Pictures below by Brian Peck

Report and pictures below by Ken Piniak

On Feb 25, four of us: Ken Piniak, Brian Peck, Larry Glenn, and Tommy went to War Eagles Air Museum. I have been there before, so I only took photos of things that were new to me.  I have a small collection of flight gear, and the high point of the trip was being able to dress up as a pilot (US, Soviet, and East German) get my photo in and around some of the aircraft.





 By Jerry Little

"Steampunk" means a lot of different things to different people, but the one thing we can agree on is that the word is cool!  Most enthusiasts consider Steampunk as a subgenre of science fiction; however, there is a much greater diversity to the steampunk genre in that it often includes fantasy and historical fiction. One of the most important, if not the most important, aspect of Steampunk is the aesthetically pleasing nature that is created in its artistic designs. Two fundamental elements are 19th-century Victorian style that combines modern technology fused with industrial steam-powered machinery and the hybrid nature of the alternative history in storytelling.

The word "steampunk" wasn't used much until the 1980s. Even though elements of steampunk were around much earlier, like many things, the name came about by "accident" in a letter-to-the-editor where a science fiction author recommended they call his group of writers "steam-punks."  This was a play on the already-used term cyberpunk.

Since the artistic value plays the largest role, probably more important than the technology, most of our modern references to steampunk visuals go back to Disney (is this Walt Disney the man or the company - maybe a little clarity?). The 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the submarine Nautilus provided most of the cues for what we see as Steampunk design today. The design was based on Disney artist Harper Goff's work. Goff was also credited with work in the initial development of Army camouflage and the Navy's work on "dazzle"-type camouflage of ships. Goff also created another iconic submarine design, the Proteus from the movie Fantastic Voyage. His work was a balance between visual aesthetics and use.

Given the growing popularity of the genre, I thought it would be a cool contest for the Albuquerque Scale Modelers and decided to host a sponsored contest last December. Since there really is no rule in what constitutes a steampunk entry other than it loosely has to follow the idea of industrial modernism...  I was open to all entries. We had a great turnout for the club and we weren't disappointed in the entries.

Considering the theme, it was mandatory to have at least one Nautilus entry. Interestingly enough, there were three Nautiluses entered. Two were what many consider "Disney Nautiluses" of Captain Nemo fame, and the other was a very obscure resin and white metal kit from a company called BCI. Steve Brodeur displayed the classic Disney Nautilus in 1/240 scale. Mike Clagett also entered a solid resin version of the Nemo Nautilus designed by Scott Brodeen. Although the BCI Nautilus was said to be based on the Jules Verne book, it is a striking fish-like departure from the Disney style we are used to. That is what caught my eye!

Mike Clagett did a great job on the BCI Nautilus. He finished it with a copper-clad look that highlighted some of the features, like the contra-rotating annular propellers and the hull-forming conning tower. The model included the four stacks that are so prominent in the Jules Vern book. Mike also included the always-needed large barbed and raked spar for those times when ramming was in order! His Nautilus captured the award for Best H2O Machine!

The entries weren't limited to "under"-the-surface machines; we also had a few "over"-the-surface machines as well. Mike Blohm entered a neat model that we all know called the "Flap Jack." While not strictly Steampunk, it was quirky in the spirit of the competition. Mike also had a scratchbuilt Airship Atlantis that combined elements of multiple modes of transportation into a really cool "above"-the-surface flying machine!  Unfortunately, Mike's Atlantis ended up in the "What if" category of "What if I had finished it in time to enter in last month's contest!" He did have it ready for ASM's annual Sci-Fi contest in January. Mike Clagett also had a paper-craft model of Count Leonard "Never call me Lenny" Von Falconsk's Crimson Destructor (X-Wing Bi-plane) displayed in flight.

What really stood out was Robert Henderson's scratchbuilt Flying Steamboat. Robert did an awesome job building what was a cross between a turn of the century hot air balloon and Leonardo De Vinci's mechanical paddle boat. Richard's Paddle Wheel Balloon was my pick for Best Aerial Machine!

Congratulations to both Mike Clagett and Richard Henderson on their excellent models and imaginations in Steampunk!




Cavalcade of Wings Website

The Cavalcade of Wings (CoW) website is now up and running.  Check it out  here.   The CoW URL is:

ASM members are asked to please help assist in the catalogging and case-cleaning events that will be happening shortly at the Albuquerque Sunport.

Additional pictures and information on ASM's support to CoW is available on the ASM Cavalcade of Wings webpage.


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ASM continually supports the nationally-recognized Cavalcade of Wings model display at the Albuquerque Sunport international airport with newly-built models, model repairs, and cleaning/inventorying tasks, and performed all these tasks during this period.  This display of aircraft involved in New Mexico’s history is likely the largest number of models on display at an airport in the USA or perhaps the world, with 1300 total models in 18 display cases.  Several ASM members are on the CoW E-Board, including the chairman Harry Davidson (pictured above)  ASM member David Straub photographed the collection and performed extensive research that produced over 3,000 pages of documentation that led to the stand-up of the CoW website in Dec 2013.  The ASM webmaster, who is also a member of the CoW E-Board, provided inputs on the creation of the CoW website.




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IPMS/USA Home Page

Click HERE for information on joining IPMS/USA and an application form.

Click here for an IPMS application form (pdf file).

IPMS/USA Region 10 Home Page

Region 10 Chapter Links

Click on the Region 10 IPMS Chapter names below to connect to their website.
Chapters without websites are not listed.

Chapter Name Location
IPMS Northern Utah Scale Modelers Association Ogden UT
IPMS / Salt Lake City Salt Lake City UT
IPMS / Craig Hewitt Chapter Phoenix AZ
IPMS / Ernest A. Love Chapter Prescott AZ
IPMS/Sonoran Desert Model Builders Tucson AZ
IPMS / Legacy Colorado Springs CO
IPMS / Centennial Chapter Colorado Springs CO
IPMS / Denver-Rob Wolf Chapter Denver CO
IPMS / High Plains Modelers Loveland CO
IPMS / Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying Sci-Fi (CoMMiES) Lakewood CO
IPMS Grand Junction Scale Modeler's Society Grand Junction CO
IPMS / Albuquerque Scale Modelers Albuquerque NM


IPMS/USA Nationals 2017 Links


IPMS/USA National Convention

July 26-27, 2017

La Vista Conference Center

Omaha, Nebraska

Hosted by IPMS Fort Crook Chapter

Check out the Official 2017 Convention Website at:

IPMS/USA 2017 Nationals Website 


Click here for information on: Past IPMS/USA National Conventions

Local Contest Information


Hard copy handouts on local contests are available for viewing in the ASM Book at Hobby Proz

For information on other contests not posted immediately below, please see the Upcoming Events Calendar

VegasCon 2017 / Best of the West-22

Show and Contest

May 6, 2017

East Side Cannery Resort and Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

Hosted by IPMS Las Vegas, Region 8

Website at:  Best of the West 22

Click here for Best of the West 2017 Flyer


CoMMiESFest 2017

March 4, 2017

"Let it Snow"

  Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado

Hosted by IPMS CoMMiES, Region 10

Website at:  CoMMiESFest 2017

Model Car Contest at the 26th Annual Super Nationals
Custom Auto Show

February 4, 2017

Presented by the Albuquerque Model Car Club

In conjunction with the

26th Annual Super Nationals Custom Auto Show (February 3-5)

Model Judging is on Saturday, February 4th

Entries must be submitted before 12 Noon on Saturday



2014 Region 10 Convention and Model Contest

July 11 - 12, 2014  :  D-Day Plus Seventy

*** Please note the change in the date for Chile Con 3 ***

Hosted by Albuquerque Scale Modelers

For more information click on the logo above or here for the Chile Con 3 website

MCM Elegante Hotel and Event Center

2020 Menaul Boulevard NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico  USA

---  Thrice the Spice  ---


ASM thanks the following companies and people for their support and sponsorship at Chile Con 3 :




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

Click on the logo above to go to the Chile Con 2 website.  Click on the links below to see contest results and pictures.

Pics from Chile Con 2:

Armor, Autos, Vendors, and 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

Alternate Links to ASM Website Pages: