ASM 2012 Meeting Pictures

and Major Events


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Major ASM Events in 2012 included the following (use links below):

ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 336 - October 2012

ASM Group Field Trip to Chino, California Warbird Museums - September 2012

ASM-Sponsored 2012 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest - September 2012

ASM-Built Model Featured in New Mexico Centennial Hall Exhibit - August 2012

ASM Model Display at Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) 2012 - June 2012

ASM Support to New Mexico Named Ships Project - Throughout 2012

ASM Group Field Trip to War Eagles Air Museum - March 2012

ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 747 - March 2012


Pictures by Joe Walters, Frank Randall, and Mike Blohm   

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Pictures by Joe Walters, Frank Randall, and Mike Blohm   


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December 7th, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"Pearl Harbor"

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Special (Non-Points) Contest

and

"Model of the Year" Competition 

 Competition amomgst the Best of Show winners at each skill level from all the 2012 Theme (Points) and Special  Contests

Click here to see all eligible models from the 2012 Contests

Best Entry Winners from December's
"Pearl Harbor" Special Contest and the
"2012 ASM Model of the Year Showdown
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Best Pearl
Harbor Entry

Basic
Best Pearl
Harbor Entry

Intermediate
Best Pearl
Harbor Entry

Masters
 2012 Model of
the Year
Juniors
 2012 Model of
the Year
Basic
 2012 Model of
the Year
Intermediate
 2012 Model of
the Year
Masters
   
Matt Blohm Frank Randall Pete Beck Aleya Montano Matt Blohm Gil De La Plain Dave Straub
A6M2 Zero
IJN Hiryu
P-36A
Hawk
USS Reuben James Darth Vader
TIE  Fighter
F4F-3
Wildcat
Buick
Grand National
USS Langley
Seaplane Tender

 

Best Entry Winners from December's
"From a Movie / TV Show" Sponsored Contest
Hosted by Josh Pals
 
Best Spaceship
in TV Show
Best Spaceship
in Movie
Best Figure Best Aircraft  Best Ship Best Automotive Best Armor
Ken Piniak Victor Maestas John Pattison Victor Maestas Pete Beck John Pattison Mike Blohm
Eastern Alliance Destroyer
"Battlestar Galactica"
Millenium Falcon
"Star Wars"
Martian
"War of the Worlds"
Bell X-1
"The Right Stuff"
USS Reuben James
"Hunt for Red October"
Batmobile
Tumbler
"Batman - The Dark Knight"
Imperial
AT-AT
"Star Wars"

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Click here to see December Contest Results

Click here to see December Model Pictures 

The December 7th, 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a preventive military strike on the United States Pacific Fleet base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Empire of Japan's Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), on the morning of Sunday, December 7th, 1941. Two attack waves, totalling 350 aircraft, were launched from six IJN aircraft carriers which destroyed two U.S. Navy battleships, one minelayer, two destroyers and 188 aircraft. Personnel losses were 2,333 killed and 1,139 wounded. Damaged warships included three cruisers, a destroyer, and six battleships. Of those six, one was deliberately grounded and was later refloated and repaired. Two sank at their berths but were later repaired and both rejoined the fleet late in the war. Vital fuel storage, shipyards, and submarine facilities were not hit. Japanese losses were minimal at 29 aircraft and five midget submarines, with 65 Japanese servicemen killed or wounded.  Source: Wikipedia

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November 2nd, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"More Than a Handful / Big Guns"
Theme (Points) Contest


Any subject with large weapons - artillery, tank buster aircraft, battleships, etc.

and the

    "Stealth" Sponsored Contest

Hosted by Mike Blohm

Aircraft (including helicopters) or Ships using Stealth technogology (4th generation and up) - both factual and hypothetical

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Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from the
November "More Than A Handful, Big Guns"
Theme Contest and "Stealth" Sponsored Contest
 
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Basic
Best of Show
Intermediate
People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
 People's Choice
Masters
Best
Factual Stealth Entry
Best Hypothetical Stealth Entry
Matt Blohm Tony Humphries Gil DeLaPlain Dave Miller Glenn Bingham Victor Maestas Matt Blohm
MiG-15 Chieftain
Mk 5/1
Corvette
C6
Rheinmetal 128mm Pak F-5E
Tiger II
F-117
Night Hawk
F-19
Stealth Fighter

There were no entries in the Juniors Division

Meeting Pictures

                           

                  

                       

                   

           

Click here to see November Contest Results

Click here to see November Model Pictures


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October 5th, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

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"Century Series"

Theme (Points) Contest

Any subject with 1XX in name or designation, such as F-105 jet, Ki-100 fighter, SU-100 tank, F-150 truck

Guest Speaker: "Century Series" Presentation by Ted Spitzmiller

Author of the book "Century Series" (Schiffer Books)

Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from the
October "Century Series" Theme (Points) Contest
 
Best of Show
Intermediate
People's Choice
Intermediate (Tie)
People's Choice
Intermediate (Tie)
People's Choice
Intermediate (Tie)
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Masters
 
Tony Humphries Robert Meeker III Adrian Montano Adrian Montano Larry Glenn
101st Airborne
Viet Nam 1965-66
A-10
Thunderbolt II
Bat Boat
"Batman"
Kenworth  K100
Aerodyne
FW 190 D-9

There Were No Entries in the Juniors and Basic Divisions

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

                   

                       

                    

                   

                       

 


Bf 110


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Fw 190

Ju 188

C-124

BAC 111

Tu-160


Click here to see October Contest Results

Click here to see October Model Pictures


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September 7th, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

 


USS New Mexico Battlesip BB-40

USS New Mexico SSN-779 Submarine

USS Albuquerque Patrol Frigate PF-7

"New Mexico Centennial of Statehood"

       

Theme (Points) Contest

Any subject that has a connection to the state of New Mexico


B-29 "Enola Gay"  509BW  Roswell Army Air Field, NM


B-36  Nuclear Weapons Testing out of Kirtland AB, NM

 

Guest Speaker: "Dambusters" Presentation by Douglas Dildy

Author of "Dambusters" - Osprey Books Raid Series #16

 

Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from the
September "New Mexico Centennial of Statehood"
 Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Juniors
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Basic
Best of Show
Intermediate
People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
People's Choice
Masters
No Entries Matt Blohm Tony Humphries Adrian Montano John Tate Brian Peck
No Entries F4F-3 Wildcat
Butch O'Hare
B-24 Pilot & Crew Chief Kirtland Field Al Unser Jr Galles Galmer Indy Car  Corporal Missile
White Sands NM
Rumpler
C.IV Late

Meeting Pictures

                       

                        

                            

                       

                        

                           

                   

           

Picture Posting In Progress

Click here to see September Contest Results

Click here to see September Model Pictures

 


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August 3rd, 2012 Meeting Highlights

The August ASM Meeting was a "Super Clinic Night" with No Contests

Two clinics on Air Brushing by Brian Peck and Patrick Dick, and one clinic on Casting by Ken Liotta

 

August 3rd, 2012 Meeting
"Super Clinic Night"

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July 13th, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"2012: 70, 50, and 30 Year Anniversaries"
Theme (Points) Contest

                   

 

Best of Show & People's ChoiceWinners from the
July "2012: 70, 50, and 30 Year Anniversaries"
 Theme (Points) Contest
 
People's Choice
Juniors
Best of Show
Basic
People's Choice
Basic
Best of Show
Intermediate
People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Masters
Travis McDowell Matt Blohm Matt Blohm Tony Humphries Adrian Montano Dave Straub
J-20 Mighty Dragon A6M2-N Rufe
Float Plane
Arado AR 196 Float Plane A Small Act of Defiance (LVTP-7) USS Reliant
Star Trek
USS Langley
Seaplane Tender

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Click here to see all the ACE Celebrity Judging Award Pictures

July 2012 Model Show and Tell

Dave Straub's USS Langley Seaplane Tender (Sunk in 1942)

 

Click here to see July Contest Results

Click here to see July Model Pictures

 

Battles of 1942:
Stalingrad, El Alamein, Operation Torch, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Midway, New Guinea

       

          

1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis

       

1982 - Falklands-Malvinas Conflict

           

 


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June 1st, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"British Steel"
Theme (Points) Contest

Best of Show & People's ChoiceWinners from the
June 2012 "British Steel" Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Juniors
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Basic
Best of Show
Intermediate
People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Masters
     
Aleya Montano Matt Blohm Tony Humphries Adrian Montano Larry Glenn
Darth Vader
TIE Fighter
Supermarine
Spitfire Mk Vb
Taliban Donkey
and Driver
British Typhoon
Eurofighter
Vickers
Wellington Mk X

 Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

June 2012 Model Show and Tell

Larry Glenn's Wellington Mk X

 

 

Click here to see June Contest Results

Click here to see June Model Pictures

 


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May 4th, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights
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"Super Clinics Night" - No ASM Contest

Rotating Clinics covering three different approaches to Masking

Model Scheme Researching Presentation by Larry Horyna

Sponsored Contest : "Best Tamiya 1/32 Scale P-51D Mustang"

Hosted by Hobby Proz

 

  Winners from the May 2012
"Best Tamiya 1/32 Scale P-51D Mustang"
Sponsored Contest - Hosted by Hobby Proz
Best Overall Entry Best Paint Finish Best Oh My God My Eyes Hurt Entry
            
Larry Horyna Tim Woods Pete Beck
"Empire Commuter / The Shawnee Princess"
Lt Charles Seale / Maj Zagorsky
3 Squadron
RAAF
"Cripes A' Mighty"
Maj George Preddy

Meeting Pictures

                   

                       

                           

                   

                   

                   

                   

May 2012 Model Show and Tell

Larry Horyna - Researching the scheme and building "Empire Commuter / Shawnee Princess"

                   

Click here to see May Contest Results

Click here to see May Model Pictures


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April 6th, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"LARGE Scale"

Aircraft 1/32 scale and up; Armor 1/25 and up; Automotive 1/18 and up; Ships 1/144 and up
Modeling Clinic : Judging

Winners from the April 2012

"LARGE Scale" Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show &
People's Choice (Tie)
Juniors
People's Choice
(Tie)
Juniors
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Basic
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
People's Choice
Masters
   
Aleya Montano Aleya Montano Matt Blohm Frank Randall Paul Kirchner Brian Peck
Triceratops Mastadon Cylon Raider Ki 84 Frank SS Oberscharfuhrer Heinkel He 111P-1

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Best Display Only Model

Glenn Bingham's TBM-3D Avenger

April 2012 Kit Show and Tell

Brian Peck's Heinkel He 111 P-1

        April 2012 Model Highlight

Adrian Montano's Lotus 78 Formula 1 Race Car

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

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

 

Click here to see April Contest Results 

Click here to see April Model Pictures

 


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March 2nd, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

"Open"
Points Contest

Winners from the March 2012
Open Contest and the
"Best Sci-Fi Spaceship" Sponsored Contest
 
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Junior
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Basic
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
People's Choice
Masters
Best Sci-Fi
Spaceship
Entry
     
Phillip Trujillo Matt Blohm Pete Beck John Tate Larry Glenn Ken Piniak
57 Chevy USS Enterprise
NCC 1701 - E
USS Pegasus
PHM-1
Spitfire Vb Trop
52 FG
Breda
Ba 65
Eastern Alliance Destroyer

Meeting Pictures

                       

                           

                       

                       

               

                   

                   

                   

   

March 2012 Kit Show and Tell

Ken Liotta's Bimota Tesi 1D Motorcycle

       

March 2012 Model Highlight

Tony Humpries' Libyan National Liberation Army Technical

The selected Model Highlight from the March 2012 Open contest is a Libyan National Liberation Army Technical diorama by Tony Humphries. 

Tony's build of the 1/35 diorama started with a photo of a "technical" used in Libya from the internet.  The rest of the diorama components are based on various photos also found on the web.   The pickup truck is a Toyota HiLux 4x4 Dual Cab SR5 from Meng. The figures are from Masterbox and Verlinden and the machine guns and the ammo boxes are from Mig.  The background is compiled from several photos found on the internet.  The wall is made from styrofoam coated with spackle. Cracks and chips are represented by chipping the compound off of the foam core.  The graffiti on the wall was done freehand using several markers and permanent pens.

   

 

Click here to see March Contest Results

Click here to see March Model Pictures    


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February 3rd, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

ASM Swap Meet - No Contests

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January 6th, 2012 Meeting and Contest Highlights

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

 

                       

 

 

Winners from the January 2012
Sci-Fi - Real Space - Science - Fantasy
Contest and the
"Frickin' Laser Beams" Sponsored Contest
 
Best
Junior
Best
Basic
Best
Intermediate
Best
Masters
Best Frickin' Entry
 
No Entries Matt Blohm Gil De La Plain Ray Ayles Kyle Garber
No Entries USS Enterprise
NCC 1701 - E
Buick Grand National Assault Vehicle The Mummy Colonial Viper
Battlestar Galactica (Original Series)

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January 2012 Kit Show and Tell

John Pattison's Dimetrodon

           

January 2012 Model Highlight

Mike Blohm's "UFO Fly-In at Roswell" Diorama

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

 

 

Click here to see January Contest Results

Click here to see January Model Pictures

Click here to see January Meeting Pictures


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A Report on ASM in 2012

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President

I would like to thank the members of ASM for the support they gave to our major club projects during 2012. These include two Make & Takes with local Cub Scout packs in March and October, conducting a great model show at the 2012 Albuquerque Comic Expo in June, and sponsoring and judging the New Mexico State Fair Model Contest in September (which included a great ASM display-only Mustangs! model exhibit). ASM also supported the New Mexico State Centennial by building ship models and model bases for the Cavalcade of Wings's New Mexico Named Ships project. We have approximately 70 club members and normally have about 40 attendees at the monthly meetings with a pretty good number of models on the tables, too. We had two great presentations by noted aviation authors on the Dambusters Raid and the Century Series of USAF fighters in September and October, and we had two "Super-Clinic Nights".  Additionally, ASM won the IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year and Region 10 Webmaster of the Year Awards for 2011 - 2012, and also the IPMS/USA Webmaster of the Year Award for 2011 - 2012. So all in all, I think ASM had a pretty good year. Thanks again for supporting the club, and let's all strive to continue to have fun building models, and promoting the hobby in 2013.

ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 336  -  October 2012

                       

 

ASM-Sponsored Model Contest at the 2012 New Mexico State Fair-  September 2012
 

                   

       

ASM-Built Model in the New Mexico Centennial Hall History Exhibit - August 2012

                       

           

ASM Model Display at ACE 2012  -  June 2012

                           

               

ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 747  -  March  2012

                       

                       

 

Field Trip: War Eagles Air Museum

by Mike Blohm, Brian Peck, Patrick Dick, and Danny Williamson

The Albuquerque Scale Modelers (ASM) conducted a group field trip to the War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico on Sunday. March 18, 2012.  Six ASMers braved the gale-force winds and dust storms to make the four hour drive down to the museum, which is just northwest of El Paso TX.  The trip was organized and led by Brian Peck with Tom Perea, Patrick Dick, Danny Williamson, and Mike and Matt Blohm in attendance.  The museum is a large open bay area where you wind your way around the items on display  and quite a few display cases featuring uniforms, ammunition types, navigation equipment, personal stories, and military history such as "flying the hump" in a C-47 in the China-Burma-India Theater.  They did have quite a few cases with models, and some were very well done.  According to their brochure (posted with the pictures), they have 34 aircraft, 6 military vehicles, 38 cars, and 4 motor cycles.  Most of the aircraft are flyable.  Quite a few of the aircraft had open cockpits and platforms where you could take a look-see.  A lot of time was spent taking detail pictures of cockpit interiors and wheel wells, especially of the P-51D and the MiGs.  According to Brian, who had visited before, a lot of the aircraft had been restored and repainted. 

Outside the museum building on display are three aircraft - an F-84F, A-7E and a Chinese Tu-2 twin-engine WWII and Korean War era bomber that was delivered in crates and put back together, equipment for a US Army Hawk unit, and Patriot missiles in canisters.  Those were an adventure to look at with the fairly steady winds which make it sound like the building was going to blow down and resulted in the chasing of blown-off hats.  As usual you "enter and exit through gift shop" and everyone spent time looking and spending money.

Aircraft of note included the P-40E Warhawk, P-51D and TF-51D (2-seater) Mustangs, F4U-4 Corsair, Hawker Sea Fury, A-26C Invader, F-156K Storch, ,P-38L Lightning (modified - looks like it has some racing history), TBM-3 Avenger, Tu-2, DC-3 / C-47, BT-13 Valiant, AT-6F Texan, T-33 Shooting Star, T-38B Talon, L-5 Sentinel, J-3 Cub, F-86 Sabre Mk VI, FJ-2 Fury, F-84 Thunderstreak, A-7E Corsair II, MiG-15, MiG-15UTI, and MiG-21PFM.  Military vehicles of note included an  M-163 Vulcan (M113 APC) and a Ford Chassis Searchlight truck.  Several pictures are posted below; more - 84 total - are available on the Field Trips page.  Tom Perea led the first ASM field trip to the War Eagles Air Museum back in January 2004 - click here to see that trip report.

Definitely recommended for a one-day trip or a stop if you are driving through El Paso on a trip.  Plan on about three to four hours to see everything.  The entry fee is $5 for adults, $4 for military and seniors, and children and students for free.  Check out their website at:  http://www.war-eagles-air-museum.com/

 

More pictures - 84 total - are available on the Field Trips page


 

 

 


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ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 336

By Mike Blohm

ASM conducted a Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 336 on October 17, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in Rio Rancho.  There were 13 Cub Scouts present and five ASM members: Jim Guld, Victor Maestas, Larry Glenn, Patrick Dick, and Mike Blohm.  The purpose of the Make 'N Take was to give the Cubs an introduction to modeling, have fun building a model, and then take it home with them afterwards.

Mike Blohm started the program by discussing "What is Scale Modeling" using a large group of models (approximately 50) in different scales, including aircraft, armor, automotive, ships and science fiction models.  The discussion explained what "scale modeling" means, what the different scales are and the pro's and con's of each, and gave a quick overview of going from what was in a typical model kit box - sprues, instructions and decals - to getting a finished model.  Lots of finished kits were on display to show what could be built and there were a lot of good questions.  It was obvious that the Cubs really liked the Star Wars models and the "UFO Fly-In at Roswell" diorama.  Jim Guld also talked about the hobby and demonstrated how a sprue-cutter works. 

The next step was the fun of model-building.  The kits, supplied by IPMS-USA, included the F-117 Night Hawk, F-14 Tomcat, SR-71 Blackbird, '68 Camaro, Hummer, '34 Hot Rod, and Space Shuttle.  The Pack set-up was very well organized with five tables each with one ASM member, three to four Cubs, and a couple of parents.  ASM members provided coaching, tips, and recommendations as they worked their way through their kits.  The F-117, F-14, and Space Shuttle kits each had their own little challenges to work through, but the Cubs persevered and had a lot of fun.  Feedback from the Pack leadership was that the Cubs enjoyed the Make 'N Take and had a lot of fun.   Hopefully we'll see some of these Cubs get the spark and decide to take up the hobby and have some great fun while doing so.  Please check out the pics below.  Thanks to all who helped out. 

 


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New Mexico Centennial Hall History Exhibit

USS Beranillo County LST Model Featured in Exhibit

by Mike Blohm

Bernalillo County held a grand opening ceremony of the New Mexico Centennial Hall History Exhibit on Friday, August 3rd 2012.  The exhibit features historical photos and other items from Bernalillo County's history, and is located at the City/County Government Center, One Civic Plaza, in downtown Albuquerque.  The model of the Landing Ship Tank (LST) USS Bernalillo County, built by ASM member Mike Blohm and Larry Neiderman, is on display in the Bernalillo County Commissioners office and was able to be viewed by everyone attending the opening ceremony.  Harry Davidson, Mike Blohm, and Larry Neiderman were invited to attend due to the support to the New Mexico Centennial from the Cavalcade of Wing's New Mexico Named Ship Project - see article below.  Pictures of the exhibit and LST model are posted below.  The exhibit, located on the 6th floor, will run through October 31st, 2012.  The County Commissioners Office is located on the 10th floor of the building, and the model will be on display continuously.  The model is to the right as you come in the front door to their offices.

 


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ASM Model Display at Albuquerque Comic Expo 2012

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The Albuquerque Scale Modelers (ASM) put on a model display (show) on June 9-10 in support of the Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) 2012.  The purpose of ASM's display was to promote the modeling hobby, possibly gain some new members, and to have fun.  ACE 2012 was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque, and ASM had a primo location right in the middle of the main traffic area where attendees came in to the building and also transited back and forth from the large vendor area to where the guest speaker presentations and seminars were held.  We had hundreds if not thousands of folks stop by to look at the models and a lot of them asked questions about the models or what techniques we used to paint them.  You'd be surprised at how many closet sci-fi model builders live in Albuquerque. 

The theme of the model display was "Science Fiction, Real Space, Fantasy, and Science" - the same as what ASM has for its January Special Contest each year.  We had a total of 108 models on five tables - actually 155 models if you also count each individual figure that Mike McNichols brought in.  The models were pretty much grouped by theme and genre, and the ASM "What is Scale Modeling" display board was right in the middle, with four P-51D models ranging from 1/18 through 1/72 scales.  Pictures of the display are included below. 

                           

ASM members that helped man the tables included Jim Guld, Joe Walters, Ray Ayles, Mike McNichols, Blaine Couch, Ken Piniak, Frank Randall, Adrian Montano, and Matt, Laura, and Mike Blohm,  Members who provided models but could not attend included Patrick Dick, Victor Maestas, and Gorham Smoker.  We normally had at least three ASMers available to watch the models, answer questions, and pass out ASM, IPMS/USA and NM State Fair model contest promo sheets.  Thanks to all who manned the exhibit and provided models. 

                           

I believe that we met our three objectives.  I think ASM put on a great show and it was very well received by the both the ACE attendees and the ACE leadership.  It was like a super mall show, where the attendees knew what the subjects were, and really wanted to see and talk about the models.  There were some highly-charged "words of excitement (expletives deleted)" expressed by a few of the visitors as they saw their favorite subjects.  We also had "celebrity judging" by a cast of characters that reviewed all the models and picked out their favorite - those award certificates will be passed out at the July ASM meeting, and they are posted below.  You'd be surprised at who attended ACE, sometimes incognito.  Matt Blohm won the prestigious "Most Liked Aaward" (picked the most) with his NX-01 star ship from "Enterprise" (Star Trek).  We passed out a lot of ASM promo sheets and it looked like a lot of folks were interested in the club.  There was also interest in bringing models to the NM State Fair, especially amongst the junior modelers.  It turns out that the Cylon Centurion warrior who stopped by to chat and judge is actually an avid model builder.  Not sure how much time he has to build models between raids on the Colonials, but he might be showing up at one of our meetings.  As for having fun, one of the bennies was free tickets for the ASMers manning the tables, and we all did have a fun time.  If you've never been to one of these conventions, you should definitely check them out.  And you will get the chance to check ACE out next year, as it looks like ACE would like to have us back, and maybe incorporate some other aspects such as a contest.  We will provide more info on that as we receive it.  I think this would be a tremendous annual thing for ASM to do as a promo event.  So now you have another reason for building those models for the January contest - we need another 150 brand new models to display in 2013. 

                       

                       

                       

                      

                       

                        

                       

                           

                       

                       

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ASM Support to the New Mexico Named Ships Project

by Mike Blohm

       

ASM has supported the New Mexico Named Ships Project throughout 2011 and 2012 as part of the Centennial of New Mexico Statehood.  The purpose of the project is to build models of each of the New Mexico named ships and to either present them for display at the locations they were named after, become resident in a New Mexico museum, or become part of a touring model display that visits locations and museums.  ASM has built ship models and model bases in support of this effort.  Greater details on the project are provided in the paragraphs below.  Pictures of some of the completed models are posted below. 

New Mexico Centennial of Statehood

New Mexico's Navy

by Harry Davidson

New Mexico (NM) became the 47th state in the Union 100 years ago in 1912.  In 2012 we are celebrating our centennial by reviewing every aspect of our history.  One of the heretofore little know pieces of information is that this southwest, landlocked state has had 69 ships that have been named for New Mexico cities, counties, indigenous tribes, Pueblos, rivers, and some famous NM citizens.  Their peacetime and combat records have been an honorable part of the nations naval history.  Hundreds of our native sons and daughter have served in the US Navy and some on the ships bearing NM names.

The first ship to bear a New Mexican name was the 1889 tugboat USS/USCG Apache (1891).  The battleship USS New Mexico BB-40 was the most modern ship in the US Navy to be commissioned after we became a state in 1912.  She was nicknamed The Queen because of her state-of-the-art engineering and combat capability.  The USS New Mexico along were her sister ships the USS Mississippi BB-41 and USS Idaho BB-42 were modernized in 1923 and continued to serve until the end of WW II.  As an aside, the USS Mississippi was converted to a missile research launching vessel platform in the 1950s.  New Mexico named ships continued to serve the nation during the Korean Conflict, the Viet Nam War, the Cold War, through to the present.  The nuclear submarine USS New Mexico SSN-779 was commissioned in 2010. 

As part of the celebration of NM's Centennial of Statehood, a project has been created to build models of as many of the NM named ships as possible.  This project is citizen-funded, and has been endorsed by the NM centennial of Statehood Committee.  Some city and county governments are funding the building of ship models named for them. 

During this Centennial Year, the models will be displayed at the sponsor's facilities.  An official history and photos of each ship will be displayed in a Power Point presentation wherever the models reside.  A complete file of ll the ships histories will be provided to museums and educational institutions upon request.  After the centennial, these models will become their property of government agencies, museums, and other related facilities.  At some unnamed date in the future, the Museum of New Mexico may host a "Flotilla" display of all the ship models.  The models will be placed on loan to the Museum for the duration of the display.

There are three 1/96 scale full-hull models of the battleship USS New Mexico.  The first was donated to the USS Kidd Museum in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.  The second model of the same scale was donated to the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War in Fredrichsberg, Texas.  Both of the models were built by former members of the battleships crew.  The third 76 inch-long model was created as a lifetime project by Mr. Cecil Whitson on Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Mr. Whitson spent many years researching the ships history to build the model as the ship was configured at the end of WW II.  Every part of the model ship up to the 85 per cent completion level had been crafted by Cecil when he suffered a disabling stroke in 2004 that put a halt to his endeavors.  In August 2010, the director of the NM History Museum, Mr. Francis Levine, attended the commissioning of the submarine USS New Mexico SSN-779.  The NM Chapter of the Navy League commissioned 24 models of the submarine.  These models were donated to the Museum of NM, the NM Tourism Bureau, the Cavalcade of Wings, and other sites throughout NM.

A display of the memorabilia of both the battleship and submarine was planned for January to May, 2011 at the NM History Museum.  The director asked if Whitson's incomplete model of the battleship could be finished in time for the display.  Mr. Whitson gave his permission to allow the Albuquerque Scale Modelers club to complete the model and prepare it for the January 2011 display.  Mr. Keith Liotta assembled all the parts that had been completed and painted the model for the Museum display.  The Navy League contributed funding to build the showcase and pedestal for this model.  They also created a Power Point program which contained the history of the battleship and covered the commissioning of the new submarine. 

Model of the battleship USS New Mexico under build (pic 1), at the New Mexico History Museum (pics 2&3), and at ASM's Chile Con 2 (pics 4-8)

The archives for the battleship USS New Mexico reside at the University of New Mexico Library.  And so, the University of New Mexico Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps complied additional memorabilia that became part of the Museum's display.  Under the supervision of Mr. Whitson, the Albuquerque Scale Modelers club will complete the model by the end of 2012.  The model will be donated to the NM History Museum.

Additional models of the 69 ships will go on display as they are finished.  Each will be displayed in its own customized showcase.  The USS Bernalillo County model shown below was built by Mike Blohm.  Its "assault landing" diorama base, and most of the other models below, were built by Larry Neiderman.

Completed models of other New Mexico named ships

USS Pecos
(AO-65)
Fleet Tanker
USS Pecos
(AO-65)
Fleet Tanker
SS Roswell Victory (VC-2)
Merchant Ship
SS Roswell Victory (VC-2)
Merchant Ship
USS Eddy County (LST-759)
Landing Ship Tank
USS Eddy County (LST-759)
Landing Ship Tank

USS Albuquerque (PF-7)
Patrol Frigate
USS Albuquerque (PF-7)
Patrol Frigate
USS Pecos
(AO-65) Fleet Tanker (2nd Model)
USS Pecos
(AO-65) Fleet
Tanker (2nd Model)
USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank
USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank

USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank
USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank
USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank
USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank
USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank
USS Bernalillo County (LST-306)
Landing Ship Tank

 


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ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 747

by Mike Blohm

ASM conducted a Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 747 on March 21, 2012 at Vista Grande Elementary School in Rio Rancho.  There were eleven Cub Scouts present and five ASM members: Jim Guld, Josh Pals, Victor Maestas, Larry Glenn, and Mike Blohm.  Two sisters of the Scouts were in attendance and they participated too.  The purpose of the Make 'N Take was to give the Cubs an introduction to modeling, have fun building a model, and then take it home with them afterwards.

Mike Blohm started the program by discussing "What is Scale Modeling" using ASM's Scale Modeling display as a visual aid, featuring multiple aircraft, armor and science fiction models in four different scales.  The discussion explained what "scale modeling" means, what the different scales are and the pro's and con's of each, and gave a quick overview of going from what was in a typical model kit box - sprues, instructions and decals - to getting a finished model.  Lots of finished kits were on display to show off what could be built.  Jim Guld also talked about the hobby and demonstrated how a sprue-cutter works.  The Cubs had some pretty good questions. 

After that, it was jumping into the model building!  IPMS/USA supplied ASM with a lot of different Snap-Tite car kits, including the Corvette, Camaro, and GTO.  Hobby Proz in Albuquerque donated the Snap-Tite SR-71, F-14, F-117, Apache helicopter, and Space Shuttle kits.  The kids had a lot of fun putting them together.  The Cubs worked at their own pace, and ASM members provided coaching, tips and recommendations as they worked their way through the kits.  Lots of lessons learned from the days when we were at their stage.  There were a lot of parents helping out with the model building too, which will certainly help when the kids are at home putting together more kits.  It looked like a good time was had by all.  The Cubs also got to take another kit home to work on.  Den Leader Erik Johns remarked that he hoped the Cubs would put down the video games for a brief moment and build some models.  Hopefully we'll see some of these Cubs get the spark and decide to take up the hobby and have some great fun while doing so.  Please check out the pics below.  Thanks to all who helped out.  

Webmaster's Note:  A slighty-altered version of the above article was published in the May/June 2012 edition of the IPMS/USA Journal

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2012 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest Results

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Creative Arts Division 13: "Model - Military, Science Fiction and Others"

Sponsored by ASM

By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

This year's New Mexico State Fair model contest was very successful, with perhaps a record number of entries.  There were a total of 56 model entries made by 36 entrants, and the display cases were packed to overflowing.  Several pictures of the display cases and the model registration and judging activities are posted below.  Specific contest results and pictures of all the models are posted on the 2012 NM State Fair Model Contest webpage.  Overall, counting the Youth, Senior Youth and Adult sections, 94% of the entrants and 87% of the models were by non-ASM members, and they received 89% of the ribbons awarded.

There were 5 Youth entrants with 6 total models across 4 classes (out of 18).  Flying Rockets was the most popular class, and the Best of Show - Youth award was won by Alena Royball for her nicely done "Purple Rocket.There were two Senior Youth entrants with two models across two classes.  The Best of Show - Senior Youth award was an outstanding 1/72 scale P-51D Mustang by Patrick Brimley.  All of the Youth and Senior Youth entrants were non-ASM members.

The Adult section had the most participation, with 24 entrants and 30 models across 16 of the 18 classes.  There were just two ASM members (8%) entered in the Adult section with 5 total models (17%).  Non-ASM members took 81% of the first place ribbons.  Byron Gore took the Best of Show - Adult award with a superb 1/16th scale non-skinned (no fabric) Curtiss JN-4D Jenny trainer aircraft.  The Professional section had 5 entrants (all ASM members) with 18 total models across 9 of the 18 classes.  Competition was pretty fierce with most of the classes having multiple entries.  Patrick Dick won the Best of Show - Professional award with his excellent 1/48th scale F4U-1A Corsair. 

ASM also put on the "Mustangs!" non-competition display that included 26 total models.  These included one 1/144 scale model, thirteen 1/72 scale models, six 1/48 scale models, and six 1/32 scale models.  One of the 1/72 models was an F-82G Twin Mustang. 

Thanks to all the ASM members who entered the contest.  As can be seen by the numbers above, there were not very many ASM participants, and we can certainly do better next year.  Thanks to all who helped with the model entries and model judging, including Glenn Bingham, Patrick Dick, Fred Franceschi, Victor Maestas, Josh Pals, Frank Randall, and Mike Blohm.  And finally, thanks to the "Mustangs!" display contributors that included Frank Randall, Glenn Bingham, Victor Maestas, Pete Beck, Adrian Montano, Tim Wood, Juan Benitez, and Mike Blohm.  Start brainstorming a theme for the 2013 ASM display-only presentation.

Display cases with all the 2012 model entries are shown below. 

Pictures of model entry registration and the model judging are shown below.  




ASM Trip Report - Planes of Fame and Yanks Air Museum

By Gil De La Plain

Brian scheduled another awesome ASM road trip for September 2012 and it was really fun even if there were only four of us that could make it. On this trip we flew Southwest out to Ontario, California and then drove on over to the Planes of Fame and the Yanks Air Museum in Chino.

 The weather was sunny and it was downright toasty in the hangers but the planes on display were just amazing. Had we been just a little earlier arriving we would have been able to see a really mean Hawker Sea Fury land at Chino. The aircraft is "September Fury" and she was in transit from the Reno Air Races where they had finished second in the unlimited class. When we arrived the engine cowling panels were propped open and you could hear the distinct popping sound of cooling sheet metal as things contracted.

                   

One of the neat things about the Planes of Fame Museum is the fact that so many aircraft that they have on display are airworthy and get flown routinely in air shows. It's nice to be in a museum that has drip pans under so many of these old warbirds and enjoy the smell of hydraulic fluid and engine oil.

                   

They also have quite a collection of racing planes and it was surprising to me just how compact many of those aircraft were (and still are). It seemed more like you strapped them on to head out and tear around those pylons at high speeds and very low altitude.

               

And if you keep walking you will find quite a bone yard and a small collection of military vehicles out in "the back 40".

               

Well that was it for the Planes of Fame museum and we felt like the trip was already worth the effort.  But we weren't done yet. T he last stop for the day was a visit to Brookhurst Hobbies in Garden Grove and it's definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area. It's a very "old school" shop that is jam packed to the ceiling everywhere you look. I wish I would have thought to take some pictures in the store since they probably had more completed plastic models on display than any other shop I have ever seen. I think my favorite display was an entire "box" of 1:72 scale B-17s suspended from the ceiling with a couple of FW-190s slicing down through the formation. We also couldn't resist bringing home a few goodies to stash in the luggage.

The next stop was the Yanks Air Museum on day 2 and they have an exceptional collection of aircraft as well. They have more in the way of jet aircraft but it appears they do not have as many airworthy aircraft in their collection.

                       

 One of the truly unique (and airworthy) aircraft that they have is a recently acquired Lockheed Constellation EC-121T Warning Star airborne early warning radar platform. This was another impressive product to roll out of the famed "Skunk Works". This particular aircraft was one of the last Warning Star aircraft to be retired from the Air Force, and it is definitely an interesting aircraft to see. They are in the process of starting a restoration of the aircraft as funding and resources allow.

               

Another nice thing about the Yanks Air Musuem is the large and very active restoration hanger that you are allowed to walk through. The amount of effort and time it takes to restore old aircraft is just amazing and much of it is volunteer labor. One of the things that has always fascinated me about seeing aircraft during the resoration process is the fact that you are able to see the advances in technology over the years at more than a surface level. The progression from wood spars, ribs and linen coverings to steel tubing, machined aluminum and flush rivited aluminum skins makes you realize just how much research and development was taking place. It also makes you realize that totally new paradigms in assembly and mass production had to be implemented in order to produce these flying machines in the quantities needed.

                       

Yanks Air Museum also has the requisite bone yard out back and they had just rolled an F-15 in on a flatbed for future resoration. Now that would be a cool project to work on!

       

Well that wrapped up this ASM trip and it was really worth the time we spent.  Great friends, great machines and a few kits brought home in the luggage, what more could you ask!

Webmaster's note:  More pictures from this trip report are posted on the Field Trips page.

 

 


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