President’s Corner

We have a busy meeting scheduled for September 8th- a guest speaker, an open points contest and a sponsored contest.

Our guest speaker, Harvey Chace, will give a talk entitled, “The B-26: They Built It Anyway,” about the famous WWII medium bomber with the unflattering nicknames.  Interesting that the B-26, a sleek, fast, modern airplane, was stricken from service and scrapped immediately after the War while the more antiquated B-25 Mitchell was retained for training and utility duties well into the 1950s.  Somebody didn’t like that plane!

To coincide with Mr. Chace’s presentation, I will be sponsoring a contest on the Martin B-26- any kit, any scale, old builds welcome.

Coming up in October, there is an ASM display in the works for the Cherry Hills Branch of the Albuquerque Public Library. Set-up is on September 30th and take-down is on October 31st.  There is a single vertical display shelf unit to house models, which I inspected, and decided that a display of about a dozen Wingnut Wings models would fit the available space, which will coincide with a talk on WWI modeling & aviation that Don Gatewood will be presenting at the library on October 28th.  A selection of those Wingnut Wings kits on display at the April meeting will make an eye-catching display for the public; if you can contribute a model for the display, contact me to make arrangements.

Also, October is scheduled for a contest I’ve sponsored- Middle East Wars 1946 to present- and a talk I will be giving on the Yom Kippur War, as our meeting date is the 50th anniversary of the start of that war.  Contest is open to any subject related to Mideast wars from the post-WWII era to the present.

October is our annual E-Board nomination meeting night as well, so give some thought to candidates and choices.  During my term as president I’ve tried to open up the Board to new members and new ideas and so far this has paid off, but I would like see additional new folks run for positions on the Board.  This is as good a time as any to get your views across so give some thought to standing for election.

As ever, keep building- looking forward to the great models that will be displayed at our contest meeting this Friday.

John Tate
ASM President

Revell 1/32 MiG-21 MF in markings from the Syrian Civil War

Tamiya 1/35 M51 Isherman in IDF markings from the 1967 Six Day War.