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and Major Events


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Major ASM Events in 2015

Include the following (use links below):

ASM Group Field Trip - War Eagles Air Museum  -  February 18, 2015

ASM Super Challenge Model Build  -  Started April 3, 2015

ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 336  -  May 20, 2015

ASM at the 2015 Region 10 Contest  -  June 12-13, 2015

ASM Wins IPMS/USA Region 10 2014 Chapter of the Year Award - June 13, 2015

ASM Group Field Trip - Two Museum Tours  -  June 20, 2015

ASM Wins IPMS/USA 2014 Chapter of the Year Award - July 25, 2015

ASM-Sponsored Model Contest at the 2015 New Mexico State Fair - September, 2015

Additional items will be posted as they occur


Pictures by Joe Walters, Frank Randall, and Mike Blohm   

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Meeting Pictures

 


December 4, 2015 Meeting

ASM Model of the Year Showdown

Competition amongst the Best of Show winners at each skill level

from all of the 2015 Theme (Points) and Special (Non-points) Contests

Click here to see all contending models

ASM 2015 Model of the Year Winners
Junior
Model of the Year
Basic
Model of the Year
Intermediate
Model of the Year
Masters
Model of the Year
Joshua Kinman Jeannie Garriss Ken Piniak Brian Peck
Corvette Shelby Cobra Cutaway Tiger Tank F4U-1A Corsair


Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                

               

               

                       

               

               

                   

               

       

Super Model Challenge Build - Completed Models:

Steve Broduer - Sky Crane Theron Brawley - F-18 and Sea Knight

    

Jack Garriss - UN Land Rover


Click to see December Model Pictures

Click here to see December Contest Results

 


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November 6, 2015 Meeting

"Open"
Theme (Points)
Contest

Best of Show & People's Choice Winners
from November's "Open" Theme Contest
& "Best Little Fokker" Sponsored Contest
Best of Show & People's Choice
Basic
Best of Show & People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
 People's Choice
Masters
Best Little Fokker
Entry
Kyle McIntyre Steve Brodeur John Tate Glenn Bingham Victor Maestas
Type VIIC U-Boat Fokker D.VII Delta-III SSBN LSM-212 Fokker Dr.I

Meeting Pictures

                    

                  

Super Model Challenge Build

                   

                        

                       

                   

November Meeting Awards

                       

                    

                   

                   

Click here to see November Model Pictures

Click here to see November Contest Results 


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October 2nd, 2015 Meeting

"Nuclear Winters"
Theme (Points)
Contest

Best of Show & People's Choice
Winners from October's "Nuclear Winters" Theme 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
Joshua Kinman Kyle McIntyre Bret Kinman Mike Clagett John Tate Victor Maestas
Corvette USS Enterprise & USS Ranger Challenger Challenger I Mk3 The Space Race That Never Was R-36M ICBM
SS-18 Satan
Typhoon

 

Winners from October's "Hawker" and "Nuclear Nuclear Heritage Model Display" Sponsored Contests
Best Basic Entry
Nuclear Heritage Display
Best Intermediate Entry - Nuclear Heritage Display Best Masters Entry - Nuclear Heritage Display Best Intermediate
Hawker Entry
 Best Masters
Hawker Entry
Kyle McIntyre Len Faulconer John Tate Jerry Little Victor Maestas
USS Enterprise & USS Ranger F-106A
Michigan ANG
R-36M ICBM
SS-18 Satan
Tempest Typhoon

  
Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

Super Model Challenge Build and Completed Models

                       

Victor Maestas - Marder;  Michel Wingard - Puma;  and Glenn Bingham - A-4 Skyhawk

                           

                       

           

Built Models from Challenge Build by Brian Peck at September Meeting (See Below)

                       

                       

                    

                        

                           

October Meeting Awards

                   

                   

        

Click here to see October Model Pictures

Click here to see October Contest Results 


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September 4th, 2015 Meeting

"Trainers"
Theme (Points) Contest

Best of Show & People's Choice
Winners from September's "Trainers"
Theme Contest
Best of Show & People's Choice
Juniors
Best of Show & People's Choice
Basic (Tie)
 People's Choice
Basic (Tie)
Best of Show
Intermediate
 People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
 People's Choice
Masters
Joshua Kinman Kyle McIntyre Keith McIntyre Len Faulconer Frank Randall Dave Miller Larry Glenn
Jeep German Battalion Sherman Ta 152 Tiger Meet A-7 IJN Shikinami BV-141


  

 

Best EntriesWinners from September's "It's All Greek to Me" Sponsored Contest
Hosted by Gil De La Plain
         
John Tate Victor Maestas
Hurricane Mk I Tropical Sptfire Mk Vb


Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                       

Model Challenge Build by Brian Peck at September Meeting

               

                       

                            

Completed Models from Super Model Challenge Build

Jack Garriss - M8 Howitzer Motor Carraige, and Blaine Couch - M4A1 Sherman

                       

October Meeting Awards

                   

                    

                   

               

Click here to see September Contest Results

Click here to see September Model Pictures


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August 7th, 2015 Meeting

"ASM Swap Meet"

With No Contests

Meeting Pictures

           

                       

                       

Dave Straub discusses 2015 IPMS/USA National Convention; Special Olympics Champion Jeannie Garriss displays her medals 

                   

           

Distressed Kit Auction

                        

                        

            


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July 10th, 2015 Meeting

"1945"
Special (Non-Points)
Contest

Best of Show & People's Choice
Winners from July's "1945"
Special Contest
 
Best of Show & People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show  - Masters - Aircraft
& People's Choice - Masters
Best of Show
Masters - Ar
mor
Jerry Little Larry Glenn Fred Franceschi
P-51D "Lazy Daisy" Fw 190D-9  JV-44 Su-100 Tank Destroyer

    

Winners from July's "Adversaries" Sponsored Contest Hosted by
Mike & Matt Blohm
Best Entry
Science Fiction
Best Entry
1/72 Scale
BestEntry
1/48 Scale
Best Entry
1/32 & 1/35 Scale
Best Entry
Outside the Box
Patrick Dick James Strickland James Strickland Victor Maestas James Strickland
Soviet TIE Fighter Vs
USN X-Wing Fighter
A6M2 Zero Vs
F4F-3 Wildcat
F4U-1 Corsair Vs
A6M3 Model 32 Zero
F-105G Wild Weasel
Vs SA-2 Guideline
SAM
Final Countdown
A6M2 Zero Vs
F-14 Tomcat
Best Juniors
Entry
Matt's
Favorite
Mike's
Favorite
Aleya Montano Glenn Bingham Brian Peck
Gundams Do24K-1 Vs
F1M2 Pete
F4U-1 Corsair Vs
A6M2 Zero

  

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

                   

                

                    

               

ASM Winners from the2015 Region 10 Contest (CoMMiES Fest 6)

                    

                   

  Click here to see July Contest Results

Click here to see July Model Pictures

 


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June 5th, 2015 Meeting


 
"Rotary Wing"

Theme (Points) Contest

Open to any kit, any subject, any scale.  The Rotary Wing theme represents any scale or subject
that has a rotar (helicopter, CV-22, gyro-copter).

 

Best of Show & People's Choice
Winners from June's "Rotary Wing" Contest and "Lockheed Martin" Sponsored Contest
Best of Show & People's Choice
Basic
Best of Show & People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
 People's Choice
Masters
Best Entry
"Lockheed Martin"
Jeannie Garriss Ken Piniak Glenn Bingham John Tate Victor Maestas
Apache Helicopter Huey Cobra SH-2F Seasprite Nike Hercules F-117 Stealth Fighter

    Meeting Pictures

                       

                       

                       

                   

                          

                           

                        

                       

                       

June Meeting Awards

                   

               

 

 

"Lockheed Martin"

Hosted by Patrick Dick

Best Entry
"Lockheed Martin"
Victor Maestas
F-117 Stealth Fighter

  

   Click here to see June Contest Results

Click here to see June Model Pictures


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May 1st, 2015 Meeting

   

 
"May Day"

Theme (Points) Contest

Open to any kit, any subject, any scale that represents the conflict between the European Axis Powers and co-biligerent Finland againt the Soviet Union, Poland, or other allies which encompassed Northern, Southern and Central and Eastern Europe from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945.  Known as the "Great Patriotic War" in Russia and "Eastern Front" in Germany.

Model Clinic - Molding and Scratch Building by Dave Straub

Best of Show & People's Choice
Winners from May's
"May Day" Points Contest
People's Choice
Basic
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Intermediate
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Masters
   
Jeannie Garriss Partap Davis Larry Glenn
Police
Motorcycle
WW II German
Field Commander
Bf 109G-6
Royal Hungarian AF

 

 

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                                    

   

 
Awards for the May Contest

               

                   

           

Click here to see May Contest Results

Click here to see May Model Pictures

 

   

 


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April 3rd, 2015 Meeting

"April Fools"

Special (Non-Points) Contest

Any subject or scale that depicts a "What If," "Future Fantasy," "Never Happened," or "Hollywierd" theme

Best of Show
Winners from April's
"April Fools" Special Contest
Best of Show
Basic
Best of Show
Intermediate
Best of Show
Masters
Kim Rogulich Ken Piniak Victor Maestas
Dragon
Funny Car
Tiger Tank
"Kelly's Heroes"
Red Bull
F-117A

    

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

                   

                    

                        

Awards for 2014 Modeler and Model of the Year

                        

Awards from Previous Month's Contests

                            

                        

                        

    

ASM Super Model Challenge Build

The "ASM Super Model Challenge Build" was launched at the April 3rd meeting.  A large amount of model kits were donated to ASM under a specific set of "Rules of Engagement (ROE)."  The intent was to have the models be built by the members and to have fun doing so - they were not to be sold by the club or the members.  The E-Board mulled over a bunch of options and decided upon the "Challenge Build" approach that we have been doing for years, just in a very large way in this case.  There are multiple 2015 ASM contests that the donated models could fit into.  So the plan is to offer the kits to the members with the intent to build them for those contests.  These include the "Rotary Wings" (June 5th), "1945" (July 10th), and "Nuclear Winters" (October 2nd) contests.  ASM is building models for the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display at Kirtland AFB and there are a large number of kits that can be built specifically for that display.  There is a Sponsored Contest for the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display on October 2nd. 

There were about 77 kits out on the tables for members to choose from, and 27 challenges were accepted during during the meeting.  Pictures were taken of the members holding their selected kits.  The "ASM Super Model Challenge Build" - info and pictures - can be found on the ASM Website's Meeting Pictures webpage.  The remaining kits will be brought back to the next several ASM meetings.  A couple of items that have come up since the April 3rd meeting:  These models can be completed and brought in for any contest - it does not have to be at the suggested contests, i.e. at the Rotary Wings contest, if you already had three entries being built for that.  The Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display is also interested in non-nuclear-related Cold War era models, so all those Cold War armor vehicles are a player to be displayed there too.  Please get with Erik McIntyre to confirm if your kits are desired in the display. 

 

                       

           


Click here to see April Contest Results


Click here to see April Model Pictures


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March 6th, 2015 Meeting

"Open"
Theme (Points) Contest

 

Best of Show & People's Choice
Winners from March's
"Open" Theme 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
Joshua Kinman Jeannie Garriss Ken Piniak Brian Peck Larry Glenn
Mini Cooper Shelby Cobra Cut-Away Tiger F4U-1A Corsair TBM Avenger

Meeting Pictures

    

                   

                   

                       

                     

                   

                   

   

     Click here to see March Contest Results

Click here to see March Model Pictures

   


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February 6th, 2015 Meeting

ASM Swap Meet - No Contests

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

                   

                   

       


February Pictures by Joe Walters and Ken Liotta

 


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January 9th, 2015 Meeting

 
 

Moe Blalter's

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

Special (Non-Points) Contest

     


Best Entry Winners from January 2015

"Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science and Fantasy"
Special Contest and 3 Sponsored Contests:

"
Frickin' Laser Beams"
Hosted by Patrick Dick
"Fanta-Storical"
Hosted by Josh Pals & Patrick Dick
"Battle of the Bulge 70th Annivesary" Hosted by E-Board
Best Entry
Juniors
Best Entry
Basic
Best Entry
Intermediate
Best Entry
Masters
Best Bulge Entry - Intermed Best Bulge Entry - Masters Best Entry
Fanta-Storical
Best Frickin'
Entry
     
Joshua Kinman Kim Rogulich Tom Perea Patrick Dick Bret Kinman Tony Humphries Mike Blohm Mike Blohm
Dodge Challenger
SRT8
Pirates of the Caribbean Project Gemini
Capsule
Battlestar Pegasus M4A3
Sherman
M16
GMC
VF-1J Valkyrie
Veritech Fighter
Flying Saucer
UFO

 

Just Staff's Most Favorite Awards
for the Moe Blalters Contest
Basic Intermediate Masters


  




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

No eligible Junior entries 

 

Meeting Pictures

                   

                   

           

ASM 2014 Modeler of the Year and Model of the Year Awards

                       

                    

Awards for December's "Mustangs and Corsairs" Special Contest

                               

                           

Awards for January's Contests

                       

                        

               

"70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge"
Sponsored Contest

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Click here to see January Contest Results

Click here to see January Model Pictures

 


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Major ASM Events in 2015


ASM Wins IPMS/USA 2014 Chapter of the Year Award

 

By Tony Humphries

As I'm sure you are all aware, the IPMS National Convention has been held this weekend in Columbus, Ohio (July 22-25, 2015), and some of our members have been in attendance. I hope that everyone who was able to attend enjoyed the convention, and I look forward to hearing how everyone did and what your impressions of the convention were. I am sure that the hosting chapter did a great job, as they always seem to. Hey, maybe we can even host another one of these events ourselves someday?

What you may not yet know is that the National Chapter of the Year was announced at the awards ceremony and we won it.  Albuquerque Scale Modelers are officially IPMS's national Chapter of the Year.  This is a significant award and a major honor for us as a club.  As far as I know we have never won this award before and it sets the seal on a very successful 2014 for us.

The credit for this of course, goes to all of you as members of this club. As I have said before, this club is what it is because of what you all put into it. So I want to say a big thank you to all of you for all of the time that you have put in to club events, make & takes, the State Fair, last year's Region 10 convention, and everything else that you all do for this club. You make this club what it is and this award is for all of you. Thank you and congratulations.

Pictures below by Steve Stronach and Richard Engar, showing the Chapter of the Year award, the award being accepted by Dave Straub on behalf of ASM from IPMS/USA President Dick Christ, the award amongst the line-up of other presento's at the banquet, the plate at the base of the award, and the ASM attendees at the awards banquet. 

                   

 


 

ASM Wins IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year Award for 2014

by Mike Blohm

During the awards ceremony at the CoMMiESFest-6 Region 10 Contest (June 13, 2015), Region 10 Coordinator Mike Mackowski presented the three annual Regional awards for the year of 2014.  ASM won the Chapter of the Year Award.  The winners, rationale and citations listed below are from an E-mail sent out by Mike Mackowski after the Region 10 Contest:

Chapter of the Year (Region 10):

The 2014 IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year is the Albuquerque Scale Modelers. They are repeat winners from last year, with good communications, many events, and an emphasis on helping members become better model builders. They are strong promoters of IPMS/USA via their website and participation in national conventions. Their sponsorship of the 2014 Region 10 Convention was very much appreciated and no small factor in their award this year. The club does a lot of outreach via Make ‘n Take events, model displays, and service projects. 

Citation:  For excellence in promoting the craft of scale modeling and the Society via competitions, displays, Make 'n Takes, and support of local, regional, and national modeling events. 

       

Webmaster of the Year went to High Plains Modelers:


Webmaster of the Year (Region 10):

Pablo Bauleo (from High Plains Modelers in northern Colorado) is the R10 Webmaster of the Year for 2014.  While their website may not be as extensive as other clubs, it is much improved over last years version from High Plains. They promote IPMS/USA on the main page, and the content is well-organized and easy to find. They did not provide a self-nomination but they stood out after a review of all the R10 websites. They clearly met all the main criteria:

- Promote IPMS/USA
- Timely announcements
- Regular updates
- Easy to navigate
- Easy to find contact info

Their site is at:   http://ipmshpm.blogspot.com/

Citation:  For producing links to IPMS/USA. This club's improvement over last year is notable and deserves this recognition.

Newsletter of the Year
went to The Corsair, newsletter of IPMS Craig Hewitt in Phoenix, Arizona

Newsletter of the Year (Region 10):

The Corsair
, editor Mike Pabis, from the Phoenix, Arizona chapter is the Region 10 Newsletter of the Year for 2014. This is a repeat winner from last year as The Corsair consistently has quality content, including kit reviews and modeling tips without padding it with content that is better suited to a website. This newsletter had excellent overall content, with good articles on actual modeling techniques or kit reviews, has an easy to find on-line archive, and had prominent promotion of IPMS/USA. 
 
Citation:  For publishing a easy to read newsletter on a regular basis with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

 

 


 

ASM Awards at CoMMiESFest 6, the 2015 Region 10 Contest

This report provides some information on the 2015 Region 10 Contest held in Denver, Colorado on June 12-13. The event had 87 entrants, who entered about 411 models. Overall it was a good show and a fun time, and ASM congratulates the CoMMiES for their effort and hard work in hosting it.

ASM received the 2014 Region 10 Chapter of the Year Award at the awards ceremony - see first two pictures below.  The citation for the award is as follows: "For excellence in promoting the craft of scale modeling and the Society via competitions, displays, Make & Takes, and support of local, regional, and national modeling events."  A longer version covering all three Region 10 Awards is posted on the ASM Website (http://tinyurl.com/asmarticles).

 

Some pictures of the awards won by the ASM members who made the drive to Denver are posted below. 

 

Additional information on the awards is posted on the 2015 Contest Results webpage.

   

                    

                   

  


ASM Group Field Trip - Museum Tours

By Mike Blohm 

ASM members conducted a group field trip on Saturday, June 20, 2015 to two different museums in Albuquerque.  These included the Nuclear Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and the Defense Nuclear Weapons School's (DNWS) Nuclear Weapons Instructional Museum at Kirtland Air Force Base.  Approximately 12 ASM members participated, accompanied by some family members and friends.  Andy Rogulich conducted an excellent, in-depth guided tour of the Nuclear Museum that included both the inside and outside displays.  There are a large number of aircraft and missiles to be seen in the outside "Heritage Park" area.  This was followed by the tour at the DNWS Museum conducted by Erik McIntyre and Bret Kinman.  This was also an excellent tour, and included the models built by ASM that are in the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display.  The models do enhance the displays, and we encourage ASM members to participate in this project.  You can help by entering a model for the museum's display in the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display Sponsored Contest in October.  Some pictures of the museum tours are included below; more are available on the ASM Website.  We hope to conduct another "double-tour" later this year.  Pictures below by Mike Blohm and Josh Pals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack 336

 

   By Mike Blohm

ASM conducted a Make ‘N Take with Cub Scout Pack 336 on May 20, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in Rio Rancho.  Some members of Troop 336 also participated.  There were 32 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts present and six ASM members: Tony Humphries, Frank Randall, Victor Maestas, Larry Glenn, Josh Pals, 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 let take it home with them afterwards.

Mike Blohm started the program by discussing "What is Scale Modeling" using a large group of models - 49 total - 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.  Tips and problem areas to avoid were also discussed.  Lots of finished kits were on display to show what could be built and there were a lot of good questions.  The scouts were encouraged to enter their models from that night, and anything else they build, in the 2015 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest coming up in late August, as well as entering their Pinewood Derby cars in the Automotive Model Contest at the Fair. 

The next step was the fun of model-building.  The kits included the F-14 Tomcat and the Pontiac GTO automobile.  The set-up was very well organized with six tables each with one ASM member, four to five scouts, and a couple of parents.  ASM members provided coaching, tips, and recommendations as they worked their way through their kits.  The kits each had their own little challenges to work through, but the Cubs persevered and had a lot of fun.  Feedback from the group was that the Cubs enjoyed the Make N Take and had a lot of fun.   Hopefully we'll see some of these scouts 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. 

  

   



 

 



ASM Super Model Challenge Build

The "ASM Super Model Challenge Build" was launched at the April 3rd meeting.  A large amount of model kits were donated to ASM under a specific set of "Rules of Engagement (ROE)."  The intent was to have the models be built by the members and to have fun doing so - they were not to be sold by the club or the members.  The E-Board mulled over a bunch of options and decided upon the "Challenge Build" approach that we have been doing for years, just in a very large way in this case.  There are multiple 2015 ASM contests that the donated models could fit into.  So the plan is to offer the kits to the members with the intent to build them for those contests.  These include the "Rotary Wings" (June 5th), "1945" (July 10th), and "Nuclear Winters" (October 2nd) contests.  ASM is building models for the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display at Kirtland AFB and there are a large number of kits that can be built specifically for that display.  There is a Sponsored Contest for the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display on October 2nd. 

There were about 77 kits out on the tables for members to choose from, and 27 challenges were accepted during during the meeting.  Pictures were taken of the members holding their selected kits.  The "ASM Super Model Challenge Build" - info and pictures - will be updated each month here in the Major Events section of the 2015 Meeting Pictures webpage.  The remaining kits will be brought back to the next several ASM meetings.  A couple of items that have come up since the April 3rd meeting:  These models can be completed and brought in for any contest - it does not have to be at the suggested contests, i.e. at the Rotary Wings contest, if you already had three entries being built for that.  The Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display is also interested in non-nuclear-related Cold War era models, so all those Cold War armor vehicles are a player to be displayed there too.  Please get with Erik McIntyre to confirm if your kits are desired in the display. 

 

           

April 3, 2015 Meeting

                    

           

                   

                       

                            

May 1st, 2015 Meeting

           

June 5th, 2015 Meeting

Frank Randal  -  YSH-2E Seasprite Glenn Bingham  -  SH-2F Seasprite

                               

 

September 4th, 2015 Meeting

Jack Garriss - M8 Howitzer Motor Carraige Blaine Couch - M4A1 Sherman

 

 

October 2nd, 2015 Meeting

Michel Wingard - Puma Helicopter Glenn Bingham  -  A-4 Skyhawk

 

Victor Maestas  -  Marder

 

           

 

November 6th, 2015 Meeting

Jeff Frichstad - M113 APC

 

           

 

December 4th, 2015 Meeting

Steve Broduer - Sky Crane Theron Brawley - F-18 and Sea Knight

 

Jack Garriss - UN Land Rover

 

More pictures will be added as additional models are accepted for build


 

ASM Field Trip - War Eagles Museum 2015

By Jerry Little

It's like when you open a kit that's been on the shelf for while waiting to be built and finding an extra set of decals in the box.  That was the case when we pulled into the parking lot of the War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.  We should have known something was up when we had to look for a parking spot.  According to Brian Peck, there is never more than a few cars there, but this time, it was full.

When the club members decided to take a day trip down to Albuquerque's nearest aviation museum, we didn't know that the very same day there would be a 1929 "Tin Goose" American Ford Tri-motor airplane on display and offering rides.  In addition to the iconic aircraft, the local Ford Mustang club was holding a display along with EAA Chapter 555.  This proved to be a great trip and even more for the lucky one who got to fly on the Tin Goose!

Because the trip down to Dona Ana County only takes a few hours (approximately 4 hours), we decided to meet up at 0730 to start the trip.  Brian Peck, Tom Perea and Blain Couch all volunteered to drive so we all piled in and headed south.  Along for the trip were the three drivers plus, Patrick Dick, Tim Woods and his son Pat, Gil De La Plain, Tommy Willers, Louis Gallegos, Bryanna Delgado and fellow modeler Dave Knauss.   The caravan pulled out and stayed together for about 4 minutes before the other pulled away from Brian's Suburban.  Brian happened to meet some new friends on the last club road-trip to Pima so he wasn't anxious to hurry and hear the dreaded "Sign here Mr. Peck, and drive safe" ... again!

Once we arrived, Tommy Willers made a bee-line for the Tri-motor and secured his ticket for a ride.  The Tri-motor was produced by Ford between 1925 and June 7, 1933 when the last of the 199 aircraft rolled off the assembly line.  While the Tin Goose was founding member of the civil aviation market, it was also used in the military and other countries around the world. Tommy's ticket put him on Flt 17 and lasted about 30 minutes while flying around the Rio Grande River Valley near El Paso, Texas.

Entry into the museum is cheap at $5 and that gets you into the gift shop and museum floor.  Walking through the door the first thing that hits you is the view of a well restored P-40 Warhawk that flew with the "23rd Fighter Group" in China.  Just beyond that was a gloss black P-38 Lightning that was once an air racer.  That was just the beginning of a series of amazingly preserved aircraft that included the only originally built TF-51D still flying.  The range of aircraft spanned from WW I to modern jets.  Many of the aircraft are unique in their pedigree and are all kept in "returnable to flight" condition.  In fact, the museum is strewn with drip pans under a lot of the aircraft to catch leaking fluids (mostly engine preservatives). 

As we were walking through the rows of aircraft, I overheard Tim Woods say to his son: "I know what you're looking at!  ... it was a 1970 E type Jaguar.  In addition to the aircraft, the museum has over 26 classic automobiles and motorcycles.  This includes a stunning 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster and a 1936 BMW R5 motorcycle named "Max".  Interestingly enough, all of the vehicles in the museum have a name given to them by the curators. 

Another interesting thing about the museum was two aircraft on display, at T-37 Tweet and a Mig 21 were donated on behalf of the German Air Force.  Ft Bliss and Holloman were the home to the 2nd German Air Force for many years.  When one of the commanding Generals visited the museum, he noted that it would be a great place for aircraft displays.  Undenounced to them and with great surprise, one day the museum was notified they had a "large crate" for them in Houston from the German Air Force.  When they opened it, they found the Mig!   The State Department was a little miffed because it was still in flying condition and no one asked their permission.  It is now proudly displayed along with the other cool aircraft on the floor.

After spending a few hours in the museum, we all piled back in the cars for the trip home.  Of course we had to stop for nourishment so Rudy's was the go to place.  The brisket was just right but we all decided to skip the beans!

The trip to the War Eagles Museum is well worth the short drive down to the border.  There is plenty of aircraft and automobiles to view and if you're lucky, you might even get to sit in a cockpit or two!  Next time, Brian can't drive so we can get there without having to shave.

The War Eagles Museum website is:  http://www.war-eagles-air-museum.com/

Additional photos below by Gil De La Plain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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