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The December 2nd meeting was the

"ASM 2016 Model of the Year Contest"

Open to all Best of Show Winners from all the 2016 Theme and Special Contests

Click here for all the elegible Model of the Year contenders

No Sponsored Contest


The November 4th meeting was the


Theme (Points) Contest

Sponsored Contest

"Big Uns"

Hosted by Tim Wood

- Any subject or scale model over 18 inches long -

Historical Presentation - "Desert Storm"

Presented by author Douglas Dildy

***  Has been postponed until further notice  ***


The October 7th meeting was the

"Empire of the Sun - Japan"

Theme (Points) Contest

"American Revolution / Bicentennial Subjects"

Sponsored Contest hosted by Tony Humphries


The September 2nd meeting was the


Theme (Points) Contest

Sponsored Contests:

"Cartoons and Caricatures" Hosted by Gil De La Plain

"Star Trek 50th Anniversary" Hosted by Joe Walters and Mike and Matt Blohm


"100 Years of British Armor 1916-2016" Hosted by John Tate



Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from October's
"Empire of the Sun - Japan"
Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Chris Kurtze Robert Henderson Larry Glenn Tony Humphries
Mitsubishi J2M
Kyushu J7W1
Mitsubishi Ki-46
Ki-43 Oscar

Click here to see October Contest Results

Click here to see October Model Pictures

Click here to see October Meeting Pictures


Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from September's "Captured" Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Best of Show &
People's Choice

Chris Kurtze Jr David Haskins Anthony Weaver Chris Kurtze Mike Blohm
Stug IV
1940 Willys Gasser USS Reliant
M8 Greyhound
"What If the USS Enterprise went back in time to battle of Tobruk"

Click here for September Contest Results 

Click here to see September Model Pictures

Click here to see September Meeting Pictures

The August 5th meeting was an ASM Swap Meet with No Contests

Click here to see August Meeting Pictures


Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from July's "Open"
Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
David Haskins Robert Henderson Larry Glenn Brian Peck
Panzer IV Rumpler C.IV Mosquito Mk IV Albatros D.Va

Click here for July Contest Results

Click here for July Model Pictures

Click here for July Meeting Pictures


Best of Show & People's Choice Winners
from June's "Presidents" Special (Non-points) Contest
and "Northrop-Grumman" Sponsored Contest
Hosted by Patrick Dick
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best Northrop-Grumman Entry
Robert Henderson Chris
Teddy Bears StuH 42 Ausf G Panzer IV Lincoln Mercury XB-35 M-8 Greyhound F-14 Tomcat F7F Tigercat

Click here for June Meeting Pictures

Click here for June Contest Results

Click here for June Model Pictures






Best of Show & People's Choice Winners from May's "Anniversaries"
Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Best of Show &
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
David Haskins Robert Henderson Tony Humphries Larry Glenn
Type 97 Tank DH-2 Challenger I Mk.3 Victor K.2 Tanker

 Open to any subject, any scale or any kit that represents the anniversaries of 2016. 
Subjects from the 100th, 75th, 50th or 25th years.  This includes things like WWI (1916),WWII (1941),
the Flower Power 60's(1966), or even the 90's (1991).





Click here for May Contest Results

Click here for May Model Pictures

Click here for May Meeting Pictures


Best of Show and People's Choice Winners
from April's "Rescue Me!"
Theme (Points) Contest
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Jeannie Garriss David Haskins Len Faulconer Chris Kurtze James Strickland Glenn Bingham
French Police Car FW 190 J2F Duck UH-34 Batmobile P-47D

Click here for April Contest Results

Click here to see April Model Pictures





January 8-10, 2016 Albuquerque Comic Con, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque NM. 
ASM Trip Report from the 2011 event.  See ASM Trip Report for the 2012 Event.
January 16 Modelmania Tucson.  Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, Tucson, Arizona. Sonoran Deset Modelers, IPMS Region 10.
January 30 Model Car Contest, sponsored by the Albuquerque Model Car Club, at Expo New Mexico, in conjunction with the 25th Annual Super Nationals Custom Auto Show
February 25 ASM Group Field Trip to War Eagles Air Museum (Santa Teresa).  Day trip to air museum in El Paso.  Contact Brian Peck if interested in participating.  ASM Trip Report for 2012 Trip.
February 20 Model Fiesta 25.  San Antonio Event Center, San Antonio Texas.  IPMS Region 6.
March 11-13 StarFest 2016.   Science Fiction Convention, Crowne Plaza Convention Center, Denver Colorado. 
April 2 Trinity Site Open to the Public.  8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at White Sands Missile Range.
April 21 ASM Make 'N Take with Cub Scout Pack.  Contact Tony Humphries or Mike Blohm if you can assist with the event.
May 7 IPMS Las Vegas 21st Annual Best of the West Show and Contest.  Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.  IPMS Region 8.
April 9 29th Annual Tulsa Modelers Forum Open Contest & Show "("Wild at Heart").  Bixby Community Center. Tulsa Modelers Forum, IPMS Region 6.
April 16 CoMMiESFest 2016 - "Mutual of CoMMiES Wild Kingdom"  Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado.  IPMS CoMMiES, Region 10.
April 23 Modelmania 2016.  Stafford Center, Stafford Texas.  IPMS Houston, IPMS Region 6.
April TBD Westfest 2016 - TBD
April 7-9 AMPS 2016 International Convention.  Sumter County Civic Center, Sumter, South Carolina
June 4 San Diego Model Expo & Swap Meet 2016. San Diego Air & Space Museum Annex, Gillespie Field, El Cajon, California  IPMS San Diego & San Diego Model Car Club, Region 8. 
June 16-18 Squadron EagleQuest 25,  Grapevine Texas
August 3-6 IPMS/USA National Convention Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, South Carolina.  Hosted by IPMS/Mid-Carolina Swamp Fox Modelers and IPMS/Piedmont Scale Modelers
August 3-7 Star Trek Convention - Las Vegas 2016, Rio Suites Hotel, Las Vegas NV
See Star Trek Trip Report from the 2011 event. Star Trek Trip Reports for 2013 and 2014
August 26-28 Bubonicon 2016.  Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Albuquerque Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE (Louisiana & I-40), Albuquerque, NM
August 26-27 New Mexico State Fair  ASM-Sponsored Model Contest; Model registration dates are on Fri Aug 26 & Sat Aug 27 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Judging probably on Mon, Aug 29 (TBD). 
ASM Display-Only Theme: "Desert Storm"  The fair runs Sep 8-18.
September 10 ''High Rollers'' 17th Annual Invitational ContestDesert Heights Elementary School, Reno, Nevada.  IPMS Reno, IPMS Region 9. 
September 12 Supercon 2016.  "1945: The Way to the Future." Bob Duncan Community Center - Vandergriff Park, Arlington Texas.  IPMS - Fort Worth Scale Modelers, Region 6. 
September 24 Salt Lake City XVI Model Exhibition and Contest.   Karen Gail Miller Conference Center at the Miller Campus, Salt Lake Community College, Sandy Utah.   
IPMS Salt Lake City, Region 10 
October 1 Trinity Site Open to the Public.  8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at White Sands Missile Range.
November 5 ModelZona 2016  Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 North Greenfield Rd., Mesa, AZ from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.   IPMS Craig Hewitt Chapter, Region 10

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



Hobby Proz "9th Anniversary Really BIG SALE!"

Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

20% off all parts, paints, models and tools

15% off kits, ARFS, BNFS, RTF, radios, flight sims,
servos, batteries, motors, speed controls and chargers

In stock items only

ASM-Sponsored Model Contest at the 2016 New Mexico State Fair

ASM Display-Only Theme: "Desert Storm"

All ASM members are encouraged to enter their models in the contest at the 2016 New Mexico Sate Fair.  There are 18 different classes (categories) to enter, and you can enter one model in each.  Model entries at the Fair will count in the ASM Modeler of the Year competition - at 50 points per contest model entry or 25 points per display-only model entry, with a max of three models counting for points.  This means you can enter more than three (please do), but only three will count for points.  As in previous years, ASM members in the Masters and Intermediate divisions are requested to enter their models in the "Professional" Section.  Juniors and Basics can enter in either the Youth (11 years and under), Senior Youth (12-17), or Adult (18 and over) as they fit.  Please see the ASM NM St Fair wepage for additional info and rules for the contest:

Model entries are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday, Aug 26th and Saturday, Aug 27th.  Judging will likely be on Monday Aug 29th or Tuesday Aug 30th.  Please contact Josh Pals or Mike Blohm if you can help with the registration and judging.  We are looking at having two shifts each day for the registration from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and from 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

This year's ASM Display-Only" theme is Desert Storm."  We are looking for anything that fits that theme, in any scale: armor, aircraft, ships, figures, dioramas and vehicles - all genre are welcome to be put on display.  Note that contest entries that are in the "Desert Storm" theme are OK too - they will be placed in the display-only case after the judging, and all the State Fair paperwork (entry name tags) will be kept with them.  Hopefully we can totally fill the case and have an impressive display again this year. 

Your "Desert Storm" Display-Only models can be:

1.  Brought directly to the State Fair on the model entry days - Friday Aug 26th and Saturday Aug 27th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (when you are hopefully bringing in some of your own contest entries);

2.  Brought in to the State Fair on the judging day - Tuesday, Aug 30th at 5:00 PM;

3.  Dropped-off (in a tub) at Hobby Proz by close of business on Friday Aug 26th (give to Brian Peck).  Please have some paperwork with your name and model types so that we can track all the models. 

Please let us know if you will be picking them up yourself after the fair, or you'd like us to hold on to them until the next ASM meeting, or you can get back with us.

Please send me an E-mail (blohmm@aol.com) describing what models you are bringing so that placards can be made.  Please include info such as aircraft type with unit and pilot name, armor type/unit, ship name/type, figure name/unit, diorama name and what models are in it, and location/dates for everything. 

Pictures from previous year's NM State Fair model contests and ASM display-only themes are on the website - please check them out, and come out and participate.

Some maps are posted below if you have never been to the Creative Arts building at the NM State Fairrgounds.  You can enter the fairgrounds through the gate at San Pedro and  Copper.  You can park in front of the Creative Arts building (located pretty much in the centered of the colored map) or in the lot just northeast of the building when you are dropping off/picking-up models or helping with the registrations.  If there is a guard at the first intersection after you enetr at Copper and San Pedro, tell them you are going to the Creative Arts building and they will wave you through. 





***  ASM Model Display at Kirtland AFB Airshow  ***

 Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th

ASM will be conducting a model display at the Kirtland AFB Airshow on both Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th.  This has always been a fun event for ASM in the past, and it's a great way to promote the club and the hobby.  The airshow runs from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day.  The theme of the model display is the 75th Anniversary of Kirtland AFB (1941 - 2016).  We are going to try to feature the types of aircraft that were stationed here from 1941 - 2016, but we also want to show off all the genres of model types that the members of ASM build.  We will have 3 tables of models set up in Hangar 1000, which is the most westerly of the 3 hangars on the flightline.  Please contact Mike Blohm and Victor Maestas if you can help man the tables or contribute models.  We'd like to have 3 to 4 people to man the display.  It appears that all the parking for the airshow is now off-base and you ride shuttle bases to get to the airshow, so carrying your tubs of models might be difficult.  The closest parking areas are at the VA Hospital and the unused Sunport Airport Runway off Girard Avenue.  We suggest that you instead bring them in a plastic tub(s) to the ASM meeting on Friday, June 3rd and we will make sure that the models get transported to the base.  We have a few parking passes to park near the hangar.  Please put your name on the tub and include a piece of paper that lists all your models, so that we can keep track of them and make sure they get back to you safely.  You can also bring them ahead of time to Hobby Proz - let Brian know - if you are not coming to the meeting.  We will also drop them off at Hobby Proz after the airshow unless you want to arrange a different way to pick them up.  There are maps and flyers about the airshow on the ASM Website 's home page, including info on where to park and catch the shuttle buses, allowed/prohibited items, etc.

 Models that fit the missions at Kirtland AFB include the following.  World War II: B-17. B-24, AT-11 Kansan, PT-17, T-6, and C-45.  Air Defense: F-86 Sabre.  Nuclear Weapons Testing: B-29, B-50, B-36, B‑47, B-52, and B-2.  Special Operations and Training missions: Multiple C-130 types, CH-3, CH-53, UH‑1, HH-60G, CV-22.  Air National Guard (188 Fighter Squadron "Tacos") aircraft have included: F-51, A-26, F-80, F-100, A-7, and F-16.   We are basically accepting any USAF aircraft as well as those listed above.  If you have any aircraft with "Tacos" markings - there have been model contest entries with those in the past - please loan/bring those.  As mentioned above, we are also looking for dioramas, ships, armor, Sci-Fi, Real Space, figures, and automobiles. 

Click here for informational flyers and maps on the Airshow:   Flyer 1    Flyer 2    Flyer 3


Click here for a report on the ASM Display at the 2011 Kirtland AFB Airshow Pictures from that are posted below.



Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour

April 6 - 8

The Collings Foundation fly-in to Albuquerque is on April 6 - 8 at Cutter Aviation at the Albuquerque Sunport.  Cutter Aviation is located just East of the rental car complex at the airport.  Aircraft scheduled to be here are a B-17G, B-24J, B-25, and P-51C.  Walk through tour times (no reservations needed) are 2:00 - 5:00 PM on April 6th; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on April 7th; and 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon on April  8th.  Prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.  ASM members are free - just kidding!  Flights take place before and after tours.  30 minute flights are $450 per person on the B-17 or B-24; $400 on the B-25; and $2200 on the P-51C (60 minutes for $3200).  The ASM Trip Report on their April 14-16, 2010 visit to Albuquerque (they brought their P-51C, B-17G and B-24J) is on the ASM Field Trips webpage.  For more information visit the Collings Foundation website

Pictures below are from the 2010 visit to Albuquerque


Boeing B-17G
Flying Fortress
Boeing B-17G
Flying Fortress
North American
P-51C Mustang
North American
P-51C Mustang
Consolidated B-24J
Consolidated B-24J



ASM 2015 Modeler of the Year Winners
Junior Modeler
of the Year
Basic Modeler
of the Year
Modeler of the Year
Masters Modeler
of the Year
Joshua Kinman Kyle McIntyre Ken Piniak John Tate


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



ASM E-Board Articles

The Prez's Fez

by Tony Humphries, ASM President

July Article:

Greetings to all and I hope you all have/had a very happy July 4th. As you enjoy the fireworks and festive fare, I'm sure that you will be sparing some thought for the founding fathers and those who fought and sacrificed much to gain the Independence of this great country. Hopefully you will even feel inspired enough to knock together a figure or other entry for the forthcoming Revolutionary Wars special contest which I will be hosting at our July 8 meeting, too. There are lots of options available to you and bicentennial commemorative aircraft, etc., are also eligible, so hopefully you can all display your patriotic side and get some models on the table accordingly. Singing of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is of course optional, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear at least one of you humming it, particularly as I have just annoyingly put the thought of that tune into your head by writing this. Bwahaha! Hopefully it won't be with you all day at least, or if it is I sincerely hope that it won't be the awful James Cagney version (great actor, but with a singing voice like a rusty door-hinge. Actually, he was probably the first rapper, if you think about it). Anyway, I'm sure it’ll be pushed out of your head by the music and fireworks at Balloon Fiesta Park on the 4th, if you are/were attending that event, and will certainly be relegated to the back of your mind by the appalling traffic chaos that will inevitably ensue when exiting the parking lot afterwards…

Talking as we are about 1776 and all that, there are, as you may be aware, quite a number of frequently duplicated and often repeated myths about the Revolutionary War. Bill Bryson's (from Iowa by the way) A Short History of Nearly Everything has a very good section on this and I recommend it for those of a curious nature. As an example, everyone knows that the Declaration of Independence was issued on July 4, 1776. But although it was signed on this day, it was passed by Congress on the 2nd, and John Adams amongst others considered July 2nd to be a much more significant date as a result. Many seem to think that this heralded the end of the war and that everything was then done and dusted. Not at all. For example, the largest British victory of the campaign took place in 1780 at the siege of Charleston where the British commander General Charles Clinton (not actually related to you know who...) and his hired goons/Germans accepted the surrender of 3000 colonists/rebels/traitors/heroes/freedom-fighters [delete as appropriate]. The battles at Saratoga (there were two) were in 1777 and the ultimately decisive Battle of Yorktown was in 1781, so the war most certainly didn't end when congress told George III to depart forth. It would be interesting to know how the war would have played out actually if the British hadn't hired all of those Hessian mercenaries and the French hadn't given so much support to the Colonists or if the French and British weren't simultaneously fighting in Europe as well (not that this was unusual, of course). What difference would it have made? History is full of such intriguing questions.

Given that Fred Horky, a longtime friend of ASM (and we thank you once again for your support, Fred) called me to task on President Hayes last month, I guess it's a good thing that I didn't write anything about George Washington anyway! For example it could be considered contentious and certainly unpatriotic to point out that he was an officer in the British Army before commanding the Colonial Army. He wasn't always successful in that role and indeed when he fought in the French-Indian War, suffered the dreadful indignity of being captured by the French in 1754 (although they let him go again almost immediately). It seems likely that although certainly competent, he wasn't the military genius that he is often portrayed as, although compared to Cornwallis on the British side (who my dog could probably outmaneuver) he was a world-beater.

To be fair, you could say the same about Winston Churchill too, as evidenced by his own capture during the Boer War and his planning of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. We sometimes forget that history's great men were just that. Men. With many flaws as well as great qualities. That story about Washington chopping down the cherry tree is nonsense too, by the way. It was invented by a biographer after his death and didn't even appear until the fifth edition of that biography. That's not to say that he never, ever chopped down any cherry trees during his life. Indeed, he may have been a one-man cherry-tree apocalypse for all we know. A veritable nemesis for all blooming shrubbery, perhaps. The story about his father's tree and not being able to tell a lie is just a story, though, and goes to show how some versions of history take on a life of their own and sometimes become some kind of holy writ that can rarely if ever, be challenged. It would perhaps be churlish for me to point that out though, so I won't.

Moving back briefly to issues of a modeling nature, this month's competition is an Open one, so we'll hopefully see many entries on the table again, including perhaps some more Desert Storm subjects? Hint, hint... As you know, it is the club theme for the New Mexico State Fair display this year and I am going to continue to nag you about it until then, so why not make it easy on yourself and just build something for it, if you weren't already? You know you want to.

Okay, I won't keep you any longer. Go out and enjoy, celebrate, roister, quaff, and even wassail, if you absolutely must. Try and get some building in as well though. Deadlines are looming and it's always later than you think. On that note, if someone would pass me that hooded black cloak and scythe, I'd better get to my second job... Time waits for Norman, after all.


June Article:

Well, June is here again and aside from the usual gale force winds and the baking heat, this month brings us the Presidents special contest. There are as I'm sure you know, a whole host of options available to you here. The Grant Tank, Lincoln and Ford cars, a range of aircraft carriers etc. You could even put together a horse and cart, or wagon if you wanted to (Carter) or a shrubbery based diorama (Bush). There are other options for Bush of course, but since this is a family newsletter, we wont be going there... You could stretch things a bit further perhaps and have a Raygun for old Ronnie, or perhaps throw in a few Star Wars entries there too? Whether you can extend this to Presidential candidates and have a model of Trump's plane or Hilary Clinton's armor-plated, bullet-proof (cough) email server is a matter for the judges, but it would certainly be a talking point and would push the envelope somewhat, which as we all know, is something that everyone seemingly loves to do.

You can have ships aplenty of course, from the well-known such as the USS George Washington of which there have been several, to the rather more obscure rust-bucket, the USS President Hayes, who apparently was only famous enough to have a single WWII transport ship named after him. At a time when there were so many ships in the US Navy that they were running out of names and were naming them after everything up to and including sandwiches and articles of clothing (you mean you've never heard of the USS Y-Fronts?) it's not exactly an illustrious record. He can't have been much of a President, but then I.m sure he's hardly alone there... Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what you all come up with.

Also it's probably worth issuing a couple of reminders here about forthcoming events. As you are no doubt aware, there is an airshow coming up at Kirtland AFB on the weekend of June 4 – 5 and ASM will be having a display table there. I'm sure that Mike will mention this also, but if you have models of any USAF aircraft, particularly those that have been based at Kirtland, that you would like to form part of the club display, please bring them to the June meeting.  Make sure they are well boxed and that we have a list of what you've brought and our guys will look after them for you and get them back to you asap. If you are free that weekend, then why not drop by the ASM table in Hanger 18 (or something) and say hello.

As another reminder, if you're planning to build for the ASM display at the State Fair this year, then you probably need to get moving. You have until the beginning of September. The theme of course is Desert Storm (not Dessert, perhaps disappointingly...) since this is the 25th anniversary of that conflict, and hopefully we will have plenty of participation from the armor guys as well as the aircraft modelers. There is no shortage of potential subjects for this one, and from a variety of countries too, so even if you only build post-1980 Saudi armored cars, or North Carolina Air National Guard aircraft, there is something for everyone.

Well, I hope you had a pleasant Memorial Day Weekend anyway. In fact Im just off to light the BBQ myself... Amongst the festivities though, I hope you all take a moment and spare a thought for the real reason why we have this holiday and if at all possible, thank a veteran for their service and their sacrifice. Many of you are of course veterans yourselves and so I'm sure that the occasion is not lost on you. But for those who aren't, I hope you'll raise a glass to our servicemen and women and offer thanks for the sacrifices of those who are no longer around to enjoy the day with us.  

May Article:

As some of you may already be aware, we have recently changed the contest guidelines and dropped one former contest rule/guideline in the interests of fairness and also to bring ourselves more in line with IPMS contest judging. Many of you, particularly in the Masters, but also in Intermediate and Basic too, will have entered, or will be planning to enter, IPMS contests in the future. The intent of our vigorous (some might even call it "challenging") contest schedule is partly the fun of competing against your fellow modelers within the club, but it is also intended to help to prepare you for IPMS competition if you chose to go down that road, and I would encourage you to do so if you can. It will make you a better modeler. Especially if you enter next year's Region 10 regional contest that a club not a million miles away from here will be hosting (hint, hint).

Anyway, the rule in question refers to the previous practice of not granting an automatic first place if you are the only entrant in a given category and was phased out at the beginning of this calendar year, so that all contests throughout this year were judged on the same basis. My feeling about this is that it has always been petty and unnecessary - after all, if you are the only one entering a category at a Regional contest or at the Nationals, then guess what? You get first place. It would be the same with any competition - say you were the only one who showed up for the 100m sprint final at the Olympics - unlikely, I know, especially if you're in the same physical condition as me, but sabotage, failed drug tests, catastrophic food poisoning, or sudden schedule changes are not unknown. Rare, admittedly, but nonetheless, as long as you walked, limped, crawled, or otherwise propelled yourself across the line, you'd still get a gold medal. Who could deny that you deserved it? You were the only one who bothered to show up and so by extension, you were the only one who wanted it. The same principle applies with modeling competitions, except without the spandex and small shorts (hopefully), occasional false starts and bans for steroid use. Unless, as I found out last year in Denver, they decide not to award anything in that category and move you into the diorama category instead, without so much as a by-your-leave...   Perhaps they thought that I really was on some kind of performance enhancing substance? I must admit that I did have a couple of cheeky pints in the bar beforehand, but I really don't think that counts, does it?  I suppose that is the judges' prerogative anyway - maybe they ran out of medals, didn't find it funny or just didn't get the joke - but the normal practice is that if you are the only one, you win.

The board and I believe that this should happen within our own club competitions also and so we have removed the offending rule. I hope that it will help to encourage people to build some more unusual entries, will make competitions more enjoyable and may encourage some to enter categories that they previously would not have done. It's worth a try. I know personally of at least half a dozen modelers within our club who have been dinged by this rule in previous years (and in fact two who have so far benefited from the change this year) and it has historically caused some bad feeling and has also affected the points standings for modeler of the year on more than one occasion. So, with all of these points in mind, it has now gone. So go out and try building something different. You will have fun, face some new challenges and may even get some extra points in the bag too. Who knows? Our contests are meant to be fun after all and petty rules aren't going to help that. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition when they put a model down on the table, after all.

Talking of which, there may be a related new award on occasional and totally random competition nights of a Python-esque and Inquisition-y nature coming up, if it hasn't already happened. If it hasn't, you'll get to find out about that in due course...  If it has, then I've just wasted thirty seconds writing this and you have just wasted thirty seconds in reading it. Still, such is life. Anyway, tune in next month for more cheap philosophy, weak metaphors, thinly veiled comedy references and several moments of your life that you won't get back again. As usual.

April Article:

Having mined a rich vein of grumpiness over the last few months, it's probably time to lighten up a little now, especially as Spring is here once again and so I will endeavor to do so here. I should explain that it's not my fault though, really - you see, recent exposure to a couple of Verlinden resin conversion kits has left me with rickets, COPD, a tremor in my left leg and a heart that is at least two sizes too small. Probably more. That resin dust is more deadly than Sarin and can seemingly get through any mask or NBC suit. Perhaps the Pentagon should weaponize it? To be honest though, it's probably already banned by the Geneva Convention, although I don't suppose that will stop Assad from using it in Syria, even as we speak. But such are the tests, travails, trials and tribulations (and possibly tribbles as well, for the Trekkies amongst you) of the itinerant (and alliterative) armor builder I'm afraid. It's a man's life in 1/35 scale, up to your elbows in bolts and rivets and those endless bloody road-wheels. Are you man enough? Then let's see you prove it! Come to the dark-side. We have headaches. And a pronounced squint.

Anyway, moving on, attendance and contest entries at last month's open contest continued to be good, although I myself have to apologize for being absent due to illness. But that's all part of life's rich travesty (or tapestry, depending on your point of view and also perhaps your level of interest in weaving) after all. I am sure that Jerry will want to comment further on the numbers, statistics etc. but I will say that I am happy to see that we continue to have quite a high level of participation from our membership. Some of us are getting a little further along in years and can barely see the end of our noses anymore (who said that?) and so find it harder to build than we used to, and that is of course, understandable. In fact Stevie Wonder can probably see the close-up details better than I can these days...  A significant proportion of our younger members still build, however and do so regularly which is great for the club and is one of the reasons that we do well in IPMS competition at both the regional and national level. Let's hope that continues.

As you are no doubt aware, April's contest subject is "Rescue Me."  The intention here is to principally cover civilian first responders, military ambulances, ARVs and suchlike although if you can sculpt or modify a figure of Fontella Bass (look it up if you need to) then you can certainly enter that too and may receive extra credit, who knows? Good luck with those sequins, though...  Be sure to keep your eye on the contest schedule on our website (http://www.abqscalemodelers.com), as we have had some new sponsored contests added recently, including one for 100 years of British Armor in September and one that I shall be sponsoring on "The Revolutionary War (and Bicentennial subjects)" in July. I believe that I've already mentioned this, but to recap, this one will obviously be open to figures, artillery, ships, etc., from the War of Independence, but will also be extended to cover aircraft, ships, etc., from more recent times with Bicentennial or similarly commemorative markings. If you can find any other subjects that will work, such as Paul Revere's jeep or George Washington's Air Force One then I will be happy to consider them also as long as you can provide documentary evidence. I'll also stretch it to include anything that sounds suitably Revolutionary; e.g., USS Bunker Hill or Lexington, HMS Cornwallis, etc., so you should have plenty of subjects to choose from and I look forward to seeing how you push the envelope on this one.

Whilst we are accentuating the positive, you have no doubt heard by now that we will be hosting the 2017 Region 10 Regional. Chile Con strikes again...  ["Chile Con IV - we really should know better by now" or "May the IVth be with you" perhaps]. We are still very much in the planning stages for this, since it is over a year away, but are looking for an alternative venue after the hotel that hosted last time were somewhat less than scrupulous. Or competent. Or affordable. We are probably looking at a late-May to early-June 2017 time-frame currently, so bear that in mind, and if you have any ideas for possible venues for a two-day show, especially if it's somewhere that we can actually afford (Barbados is a great idea, but probably a little beyond our budget), then please let us know and we will be happy to investigate it. I did say that I would rather we host the next Chile Con in a windswept tent on the West Mesa in January rather than return to our previous venue, but hopefully we won't have to go that far, and I won't have to do my less than stellar Lawrence of Arabia impression for two days straight, as a result. I'll probably sound more like Peter-no-Tool than Peter O'Toole if I have to adopt that posh accent again. Plus I don't know where we'd find the camels, either, unless we can sneak a couple of them out of the Rio Grande Zoo under the cover of darkness. Not that I or ASM as a whole would condone Dromedary smuggling, however. That would be silly (and the spit stains, bite marks, and trampling would be a dead giveaway too) and so I feel it only right to point that out. So, get planning, get building and if you can volunteer to help us organize this event, please do.

 March Article:

Following on from January's discussion (or rant, depending how you look at it - it was obviously mean to be light-hearted, though, and I'm sure you all understood that) about being an Englishman in the US, there were a couple of points that I ought to mention following feedback at our last meetings and elsewhere. We do know that you helped us out a lot during WWI and II and are grateful for that. Lend-lease in particular was an enormous help, although it cost us an arm and a leg too - I think we finished paying for that in 2008, or thereabouts. We know that it cost the United States a lot as well, although the difference was that you could afford it. WWII bankrupted Britain, particularly as it followed fairly closely on the heels of WWI which almost did... We as a nation are genuinely appreciative of the assistance though.

On that subject, some random guy said to me in a downtown bar a while ago "You're English?  Hah, we saved your asses in WWII!" - to which I replied, "Yes, in a way I suppose you did. Eventually..."  It's funny how it all goes quiet when you've said something like that, isn't it?  Still, it's not the first time that I've ever upset anyone and it certainly won't be the last. In a similar vein, I will probably do so again by pointing out that many people in Britain and Europe were convinced during the 1980s that Reagan was trying to make up for being late to the first two World Wars by being really early for the third one... Thankfully that never materialized, though, or we'd all be sitting in a large crater bonking rocks together instead of reading this. Oh and one other thing. For the love of God, stop trying to do an English accent when you meet any of us for the first time! You can't. You just sound like Dick Van Dyke or a recent stroke victim (and I don't know which is more unfortunate). Just accept it, stop spitting and drooling and move on. Like those old Charlie Chaplin movies, it's not big, it's not clever and it's certainly not funny. So don't. No one on our side of the pond liked that bloody Sting song either (Englishman in New York my arse...) by the way. That was just an elaborate practical joke, as was much of Sting's career, now that I come to think of it.

Okay. Now, on to some actual modeling topics for a change...  So, another month, another WWI armor release. It really is amazing, the extent to which manufacturers have finally woken up to this long-neglected area. It's a shame it took about a century for it to happen!  I'm not including the old Emhar kits here, by the way - they have been around for quite a while but are uniformly hideous and that comical old Italian A7V kit (the name of the manufacturer escapes me - thankfully... something to do with bulls, I think, which is certainly appropriate) was almost enough to make anyone give up the hobby for good and go and live in a remote mountaintop cave, with nothing to occupy them but artisanal carpet weaving, randomly ringing small bells, and the sound of Yak mooing. But there is some great stuff out there now, notably from Takom and Meng, although even Tamiya are getting in on the act too. Lots of figures are coming out now as well, most notably from Masterbox and Masterclub including at least two sets that I have seen which include parts to make a section of the trenches contained within them. This is also very welcome. The accuracy of these trenches is probably a little open to question from what I've seen, but they can be customized and improved without too much effort on the builder's part.  An honorable mention must also go to the resin kits and figures from "Tommy's War" over in England as well - they are based in Leicestershire (and I look forward to hearing some of you try to pronounce that - I would promise not to laugh, but we all know that would be a lie). But then nobody is perfect. Check them out (http://www.tommyswar.com, believe it or not) - they are superb. It's great to see so many subjects from "the war to end all wars" (a sad misnomer indeed) now available.

If any of you manufacturers out there are listening (which I doubt), how about some figures and equipment from the Napoleonic and Revolutionary War periods now too?  Both have also been long overlooked (except by the French ironically; i.e., Historex) in the seemingly endless quest to release every paper panzer ever drawn on the back of a damp beer mat in a dingy Bierkeller by some sozzled Krupp or Porsche engineer (and they were probably joking anyway). Choice is of course a good thing, but do we really need every single minor variation of Panzer III and Panzer IV that was ever created, including the field modifications?  It seems as though every time a picture of a panzer with a slightly different Jerry-can holder surfaces, DML rushes to release it as a separate, new multimedia (and multi-mega-dollar) kit. There's more to life than Nazi uniforms and equipment, you know. I'm beginning to think that "Deutschland Uber Alles" is DML's company motto. Maybe Martin Bormann got away and ended up in Shanghai after all?

One other request while I'm on the subject, is could we please get away from those single-track links (with the notable exception of Fruilmodel) and maybe go to link and length as the norm? The single links aren't "Magic" at all, in my opinion. Voodoo possibly, but not magic, at least not in a good sense. In fact they're a bloody nuisance. Tamiya seemed to have grasped this with their most recent Panzer II kits and with the new SU-76 (at long last, a decent kit of that widely used vehicle) from what I hear. I'm sure that not everyone agrees with me on the subject of single-links, but having tried to put together styrene indie links for a Panzer 1 some time ago and having been afflicted with a nervous twitch and the thousand yard stare for several weeks afterwards as a result, I am adamant on the subject and will not be swayed. So there.

February Article:

Well, here we are in February once again. Doesn't time fly? Why, it seems like only yesterday...  February is traditionally known for a couple of things, such as being a bit short and a fictitious non-holiday cynically created by the greetings card, flower, and chocolate industries to boost their business (corporations making stuff up? Who'd have thought it?!?). But it is also known for the legendary ASM Swap Meet, where people bring boxes and boxes of kits that they haven't gotten around to building yet and sell them for (hopefully) very reasonable prices to other modelers who are going to put them in the garage and never build them either. It's well worth attending, though, so bring some cash with you to February's meeting and you can at least cheer up someone else's spouse by freeing up valuable room in their garage or closets. You can also bask in the glow of a bargain or a deal well made, and who doesn't like a deal after all?  We'll try and keep the business part of our meeting as short as possible, in the now traditional manner, so that we don't interrupt the cut and thrust of styrene based commerce (a.k.a. the feeding frenzy) or limit your opportunity to haggle ("Okay, big-nose, let's haggle. Twenty Shekels for this?!?  You must be mad..." etc.).

Moving swiftly on, a number of you will have received a notification from the new IPMS leadership that a laptop with a significant amount of membership information on it has gone missing in transit recently from one official to another. This did cause me to sigh wearily once again, when I read it - I work in Information Security and am still seeing this kind of thing happening in both the private and public sector, despite widespread information campaigns and, in some cases, serious fines levied by Government agencies such as the OCR for non-compliance (although that won't apply here, of course).  All laptops with any personally identifiable information on them should have their hard drives fully encrypted, and not doing so in this day and age is a major lapse - especially when shipping the laptop from one location to another. I have spoken to IPMS leadership about this and it turns out that this laptop was not encrypted after all - just password protected, which these days is trivial to get around if you have possession of the device. Fortunately, the data contained only names, addresses, and phone numbers of IPMS members, some of whom are deceased anyway. No credit card or other financial data was included, which will be a relief, particularly for those who renew their membership online or have purchased other goods or services from IPMS via the web - you probably aren't going to need to monitor your credit as a direct result of this incident, although it is probably a good practice to do this routinely anyway. Also, laptops that are stolen are usually wiped and sold on quickly for a few quick bucks, so it's likely that the perpetrator hasn't even looked at what is on the drive. We have probably all dodged a bullet there, as a result.

It is worth stating that IPMS leadership are aware that this was a potentially serious own-goal, however, and I believe that they will take steps in the future to ensure that this doesn't happen again and to prevent any more serious security issues from arising. To their credit, they appear to have jumped on this issue, albeit after the horse has bolted this time around. This led me ask myself: if I were a hacker, would I try and gain access to IPMS financial records and credit-card info, and how hard would it be?  Well, it probably wouldn't come up on my radar, to be honest, but if it did, then I have a suspicion that it would be easier than we would all like. So let's hope that leadership are indeed taking this seriously. Just because you're not an obvious target doesn't mean that someone isn't going to hit you. Security by obscurity is not a reliable safeguard these days, if it ever really was.

Looking on the bright side, though, at least we won't be open to blackmail as members of the Ashley Madison adultery website were last year, unless you have either been keeping your hobby a secret from your wife (or significant other) or you consider your involvement in this hobby to be an embarrassing secret. Hopefully, neither of those are actually the case, and both do seem somewhat unlikely, although having seen some of those who show up at IPMS National conventions, perhaps adopting a fake mustache and a pair of Groucho Marx glasses wouldn't be such a bad idea!

Anyway, having wholeheartedly adopted the role of the pot calling the kettle black, and also having gotten that off my chest, let's move on to the rest of the content of this month's newsletter. So, without further ado - over to you, gentlemen...



Vice President's Report

By Mike Blohm, ASM Vice President

July Article:

First off, I want to thank all the ASM members who participated in manning the display and/or loaned models for ASM,s fantastic model display at the Kirtland AFB Airshow on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5. It was a lot of fun, and I think we succeeded very well in promoting both the club and the hobby of scale modeling. The theme of the model display was the "75th Anniversary of Kirtland AFB (1941 - 2016)" to match the theme of the airshow. We did our best to have all the aircraft that were involved in the history of Kirtland AFB and its many missions over the years, plus some models to show what other subjects can be built within the hobby. We started with three tables on Saturday and increased that to four on Sunday, with a total of seventy models being on display. We had literally thousands of visitors stop by to check out the models, talk about scale modeling, and discuss the history of the aircraft that had been stationed at Kirtland AFB. We passed out lots of flyers on both ASM and the upcoming New Mexico State Fair Model Contest and encouraged folks to visit our website and come attend a meeting. It sounded like we might get some folks entering models at the State Fair. A longer report and pictures of the airshow model display are available in the bonus pages of the ASM Newsletter and on the ASM Website.

Upcoming ASM events include the ASM-sponsored model contest 2016 New Mexico State Fair, which has model entries on Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27. There are four different Sections (Junior, Senior Youth, Adult, and Professional) and eighteen different Classes (categories) of entries. You can earn 50 points per model entered in the contest and/or 25 points per model in the ASM display (max of three models total). See the ASM Website for additional info. Flyers are also available at Hobby Proz.

Upcoming events include the following (links are available on the ASM Website):

 - IPMS/USA National Convention, August 3 – 6, Columbia, South Carolina

- Star Trek (50th Anniversary) Convention, August 3 – 7, Las Vegas, Nevada

- NM State Fair — entries on 26 – 27 August

- Salt Lake City XVI Contest, September 24, Sandy, Utah

- Chile Con 4, June 9 – 10, 2017   [  Note:  Date has changed to June 16 - 17 ]

June Article:

ASM Model Display at the Kirtland AFB Airshow

 ASM will be conducting a model display at the Kirtland AFB Airshow on both Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th.  This has always been a fun event for ASM in the past, and it's a great way to promote the club and the hobby.  The airshow runs from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day.  The theme of the model display is the 75th Anniversary of Kirtland AFB (1941 - 2016).  We are going to try to feature the types of aircraft that were stationed here from 1941 - 2016, but we also want to show off all the genres of model types that the members of ASM build.  We will have 3 tables of models set up in Hangar 1000, which is the most westerly of the 3 hangars on the flightline.  Please contact Mike Blohm and Victor Maestas if you can help man the tables or contribute models.  We'd like to have 3 to 4 people to man the display.  It appears that all the parking for the airshow is now off-base and you ride shuttle bases to get to the airshow, so carrying your tubs of models might be difficult.  We suggest that you instead bring them in a plastic tub(s) to the ASM meeting on Friday, June 3rd and we will make sure that the models get transported to the base.  We have a few parking passes to park near the hangar.  Please put your name on the tub and include a piece of paper that lists all your models, so that we can keep track of them and make sure they get back to you safely.  You can also bring them ahead of time to Hobby Proz - let Brian know - if you are not coming to the meeting.  We will also drop them off at Hobby Proz after the airshow unless you want to arrange a different way to pick them up.  There are maps and flyers about the airshow on the ASM Website 's home page, including info on where to park and catch the shuttle buses, allowed/prohibited items, etc.

 Models that fit the missions at Kirtland AFB include the following.  World War II: B-17. B-24, AT-11 Kansan, PT-17, T-6, and C-45.  Air Defense: F-86 Sabre.  Nuclear Weapons Testing: B-29, B-50, B-36, B‑47, B-52, and B-2.  Special Operations and Training missions: Multiple C-130 types, CH-3, CH-53, UH-1, HH-60G, CV-22.  Air National Guard (188 Fighter Squadron "Tacos") aircraft have included: F-51, A-26, F-80, F-100, A-7, and F-16.   We are basically accepting any USAF aircraft as well as those listed above.  If you have any aircraft with "Tacos" markings - there have been model contest entries with those in the past - please loan/bring those.  As mentioned above, we are also looking for dioramas, ships, armor, Sci-Fi, Real Space, figures, and automobiles. 

 Upcoming events include the following (links are available on the ASM Website):

-     Kirtland AFB Air Show on June 4 - 5, including the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team

-    Squadron Eagle Quest 25 on June 16 - 18 in Grapevine, Texas

-     IPMS/USA National Convention on August 3 - 6 in Columbia, South Carolina

-     Star Trek (50th Anniversary) Convention on August 3 - 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada

-    NM State Fair — entries on 26 - 27 August

-     Salt Lake City XVI Contest on September 24 in Sandy, Utah

-    Chile Con 4 - June 9-10, 2017 at the Albuquerque Marriot Pyramid


May Article:

First off, thanks to all who helped out with the Make & Take event on April 21. We'll have an article on that posted on the website shortly. Chile Con IV plans are firming up. We'll probably have a report on that at the May 13 meeting (note that meeting date change). The CC4 website will be going up soon, and will be similar to that used in Chile Cons 1 through 3. Those sites are still active (links are at bottom of the Articles web page), so please check them out and let me know if you have any suggestions to improve the CC4 site. There will be "under construction" web pages in some areas (categories, rules, etc.) until we have the info to populate them.

I was able to attend the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom fly-in on April 6 - 8, which included a P-51C, B-25, B-17G, and B-24J. Several other ASM members were there at the same time that I was (Thursday afternoon), so somebody will likely have an article submitted shortly on that event too. It was pretty cool to watch all of them start up their engines and to taxi out and take off. It was also interesting to climb through the B-17 and B-24.

The May 13 "Anniversaries" contest includes the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm (1991), which is also the display-only theme for the 2016 New Mexico State Fair. So hopefully we'll see some model build entries for that at the May meeting.

Upcoming events include the following (links are available on the ASM Website):

-     Kirtland AFB Air Show on June 4 - 5, including the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team

-     Squadron Eagle Quest 25 on June 16 - 18 in Grapevine, Texas

-     IPMS/USA National Convention on August 3 - 6 in Columbia, South Carolina

-     Star Trek (50th Anniversary) Convention on August 3 - 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada

-     NM State Fair - entries in late August (dates TBD)

-    Salt Lake City XVI Contest on September 24 in Sandy, Utah

March Article:

The Ides of March are almost upon us. Be aware of where your X-Acto knife is.

March is our first points contest of 2016 - Open Contest #1. Please keep in mind our Display-Only theme of "Desert Storm" at the 2016 New Mexico State Fair at the end of August as you build your model entries this year. Perhaps a model covered by the "Rescue Me" (helicopter, ambulance) or "Presidents" (aircraft carrier, submarine) contests or Patrick Dick's "Northrup Grumman" sponsored contest (F--4 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, F-5 Tiger, E-2 Hawkeye) could also fit a Desert Storm display entry.  Remember, however, that the State Fair display can be models off your shelves from years past, as well as new builds. I've been checking out my collection and have a bunch that are players.

We hope to conduct a Make & Take event in March that will need some help from the ASM membership. Stand by for more info on that via an email notification, if we do not have that nailed down by the March 4 ASM meeting.

Upcoming contests and other events in the next few months include the following (additional data and links are available on the ASM Website)

March 11 - 13: StarFest 2016 in Denver, Colorado

April 2: Trinity Site open to the public.

April 7 - 9: Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) National Convention in Sumter, South Carolina.

April 16: CoMMiESFest 2016 in Golden, Colorado (IPMS Region 10)

April 23: Modelmania 2016 in Stafford, Texas  (IPMS Region 6)

May 7: Best of the West Show and Contest in Las Vegas, Nevada (IPMS Region 8)

June 6 - 18: Squadron EagleQuest 25 in Grapevine, Texas.

August 3 - 6: IPMS/USA National Convention in Columbia, South Carolina.

And finally to close out this report, please don't crowd Tony at the March meeting - that "Ides" thing.

February Article:

I hope everyone was able to spend some time over the holidays having some fun building models. There were a lot of great models at the January Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science, and Fantasy contest, and Joe Walters and I did have a hard time narrowing down our favorites. There was a lot of creativity involved in some of them. The winners were:

Best Basic Entry:   Jeannie Garriss, General Grievous

Best Intermediate Air, Space, and Sea Entry: Michael O'Brien, USS Excelsior

Best Intermediate Land and Figures Entry: Michael Clagett, Martian War Machine

Best Masters Entry (selected by Joe): Mike Blohm, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

It is looking like we are going to do a Make & Take event in March that will involve almost forty Cub Scouts, so we will be looking for some ASM members to help out with that. We'd like to have one ASM person at each table with about five Scouts to help guide them through their model assembling. Stay tuned for more info on that.

As far as local contests go, the CoMMiES are hosting CoMMiESFest 2016 on April 16 in Golden, Colorado. The theme is "Mutual of CoMMiES Wild Kingdom."  Additional info is posted on the ASM Website and available at the official ­CoMMiESFest website: http://www.commiesfest.com



The Finer Points

By Jerry Little. ASM Contest Chairman

July Article:

My pappy said, ‘Son, you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ If you don’t stop driving that hot rod Lincoln.’”

 Presidents! That was theme for the June Special contest. The whole idea was to build models that were named after or used by a US President. And interestingly enough, we had one of the largest turnouts for a monthly contest… but only two models that fit the theme; well, really, just one and a half!  If you think about it, the office of the President has always had an impact on American culture as a foundational institution of this great country. And we get cars and bears!

Aleya Montano did an outstanding job of bringing that American pop culture to the Junior category with her version of the American icon, the Teddy Bear. While Aleya's version was a modern stylized anime, it was very well done and a great tribute to President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt. Unfortunately, the story of how the Teddy Bear came to be is a bit sad but did show the character of President Roosevelt. It seems the President was part of a hunting competition in Mississippi around 1902 and had yet to kill a bear. His staff found a bear and tied it to a tree and recommended President Roosevelt shoot it. The President refused because he said it was "unsportsmanlike." That became a political cartoon to make fun of President Roosevelt. A man named Morris Michtom saw the cartoon and that inspired the creation of the fuzzy-wuzzy stuffed bear. It also became a valuable lesson in moral character.

The Presidential entrant was Robert Henderson's 1949 Mercury. Born of the Ford Motor Company, the Mercury brand was the latter half of the Lincoln-Mercury line. Lincoln Motor Cars was founded by Henry Leland and named after Abraham Lincoln because he was the first president Leland was able to vote for. The company was bought by Ford in the early '20s and then merged with the Mercury brand in the mid-1940s. Thus we get the "half" model entry!  Yes, a bit of a stretch, but, it was closer to the theme than any of the other models on the table with the exception of the Teddy Bears, and no animals were injured in the making of the model!

There were other outstanding models on the table. Our newest club member, Zachary Nevitt, had some outstanding armor models for the meeting. In the Basic category, he displayed three really well done models and earned a Best of Show and People's Choice in Basic with a 1/35-scale StuH 42 Ausf G and Panzer IV.

In Intermediate, aside from Richard Henderson's Best of Show for his "Hod Rod Lincoln," Chris Kurtze earned a People's Choice for his Northrop XB-35 flying wing. While today's B-2 flying wing is a distant cousin of the XB-35, it has some interesting lineage. The Navy's designation of the XB-35 was in fact the "B2T."  That project was canceled way back in 1949; yet interestingly enough, the modern B-2 has the exact same wingspan as the original "B2T
 of 172 feet…

On the Masters table, Bret Kinman and Victor Maestas had a couple of super nice models displayed. Bret's M8 Greyhound was one of a couple of nice pieces of armor on the table and was picked as a Best of Show for the quality build. Victor's F-14A from the VF-111 Sundowners is probably one of the most recognizable F-14 CAG birds of the Navy. The plane was commonly known as "Miss Molly" when VF-111 was embarked on the USS Carl Vinson, CVN-70 in CVW-15. The aircraft didn't always have the plane name on the jet and was mostly seen without the picture of "Molly" on the side. The CO of the Sundowners was Captain Doyle Bouchers II when "Miss Molly" was on the Chuckie V.

The Final Point

Themes... you've got to love them.  When we sit down and start planning for the next year's club contests, there are no preconceived ideas on what the themes are going to be. Sure, we have a "go to" setup, which is basically how the year will be laid out, but not what the themes will be. The idea is to keep it interesting and keep people building. Oh, and that other little part of trying to make sure all the different types of models like cars, armor, figures, and ships can participate in the themes, is not that easy. So when the theme of "Presidents" was chosen, we did it with the "Special" contest in mind. No points are awarded, but it is an opportunity for modelers to really shine. Who knew it would be a dud!  That's not to take anything away from those who entered, because they made a great effort to get it done, but it's more to the point that you never know what will be popular and what won't. The fact that it was the same night as a "sponsored" contest and one of the largest turnouts of the year shouldn't be lost in the fact that there were only two entrants. Members are ready and willing to build when it comes to a theme they are interested in. Picking those themes seems to be an art. In the military, we used to call it a "WAG"...or "wild-a@# guess."  Rest assured, the E-board will call it a "SWAG" because they will claim it was a little more scientific; however, a "Scientific wild-a#$ guess" is still just a WAG!


June Article:

It's kind of funny...  I had a dream a couple of weeks ago that a thousand people attended our last club meeting. Oh wait, they did, except that they thought it was a school graduation or something and they didn't stay for Mike's presentation. "I told you guys you should have brought snacks." Anyway, last month was crazy with all of those people there and our model rooms being split on completely opposite ends of the building. Trying to negotiate the masses was something, but I have to say no models were injured in the conduct of the meeting.

Despite the hordes, we still had a pretty good turnout for the club competition. Twenty five models in all were entered into the competition and we had a total of nineteen in the Works in Progress category! This month's theme was "Anniversaries," and over half of those models entered were in theme. The models covered the full scope of genres but, as you could imagine, most were aircraft.  The Masters category had an interesting mix with jets, props, and rotor aircraft, as well as armor and a figure or two. Larry Glenn showed that sometimes it's nice to dwell in small things! His 1/144-scale Victor K.2 Tanker from Desert Storm was very nicely done! He earned a first in Masters (jets) and also was the People's Choice. In Armor, Tony Humphries's Challenger I Mk3 earned a First place as well as Best of Show in the Masters category.

The Intermediate table was full this month with the vast majority of models entered. We had everything from Tacos to Tomb Raiders with a little Klingon thrown in. Chris Kurtz placed with a few of his aircraft but the New Mexico ANG F-16 "Tacos" was nice to see on the table. This model represented "1991"  (25th Anniversary) and earned a Second in Jets. Robert Henderson's Airco DH.2 earned a First place in Props as well as Best of Show and People's Choice for Intermediate. Interestingly enough, the Airco DH.2 is a biplane "pusher" aircraft from WWI (100th Anniversary) that gave the British a fighting chance against the Germans. The reasons may not be what you think! The Germans enjoyed the advantage of the synchronization gear to time the bullets firing through the propeller. The Brits didn't have this technology yet and needed a "pusher" so they could effectively arm their aircraft and oppose the Germans in the air! The advantage only lasted through the end of 1915. The DH.2 entered service in 1915 and came into its own in 1916 finishing the war with 14 Aces and nearly 100 kills!  It was great to see the difference 75 years make in aviation design between Robert's DH.2 sitting next to Chris's F-16!

Basic only had a single entry this month and that was David Haskin's Type 97 Japanese Tank. He did a great job on the kit earning Gold and finishing with both Best of Show and People's Choice for Basic. Don't be fooled by the lack of entries, a close look at this model will reveal some great modeling skills in the build and finish...perhaps David should consider moving up to Intermediate! (Of course all the Intermediate guys are saying; "No! we don't want the competition!").

The Final Point

Splits... they come in all shapes and sizes... we're talking gymnastics, bowling, bananas, Mike's pants... the list is long... What I'm talking about is categories of models. IPMS USA doesn't really address the issue of splitting categories during a competition. Most of the focus centers on how and not when. Most judges tend to consider the number of models in a particular category when considering a split in the group. However, there is ample evidence of what IPMS/USA calls "an effort to compare 'apples to apples,' " in their creation of a system of classes and categories. Most of the suggestions in the Competition Handbook look at "pre-planned" splits and having enough trophies to cover the splits; however, they don't talk about "when." The closest is the 2014 National Contest guide that says, "A count should be made of the total entries in the category. If the judges think it advisable, they should consult with their Class Head Judge regarding splitting a category. If he agrees, the procedure to split the category should be initiated. Unless the contest host specifies otherwise, splits should not result in a category having fewer than five entries if at all possible."  Again-numbers, not "apples to apples."  That may be changing. In the 2016 National's Contest Guide, in the category of "OOB-Ships," the guide says that "High Tech" kits (ones with phot etch, rigging, resin, etc.) will be judged in a different category than "Legacy" kits that basically just contain styrene. The attempt is to keep "apples with apples." So, does a helicopter belong in fixed-wing?  It depends.

 A PDF file of these IPMS rules can be downloaded from:    http://tinyurl.com/asm1606a


May Article:

It's been an interesting turn of events over the last month. I was not at the April meeting due to work travel, but hey, I had to go to Hawaii... Don't get too excited, I was on the night shift!  I did find some time during the transition to go to Pearl Harbor and visit the Arizona Memorial and some of the other museums on the base along with Ford Island. One of the interesting memorials was the Utah (BB-31). It is a little known and often overlook memorial on the west side of Ford Island. Because of my access to the base, I was able to visit the ship and experience a part of history that many don't see. It was a very somber and somewhat closer connection to history, as I was the only person there at the time. I will put together a slide show for an upcoming meeting that covers some of the sites on Oahu and my stay there.

So what did I give up to spend a couple of weeks in Hawaii? Apparently I missed one heck of a club contest. "Rescue Me" was the theme for the month and that covered a large genre of models. Everything from figures to boats was on display and they all represented some great work. In Masters, none other than the Caped Crusader won Best of Show with the Batmobile (Okay, I'll pause for everyone to say to themselves "I am Batman"). James Strickland's Batmobile was selected as the Masters first place finish. People's Choice went to Glenn Bingham's P-47D Razorback "Smokepole." The Masters division was full of a wide variety of models earning first in their categories. These ranged from Ken Liotta's New York Fire Department figure to Victor Maestas's B-Wing Star Wars to John Tate's British Mk IV Female Tank.

In the Intermediate division, the Best of Show went to Len Faluconer's Grumman J2F-5 Duck, which also earned him a first place finish in the split aircraft category. With a theme of "Rescue," there was bound to be an abundance of aircraft in both the fixed-wing and rotary-wing categories. Along with the Duck was Chris Kurtze's UH-34 Seahorse helicopter. The UH-34 was originally delivered to the Navy in 1954 as the HSS-1 "Seabat" and the HUS-1 "Seahorse." It wasn't until the Army took delivery of the H-34 in the 1955 that the more common name "Choctaw" was applied. In 1962, the DoD renamed all of the models under a new designation system the SH-34 "Seabat" for the Navy, the CH-34 "Choctaw" for the Army, and the UH-34 "Seahorse" for the Marines. Interestingly enough, the USAF didn't use the H-34 except in a limited role in the AF Reserves. It was designated as a transition aircraft from the AF's fixed-wing HU-16 Albatross to the HH-1 Huey rescue helicopter. The AF designation for the H-34 was the HH-34J "Choctaw." Other first place finishes in Intermediate went to Steve Brodeur's Bell 47D MASH helicopter in the rotary-wing category. Ralph Nitsche took first in figures with his "Flash Point" game figures. Jack Garriss earned a first with his Military Police armored car and finally Wayne Sprong took first in Dioramas with his "Combat Rescue" entry.

The Basic division had a great turnout as well. Jeannie Garriss earned a Gold finish and Best of Show for her French Police Car, while David Haskins earned a Gold finish and People's Choice for his Fw-190 Night Fighter. Both the McIntyre brothers placed with their Battlestar Galactica models with Keith earning a Gold finish for his Cylon Raider and Kyle earning a Silver for his Viper Mk VII and Cylon Raider. There were no entries in Juniors this month.

Next Month the theme is "Anniversaries," representing the 100th, 75th, 50th and 25th anniversaries of 2016. This will cover a wide-range of subjects from World War I to a 1/24 1991 Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon    complete with wood-grain panels!

The Final Point

As we get closer to 2017 and our hosting of the Regionals for Region 10, there will be an opportunity for everyone to be involved in both the planning and execution of Chili Con IV. One area that always needs help is in the judging at the contest. While we like to get a wide variety of judges from around the Region, it is always incumbent upon the hosting club to provide a good group of ready judges. Everyone has the opportunity to participate and there is no better way to practice than to judge at our monthly meetings. Judging isn't hard. There are no special skills or experience required to judge. Most discriminators are evident in the quality of the build. Building basics are always the starting point in any model competition. A "Hot Pink" British Sepecat Jaguar that is perfectly built model should finish higher that the best Euro 1 camo'd model that doesn't cover the basics like alignment, fit, clear glass, good decal application. As a matter of fact, the IPMS USA guidelines governing judging list "color" last after all the other criteria for basic judging (fit and finish). It says; "Paint colors, even from the same manufacturer and mixed to the same specs, can vary from batch to batch. Different operating environments can change colors in different ways. All paints fade from the effects of weather and sunlight, and viewing distance alone can change the look of virtually any color." So don't hesitate to volunteer to judge… By the way, "hot pink" was actually used by the British in 1991 during Desert Storm. The color was "Desert Pink" and was FS 30279!

April Article:

Wow! There was barely an inch between models at the March meeting contest! Now, I know what you are thinking,,, "No wonder, there were only two tables!” Well, yes, we were in the small room at the center and because of a previously scheduled activity we weren't able to "spread out" like we normally do. However, March set a record in terms of the number of models on the table for a monthly contest! We had about fifty, yes five-zero, models on display competing in the open contest. That is the highest number of regular entries in the last two years. The closest we've come to that was in March of 2014 when we had 39 entries. March is normally the busiest month for the club contest. I suppose it's due to the so-called "Winter Break" where we don't have a points competition for three months, and, since it’s an "open" contest, there seems to be a no-holds-barred approach to the entries. Incidentally, the "no holds barred" phrase comes from the world of wrestling. It means that any holds or grabs are allowed. In the open contest, just about anything is allowed for entry. It is a great way to get points for the annual Modeler of the Year competition.

As the models started pouring in for the monthly contest, it was amazing to see the numbers in the Intermediate category. There were so many types that we had to split the aircraft into two categories, props and jets! In fact, all of the subgroups were represented. Aircraft, Armor, Automotive, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Ships, Figures, and even Diorama & Vignette were all represented. In fact, of the 49 models, over half were in Intermediate alone. First place finished went to Mike Clagett for his USS Hunley in ships, Jack Garriss for his "My Favorite Martian" NASCAR model in Sci-Fi, Ken Piniak for his McLauren M-23 in Autos, Chris Kurtze for his Stug III diorama, and Partap Davis for his Queen Warrior in figures. Danny Williams earned a first in Armor for his Stug III Ausf. B/G. We had a split in aircraft between Jets and Props. In jets, Steve Brodeur took first for his B737-200 Frontier Airlines. In prop, Tim Wood's 1/24-scale Hawker Hurricane placed first. Our Best of Show for Intermediate was Partap Davis's Queen Warrior figure and the People's Choice Award was Blaine Couch's B-17G "Chow Hound."

Basic had two entries in March. Anthony Weaver earned Best of Show and People's Choice for his USS Enterprise and USS Reliant models. Jeannie Garriss showed us what feet are really for with her entry of the Flintstone Mobile! She earned a first in her category.

There was a great turn out in the junior category. All entrants won Gold for their models. Joshua Kinman displayed a great jeep with detailed weathering and excellent construction. Another great model was Chris Kurtze Jr.'s P-40B Warhawk vignette depicting a crashed and burning aircraft in the desert. This earned Chris a People's Choice award. Finally, Jean Brodar's M-41 Walker Bulldog demonstrated outstanding use of wear-and-tear weathering and a super construction to make it a fantastic model and earning a Best of Show award.

In Masters, the tables had a great display of a variety of models. This included everything from a modern Top-Fuel rail dragster to a battered old tank from WWI. The Masters displayed their standard high quality and made judging all the more difficult. Speaking of Top Fuel Dragsters, Keith Liotta earned a first in the category of autos as did Brett Kinman for his WWII "Onset - Anti-aircraft" Diorama. In Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mike Blohm earned a first for his depiction of 1950s Flying Saucers attacking the White house in "Earth Versus the Flying Saucers."  Why the '50s? Why not today...oh wait...never mind.

Anyway, on to other flying things. Larry Glenn earned first in aircraft with his P-51D that also earned him a Best of Show. In a close second was my AH-1Z Viper helicopter that was chosen as the People's Choice for Masters. Finally, in armor, John Tate earned a first place with his British Mk IV "Male" Tank. The British were the first to develop tanks as a war machine. The Male tanks had an unusual rhomboidal shape meant to lengthen the tracks and keep a low center of gravity. This was done to help them navigate the trenches of WWI. The long tracks aided in crossing the deep trenches on the battlefield. Now I know you are asking, "If there is a Male tank, is there a Female tank?" Of course there is... The primary difference was the armaments carried on the tanks. The typical Male had a large cannon and the Female had multiple machine guns. The idea was to deploy them in a pair as a "destroyer" and a "man-killer' that could provide mutual protection for each other,,, and now you know. "Man-Killer."


The Final Point

"How do I stack up?" That is a question that rattles around in our heads every time we put a model on display. "Stack up" is a pretty broad term so what it really comes down to is what are your goals in displaying the model. We all build models because we enjoy it, but why subject it to the ridicule of the dreaded judges. I think that kind of depends on who you want judging the model. I think it really comes down to accuracy or popularity. Many modelers can tell you the exact number of rivets on a particular subject. They derive their fun out of building the most accurate representation of the subject they can. These models become technical specimens, albeit miniature, of the chosen subjects. In building such, the modeler has the opportunity to dive into the details of history, construction, and use, as well as all of the building techniques need to finish the model. On the other hand, you have modelers who look at it more like art. Whether or not the shape is correct or the number of exhaust pipes is accurate takes a back seat to how the model looks on the table. The same attributes of history, construction, use, and building techniques apply in both cases; however, to this modeler, looks are important. Which approach is better?

It doesn't matter. What is most important is actually building models to support the enjoyment of the hobby. As club Contest Director, it's a balance of getting more models on the table for club members to enjoy at each meeting (with contests). ASM does that by offering different themes and genera to motivate and capture our member's imagination. We offer "People's Choice" recognition for both the modeler and for the members to acknowledge their favorites. We have "Best of Show" to award the best model in a category from judging. Finally, we also award finishes based on the models entered to motivate the members to participate and share with all the club members. While the most important factor in model building is fit and finish, for clubs, participation is also important. The overarching intent of club contest is to promote the desire to build models and join your fellow modelers in having fun!

March Article:

Woot!  It's March, and the first of our points paying contest. This is the start of another great modeling year for the club. We've got some great themes lined up this year, and the contests will be fun. Since March is an open contest, that means we can enter anything that suits our taste. Well, more likely it's what we've been able to finish. In my case, I've been working on a Kitty Hawk AH-1Z Viper. I was intrigued by the design of this helicopter, as it shares about 85% of the components with the UH-1Y Huey. If you look close at both helicopters, you'll see that the tail boom, engines, rotor system and cockpits are all common. Oh, one other thing, if the AH-1Z is the "Viper," then the UH-1Y couldn't just be called a Huey, they had to rename it the "Venom..."  Well, my snake will be on the table for the March contest!

Even though March is the first points contest, it does't mean there haven't been a few points scored. We've had two opportunities to collect some points in January and February. There have been a few models on the "Works In Progress" tables and a modeler will get two points for each of the kits they put on the table. We can already tell who's in the running for Modeler of the Year because they've maximized the opportunity by displaying up to three WiPs for those months.  If you remember, the difference between first and second in both Masters and Intermediate last year was close enough to be challenged by just a few WiPs over the year. So, even if you don't have a complete model to enter, bring it to the meeting and let everyone see how the building is going and you'll earn a couple of points.

The top three points leaders in each category:


         Ken Liotta                  12

         Mike Blohm                6

         Keith Liotta                 6

         Josh Pals                    6


         Partap Davis              6

         Len Faulconer            6

         Ken Piniak                 6


         Joshua Kinman           2

The Final Point

Take every chance you get to compete for Modeler of the Year. January started off this year with a great showing in our traditional contest. We had a lot of models on the table and it was clear by the quality of the builds, that the competition will be tight again in 2016. Everyone should go to the club website and review how points are awarded for each entry and placement in the different categories. And don't forget, 2 points are awarded for each Work in Progress!


February Article:

If the January club contest is any indication of what lies ahead for ASM in 2016, we surely won't be disappointed in the year! January is our traditional contest month where we focus our attention on many "otherworldly" activities; whether it's real or fantasy, it's the final frontier for Space, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. The Annual "Moe Blalters" special contest is in honor of our longtime ASM Just Staff and Sci-Fi & Fantasy enthusiasts, Joe Walters and Mike Blohm, and is open to any subject, any scale, within theme. Additionally, we've become accustomed to looking at all manner of things with lasers on them in Patrick Dick's sponsored "Frickin' Laser Beams" contest. The two themes go hand in hand and the tables were full of great examples.

In the Masters category, Victor Maestas's B-Wing fighter was selected as the winner for the category. With the recent release of the seventh episode of Star Wars, you'd expect at least one or two Star Wars models on the table. Victor did a "throw back," in that there were no B-wings in the new movie, but when you consider the history of the movie franchise; the B-wing has a solid place in rebel history.

Intermediate had a slightly different breakout than the other categories this month. The table was full of interesting and well-done models. Because of the types of models entered, we went as far as to break out the category by land and air. Partap Davis's AT-ST walker was selected as Best Land entry. The model was well done and an excellent example of type of model from the Star Wars canon. The "All Terrain Scout Transport" (AT-ST) was known by the Rebels as a "chicken walker" because of its awkward walking style and because they couldn't fly, and they got their butts kicked in the Battle for Endor by a bunch of little Ewoks.

For Best Air, Michael O'Brien provided us with an outstanding example from the other, albeit first "Star" series space adventure, USS Excelsior (NCC-2000, later NCC-21445) of Star Trek fame. The model demonstrated the excellent use of decals to achieve the overall mottling effect, commonly referred to as "Aztec" patterns seen on most of the Federation Star Trek ships. The Excelsior was the prototype ship in the "Excelsior" class and was called "The Great Experiment" because of the use of the transwarp drive, which spurred the infamous analogy by Mr. Scott; "...and if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon."

Finally, in Basic, Jeannie Garriss displayed huge model of General Grievous made from the LEGO kit. The model stands over a foot tall, complete with multiple lightsabers (4). Jeannie's model showed Grievous's imposing stature as the Supreme Commander of the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. While Grievous was originally a humanoid, he was giving cybernetic implants to make him more combat effective. He was particular to the lightsaber in combat and was made for hunting Jedi. He was so particular to the lightsaber, he collected them from fallen Jedi that he killed. Jeannie's model prominently displayed Grievous's multiple lightsabers.

Finally, what Sci-Fi contest would be complete without some Frickin' Laser Beams?  Patrick Dick scoured the multiple models on the tables to find the best representation of the use of lasers. Not necessarily the best use of lasers mind you, but maybe the coolest use. Patrick chose Partap Davis's AT-ST walker as the best of the best laser subjects. The AT-STs have twin chin-mounted laser cannons used primarily against troops. Apparently they can be driven by Wookiees.

 The Final Point

Something to think about as the year progresses, last year's Modeler of the Year points contest was really close in the Masters and Intermediate categories. So close, in fact, that the difference between first and second could have been made by the number of Works in Progress (WiP) models at each of the meetings. Unlike the formal contest entries, WiP points are available at any meeting. Although January was a "non-points" Special contest, there was still an opportunity to pick up 6 points for Modeler of the Year. Each WiP is awarded 2 points with a max of 3 displayed (6 pts total). If you do the math, that could mean a modeler could earn over 60 points for just displaying models we are working on!

Spider_web (2).jpg (150780 bytes) Webmaster's Tales

By Mike Blohm, ASM Webmaster

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Some reminders about the ASM website:

The “Marquee Banner” that scrolls across the top of the Home Page will always have the latest info on club activities – contests, events and speakers for the upcoming month, notice that new schedules and Newsletters have been posted, and whether an event has been postponed – so always check that out first when you visit the ASM website.  If the weather looks bad enough that the meeting might be cancelled - check that banner before you drive to the meeting.  We did use it once in 2011 when a meeting was cancelled by UNM due to a snow storm (all campus buildings were closed).  There will probably also be an audio alert (beeping sounds) that will go off when the page initially comes up if a meeting has been cancelled. 

There is an  "ASM Review Articles"  page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page is an archive of all previous review articles authored by ASM members - it has links to different sections of the page based upon the review topic - aircraft, armor, automotive, books, etc.  Please take the time to write up a short blurb if you are building a new kit and submit that and some in-progress / final pics to the website and ASM Newsletter. 

There is also a "NM State Fair Model Contests" page listed in the "Index" at the top of the Articles Page.  This page includes links to the NM State Fair contest resuls pages from 2005 to 2015.  It also includes all the current Section and Class entry criteria.  Read through this information to learn what models you should be thinking about entering in 2016.  Note that ASM Master and Intermediate modelers are asked to enter in the "Professional" Class.  Please note that there is a link in the Upcoming Events calendar that will take you to the actual NM State Fair site. 

ASM Newsletters are available on the website going back to January 2004. 

We have other webpages going Way-Back to: Model Pics - 2006; Meeting Pics - 2005; Contest Results - 2003; Modeler of Year - 2003; Model of Year - 2005.

The “New and Potential ASM Members” web page has all the info that new and prospective members need to review to understand how ASM is set up and the policies that govern club operations – the By Laws, Contest Guidelines, etc.  The link to the New Member page is on the Home Page.  Both new members and “old heads” should review these documents every so often. 

Some of the links on the "Website Updates" page back to older article postings no longer work .  If you cannot find an older article mentioned in the Website Update listings, it would be best to check the "Archived Articles" page as it was probably moved to that location.  Articles moved to the Archives are always posted at the top of that page, so the most recently removed articles will be found at the top of the page.  Scroll down to go back in time - the ASM Time Machine.

As always, let me know if you have any ideas for changes or additions to the website, and please send me any articles, reviews, or trip reports with pictures that you’d like to post on the website - and also send your inputs to Joe Walters if you'd like your article  included in the  the Newsletter as well.    Thanks!




A Very Short Road Trip

By Ken Piniak

On October 4, I took the wife down to Cutter Aviation on the south side of the Albuquerque Sunport to see the B-17G "Texas Raiders." The "TR" is one of a handful of B-17s still flying, and perhaps the best preserved one of the group. While I have seen and toured quite a few B-17s in my time, including the “TR,” this was a first for my wife, Dawn. She is a veteran (Navy) so she has some understanding of the hardships and sacrifices involved in military service, but this was her first chance to experience up close what it was like for those brave airmen who flew in these machines all those years ago.

When we arrived, the plane was out on a flight, so we looked at a couple of WWII vehicles and browsed the selection of gifts and T-shirts they had available (we each bought a T-shirt). Then we heard the unmistakable sound of a large four-engine aircraft approaching. We were treated to the sight of this large, majestic bird as it made its approach and landing. After taxiing up to the ramp, shutting down the engines, and offloading the passengers and crew, the plane was opened up for tours. For the next hour or so, we explored the old girl inside and out. I answered my wife's questions and pointed out some of the features of the plane, and what it was like to fly in it. Most people do not realize just how tiny, cramped, and spartan the interior of a B-17 really is. I showed Dawn how the crew entered the aircraft, how they had to open the windows to fire the waist guns, and where they plugged in their electrically-heated flight suits to keep from freezing to death.

Outside of the aircraft, we had to be careful to avoid dripping oil from the engines and other parts of the plane. We looked at the ball turret and the tail turret, the loneliest and most isolated parts of the aircraft. After viewing the plane from nose to tail, it was time to say goodbye and head home.


Texas Raiders History

By Mike Blohm

The B-17G Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" is being presented at airshows and other events by the Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. It is based at David Wayne Hooks Airport in Spring, Texas. It was originally delivered to the US Army Air Force on July 12, 1945, but was transferred to the US Navy on July 21, 1945. It was converted to serve as an airborne radar system. After service on the Atlantic Seaboard and in Japan, it was retired in August 1955. It was later used as a civilian cargo plane and for aerial photography, mapping, satellite tracking, and oil and natural gas surveys. Mapping assignments included photographic coverage of the entire continent of South America and an extensive amount of Central America. Surveys were conducted in the North Sea and Alaska. The Commemorative Air Force bought the B-17 in September 1967 for $50,000. It went through major restorations in 1983 - 1986 and again in 1993. It is recognized as the best restored B-17G bomber currently flying in the world. Of note, no B-17 carried the name "Texas Raiders" during World War II. There are currently only eleven restored B-17s that are airworthy out of 12,732 produced. For more info on "Texas Raiders" visit their website at http://b17texasraiders.org

The first picture below is the B-17G Texas Raiders overfliying the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. The rest of the pictures are the B-17G as seen from my house.




***  Live From The   ***

Star Trek Vegas 2015 Convention



Live reporting from ASM "Ace" Just Staff  reporter Moe Blalters (masquerading as Joe Walters) at the Star Trek Vegas 2015 Convention in Las Vegas.  

Reports and photos will be periodically provided when sunspots, solar flares, and Klingon hacking attacks allow,

and repairs are made to the main deflector dish.  Scottie!   I mean Jordie!   Whoever...

Thursday, 6 June 2015  /  Stardate: 1 January 2323  (no kidding...)


Star Trek Vegas 2015
Convention Logo
USS Buran Model
TNG Battle of Wolf  359
Klingon D-7 Battlecruiser
DS9 Trials & Tribblations

Model:  This was part of a display of props and such to be auctioned off later. This was used on-screen as one of the many starships that got thumped by the Borg in the big battle of Wolf 359. It's the USS Buran, a Kurak-class starship, and like many ships in that episode was cobbled together from multiple kit parts.

Klingon D-7 Battlecruiser:  This is not a kit. It is a professionally built Klingon D-7 Battlecruiser which was built for and used in the DS9 episode Trials and Tribblations



Field Trip: Warhawk Air Museum

By Michel Wingard

Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to Idaho with my brother Peter and my sister Marie for a family gathering. We were celebrating my cousins Perry and Florence Mary's 90th birthdays and Bill's 89th birthday. Perry doesn't drive much so we went to Meridian, Idaho, to visit him. While we were there, the four of us went to Caldwell, Idaho, to visit the Warhawk Air Museum (http://www.warhawkairmuseum.org).

The museum is dedicated to collecting memorabilia that records the contributions of veterans from Idaho. I tried to get as many pictures as I could of the displays, including a number of engines-both prop and jet. The planes include two P-40s, E and N versions; a MiG-17; an F-85F Sabre; and a MiG-21. There was also a P-47 Razorback Thunderbolt at that time, which is not listed on their current web page. They also have two WWI planes: a replica Fokker DR-I and the frame of another Fokker. The fuselage is displayed and the wings are in storage. I believe that it is a restoration waiting to happen at some future date.

They also have one of the few WWII gliders. It was found living in rural Idaho as a trailer and was saved by the museum. While we were there, they were getting ready for an airshow the next weekend for the 4th of July, so I got to see one of the P-40s taxi out and take off and land. Both of the P-40s are flying aircraft, which is really fun to see.

It turned out that the museum is collecting Idaho veterans' stories as a video record with the Smithsonian Institute. Many of these can be seen at their website (http://www.warhawkairmuseum.org/vhp). Not all of the video records are public, at the request of the veterans who made them. My cousin Perry was part of this project, but his story can only be seen with permission from him. He served as an engineer in the US Army and was assigned to an Australian unit in the Southeast Asia Theater. We watched his story and he shared with us what happened to him in WWII. Much of his experiences have never been shared with others in the family, so it was a unique visit. While I cannot share his experiences, I was profoundly moved by what he went through and can only hope no one ever has to go to war again.

If you're ever in the northwest, the Warhawk Air Museum is a must-see for modelers and airplane enthusiasts. Enjoy the pictures, I tried to get good detail shots for references. Enjoy!

 Webmasters Note:  A representative sample of Michel's 225 pictures is posted below.  More will be added to the version over on the Field Trips webpage shortly.


Kit Review:  Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk.II

By Larry Horyna

The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the all time iconic fighters to come out of the Second World War. While the model is well represented in every scale, a good modern tooling of the early variants has been lacking in 1/32.  Revell of Germany attempted to "come to the rescue" with their new offering of the Mk.II. Revell did indeed spend some time researching this aircraft but unfortunately, as most everyone has now heard and figured out, they measured and copied an extant example that was something of a "hybrid," having parts from other variants on it. In the end, what they ended up with is much closer to a Mk.Va than anything. I don't know where the propeller came from on the aircraft Revell measured--it does not look like any propeller the Spitfire used, De Havilland or Rotol.

I decided to do what I will call an "economy" build and correct the major problems myself (although several companies now offer corrected resin aftermarket parts) and do a simple backdate to Mk.I standards.

This required making the ailerons look like fabric-covered ones instead of metal. To simulate the fabric ailerons, I first filled the metal rivet holes in the kit ailerons with Tamiya putty and sanded them smooth. I then added strips of plastic, cut them to length, and sanded them down.

The oil cooler had to be modified to make it the earlier half-round shape, and this was bit more tricky. I cut the kit one in half lengthwise. The tricky part of this is in the way the part is broken down. You end up with a notch in each side that I filled in with cardstock and putty. You also end up with a gap all the way around the cooler, which I filled with Apoxie Sculpt and added the rivets with a pounce wheel.

The seat needed to be reshaped a bit and have the back padding added, as well as a Sutton harness. The curiously-missing pilot armor behind the seat had to be fabricated.

Although the radiator is not completely correct (it lacks the front and rear ramps) I decided to leave it alone as the overall shape is close enough. The wheels are a little odd looking, but not so much that did anything to them. I also decided to reshape the spinner and propeller blades to get them as close to a De Havilland look as I could. The spinner is still way too short, but in the end the model looks like an early Spitfire.

Overall construction was straightforward and offered very little in the way of fit issues. You will need to take a little time when fitting the wings to ensure there are no gaps, especially under the fuselage at the trailing edges. Again, careful fidgeting will result in very little to no filler being required. Revell uses a pretty soft plastic which usually results in sinkholes and there are few that need filling, mostly along the forward fuselage joint.

The cockpit is a little sparse, but not bad. I added a little wiring and made a new oxygen hose out wrapped wire. The back pad on the seat was made from Apoxy Sculpt and the Sutton harness was make from scrap RB Productions material with buckles from the photoetch scrap box. The instrument panel ends up pretty nice using the kit-supplied decals. The pilot armor is a pretty simple shape cut from cardstock. I also dug through the spare decals box and found some unused stencils at threw a few in the cockpit.


With the major mods out of the way, I was ready to paint. I decided to do this airplane in top Battle of Britain ace Eric Lock's markings. I wanted to make a pretty beat-up looking Spitfire, so I went with the "hairspray" method for heavy weathering. I first sprayed the areas to be heavily worn with decanted Tamiya Silver Leaf spray paint. Tamiya's Silver Leaf is a great, durable metal finish, and goes on like a dream through the airbrush. Next, the silver areas were sprayed with Aqua Net hairspray, also decanted (you can buy this stuff in a pump bottle and just pour it into your airbrush, no thinning required). I let the hairspray dry overnight before commencing with the paint work.

The model was pre-shaded with Tamiya flat black, then the bottom color was applied.

After masking, the first top color was applied. I masked off the second top color with poster tack and Tamiya tape. Here is where I ran into a dilemma. To achieve the chipping effect with the hairspray, I had to go through two colors where the second top color was applied. When I applied water with a brush to start the chipping on the green, the brown came through first before the metal and it was difficult to not have any brown showing on the green where the chipping was. I was able to accomplish the effect, but in future I will rethink this on multiple layers. I know there are some good articles out there on multi-layer chipping which I believe involves chipping a color, sealing it, then applying hairspray again followed by the second color and repeating the process. The effect was also used on the propeller and spinner.


In the end, I was very happy with the result and would recommend this technique for heavily weathered subjects.

After the chipping was finished I clear-coated the model with Future Floor Polish and added the decals. This is where the kit shined best! The kit deals were simply fantastic. With a few applications of Micro Sol, the roundels looked painted on! No edging, so silvering, and all the rivets were visible. The only trick is on the bottom wing as the roundels go over the large cooling vents. I had to cut and touch up the roundels there. Even the stencils went down with no silvering, which I typically find common on stencil decals. Unfortunately, to get the codes and serials for Eric Lock's airplane, I used decals out of a Pacific Coast Hurricane kit. These did not perform nearly as nicely as the kit decals. I had to modify some of the code letters to make what I needed. The "B's" are made from two "R's" and the "Q's" are modified "D's."

After the decals were dry I applied an enamel wash using MIG Pigments dark brown wash.

This was followed by an airbrushed post-shade using a mix of Tamiya flat black and red brown thinned about 80%. The post-shade was applied between the camouflage colors and streaked along the wings in the direction of airflow. I also used the post-shade color for initial cordite stains around the guns and shell ejection ports. This was followed by pastels to further accentuate cordite, exhaust, and oil staining on the bottom of the airplane.


All that was left was final small details and adding the middle canopy section. This is where I am most disappointed in this kit. What is the point of offering a sectioned canopy when the middle section does not fit at all in the open position? Revell is, of course, not the only company guilty of this, but it really does astound me that so many manufacturers cannot get that right. To get it at least close, I applied a little Testors clear parts cement to the rails and carefully pressed the canopy down and secured it with Tamiya tape until the cement dried. It's not all the way down, but it's close enough to not bother me that much. It is one of my biggest "pet peeves" with airplane kits. The side door is a bit thick and the detail is a bit heavy as well, but I left it. The antenna wire is made with Uschi's fine elastic thread (this stuff is great as well, by the way. It comes in three sizes; standard, fine, and extra fine).

So, in the end, I am happy with the results for the economy of the kit. I found my kit on sale for $20.00 and other than time, paint, and glue, I didn't spend anything else on it. For that, this kit is a great value for the money. It would have been amazing without the silly errors Revell made measuring a pieced-together museum airplane. The only thing I would truly recommend buying for this model is a corrected aftermarket propeller.

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. 





HiMAT Aircraft on Display at Edwards Air Force Base

   By Mike Blohm

The Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) experimental aircraft (technology demonstrator) went on display last summer at the Integrated Support Facility at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center located on Edwards AFB, California.  This article provides some pictures of the aircraft and a short history of the program.  The purpose of the HiMAT program was to provide information on integrated, computerized controls; design features such as aero-elastic tailoring, close-coupled canards and winglets; the application of new composite materials; a digital integrated propulsion control system, and the interaction of all these new technologies, in order to apply these to later high performance aircraft.  This research was conducted jointly by NASA and the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

The program ran from mid-1979 to January 1983 and included two remotely piloted HiMAT aircraft that were flown 26 times at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center - now the Armstrong Flight Research Center.  These sub-scale HiMAT aircraft were about half the size of an F-16 (the HiMAT was 23.5 feet  long with a 16 feet wingspan) and had nearly twice that fighter's turning capability.  The HiMAT could sustain an 8 G turn at 25.00 feet and Mach 1, whereas the F-16 could only sustain a 4.5G turn.  The HiMATs weighed 4,030 pounds, including 600 pounds of fuel, and were powered by a General Electric J-85-21 turbojet that produced 5,000 pounds of static thrust, reaching a top speed of Mach 1.4.

The HiMATs were launched  at 45,000 feet from a NB-52B mothership (now retired and on display at the Edwards AFB North Gate - pictures below).  The aircraft was flown by a NASA research pilot in a remote cockpit on the ground with the aid of a television camera mounted in the cockpit of the real aircraft.   The control signals were up-linked from the flight controls in the remote cockpit to the aircraft, and aircraft telemetry was down-linked to the remote cockpit displays.  Contributions from the HiMAT program included the use of composite materials, forward canards and rear mounted swept wings (seen later in the X-29), digital flight control systems, and winglets to reduce drag (now seen on commercial aircraft).  One of the two HiMAT aircraft is at Edwards AFB, while the second is at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.  The in-flight pictures of the HiMAT in this article are from the NASA HiMAT Fact Sheets.  Quite a very cool-looking aircraft for the 1979 time frame when it was developed. 

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Kit Review:
Classic Airframes De Havilland Sea Hornet NF.21
By Larry Horyna



Pushing the limits of wooden combat aircraft design based on the success of their earlier Mosquito, De Havilland aircraft company introduced the Hornet toward the end of the Second World War. Initially designated the DH.103 Hornet, the aircraft would equip postwar RAF Fighter Command day fighter units. With its excellent low speed characteristics and pilot visibility, it was a natural choice for the Fleet Air Arm in developing a carrier-based fighter. The NF.21 Sea Hornet was the night fighter variant of the Sea Hornet.

Adding a seat just aft of the wing trailing edges for the radar operator/navigator and elongating the nose to accommodate an ASH rotating dish in a "thimble" radome, the Sea Hornet certainly attained the look of sleek design modified to look a bit ungainly! The design was very successful, however odd looking, and remained in FAA service until 1954.

The Classic Airframes kit of this unusual aircraft is welcome addition to any FAA collection. The kit is molded in gray plastic and comes with resin cockpit details, exhausts, and wheels. The moldings are very clean. As is typical with many short-run kits, there are no alignment pins. The kit also includes two clear vacuform canopies and windows for the radar operator/navigator's hatch.

Assembly is fairly straightforward. The  kit is tooled to make a standard Hornet with the resin nose requiring some cutting to graft to the forward fuselage. Fit was pretty good with only a little filler required. My only disappointment with the interior was a lack of seat belts. Usually resin seats have molded-on belts, but for some reason Classic Airframes did not do that, nor did they supply any photoetched ones. I elected to use an Ultracast Tempest seat that had molded-on seat belts, since I had a couple lying around.

The resin cockpit fit great! I was actually a bit surprised as just how nicely this kit went together. I would say this was the best-fitting Classic Airframes kit I have built next to their Model 239 Buffalo. One structural weakness was the wings and tail surfaces. As I mentioned, there are no alignment pins and nothing to support the wings, which are essentially shoulder-mounted. I made brass wire spars which worked great. I also made brass wire alignment rods for the tail surfaces. The resultant model is quite robust. The wing root joint required a little adjustment/filling to get everything nice and even but, again, this was minimal.

The model was pre-shaded and painted using Tamiya acrylics mixed to match the specific colors. The model was then clear-coated with Future floor polish and decaled. The kit decals worked quite well with just a little Micro Sol. An enamel wash was applied followed by a very subtle post shade using a mix of Tamiya flat black and red brown thinned about 80%.

The vacuform canopies fit great. The landing gear fit without any problems as well. The propellers on the Hornet series were “handed,” meaning they rotated in opposite directions to offset torque. This requires making sure you use the correct propeller blades for port and starboard engines. For a limited-run kit, this was actually a pleasure to build. I will be doing the standard F.3 Hornet in the near future and am now looking more forward to it!

Battle of the Bulge: Then and Now

By John Tate


Most WWII buffs have seen the above photo, of an SS Schwimmwagen in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge, ominously headed towards the Belgian town of Malmedy in December 1944. It is one of the most recognizable German photos from that battle and captures well the sinister nature of the German advance. But how many have thought about where the picture was taken?  More than a half-century after the War, finding the location surely must be an impossibility. But on a business trip to Europe seven years ago, I decided to find out, using a Michelin map and old issue of After the Battle featuring the Battle of the Bulge.

The magazine showed an image of the site from 1974; at that time, little had changed since 1944.  A caption mentioned that the Schwimmwagen had emerged onto the N23 road from the direction of Born and turned right towards Lignueville. So the first step was figuring out this area was in southeastern Belgium, midway between St. Vith and Malmedy.

Looking more closely, I discovered the road "N23" no longer existed, having been redesignated N62, and was just west of a new expressway (E42 on the above map). But the original intersection looked like it might still be there, so after pinpointing the spot, off I headed. On the below map, the location of the Schwimmwagen photo was at the end of the small stretch of road between the N659 and N62 blue boxes, where it intersected N62.

When I reached the intersection of the road from Born with N62, this is what I found.   

A surprise-instead of the road crossing being in a dark forest filled with the distant echoes of a long-ago battle, it was now the site of a light industrial park. It even included a tire store, which both American and German troops would have found useful back in 1944. Seeing this modern location was a good lesson that just as the US had changed since the 1940s, so had Europe. In the above picture, the SS Schwimmwagen would have made a right turn and headed towards Lignueville and Malmedy.

While I was snapping a photo of the intersection, I decided to have a look at the forest across the highway. What I found was no less interesting—these aren't the old growth forests we're familiar with in the US, they are stands of trees that are grown and harvested, which is apparent even in old wartime photos. A little detail to keep in mind if ever modeling a Battle of the Bulge diorama. Two photos of this forest appear below.

I drove several kilometers up the N62 to the Baugnez Crossroads, known to GIs as Five Points, site of the infamous Malmedy massacre on December 17, 1944.

The massacre occurred near the site of the small parking lot, to the left of where the two cars are parked in the photo at bottom. The Five Points crossroads is at the top right of the picture. Eighty-four US soldiers, most from the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, who had surrendered to an SS panzer column that was part of Kampfgruppe Peiper from the 1st SS Panzer Division, were machine-gunned at this spot. The story of what happened next, through a war crimes trial and postwar political controversies, up to the murder of Joachim Peiper himself in France in 1976, might someday make a compelling film.

A short distance down the N62 from the Five Points crossroads is the site where American troops made a brief stand against the SS Panzer column.

The Five Points crossroads is at the top of the picture; the ditch on the other side of the road is where American troops fought with small arms against Panzers before surrendering to the Germans. The large farmhouse in the picture was built after the war.

Pictured below: The memorial, which is located at the crossroads across the street from the massacre site. When I visited, it was heartening to see a poppy wreath had been laid there by members of a RAF squadron; a real touch of class from our finest ally.

In this 70th anniversary year of the Battle of the Bulge, give some thought to the American GIs who gave everything, in bitter cold far from home, to stop, hold, and push back Hitler's war machine. Malmedy is a reminder of the risks any American in uniform faces in wartime, and especially the merciless treatment our POWs can receive at the hands of their captors. If you find yourself in a similar forgotten corner of a foreign field, make a point to visit and pay your respects to the memory of our fallen.


Around the time I visited Malmedy, which was on the northern perimeter of the German advance, I visited Bastogne, which is located south/southwest of Malmedy and was right in the middle of the German offensive during the Battle of the Bulge.

Today, Bastogne is a peaceful and prosperous regional city but it took a helluva beating during the German siege.  I had it a little easier on the outskirts of Bastogne than these guys did.


Outside the city, there is an excellent museum, the Bastogne Historical Centre, which is full of artifacts from the Battle. It's located next to the Mardasson Memorial, a Belgian monument to the Americans who defended them against the Germans.  There are a couple of tanks parked outside, but I'm not sure if these were veterans of the Battle of the Bulge or sentinels provided by the Belgian military after the War.



Today the countryside around Bastogne is the picture of beauty and tranquility, probably the best monument possible to the GIs who gave their lives here.

 National Museum of Military History

A good museum to visit in the vicinity of the Ardennes is the National Museum of Military History in Diekirch, Luxembourg. The primary exhibits are of US and German military equipment and uniforms of the 1944 - 45 period and give a useful impression of how the opposing armies were equipped during the Battle of the Bulge.


This was an interesting display—a model of the German V-3 multiple-propellant gun, used by the Germans to bombard Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge. About 180 rounds were fired but the weapon was not particularly effective. The rocket gun site was south of Trier in nearby Germany; unfortunately I was never able to pinpoint the location.  

One last shot-this image gives a good idea of what the Belgian Ardennes looks like, in summer at least. If you're a WWII military history buff and have a chance to see this part of the world, do yourself a favor and pay a visit-there are few places on earth where the war still feels as close as it does there.



Fred's Foto File - Edwards Air Force Base 1960

 By Fred Franceschi

These photos were taken at Edwards Air Force Base (or is it Flight Test Center?) in May of 1960. I think I had some of these in pictures in previous Foto Files, but I've located the original slides and sorted my images by their development dates in an attempt to make their provenance more accurate. 

Here is a picture of a US Army C-7 Caribou utility transport, built by de Havilland Aircraft. The C-7 was later heavily used in Viet Nam.  Here we see a Douglas C-133 Cargomaster. Since this is at Edwards in 1960, it was probably the test aircraft for the C-133B. These were designed to transport strategic missiles.

Below, a Cessna T-37 "Tweet" Trainer. Cessna also made an A-37 attack version of the plane, but I don't see any underwing attachment points for ordinance in the photos.

[Extremely Trivial ASM Newsletter Editors Note: I flew the Tweet for four years and never saw one with that long red and white boom attached to the left wingtip of this one. However, in the late 1950s, Cessna developed the B-model of the T-37 to replace the existing T-37A in USAF service at the time. The small strakes on either side of the nose and the configuration of the empennage mark this as a T-37B, likely the plane used for testing this model. All remaining T-37As were upgraded to T-37B status from this time, so A-models are rare; I'm told one is on display at the USAF Academy in Colorado. -JW]

A Convair F-102 "Delta Dagger," the underperforming predecessor to the Dart. I lived in San Diego, where the F-102 and F-106 were made. My friends and I were very aware of the problems when the F-102 grossly underexceeded its design expectations. The discovery of how compressibility impacted the delta wing/fuselage section was a major news event. The engineer who discovered "area rule"  and how to design around it was a hero to the many Convair employees would otherwise have no longer been employed.

Below: Convair F-106 "Delta Dart" Fighter - Notice the "area rule" shape to the center fuselage, visible above the "U.S." painted on the air ducts. It was called the "Coke Bottle shape" and was what changed the mediocre F-102 into a good airplane.

A US Navy North American A-5 Vigilante. A really sleek-looking plane.  A B-58 Hustler with a J-93 jet engine where the weapons pod would go.  I bet this was a haulin' plane when everything was lit up.  And it could make for a really interesting conversion for a modeler with a bit of scratchbuilding ambition.




New Aircraft at Air Force Flight Test Museum

By Mike Blohm

Two new aircraft went on display recently at the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB, California.  These include a Piper PA-48 "Enforcer" and a McDonnell Douglas YF-4E "Phantom II."  Pictures are included, with the majority of them being of the "Enforcer."  The aircraft looks really well-restored from its previous condition while in storage.  One item of note is that this PA-48 does not have the huge pitot tube boom on the front of the left wingtip tank, as seen in period photos of the aircraft.

The PA-48 was a turboprop powered light close air support/ground-attack aircraft built by Piper Aircraft Corp based upon the North American P-51 "Mustang."  The Enforcer concept was originally created and flown as the "Cavalier Mustang" by Cavalier Aircraft, in response to the United States Air Force's PAVE COIN program, but Cavalier did not have the ability to produce the Enforcer, so the program was sold to Piper in 1970. 

The USAF actually tested the aircraft twice.  Two were built (one single seat, and one two-seater) as PE-1s and were evaluated in 1971, with a decision not to buy them.  The two-seater was lost in a crash off the Florida coast.  The second testing occurred in 1982-83 at Edwards AFB and Eglin AFB, Florida after much lobbying had occurred for a re-test.  Two additional aircraft were built, now designated as the PA-48.  The aircraft was again found to perform well in its intended role, but the USAF decided once again not to procure it. 

 Two PA-48s remain - one at Edwards AFB and one at the Museum of the USAF at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  These are both from the second batch built.  The PA-48 as tested included a Lycoming YT55-L-9A turboprop engine and was actually only about 10 per cent common with an original "Mustang."  It had a huge exhaust port on the left side of the engine (see pictures).  It was longer and larger, and had six wing hardpoints for ordnance and fuel tanks capable of carrying 5,680 pounds.  According to documentation, the max speed was only 345 mph, with a combat ceiling of 20,000 feet and combat radius of 460 miles. 

  The "Phantom II" on display is a YF-4E.  This was the third YF-4E built, and was originally an F-4D (65-0713).  The first YF-4E had originally been the YRF-4C (62-12200) and the second was an F-4C (63-7445).  65-0713 was the first to include both the nose-mounted cannon and a radar.  These latter two aircraft originally had J79-GE-J1B engines, but both were later re-engined with the J79-GE-17. 

For additional info on the museum and how to visit, check out their website at:



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



More photos are available on the Field Trips web page

ASM Support to Cavalcade of Wings Model Display

By Mike Blohm

ASM members Mark Vaughn and Mike Blohm set up and manned the Cavalcade of Wings’ model display at the Durand Open Spaces celebration on May 10th, 2014.  The event was called “Soaring the South Valley: A Celebration of Birds and Planes.” and was a rededication of the 1999 sale of land that was formerly the home of Westernair of Albuquerque to preserve it as “open space.”  Dick Durand Jr. formed Westernair Flying Service in 1955 and in 1959 it became Westernair of Albuquerque.  The business included a 1,850 foot long grass airstrip called the “Pea Patch” as part of its operations.  Now known as Westernair Inc, it has been in business for over 50 years and is run by his son Dickie Durand III.  The business rebuilt aircraft and restored classic airplanes, and in the process brought flight to the South Valley of Albuquerque.  The business eventually expanded to the West Mesa Airport, and power lines installed in the early 1980’s made the airstrip no longer functional for landings.  After the airstrip was closed the property (10 acres) became agricultural land.  The airstrip’s location and some of the hangar buildings/shops are still visible in the Open Space area. 

The event included a display of gliders by the Albuquerque Soaring Association, a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) color guard for the opening ceremony, lots of model glider flying, the Cavalcade of Wings’ (CoW) model display, a host of displays by nature-related organizations including some live predator birds (peregrine falcon, owl and kestrel), guided bird-sighting walks, and a fly-by near the end of the event. 

The CoW model display consisted of two tables with about 28 models that had been borrowed from CoW displays at the Kirtland AFB control tower or from storage.  There were several models of aircraft that had been based at the Durand air field, including a Cessna that turned out to have the very serial number and CAP markings that had been painted on it by Westernair.  See the picture with the hangar behind it where the real aircraft had probably been painted.  Lots of people came by to ask about the models and the CoW display at the airport.  Handouts on both the CoW and ASM were passed out to the visitors.  Hopefully we will get some of those folks to come visit an ASM meeting.  The Durand Open Space is located at 4750 Isleta Blvd. SW. 


ASM Group Field Trip - Pima Air Museum

ASM members participated in a group field trip on April 12-13, 2014 to the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona.  The group drove
down early on Satuday morning and returned late Sunday afternoon.  A bonus was that the Davis-Monthan AFB Open House was
being conducted that same weekend, and ASM members were able to view or participate in that event as well.  ASM family members
also participated and a good time was had by all.  Thanks to
Brian Peck for organizing and leading the trip.  A larger trip report is expected
soon.  Several other trip reports for the Pima Museum on the Field Trips web page.  Posted below are someof the pictures from
the Trip Report in 2008 with 56 total pictures.  See the Guide Pictures for aircarft on display at the museum.





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My Father and Operation Market Garden

 by Joe Walters

My father, Ed Walters, was a glider pilot in World War II, and flew the CG- 4A Waco (pictured). You may already know that few of these pilots returned from that war; as I was born some years after the war ended, I’m certainly glad he did!`

Like so many others, he enlisted in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor.  He was accepted into flight school, and after initial training in the T-6 was assigned to South Plains Army Air Field-now Lubbock International Airport-in Lubbock,  Texas, to learn the ways of the Waco (incidentally, he pronounced it like the Texas city, with the long a; I've since heard "experts" pronounce it to rhyme with "taco"” but my dad flew the thing, and I’ll take his word here, thank you very much).


The wings of a US Combat Glider Pilot.  Ask and they will tell you  the "G" stands for "guts"

Coincidentally, his second and third sons would in later decades find themselves in USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB, also in Lubbock.  The weight of heritage was present for both of us during our respective tours!

Following his training, he was deployed to the European Theater, to take part in the ongoing collective effort to dispatch Adolf Hitler straight to hell.  Dad came back with a lot of great stories and, like so many veterans of that war, he didn't like to make a big deal of doing what he had considered to be what had to be done-he certainly didn't consider himself to be a hero.  We who knew him do, of course.

But he did have some excellent tales to tell!  For example, when he was stationed in England, awaiting the inevitable invasion of the European mainland, gliders would arrive by ship, unassembled, in boxcar-sized crates (modelers would have been right at home with this concept).  The gliders would then be assembled at the airfield by the aircrews.  This would constitute powerful incentive to do a good job of assembly!  Once the glider was removed from its crate, the crate was generally abandoned in place, and these crates were certainly large enough to occasionally find other uses.

I remember Dad talking about one particular crate that was modified to serve as sort of an enlisted men's club (I gather this base didn't have one), wherein one could find the sorts of pursuits young soldiers in a foreign land might seek.  Thoughtfully, the operators of this establishment left this particular crate unmarked, so the duly constituted authorities wouldn't find themselves unnecessarily troubled by its presence.  Apparently you had to know where to find it among the veritable city of otherwise-empty glider crates!

There were many other tales of American resourcefulness (for example, an incident back in Lubbock wherein he proved, in opposition to his instructor’s flat-out statement to the contrary-and later paying the consequences for doing so-that the Waco could indeed soar, by finding a convenient thermal and staying aloft in one for several hours) but this thing is getting long enough already.

I remember when he and my mother came to visit me in 1987, when I was flying the KC-135 Stratotanker out of lovely Altus AFB in equally-lovely Oklahoma.  I got them a flightline tour-probably a lot easier to do then than in today’s post-911 world-and we were able to board a 'tanker so I could show him around my office.  He took one look at the instrument panel and said, his voice dripping with faux contempt, "Hmph. You have four more engines than I needed."

I regret terribly that Dad passed away in 1989, a few years before I was to learn there was such an organization as Albuquerque Scale Modelers.  He would have made a great guest speaker for us and, though he didn't build models as his three sons would later do, he would have enjoyed the company of this group immensely.

At any rate, his wartime service was in Europe, and the most notable event in which he was involved was Operation Market Garden.  The inspiration for the film A Bridge Too Far, this operation did not meet its objectives and is generally considered to have been a failure.  Much has been written about Market Garden, so place the blame where you will; to his dying day, my father-who was there-put it squarely at the feet of Field Marshal Montgomery.

[It is not a coincidence that his favorite movie was Patton, and he particularly took pleasure in the scene where "Monty" arrives to liberate Messina, only to find the city already liberated and a grinning General Patton waiting for him there.]

What was it like to take one of these things into combat?  I'll let him answer that.  Here's an excerpt from a letter that he sent to my mother in Texas in early 1945 (bracketed explanatory text by my brother Jim), detailing a landing near Wesel during Operation Varsity (he tended to refer to these missions collectively as "the Rhine crossing"), finally achieving some of the missed objectives of Market Garden: 

"...we were slowing down, and just about the time I had her trimmed to fly about 75 mph, we passed over a flak and burp gun nest and started getting it but good. Harris and I both dove to get speed-I lost him in the smoke so I couldn't follow him any more. Later he swore he didn't pull out of the dive until he was practically on the ground-probably why he didn't get hit as much as I did."

"Thank God those Jerries weren't sharp on leading a target, 'cause the first burst caught my tail. Besides feeling the bullets hit the glider, it sounded like a typewriter.  Besides diving for speed, I'd skid to the right [press the rudder one way and the aileron the other way, to make the glider move to the side]. Then, the gunner would find me again, so I'd skid to the left, etc."

"Finally we got on the ground-the fields were so small I had to go through a barbed wire fence.  As soon as we stopped rolling, the six boys were out on the ground with the machine guns and so was Janney. I was the last out (naturally, being the pilot), but instead of going out the door, I just dove through the emergency door and when I hit the ground, I was already flat.  There was plenty of small-arms firing.  As soon as we got a quick look around we headed for a ditch at the edge of the field."

"The Sergeant discovered they only had one belt of ammo for each gun, so he and I went back for two more belts each-I didn't know I could run that fast.  Later, when things quieted down, Janney and I went back for the Musette bags, and got our first good look at the bird.  I knew they were throwing everything at us including the kitchen stove, but I didn't realize how much hit us.  From the size of the hole in the right wing, the "stove" must have gone thru there-that was bad enough, but we discovered the kitchen sink went through the middle of the left wing and the hot water heater thru the right horizontal stabilizer.  Most of the right stabilizer had been shot away, but the elevator was still there."

"Besides the three direct flak hits, there were over 200 machine-gun bullet holes in the tail section.  The fabric was in shreds but not a control wire had been shot-some would call it luck, but I say my prayers were answered and God was my co-pilot.  Don't know how she kept flying but she did." 

Until recently, I was unaware that Dad had sent home a few photographs from his time in Europe.  These sat in family archives until a relative decided to get rid of those musty old things, and rather than throw them out sent a batch of photos to my brother Jim.  Within the pile of family stuff was a set of five small black and white snapshots from the time of Market Garden.  Jim sent them to me to see if I could scan, enlarge, and improve them a bit, and this I've done.  The photos were very small, slightly larger than a business card, but of exceptional clarity, so I was able to scan them at high resolution and pull out a lot of detail.  They are presented here [posted below].

One photo is of my father at the controls of a Waco in flight; this was taken by his copilot.  The other four were taken on the ground, in the aftermath of Market Garden, and we have no idea who took these pictures.  It could have been my father, but I think that unlikely-there are only four images, and no negatives. I don't think he even had a camera at that time.  I think it much more likely that they were taken by one of his buddies, who was kind enough to supply him with duplicates of some of his photos.

As far as I have been able to determine, these World War II combat photos have never been published or displayed anywhere before. These are historical images, and I consider them to be in the public domain.  If you’d like to see them in full size and resolution, or even download the original full-sized 300 dpi jpegs, they’'re available online (http://tinyurl.com/asm1312b).

Dad wrote notes on the back of each of these photos, and they are included here as captions. Scans of the backs are also displayed at the address above.

[Note: while writing this article, I got in touch with the Silent Wings Museum (http://www.silentwingsmuseum.com) on the grounds of the airport in Lubbock, Texas, which exists to commemorate this particular bit of our history-they even have a fully-restored Waco on site, and I was privileged to get to sit in the pilot's seat of this craft some years ago while touring the facility with Dad!  The museum curator was very interested in having these photos in their collection-he'd never seen them before either-and, since they'd be better served there than gathering dust in a box in my house, I have sent the original photos to them.]

This is a shot of my father, Ed Walters, at the controls of a CG-4A Waco combat glider in flight, somewhere over Europe. T here is a purple stamp on the back of the photo that reads "PASSED - US ARMY EXAMINER 27423."  Written across that, in my father's hand, is: "Taken in actual flight by c--pilot Joe Wilson. Were taking Airborne [troops] for practice hops.  Load that day was Joe & I and a trailer loaded with Grave Registration Equipment, Shovels, Crosses, burial sheets, etc., and (7) seven men-gruesome load, eh what? Gruesome picture too!"

A marginal note by my mother reads "rc'd Nov 27;" as Market Garden took place in late September of 1944, this photo was likely taken shortly before that event and took a while to get back to Texas via the military mail service of the time. Photo by Joe Wilson.


 Note on the back of this photo, in my father's handwriting: "After Market Garden. See glider in background."  Clearly, that one didn't have a smooth landing.  But look closely on either side of the crashed glider and you'll see two additional intact gliders sitting in the distance.  Photographer unknown.  Inset detail; two gliders visible on either side of the crashed glider.


Note on the back of this photo, in my father's handwriting: "After Market Garden. Circle on glider invasion marking to show 'friendly'." There may be two other glider tails visible in the background.  Photographer unknown.

Note on the back of this photo, in my father's handwriting: "After Market Garden. Dead Germans with anti-aircraft gun."  Apparent damage on the underside of the glider's right wing is actually a damaged part of the aa gun in the foreground; the shield on that gun has a big hole in it, and a ribbon of the material sticks up so that it appears to be on the glider's wing.  There is a second glider in the photo, at extreme right and just below the horizon. It's a very light grey in this photo, and is leaning to its left.  You can see the square fuselage and tail clearly, and you can just make out the right wing.  There may be a third glider just off the photo to the right of the second and much closer-that black diagonally-leaning object looks to be leaning at the same angle as the background glider, and may be the right wing of another.  Photographer unknown.


Detail of the second glider, enhanced; there might be a soldier standing just under the left wing, looking into the glider.  The thick black line under the glider, parallel to the glider's wings, may be the wing of another glider closer in.


Note on the back of this photo, in my father's handwriting: "After Market Garden. Glider Pilot with German prisoner." The picture is rather badly scratched, but the prisoner appears to be an officer.  Photographer unknown.

My brother Jim commented about this photo: "The photo of the gi with the German Officer pow is to me the epitome of the whole eto.  A regular everyday American soldier, perhaps a pilot or just a guy who rode in the back, we don't care… he's well armed, appropriately dressed and equipped, trained and highly motivated.  In the background, a piece of Yankee technology (the glider) that typifies all of the lst boats, jeeps, trucks, fighters and bombers that us industry designed and built in a hurry, that won the war.  Finally, in the middle of it all, a college-educated aristocratic German officer, one of the supposedly superior race types, overdressed complete with insignia and wheel hat, but poorly motivated and with his hands up."


2015 Contests

ModelZona 2015

November 7, 2015

Mesa, Arizona

Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 North Greenfield Rd, Mesa AZ

IPMS Craig Hewitt Chapter, Phoenix AZ

Click here for further details: ModelZona 2015 (website)


CoMMiESFest 6

2015 IPMS Region 10 Contest & Convention

June 12-13, 2015

Holiday Inn Denver East - Stapleton

Denver, Colorado

Contest: So how green are you?

Categories will be split as needed and we retain the right to merge under-populated categories or to not
award anything if deemed so by the judges. Single entries in a category are not guaranteed a 1st place.

Categories: IPMS based categories list.

Check the CoMMiES website (http://commiesfest.com) for the latest info and updates!

Click here for a CoMMiESFEST 6 Handout (PDF)

New!  Click here for a listing of the Contest Categories (PDF)

New!  Info below provided by IPMS/CoMMiES:

The Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying Sci Fi (CoMMiES) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting this year's IPMS Region 10 competition June 12th and 13th at the Holiday Inn Denver East - Stapleton. The theme this year is "Fifty Shades of Green."  There's plenty of room for the imagination for this one.

Activities begin when the doors open at 10:00am on Friday with model intake for the contest. There will be an all-day hands-on airbrushing event hosted by Rob Schmitt and the crew from TAG Team Hobbies. There will also be numerous modeling demos held throughout the day, a Make and Take from 10 to 4 and a Meet and Greet with cash bar and buffet style BBQ dinner on Friday evening. We're currently working on one or more guests to speak at the party as well. This should be a lot of fun.

On Saturday, the festivities continue with more modeling demos held throughout the day, the Model Make & Take from 10 to 4 and what is turning out to be an extensive vendors' room.  Of course, there's the contest. Model intake will continue from 9:00am until about noon and judging will begin soon after. The awards ceremony is planned for about 6:00pm.

The CoMMiESFest website (www.commiesfest.com) is the best place right now to keep track of the latest info about the details of the show but we're also posting new stuff at the CoMMiESFest Facebook page almost daily. Please check back often to see the latest news concerning the schedule for both days as well as reservation info for the hotel.

We'd like to take this opportunity to invite you and your clubs to sponsor the contest and events at the show.  We're doing things a little differently this time around by offering not only sponsorships for the contest categories and special awards but for many of the events themselves. Pricing is as follows:

Categories (1st, 2nd, 3rd) (see the categories list) - $35

If interested in sponsoring a category please send me three choices.  I'll make sure to assign you the first of your choices that is still available.

 Best of Awards (Divisions - Junior, Aircraft, Armor, etc.) - $55

 Best of Show and People's Choice - We're still working out the details on these so if you have an interest, let me know and I'll get you pricing ASAP.

Special Awards can also be sponsored but you will request that you sponsor a category as well. Please contact me, Pat Amaral, at putz1161@gmail.com if you have a special award in mind so we can work out the details. Also, remember that, like at Nationals, we ask that you to sponsor a regular category along with your special award.

This year's Regionals will occupy several rooms at the venue.  We're offering the opportunity for you or your organization to sponsor the room names with appropriate signage prominently displayed.  Sponsorships are available for the vendor room, two different classrooms, the contest room, the Make & Take area and the space where the Friday night Meet & Greet will be held. Room/space sponsorships will cost $100 per sponsor and may not be exclusive (your name and logo may be displayed alongside others who wish to have the exposure).

Finally, there will be demonstration sessions held throughout both days.  Sponsorships are available at $25 for each demo session.

We hope that you can see fit to be a sponsor for this year's Region 10 competition. If you're interested, please carefully read through all of the sponsorship opportunities, make your choice or choices and contact me, Pat Amaral at putz1161@gmail.com.  You can pay the appropriate fees by check, made payable to SueAnne Merrill (send checks to my address: 711 S Simms St., Lakewood, CO 80228) or through PayPal at paypal@commiesmodeling.com.

On behalf of the IPMS CoMMiES, we so very much appreciate your consideration in support of the CoMMiESFest 2015/Region 10 Competition.  We're excited to produce this event and with your support, we will make it the best possible.

Pat Amaral



WestFest 2015

April 25-26, 2015

IPMS/Grand Junction

WestFest 2015 Webpage



Best of the West 2015

April 18, 2015

IPMS Region 8 Regional Contest

Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 LV Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Presented by IPMS/Las Vegas

Best of the West Webpage

Model Car Contest at the 24th Annual Super Nationals
Custom Auto Show

February 6-8, 2015

Presented by the Albuquerque Model Car Club

In conjunction with the

24th Annual Super Nationals Custom Auto Show (February 6-8)

Model Judging is on Saturday, February 7th

Entries must be submitted before 12 Noon on Saturday

Models accepted for entry at the Art Exhibition Hall (South of the Manual Lujan building)
on the Expo New Mexico grounds on Thursday, February 5th from 6 PM to 9 PM through
Saturday, February 7th until 12 Noon when registration closes

29 Senior Classes for Adults 18 & Older
15 Junior Classes for ages 13-17
11 Beginner Classes for ages 12 & under

For further information contact:
Richard Hansell at 505-837-1346
Tim Burkhardt at 505-891-8935

A Flyer with Entry and Classes information is available at the local hobby shops.
To view or print the Flyer pages in a Word document, click on the link below:

2015 Super-Nats Model Car Contest Flyer

Pictures from previous model contests at the Super Nationals are posted below





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



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

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

Pics from Chile Con 2:

Armor, Autos, Vendors, and Outside Vehicles

Everything Else

Contest Results & Pics from Chile Con 2

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Links to information on ASM's 2006 Region 10 Contest:
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Region 10 Convention & Model Contest
May 5-6, 2006
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Click here for to go to Chile Con 2006 home page:  Chile Con 2006
Click here for Pictures from Chile Con 2006:  Thumbnail Pictures
Click here for the Contest Results Listing from Chile Con 2006:  Contest Results
Click here for the Contest Results with Pictures from Chile Con 2006:  Contest Results with Pics



Contest Results from the 2015 New Mexico State Fair

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Creative Arts - Division 13  /   Sections 467 – 470

Models – Military, Science Fiction & Others

Sponsored by Albuquerque Scale Modelers Club

Click here for the Model Contest results


2014 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest Results

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

Category every year at the New Mexico State Fair

Detailed results - ribbons won by sections - are posted on the 2014 NM State Fair webpage

Click here for more information on the New Mexico State Fair contest



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