ASM 2011 Meeting Pictures

and Major Events


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Major ASM Events in 2011 include (use links below):

ASM Model Display at the Kirtland AFB Open House - Oct 2011

Chile Con 2 Region 10 Convention and Contest - May 2011

Pictures by Joe Walters, Frank Randall, and Mike Blohm   

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December 2nd, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"ASM 2011 Model of the Year Showdown"

and

"BMW" Sponsored Contest

 

2011 ASM Model of the Year Winners
and Best Entry Winners from December's
BMW
Sponsored Contest

2011 Model
of the Year
Juniors

2011 Model
of the Year

Basic

2011 Model
of the Year
Intermediate
2011 Model
of the Year

Masters
Best BMW
Automotive
Entry
Best BMW
Aircraft
Entr
y
Aleya Montano Gorham Smoker Larry Glenn Jim Guld Ken Liotta John Tate
USS Enterprise A6M2 Zero Matilda Mk IV Matilda Crane Tank BMW R80G/S Fw 190A-4

Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                       

                   

       

 

ASM 2011 Modeler of the Year Winners

Modeler of
the Year
Juniors
Modeler of
the Year
Basic
Modeler of
the Year
Intermediate
Modeler of
the Year
Masters
None for 2011 Gorham Smoker Larry Glenn James Guld
None for 2011
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ASM 2011 Model of the Year Winners

2011 Model
of the Year
Juniors

2011 Model
of the Year

Basic

2011 Model
of the Year
Intermediate
2011 Model
of the Year

Masters
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No Entries Gorham Smoker Larry Glenn Jim Guld
No Entries A6M Zero Matilda Mk IV Matilda Crane Tank

 

Click here to see December Contest Results

Click here to see December Model Pictures

 


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November 4th, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"Open Contest # 4"

 

Best of Show and People's Choice Winners
from November's "Open Contest #2"
and the Sponsored Contests
"Best P-39" and "Operation Desert Storm - 1991"
 

Best of Show & People's ChoiceBasic

Best of Show
Intermediate

People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
People's Choice
Masters
Best Entry
Desert Storm
Dude Award
Desert Storm
Best P-39
Entry
   
Gorham Smoker Larry Glenn Larry Glenn James Guld Dave Straub Victor Maestas Mike Blohm Mike Blohm
Spitfire
MkV
Matilda
Mk IV
Ki 45
Toryu
Crane Tank Matilda Zeppelin
L11
F-117A
Night Hawk
Su-25
Frogfoot
P-39N
Airacobra

Meeting Pictures

                       

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                    

           

Click here to see November Contest Results

Click here to see November Model Pictures

 


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October 7th, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"Common Kits"

Revell 1/72 B-17G; Tamiya 1/35 Matilda; and Revell Ferrari 458 Italia

 

  Best in Section Winners from October's
"Common Kits" Special Contest
 

Juniors

Basic

Intermediate
Aircraft
Masters
Aircraft
Masters
Automotive
Masters
Armor
Triathalon
Winner
   
No Entries No Entries Frank Randall Victor Maestas Victor Maestas James Guld Victor Maestas
No Entries No Entries B-17G
Flying Fortress
B-17G
Flying Fortress
Ferrari 458
Italia
Crane Tank Matilda All 3
Entries

Meeting Pictures

                   

               

               

           

Note:  The "Desert Storm - 1991" Sponsored Contest was slipped to the November 4th Meeting

Click here to see October Contest Results

Click here to see October Model Pictures


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September 9th, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"Mediterranean" Points Contest

Any scale, era or subject operating in or from the Mediterranean area.
(Meaning a country that touches the Medierranean Sea.)

 

 

Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from September's "Mediterranean" Points Contest and
"Presidents Choice" & "Post-Apocalyptic"
Sponsored Contests
 

Best of Show
Juniors

People's Choice
Basic

Best of Show & People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
People's Choice
Masters
Best of Show
President's Choice Contest
Best of Show
Post-Apocalyptic Contest
   
No Entries Gil De La Plain Larry Glenn James Guld James Guld Frank Randall Gil De La Plain
No Entries Buick Grand National Assault Vehicle Arado
AR 196A-5 Floatplane
M-10
Tank Destroyer
Comet
Tank
SH-60B
Seahawk
Helicopter
Buick Grand National Assault Vehicle

Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

September Sponsored Contests :

"Post Apocalyptic" - hosted by Josh Pals

"President's Choice" - hosted by Victor Maestas

Click here to see September Contest Results

Click here to see September Model Pictures

 


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August 12th, 2011 Meeting Highlights

ASM Swap Meet and 2011 IPMS/USA Nationals Debrief (No Contests)

Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                       

IPMS/USA National Contest Winners

                       

                                   

                       

Click here to see August Model Pictures

 


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July 8th, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

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Special Contest # 3  "More or Less"

  Best of Show Winners from July's
"More or Less" Special Contest
 

Best of Show
Juniors

Best of Show
Basic

Best of Show
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
     
No Entries Gorham Smoker Frank Randall Victor Maestas
No Entries Scania R1424
6x2
P-26
Peashooter
M-20 Armored
Car

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

Click here to see July Contest Results

Click here to see July Model Pictures

 


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June 3rd, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

Summer Points Contest - "1941"

Tobruk Barbarossa Moscow Pearl Harbor Philippines Singapore

 

 

  Best of Show & People's Choice Winners
from June's "1941" Points `Contest
 

Best of Show
& People's
Choice - Juniors

Best of Show
& People's Choice
-
Basic

Best of Show &
People's Choice
 - Intermediate
Best of Show
- Masters
People's Choice Masters
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No Entries Gorham Smoker Larry Glenn Paul Kirchner Victor Maestas
No Entries Mitsubishis
A6M2 Zero
Dewoitine
D.520
Counterattack
at Yelna
Matilda
Mk I

 

 

"Shiny Show Rods"

 

  Winners from June's Special
Contest : "Shiny Show Rods
"
 

Best Entry
Juniors

Best Entry
Basic

Best Entry
Intermediate
Best Entry
Masters
   
No Entries Gorham Smoker Frank Randall Victor Maestas
No Entries Li'l Mixer Ice-T Red Baron

Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

Click here to see June Contest Results

Click here to see June Model Pictures

 


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May 6th, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

The May "Shiny Show Rods" Special Contest
was slipped to the June 3rd Meeting

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

                   

Click here to see May Model Pictures


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April 1st, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

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

Four "rotating clinics" on:  Natuarl metal finishes (Brian Peck), decals (Frank Randall),
weathering armor tracks (Jim Guld), and acrylic washes (Josh Pals)

 

April 1st, 2011 Meeting
"Super Clinic Night"

 

Meeting Pictures

                   

               

   

               

               

               

               

Click here to see April Model Pictures


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March 4th, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"Spring Points Contest - Open # 1"

 

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

Best of Show
& People's
Choice - Juniors

Best of Show
Basic

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

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February 4th, 2011 Meeting Highlights

ASM Swap Meet - No Contests 

 

               

               

               

       


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January 7th, 2011 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science and Fantasy"

Special (Non-Points) Contest

 

Winners from the January 2011
Sci-Fi - Real Space - Science - Fantasy
Contest
 
Best
Junior
Best
Basic
Best
Intermediate
Best
Masters
       
Aleya Montano No Entries Ken Peniak Victor Maestas
USS Enterprise No Entries Star Destroyer Milennium Falcon

 

Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                       

                   

                   

               

Click here to see January Contest Results

Click here to see January Model Pictures


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ASM at the Kirtland AFB Open House

by Ken Liotta

For the first time ever, a local plastic modeler's club has participated in an Albuquerque-based air show as guests of Kirtland Air Force Base's "Open House."  Albuquerque Scale Modelers now holds that dubious distinction and we did it in grand style.  At this year's KAFB Open House on October 9, ASM had the honor of setting up six tables in KAFB's Hangar 1000 (aka the Osprey Hangar) to participate as one of their Vendors/Guests.  We were able to set up our club's "What is Scale Modeling" display, host two live model building demos, and (the icing on the cake) display ASM's 2006 IPMS/USA Nationals award-winning 1/32 scale F-16 Thunderbird Team!

ASM members Pete Beck, MTCM(SS), USN, Keith Liotta, and I arrived early Sunday morning before the gates opened up to set up the tables and displays that Pete and I had drop­ped off the previous Friday.  The arrangements made with KAFB to grant our club special access to the Show were a direct result of the dedicated efforts of Master Chief Beck and his contacts at KAFB.  Without his efforts, ASM would most likely have never had this opportunity.  For the club's Thunder­birds display, we used the original simulated tarmac base that was used for the 2006 Nationals.  To protect the F-16s from possible wind incursions and potential little wandering hands, we covered all six T-birds with one large glass display case cover that I have had in storage at my place for a few years.  I had a special banner made up (thanks to my loving wife Rita for assistance with that) to post in front of the T-birds and we also added appropriate patches, stickers, and photos that were made available for the display, care of Mike Blohm.

For the "What is Scale Modeling" display, Mike Blohm provided the presentation board and we used Frank Randall's 1/72 scale, John Tate's 1/48 scale, and my 1/32 scale Spitfires to demonstrate the three basic scales with respect to one-another.

To add to the two ASM displays, on one end Pete set up several of his 1/48 scale completed masterpieces representing some of the Air Force hardware currently being flown today, including the F-16CM, the F-15E, the MQ-1 Predator, and the MQ-9 Reaper.  On the other end, Keith and I set up numerous models representing examples of the various kinds of plastic models that are available to the public along with our complete model building setups.  While we also focused on Air Force hardware, we included a few other "off" subjects.  For example, we included a 1/12 scale Ensign Darwin Dolphin from the old SeaQuest TV show.  That turned out to be one of the kid's favorites.

The Open House officially opened at 9:00 A.M. and came to an end around 4:30 P.M. with numerous air demonstrations and fly-bys throughout the afternoon, including a T-33 demo, multiple passes by a B-1 and then a B-2.  As usual, the show-ending finale was the USAF Thunderbirds demonstration, a truly amazing sight for any aviation and modern day jet enthusiast.  During the entire show, our tables/display had a continuous flow of visitors literally lined up to pass by and see the displays.  Numerous attendees stopped to take pictures of the models, the T-Bird display and of their children right next to or with the models.  On several occasions, I had noticed moms having their kids lean in towards the table to get a picture of them next to the Academy 1/32 scale F-18 Blue Angel that I had brought along.  It just seemed like the right thing to do by carefully handing the model to the kids so that they could hold it while their moms or dads snapped pictures.  The payoff was seeing the huge smiles on their faces.

Besides all of the picture taking, we had dozens of attendees asking how we built certain models and how did we apply some of the paint, decals, and effects (washes).  The entire day was filled with mini-demos, how-to instructionals, directions to finding model kits and supplies at places like Hobby Proz and the internet.  We handed out the entire handful of Hobby Proz business cards within the first two hours, and then dozens of handwritten contact info for the shop too. We probably could have handed out a box load of them (hmmmm, lesson learned).  In addition to all of the business stirred up for the shop, we also handed out the fifty-plus ASM club flyers that Mike Blohm and I had printed out for the show within that same first two hours (again, lesson learned for next time).  It turns out that many Albuquerqueans had no idea there was a Plastic Model club in town.  With any luck, we will see several of them at our meetings in the coming months.  One potential visitor to a future ASM meeting may include the 377th Air Base Wing KAFB Public Affairs Manager Michael Kleiman.  We had a fair conversation about ASM and what we have to offer, and he expressed a significant interest in exploring the hobby.

The icing on the cake for the day was the numerous visits to the club's Thunderbird display by several ground/support crew members, PA Superintendent MSgt Kimberley Harrison, the Number 12 Public Affairs Officer Maj. Kristin Haley, and Thunderbird 3 himself, Maj. John Gallemore.  All of the Thunderbird team members were very impressed with the display and appeared to turn into little kids in a candy shop as they looked closer at the models.  Each member's visit would usually lead to photograph opportunities where they were asked to stand by the ASM T-bird display for and with the general public.  There are now dozens of photos across Albuquerque that include the ASM display as a backdrop with the Thunderbird members.

Additional thanks should be given to ASM members Dave Epstein, Jeff Frickstadt, Chuck Girven, and Pete's wife Rayna for the time they offered to stop by, support the display efforts, and for sitting in for Pete, Keith, and I so that we could enjoy portions of the Air Show too.

ASM would also like to extend special appreciation to Maj. Cindy Vernier, USAF, and Lt. Cox, USAF, for accommodating us in Hangar 1000 at this year's KAFB Open House and making us feel so welcome.  All of us had the most superb time participating and being a part of the show.  It will certainly be a Show to remember for us.

More pictures are available on the Field Trips page.

(Webmaster's Note:  ASM has previously particpated in several Air Show / Open House events over the past 15 years and has displayed models, but not to the extent as was done this year.)

Photos below by Ken Liotta and MikeBlohm

Awesome Air Show pictures below by Gil DeLaPlain

 

More pictures are available on the Field Trips page

 

 

 

 


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