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President's Report Articles

By John Tate, ASM President

December Article 

The E-Board has been busy this fall and approved two items of note at our November board meeting.

First, the People's Choice (PC) tally was eliminated for regular points contests; this was an extra 50-point award judged by club members for models in each skill-level category. However due to time constraints and other reasons, such as the PC award often lining up with the Best of Show winner, it was eliminated. However, it will be maintained for our end-of-year Model of the Year contest.

Second, a preliminary contest schedule was approved for 2022, consisting of five "Open" points contests instead of our customary themed points and special contests. This was done in an effort to increase participation in our contests, with a month in between contests to allow extra build time. The non-contest meetings will be taken up with clinics, guest speakers and show-and-tells. Members are still welcome to sponsor contests concurrent with our Open points contests, and to bring in works-in-progress entries to any meeting.

Our traditional "Moe Blalters" Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Real Space/Science special contest will continue and is scheduled for January 7th, 2022.

In addition to the Model of the Year contest, our December meeting will include a special event; members- and their wallets- are encouraged to attend.  Remember, our meetings are scheduled from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM and UNM rules require masking. Due to pandemic, only regular members and invited guests are allowed entrance.


November Article

At the 1 October 2021 club meeting, the following members were re-elected to the E-Board for 2022:

President:  John Tate

Vice-President:  Dave Epstein

Contest Chairman:  Ken Liotta

Secretary/Treasurer:  Frank Randall

Pro Tem:  Robert Henderson

Pro Tem:  Scott Jaworski

Elected as a new Pro Tem member for 2022:  Victor Maestas

Appointed Positions:  Mike Blohm continues as Webmaster and Joe Walters continues as Newsletter Editor.

The November 5 meeting will be fairly busy, with a guest speaker—Kathy Myers of the USS Iowa battleship museum—and a points contest covering the Pearl Harbor attack. Hope to see a good turnout as the year winds down and some of our 2021 modeling projects end up on the contest table.  We're all used to this by now but remember UNM masking requirements are still in force for our meetings.


October Article

Well it's been two years since our last one, but it's election time again. All elected E-Board positions are open for nomination at our October 1st meeting, with election to be held at our November 5th meeting (or at our October meeting, if nominees are unopposed). At a minimum, there is an open pro-tem spot that will have to be filled by the membership.

If a member is interested in standing for an E-Board position, please review the By Laws to determine if candidacy qualifications are met, then volunteer at the meeting for nomination. Everyone with an interest in serving the club is encouraged to participate.

I want to keep member participation in the club as democratic as possible, so at our September E-Board meeting I proposed a By Law amendment, which was subsequently passed by voting members of the Board, that club members are limited to one voting or non-voting Board position per term, which will prohibit Board members from accruing more than one position on the Board. This will ensure more openings on the Board for club members who wish to participate.

If a member would like more information on the practical duties of a particular E-Board position, any of us on the Board will be happy to fill them in.

In addition to club election nomination night, we also have a Special Contest on the schedule for October 1st, Hawker Hurricanes, dedicated to that redoubtable WWII RAF fighter which is given large credit for stopping the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain and then going on to serve in every theatre until the end of WWII.

At our November 5th meeting, we will have a special guest speaker, Kathy Myer, a docent aboard the USS Iowa battleship museum at the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro), CA, who will give a talk on the USS Iowa (BB-61). If you have an Iowa-class battleship model in the works, that would be good meeting to show off your efforts. The November meeting will also have a points contest, "Day of Infamy," covering the Pearl Harbor attack.

Looking forward to our October meeting and hoping as many of our members will be there as possible. Just a reminder though, masks are still required per UNM and state directives.

September Article

Plenty going on at our next club meeting on September 10th, the Friday after Labor Day:

First up, there will be a Points contest, with theme open to models that were entered in virtual contests during the club's 13-month pandemic lock-down.  This is a chance for virtual models to show their stuff, but if you had no pandemic models or would prefer entering something else, remember that points contests are open to any qualifying non-theme model, except they're ineligible for Best of Show and don't pick up 10 extra "theme" points.

A number of our club members participated in the August 2021 IPMS Nationals in Las Vegas, NV, and Contest Director Ken Liotta will provide a rundown on the winning models and convention contest.  Following ASM tradition, members are welcome to bring their winning models and trophies to display at the September meeting- thanks to all ASM members who represented our club in Vegas.

The club will have a guest speaker at the September meeting, Harvey Chace, COL, USAF (Ret.), who will give a presentation on the final few weeks of the WWII in August and September 1945.

ASM picked up an honor in August when Regional Coordinator Mike Mackowski notified us that Mike Blohm won IPMS Region X 2020 Webmaster of the Year; thank you Mike for your dedication to our website and ASM.

A reminder to all members that the Plague Times are still with us and per UNM directive, pandemic rules are in effect i.e. masks required by all in attendance at our venue.  Additionally, our club pandemic rule is no non-members at our venue except guest speakers and others invited by the E-Board.

 As ever, if you have any ideas or suggestions that will enhance our club or correct any issues, by all means let me or another E-Board member know about it.  See everyone on September 10th.

August Article

Our July 9 meeting featured a talk by author Doug Dildy on USAF air superiority in the Korean War, specifically air combat over MiG Alley. As with all of Doug's talks, I learned a lot; for instance, the frictions within the Communist air forces and how our Sabre pilots used that to their advantage towards the end of the war. Doug's talk not only put the events of seventy years ago in a new light but also got my imagination working towards future modeling projects. Doug mentioned the possibility of giving a few talks to the club in the coming year and I'm already looking forward to them.

By way of thanks, the club presented to Doug a base with F-86 and MiG-15 fighting sticks, for which he was very appreciative. Thanks again to Dave Epstein and Scott Jaworski for building that pair of great-looking models.   Webmaster: See pictures inserted below:


Coming up at our August 6 meeting is a club swap meet, the first we've had since February 2020, so dust off those stacks of kits you've accumulated and bring them to our meeting to sell. In past years our swap meets sometimes have been open to the public but this year, due to what is shaping up to be another pandemic wave, we've decided to restrict the meeting to members only. So no outside vendors, please. By the way, if you have any extra kits you'd like to donate to the club's eBay effort, bring them to the August meeting.

Lastly, no one needs reminding that the IPMS National Convention in Las Vegas is right around the corner and now is the time to put the finishing touches on those contest models. We're lucky as a club to have some world-class modelers in our ranks so let's see what kind of trophies we can bring back to Albuquerque. And don't forget to participate in an ASM tradition at the September meeting by bringing your winning models and trophies for display and photographing- hopefully we'll fill a couple of our meeting tables with winning models.

Best of luck to our Nationals modelers and I'll see everyone at the swap meet.


July Article

Attention ASM Members:

 1. June 4th ASM Meeting is a Go.

 2. Meeting starts promptly at 6:30 PM and ends at 9:00 PM with everyone and everything out by hard deadline of 9:30 PM. Model contest entry deadline is 7:00 PM to allow enough time for judging. This is a change from our past practice of starting our club meetings around 7 PM and going to whenever we decided to leave. As staying late will now cost the club money, no dawdling.

 3. Meeting room is cleared for 150 people. People vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask, unvaccinated do need to wear a mask. This is the honor system but since the health of our membership is involved, don't play games. Optimally, members should get a vaccination goingforward if they want to participate in club meetings.

 4. Refer to the ASM Contest schedule for dates and themes.

5. Start cutting sprue!

 John Tate

Acting ASM President


January Article

Tony Humphries stepped down from the club president spot last month at the end of his calendar-year term, and as club vice president I became acting president until our first in-person club meeting, when a new E-Board will be nominated and elected by the membership.  Tony deserves our thanks for serving competently as club president for several terms over the years, including and especially the unforeseen pandemic year of 2020, and fortunately he will be sticking around as an active modeler and club member.  Pro Tem E-Board member Dave Epstein has stepped into the vacated VP position with approval of the Board.

 So where do things stand with the club?  Well no surprise, we're still in limbo due to the pandemic.  Presumably at some point in the future, mass vaccinations and a declining infection rate will allow UNM to reopen its conference center, and we can resume in-person meetings.  How that will happen and what the new rules will be are of course unknown at this time.  Future events could still throw a monkey wrench into our reopening plans so flexibility will be the key.  However, there's a consensus on the Board and in the club that the UNM space is the one that best meets our needs, so we'll try to stay there as long as they will have us.

In the meantime, our club has no expenses and a bank account in the black; we're in a good position to get going again once the pandemic ends.

Modeling-wise, there are several virtual contests on the club contest schedule this year and an IPMS Nationals coming up in Las Vegas in August.  If you find yourself with some extra time during lockdowns, haul out some of those dream projects and start building; if you think about it, we'll probably never have a better time to get some scale modeling done than right now.

If you have any questions or concerns during our lockdown phase, feel free to contact me at


President's Report - The Fez

By Tony Humphries, ASM President

December Article

The Final Fez

Well, here we are with the last newsletter of 2020, a year that many of us would prefer to forget, I'm sure. We all know what's been going on in the news and I hope that everyone is taking this seriously now. I think that most of you are and I am relieved about that. Obviously, if you don't, that's your choice. Or your funeral, as we say in England. Maybe literally...

Anyway, the current outbreak obviously means that we are still not going to be meeting in person any time soon. Even when we are able to do so, there are many questions that we still have to address. Will we only allow people into our meetings who have been vaccinated? If so, how do we prove it?
Maybe we can have a numbered tag stapled to everyone's ear in an agricultural manner? Well, okay, maybe that's going a bit far... Do we still require masks? Do we limit ourselves to, say, 20 people per meeting and continue to socially distance throughout? There are clearly many unanswered
questions currently, although the current (acting) E-Board have been discussing these already in the hope that vaccinations will soon become available and also that people will take them. If you refuse to do so or refuse to wear a mask then I don't know what we will do about that, as yet. I certainly wouldn't let you anywhere near me or my family, personally, but what steps the club will take remain to be determined.

There are some difficult decisions facing many of us in the coming months anyway both personally and within the hobby and many clubs of our size (or larger) are going to face some serious issues. There will no doubt be people who will not want to be told what to do and whether they are even able to
remain members of our own, or other clubs, or whether they will be allowed into regional or national conventions again remains to be seen. We don't have anything in our by-laws about that and I doubt that anyone who's not Mayan had actually foreseen this calamitous event or prepared their club for it. I think it's important for us to acknowledge that it's not going to instantly return to normal as soon as a vaccine is available. As I said, we haven't made any of these decisions as a club yet, but once we do, you can rest assured that you will be told about it as soon as we know ourselves.

You may wonder why I am discussing issues that may still be several months away. Well I thought I'd mention it since it was fresh in my mind, but also it's a discussion that I won't be involved in guiding or shaping as club President, as I am about to step down from that role. I had expected, honestly, that we would have elected a new E-Board by now and that many of us on the board currently could have handed over our roles and responsibilities to a new
generation of club members, to take the club ever onwards. None of us expected things to turn out the way they have though.

As far as my own reasoning is concerned, I have too many other things going on outside of the hobby at present (again) to be able to devote the time
and energy to this role that it both needs and the club deserves. Consequently, I am going to pass that mantle on to someone who does. I am delighted to say that I will hand over my current duties in the next couple of weeks to an exceptionally capable replacement in John Tate, our current Vice-
President. As you probably already know, he has been a member, both of ASM and IPMS, for many years now and is a talented, well-known, and widely respected modeler with a huge trophy haul to his name and a large number of contacts within the hobby, that can only benefit us as a club. He's also a thoroughly decent, friendly and approachable guy too, which also helps. There's basically nothing about this hobby that John doesn't know and I know that he will do a splendid job as President. I can't think of a better man for the job. He's been President of the club before, too, so what more could you ask for? I know he'll do a better job than I did!

Anyway, I will close here by saying thanks to all of you for your support over the past year-and-change and I wish you and your families a wonderful
Christmas and a Happy, prosperous and above all, safe New Year. Be careful out there!


October 2020 Article: 

The Autumnal Fez

So another month has come and gone and another article deadline appears. Tsk, tsk. What to write about....? It was suggested by our illustrious Webmaster that we all write about what would we have done at the Nats this year? Just for something different and that was indeed an interesting idea. But, this would be a short article if I just did that, as I wasn't going to attend, even before the Covid thing arrived. It's only one state over from here, but it's still an insane drive and I'm getting too old for that kind of thing. Phoenix was far enough for me, so the answer is "nothing" on that one. You have to remember that anyone such as myself who grew up in the UK is just not used to it. Even the distance from Albuquerque to Phoenix is pretty much the same as driving from the southwest tip of England to the northeast tip of Scotland. Even leaving aside risks like tidal waves of rain, low-flying cabers, and Haggis poisoning, the distance alone means that no one in their right mind would do it. So adapting to the vast distances between cities over here (and especially in the Southwest where we’'e so well spread-out) takes some doing.

Anyway, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Now, moving swiftly on and to news affecting the entire club, the current board had thought about at least a partial shutdown of the club services recently, while the Covid-restrictions remain in place, particularly given the low turnout for the recent virtual contests.

We will, I think, continue the monthly newsletter for now even when there isn't a lot in it. We had considered making that quarterly since we have had little to publish lately (hint, hint) but we'll keep it going monthly for the moment and see how it goes. Remember though, if you want this to carry on--contribute!

Contests are another matter, however, and these are going to be scaled back. The next one starting at the beginning of October--probably the 6th but I expect Ken will confirm that to everyone--is going to be an Open Contest, obviously incorporating the Battle of Britain theme that we had originally intended. So hopefully we'll get some more entries this time around, as the response to recent contests has been disappointing to say the least. This one will also be the last contest for 2020, unless Scott's rotary wing special contest comes to pass. And it may. Rules and submission instructions are on the website by the way, if you are unsure of what to do, but to cut a long story short, all you really have to do is build something new, take three or four pictures of it with your cell phone and email it to us. It would definitely help if you tell us who you are, what it is, what kit you used and whether you did anything in particular to make it look the way it does. Otherwise we're going to have to do some heavy-duty crystal ball work, here. But that's all it needs. It's very simple. Definitely not rocket science. Just point, click and try to keep your thumb out of the way.

One other change to tell you about, is that we were due to have elections next month (November) for the new E-Board, to take us through 2021. We think that there are going to be too many practical issues in doing that virtually, so the current board is going to continue in an acting capacity until we can meet again in person--at which point, the first order of business will be to elect a new board. As I have often said before, please consider standing when the opportunity arises to do so. We can't keep having the same old people doing the same stuff or the club will go as stale as an Albertson's donut. And surely you don't want that? 


From the Judges Chambers

By Ken Liotta, ASM Contest Director

October 2020 Article: 

Hello my fellow plastic model building enthusiasts. It has been waaayyyyy too long since we have all been able to visit with each other to share in our mutual love of the hobby, thanks in no small part to the health crisis that has plagued the world, our country, our state, and our community. Undoubtedly you have all been affected by the COVID virus in one way or another.  I am certain that I speak for the entire ASM E-Board when we send all of our best wishes for safety and good health to each and every one of you, your families, and your friends.

As you also may have noticed, our little escape from the real world (ASM club meetings) has also been impacted. Back in March/April, we had originally hoped that our meeting times and place would only be slightly altered (for a month or two), and that we might have been able to meet again, as a club, by now. Unfortunately, this rat-bastard of a virus has not only prevented that from happening, but we learned last month that UNM had to take the precautionary high road of safety to maintain the Continuing Education Center closed through the end of this year (not to mention the still-current gubernatorial mandate, restricting large group gatherings). And there still remains the possibility that the UNM-CEC will remain closed a few months (or more???) into 2021!

Looking back to April this year, when it was becoming more likely that we would not be able to meet as a club any time soon, the E-Board developed the (first ever, in ASM history)  “Virtual Model Contest,” to be tested out in May. That May VMC had some promise with 10 total entries and the staff figuring out how to make them fun, enjoyable, and fair. As our (E-Board’s) concerns grew, when the chances of us meeting as a club any time soon were diminishing, we modified our club’s schedule to include several VMCs through to the end of the year.

In July, VMC #2 had 7 total entries. Then this September’s VMC #3 received 5 total entries. For the last 2 VMCs, in an effort to inspire the membership to build, finish, and participate in them, the E-Board staff made up about 40% of the entries. (Please, be assured that ASM’s President Tony Humphries, and I as your Contest Director, have followed an airtight method in which all entries have remained anonymous throughout the entire judging process where I and two other judges have looked closely at the digital images that were submitted for each entry). Once the three judges arrived at the results, the anonymity was maintained until publishing on the club website and in the club newsletter.

So… where am I going with this? 10, 7, and 5… do you see a trend there? (Perhaps 10, 4, and 3 is more accurate, if you only look at the membership participation part of it). Our concern is that you (the membership) are losing interest. Or are you busy with… life? Or are you all still building, (when you can) but you don’t know how to take the pics and forward them to the club’s dedicated email address where Tony is constantly monitoring incoming receipts? Or do you all miss the in-person “show-and-tell” aspect? Or is the “Virtual Model Contest” a lame idea? Because of this uncertainty, and after significant email discussions, we have chosen to cancel the October VMC, but have left the November “OPEN” VMC on the schedule. To provide a little extra “cushion” (for those who wish to finish up their little masterpieces on Saturday), a midnight Saturday, Nov 7, image entry cutoff date was assigned. I wish to stress the theme of “OPEN,” because this will still include any “Battle of Britain” entries that would have been entered in the October VMC. The “open” part also leaves the subject matter choice, wiiidddeee open. Your collective participation could have an impact on how we as members and as the E-Board move forward with how we participate in 2021. So I am asking all of you, if you are on the fence whether to participate in this part of the ASM adventure, please give some serious thought to doing so. While all of us on the Board truly miss sharing all of your in-person participation in club activities, we hope that as many of you as possible can remain active and stay in touch with the group through this little adventure.

I wish to express our gratitude to the membership for your participation so far, in the VMC trials. In closing, the results for VMC #3 are being posted on the website as I write this, so I am anxiously anticipating the results. And lastly, best of wishes to all of you for safety, good health, and prosperity for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. Model on, Brothers of the Sprue.

September 2020 Article: 

Aces Fezzes High

So here we are, days after the 75th anniversary of VJ day and a few days before the 80th Battle of Britain day (Sept. 15 for those who weren’t aware--if I remember correctly, anyway) and it's a sad reflection of the times we find ourselves (or even our sleeves) in, that what would normally be solemn, well-observed and significant events have just disappeared into the shirt-storm (cough) that 2020 has become. Presumably, autocorrect has stepped in already to make sure that I don't offend anyone there. It usually does, and frequently changes the meaning of whatever I'm trying to type. Annoyingly. I mean, how many times do you think I say "duck" in a normal day? Those who know me personally will know that the answer to that, is very, very few indeed. The word that it rhymes with, on the other hand...

Anyway, getting back to matters at hand, I'm sure we are all looking forward to the end of this pandemic. Unfortunately with winter on the way (yes I know it's still 100 degrees out there today but it'll be here before you know it) and the inevitable flu season around the corner too, I don't see us meeting up in person or even getting back to any vestige of normality here for some time. I've heard some people talking about a two year time frame for this thing. Let's hope not, but at this stage it wouldn't surprise me. To put things into some sort of perspective, I have family who were planning to come and visit from the UK again this fall. They've been told that they won't be allowed to travel to the US (unless they sell a kidney to buy incredibly expensive insurance) until April 21 next year, at the earliest. So if you're one of those 1914-style optimists who thinks it'll all be over by Christmas, well I hope you're right, but I think you might be disappointed.

Hopefully most of you out there are still gainfully employed for the most part and able to work from home in many cases. How many of you have a kit on the home office table next to your laptop and are sneaking in a bit of sanding and assembly during those interminable Zoom meetings, I wonder? Don't worry, your boss isn't reading this (well probably not, anyway) so you can be honest. Just remember to check that your camera is off and don't spill Solvaset on your keyboard and you should be fine. You know it makes sense.

Well, I don't know about you, but it seems to be getting pretty hard to come up with anything new to write about these days. You've probably already noticed, in fact... Because nothing much is happening I suppose. At least not to many of us personally. Those of us who are working from home, stay in our cozy little bubble and watch the same old stuff on the news. The same stupid celebrities doing the same stupid stuff. Only with masks on (usually) these days. Such is modern life though, I suppose.

It's amazing isn't it?  We have a world of information at our fingertips, levels of knowledge and a speed of communication that our ancestors couldn't even have dreamt of and what do we do with it? Send each other cat memes and political ads. Bring back the 14th Century, I say. They really knew how to have a pandemic back then. The Black Death killed about half the population of Europe, I believe. A real "go big or go home" event. Plus, you could wave a sword at as many Frenchmen as you liked without getting into any trouble. In fact, it was encouraged. And they could do the same to you, of course. Happy Days indeed.


President's Report - The Fez

By Tony Humphries, ASM President

August 26, 2020 Letter : 


We have received notification from the people at UNM Continuing Ed. about our meetings - as you know, we haven't met in person since March (I think...) and they have advised us that we are not now going to be able to meet at UNM for the remainder of this calendar year. They have canceled all of our meetings and will apply our balance to next year instead. 

So we can't meet there before Christmas (as I unfortunately speculated in the forthcoming newsletter) but at least next year will be cheap! I should point out that they have not singled us out for cancelation. It applies to virtually every club and society - only the very smallest have escaped the cut and even they will have to observe rigorous restrictions. 

So, in the meantime, please give some thought to entering one of our virtual contests as a way to stay engaged with the club. The "2 or 3" contest is just wrapping up this week but the Battle of Britain and others will still go ahead and it would be great to get some more entries for these to give our judges something to keep them busy. 

If there are any further developments regarding 2021 then we will of course, let you know. For the next few weeks or months I guess we just need to keep our fingers crossed and hope for an effective vaccine in the near future, so that the world can get back to some kind of normal. If you have any questions or concerns then please let me know (as long as they are not about vaccines - I'm hardly qualified there). Just hang in there, stick with us and at some point we'll be able to meet again.  Don't know where, don't know when...


Tony Humphries

ASM President


August 2020 Article: 

Thoroughly Fezzed Off

Well here we are again. Another month, another quarantine newsletter. Another month spent muttering to yourselves and waiting for messages in a bottle to wash up on the banks of the backyard fish-pond. As you will be by now aware, there is no let up in the quarantine restrictions that we are "enjoying" and no physical meetings happening for the foreseeable future. A number of you took the chance to compete in our latest virtual competition at least, to stay in practice and the board would like to take this chance to thank you for your participation. The results should have been published on the website by now, and appear in this newsletter also. Such was our intention at the time of writing anyway.

The number of entries was fairly low this time around. Whether that is because you didn't really feel like building anything, maybe the subject (the Korean War) didn't appeal to you, whether there was a knock-on effect from the State Fair (and our display there) being canceled, or perhaps other life events just got in the way. I don't know. These competitions obviously are far from perfect, as much depends on the quality of photographs sent in for the judges to deliberate over, and these can look quite misleading at times when compared to the real thing. But at least this way we can keep something on your workbenches and give you something to work towards.

Something that I have noticed a few other clubs doing is hosting virtual Zoom or Webex meetings over the internet in place of meeting face to face. So far I have not suggested that we do this, since anyone who has been in a meeting of this kind at work with more than about six people will likely attest to the difficulty of people being able to speak clearly and without technical difficulties. How many times do you have to tell people they are still muted, before it starts to get frustrating, for example? Then you have to take into account the questionable sound and vision quality, the lighting issues and the cat on the keyboard factor as well. How that would scale up to a club with about ninety members on the roll is open to some question. I have concerns that it would not be really viable for us to do, but we can explore the possibility of doing it if any of you have a burning desire to do so.

I don't know if the issue of future viability has been bothering anyone else, but the current (and continuing) situation has certainly given me some pause for thought here. Once things eventually return to normal (assuming that they ever do) then we need to ensure that we work to keep the momentum of the club and IPMS itself going when meetings resume. I am worried that we might see a spike in meeting attendance for a couple of months both here and nationally, before people start to remember how they managed without the club meetings and events, how this was the norm for quite some time and then start to drift away having become used to spending their time at home instead. For a hobby that is packed full of miserable and anti-social buggers (myself included) this is a real risk. I hope it doesn't come to pass, but it is a possibility that we need to bear in mind and try to counter in whatever way we can.

Obviously we have to do this in a safe manner and only commence meetings when we are confident that it is right to do so, without endangering the health of our members. I think that time is still some way off, but I guess only time will tell. We must wait, watch, remain as safe as we can, keep on building and stay as optimistic as possible. Ultimately a new approach to meetings, events, competitions etc. may be necessary in the post-Covid world, a new mindset may be required and we may need to think in fundamentally different ways to keep the hobby alive. So please bear that in mind and let's try and make sure that the rest of the world doesn't leave us behind.



July 2020 Article: 

The Monastic Fez

And so here we are approaching July, still in lockdown and without any end in sight. Marooned in our own homes, like Robinson Crusoe in sweatpants. Hopefully you've all long-since adjusted to this rather strange new normal, though. We still don,t know what plans UNM has for opening up its classrooms and meeting spaces, but it seems safe to assume that the current situation isn't going to change anytime soon anyway, and although we can't actually meet in person, at least as a club we’re saving money! Next year’s meeting space fees should be pretty low since we are going to be credited for the months that we have already paid for but were unable to use. Who knows, maybe we'll even save enough to be able to host or plan another Chile-Con? Assuming such contests are safe and allowed to take place again...

Talking of contests, however, our latest club virtual contest is now open to entrants and will remain so until 11:59 p.m. on July 4. So if you have a Korean War subject ready or are trying to get one finished in time to enter, please do. There's not long left. Entries of course in photographic form to the usual address ( The rules are similar to last time and I won't go over them again. I have been wrestling with a few myself over the last couple of weeks and have been buying a ton of related items on eBay recently and from Kitlinx, Sprue Brothers, and even Squadron (I like the service but don't like the prices, so I don't buy from them often). Whether any of them ever get finished or just end up on the table at the next club swap meet remains to be seen of course. She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed has decreed that we are now in DIY season, so, in common with many of you I suspect, much of my free time is taken up with fixing, building, dismantling, and re-building using all the pieces this time, plumbing, de-cluttering, hitting my thumb repeatedly, yardwork, removing splinters, and a hundred other things I'd rather not be doing. But such is life. Like taxes and Jimmy bloody Fallon, there seems no way to avoid it.

One item of good news that I can at least share with you, if you haven't already heard, is that we have been awarded Chapter of the Year for Region 10 this year. We've won it a number of times before of course, but not recently and it's always an honor to receive it. There is stiff competition particularly these days, from a number of other clubs in the Region, and so it is a tricky one to win. My thanks and that of the rest of the E-Board go out to all of you who have taken part in club events in the last year and made this possible. As I have often said, it is all about you the membership--without your participation, we can't win anything. It just goes to show that you get from these things what you are prepared to put into them, and you've all put in a lot in the past eighteen months or so. Particular thanks go to Mike Blohm, who put our club's entry together and submitted it to the judges for consideration. In fact, talking of Mike, we should also congratulate him for winning the Region 10 Webmaster of the Year also. Mike has won this one a few times before too, but I am sure he is also appreciative of the honor and has won in the face of some tough opposition from the other webmasters in Region 10.

Well, I am going to keep it short again this month and will continue on my single-handed quest to keep the USPS and UPS in business, by ordering as many model parts as their trucks can carry. I hope that this quarantine period has left you with at least some time to build and continue the hobby, DIY lists not withstanding...  If not, may you find the time soon to do so. Take it easy and stay safe out there folks.


June 2020 Article: 

The Pensive Fez

So, as we move into another month of quarantine, I hope that you are all doing okay out there and are looking forward to a slow and steady resumption of normal life over the coming months. Possibly. It is true I'm afraid--at some point, you’re going to have to start shaving and wearing pants again, talking to your work colleagues and neighbors, and even meeting family face-to-face again. Hopefully most of you will be able to return to work too, or to quickly find new employment if you were one of those unfortunate enough to lose your job in the last few weeks. There is still much more to come with this pandemic and given the restrictions that we still face here in New Mexico, June's meeting (June 5) is still definitely canceled and we are trying to reschedule that night's presentation on the Korean Air War (by Doug Dildy) to a later date. Presumably everybody understood the "meetings are canceled until further notice" message that went out a few weeks ago, but if I need to explain it further or translate it into Serbo-Croat or Swahili or something, then please let me know and I will do so.

We don't know if July's meeting will go ahead yet, or what the implications for the 2020 Nationals and other events around the country will be either. I definitely won't be going even if the National convention does go ahead, but decisions on that are obviously yours to make, if the event proceeds, and I would not wish to influence you either way on that. As long as the only thing you bring back from it are trophies or kits, that's fine. As far as our own meetings go though, I still want to emphasize caution here and firmly believe that we should only commence our own regular meetings schedule when we can be absolutely confident that the risk to any of our members is absolutely minimal. Indeed UNM will be one of the main factors in this (as they own our meeting space) and we will be governed by their approach to re-opening. Since cases are continuing to increase in New Mexico at the time of writing, I would be surprised if they allow us to use any UNM meeting space much before the Fall semester begins (at the earliest), but we'll have to bide our time and see what happens. At the moment, Albuquerque Public Schools are scheduled to resume on August 12 and we may be able to do the same. Who knows?

In the meantime, however, we have completed the judging for our first ever virtual contest, held in May. The subject was "The Desert" and we received some excellent entries. The results are available on the website ( and also later in this newsletter. Thanks to our judging team of Ken Liotta, Steve Brodeur, and Dave Epstein, and also to all of you who entered. Since the May Virtual Contest was a success, we are holding another one. Details follow below.

Other than what you have so far already read, I'm going to keep it short-ish this month and keep the wisecracks, jokes, witticisms, etc. (such as they are) to a minimum also. This pandemic is still an issue, and a serious one, and we must continue to treat it as such. At some point of course we want to move back towards some semblance of normal life, when it is safe to do so, but rushing into that is going to cause more loss of life and I do not want our club to contribute to that, when it happens. And it will. So, the E-Board will continue to liaise with UNM and the State Government and will keep you all advised of how their decisions will affect us as a club, as thoroughly and as quickly as we can. In the meantime, please continue to follow all guidelines with regard to this pandemic and behave responsibly. Please also spare a thought, say a prayer, sacrifice a chicken or whatever your belief system allows, for those who didn't make it and/or have lost family members due to this virus. They will be greatly missed.

Memorial Day is at the end of May, as you all know, and may take on an extra dimension this year due to this pandemic. We rightly celebrate and appreciate the sacrifices made by those who died in the defense of our country. Perhaps we should be adding the Healthcare Professionals who also made the ultimate sacrifice to that list this year too. Please honor their memory too.


From the Judges Chambers

By Ken Liotta, ASM Contest Director

June 2020 Article: 

I am happy to report that the three of us judges (Myself, Dave Epstein, and Steve Brodeur), have arrived at a unanimous decision on the results of ASM’s First "Virtual Model Contest." They are as follows (there were no Junior entries):


Gold: Jake Stoner, 1/35-scale M2A2

Silver: John Wyer, 1/48-scale A-10

Silver: Steve Miller, 1/96-scale "Trail of Geronimo"

Silver: Brandan Brown, Paper "Paris-Dakar" Peugeot

(The noteworthy high quality work of all four entries left us unanimously wanting to give recognition to all entries in Basic).


1st: James Medina, 1/46-scale Star Wars Diorama

2nd: Dave Tingley, 1/35-scale SdKfz.223

3rd: Adrian Montaño, 1/32-scale "Revolutionary new sofa cushion runway at Dharhan Airbase" Tornado (Har, har).


1st: Scott Jaworski, 1/35-scale GAZ66 Tanker

2nd: James Strickland, 1/48-scale Bf 109G-2

3rd: Ken Piniak, 1/72-scale M3 Lee

Jake Stoner James Medina Scott Jaworski
M2A2 Bradley Star Wars Diorama GAZ66 Tanker

From the Judges Chambers

By Ken Liotta, ASM Contest Director

May 2020 Article: 

Hello to all my Brothers of the Sprue, from "Plastic Modeling Mecca." That's the nickname a few close friends had given to my meager little collection of plastic kits here at home, where I have been shacked up during our gubernatorial mandated "Stay-at-Home" orders since the end of March. This little shut-down has given me some time to look at a few of those "half-built" model projects that have been sitting for a few years now ,and I have pulled a few of them back out to clean off and rekindle work on them. Whether some of you or possibly all of you have had similar time lined up, I hope that you have had a chance to trim a little plastic and swipe a few strokes of paint on your models.

As you already know, our monthly club meetings have been being cancelled for the well being of our membership during this health hazard, and we are not entirely clear quite yet as to when we will be able to return to our meetings. In an effort to reach out to our membership and try to maintain some sort of contact that is relevant to our shared hobby, our club Prez Tony whipped up a grand idea for us to host a Virtual Model Contest. The E-Board provided a few suggestions and Tony drafted a few rules. You can find the specific details on the club website.

As the Contest Director, I too made a few suggestions and we agreed on the basic ground rules and we are all looking forward to your participation in this ASM "First."  We will be using three judges drawn from our overflowing host of experienced award winning IPMS Nationals-level model building members. Each of your entries (the limit is one entry per ASM member) will be allowed to be represented by a maximum of three digital images. For the specific details on how, when, and where to submit these images, please see the ROEs posted on the ASM Website. The quality and technique of the photography will not specifically be judged, but it goes without saying that the better the images, the easier it will be for us judges to see the quality of your submissions. Our hope is that we will be able to determine the best built models from these images. We also will not know how many categories will be devised (this is a "Special Non-Points Contest") until all images are received. We do not know if we'll get three models or thirty! So, continue building and finishing your masterpieces, take a few more digital images than just the three so that you can pick the best ones and send them in.

To recap our last ASM meeting's contest in March: We had a total of 57 models entered into our first "points" contest of the year that was an "Open" theme contest (2 Juniors, 14 Basic, 25 Intermediate and 16 Masters). In the Juniors Division, Aleya Montano earned both the "Best of Show" and the "People's Choice" awards for her awesome Bandai 1/144 scale "Black Robot." In Basic, Modelers Mark Vaughn earned the "Best of Show" award for his well-built 1/48 scale Hobbycraft Seversky AP-7 Air Racer while Brandan Brown received the "People's Choice" award for his fabulous Papercraft Black Selena Gundam. In the Intermediate Level, Danny Williamson received both the "Best of Show" and the "People's Choice" awards for his superb 1/35 scale Tamiya Captured Matilda tank. And in the Masters Division, Brian Peck took both the "Best of Show" and the "People's Choice" honors for his spectacular 1/32 scale HK Models Avro Lancaster. For the details on the remaining placings you can find them on the ASM Website.

Even though we have only had one "points" earning contest so far and we are not certain how many of the remaining points contest will be conducted, the current points standings have been tallied up and can be found in this newsletter. The E-Board and myself would like to wish you safety and good health for all of you, your families, and friends during these challenging times. And if you can, Model on, Brothers of the Sprue.


May 2020 Article: 

The Fez, in his Fortress of Solitude, writes...

I hope that this newsletter finds you all well and perhaps even enjoying the chance (for some at least) to work from home and spend some more time with the family. Assuming that is a good thing, in your particular case(s)?  I hope that you get the chance to continue doing some modeling in this time of exile as well, although clearly there are more important things to take care of than this. You will probably have some down time though and what better way to spend it than building models?

We are going to try to keep the club going virtually in the meantime anyway--there will be no more in-person meetings until you hear otherwise, and we really have no idea how long this is going to last. But we are going to try an experiment in May to see if we can keep the contest schedule going in some form or other. There is a virtual special contest on the subject of "The Desert" and you should have all received an email regarding the rules already. To recap though, desert theme, no more than three photos/images of your build, send them to the club's email address and arrangements will be made to judge them and to post the winners in next month’s newsletter and all entries (regardless of the results) on the club website.

So, what have we all learned while we have been in lockdown, I wonder? Probably quite a lot, including perhaps take-aways something like these:

1) You can get pretty much all of your modeling supplies online if you have to, but it's not as convenient as going to Hobby Proz and we should all make a real effort to give them (and other local businesses too) as much trade as we can once they are able to open to the public again.

2) Why do we all have to go into the office, etc., when normalcy resumes (if it ever does)?  It's so much easier working from home and the dress-code is way better.

3) So is the commute.

4) Pants should always be optional.

5) You have by now realized that you don't like most of the people you work with and one hour's video conference once a week is as much as you really need (or want) to see them.

6) It's surprising how easy it is to work and model at the same time. Try it, if you haven't already.

7) The dog is really happy to have you at home all the time and wants this pandemic to last another ten years.

8) Toilet paper is not a currency.

9) A packet of Ramen noodles is now worth at least $5 apparently.

10) Silly hats during video conferences should be compulsory. Fake beards are optional but strongly encouraged.

11) It is possible to watch the entire season of Tiger King in one sitting, as long as there are snacks.

12) A note to the people of the world: once this is over, let's try to eat fewer undercooked bats, shall we? Isn't that how all this started? Yes, this means you too, Ozzy.

13) Glue fumes in a poorly ventilated room are really bad for you. But it feels great... Hee hee hee.

14) The current world record for cups of tea (or coffee) drunk in a single working day sits at twelve, unless you can beat it?  Don’t worry--you'll sleep again by the weekend.

15) Next door's dog is a lot more annoying than you remember.

But with all that said, and on a more serious note, I hope that you and your families are all well and that you stay that way. Please respect the restrictions that are in place as they are there for your safety and for ours. Hopefully many of you can continue to work at home, at least for now, but let's hope for those that can't and who have lost their jobs, that this doesn't last too long and that we can get back on our feet soon. So hang in there, people. We can do this. You know we can. A country that can send a man to the moon and simultaneously invent cheese in a spray can, can do anything. Can't it?



ASM President's May 21, 2020 E-Mail: 

Posted below is the ASM President's E-Mail on the June Meeting cancellation and the June-July Virtual Special Contest:

Hi, everyone. All of us on the E-Board hope you are all healthy and remaining (relatively) sane during this ongoing pandemic. As you know, club meetings in person are not currently possible but to help cushion the blow somewhat, we held a virtual contest last month on the subject of 'The Desert'. Not dessert.... that would be altogether too sticky by far.

The results of the last competition are on the website now and will (I believe) also be included in the next newsletter. Since this competition was a success, we have decided to try another one and we cordially invite you all to take part. The subject this time will be 'The Korean War' since it is the anniversary of its start this year and it is, of course, also our theme for the State Fair Display in September, if that goes ahead. 

 We are not going to be having a meeting in June and do not yet know if we will be able to do so in July either - we will keep you advised on that, but in the meantime, the rules for the next virtual contest (it will not be a points contest I'm afraid) will be as follows:

1) This is a Special NOT a points contest

2) Please submit a maximum of 4 pics of your entry to and please try to limit the size so that they are 2 or 3 Mb each at most, if possible please. As a suggestion, you could take a front view, rear view, left or right view and a plan view from above, but we'll leave the final decision to you this time. 

3) The subject is Korea 1950-1953

4) Our Contest Director Ken will again lead the judging and will appoint a team of colleagues to help him judge the entries. 

5) Entries can be any subject from either side covering the 1950-1953 period in Korea. Remember that this is not just the US vs North Korea/China. Russian MiG's and pilots were involved and the UN forces included the US, UK, Canadian, Aussie, Greek, Turkish, Belgians etc. etc. so there is no shortage of nationalities available. 

6) Kit manufacturer and scale will be required information so please include those when you submit your entry, along with any additional info that you would like the judges to be aware of e.g. conversions, scratch-built parts, special techniques used etc.

7) Winning entries are valid for model of the year for 2020.

8) Entries can be submitted any time between June 20th and July 4th

9)  Max of 1 entry per modeler again and please confirm your level also (Basic, Intermediate etc.) when sending us your entry. 

10) Entries should be new builds, not a MiG-15 that you built 12 years ago.

11) The July 4th cut-off is absolute, so make sure they are sent by 11:59 PM on the 4th July or we won't be able to consider them. 

12) If it turns out that we are able to hold a meeting on July 4th, we will advise you and ask you to bring your models in, in person. We still consider this unlikely but if it happens, you will know about it. 

If you have any other questions, please let us know. In the meantime though, keep building, stay healthy and be careful out there. 


 Tony Humphries (ASM President) 


ASM President's April 2020 E-Mail: 

Posted below is the ASM President's E-Mail on the May Meeting cancellation and the May Virtual Special Contest:

Dear ASM members,

 As you are already no doubt aware, the current corona-virus situation and the resulting stay in place order(s) have placed a considerable obstacle in the way of our club meetings. The April meeting was canceled and the May meeting will not go ahead either. We will keep an eye on the situation and update you as events unfold, but I can tell you now that as far as I am concerned, all meetings are canceled until you hear otherwise. And when we can meet safely once again, you will indeed hear about it.

 This is obviously going to have a significant impact on the contest schedule for 2020 and we will re-assess that and advise you of the revised situation once we are all able to meet again. In the meantime, however, we are going to hold a virtual special contest this coming month (i.e. May) and if it is successful, we may hold other similar competitions in subsequent months, depending how long the social distancing requirements remain in place.

The rules of engagement for the virtual contest are as follows:

1) The contest theme will be "The Desert" - any planet, any desert, any time period, as long as it's sandy. Any scale is also OK, although 1:1 pictures of you on the beach on vacation in your speedos will be met with instant disqualification and probably copious vomiting on our part. Don't go there. Just don't.

2) Entrants can send a maximum of 3 pictures of their entry to

3) Each picture shall be no higher than 1024 x 768 resolution, otherwise the images will be too big and problems will result.

4) There shall be a limit of 1 entry per member. So 3 pics and that's your limit this month. The use of fake names, false mustaches etc. in order to get around this will also be met with instant disqualification and probably a vigorous slap around the head as well, so don't do it. 

5) The contest will run from April 8th to May 8th and any entries received after May 8th will not be considered.

6) Entries will be anonymized (we will do this for you upon receipt of said entry) and judged by the ASM Contest Director with a team of assistants as appointed by him.

7) Winners will have images of their models in the June newsletter and all entrants will have a picture of their model placed on the ASM website asap after the contest ends.

8) Winners will receive awards at the next possible ASM club meeting.

9) Please ensure that you give us the usual info e.g. name, member number, kit, scale etc. and let us know whether you are entering in the Junior, Basic, Intermediate or Masters divisions when sending us your pics.

10) Please ensure also that your entries are new builds i.e. they have been recently completed and have not been entered into any ASM competition before. We will likely have to rely on the honor system here, but we know that you can be trusted to enter into this in the right spirit.

If you have any questions about the competition then please contact the board on the mail address noted above. In the meantime, I hope that you are able to take advantage of the current isolation in order to build some models. Whether you do or not, however, please be careful out there and make sure that yourselves and your families stay as safe as possible. We look forward to seeing what you can all come up with!


 Tony Humphries (ASM President)




April 2020 Article:

And so, as we stagger reluctantly, blinking and yawning into the fourth month of this year (and indeed this decade) and at least the third rewrite of this article (one got lost in the fog of war, one spontaneously combusted and one is quarantining itself due to advanced coronavirus). There may have been others--at this point I'm not sure. It's becoming obvious that this article is cursed, however, presumably by that wizened and stooped old woman in the black cloak who tried to give me a suspicious looking apple on the corner of Central and Eubank the other day. But be that as it may, we have now completed our first points contest of the year (an Open one, as tradition dictates) at March's meeting, and very impressive it was too. There were quite a number of top-quality entries in all categories, and in particular some beautiful large-scale aircraft. Hopefully we'll see more of those on the table in the coming months. The Intermediate category in particular continues to impress too, so well done to all of you and please keep up the good work.  

Having said all of that, however, I have noticed a few issues prevalent at our meetings that I wanted to address so that we can get through this year as easily as possible without pie-fights, mass shootings, outbreaks of fisticuffs, or any Hillbilly feuds breaking out. Firstly, we will try and get our meetings throughout the year to start as punctually as possible. Start time for the business component is 7:30 p.m. (theoretically) and cutoff for model entries to be on the table is 8:00 p.m. We will do our best to keep to this, although the February meeting in particular, being a swap meet (or "swap meat" as my phone's autocorrect rather disturbingly suggested beforehand), is always a challenge in this regard, and this year was indeed no exception.

Please remember that if you want to, you can still put "display only" or "work in progress" entries on the table and you don't have to enter the actual contest. It's easy to put too much emphasis on the competitive aspect of our meetings, but I want to ensure that everyone understands that it is not the sole purpose of our club. If you have something that you're proud of or are enjoying building, you don't have to compete with it. Just bring it along and put it in the appropriate section on the table and allow your colleagues to admire your handiwork. The old hands among you will know this and I believe that Ken, our Contest Director, has emphasized this too, but I thought that it was worth repeating.

I think it may be worth going over a couple of issues of meeting etiquette as well, while we are talking about meetings and meeting-related paraphernalia. One thing I have noted, and I see from some of the IPMS newsletters that it is a problem for other clubs as well, is an issue in maintaining order--basically while someone is speaking and has been acknowledged to have the floor, please show them the appropriate level of respect and remain quiet while they are talking. The occasional comment is one thing, but cat-calling or talking over them is not acceptable behavior and we need to grant our colleagues the respect that they are due. I am sure that you would want people to listen to you, so give peas/peace a chance. Maybe that's the way that the world is going these days (thanks, Social Media...) but I would like to think of ourselves as a little bastion of decency and courtesy, so let's keep the noise  down, shall we?

In addition, I also want to make sure that we keep politics out of our meetings and our meeting space. As many of you have probably noticed, we have an election coming up in November of this year and it is probably going to be the most divisive, vicious, and contentious in this country's history. Both sides will most likely spend the majority of their efforts in slandering, lying, and insulting their opponents, and I would like to keep that kind of negativity out of our meetings altogether. I know that I have done it myself in the past (in case anyone is comparing pots and kettles here) and will certainly admit to it but I won't do it in the future and I ask you not to either. Regardless of who you support and/or who wins or loses, keep it out of the club.

Following on from this, it goes (I hope) without saying that racist behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and will be regarded as grounds for instant dismissal from the club. I don't seriously believe that we have any robe-wearing Klan members or Maoists in funny hats in our midst, but if we do, keep it to yourself please. There is nothing more certain to get us banned from UNM property and possibly even from IPMS affiliation, than that, so please be especially careful and don't do or wear anything that could be considered inappropriate in this regard, even if it's a joke. If you get us banned from UNM property, even if it's accidentally, we will be showing up at your house the following month (and every month thereafter) and will be holding our meetings in your kitchen. So unless you want fifty people milling around, tripping over your cat, eating all of your cookies, and complaining about the lighting, don't do it.

Oh, and before I finish here, I would also like to extend a big thank you to all of those who have donated kits to the club's eBay sales effort so far this year, and also to all of you who bought something from the club table at the swap meet or from the eBay ladies. Your contributions are gratefully received and have been a huge help. So, thanks again. Okay, I think that just about covers it. As for cancelled meetings, you can rest assured that as any disruption to our meeting schedules, room availability, etc., become apparent during the coming weeks and months due to this unfolding pandemic, we will make every effort to let you know as soon as we know, and to keep you updated on any impact that this may have to contest schedules, guest speakers, clinics and suchlike. So stay healthy everyone!


February 2020 Article: 

Vice President's Column

by John Tate 

What were the greatest war movies ever made? Gallipoli? Tora! Tora! Tora!? Das Boot? Saving Private Ryan? You can add a new film to that list--1917, produced, directed and co-written by Sam Mendes, whose own grandfather was a Great War veteran. Coming in at two hours, it depicts a perilous journey by a couple of WWI Tommies on an impossible mission through No Man's Land and beyond, utilizing a one-shot constant filming technique that puts the audience right in the middle of the action.

As a modeler, I was struck by the filmmakers' attention to detail--from uniform kit to a disabled Mark I tank to a distant flight of Sopwith Camels, everything was dead-on accurate. Clearly, it was important to everyone in the film to get this one right, and it shows. Combined with a great story that has plenty of action and suspense, this is a movie well worth seeing.

It is difficult to find anything to criticize about the film but if I were so inclined it would be the depiction of the Germans, who displayed generally villainous behavior throughout--it seems there was still a bit of a Great War grudge against the Hun. In reality, most of the WWI German soldiery were little different from their English and French opponents, young conscripts caught up in an insane war, and no more and no less barbaric than anyone else, although they were occupying by force land that did not belong to them, a point driven home by the film.

If you get a chance, catch this film while it's still in theaters so you can get a glimpse of what that this grim war actually might have been like. Given its financial success and groundbreaking new film technique, I hope 1917 is a harbinger of more historical war movies of this caliber in the future.



January 2020 Article: 

The Fez Returneth

Fez 2:  The Fezzening

Back to the Fez

Fez 2:  Electric Bugaloo

Episode 7:  The Fez Awakens

Well, here we are again. Somehow, I suddenly and mysteriously find myself back here once more like a fat(ter) and (more) balding Douglas MacArthur wading up the beach and shaking the kelp and small marine molluscs from my shoes. Being back in the high chair and donning the fuzzy hat is deja vu on steroids, as you can probably imagine. It's good to be back though. I think...  Anyway, what has happened since we last spoke, dear reader?

Well, the club continues to grow and thrive. Our membership has increased, and our club competitions continue to draw numerous top-quality entries. Our community involvement is also at an all-time high, with representation at many events in the area, including airshows and military balls (cough) and galas throughout the year, plus exhibits at museums and local libraries as well as our involvement in the State Fair. I think we've done as much as any club could reasonably do in promoting the hobby in a state where the tumbleweeds outnumber the people and in fact, have gone above and beyond in a number of key areas. Let's make sure that continues throughout the coming year and let's hope that the IPMS power-that-be are paying attention too.

You'll have to excuse the scraping sound here, though, as I once more drag my heavy soapbox slowly front and center across the newly waxed and shiny floor as it needs to be said once again, that if we don't get some new faces on the board in the near future, then that growth is likely to turn into a rapid decline. So please consider standing for election to a board position at the end of 2020 and don't rely on the same old people time and time again to run this club. Most, if not all of us on the board this year have been here many times before and we're getting tired and grumpy, so you young whippersnappers know what you need to do. I would love to see a situation in 2021 perhaps, where the entire board is made up of new blood and none of the positions are filled by anyone who has done this stuff before. The old hands are still going to be around for a while (terminal backache or choking to death on a Werther's Original, aside) and will be happy to advise you, wherever necessary. As long as you give us a nice soft cushion to sit on, a chance to take a nap now and again and speak to us loudly and slowly.

Anyway, back to what's been going on since I last pulled one of these articles out of the place that shall remain unspoken. As you are probably all aware, we came 1st and 2nd in the group chapter entry category at the 2018 Nationals and although we didn't enter in 2019 due to Tennessee being 2000 light-years away from here, 2020 and 2021 look very do-able and if you want to get involved in any of the proposed group builds (and we have several options) then please see myself or one of the board, and if we're not actively involved ourselves, we can certainly point you in the direction of someone who is. You'll be able to tell them apart anyway, of course, as they will be the ones giggling to themselves and arguing with the coffee-maker in the corner. We have a great record in this area (chapter entries, that is, not talking to kitchen appliances) so why not be a part of the action? Apart from that time in Colorado when they forgot to judge our entry altogether (not that we're still bitter about that, of course), we've won every time we've entered, so let's see if we can keep that going.

We are going to have some challenges in the forthcoming year, however, and it's as well to be aware of them from the get-go. The biggest problem is likely to be money. Financially, things are likely to be tight and since UNM seem to be under the impression that we're trying to buy the meeting room rather than rent it, some savings may need to be made this year. Trophies for example, may need to be simplified or reduced. They've been costing us a lot recently. One thing I definitely don't want to do is to raise membership rates, but if anyone has any fund-raising suggestions or large bags of cash hanging around that they don't need, then do please let us know. Please don't take this as a hint that we want you to go and rob Bank of America, however. I don't look good in orange (it clashes with my eyes, for a start) and you probably don't either. So let's not go there.

Anyway, despite some challenges this really could a great year for us as a club, if we apply ourselves. So let's go out there and make it happen. Let's make it productive, informative and above all, let's make it fun! Now, where did I leave that red nose...?


January 2020 Article: 

Vice President's Column

by John Tate 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne?

As 2019 drew to a close, my thoughts turned to departed modelers who once filled the ranks of ASM and how they could be best remembered. As modelers, each of these members had a unique interest and modeling style, and left behind for the rest of us some of their built and unbuilt models. Over the years I've built or rebuilt some of these models to commemorate their modeling interests and contributions to our club.

Harry Davidson, a well-known historian of Albuquerque aviation, passed away in June 2018; at the last ASM meeting he attended, he gave away some of the old built models he had in his collection. I received from him an Aurora 1/48 DH.10 Amiens, which I rebuilt and finished in a way to capture the spirit of Golden Age modeling.

Don MacBryde, a prolific modeler who built for the sheer enjoyment of the hobby, passed away in 2013; Brian Peck organized a commemorative model build to honor him, using kits from his collection. Many ASM modelers contributed to the effort; my build was this Hasegawa 1/32 P-51D.

Don Alberts, a former ASM member, was an IPMS legend and for many years, IPMS Head Judge; he helped organize the successful 1995 Nationals here in Albuquerque. Don died in November 2010 but a few years ago, Dave Straub passed along some of his built models to me. Although Don was primarily a naval aviation modeler, he built other subjects, including this M3 Grant tank from the old Airfix 1/32 kit; I rebuilt and refinished it in a desert scheme from the El Alamein period.

I never met Alan Goodman but he was one of the founding members of our club. Alan passed away in 2004 and four years later, his daughter organized an open house sale of his kit collection, which consisted of hundreds of models from the Golden Age through the 1990s. One of the model kits I picked up was this Revell 1/28 Fokker D.VII, which I built out-of-the-box.

If you have a model kit that originated from one of our departed members, give a thought to building it in the coming year, to commemorate their contributions and continue the legacy of craftsmanship and scale modeling enjoyment they worked so hard to instill. For scale modelers, there can be no finer salute than a finished model.



President's Update

by Josh Pals, ASM President

November 2019 Article: 

The October meeting saw the nominations for the 2020 E-Board. After twisting arms, nominees were put forward. The only contested positions are the four nominees (Scott Jaworski, Bob Henderson, Ken Piniak, and Dave Epstein) for Pro-Tem.

We will have a ballot vote at the November meeting for those positions. The rest of the E-Board positions went uncontested with Ken Liotta as Contest Director, John Tate as Vice-President, and Tony Humphries as President. Because these positions were uncontested, a "show of hands" was conducted. All three of the 2020 E-Board members have served before in each position and I am confident they will do a great job in 2020. I wish them all the best.

I was rather disappointed at the lack of enthusiasm of members to step up and join the E-Board. I do and will always appreciate those members who help with our displays and help with the New Mexico State Fair and hope we can continue to have that level of support in the future. I understand we have new members and I completely understand the hesitance as a new member to jump into a position as a club officer after just joining the club and getting back into the hobby. While all those who are veteran E-Board members have done a great job, having the same people and just switching positions, can get a little stale. It's always nice to get "new blood" with fresh ideas and perspectives. This is our club, yours and mine. If you have ideas or, think something can be done differently or better, please consider running for an E-Board position in 2021.


Contest Update

by David Epstein, ASM Pro-Tem/Acting Contest Director

November 2019 Article: 

I need to start off with an apology and a correction to October's contest results. My error was in awarding the Best of Show award in the Masters division. I awarded Casey Rupley the BOS award for his beautiful F-4J Phantom. It was pointed out to me later that it was a Hasegawa kit and thusly, per Contest Guidelines, March 28, 2016, page 6 of 9, first bullet point; "A Best Of Show Model in each divisions chosen from those models that are In Theme for that meeting, not eligible for the award."

Since the final judging for the BOS in Master's was down to either Casey's F-4J or Scott Jaworski's SdKfz. 251/17 2cm, the BOS award will go to Scott as his kit was "In Theme."  I apologize most humbly, Casey, and to anyone tracking points on their own, and Congratulate Scott on the award.

Now, on to regular business. The October contest was an "Enter the Dragon"-themed contest to include all kits manufactured by Dragon, DML, & Cyber Hobby. There were 11 entries in theme across the divisions, 21 total entries in all divisions (by 10 members). No juniors, 1 Basic, 8 Intermediate and 12 Masters. 6 Aircraft, 7 Armor, 3 Automotive, 4 Science Fiction/Fantasy and 1 Diorama//Vignette and 4 In-work entries. The stand-outs for me were Dave Tingley's Bf-109 G6, Bob Henderson’s '49 Mercury Woody, and Casey Rupley's F-4J Phantom II.

I know this was a "Theme" Contest, and they sometimes have a lesser showing of entries/entrants, but I don't understand why. If you enter a model that is not in "Theme, you can still earn points/awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places, as well as the standard points for each entry, and a possible People's Choice award. You miss out on 10 points for not being in "Theme" and possibly 150 for the BOS, but in the overall picture, it's still points.

The upcoming November contest is an "Open" contest, and for those of you that are in it for the competition and points, it is the last points contest of the year. It is open to any kit, scale or subject, genre, etc., so I hope to see a lot of entries from all of us, yes, I may even have a close the year out entry...  Even if you look at your model and think it's not worthy of competition for some reason(s), bring it anyway. You could win an award due to it not having a "fatal flaw," or not as many issues as others entered do, as has happened in the past to myself as I'm sure it has to others. If your entry doesn't place in a contest, you can make improvements and enter it again until it does!

It was kind of fun subbing in as the contest director for the last half of 2019. I have learned a lot! I look forward to again serving the club in 2020 as a Pro-Tem member if elected and will follow the next contest director closely to learn as much as I can so if called on in the future as a substitute, or elected, I will have a much better grasp of what I am doing.


President's Update

by Josh Pals, ASM President

October 2019 Article: 

On September 21, ASM put on a display at the Air Force Ball at Kirtland. It was a success with a lot of positive comments from the attendees. Check out Mike Blohm's article on the AF Ball Display.

October is here and that means it's time for nominations for the 2020 E-Board! If you want to run for a position, raise your hand at the October meeting. If you're not able to make it to the meeting, let someone who will be at the meeting know that you're interested in running. It would be great to get some new club members on the board as new blood is always great and keeps things from getting "stale."

Tickets are still available for the Super Raffle at $5.00 each or five for $20.00. Not a bad price for the chance to win one of three awesome model kits like the 1/16 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet, 1/35 Russian 9A52-2 Smerch, and 1/32 B-24J. The drawing will be held at the December meeting.

Ettin Games and Hobbies, located in the Hoffmantown Shopping Center next to Hobby Proz, has a "Figure Painting Night" every Tuesday. For $5.00 they provide paint and brushes and you can paint all you want! The figures need to be prepped at home, however. You can bring in your own brushes, if you prefer. I've gone twice and find it pretty relaxing and interesting talking with other people painting and picking up new techniques to use. Ettin Games and Hobbies is having a figure painting contest on October 25. You need to purchase a figure(s) from them and then you get 10% off any supplies to complete the figure(s). You're allowed to enter up to five figures. Ettin Games and Hobbies is open Monday - Thursday noon to 11:00 p.m., Friday noon to midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday noon to 8:00 p.m.


September 2019 Article: 

The entry dates for the New Mexico State Fair were pushed up several weeks and the days were changed from the Friday and Saturday to a Monday and Tuesday. The display cases were short of the glass shelves, which caused Frank Randall to use his charm in acquiring additional shelves from other areas that didn’t need them. Many entrants, even those from other areas, were not too happy with the change in entry dates and that the entrance had been moved to the opposite side of the building.

Despite the change, our entry numbers weren't too far off from previous years. We had a total of 73 entries, not counting the club display, which is lower than 83 from last year. Youth and Senior Youth were down with 3 entries in Youth from 3 entrants and 2 in Senior Youth from 2 entrants. The Adult section was down from 32 entries last year to 26 entries from 16 entrants and the Professional section had a slight increase from last year’s total of 40 entries to 42 entries from 12 entrants.

Since judging won't be until after the deadline for the newsletter, I will share the results at the September club meeting and Mike Blohm will post the results on the ASM Website. I would like to personally thank all those who entered their models and loaned models for our display. I would also like to thank everyone who came to help with the entries. A special shout out to Mike Blohm for organizing the display this year.



Hello ASM

by David Epstein, ASM Pro-Tem

Hello ASM, my name is David Epstein, and (as a Pro-Tem Board member) I have apparently been volunteered by the E-board to assume the mantle of interim or temporary contest coordinator for the remainder of the year in the absence of Chris Kurtze. We have not been able to reach him and send him our best wishes and prayers that he is okay.

As this is going to be new to me, I can assure that I will not be changing anything regarding the current contest schedule for the remainder of the year. I will be more of an overseer and points-tallier, or a tie breaker in judging if need be.

I look forward to the opportunity to gain more experience within the club, and hope I don’t mess things up too badly. I look forward to seeing all of your quality entries each month and invite suggestions of any type. If you have any questions, I will do my best to give, or get you the correct answer.

Personally, I have been a modeler since my dad bought me a Lindberg Curtiss Jenny when I was about eight, and I painted a portion of the back patio yellow as well as the model. Over the years I took two long hiatuses from modeling during two marriages, got back into it between marriages. I moved to Albuquerque in 1999 and joined the club then only to fall away after a year for my second marriage. In 2015 I got my second divorce, moved back to Albuquerque, and rejoined the club and have been an active member and modeler since.

Let’s all have some good fun and fellowship and get lots of entries on the table for the remainder of the year. Build, Build, Build!


July 2019 Article: 

and Some Words from the Prez

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, June's contest was a Special Non-Points contest with the theme being "D-Day." As with most Special contests, the turnout was lighter than usual, with five entries in Intermediate and seven entries in Masters.

Rob Whitlock took Best of Show in Intermediate with his British Centaur IV and Scott Jaworski took Best of Show in Masters with his British Churchill Mk.III Type D AVRE Carpet Layer Tank.

We have five contenders left in the E-Board Contest Challenge! Mike Blohm, Bob Henderson, Scott Jaworski, Frank Randall, and John Tate. With only five contests left, it will be exciting to see who makes it!  If all five make it to the December contest, then all five names will be put in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random and receive a Hobby Proz gift card.

Since we have several new members, who may not know all the "rules" when it comes to all the different contests, I'll explain a little here. When entering either a "Special" or "Sponsored" contest the models must be in the theme of those contests. When entering a "Points" contest the model does not need to be in the theme for the contest. However, if the model is not in theme, it won't be eligible for the extra points awarded for being "in theme" nor will it be eligible for Best of Show. For more information on model contest eligibility please check out the ASM website under "Contest Guidelines" or feel free to ask any of the E-Board members.

The New Mexico State Fair is almost upon us and some changes have been made. The fair runs from September 5 - 15 and the entry dates have been changed and moved up. Entry dates to enter models are Monday, August 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The theme for our "Display Only" case is the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII. The reason we have a theme for a "Display Only" is that the club is given four cases to use for entries and if we don't fill them, we lose them. Fortunately, the past couple of years have been record breaking and we have filled all four cases and a case from the car club! Let's go for the hat trick and make this year another record breaking, case stuffing year at the fair!  If you would like to help out with entries, judging or pickup please let me or Mike Blohm know.

June 2019 Article:

May was our second points contest with the theme being Automotive. With many members being avid aircraft or armor modelers, we had a great turnout of automotive subjects! We had a total of 23 automotive subjects on the table. Aside from the high number of vehicles on the table, the quality was just as high. I would like to thank everyone for their entries and hope that all of you had fun building something "shiny" for a change of pace.

We had a Junior entry this month! Alexander Tate took Best of Show, People's Choice, and a Gold ribbon with his VW Beetle. Great job Alexander! We look forward to seeing more of your builds!

In the Basic class, Jeannie Garriss took Gold ribbons with her '57 Corvette and 2014 Corvette Stingray. John Wyer took Best of Show, People's Choice, and a Gold ribbon with his Tommy Ivo's "Showboat' four-engine dragster.

In the Intermediate class, Ken Piniak took 3rd with his '70s vintage kit of a '74 McLaren F-1 race car and 1st with his Caricature of the Bandit's Trans Am in the "Other" category. Don Smith took 2nd with his civilian version of a Kurogane bulldozer. 1st place, Best of Show, and People's Choice went to Bob Henderson's 1956 Ford F-100 pickup. James Medina entered a stunning 1/144 Millennium Falcon that took 1st for scifi, and Ken Piniak took 1st in aircraft for an awesome Blue Thunder helicopter.

In the Master class, Chuck Herrmann took 3rd with his '37 Ford Rat Rod. John Tate took 2nd with his SIMCA 5. 1st place, Best of Show, and People's Choice went to Scott Jaworski with his 2016 Ford GT. Dave Epstein took 1st in the ships with his PBR Mk ll. John Tate took 1st places with his 1/16 Renault FT in armor and his P-47 in aircraft.

Just a reminder to members: You don't have to enter a model that is "in theme" for points contests, you just won't be eligible for Best of Show if it's not.

June’s contest is a Special non-points contest, 75th Anniversary of D-Day, which means only those subjects which fit into that theme will be allowed. As always, you can bring in models for the "Display Only" to show off.


May 2019 Article: 

How many of us have completed a kit only to find extra pieces on the sprue for an optional build you didn't do? Knowing how precious styrene plastic is, you can't bear to throw away perfectly good plastic. The same goes for that kit you bought that has multiple markings but you only want the one. Do you have an old "dog" kit that you never will build and can't seem to get rid of but don't want to throw it away? Do you have a kit that you bought for a specific part to use in a different build and now are left with a partial kit?

The ASM Parts Box is a treasure trove of all kinds of odds and ends. Whether you're looking for that one piece you lost to the carpet monster, or are looking for pieces to use on your kitbashing project, the ASM Parts Box is almost sure to have it. So while you're at the next club meeting, be sure to check out the clear plastic storage tote to see what treasures you might find. If you're not looking for any treasure, please consider donating your spare decals or sprue bits!


April 2019 Article: 

The March Open Points Contest marks the first points contest of 2019. It also marks the first contest held in the same room as the business portion. Quarters were somewhat cramped, but we made it work without any complications. The tables were filled with some very good quality models with a total of forty entries across the divisions.

In Basic, Jeannie Garris took home a Silver and a Gold for her X-Wing Fighter and Off Road 4x4, respectively. Aaron Schmiedicke took Gold for his Monument Valley UFO, and Gold, Best of Show, and People's Choice for his TIE Interceptor.

In the Intermediate Division, Armor category, Third place went to Don Smith's US Jeep with 37mm anti-tank gun. Second and First place went to Rob Whitlock's Flakpanzer 4 Ostwind and Char B1 Bis, respectively. In Aircraft, Bob Henderson's PBY-5A from the Black Cats Squadron took Third place. Second place to Ken Piniak's AH-1Q TOW Cobra and First place went to Charles Petrilli's MiG-29A. In Science and Fantasy, Third place went to Bob Henderson's Fam's Vespa. Don Smith took Second place with his TIE Fighter and First place, Best of Show, and People's Choice went to Jim Medina and his Tantive 4. We added another category, Miscellaneous, as sometimes some models just don't "fit" into the other categories. In the Miscellaneous Category Mark Vaughn took Third place with his Visible Gummi Bear. Second place went to Ken Piniak's 2 Spool Turbofan Engine that was motorized and had sound! Jim Medina took First place with his "It's a Boy" Sherman tank.

Finally in the Master Division, Diorama/Vignette category, Glenn Bingham took First and Second with his P-8A Poseidon and V-2/A-4 Rocket, respectively. In Science Fiction/Fantasy Josh Pals took Third with his Gypsy Avenger Jager. Mike Blohm took Second place with his Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch and First place went to Josh Pals's Obsidian Fury Jager. In Automotive, Chuck Herrmann took First and Second place with his VW New Beetle and Surf Woody Roadster, respectively. In the Aircraft category Steve Brodeur took Third place with his Grumman SA-16 in Artic Rescue markings. Second place went to Casey Rupley's US Navy F-18F and First place went to Scott Jaworski's A-4F Skyhawk. In the Armor category, Third place went to Chuck Herrmann for his BMW R75 motorcycle, Second place to Patrick Dick and his Renault FT-17, and First place, Best of Show, and People's Choice went to Scott Jaworski's Chieftain Mk. 5 in Berlin Brigade Camo Scheme.

April's contest is a special non-points contest with the theme being "Fabulous Fifties" - any subject/scale from the 1950s. The next points contest is in May with the theme being "Automotive" any scale of wheeled or tracked civilian automotive subject. 


June 2019 Article: 

Underground, Overground, Wombling Free...

by Tony Humphries, ASM Vice President

I often wonder (and you may do this too) as I merrily skip my way through life--am I odd? Or particularly unusual? The answer to that, is of course "yes," but allow me to elaborate... Am I the only one who walks around looking at the world in general as one enormous and potential modeling accessory?

For example, when opening a bottle of wine or anything else with good quality foil on it (okay, it's mainly wine to be honest), I immediately think, "aha-- 1/72 scale aircraft seatbelts" or "1/35 weapon slings."  When out walking the dog, we meander around the park like a pair of drunken Wombles (you may have to look that up, depending on your upbringing... may help if so) looking for sticks that might be useful for palm logs in a pacific island diorama. Or twigs that can be turned into scale trees.

Who among you doesn't have glycerin for preserving small plants for that Vietnam jungle scene that you want to build? Buying it in large quantities can lead to funny looks from the pharmacy staff of course, since it is used not only in soap making but also for enemas, apparently. Who knew? So don't wince or walk with a limp when you buy it. Just a word to the wise...

Or who doesn't pick up dried leaves to crumble for diorama ground cover, or even dry the leaves from your tea-bags when you've made your morning cup of tea? I am assuming here of course that you are a civilized member of society and drink hot tea rather than that ghastly icy stuff that my wife keeps trying to foist upon me. Lipton, schmipton, I say. Give me Tetley or PG Tips any day of the week (this is not a paid endorsement by the way, but hey, if you're listening out there...). Tea bags from the iced stuff might work too for all I know, but I am not rushing to find out. Call me a bluff old traditionalist, if you will. I don't care. I wear the badge of a cantankerous (and foreign) old git, with pride.

Anyway, getting back to the subject at hand, do you consider the leaf litter/forest scene/ground cover possibilities? Well, if you don't, maybe you should. Ground up tree leaves can be very useful there. And taking a leaf (no pun intended) from the late and great Shep Paine's book, what looks more like dirt than real dirt?

Perhaps it's worth saving the wire from that broken lamp and stripping it to use in your next aircraft cockpit super-detailing project? Well, unless it's a Dallas Cowboys or Manchester United lamp of course, in which case it is clearly tainted beyond saving and should be disposed of immediately and with extreme prejudice... There are of course many other things that can prove useful to you--the wooden stirring sticks from Starbucks et al, for example, make useful planks in certain scales as well, so make sure you pick a few of them up next time you're in there buying that $10 cup of liquid absurdity. You know it makes sense.

So aside from having cemented my reputation here as a terrible cheapskate and a grumpy old bar-steward, I think the lesson here is simple and particularly significant in these frugal times: accessories are all around you, and they aren't necessarily made of resin. So, Womble on folks. Womble on.


May 2019 Article: 

And Now, a Word or Two From Our Sponsors

by Tony Humphries, ASM Vice President

Now that we have re-started our eBay effort (for fundraising purposes, of course), I think it's time to issue another appeal. Many of you have been very generous over the years. The people who selflessly do so much for our club and promote its interests are clear--I"m thinking of John Tate, Jack Garriss, and Frank Randall in particular here, but I think other guys on the current E-board, and many of you off it--Tim, Tom, and Pat, for example--have stepped up when needed; and those who don't have kits to donate have put in a lot of time and energy, which is just as valuable and much appreciated also. I hate for us to have to go "cap in hand" to you all once again, particularly those who have donated so much in the past, but we need to ask you once again, I'm afraid, if any of you have kits that you can spare? Alms for an old ex-leper, etc. It's all for a good cause, after all. Presumably you agree, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this or attending our meetings.

As a famous typewriter enthusiast once wrote "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their club." It is also written that "By their donations shall ye know them." I'm not sure where that kind of (not very) subtle emotional blackmail is written, apart from here of course, but it has to be somewhere. We also mustn't forget that, aside from our own membership, we have been fortunate enough to receive some great donations from outside of the club, too, and from some who have passed on or been unable to continue building due to ill health. With luck (for us at least), those kind of donations may happen again in the future. Not that we want to injure anyone or hasten their demise, however, so please don't go breaking fingers, sticking pins in dolls, or poisoning anyone's coffee at our meetings. We don't want this to turn into a styrene Game of Thrones, after all. I am just hopeful in a general sort of way, not suggesting that we do anything concrete to bring that about!

Just as a word to the wise (and if you haven't already done so) you also might want to take this article as a reminder to have a word with your significant other (or "others" if you live in some of our less traditional communities) and make some plans about what to do with your own stash when your time comes and you go to that great spray-booth in the sky. Some of you may give instructions for your relatives to contact the club and offer them any modeling related items that you may have remaining, although in my case at least, I would appreciate it if club representatives don't go knocking on my wife's door until she has had a suitable interval to celebrate and dance on my grave (only joking, dear...).

Not everyone will want, or indeed be able, to do that, of course, but if others feel it appropriate to do the same thing (donate, that is, not dance on my grave), then that"s great and I'm sure the club will be grateful. Just something for you to think about anyway. If you do want to have that kind of discussion, though, do it now. It's later than you think (Bwaaah-ha-ha, etc.). And if you want to dance on my grave once I'm gone, feel free. It's not as if I'm going to be knocking on the coffin lid or banging it with a broom and shouting at you to keep the bloody noise down, after all. I'll already be drinking with Ernest Hemingway in that ever-open celestial bar and probably trying to sneak furtive glimpses down the front of Marilyn Monroe's dress, so you can do what you like at that point. I'll be busy.

Anyway, in the meantime, on behalf of the club I would like to say thanks again to John Tate for his continuing efforts on the eBay front, thanks to all of you who have made donations recently, and thanks also to the eBay Ladies (eBay seller ID - goinggoingsoldtoyou), who have taken so much of the hassle out of the process for us and for a very reasonable fee. I have bought things from them myself and can't recommend them highly enough. The whole effort has brought us some very useful revenue in the past and hopefully will continue to do so, now that we've re-started it once again. If you can help, your contributions would be greatly appreciated.

And now that our PBS-style beg-athon is over, we return you to our normal programming...


StarFest and Models

by Joe Walters, ASM Newsletter Editor

Over the April 26 - 28 weekend, my wife and I will be attending the annual StarFest sci-fi convention in Denver, and rumor has it a couple of folks named Blohm might show up and even bring some models for the excellent competition they put on there! Expect a full report and photos of lots of sci-fi models in next month's letter!

In the dealers' room at this show, there are always many model kits being offered for sale, and there are also a couple of local dealers that offer many accessories for sci-fi models that you just don't find anywhere else, so this convention has a lot to offer the sci-fi modeler!

In addition, the local CoMMiES outfit puts on a "modeling university," which includes Make &Takes and presentations much like the clinics we put on at out meetings now and then.

And there's more!  Building a model of the starship Enterprise? You can get William Shatner and/or Nichelle Nichols to autograph it, as they are both guests this year (this is Ms. Nichols's final year appearing at conventions, as she has decided to retire from these appearances). Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) and Peter Macon (Bortis on The Orville) are coming too, as are a number of other guests from various sci-fi related venues, and several physicists and space scientists who will be giving presentations about ongoing and upcoming space exploration projects.

We're looking forward to this, as we always do!


Ask Not What Your Club Can Do for You...

by Tony Humphries, ASM Vice President

April 2019 Article: 

Okay, so let’s recap on a point that I raised at the March meeting and which I hope struck home to those in attendance. It is basically this: the club used to have a great newsletter--good enough to rival the best that other IPMS chapters put out. It was informative, inventive, and entertaining. At least I think it was, and I hope that others agree. There were frequent kit reviews, trip reports, and articles about all aspects of scale modeling. We were doing well.

The last two newsletters have been very poor, however, with little in February's newsletter and March's having one single article, and that was rubbish. I should know--I wrote it. This simply isn't going to work. It's not sustainable. We have a club with at least 85 paying members currently, and several lifetime members too. So how do we end up with such a poor newsletter recently? Well, let's get one thing straight.  It is absolutely not the fault of our esteemed editor, Joe. He has been doing a lot with a little for a long time and balances his editing duties with a busy life outside of the club. We should be, and indeed are I believe, grateful to him for everything that he does for us. But Joe can only publish what he receives and if nobody sends him anything, well guess what?  We have a pretty empty newsletter.

I know that many of you have been on trips that are space, civil aviation, military and/or modeling related. Lots of you have built kits recently and continue to do so, which is if course great to see on the tables every month. So, why not write a little about some of those trips or builds?  It's easy and doesn't require a lot of pictures or indeed the literary (or drinking, although you can if you like) skills of Ernest Hemingway or anyone of his ilk. Those that have already done this (or trip reports, etc.) --and thank you to those that have--will vouch for this. Just jot down a couple of paragraphs about what you saw or how your build went, what you enjoyed, what the challenges were (if any) and show us a picture or two. Your cell phones can take perfectly good images these days. There's no need to spend several thousand dollars on expensive cameras, lenses, filters, lighting etc.

But it doesn't just have to be kit reviews or trip reports. There are other things that you can add, too. A story that you heard from a veteran, perhaps. A historical article. Some info that you found out about a potential modeling subject. Even a cartoon that you saw that was funny (not political though please). There is lots of scope and I know that we can do better here. We can get back to where we were easily and I urge you to do your part to make that happen. Onwards and upwards! Man the barricades! Let's storm the Winter Palace! Well, you get the idea...

The E-Board

Following on from this, I think we need to talk about elections and executive board positions as well. None of the positions on the board are particularly difficult or time-consuming to undertake. They really are not onerous and involve little work outside of attending the (usually) monthly meetings, with the exception perhaps, of the Contest Director's role. This involves some work on club nights and also requires the points totals to be added up and distributed monthly and a brief written report in the newsletter also. Even this is not hard. So why do we have so few people willing to step up and fill these roles? Any of you can do it, I assure you, and I appeal to those of you who have never held any of these positions before to give it a go. It would great to see next year's board composed of entirely new people who have never held any of these position before!  We have quite a number of younger members, and you guys are the young blood with new ideas that we are going to need to look to for the future direction of the club. It's time for us old guys to hand the reins over to the next generation. So please think about this and put your names in the hat when the next elections are announced.

Outside Events

A further point here is that when we run outside events such as Make & Takes, displays, the State Fair, Chile Con, and other contests, etc., we need to have new blood (but not just younger members) involved in these too. We can't rely on the same seven or eight people who always show up to do this. Often these guys are showing up because they love what they are doing, but sometimes they are doing it because no one else will. We can't rely on 10% of our club to carry the other 90%. It's not fair to them. How would you feel if you were at work and were one of the only ones actually doing the work, while everyone else cruises along, chats all day around the water cooler and puts no effort in, while you're busting your butt and then draws the same paycheck as you at the end of the month? Well, that's what it feels like for the few who are always standing up and being counted. Now it's your turn. You can do it!

 Bottom Line

The bottom line is, and if you take nothing else away from this article/diatribe, then let it be this: We have great monthly competitions and meetings and put ourselves out in the community to celebrate our hobby and to commemorate the sacrifices of, and to draw attention to, the work that our serving military and veterans do/did--the Folds of Honor, Air Force Ball, and forthcoming Kirtland air show, for example. We have excellent club competitions and the experience gained in these helps us to feature regularly in competition at the national level too.

If you want any of that to continue, then please consider helping out. Stand up and be counted! We have some great models on the table every month from some truly talented modelers. If you want this to continue and you want a place to show your models off, then please step up. If you don't, this club will die. Slowly and painfully. It's as simple as that. The old guard can't do everything and can't continue forever. Once we are gone, what are you going to do?  It's a question that you need to ask yourselves and I believe that I can count on you to come up with the appropriate answer (and it's not "F - Off, Tony!") however much some of you might want it to be...).

Thanks for listening.


March 2019 Article: 


by Tony Humphries, ASM Vice President

Part 1 (of a 1 part series)

As members of our own esteemed club will be aware, I am generally an armor, diorama, and/or figure modeler. I enjoy the challenge of 750 tiny individual track-links and enough brass to equip an entire orchestra. Sometimes. But sometimes even I feel the need for a change. Maybe it is the smell of styrene on the wind. The stirring of the sap in springtime. The irresistible urge to gargle tequila, wear sandals (with socks) and Bermuda shorts, and head (farther) south for the winter. Anyway, for reasons best known to myself and my therapist, I have decided to hang up my armor hat for a while and have a stab at a few aircraft kits this year. Well, nobody's perfect, after all. I have developed an interest of late, in WWII aircraft that flew from the county that I grew up in. Wiltshire (in the southwest of England) was not one of the front-line locations for the Battle of Britain or the Blitz really, although it did feature to some degree in both. It was home, however, to a huge range of RAF aircraft throughout the war and was one of the main bases for US Airborne forces in the runup to D-Day, Market Garden, and Operation Varsity.

Why pick these subjects? Well, nostalgia I suppose. Many traces of WWII airfields still existed when I was a young whippersnapper, and we explored them endlessly at the time. Kind of like the movie Stand by Me but with surplus gas masks and live ammunition. Sadly, they are gone for the most part now, and I was terribly disappointed to see just how much has gone on my last trip to the old country. Call it progress if you like. Cultural vandalism is probably nearer the truth though... Back in the day, we found WWII surplus all over the place, but of course weren't sensible enough to keep it. We were more sensible than some though--the kid that I remember vigorously hitting a "live" 40mm Bofors shell with half a brick to see what happened, for example. He's still alive, remarkably enough, although I don't think his eyebrows ever grew back. Part of it was also sparked by my father, a metal detector enthusiast and historian who recently found yet another cache of Garand M1 ammunition (a change from the Roman stuff that he often turns up) and now probably has enough to start his own civil war. Actually, if Brexit isn't delivered as promised, he might very well be tempted to do so...

In conjunction with this of course, there is also a desire to commemorate the men who risked their lives daily, flying from these now mostly forgotten places. Wiltshire was home to a number of significant airbases including RAF Colerne, which was a major night-fighter base throughout the war and which was also home to the first official RAF jet fighter squadron (Meteors, Mk.I and III, of course) right at the close of the war in Europe. Spitfires were manufactured in several locations throughout the county, along with Short Stirlings, a stone's throw away (literally) from my old office in South Marston. RAF Lyneham, then and now home to the main transport units of the RAF and Wroughton, once home to one of the largest aircraft maintenance and storage facilities in the country--now a branch of London's Science Museum and home to a spectacularly good Fish and Chip shop. I'm not sure that those two facts are directly related, but you never know.

Then there's RAF Boscombe Down--home to most experimental and test aircraft flown throughout WWII, including many captured German subjects. It truly was the home of the weird and wonderful. It's basically Area 51 for the country gentleman. A bit more refined and a lot damper, but with at least one good pub just around the corner. And the ever present and far less pleasant nasal assault from the pig farm nearby--a smell so intense that it has both a physical presence and personality. In fact it occasionally buys a round in the public bar of the Horse and Hounds, according to local legend. Of course, with some of the bowel-loosening test flights in ill-advised experimental aircraft, that may have been a familiar odor in the cockpit too... There are many hair-raising stories told about that place. For example, Boscombe Down was home to the only B-25H flown by the RAF during WWII. One of the first tests of the bloody great on-board cannon resulted in a shell that went straight through the earth bank and brick wall that it was aimed at, and straight into the fuselage of a Whitley parked behind it, which just happened to be loaded with half a ton of marker flares. Quite a sight to behold, I'm sure. There are probably still scorch marks on the tarmac even now. I wonder if that's why the RAF decided not to adopt the "H" variant?

My own local airfields at Ramsbury and Membury were also busy places. Membury was home to a number of USAAF Recon squadrons using Spitfires and P-38 Lightnings before becoming a home base and a major service depot for P-47s. Ramsbury was a training base for RAF pilots who had learned to fly in the far-flung Empire, on single-engine death-traps before converting to more modern, twin-engine death traps--I mean, aircraft. They also had to get used to flying in almost permanent rain and fog of course... After a year or so of this, and seventeen documented air crashes in the immediate vicinity (almost all Airspeed Oxfords), you Yanks arrived and the skies and runways of both Ramsbury and Membury were then filled with C-47s and gliders, as far as the eye could see. What makes a man jump out of a perfectly good airplane, or even worse, sit in the pilot's seat of an un-powered aircraft filled with fuel, ammunition, or a platoon of swarthy and bad tempered soldiers and then submit it to a series of barely-controlled crashes, I will never know. I guess they had to keep training pretty intensively to crash in just the right way before D-Day came along, though. The really weird thing (to me anyway) is that British glider pilots from the Glider Pilot Regiment were trained to fly powered aircraft first, before giving up their engines and sitting in a wooden aircraft that was uglier than Gary Busey and even less controllable. Brave men indeed, and if they aren't worthy of commemoration, I don't know who is.

So, to cut a long story short, yes I will be building at least one Horsa and a CG-4A Waco this year among my other projects. As a lad I remember, in the mid-1970s, seeing the front section of an Airspeed Horsa in a local scrapyard about a mile from my home, actually. As kids we looked longingly at it, but attempts to retrieve parts of it would, however, have been both illegal and even more dangerous than piloting the damn things, due to the presence of a junkyard dog that was surely at least 50% T-Rex. And that 50% was the nicer part...

So to bring this rambling narrative to an end, nostalgia is certainly going to be powering my building efforts for the coming year. Many of you probably have similar motivations. Maybe you build aircraft that you flew yourselves, armor that you practiced flattening sheep in (I've seen the RAC Chieftain and now Challenger tanks on manouvers on Salisbury Plain...) or ships that you were personally sick in. Being one of the few members of our club who did not serve in the military (due in part to a lifelong refusal to do as I'm told), I don't have my own personal service to look back on. But I do have intense memories nonetheless. Remember how everything used to be cheaper, bigger, noisier, less safe, and peculiar shades of brown and orange? How about immortalizing some of that in plastic?  I certainly intend to.





February 2019 Article: 

Contest Update

by Josh Pals, ASM President

January marked our first contests of the year with the annual special non-points contest, "Moe Blalters" Sci-Fi/Real Space and Patrick Dick's sponsored contest, "Frickin' Laser Beams."

We had seven entries in Basic, ten in Intermediate, and six in Masters. If January's contest is any indication, Intermediate will be the level to watch with a lot of great modelers in that level!

The winners of the special non-points contest are:

Basic: Aaron Schmiedicke with his 1/72 Bandai TIE Fighter.

Intermediate: Jim Medina with his 1/144 "North Ridge" diorama using AMT and Bandai kits.

Masters: Josh Pals with his D&D figure from Ral Partha.

These are the winners for Pat's "Frickin' Laser Beams" contest:

Basic: Aaron Schmiedicke's TIE Fighter

Intermediate: James Medina's AT-AT Diorama

Masters: Mike Blohm's "You are Leaving New Mexico" UFO and Cow diorama

There isn't a contest in February as that is our bi-annual "Swap Meet" night. The next points contest is in March with the theme being "Open" so those who entered models in January can enter up to three of their models in March's point contest.



January 2019 Article: 

January Updates

 Here are a couple of updates on the ASM December meeting contests and what is going on in January and February.

 The December 14th meeting had three contests, including the annual "ASM Model of the Year Showdown" in a head-to-head contest of the best of show and best entry winners from all the 2018 Theme and Special contests, in all four divisions.  The model of the  year winner in Basic was Steve Miller's "Custer's First Stand" diorama.  The winner in Intermediate was Scott Jaworski's Merkava 2B tank.  The Master's winner was Casey Rupley's  F-14A Tomcat.


The Special (non-points) Contest was "Pearl Harbor Plus 7" to commemorate the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and any Pacific War events within the following 7 days.  The winner in Basic was Aaron Schmiedicke's P-40B.  The Intermediate winner was Bob Henderson's P-40B.  The winner in Masters was James Strickland's 1/144 scale A6M2 Zero. 

The final contest of the night was the "Adversaries II (Part Deux)" sponsored contest hosted by Mike and Matt Blohm.  This contest was open to any two model subjects that were involved in an adversarial situation.  There were nine entries which were split into three awards.  The "Best Sci-Fi" award went to James Medina's Y-Wing versus TIE Fighter entries.  The "Best Aircraft" award went to Larry Glenn's F4F Wildcat versus A6M2 Zero entries.  The "Best Others" award (Automotive/Armor/Naval Vessels) award went to Dave Miller's US Navy Gato versus Imperial Japanese Navy I-16 submarines.  Thanks to all who brought in entries. 

The January 4th meeting is the annual Moe Blalters "Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science, and Fanasy" Special (non-points) contest open to any subject, any scale that fits within theme.  Besides the normal awards, there are also "Just Staff" best entry awards, which are always collector's items.  The January sponsored contest is "Frickin' Laser Beams" hosted by Patrick Dick, open to any subject with frickin' laser beams.  The entire  2019 ASM Contest Schedule is posted elsewhere in this newsletter. 

I found out from the Folds of Honor foundation that the two 1/48 scale F-16 "Taco" models went for very high prices during the auctions at the Folds of Honor Patriot Gala event and the golf tournament on October 20-21, 2018.  Chris Kurze's model was sold for $250 at the Gala, and Patrick Dick's model was sold for $225 at the golf tournament.  ASM received a certificate of appreciation plaque thanking us for our support to the Folds of Honor Patriot Gala.  I will bring that to the January 4th meeting. 

The last item to bring up is the ASM model display at the South Broadway Cultural Center Library during the month of February.  The theme of ASM's display is "What is Scale Modeling" and will include models of various scales and genres.  Set up is at 9:15 AM on Friday February 1st.  Tear down will be before 3:00 PM on Thursday, February 28th.  ASM will be conducting a Make N Take from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 9th.  Please contact Josh Pals ( if you can volunteer to help with the Make N Take or for additional info on the display.  The display will be discussed at the January 4th ASM meeting.


The Eagle's View

by Mike Blohm, ASM President

December 2018 Article: 

Election Results, Year-End Festivities, and a Look-Back at 2018


First off, I want to thank everybody that served on the 2018 E-Board.  We have a few changes based upon the elections for the 2019 E-Board.  A big thank you goes to Josh Pals as the 2018 Vice President, who is stepping up to be the President in 2019.  Another big thank you goes to John Tate as the 2018 Contest Director, with Chris Kurtze coming in to serve in that role in 2019.  Frank Randall remains on as the Secretary-Treasurer.  Thanks also go to Jack Garriss (re-elected) and two out-going Pro Tems--Chris Kurtze and Keith Liotta--with Ken Piniak and David Epstein being elected to serve in 2019.  It looks like a very good group to lead and serve ASM in 2019.

There are three contests on the plate for the December ASM meeting, so hopefully you will be able to participate in one or more of those.  John Tate discusses those in his Contest Update article below.  One note on the "Adversaries II (Part Deux)" sponsored contest hosted by myself and my son Matt:  Awards will be based upon participation in the contest.  Based upon the models on the table, there might perhaps be "Best Big Scale Aircraft (1/48 and 1/32)" and "Best Small Scale Aircraft (1/144 and 1/72)" awards, "Best Armor" etc.  We had 36 models entered in "Adversaries I" in July 2015, so maybe we can top that number.

 Here is a quick chronological recap of ASM events that occurred in 2018.  Things started a little slow but really happened in rapid fire from August through November. 

 National Convention.  We had great ASM participation--17 attendees--at the IPMS/USA National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona on August 1-4.  !  ASM modelers placed first and second in the Best Chapter/Group Entry category with the "World War II Matilda Tanks Across the World" display led by Ken Liotta and the "Renault FT - The First Modern Tank" display led by Tony Humphries.  The Matilda display also won the Best Miscellaneous award. 


NM State Fair.  Next up was the ASM- sponsored model contest and display at the 2018 New Mexico State Fair, which had model registration and judging on  August 24-27.  We had a record turnout of 83 model entries from 44 entrants, up from 2017's previous high record of 77 entries.  ASM's "1918 - Final Year of World War I" display had 26 models.


Air Force Ball.  The Air Force Ball model display at Kirtland Air Force Base took place on September 15th to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the USAF in September 1947.  We had 74 models on the tables manned by four ASM members showing the history of the USAF from 1947 through the present, and it was enjoyed by all attendees. 


 Folds of Honor Patriot Gala.  Our final model display for 2018 was at the Folds of Honor (FoH) Patriot Gala, which took place on October 20 at the .Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel in Bernalillo.  The mission of FoH is to provide educational support to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.  The Gala is one of their primary fund-raising events, where donated articles are auctioned off in a silent online auction and old-fashioned verbal auction during the dinner.  We had 81 total models on three tables located in the auction room manned by six ASM members, and we had a lot of attendees come by to look at the models and ask questions.  This year we had two 1/48 scale models of an F-16C Fighting Falcon in the markings of the New Mexico Air National Guard’s 150th Fighter Wing "Tacos" for the auction, built and donated by Chris Kurtze and Patrick Dick.  Feedback from the FoH leadership was that all the models were “works of art” and that the F-16s were a hit and did very well in the auctions. 


To close, here is another short story on an American ace.  F4U Corsair aces have not received much coverage in the time that I have been doing these stories, so this month I will be covering Captain Kenneth Walsh , US Marine Corps (USMC).  With 21 aerial victories Ken Walsh is the 18th ranking U.S ace (tie).; 4th ranking in the USMC. and the first and top "Corsair ace."  He was also the top ace of VMF-124  the "Checkerboards”.  Walsh served five years in scout and observation squadrons before he joined VMF-124 in Sep 1942, the first unit to fly the "Corsair" in combat, and arrived at Guadalcanal in Feb 1943.  He became the first "Corsair Ace" on 3 May 1943 when he downed two Zekes off the Russell Islands.  Walsh would score 12 kills  in 19 days (12-30 Aug 1943).  He was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt on 8 Feb 1944.  Walsh later served in VMF-122 flying the Corsair in the Philippine Islands and Okinawa, scoring one victory on 22 June 1945 (Zeke).  More info on Ken Walsh and the build of a model of his F4U-1 Corsair are included in an article below.  This is my last article as the current President of ASM.  I plan to submit occasional articles on the U.S. aces and builds of their aircraft in future ASM Newsletters. 




November 2018 Article: 

ASM's model display at the Folds of Honor Patriot Gala on Saturday, October 20 went really well. We had 81 total models on three tables located in the auction room, and we had a lot of people come by to check out the models and talk about the ones that they had flown or maintained. There were six ASM members manning the tables: Josh Pals, Frank Randall, Chris Kurtze, Ken Piniak, and Mike and Matt Blohm. Chris Kurtze and Patrick Dick both provided a 1/48-scale model of an F-16C Fighting Falcon in the markings of the New Mexico Air National Guard's 150th Fighter Wing "Tacos" for the auction. The Folds of Honor provides scholarships for the children and spouses of America's fallen and disabled service members. Several pictures of the display are included below. A longer article and more pictures are included below.


The November 2 meeting is the E-Board election night. We have six people running for three Pro Tem positions. These include (in alphabetical order): John Dodd, Dave Epstein, Jack Garriss, Dave Haskins, Robert Henderson, and Ken Piniak. There was only one nomination for the positions of President (Josh Pals), Vice President (Tony Humphries), Secretary/Treasurer (Frank Randall), and Contest Director (Chris Kurtze). 

The November meeting's other highlight is a "Battle of Britain" presentation being given by noted aviation author Douglas Dildy. His latest book is Battle of Britain 1940: The Luftwaffe's 'Eagle Attack.' This is the first book in the new Osprey Books "Air Campaign" series. Request that all ASM members bring in your built Battle of Britain models--Bf-109s, Spitfires, Hurricanes, etc.--for "display only" to compliment Doug's presentation. We will have a table set up in the meeting room for those.

I want to report that ASM will not be doing a "1918" model display for Veterans Day at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial. They did like the "1918" display that we did at the State Fair, but unfortunately they do not have any display area open for us to use at this time. They may have space open in a few months, so stand by for more info on that.

We have two sponsored contests in November as well as the main "Open" theme (points) contest. These include Brian Peck's "Challenge Build" and Dave Epstein's "Blackbirds." I also want to pitch December's sponsored contest "Adversaries II (Part Deux)" hosted by Matt Blohm and myself. This is open to any two model subjects (counts as one entry) that were involved in an adversarial situation. An example might be a Zero or Val dueling a P-40B over the skies of Pearl Harbor. These models would also be eligible for December's "Pearl Harbor Plus 7" Special Contest. Models from the original "Adversaries" contest in July 2015 are not eligible for "Part Deux."

To close, here is another short US ace story, on Major John B. England, who scored 17.5 victories flying with the 357th Fighter Group "Yoxford Boys" in the European Theater of Operations. England was an original member of the 357th, assigned to the 362 Fighter Squadron. The 357th flew its first combat mission on 11 Feb 1943 and ended the war as the top-scoring P-51 Mustang group in the 8th Air Force and third in scoring amongst all fighter groups in Europe. England scored his first victory on 8 Mar 1944 and made Ace in 44 days. His last victory was scored on 4 Jan 1945. He commanded the 362 FS from 25 Aug 1944 to 8 Apr 1945. England remained in the US Army Air Force after World War II and then the USAF and flew several missions during the Korean War. He was killed in a F-86 flying accident on 17 Nov 1954 while commander of the 389th Fighter Bomber Squadron. Further details on John England and pictures of the build of his P-51B Mustang are in the Articles section below.




October 2018 Article: 

First off, I want to thank everybody that supported the ASM model display at the Air Force Ball on Kirtland AFB on Saturday, September 15th.  We had 74 models on the tables showing the history of the USAF from 1947 through the present.  It went very well and everybody enjoyed the display.  Thanks to Josh Pals, Larry Glenn and Frank Randall for helping me man the tables.  A few pictures are included here; a longer article and pictures of the display are posted below on this Articles webpage. 


Our next ASM model display is at the Folds of Honor (FoH) New Mexico 2018 Patriot Gala, being held on October 20th at the Santa Anna Star Casino Hotel in Bernalillo.  The mission of FoH is to provide educational support to the spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members.  The display is going to be of models of any genre (aircraft, helicopters, armor, vehicles, ships, submarines, figures, dioramas, etc.) and any scale that fits what was/is being used by the U.S. military (any Service) from September 11, 2001 through the present.  Last year we had 40 models in the display spread out on six tables--see pictures on the 2017 Meeting Pics webpage.  It would be great to get the same models back, plus all the new builds going on for Brian Peck's "Challenge Build" sponsored contest on November 2nd.  I know that there are a lot of armor kits included in that, and we were a bit short on armor and vehicles in 2017.  As we did for the AF Ball, we will have a briefing at the October 5th ASM meeting on the display, and an E-mail will be send out to all the members that have eligible models from the last few years.  If you have something that I missed, please consider loaning that, too!  Last year we were lacking in the bomber, transport, tanker and support aircraft areas, and as I mentioned above, on armor and vehicles.  We will need four ASM folks manning the display, so please let me know if you are interested.  Here is a link to the NM FoH website

Thanks again to everyone who made the 2018 NM State Fair Model Contest a success.  We set a new record with 83 entries.  Our "1918" display had 26 models.  An article on the state fair results is elsewhere on the ASM Website. 

Speaking of 1918, we may be doing a model display on "1918" at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial to celebrate Armistice Day.  I have contacted the Memorial's director of displays, but have not heard anything back yet.  So stand by for more news.  We may be able to put on the same exhibit as we did at the state fair, if everyone would like to participate (loan models) in the display. 

Next month's meeting on October 5th is the 2019 E-Board Nominations meeting.  We will be accepting nominations for all the E-Board positions, with the election to occur at the November 2nd meeting.  Please consider running for a position.  It is a great way to learn how the club runs and everything behind the scenes.  The positions and duties, and expectations of E-Board members are covered in the ASM By Laws, which are posted on the By Laws webpage.  An article on the nominations process and a condensed versions of the By Laws information is contained in the October Newsletter's Bonus Pages. 

Speaking of the November 2nd meeting, that night we will be having a presentation on the "Battle of Britain" by noted aviation historian and author Douglas Dildy.  You do not want to miss this!  Doug recently wrote Battle of Britain 1940: The Luftwaffe's 'Eagle Attack,' the first book in the new Osprey Books "Air Campaign" series. 

To wrap up, here is this month's short American ace story on Captain Frederick J. Christensen Jr., US Army Air Force.  Christensen, with 21.5 victories, is the 16th-ranking American ace (tie), and 11th-ranking USAF ace.  He was the 4th-ranking ace of the 56th Fighter Group "Zemke's Wolfpack," which points out the skill and expertise of that unit!  He flew 107 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations, all in the P-47 Thunderbolt.  Additional details and pictures of Christensen and the build of his bubbletop P-47D "Rozzie Geth II" are included below on this Articles webpage. 



September 2018 Article: 

ASM did very well at the IPMS/USA National Convention last month in Phoenix.  We had 17 members in attendance--see pictures below.  I'm not sure if that is a record for the club, but it is up there!  ASM modelers placed first and second in the Best Chapter/Group Entry category with the "World War II Matilda Tanks Across the World" display led by Ken Liotta and the "Renault FT - The First Modern Tank" display led by Tony Humphries.  The Matilda display also won the Best Miscellaneous award.  Congratulations to all the ASM members who built models for the displays.  I also wanted to give kudos to Jerry Little for putting together the great ASM chapter/club display table for the Nationals.  Pictures of the two group entries and the club's table are shown below and at the top of the ASM Website's home page.  


There will probably be other articles written on the Nats, but here are my comments.  Overall, I thought it was a great show with a lot of great models on the tables.  I heard about some long delays in getting registered on the first day, but I did not personally experience that on the second day.  They had pretty smooth model entry procedures, and I picked up some ideas that we might want to incorporate for the next Chile Con.  I think there should have been some splits in the non-aircraft and armor categories, which also had huge amounts of entries.  The 2020 Nationals will be in San Marcos, Texas, about half way between Austin and San Antonio.  So you'd better get building for that!

Thanks to all who entered models in the NM State Fair model contest and/or ASM's "1918" model display, and who helped with the registration and judging.  We will have a report at the September 7th ASM meeting with some statistics on how many entries and entrants we had and how many models were in the display.  Contest results will be posted on the website within a few days of the judging.  There are normally around 300 pictures posted each year, so that will take a few weeks.  If you entered any models, don't forget to pick them up on Monday, September 17th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

The next model display coming up is the Air Force Ball on September 15th at Kirtland AFB.  We are looking for anything USAF from 1947 through the present time.  This includes aircraft (it is the Air Force), helicopters, missiles, X-planes, support vehicles, figures, ships (yes, they have some), and dioramas.  I will be going through the model pictures from the last couple of years and let the builders know which of their models could be used, in case you have forgotten what might be a player.  We intend to borrow some of the ASM-built nuclear bomber models from the Defense Nuclear Weapons School Museum display, including 1/72 scale B-36, B-47, B-52 and B-2 aircraft. How to provide loaner models will be discussed at the September 7th meeting and in an E-mail to the membership. Please let me know what you will be loaning so that I can print out name plates for them. 



August 2018 Article: 

Most members are likely aware that ASM member Gil Johnson passed away on June 30th.  Gil had been a member of ASM since 2006.  A longer tribute article to Gil is published below on this webpage.  Please be sure to read that. 

I hope that ASM members who attended the IPMS/USA Nationals Convention in Phoenix on Aug 1-4 had a good time and were able to place well in the contest with whatever you entered.  I think that we have a lot of great modelers who will have been competitive.   Please bring your entries and any awards that you received to the ASM meeting on Aug 10th. 

I am sure that we will have member reports on the convention submitted for the Sep edition of the ASM Newsletter.  Anyone is welcome to submit an article to Joe Walters on their perceptions and experiences at the big show, and they will  be published as received.  I will also get those article posted to the ASM Website.  Everyone please take pics of whatever models you entered, and we will get all those posted too. 

We will be starting the first of three big ASM model displays at the 2018 NM State Fair, which runs Sep 6-16.  Model entries are on Aug 24 and 25 from 9 AM to 5 PM each day.  Please contact Josh Pals if you can help--he is the lead for this effort.  There will probably be a sign-up sheet at the Aug 10th meeting.  There is a longer article elsewhere in this newsletter on entering your models in the contest and contributing to the "1918" display.  We had a lot of great World War I models on the tables for the "1918" sponsored contest at the May ASM meeting.  I'd like to see all those at the state fair!  Remember that if you take a model to the fair, it will not be available for either the Sep 7th ASM meeting or the Sep 15th Air Force Ball, our next big model display effort. 

To finish up, here is another short "ace story."  August 31, 1943 was the first use of the F6F Hellcat in combat, so this month's story is on little-known Hellcat ace Lieutenant Patrick D. Fleming who scored 19 total aerial victories.  Fleming is the 22nd-ranking American ace (tie), and the 4th-ranking US Navy ace (tie).  He initially served on the cruiser USS Cincinnati until entering flight training in Nov 1942.  He then served as a flight instructor from Dec 1943 to Mar 1944, when he joined VF-80 (Fighting Squadron 80 "Vipers") aboard the USS Ticonderoga.  During 2 combat tours with VF-80 he scored 10 victories, including 5 kills on 14 Dec 1944 (4 Zekes and an Oscar) in the Philippines; a "triple" on 3 Jan 1945 (2 Oscars and a Tojo); and a "double" on 25 Nov 1944 (2 Frances).  He then transferred to VBF-80 (Bombing Fighting Squadron 80) as the Executive Officer, where he continued his multi-kill missions by scoring 9 kills in 2 days: 5 scored on 16 Feb (5 Zekes) and 4 on 17 Feb 1945 (4 Nates) during the carrier raids on Tokyo.  Fleming took command of VF-80 in May 1945.  He was awarded a Navy Cross, 2 Silver Stars, and 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses.  Fleming resigned from the Navy in Jan 1947 and joined the newly formed USAF as a Major.  He flew the B-29, B-50 and B-47 and rose to the rank of Colonel.  Fleming was killed in a B-52B crash on 16 Feb 1956 while serving as the 93rd Bomb Wing's Deputy Wing Commander.  The model below of Fleming's Hellcat is the Heller 1/72 scale kit depicted in Nov 1944 aboard the USS Ticonderoga.  The model is finished overall in Model Master enamel paint Dark Sea Blue FS15042.  The markings were kit-bashed from Super Scale Hellcat decal sheets.  Of note, of the 6,477 Japanese aircraft that were claimed destroyed in the air by US Navy pilots, the Hellcat was responsible for 4,947 of them (76.4 per cent). 



July 2018 Article: 

To open, I think that everybody has probably heard that long-time ASM member Harry Davidson passed away on June 10th.  He was the founder of the Cavalcade of Wings model display that members have likely seen at the Sunport.  Though his membership in ASM the two organizations have had great synergy and accomplished a lot of model-related projects, displays, and service to the community.  There is a longer article that pays tribute to Harry posted below on this webpage.  We will miss him. 


We are halfway through the year now.  Please let the E-Board know if you have any suggestions to make the second half of the year better and to have more fun.  Besides our contests and the model displays on our schedule, what would you like see for clinics?  If you would like to give a clinic on a cool method that you've recently discovered or tried, please let us know.  The same goes for presentations, if you'd like to do one of those.  Of note, the IPMS/USA National Convention in Phoenix is now one month out, so it's time to get started on your project. 

 This month's theme contest is "Bare Metal," so hopefully we'll see a lot of models of the early USAF jets and the Century Series (talking about the F-80 through F-105) and transport, tanker and bomber aircraft that can also be displayed at the Air Force Ball in September.  Hopefully you are making progress on your kits for Brian Peck's "Challenge Build" sponsored contest at the end of the year, which are players for both the AF Ball and Folds of Honor displays.

 Unfortunately, Matt and I thought it best to postpone our July 6th sponsored contest "Adversaries II (Part Deux)" until Dec14th, because of confusion on the ROE.  The ASM 2018 Contest Schedule's wording differed from the actual ROE, which is "Any two model subjects (counts as one entry) involved in an adversarial situation."  Examples of entries include: an F-4D Phantom II versus a MiG-17 or MiG-21 in Vietnam Nam, a Spitfire Mk I versus a Bf 109E in the Battle of Britain, the HMS Hood versus the Bismarck, or X-Wing Fighter versus TIE Fighter (must be compatible between movies - we have ways to check that!)  All genres are a player.  Our apologies for pushing this later, but now folks have time to build a second model if they had only built one.  Please note that entries from Part 1 are not eligible to be entered in Part Deux. If you don't remember what you previously entered, please check the 2015 Model Pictures webpage and check the month of July.  There were about 32 models entered in the contest and the judging was pretty tough to do.  

Model registration for the NM State Fair is on Friday Aug 25th and Saturday Aug 26th.  We will need members to help out on those two days, as well as the judging the following week on either Monday or Tuesday, still to be determined.  You can earn points towards ASM Modeler of the Year by entering models in the contest (50 points each) and contributing models to the "1918" ASM display (25 points each, max of 3 models total across both for points, but certainly bring more than 3). You will need to do some strategery about what you want to take to the Fair, enter in the Sep 7th ASM "Post Apocalyptic" contest, and/or display at the AF Ball on Sep 15th.  Models taken to the Fair will be on display there from Aug 26th through Sep 16th when the Fair closes (can pick them up on Sep 17th).  More info on the State Fair has been posted on the ASM Website. 

 Speaking of Post Apocalyptic, I would like to take a short moment to address a condition that is likely very prevalent in ASM that while not serious to your health, does seem to be communicable by both touch and airborne means.  This is the Uncompleted Contest Build Syndrome (UCBS).  How you catch it is fairly obvious--you try to build models.  Luckily, it seems in ASM that about every three to four years the moons, planets and the Sun line up again and you have the chance for a partial cure.  Of course, when they do, it's hard to build models when it's pitch black and those monster things are trying to kill you.  That's when a good modeling lamp will save your butt.  But I digress.  I started a kit for Josh Pals' "Post-Apocalyptic" sponsored contest back in September, 2011.  It was going to be totally awesome, but it was overwhelmed by the Apocalypse.  Now, seven years later to the month, the universe is again aligned, and I have the chance to get that partial cure.  Wish me luck.

 To close out, here is a short story on an American ace who flew with the American Volunteer Group (AVG), which flew it's last mission on July 3rd, 1942--76 years ago this month.  Squadron Leader David "Tex" Hill was the second-ranking ace of the AVG, also known as the "Flying Tigers."  He was initially a Flight Leader in the 2nd Pursuit Squadron (the "Panda Bears") and later became the Squadron Commander.  Hill scored 10.25 aerial victories with the AVG (plus 2 ground) and another 5 after he joined the US Army Air Corps when the AVG disbanded on July 4th, 1942.  Hill was assigned Curtiss Hawk 81-A2 number 48 (P-8134), which was similar to a P-40B Warhawk.  He was one of five AVG pilots who chose to remain in China and join the new 23rd Fighter Group, where he was assigned the rank of Major and command of the 75th Fighter Squadron.  A longer article on Tex Hill and pictures of a model of his aircraft built using the 1/72 scale Academy P-40B Tomahawk kit are included below on this webpage.  



June 2018 Article:

The May 4th meeting included a presentation on "1918" by Josh Pals that covered the highlights of events in the first half of that year.  Josh will present the second half of 1918 at the June 1st meeting.  John Tate's "1918" sponsored contest at the May meeting had an impressive turn-out of really nice models.  I hope you were there to see them, or better yet, participated too!  If you were unable to complete your 1918 model in time for the May meeting, please try to get it done by the end of August, as "1918" is also the theme of our ASM Display-Only exhibit at the 2018 New Mexico State Fair. 

Instead of featuring an American ace this month, I'm going to talk about an anniversary that just occurred on May 17th: the 75th anniversary of the completion of the 25th combat mission by the Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" and its crew in 1943.  The B-17F belonged to the 324th Bomb Squadron (Heavy) of the 91st Bomb Group in the European Theater.  To commemorate this anniversary the restored "Memphis Belle" was rolled-out on May 17th to go on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force (the "Air Force Museum" to us old heads).  This was a significant event in that the odds of completing 25 missions was very low at that time.  The "Belle" returned to the US to go on a war bond tour and became famous in multiple movies--the latest version made in 1990.  The B-17 was put on display in Memphis in 1947 and deteriorated severely over the years from the weather and vandalism.  The B‑17 was moved to the USAF Museum in October 2005 for restoration and eventual display, and was unveiled on May 17th.  Of note, the B-17 "Hell's Angels" of the 303rd Bomb Group completed 25 combat missions on May 13, 1943, becoming the first B-17 to complete the feat, one week before the "Memphis Belle."  The press, however, became enamored with the "Belle" and she was immortalized in history.  In another case of ironic irony, the B-17G "Texas Raiders" from the Commemorative Air Force was here in Albuquerque on May 14-17.  Hopefully you got to see it flying around.  That is always way cool.  If you had the chance to tour it at Cutter Aviation, please consider writing a trip report and share some of your pictures. 

ASM put on a year-long rotating model display in 1997-1998 at multiple locations on Kirtland AFB--including the National Atomic Museum--to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the US Air Force, which occurred on Sep 27th, 1947.  As part of that display, John Tate built a 1/72 model of the "Memphis Belle."  The model has appeared in multiple ASM model displays since that time, and it is always a favorite with the crowd.  Pictures below include: the "Memphis Belle" at the end of it's 25th mission and subsequent war bond tour in the USA; restoration by the USAF Museum; and pictures of John's model, which is Academy's B-17F kit.  Additional pictures are included in the Memphis Belle History and Restoration article posted elsewhere on this Aricles webpage.    



May 2018 Article:

First off, I'd like to thank the folks who did the four model skills clinics at the April 6th meeting.  I think those went really well and looked to be well-attended, and I hope you learned some new techniques to try on your next project.  Those instructors included Brian Peck (rigging and wires), Chris Kurtze (black based painting), Henry McHarney (dioramas and weathering), and Frank Randall (painting white finishes). 

The May 4th meeting will include the "Tamiya Versus Hasegawa" special (non-points) contest and the "1918" sponsored contest hosted by John Tate.  2018 is the 100th anniversary of the last year of World War I, also known as the "Great War" and the "War to End All Wars."  The May meeting will also include a presentation on "1918 - the Year in Review" by Josh Pals.  This will cover the highlights of events that occurred during that final year of the war.  Hopefully we will have a lot of entries for the "1918" contest, which is open to any subject, any kit, any scale that fits the year 1918.  Please remember that this is the theme of our ASM Display-Only exhibit at the 2018 New Mexico State Fair. 

I would like to take a short moment to address a condition that is likely very prevalent in ASM that while not serious to your health, does seem to be communicable by both touch and airborne means.  This is the Uncompleted Contest Build Syndrome (UCBS).  How you catch it is fairly obvious-you try to build models.  Luckily, it seems in ASM that about every three to four years the moons, planets and the Sun line up again and you have the chance for a partial cure.  Of course, when they do, it's hard to build models when it's pitch black and those monster things are trying to kill you.  That's when a good modeling lamp will save your butt.  See Jerry Little for some help with that.  But I digress.  I started a kit for Josh Pals's "Post-Apocalyptic" sponsored contest back in September, 2011.  It was going to be totally awesome, but it was overwhelmed by the Apocalypse.  Now, seven years later to the month, the universe is again aligned, and I have the chance to get that partial cure.  Wish me luck.

To coincide with John Tate's "1918" contest, this month's ace's story will cover two aces who flew with the United States Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force in France during 1918, and models of their aircraft: 1st Lieutenant Douglas Campbell who flew the Nieuport 28 "Scout" and 2nd Lieutenant Frank Luke, Jr. who flew the SPAD S.XIII.  Campbell, below left, was the first American-trained ace in WW I.  Luke, below right, the "Arizona Balloon Buster," scored a phenomenal 18 victories over 10 days before his demise.  These stories and additional pictures of the men and models of their aircraft are included in the "Americn Aces of World War I" article in the main section of this webpage. 



April  2018 Article:

The April 6 meeting is an "ASM Clinics Night" so you want to be sure to attend that night. We plan to have four or five simultaneous rotating clinics that will be repeated, so that you can pick and choose the topics that most interest you. Right now the topics include black-based painting, painting white, and diorama weathering. Each will be 30 - 45 minutes long. Stay tuned to the website for the latest on the topics to be covered that night. There are no contests that night, but Works-In-Progress entries can be brought in and Display-Only models are welcomed. We plan to conduct more modeling skills clinics throughout the year.

Here's an update on the model displays that ASM will be conducting in 2018. First, we have the "1918--End of World War I" display at the New Mexico State Fair. That will be on August 24 - 25 when we do the model entries for the contest. In preparation for that, you can build an entry for John Tate's "1918" sponsored contest on May 4. The second display will likely be at the Air Force Ball on September 15. Our participation has not yet been confirmed for this. Models for that would be anything USAF from 1947 to the present. If we are short on models, we could probably sneak some World War II USAAF models in too. The third display is at the Folds of Honor Patriot Gala, which has been moved to October 20. The models for that will be any US Service from 2001 to the present. To generate some new builds for that, the ASM E-Board is hosting the "Global War on Terror (GWOT)" sponsored contest at the September 7 meeting.

To wrap up, here is this month's short story on an American ace. I have yet to feature an F-86 "Sabre" ace, so this month I'm covering Colonel Royal N. "King" Baker, USAF, with 16.5 aerial victories. Baker was the fifth ranking allied ace in Korea with thirteen scores including twelve MiG-15's and one LA-9. He is the 29th-ranking American ace (tie), and 24th-ranking ace in the USAF (tie). Baker commanded the 4th Fighter Intercept Wing from June 1952 to March 1953, flying 127 combat missions. He was the leading Korean War scorer for much of his tour. He scored 1.5 kills on 7 December 1952 near Sinuiju. During WWII he scored 3.5 kills. He flew Spitfires with the 308th Fighter Squadron (FS) of the 31st Fighter Group (FG) in the Mediterranean Theater (with two Fw 190 and one Bf-109 victories). He also served as 493 FS Operations Officer and 48 FG Operations Officer in the European Theater, scoring 0.5 Bf-109 kills while flying the P-47 Thunderbolt. Baker was 7th AF Vice Commander in Vietnam and flew 140 combat sorties. He was 17th AF Commander from July 1969 to February 1971, and retired as a Lt General in August 1975. Baker died in April 1976.

The model of Baker's aircraft "The King / Angel Face & the Babes" is the Testors F-86E kit, and has the patch of the 336th Fighter Intercept Squadron "Rocketeers" on the nose. This model was built and put on display at the USAF Academy in 1997. It is finished in Model Master Aluminum Plate Buffing enamel paint. The decals are from the Micro Scale "Korean War Aces #2" decal sheet 72-244. Eagle Strike has a more recent "Wings Over Korea" decal sheet 72059 that includes Baker's markings.




March  2018 Article:

March is the first Open theme contest - hopefully we will see lots of models om the table.  The two Open contests in March and November typically have the most entries of the year.  The March meeting will have a historical presentation by Dave Allin.  He is a U.S. Army and Vietnam War veteran and comes to us via our association with the Albuquerque Model Car Club.  April is Clinics Night - let us know what you want to see at the March meeting.  We will pick the highest priorities to present.  Also please let us know if you would like to present a clinic yourself, either in April or later in the year. 

A quick reminder that March 31st is the IPMS Region 10 CoMMiES Fest 2018 model contest up in Golden, Colorado.  Their theme this year is "A Night at the Movies."  There are links on the ASM Website.

 Please let me know if you are interested in building a model, display case, or plaques for the ASM raffle models at the Folds of Honor Gala fund-raising event this September.  We plan to build several 1/48 scale F-16 models with "New Mexico Taco's" markings.  See picture of Chris Kurtze's F-16 model below for what we'd like to build.  If you are interested in building any models for display at the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School Museum on Kirtland AFB, please get with me. 

 I have not yet covered a F4U Corsair ace, so this month's ace story and model build is on Major Archie G. Donahue of the US Marine Corps.  With 14 aerial victories, Donahue is the 11th ranking USMC ace and 38th ranking U.S. ace (tie).  He is the top-ranking ace of both the VMF-112 "Wolfpack" and VMF-451 "Blue Devils."  Donahue finished training in Dec 1941 and joined VMF-112, arriving with the unit at Guadalcanal Island in Nov 1942.  He served 3 tours there, flying 159 total combat missions.  His first 2 victories were in the F4F Wildcat on 13-14 Nov 1942 (2 Zeros).  Donahue scored 7 more kills flying the F4U Corsair, with a "quadruple" and 1 probable on 13 May 1943 (4 Zeros) near Florida Island, and a "double" on 7 Jun 1943 (2 Zeros) near the Russell Islands.  He returned to the U.S. and joined VMF-451 in Jun 1943.  All his VMF-451 scores occurred on one mission when he made "ace in a day" on 12 Apr 1945 (3 Vals and 2 Zeros) off Okinawa.  He flew 56 missions off the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) until it was hit by kamikazes on 11 May 1945 and had to retire from combat.  After WW II he was in real estate and was active in the Confederate Air Force, flying a replica Zero.  Donahue died on 30 Jul 2007.  Donahue's F4U-1D Corsair was built using the Tamiya Vought F4U-1D kit in 1/72 scale.  The kit goes together very nicely and includes almost all the decals required for Donahue's markings with VMF-451 aboard the Bunker Hill.  The kit has White 167 which was Lt Commander Roger Hedrick's aircraft with VF-84 on Bunker Hill.  Donahue's White 19 markings were created using numbers from SuperScale Corsair decal sheets.  The model was painted overall with Model Master Dark Sea Blue (FS 15042).  The yellow nose was painted Model Master Insignia Yellow FS 33538.  The interior was painted Model Master Zinc Chromate Green. 



February 2018 Article:

We had a pretty good turnout of models at December's Moe Blaters "Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science and Fantasy" Special Contest, with 18 model entries.  The Intermediate division had a great set of models, with the Orks and Martians fighting it out with the Humans and Cylons from Battlestar Galactica.  Unfortunately for the Humans, the Orks and Tripod won out. 

 The February meeting is one of our two "Swap Meets," so bring your old plastic to recycle for new plastic.  The March meeting is an "Open" theme contest.  There is an opportunity here to use strategery to try to fill a bunch of squares with one peg, bird, or in this case a model build.  For example, a World War I subject from 1918 could be entered in the March Open contest, John Tate's "1918" Sponsored Contest in May, the IPMS/USA Nationals in August (they may have a special WW I award), and the New Mexico State Fair model contest and the ASM "1918" display in September.  Sounds like a plan to me. 

I wanted to mention some model displays that ASM is currently working on.  The first is the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School Museum on Kirtland AFB.  ASM contributed/loaned them 10 models during 2017, and we are trying to revitalize our relationship with that museum with some additional builds.  They are looking for any subjects from the Cold War era and current times, not just those involved with nuclear weapons.  See the "Model Displays" webpage on the ASM Website for additional information and pictures of ASM-built models currently on display.  A second model display project just now underway are model builds for several squadrons of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland AFB.  That may expand to some additional models - stand by for more information on that.  ASM provided loan of MH-60G and UH-1N models for a 58 SOW awards ceremony on January 19th.  Thanks to Victor Maestas for loaning those 1/48th models, and also to Steve Brodeur for a 1/72nd UH-1D model. 

 The ASM Website has been updated with new 2018 webpages.  Selecting the major pages and 2018 "year pages" should take you to other 2018 pages.  Please let me know if you find any incorrect links.  Past "year pages" will take you to pages involving that same year - selecting Meeting Pics on the 2017 Model Pics page will take you to 2017 Meeting Pics, etc.  If you get lost, select "ASM Home" to get back to the Home Page. 

To finish up, here is this month's short story on an American ace.  I noticed that I had not yet featured anyone who flew the Hellcat.  The Wildcat has received a lot of coverage, but not its younger brother.  So to make up for that, I'm going to briefly cover the top three Hellcat aces who flew with VF-27 (Fighting Squadron 27) on the USS Princeton from May to October 1944.  These include Lieutenant (Lt) James A. "Red" Shirley (12.5 victories), Lt Carl A. Brown (10.5 victories), and Lt Richard E. Stambook (10 victories).  VF-27's cruise aboard the USS Princeton was cut short by its sinking on October 24, 1944, but in five months the squadron accumulated 134 aerial victories, with 104 occurring on three days. and 64 destroyed on the ground.  Further information on these Hellcat Aces of VF-27, and more pictures of models of their aircraft, are included in the main part of the Articles web page. 


Left to right above:  Lt James "Red" Shirley and his F6F-3 Hellcat "White 23"; Lt Carl "Brownie" Brown, Jr. and his F6F-5 Hellcat "White 9";
and Lt Richard Stambook and his F6F-3 Hellcat "White 17"



January 2018 Article:

A Look Back at 2017 and the Upcoming 2018 - and a Local Hero Passes

 First off I want to thank the outgoing members of the 2017 E-Board for the service to the club:  Jerry Little as Vice President, Victor Maestas as Contest Director, and Bob Henderson as Pro Tem.  Our most excellent 2017 was due in part to their hard efforts.

Speaking of 2017, here is a short recap of what the club accomplished over the year.  A few pictures of these events are included with this article.  We put on a great IPMS Region 10 Convention and Model Contest with "Chile Con IV" held at a new venue on June 16-17.  It went quite well, with 70 entrants and 466 models from 6 different states.  A good time was had by all.  The next big event was the ASM-sponsored 2017 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest on August 26-29.  We set a new record for model entries with a total of 77 by 51 entrants.  Our display-only exhibit of "Star Wars - 40th Anniversary" models was also a record with 35 models that filled two whole cases.  Thanks to everyone for making that truly impressive and a great display of the modeling skills of the ASM membership.  For the 2018 display-only theme we are planning to do "1918" (100th Anniversary of end of World War I).  ASM next put on a model display supporting the Folds of Honor Foundation at their annual fund-raising Patriot Gala on September 23rd at the Sandia Resort and Casino.  That display had 40 models representing all the U.S. Services spread out over 6 tables.  All the attendees enjoyed looking at the models, and we are planning to do a display again in 2018, with a couple of ASM-built models to be raffled-off.  We had an ASM Group Field Trip to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History here in Albuquerque on December 15th to close-out 2017.  There is a separate article on that event in this Newsletter.  Finally, ASM won the IPMS/USA 2016 Website of the Year Award, and I would like to thank everyone in ASM that contributed articles, kit reviews, and field trip reports for posting on the website and participated in activities and events conducted by the club.  Overall, I think we did a great job of promoting scale modeling and the club with the public and having fun in 2017. 


Pictures above, left to right:  Chile Con IV; NM State Fair Model Contest, Folds of Honor Patriot Gala Model Display; Group Field Trip

ASM also had a pretty productive set of club meetings in 2017.  We had two presentations by book authors: "The New Mexico Space Trail" by Joseph Page in March, and the "Desert Storm Air War" by Douglas Dildy in October.  We also had 4 model clinics and 2 presentations on field trips taken by ASM members.  We plan to conduct a similar amount of clinics and presentations in 2018 including a whole meeting dedicated to multiple clinics on April 6th.  Please let the E-Board know if you have a presentation that you would like to give to the club.  Contest-wise, we had 7 Theme (points) contests, 3 Special (non-points) contests, and 5 Sponsored Contests - thanks to all who hosted those.  If you have an idea for a sponsored contest in 2018, please let the Contest Director (John Tate) know and we will try to fit it into the schedule. 

To close, here is another short story of an American "ace" - when you count both aerial and ground victories - Edward B. Giller, who recently passed away here in Albuquerque on October 1st, 2017.  ASM does have a connection with Major General Giller, in a round-about kind of way.  Most modelers might recognize Giller's famous P-51D Mustang named "The Millie G" after his wife, Mildred.  There were actually 8 different "Millie's" including P-38's and P-51's.  During World War II he scored three aerial victories, including an Me 262 jet on Apr 6, 1945.  His other two victories were a Ju 88 on Nov 13, 1943 and a Me 410 on Nov 25, 1944; these two were scored in a P-38 Lightning.  He also had six ground kills, including a "triple" on Apr 16, 1945 and a "double" on Apr 9, 1945.  These ground kills were included in overall victory totals at that time to encourage strafing, thus making him an "ace."  He flew both the P-38 and P-51 with the 343rd Fighter Squadron (FS) of the 55th Fighter Group (FG), 8th Air Force, out of Wormingford, England.  He would eventually serve as 343 FS commander and then 55 FG deputy commander.  Giller remained in the USAF after WWII and was involved in nuclear weapons research and in the USAF Offices of Scientific and Aerospace Research.  From June 1954 to June 1959 he was the Special Assistant Director and later the Director of the Research Directorate, Air Force Special Weapons Center, at Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico.  He retired as a Major General in June 1972 but remained involved with the Atomic Energy Commission and the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties (SALT) I and II, and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.  General Giller and his wife retired to Albuquerque in 1998 where he lived to his death at the age off 99. 

Several ASM members, including myself, attended the Giller estate sale conducted in June 2016 when he moved into an assisted living facility.  I acquired some photo albums, books, and scrapbooks.  John Tate acquired a display set of four P-51 "Millie G" models that had been presented to General Giller at the 1967 IPMS/USA National Convention where he had been a guest speaker.  These models were detailed in an article by John in the August 2016 ASM Newsletter. See pictures below.  The individual model pictures accompanying this article include a Tamiya 1/48 scale P-51D kit in Giller's markings built by Larry Glenn.  He used BaracudaCals BC48011 decals for the markings.  This model received a 3rd Place award at the 2017 IPMS/USA Nationals, 50 years after the display models had been presented to General Giller in 1967.  Also included are pictures of the Revell 1/72 scale P-51D kit that I built in Giller's markings in 1971.  Back then this was the best 1/72 P-51 kit available.  I believe the decals were from ESCI and Microscale, with some items hand-painted.  Fortunately P-51 kits have gotten a whole lot better since then.  Coincidentally, which makes the connection circle with ASM complete, to build Giller's "Mille" in 1971 for my Ace's Gallery collection at the USAF Academy, I used the 1969 article in the IPMS/USA Journal that detailed all the research that had been done on his aircraft to build that "Mille G" display presentation set that John rescued at the Giller estate sale.  That Journal article was reprinted as part of John's article in the August 2016 ASM Newsletter, and I recommend you check it out.  I do not know why the USAF Academy Library had a subscription to the IPMS/USA Journal and Quarterly, but I spent a lot of time researching schemes in all the magazines that they had on file.  That was my first exposure to IPMS/USA and I subsequently became a member.  To finally close, I hope that everyone has a Happy New Year and can spend a lot of time building models in 2018.  You had better get moving, as the IPMS/USA Nationals is only seven months away!    



Pictures above:  Edward Giller and his "Millie G"; the rescued 1967 IPMS/USA presentation model display;
Larry Glenn's 1/48th "Millie G"; and Mike Blohm's 1/72nd "Millie G"

For further information on General Giller, his obituary in the Albuquerque Journal Newspaper can be found at:



December 2017 Article:

Supersonic - Election Results - and End of Year Festivities

I have a couple of items to cover, but first I want to thank everybody who stood for election and re-election to the 2018 ASM Executive Board, and all who participated (voted) in the election.  We had a good turnout and things went very smoothly.  Congratulations to the following in these positions in 2018: Josh Pals as Vice President; John Tate as Contest Director, and Jack Garriss, Keith Liotta, and Chris Kurtze as Pro Tems.  Please let the E-Board folks know if you have any suggestions to make the election process and advertising (newsletter and website) better.  The same goes if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see the club do in 2018 - clinics, model shows, presentations, field trips, etc.  There will be some discussion on the 2018 contest schedule at the December 1st meeting, so do some brainstorming on that. 


Pictures above left to right: Bell X-1 in-flight; Chuck Yeager and X-1, named "Glamorous Glennis" after his wife,
as were his World War II P-51s;  and X-1 hanging at National Air & Space Museum

Speaking of the December meeting, that night is the "Supersonic" Special Contest.  We just passed the 70th anniversary of the first official supersonic flight on October 14, 1947.  Most modelers know about Chuck Yeager "breaking the sound barrier" in the rocket engine-powered Bell X-1 aircraft - with a shape that resembled a Browning 0.50 caliber machine gun bullet - so I won't delve into the history behind that event.  I was asked by one of the members to talk a bit about what it's like to actually "go supersonic."  So here is a little bit about my experiences.  When you are supersonic, there is really no change in what things look like unless you have something with which to judge your relative velocity.  If you are near clouds or pass close to somebody else, say in a head-on pass where you are both supersonic, then you can really tell that you're smokin' through the sky.  Going that fast shortens your decision-making time and reactions become more critical.  How fast you need to go to break Mach 1 depends upon altitude, temperature, air density, etc.  Typically it is about 768 mph (660 knots) at sea level and around 678 mph (590 knots) at 30,000 feet.  We typically went around Mach 1.5 during our air-to-air missions.  The F-4 Phantom II has vari-ramps in the rearward half of the intake splitter plates that are supposed to control the velocity of the air flow coming into the engine.  They rarely deploy, but when they do...  The first time I experienced that really got my attention - a huge "thump" and then a howling sound that you could hear through the canopy.  They were right in front of where I was sitting.  

 There was one time we had engaged some F-15 Eagles and were separating away from the fight - "unloaded" (zero G - which is an interesting experience in itself) going full blower in a slight dive, and I checked our airspeed.  We were at 760 knots calibrated, which is one of our limits where things start melting.  I glanced over at my true airspeed dial, which I believe said 1,200 knots.  I didn't normally check speeds, as I had a lot of other things to do like checking six and tracking everybody with the radar, but that might have been the fastest I ever went during a real mission.  In the debrief the Eagle driver showed us his tape, which showed us rapidly walking away from him, out of range with no shot at us.  The Phantom was advertised as a Mach 2 fighter, but we rarely got there.  The couple of times that I know that I did were during functional check flights where we got really high and really fast to check out the jet and all the systems after major maintenance actions; and also when we were executing snap-up attacks against high-flying drones simulating MiG-25 Foxbats.  In one of those missions, I can remember being nervous about not touching the canopy when we were going about Mach 2.1 because there was no air out there.  We were above 50,000 feet in a climbing glide and the sky was really dark blue and you could see a bit of a curve on the horizon.  A "clean" Phantom (no tanks) can haul when it has to.  But I digress.  So to sum up: when you go supersonic the stars, or clouds, all go to streaks and you get a thunderclap, and that's really cool.  Just kidding (but it's true!). 

December 1st is also the "2017 ASM Model of the Year Showdown" Contest.  All the 2017 Best of Show winners from all the Theme (points) and Special (non-points) Contests in the four modeling divisions are eligible to compete.  You do not have to be at the meeting, but your model does.  See the "Model of the Year" webpage for a listing of all the contenders, posted by month.  There are 28 models shown - let's make sure all 28 are there on December 1st.  Of note, winners from the "Supersonic" Special Contest are also eligible.  Be there - aloha - no deals!  John Dodd is doing a diorama building modeling clinic, so you do not want to miss that.

To wrap-up, here is another short story on an American ace.  I have so far neglected the P-47 Thunderbolt aces since I started writing this column, so here is a story on one of them: Major William Dunham of the USAAF.  "Dinghy" Dunham is the second-ranking ace of the 348th Fighter Group (FG) "Kearby's Thunderbolts."  He is the 32nd-ranking US ace (tie) and 27th-ranking USAF ace (tie) with 16 total victories.  Dunham initially served with the 53 FG in Panama before transferring to 348 FG in Nov 1942 where he would serve two combat tours in the Southwest Pacific.  He scored 15 victories with the P-47D, including 7 kills  on his first tour, with a "double" on 16 Oct 1943 (2 Haps) and a "triple" on 21 Dec 1943 (3 Vals).  He scored 9 more victories on his second tour, with a "quadruple" on 7 Dec 1944 (2 Zekes and 2 Oscars).  His final kill was in a P-51K against a Frank on 14 Dec 1945.  During his second tour he commanded both the 342 Fighter Squadron (FS) and 460 FS, and rose to Lieutenant Colonel and Deputy Commander of the 348 FG.  Dunham remained in service and later commanded several jet  wings.  He retired from the USAF as a brigadier general in 1970, and died in 1990.  This model of his P-47D is the 1/72 scale Hasegawa kit with Aeromaster decals (AM 72-008).  All of his aircraft were named "Bonnie" or "Mrs. Bonnie."  The black wing and fuselage bands were a theater recognition marking.  Some sources show the glare panel and spine as olive drab, and others have those as black. 




November 2017 Article:

We had a super meeting on October 6 with about fifty models on the tables. We had a great presentation by Doug Dildy on the "Desert Storm Air War." If you missed the presentation, you can check it out in his book, F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25 - Iraq 1991. Doug has volunteered to give his "Spitfires Over Dunkirk" presentation again, perhaps at the March 2018 meeting. He is working on a new book on the Battle of Britain, so we may see a presentation on that as well.

The November 10 meeting is the ASM E-Board elections night as well as an "Open" theme contest. We have candidates up for election in the following positions (names listed alphabetically): Vice President (Jerry Little and Josh Pals), Contest Director (Ken Liotta and John Tate), and three Pro Tems (John Dodd, David Epstein, Jack Garriss, Bob Henderson, Bret Kinman, Chris Kurtze, and Keith Liotta). Info on the election process is available on the ASM Website via a link near the top of the Home Page. Absentee balloting will be available if you cannot make it to the meeting. The "model challenge build" proposal for the Contest Director position will not be done.

Pictures of the ASM model display at the Folds of Honor Gala and the winners of the People's Choice model contest are posted on the Articles webpage. At the November meeting we will discuss whether the club wants to attempt to do a model display at the Albuquerque Comic Con in January 2018.

The November  issue of the ASM Newsletter continues the "Modeling of History" theme with an article by Tony Humphries commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Model builds were done or included for this article by Tony, John Tate, Larry Horyna, Aaron Kreltszheim, Don Alberts, and Mike Blohm. So please check out that article. You might be inspired to do something similar, either on your own or with a group of ASM members.

The short ace story this month is directly related to the El Alamein article, as this ace was the pilot of the P-40F Warhawk built for this project: 1st Lieutenant Roy "Deke" Whittaker. Whittaker was the top ace of the 57th Fighter Group (FG) "First in the Blue" with seven aerial victories, all scored in the P-40. Whittaker launched off the USS Ranger in June 1942 and participated in ground attack and bomber escort missions during the Battle of El Alamein. He downed an Italian MC.202 on 26 Oct 1942 as his first victory. His biggest day was on 18 April 1943, when he participated in the "Palm Sunday Massacre" over Cape Bon, Tunisia, where US P-40s flown by the 57th FG and 324th FG and Spitfires from No. 92 Squadron engaged 60 Ju-52 transports escorted by 21 Bf-109s and MC.202 fighters headed for Sicily. Whittaker downed three Ju-52s and one Bf-109G and also damaged one Ju-52 and one Bf-109G. Overall, 59 Ju 52s and 16 fighters were shot down for the loss of 6 P-40s, the best day ever for the P-40 Warhawk. The model depicted in the article (and below) is the 1/72-scale Special Hobby P-40F Warhawk kit "Short Tails Over Africa," and was flown by Whittaker for his first three victories including the Battle of El Alamein. The profile shown above this article was his assigned aircraft in April - May 1943 when he was a Captain. Whittaker returned to the USA in June 1943, and later commanded the 499th Fighter Squadron near the end of WWII. Additional info on Whittaker and the 57th FG is included in the El Alamein article.  A kit review on the build of this kit will be included in the December ASM Newsletter and published elsewhere on the ASM Website..



October 2017 Article:

Folds of Honor Model Display

The ASM model display at the September 23 Folds of Honor (FoH) Gala fund-raising event at the Sandia Resort and Casino went very well, and I would like to thank everyone who loaned models and helped man the show. We had forty models in the display spread out over six tables, with good representation of all the US Services in armor, ships and aircraft/helicopters in a lot of different scales. We had two nicely done figures/vignettes, but no dioramas. We also had the "What is scale modeling?" signage out. We had a lot of people come look at the display, especially military personnel, and they all enjoyed the models. The People’s Choice (PC) model contest did not get a lot of participation, likely due to lack of advertisement and the way the ballroom was set up. The PC winners will be announced at the October 6 ASM meeting. I have asked for some feedback from the FoH leadership on how they enjoyed the display and whether they would like ASM to do it again, but I have not heard anything back yet. At the ASM meeting we will talk about some lessons learned to make it better if we do it again in 2018. Thanks to Bret Kinman, Josh Pals, and Matt Blohm for helping to set up and man the display. Thanks to the following members who loaned models: Frank Randall, Chris Kurtze, Victor Maestas, Bret Kinman, Theron Brawley, Ken Liotta, David Epstein, John Tate, Brian Peck, and Mike Blohm.  A few pictures of the display are posted below. The FoH Foundation provides scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.

The October 6 meeting will include Doug Dildy's "Desert Storm Air War" presentation that will include his latest Osprey book "F-15C Eagle versus MiG-23/25, Iraq 1991."  These presentations have been truly outstanding in the past, so you do not want to miss this one. I encourage everyone to bring in any "display only" models you have that fit the theme of the Desert Storm air war, in particular F-15s, MiG-23 Floggers and MiG-25 Foxbats. Maybe there will be some "Red Star" theme contests models that apply to the presentation as well.

The next local contest is ModelZona 2017 at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa (Phoenix), Arizona on November 4. That is a very nice museum that you will be able to visit at the same time that you are winning awards and buying model kits. What more could you ask?

Thanks again for the great participation at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair's "Star Wars - 40th Anniversary" model display. Posting of pictures to the ASM Websitte's New Mexico State Fair Model Contest Results webpage is ongoing and will take a while to finish.

To close out, here is another short story on an American ace: Major Samuel J. Brown, who is the 33rd-ranking US ace (tie) and 28th-ranking USAF ace. Sam Brown was the third ranking ace of the 15th Air Force (AF) and second ranking ace of the 31st Fighter Group (FG). He was claimed by some to be the "best all-around fighter pilot" in the 15th AF. Brown initially served in the Aleutian Islands flying P-39s and P-40s. He joined the 309th Fighter Squadron (FS) of the 31st FG in early 1944 when they converting from Spitfires to the P-51. Brown scored a "quadruple" on 26 Jun 1944 (three Me 210s and one Bf 109) over Vienna, Austria, earning the Distinguished Service Cross. He scored a "triple" on 29 May 1944 (two Me 110s and one Bf 109) during a B-24 escort mission to the Wiener-Neustadt and Wollersdorf Aerodromes in Austria.  Brown also had a "double" on 21 Apr 1944 (two IAR-80s) during a B-17/ B-24 bomber escort to Ploesti, Romania. He commanded the 307th FS from May - Sep 1944. He left the service in May 1945, becoming a prominent oil industry executive. He died in August 1990. The model depicted is the Heller 1/72 P-51D kit, which has no fin fillet. Brown's P-51D did not carry the usual yellow stripe Mediterranean Theater recognition markings on the inboard wings and horizontal tail surfaces.









September 2017 Article:

The Modeling of History

I am first going to cover some upcoming items on the schedule, and will then talk a bit about "the modeling of history."

Thanks to all who entered models in the 2017 New Mexico State Fair model contest and/or contributed models to our "Star Wars - 40th Anniversary" display. Thanks also to those who helped out with the model registration and judging. We will have a report on how that went at the September 1 ASM meeting. Contest results will be posted on the ASM Website shortly after the judging. Pictures of all the models will be posted ASAP. There are sometimes over 200 pictures posted.

The next event coming up is an ASM model display at the Folds of Honor Gala being held at the Sandia Resort and Casino on Saturday, September 23. The Folds of Honor Foundation provides scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. The Rio Grande Patriots is the New Mexico part of the Foundation. This will be a good opportunity to support the Foundation, advertise the club to the community, and perhaps gain some membership. Details are still being worked at this time and will be discussed at the September 1 meeting.

The display is going to be of models of any genre (aircraft, armor, ships, figures, dioramas, etc.) and any scale that fit what was/is being used by the US military from September 11, 2001, through the present. Because of limitations on what we might have available, a model in a paint scheme of a unit that did not actually deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan, or depicts a time period before 9/11, is okay for the display if it is still representative. For example, an F-16 model of a Hill AFB squadron or an Air National Guard squadron from 1995 is okay if it is still representative of what they looked like in 2001-2017.

What is eligible will be discussed more at the meeting. We are looking for 20 - 30 models. There will also be a "People's Choice" contest for the Gala attendees to vote for their favorite models, likely split up by model type (best aircraft, best armor, etc.). How many members we will need to help with the display at the Gala is still to be determined. Here are a few links that provide information on the Foundation.

Lastly, I wanted to talk about "the modeling of history," which I think a lot of us modelers do either consciously or subconsciously as we work on and complete our modeling projects. Personally, I find this aspect of model building to be worthwhile, interesting and fun to do.  I build a lot of models of the American Aces and I end up doing lots of research on both the pilots and the schemes of their aircraft.  That often involves tracking down biographies and unit histories either in book format or on-line. For my display, I put together a short biography of each pilot, and I often learn lots of "little known but interesting facts" about the pilot, the units, the aircraft, where they served, other people in the unit, etc., as I dig into the story.

The same scenario applies to almost any modeling project, if you really get into it. For a ship, you might learn what schemes it was painted in over the years of its service, what battles it was in, etc. As Jerry Little mentioned in his article last month, beware of what you find on the internet.

The same applies to book formats. You will often find information that differs depending upon where you look. So you often have to dig a little deeper to verify what you plan to build. Older folks will probably remember the red-painted "Millie G" scheme for Ed Giller's P-51D in Profiles magazine (must be true!) and the Revell P-51D model kit with it depicted like that. Another way to "model history" is to put together a project that covers or depicts an event in history.

Some good examples were the ASM Chapter builds on the Char B and Matilda tanks at the IPMS/USA Nationals. One article was included in the Bonus Pages of the September ASM Newsletter (and posted further below) that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, which began in August 1942 and ended in February 1943. We will be seeing more of this type of article in some upcoming ASM Newsletters. I encourage you to take a look at doing that -what topic interests you?  You can either build some models to go with an article, or write an article to go with some related models.

There is no "monthly American Ace short story" here in this article, because that has been expanded into a separate longer article on two US Marine Corps Aces that served at Guadalcanal Island - the article that I mentioned above. There will be another article on Guadalcanal by John Tate in a later newsletter. The F4F-4 Wildcat profile posted above this article is one of the aircraft flown by Joe Foss, the top American ace at Guadalcanal, with 26 total  aerial victories. 




August 2017 Article:

Hope everyone has recovered from the Chile Con 4 effort. Thanks again to all who supported the behind-the-scenes planning and preparations and putting it on; and to all who participated. Please see the July ASM Newsletter for more detailed reporting on the convention. Pictures of the model entries and the convention - three galleries - are posted on the ASM Website, as well as the most excellent CC4 Contest Awards slide show built by Joe Walters. Additional results information will be posted ASAP.

The next event coming up is the ASM-sponsored model contest at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair. This is one of our opportunities to promote the club to the community and attempt to gain some new members. We have been fairly successful in doing so at the fair. Please go to the NM State Fair webpage on the ASM Website for information on entering models at the contest. There are 18 categories set up very much like an IPMS/USA contest. However, you can only enter one model per category and you can only enter them once, even if you did not place. We have done fairly well lately in the number of entries. Last year we set a new record with 61. We have been doing an "ASM display-only theme presentation" at the fair for the last eight years, since 2009. You can see all those displays if you go to the Model Displays webpage. We did a "Science Fiction and Anime/Gaming Models" theme in 2010 that included twelve Star Wars models.  We got feedback from the fair people that our case was the most popular thing in the Creative Arts building that year. Back in the early days we normally had about half a display case available for the display, but lately we have been able to use a full case. With the recent "Star Wars - 40th Anniversary" theme at CC4, we should be able to fill up a whole case. If you did not get your entry done in time for CC4, now you have a reason to complete it and display it. There is an another article on the NM State Fair in the Bonus Pages about how to bring your models to the fair, either as entries or for our display, or both, so please check that out.

To close, here is another short American ace story on James H. Howard. Howard was born in Canton, China, and lived there the first fourteen years of his life. He initially served as a US Navy pilot for three years including a tour with VF-6 aboard the USS Saratoga before resigning his commission in June 1941 to join the American Volunteer Group (AVG).  He scored 2.333 air and 4.0 ground kills during 50 missions as a Flight Leader with the "Flying Tigers."  When the AVG disbanded in July 1942, he joined the US Army Air Force as a Captain. In September 1943 he was assigned to the 354th Fighter Group "Pioneer Mustang Group," the first unit to receive the P-51 in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Howard received the Medal of Honor for his actions on 11 Jan 1944 where he single-handedly defended the B-17s of the 401st Bomb Group for thirty minutes against thirty Me-110 fighters during an escort mission to Oschersleben, Germany. Howard continued his attacks even after he had run out of ammunition. In that combat he claimed 3 kills, 2 probables, and 2 damaged, although the B-17 crews were willing to confirm 6 kills. He was called "a one man air force" by the 401st's group leader, and the wartime reporter Andy Rooney called his exploit "the greatest fighter pilot story of WWII."  Howard was the only fighter pilot in the ETO to earn the Medal of Honor. He named his P-51B "Ding Hao" which means "good luck" or "very good" in Chinese. The model pictures (Monogram's 1/72 P-51B kit) depict his aircraft in Jan 1944 and in my opinion it is amongst the best personal markings on a Mustang during WWII. Howard reluctantly painted the Japanese victory markings on his P-51 for the publicity pictures following his Medal of Honor mission. Howard became 356th "Red Ass" Fighter Squadron commander in February 1943 and 354th FG commander in February 1944. He rose to become a brigadier general in the USAF Reserves, and retired in 1966. He passed away in 1995. I apologize for the length of this "short story," but Howard's story is well worth telling.



July 2017 Article:

Report on Chile Con 4

This article provides some information on how things went at Chile Con 4. There will be additional information published in the Bonus Section where the team leads will provide info on their particular areas. From my own point of view, overall I think it went very, very well and we had only a few glitches during the convention. I believe attendees enjoyed the new venue - it was spacious and well lit. I hope everybody was able to get their "special projects" done and were able to enter them in the contest. The turnout was good and there were a lot of models on the tables. That fact resulted in one of the glitches - how long it took to judge the models and then get that information into the awards slideshow contributed to the awards ceremony starting late. The awards show itself was great (thanks Joe!). ASM did win the 2016 Region 10 Webmaster of the Year Award - thanks to all who contributed to making that possible! The Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying Sci-Fi (CoMMiES) won the Chapter of the Year Award. Newsletter of the Year was won by the Sonoran Desert Model Builders for "Mold Lines." The dinner was probably the best I've seen over many years of attending other conventions. The vendor room was full and it looked like there was a good crowd of shoppers. Hopefully folks were able to find a good deal, and can start building for CC5. Maybe we can get side-by-side ball rooms for the models and vendors next time if we schedule it far enough out. We were able to sell almost all the trophy packages, so that was really great.

The CC4 website has already been updated a link to a webpage with all the model pictures (thanks Gil!). By the time this Newsletter is published, the Awards Ceremony slide show and a webpage with the category winners and model pictures should be posted. We will be compiling "lessons learned" from CC4 to help us out next time. If anybody has any inputs on what we could do better or what was great, please let the E-Board know. Please bring your winning entries and plaques to the July 7 meeting. We will have some tables set up to display those. If you had a Star Wars model that you did not get completed in time for CC4, please keep plugging away on that for ASM's Star Wars - 40th Anniversary display at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair at the end of August.

I do want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped plan the convention, sponsored the awards, helped put it on, and attended/participated in the event. Without all of you it would not have happened. In particular, thanks go to the co-chairmen Tom Perea and Ken Liotta, and to the team leads Joe Walters (publications and award slide show), Jack Garriss (registrar), Dave Straub (awards), Patrick Dick (trophy packages and vendor tables), Josh Pals (make & take), Jerry Little (advertising), Gil De La Plain (photography), Brian Peck (T-Shirts and 501st Legion Liaison), and Fred Franceschi (Vehicle Display). Also, a big thank you to Hobby Proz and Ken Liotta for the Super Raffle Prizes. And finally, thanks to the 501st Legion (Vader's Fist) Dewback Ridge Garrison Star Wars enactors, and the New Mexico Military Vehicle Preservation Association for their participation. There is a large graphic on the CC4 website thanking people and organizations that purchased trophy packages or had a vendor table.



June 2017 Article:

We are now less than a month out from Chile Con 4. I'm sure everybody is wishing they had “a bit more time” to get that cosmic project finished. I foresee some late nights coming up in the next few weeks. I wanted to mention a couple of the Special Awards that have not received too much coverage. Everybody is probably aware of the four Star Wars awards (Best Spaceship, Figure, Terrestrial Vehicle, and Miscellaneous) and the two World War I awards (Best Air and Land subjects).

The other lesser-known Special awards include the Best New Mexico Subject and the ever-popular and highly-coveted Lopez Demente award for the best tasteless subject.

Sponsored Awards include the Best Frickin' Laser Beams subject hosted by Patrick Dick; the Best Kirtland AFB-related Aircraft hosted by Jerry Little; the "Captain Danny Roberts Memorial - Best American Ace Aircraft Award" hosted by Mike & Matt Blohm and John Tate; the Head Judge's Personal Favorite "Art Evans Memorial Award" hosted by Ken Liotta; and the Chairman's Choice "Don Alberts Memorial Award" hosted by Tom Perea.

Hopefully you guys are building and entering models that fit some of these categories and themes. If you have Juniors in the family, please encourage them to build and enter some models. This is always an under-represented area. We have Junior's categories and trophies and would love to give them away.

If you would like to help out at CC4, please get with the points of contact during the June ASM meeting for the area that you are interested in. We need help with judging, photography, registration, security, and the Make & Take. The list of CC4 POCs is on the website (

To close, here is another short ace story applicable to the many Battle of Midway themes elsewhere in this newsletter, on Lieutenant Elbert "Scott" McCuskey, US Navy.

McCuskey was the top-scoring fighter pilot of the battle with five victories while flying the F4F Wildcat with VF-3 aboard the USS Yorktown. He claimed three Vals destroyed and three damaged during his first sortie on 4 June 1942, and two Zeros destroyed on his second.

At that time he was the top Navy ace of the first six months of the Pacific war with 6.5 victories. He later added seven more victories flying the F6F Hellcat with VF-8 on the USS Bunker Hill, scoring a "triple" on 21 Sep 1944 (Oscars) over Luzon; and a "triple" (two Zeros and a Nick) on 12 Oct 1944.

McCuskey had fourteen total victories, and is the 38th-ranking American ace (tie) and the seventh-ranking US Navy ace (tie). Pictures of McCuskey and a model of his Wildcat are included below. The red and white tail stripes and red dot in the national insignia shown on this model were removed from use per a directive in mid 1942 to avoid confusion with Japanese aircraft markings.



May 2017 Article:

I want to thank the ASM members that have stepped up and purchased trophy packages for Chile Con 4. We are about halfway there, with 43 sold of 83 total, as of April 24. If you haven't purchased one yet, please consider doing so. Please contact Patrick Dick.

The May 5 contest is "Star Wars - 40th Anniversary," so we hope to see a nice preview of models that will be showing up at Chile Con 4. There have been a ton of new kits out to celebrate the anniversary of the movie, so there is a lot to choose from. Time is running out, so you'd better be building right now. As Yoda once said: "Build or do not build - there is no try to build."

One other item that I’d like to plug is ASM building models for the Nuclear Weapons Heritage Model Display at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School Museum on Kirtland Air Force Base. We had a great number of builds and loaners in 2015, but we fell off in 2016. The display is both nuclear-related models (e.g., missiles, aircraft that carried nuclear weapons and nuke subs) and anything that was part of the Cold War (tanks, APCs, etc.). Please see Erik McIntyre if you are interested in building for the display. Some pictures of the models are in the Newsletter's Bonus Pages section, including one of ASM members in front of the Defense Nuclear Weapons School during the June 20, 2015, tour of the museum. More are available via a link on the ASM Model Displays web page.

To wrap up, here is another short ace story on Capt. George S. "Wheaties" Welch, US Army Air Corps. You may recognize his name as one of the few American pilots who got airborne during the Pearl Harbor attack, scoring four victories during two sorties flying a P-40B Warhawk. But most people don’t know the rest of his story. He was recommended for a Medal of Honor for that action, but it was downgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross because he took off without permission. Welch ended up scoring 16 total victories between December 1941 and September 1943. He scored a "triple" one year later on 7 Dec 1942, making "ace" in the P-39 Airacobra, hence the P-39 profile and model pictures with this article. Welch scored nine of his victories in the P-38 Lightning. After the war he was a test pilot and flew the first flights of the P-82B and P-82E Twin Mustang and the F-86 Sabre. He was killed during a test flight of the F-100 Super Sabre in October 1954. Welch is the 33rd-ranking American ace (tie), and the 27th-ranking USAF ace (tie).




April Article:

Chile Con 4 is looming ever closer. Please read Jerry Little's article on what the membership can do to help out. Trophy package purchases is where ASM normally loses money by having to absorb a lot of that cost itself. I encourage members to buy at least one trophy package. Those are priced at $40 each covering first, second, and third place plaques. The CC4 Trophy Package Information webpage is now up. You can see pictures of all the awards, their sponsorship costs, and what has already been sponsored and is still available. Patrick Dick is working those, as well as the Vendor tables. Shop early to get your favorite category! Registration forms are about to go up on the CC4 website. There is a discount for early registration (before May 27), and also for IPMS/USA members. There will be announcement when that occurs.

Next up after Chile Con is the 2017 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest in September. Our "display-only theme" this year is "Star Wars," so we should have a bunch of models from Chile Con to display. Check out the pictures of the "Science Fiction" display that we put on at the fair in 2010 by visiting the ASM Website's "Model Displays" webpage. We had thirteen Star Wars models for that. Please give some thought to whether we might want to do something different this year, like either some model building demonstrations and/or Make & Take events on one or both of the two Saturdays during the fair. The demos might be a simple as bringing some kits to build, and being prepared to demo some techniques if asked by observers. We may also want to look at having an ASM Group Field Trip after Chile Con.

Here is another short ace story, this time with some model pictures as well as the profile at the top of this column, covering Lieutenant Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa, US Navy. Vejtasa initially flew the SDB Dauntless dive bomber with Scouting Squadron (VS) 5 on the USS Yorktown, where he participated in attack operations on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, and in the battle of the Coral Sea where he helped sink the light Japanese carrier Shoho on 7 May 1942. He scored three victories over Zeros in his SDB on 8 May 1942 during an anti-torpedo plane patrol. This mission was covered quite realistically in the Dogfights TV series on the History Channel. Vejtasa then transferred to the newly-formed VF-10 "Grim Reapers" on the USS Enterprise flying the F4F Wildcat.  He saw combat in the battle of Santa Cruz, where he downed two dive bombers and five torpedo planes in one mission on 26 Oct 1942. He ended the war with eleven total victories.

IPMS Las Vegas is hosting the VegasCon 2017 / Best of the West 22 Show and Contest on May 6, 2017, at the East Side Cannery Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is an IPMS Region 8 contest. Further details, a flyer, and links are available in the Local Contests section below.




March 2017 Article:

"Et tu, Airafixo?"  It is the Ides of March month, and therefore one must be careful with one's X-Acto knife. For all you ASM members with degrees in Latin, you will translate that as "Even you, Airfix?"  Airfix has again put me in an all too familiar position. They have just released their new 1/72-scale B-17G kit, which from the reviews that I've read may be the best B-17 kit yet issued. So what is the familiar position? I already have several B-17 kits in my stash to build, including the last "best kit yet" by Revell-Germany. I'm sure this sounds familiar to a lot of you, too. So, do I need to buy this new kit? Of course I do!  But should I?  For now I am trying to resist. But as Obi-Wan Kenobi once said: "Resistance is futile." We shall see.

On to other things. I'm sorry that I missed the February meeting, but from the pictures it looks like it was a pretty good swap meet. Chile Con 4 is now one month closer. So many models to build and so little time. Hopefully you've considered purchasing at least one trophy package. Patrick Dick is working those, as well as the Vendor tables.

John Tate has completed a whole set of Star Wars kit reviews that are posted on the ASM Website and in this issue of the ASM Newsletter. Please check those out, and maybe you'll get inspired to build for both Chile Con and the New Mexico State Fair. Thanks to John for authoring those. Please consider writing a kit review of your latest build. All it takes is a couple of paragraphs and a few pictures. If you are trying out a new technique, then other members would love to learn about it.

To wrap up, here is another short ace story. Major Don "Buzz" Beerbower is one of the least-known major aces of the European Theater of Operations in WW II. Beerbower flew with the 354th Fighter Group "Pioneer Mustang Group" and became its 2nd ranking ace with 15.5 victories. The majority of those were scored in his P-51B "Bonnie B II" depicted at the top of this article and in the pictures below.  He commanded the 353rd Fighter Squadron from June - August 1944. Beerbower was killed in action by flak on 9 August 1944 during a strafing attack at Epernay Airfield near Reims, France. He is the 2nd ranking ace of the 9th Air Force, 28th ranking USAAF/ USAF ace (tie), and 33rd ranking American ace (tie).




February 2017 Article:

First off, I wanted to explain why I decided to title this column "The Eagle's View." I think the goal of my monthly articles should be to give a high-flying overview of what the club is doing, both right now and somewhat over-the-horizon into the future. That's the kind of view that a high-soaring Eagle has, so I thought that might be appropriate. It has nothing to do with a certain fighter aircraft with various monikers that I will not mention here (talk to me later).

The February meeting is our first swap meet of the year, with no contests. Try to keep your plastic-sold to plastic-purchased ratio even. Please consider donating a recently issued kit, book, magazine or decal sheet to the Chile Con 4 Raffle - see Frank Randall. Note that you can still bring in works-in-progress models for 2 points each (max of 3) at the February meeting.

Chile Con 4 is fast approaching. As a politician once said, "Ask not what Chile Con can do for you; ask what you can do for Chile Con" (my apologies to JFK, but I'm sure that's what he probably meant). I hope there are some more Star Wars models under construction out there - we only had three at the January Sci-Fi Contest. The Contest Categories and Contest Rules have been posted on the CC4 website. Please get with Patrick Dick to sign up for a Trophy Package or to get a Vendor Table. Hopefully most ASM members will be able to afford sponsoring one package. The CC4 costs should be somewhere near the CC3 costs, which were $35 for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd award packages and $40 for the "Best Of" awards.

Finally, here is my promised short blurb on one of America's lesser-known aces. I thought it appropriate to first mention Capt Daniel T. "Danny" Roberts, who was from Tucumcari, New Mexico. Roberts flew the P-39 with the 8th Fighter Group and then the P-38 with the 475th Fighter Group in the Southwest Pacific Theater in 1942 - 43 and commanded the 433rd "Possum" Fighter Squadron. During that time he scored 14 aerial victories before being killed in action on 9 Nov 1943 when his own wingman collided with him during a hard turn while engaging a Ki-43 Oscar. At that time he was right behind Dick Bong and just ahead of Tommy McGuire in the scoring race. His P-38H is depicted at the top of this article and in the pictures below. There is a link on the ASM Website's Home Page to a longer story on this forgotten, high-scoring ace. Matt Blohm, John Tate, and I are sponsoring the "Capt Danny Roberts Memorial Award - Best American Ace Aircraft" at Chile Con 4. So get building for that!




January 2017 Article:

A Look Back at 2016 and the Upcoming 2017

I want to thank Tony Humphries for his service as ASM President over the past four years and Jerry Little for his service as Contest Director for the past two years. Both of them did great jobs in their positions and helped ensure ASM continued to be a place to learn modeling skills and have fun doing so. Thank you also to the rest of the 2016 E-Board for their past service to the club and for agreeing to continue on in 2017.

Here is a quick recap of ASM events that occurred in 2016 - we were quite busy. On February 25 we had a group field trip to the War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. This is a great museum and an easy drive from Albuquerque. ASM conducted a Make & Take on April 21 with Cub Scout Pack 338 in Rio Rancho. About thirty Scouts participated in this event. On June 4 and 5, ASM provided a model display for the Kirtland AFB Airshow. The theme of the airshow and ASM's display was the "75th Anniversary of Kirtland AFB (1941-2016)."  ASM had a great display with seventy models of all genres and scales spread over four tables, and we had seventeen members manning the display over the two days. We had thousands of visitors check out the models and talk about the hobby of scale modeling. Great job, ASM!

Our last event of 2016 was the New Mexico State Fair Model Contest on August 26-29. We set a new record for model entries with a total of 69 models by 40 entrants. ASM also put on a display with the theme of "Desert Storm 25th Anniversary" that included 31 models. Overall, I think we did a great job of promoting scale modeling and the club with the public in 2016. My thanks to all who participated. There are links to all these events on the ASM Meeting Pics webpage.

Looking forward to 2017, we have a couple of major events that will need maximum membership participation. The first is Chile Con 4 on June 16 – 17. Planning is well underway and we have committee chairmen that will all need help. We'll talk more about this at the January 6 ASM meeting. Please keep checking the CC4 website for the latest updates.

We are still working to determine if ASM will have a model display at the 2017 Albuquerque Comic Convention on January 14-15. If this comes to fruition, we will need both models and folks to man the display in shifts over those two days. Expect it to be similar to our comic convention displays in 2012, 2013, and 2014. These were all a lot of fun.

As you likely know, the theme for CC4 is "Star Wars 40th Anniversary."  This is also likely to be the theme of the ASM display at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair Model Contest. So - I would encourage you to build some Star Wars models that you can enter at these two events, as well as the ASM Moe Blalters "Sci Fi, Real Space, Science and Fantasy Contest" in January. Victor Maestas is working on the ASM 2017 Contest Schedule. There will likely be a "Star Wars 40th Anniversary" Sponsored Contest in May hosted by Joe Walters, and Mike and Matt Blohm. What other year will give you the opportunity to build a model eligible for four separate contests? And it gives you no excuses for not entering one—eventually. I encourage you to get busy and build lots of models and participate fully in our activities. I think there will be a lot of fun to be had.

For new members who may not know me well, I've been building models since I was around eight years old. I've been a member of IPMS/USA since 1976, and a member of several different IPMS/USA Chapters around the country. I've been a member of ASM since 1995. and have previously held the ASM E-Board positions of Vice President, Contest Director, and Pro Tem, and have been the ASM Webmaster since 2004. I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel with thirty years of service in the USAF, and flew F-4 Phantoms for about eighteen years. Amongst my assignments was a tour as an instructor at the USAF F-4 Fighter Weapons School, the USAF's version of Top Gun. I mostly build 1/72-scale aircraft, sci fi, and real space models, but occasionally go to the "Dark Side" with armor and 1/48 and 1/32 aircraft. I really enjoy digging into the history behind all my model subjects. I build models of the aircraft flown by the American aces for a collection at the USAF Academy, so I am going to try to include a short paragraph on some of the relatively unknown American aces in future President articles.

I am looking forward to serving as the club's President for 2017 and hope we have a productive and enjoyable year.


Pictures above are of Major Richard Bong's P-38J Lightning "Marge."  Bong was America's top ace of World War II with 40 victories.



VP's Report

By Josh Pals, 2018 ASM Vice President

February 2018 Article:

By now all of us had time to look over the 2018 contest schedule. While looking over the schedule you may have noticed the contest in September, called "Post-Apocalyptic." This contest was brought up by Chris Kurtze. Several years ago I also had sponsored a similar type of contest. The idea behind this contest is to give modelers a break from the normal kits and subjects they do.

Now, I know trying something different is scary and may lead to the potential downfall of Western civilization! Imagine armor guys building aircraft and vice versa! But stay with me. Every now and then I find it helpful to just try some genre I know little to nothing about. I don't worry if the finished product is "Contest" worthy. I use this as a test bed for some technique I want to try; e.g., hairspray technique, etc. With the pressure of trying to build a nice contest model gone, I instead focus on having fun with the build.

By doing this I have found that the model will turn out far better than I could've imagined and leaves me refreshed to attack a more serious model with some experience on using whatever technique I just experimented with!

The Post-Apocalyptic contest is a great opportunity to let everything go and get back to really having fun with model building! Try some scratch building, kit bashing, parts swapping fun! You're only confined by the limits of your imagination! Just typing "Post-Apocalyptic" into your search engine will bring up thousands of pictures that can help get the ideas and creative juices flowing.

You may have also noticed at the club meetings a black Rubbermaid box with red flaps. That is the "Official" ASM parts box. It is filled with all kinds of leftovers from miscellaneous kits and a great place to scrounge for odd parts to use when doing a model for this type of contest. If you have parts left over from a kit and can't bear to just toss them into the garbage, toss them into the parts box! Leftover decals you won't use? Parts box!



Contest Update

By John Tate, 2018 ASM Contest Chairman

October 2018 Article:

ASM's contest schedule kicked back into gear at the September 7th meeting with the "Post-Apocalyptic" Special Contest, the E-Board's Global War on Terror (GWOT) sponsored contest and Patrick Dick's "Goodyear" and "Best of Corporations" sponored contest finale.

The Special Contest winner was Bob Henderson's Post-Apocalyptic GMC tanker, with the GWOT award going to Victor Maestas for his F-117 Nighthawk.  Patrick Dick had several winners for his Goodyear corporate contest: best auto went to Chuck Hermann for his Porsche 924, a humor award went to Josh Pals for his "Tree Swing" and Dave Straub won a best aircraft award for his beautiful, scratchbuilt USS Shenandoah dirigible, which was also the "Best of Corporations" grand award winner.

Coming up on October 5th is a points contest commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, with theme open to any subject connected to the Israeli-Arab conflict 1948 to present.  As ever, members are free to bring any eligible model to a points contest, even if not in theme.

Gil De La Plain also has a nifty sponsored contest lined-up: "Get Your Fix, Airfix That Is," open to any Airfix kit subject.  No shortage of projects there - Airfix has kitted just about everything under the sun in its many decades of existence and their recent, new-tooled model releases are some of the nicest kits on the market.

Looking forward to the October meeting - should be plenty of nice models on the contest table.


August 2018 Article:

Contest theme for the July 6 meeting was demanding - bare metal - but ASM members rose to the challenge and put some excellent models on the table.

In Junior, Aleya Montano won a Gold, People's Choice, and Best of Show for her Star Wars Thermal Detonator. In Basic, Elias Clark won a Gold, People's Choice, and Best of Show for his 1/72 Wildcat. Intermediate saw some tough competition as usual, with Michael O'Brien winning a First and People's Choice for his eye-catching Klingon K'Tinga Battlecruiser and Scott Jaworski winning a First and Best of Show for his metal-finish MiG-21 PFM. In Masters, Tony Humphries won People's Choice for his rusted-out Afghan FT tank, and Josh Pals won Best of Show for his flawless photo-etched Silver Dragon.


My contest favorites were a "What-if" Supermarine Spiteful in Israeli markings by Dave Epstein and the Silver Dragon by Josh Pals.


By now, Nationals results have been decided and the winners have their trophies.  So bring your winning models and trophies to the August 10 meeting to show off your hard work along with any surplus kits you want to part with at our club swap meet. The contest schedule begins in earnest again this fall, with a healthy number of contests leading to the Modeler of the Year award - still plenty of competition in the months ahead!


July  2018 Article:

Solid turnout at the June 1 ASM meeting for the "O Canada!" points contest and the "Stormy Weather" contest sponsored by Jack Garriss. In the points contest, Best of Show and People's Choice in Basic went to Jeannie Garriss for her Revell Fire Truck. In Intermediate, Best of Show went to Robert Henderson for his Academy 1/72 CF-188, with Dave Epstein winning People's Choice for his Tamiya 1/8 Honda Gorilla motorbike. In Masters, Best of Show went to Tony Humphries for his DML 1/35 Canadian Sherman Firefly tank, with People's Choice going to Brian Peck for his Great Wall 1/48 Su-35. Stormy Weather sponsored contest winners were Eli Clark in Basic for his Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane, Chuck Herrmann in Intermediate for his MPC 1/25 Ferrari 308GT Rainbow, and Larry Glenn for his Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt.

My contest favorites were a Tamiya 1/12 GSX 1100X motorcycle by Ken Liotta and a Zoukei Mura 1/48 J7W1 Shinden by Robert Henderson.

The July 6 points contest theme is "Bare Metal," suggested by E-Board member Chris Kurtze. The contest theme is open to any model depicting a "natural metal" finish, but as with all of our points contests, feel free to enter any eligible model.

No need to remind anyone that the 2018 IPMS Nationals are right around the corner, so now is the time to put the finishing touches on your best work. Some healthy competition in our own club, too, with close races among the top three points contestants in both Intermediate and Masters. Lots of ASM contests ahead this fall, so take a look at our contest schedule and plan now for your next build—best of luck to all contestants. 


June  2018 Article:

The May 4 ASM meeting had two non-points contests - "Tamiya/Hasegawa" Special Contest and "1918" Sponsored Contest - which resulted in plenty of quality models on the contest tables.

Results of the Special Contest were:

Intermediate: Hasegawa: 1st Place went to Robert Henderson for his 1/32 J2M3 Raiden, 2nd Place went to Robert Henderson for his 1/32 Bf-109E, and 3rd Place went to Chuck Herrmann for his 1/24 Porsche 962 "TicTac." Tamiya: 1st Place went to Dave Epstein for his 1/6 Honda Z50J-III Gorilla, 2nd Place went to W. Scott Jaworski for his 1/35 M1A1 with mine plow, and 3rd Place went to John R. Dodd for his 1/35 Mark IV Male tank.

Masters: Hasegawa:  1st Place went to Larry Glenn for his 1/48 Bf-109G-6, 2nd Place went to Larry Glenn for his 1/48 A6M5c Zero, and 3rd Place went to Frank Randall for his 1/72 Skyraider. Tamiya: 1st Place went to newcomer Casey Rupley for his 1/48 F-14A Tomcat, 2nd Place went to Chris Kurtze for his 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat, and 3rd Place went to Larry Glenn for his 1/48 Bf-109E-7 Trop.

I sponsored the "1918" contest to help generate interest and model entries for ASM's upcoming "1918" group display at the state fair this year, and members brought in many nice models for competition. In Masters, Dave Straub won "Best Central Powers Subject" for his beautiful, scratchbuilt 1/200 L-11 Zeppelin (below left) and John R. Dodd won "Best Allied Powers Subject" for his unique 1/35 St. Chamond tank (below right). [Both photos by Ken Liotta.]

Thanks to everyone who entered models at the May meeting. The June 1 ASM meeting will return to the Modeler of the Year points contest format, with a Canada-themed contest open to Canadian model subjects, any scale, any era. Reminder—you can still bring non-themed models to enter in this contest, which can win points, place and be in competition for the People's Choice award, but won't qualify for theme points or be eligible for the Best of Show award that night.

The June meeting will also have a sponsored contest by Jack Garriss, with "Stormy Weather" as its theme, open to any model subject named after a weather phenomenon, such as Lightning, Thunderbolt, Typhoon, etc. Kudos to Jack for an interesting contest topic which should produce some nice entries.

I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone, but the clock is ticking away on IPMS Nationals dream builds; just two months before the big show, so put in that extra effort to get your entries ready to represent ASM at Phoenix - best of luck to all contestants!


April  2018 Article:

The ASM contest year got off to a solid start at the March meeting, with a large number of entries across all skill levels. 

There were five entries in Basic, 23 in Intermediate and thirteen in Masters. Intermediate modelers proved yet again they are the club powerhouse, with a good variety of nicely-done model subjects. Best of Show and People's Choice in Basic went to Steve Miller for his "U.S. Cavalry vs. Cheyenne Dog Soldiers" Old West diorama, and Best of Show and People's Choice in Intermediate went to Dave Epstein for his WWII I-400 Japanese sub. In Masters, Tony Humphries picked up a People's Choice for his FT-17 tank and Brian Peck won Best of Show for his Iranian "Ali Cat" F-14, from the new 1/48 Tamiya kit.

Other models that caught my eye as standout builds were Robert Henderson's Wingnut Wings 1/32 SE-5a, Jeannie Garriss's "Scooby Doo Biplane" (would love to see Wingnut Wings tackle that one!), and Steve Brodeur's impressive Mach 2 1/72 Vostok rocket.

The April meeting is a pre-Nationals clinic night but feel free to bring any in-progress builds or display pieces.

Thanks again to all modelers for their hard work and looking forward to a rewarding contest year.


March 2018 Article:

ASM’s contest year begins in earnest this Friday, at our March 2, 2018, meeting - a chance to show off winter modeling projects and preview work intended for entry at this summer's IPMS Nationals in Phoenix, which are approaching faster than any of us would like. A reminder to new competitors - you are limited to three completed model entries in our points contests and models must not be past IPMS Nationals trophy winners. Otherwise, the sky's the limit, since the kickoff contest for 2018, by tradition, is an open, non-themed contest.

Contest tip: Build outside your comfort zone and finish models in subject areas you wouldn't ordinarily be interested in; e.g., if you're an airplane modeler, build a tank, or if an armor modeler, build a car. You'll rack up more points that way but more importantly, you'll also broaden your modeling skills and discover that variety can help maintain interest in the hobby.

A reminder - the April meeting is a skill-building night of modeling clinics so bring some kits, workbench tools and supplies and share what you know, or what you're interested in, with other modelers. Or just watch, listen and learn - you'll be sure to pick up some useful modeling tips.

Looking forward to the March contest and if experience is any guide, I know ASM will have a big turnout with some real standout models on the tables. See you Friday...


February 2018 Article:

ASM's January 5 meeting was the kickoff for the contest year with solid entries in Basic, Intermediate and Masters for the Moe Blalters Sci-Fi/Fantasy/ Real Space Special contest. Best Basic entry was Aaron Schmiedicke's TIE Fighter, Best Intermediate was Henry McHarney's Space Ark Mega Gargant and Best Master's was Brian Peck's Superdog.

Patrick Dick's annual Best Frickin' Lasers award went to Aaron Schmiedicke in Basic for his TIE Fighter, Logan Carbin for his War of the Worlds Tripod, and Mike Blohm for his F-4X Starfighter.

In addition to the skill-level winners, there were some other eye-catching models on the table; for example, Steve Brodeur's illuminated Moon Bus from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Michael O'Brien's Romulan Bird of Prey. On the In-Progress table, there was an interesting build of the Classic Airframes 1⁄48 Vampire jet by Ken Liotta, and on the Display table, Ken Piniak brought in the brand new Moebius Models 1⁄144 Discovery One from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is already in the running to be one of the most impressive model kits released this year.





Vice President's Report

By Jerry Little, ASM Vice President (2017)

The Column Without A Name


December Article:

Okay, Now what am I gonna do…?

What a great pleasure it is to be part of ASM and to have served on the Executive Board (E-Board) over the last three years as Contest Director and Vice President. At last, now is the time for others to step in and help serve the club in the coming years. I enjoy being part of what is arguably one of best clubs in the country has made me a better modeler and hopefully, done my part to make the club a little better as well. The two highlights during that time were ASM being selected as IPMS/USA Chapter of the Year and a super successful Chile Con 4. Seeing all the great work done by the club members and CC4 convention leaders made me proud to be part of ASM! So thank you ASM for letting me be part of the E-Board! I look forward to all the great things the new board members will accomplish!

So now what am I gonna do? Well, in light of the recent election, I’ve collected a bunch of Russian aviation kits to build! Look for some articles in the newsletter that cover reviews and possibly a build article or two and maybe a clinic on how to spend hours and hours trying to match the most elusive paint colors in the modeling world… Okay, maybe Brian Peck had a little to do with making me buy those Russian jets…

ASM has a great opportunity to display some of the outstanding things the club has done at the next IPMS/USA Nationals (Phoenix 2018). The question is: What do we do? The host of the Nats has offered a display (not contest entry) to local clubs to showcase what they do as part of Region 10 and IPMS. We’ve had a couple of great suggestions and as a club, we need to decide if we want to participate and what we want to showcase.

The first recommendation was to display all of the Nats winners we’ve had in the club. This is to show the participation and skill that our members have in the community.

The second recommendation was to display some of the annual Models of the Year to show how our club participation leads to great modelers. One point is that some of our MoY have gone on to place at subsequent Nats! The third recommendation was display in groups some of the extracurricular outreach activity we do in small vignettes like Boy Scouts Make & Takes, ComicCon displays or even the most recent Folds of Honor. Finally, the fourth recommendation was to display all the Previous Nats winners we have in the club. This would highlight all the fantastic modelers ASM has produced over the years. All of these are important and as a club, we need to choose which to do and how we should accomplish that. So, give it some thought and at the next meeting we’ll decide as a club and get started on showing the modeling world what a great club ASM is!

November Article:

When You're Not Modelling ...

Yeah right... when are we ever "not modeling?"  We all wish we could be sitting at the work bench building on the latest Trumpeter MiG-29 kit, but we all know things like life get in the way of that - you know, food and sleep and such! But if you are like most of us modelers, you at least think about modeling when you're not at your desk. There are still plenty of related things to do when not screaming about the fit of the latest Tamiya kit!

One of the modeling things we need to think about is ASM and what direction do we want the club to go in. We have elections coming up at the November meeting and will have the opportunity to vote on a couple of positions for the club E-Board. Basically, we need to select a Vice President, Contest Director, and some Pro-Tems for the board.  I believe they are all good choices (including me!), so we can't go wrong as a club getting people involved. The key is voting!

We get members involved on the board, but we also get members involved in the voting so they can have a say in how the club is run. This is probably one of, if not the, most important activity you can participate in as an ASM member. The key question you have to answer before voting is, "do I like where the club leadership is taking the club?" Sometimes that is as simple as "yes" and you vote accordingly. Other times, that may mean it is time for "new blood" on the E-Board. Whatever the answer is, you have to take the time and make sure your voice is heard.

Another area to think about is what will our club contests look like next year? ASM does a fantastic job of getting members and guests to build models every month. I believe the key is having great subjects. The new contest director will likely call for suggestions soon, so be ready with your favorite idea. You never know what the list will include, so it's always fun to see what comes up and what motivates us to build.

Speaking of the new Contest Director, we have a couple of veterans running for that position. Both are great modelers and will bring different perspectives to club modeling.

Speaking of modeling away from the desk, Nationals is coming to a town near us!  As many of you know, Phoenix is hosting the 2018 IPMS Nationals August 1 - 4, 2018. The theme is "Build it!! Bring it!! Show it!!" which means everything is on the table!  The show will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center located in the heart of Phoenix. The other theme is the convention will be very "club oriented" and we intend to participate with an ASM display. I'll be looking for ideas on that in the coming months. There isn't a limit to ideas for the display.

One last thing to consider regarding the 2018 Nats: It's important to stay on top of hotel reservations. If you call, the reservationist will tell you they will not take a reservation until after 1 Jan 2018. You can still make reservations on the website but you have to "un-click" the "show available rooms only" box.  I will tell you that not all nights are still available. You can find more information at the convention website


September Article:

Look Around...

...they're everywhere! That is kind of the feeling I got when I went on my last trip for work. One of the things I love to do is look for aircraft on display. Most of the time you can find the aircraft in the obvious places like museums and of course at airports... but sometimes you can find them at museums in airports! On my "down days" while on my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to drive around and look for airplanes on display at Edwards AFB. That is a pretty easy task because just about every Air Force base will have planes on a pole or, as we like to say, "planes on a stick!"  There is usually a "Gate Guard" at most of the entrances to the base.

The challenge with the Edwards aircraft is they are all over the place and it is a very large base!  I needed a way to get to them quickly if I was going to see them all!  Besides the obvious museums on base like the "Test Pilot Museum" and "Neil Armstrong Flight Center Museum," Edwards has numerous other significant planes on display throughout the base. I started with the Google! Using Google's satellite imagery, I was able to find all the gate guards (red circles in pictures) that weren't in the obvious place and a few that were quite a surprise.

I knew I was going to spend a day down in Palmdale so I looked on Google for the surrounding airfields and found William J. Fox airfield and, lo and behold, sitting right out there on the general aviation ramp was quite a surprise. A MiG-17, a Fouga Magister, and an Experimental Velocity!  That was a trip I had to take and see for myself!

When the trip was over, I had the opportunity to hunt and find a ton of historically significant aircraft. That will lead to a presentation and one of the future club meetings on all the jewels found on my trip! Using Google isn't a new idea and there are plenty of sites dedicated to doing just that; however, it is worth a simple look when you are planning on taking a trip. You might not know what you are going to find!



September Article:

Look Around...

...they're everywhere! That is kind of the feeling I got when I went on my last trip for work. One of the things I love to do is look for aircraft on display. Most of the time you can find the aircraft in the obvious places like museums and of course at airports... but sometimes you can find them at museums in airports! On my "down days" while on my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to drive around and look for airplanes on display at Edwards AFB. That is a pretty easy task because just about every Air Force base will have planes on a pole or, as we like to say, "planes on a stick!"  There is usually a "Gate Guard" at most of the entrances to the base.

The challenge with the Edwards aircraft is they are all over the place and it is a very large base!  I needed a way to get to them quickly if I was going to see them all!  Besides the obvious museums on base like the "Test Pilot Museum" and "Neil Armstrong Flight Center Museum," Edwards has numerous other significant planes on display throughout the base. I started with the Google! Using Google's satellite imagery, I was able to find all the gate guards (red circles in pictures) that weren't in the obvious place and a few that were quite a surprise.

I knew I was going to spend a day down in Palmdale so I looked on Google for the surrounding airfields and found William J. Fox airfield and, lo and behold, sitting right out there on the general aviation ramp was quite a surprise. A MiG-17, a Fouga Magister, and an Experimental Velocity!  That was a trip I had to take and see for myself!

When the trip was over, I had the opportunity to hunt and find a ton of historically significant aircraft. That will lead to a presentation and one of the future club meetings on all the jewels found on my trip! Using Google isn't a new idea and there are plenty of sites dedicated to doing just that; however, it is worth a simple look when you are planning on taking a trip. You might not know what you are going to find!



August Article:

I Found It on Google

One of the tools we don't always talk about in modeling is the internet. It is fair to say that the internet has become a large part of the way we model today. Whether it's ordering kits online from a number of retailers or even "chatting" with other modelers from around the world on our favorite message sites, it has likely become the biggest tool in our modeling tool bag.

It all probably starts with research! What used to take a trip down to the local library or the purchase of a magazine is now all available through a few mouse clicks. If you use "the Google," you can find information on any modeling subject conceivable. Pictures, historical information, and personal accounts from people involved are all available. The nice thing about the internet is you can find multiple inputs from a variety of sources that may not be available to you in a more conventional form. I found two accounts of a dogfight over Western Europe that was told by the pilots of the opposing aircraft! While it didn't help with details of the model, it did provide some very strong motivation to get the model completed. It is almost too easy!

Another area to find great information is on many of the modeling "message boards" on the web. This information ranges anywhere from the latest kits to be released ( to builds of subjects that you may be interested in building yourself ( but wanted a quick look at the kit before starting. This wealth of information is endless when it comes to picking up new techniques to even finding flaws in the kit before you start that epic build. Another important point is that you will find multiple examples of builds and one will likely fit your style of building.

What also makes this a great resource is you are not limited to the local area! The internet is world-wide, so you are often looking at modelers from around the globe. If you need information on a particular model subject, you are likely to find someone from the local area where that subject is noted for. An example of this may be looking for information of a particular aircraft like the de Havilland Hornet and end up exchanging information with the curator of the only Hornet museum in the world (he happens to be a modeler too!). Albuquerque Scale Modelers are connected on the internet with our own website ( and Facebook page ( with connections around Region 10, the US, and the rest of the world! As a matter of fact, Facebook played an important role in the execution of the latest Chile Con! We are connected with all the Region 10 clubs and they were able to "see" the electronic flyer!

With any good thing, there can always be a bad side. While often you find invaluable information out there on the web, you can find bad information as well. It's easy to claim one is an expert on a particular subject when you are trapped in your parent's basement spending too much time on the internet! So you have to confirm all your sources when things sound a little sketchy. See pictures below of B-2 wing molding.  The good news is there is always someone out there with the right information! The other downside can be that we lose local interest in our brick and mortar hobby shops. If you buy everything on line, the next time you need that one bottle of paint or glue ... you're going to have to wait a week and pay shipping. As always, buyers beware!


The internet is a great thing and social media can play a valuable part in our hobby! It is as simple as a click of the mouse. A few links for excellent hobby resources:


Hobby Proz:  


Sprue Brothers:

Hobby Link Japan:

Brit Modeller:

Large Scale Planes:   


Aircraft Resource Center:


July Article:

The nice thing about standards ...

Wow!... just wow! I have to say, and just about everyone around also said, that Chile Con 4 was a huge success. We don't often get to have that kind of impact on our modeling community. When it comes to modelers, sometimes we are our own worst critics. Maybe it's inherent in the judging we always seem to do when we look at our own models. Or perhaps at club contests or other contests around the region, we always look for things we could do better. Well, there wasn't much we could do better at Chile Con 4, so maybe we have a new standard!

The industry standard at model contests used to be 1/72 and 1/48-scale prop. We even "pre-engineered" a split in those categories while anticipating the turnout. Something funny happened and it appeared with had as many 1/32-scale aircraft on the table! That probably has a lot to do with a few things. First, more quality kits are available. Also, the crowd isn't getting any younger so those bigger pieces make it easier to build. Finally, the manufacturers are producing subjects everyone wants. Not just the same old WWII "Mustawulfire" that we are used to seeing. It was nice to see a lot on the table ... and there was plenty of room. Perhaps it will be standard to see more 1/32-scale models at the contest.

The nice thing about the Marriott venue was the room! It was great to see everyone moving around the room without crowding the tables. It was great to be able to look at a model without another pressed up against it. Even with the high number of models in the Sci-Fi category, the models weren't too close even though the tables were full. It really made for an enjoyable judging experience by not having to worry about moving models or missing something important. That makes for a better contest experience for the club and the visitor.

Speaking of visitors, I had the pleasure of meeting some new modelers from around the Region. One guy in particular was attending his first contest. He and his father seemed to really enjoy Chile Con, and he had no trouble finding a large group of different modelers to talk about all aspects of the hobby. He is a great modeler and even walked away with a few plaques for the work he presented. But what struck me was how he listened to all the modelers hoping to pick up that new technique or tip. The other thing that came up in conversation was the members of the 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison that were present at the show.

It's not every day you get to see so many iconic Star Wars characters at a show this side of Comic-Con. The members of the 501st ( were outstanding and provided that extra touch for the Star Wars 40th Anniversary theme of the contest. That wasn't all - the members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Convoy Military Vehicle Preservation Association turned the parking lot into a military staging area that was a perfect complement to the 100th Anniversary of WWI theme at the show. You might say these extras added the spice to the Chile!

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, a computer scientist, once said; "The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from."  Tom Perea and Ken Liotta did a great job as co-chairmen. Also a big "Thank You" to the team of ASM members who worked the contest also helped make this a new standard for Regionals. The contest was a great success, from the animated Star Wars characters to the military vehicle display, but the most important part was the modelers who made the effort to attend and be part of the contest with their fantastic models. Perhaps that is the new standard for Chile Con ... who knows!


June Article:

Think of it as an opportunity ...

Modeling offers a lot of opportunities for those that are members of a club. We get to expand the hobby beyond the workbench with things like Make & Takes for the Boy Scouts, displays at ComicCon, and even updating the Cavalcade of Wings at the ABQ Sunport. Just think what the folks on the other end of those opportunities are thinking. Many of them are seeing scale modeling for the first time or the first time they’ve gotten to ask someone about it. It must be wondrous for many young enthusiasts as well.

We’ll see many new people at the upcoming Chile Con 4 as we host the Region 10 convention. And yes, there will be people wandering around the tables wide-eyed and amazed at the models! They’ll see all the guys diving deep in the details of this or that particular subject wondering how they know so much. Kids will want to touch and wonder if they are for sale. You might even get a “can I have that” or two. It will be a spectacle.

Each of these visitors will quickly find a favorite, much like we modelers do when we peruse the tables. And this will be another opportunity to invite others into the hobby. We need to take the time to introduce the visitors to the hobby. Explain to them the art form and how they can get involved. Perhaps a personal story or two about how we each got started and what drew us to this life-long passion (or vice depending on how you see it!) The idea is to motivate them to pick up a kit and give it a try. Take the opportunity and maybe we'll have a new modeler for life.

Although Chile Con is just around the corner, there's a lot of other activity going on this summer. Of course the Elephant in the room is the Nationals. This year it is in Omaha, Nebraska, July 26 through 29. The Nats are being hosted by IPMS/Ft Crook Chapter and this is not their first rodeo (see what I did there ... Nebraska ... rodeo ... anyway). There are a few club members going so we can look forward to a great report in August or September. And speaking of Nats, the 2018 Nats will be held in Phoenix, so all of those not going to Omaha will get the chance to attend next summer. I spoke with the Craig Hewett guys about hosting ModelZona (Nov 4, 2017) the same year and they said,  "ModelZona is a go in November! We’re not going to let a little ol' Nats slow us down!"

In October (the 21st), the IPMS/High Plains Modelers will be hosting “High Plains Con XVIII” at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, Colorado. I don't have any details at this time, but the timing is great for us in that it doesn't interfere with our normal meeting time and it’s a month before ModelZona.

May Article:

T-60 and counting!

"Houston, we are go at throttle up" ....those are the words the crew radios down to CAPCOM with the Space Shuttle engines reach 104% and the velocity starts to increase after maximum dynamic pressure. What that represents is the point at which the spaceship is no longer reacting to the combination of speed and pressure put on it by the density of the atmosphere... The shuttles engines are throttled down to 64% to keep the pressure down on all the components of the spaceship. In rocket science, they call that Max Q.

Well, ASM has reached Max Q in prep for Chile Con 4. We are now at "throttle up," which means we're past all the rough stuff and into smooth air. With only 60 days to go, it's time to start putting the finishing touches on the plan.

Probably the most difficult part of any contest is judging. Having spent the last few years as the contest director for the club, I can tell you the desire is to be accurate, but also important is consistency. Consistency is important because we are only judging the models on the table. At Chile Con 4, we expect a large turnout. That means we'll have to get through a lot of model in a limited amount of time. Efficiency counts! That is why IPMS national standards focus on the basics. In order to get through a lot of models, you have to have a measured approach to judging. You start by eliminating the models with major errors of basic construction. Then continue to narrow the field until a clear winner is decided.

The problem we will likely see at Chile Con is the enormous number of talented modelers and they will not have a lot of "basic" problems so we'll need a lot of experienced judges to start digging a little deeper! If you've had experience judging at the national or regional level, please get with Ken Liotta and let him know you will be available to help judge.

With less than 60 days to go, it's time to jump in and be ready to go! Let Ken know if you are interested in judging. It's one of the best parts of supporting a model contest!  Remember, when the Shuttle was "go" for throttle up, they were traveling at 1,600 miles an hour and the engines stayed at max power the rest of the way to space! Don't wait to be a part of Chile Con... we are T-60 days and counting!

The date is now set for ModelZona 2017! The contest is 4 November and will be held at the at the Commemorative Air Force Museum at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, on Saturday, November 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ModelZona is hosted by the Craig Hewitt Chapter of IPMS/USA.

For something a little out of our area (Region 8), the IPMS Las Vegas chapter will host the "Best of the West - 22," VegasCon 2017 on May 6, 2017. It is located at the East Side Cannery Resort & Casino, 5255 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (

What role will you play?

April Article:

It's a simple question you have to ask yourself when it comes to our summer convention and contest. For sure there is something for you to contribute. Albuquerque Scale Modelers does not suffer from a lack of talent. We've been blessed as one of the best clubs in IPMS as noted in the last few years by being selected as the IPMS USA Club of the year. It's not just the ability to build killer models, it's the level of commitment every one of you have to making this club what it is.

We have an opportunity to host the best Region 10 Convention and Contest alongside of our Chile Con 4 contest.  Our goal should not only be the best host that we can be, but to also be better than we were the last time. Chile Con 3 had a few setbacks in the planning stage when the hotel changed the dates on us late in the game. As a club, we rallied around the problem and was able to provide a great event. This time, things are even better. The R10/Chile Con team led by Tom Perea has secured an awesome venue in the Marriott Pyramid and our rooms will be bigger and better than before. So what can you do? Simple... participate. We'll need people to help set up, help modelers register, security and most important help judge. Also, you can be a great club liaison just by helping that out-of-town modeler find their way around the venue. As we get closer to Chile Con, the team will provide more information that will make you a walking modeler's help desk when it comes to the event!

There are also plenty of opportunities to support the convention by entering your models, buying trophy packages and even the coveted Chile Con t-shirts. But the most valuable contribution is your time. Look for Tom or Ken Liotta at the next meeting and see where you can fit in! Now it's time to bring all that talent from the workbench to the contest table.

Speaking of events, there is an interesting one coming up in Phoenix on 22 April. The Craig-Hewitt IPMS chapter is hosting their Annual Clinic. It is meant to educate local modelers about the hobby. They provide demonstrations of a wide range of tactics, techniques and procedures and they have experienced modelers available to answer all kinds of questions about just about everything related to model building. Some of the highlights are learning about figure painting, building aircraft, cars, armor, ships, and sci-fi subjects, decaling, making bases, and observe and participate in seminars on airbrushing. Another great thing is they are providing a Make and Take for younger modelers. So if anyone is going to be in the Phoenix area on April 22, stop by the American Legion Post #1 at 364 N 7th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85007, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (0930 -1500 for you military types). A flyer for the event can be found here

Also in the Phoenix area is the Desert Scale Classic 13 on April 8, 2017. This is Arizona's largest model car contest and swap meet. If you've been before, DSC 13 will be held at a new venue: the Deer Valley Community Center, 2001 W Wahalla Ln, Phoenix AZ 85027, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A flyer for the event can be found here.

March Article:


Enlightened... that's what we all want to be when it comes to philosophy, life, and, well... models. We seek the truth, but we settle for opinion. I was recently excited to learn that a couple of the model manufacturers were going to produce long-sought-after kits in quarter scale. Hobby Boss announced the Su-34 Fullback, a Russian frontline fighter-bomber, and Kitty Hawk announced the Su-17 Fitter, a Soviet era fighter-bomber that became a staple of many Soviet bloc and third-world countries' air forces. To my amazement, but not my surprise, the kits were panned in the blogosphere... all the while no one commenting had ever seen the kit! Not one person had laid a hand on the model, yet somehow, they were able to determine the accuracy of the kits.

We tend to lose sight of the purpose of this hobby. We need to come away from the experience with a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment for the time and effort we spent constructing the subject. While it may be part of basic human nature to be critical, we've done ourselves a great disservice by trying to live in an obsessive world that is in search of constant gratification on a moment's notice. We don't need to fall victim to the trap of getting sucked into the conversation that is the loudest, we need to build it for ourselves and our own education and enjoyment.

And speaking of enlightenment, one of the downsides of getting old is the incredible amount of light needed when building models! On my work desk, there has always been a competition on the battle space for lights, tools, and model parts. I had literally three desk lamps on the small space just to provide enough light to see.

Well, taking a tip from fellow modeler Chris Kurtz, I sought a solution in what is called an "Arch Lamp," simply, a light bar that arcs over the desk and provides ample light for the desk.

I searched all over for the perfect (read "obsessive") solution, only to realize I needed to build it myself. It was really quite simple and inexpensive. The basic parts are a one-inch piece of aluminum bar stock from Lowe's and an LED light kit from Amazon. Both parts came to less than thirty dollars.

My desk is 48 inches wide, so the arch was deceptively long! The total length is about seven feet when you calculate the distance needed. I used self-adhesive strips on the back of the LED strips to attach it to the aluminum (above right). The challenge - okay, obsession - was "wanting" the aluminum strip to be a smooth arch. The solution was to build a temporary "slip-roller" out of wooden dowels and roll the aluminum into the arch (below). It worked so well, I rolled the aluminum into a hoop! Of course my monumental accomplishment with the homemade slip-roller came back to haunt me later when I unclamped one side of the arch and it sprung back to center and cleaned everything off the desk while doing so...

The light is simply attached to the desktop by small clamps and has a thumbscrew on each end for positioning. This lamp provides an abundance of light for the desk and was simple and cheap to build. The benefit of using aluminum is that it acts as a heat sink and keeps the desk cool. The only real problem now is if the light is on at night, aircraft on approach to the Sunport try to land in my driveway.


February Article:

Ahh... Region 10. The Albuquerque Scale Modelers plays and important role in the region. Most significantly, this year, we are hosting the Region X Conference here in June in conjunction with Chile Con IV (4). I took the opportunity to head down to Tucson, Arizona, earlier this January to support the Sonoran Desert Modelers at their local contest and swap meet: Scorpfest/Modelmania.

The contest was an excellent opportunity to get out with other modelers and enjoy the hobby we love. The turnout was great with well over a hundred models on the table and at least fifteen vendors in attendance.

While some may consider it "small" by other's standards, I thought it was great as it allowed for great fellowship and good chance to see others' work around the region. I was able to pick up a couple of Gold/Silver medallions for my entries and share in the fun. Oh, and of course I left with a few kits from the vendors and a new airbrush from Grex. Gerald Voigt was there representing Grex and proved to be a great wealth of knowledge and support for my airbrushing activity..... Tip #1: turn down the air pressure!


Also during the contest, I was able to get around and tell everyone about Chile Con IV and the Regional. A lot of folks were excited about coming to Albuquerque and looking forward to the convention. We may have even picked up a vendor or two as well. Hosting these contests is a great way for a club to support the region and share with all the region members. ASM does a great job representing the hobby and the area.

To be honest, Scorpfest wasn't the only thing I did in Tucson. Who in their right mind would pass up Pima Air Museum? I got down there early enough on Friday to spend the afternoon at the museum and take a tour of the Boneyard! That tour was a little bitter-sweet since I saw more than a few tails of jets that I used to fly while in the Air Force. It was kind of sad realizing that I’m old! But, I did learn a few things about the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, or "AMARG" as most know it. The "yard" is actually split into two areas; AMARG, where the Air Force provides maintenance and regeneration capabilities for aircraft that may return to flying (storage) or used for parts (support) for the military or foreign air forces that bought our hardware. They do about a billion dollars a year in parts and services for the DoD. The other side of the yard is the "Boneyard." That's where planes go to die. You'll see tons of B-52s and other aircraft that have been cut up or parted out for other uses. They refer to that side of Kolb Road as the "reclamation area." Sad...



So, one little interesting fact: There is only one F-14 left in the Boneyard. The rest have all been destroyed in an effort to keep Iran from obtaining parts for their remaining eight flying Tomcats. Also, know that Australia has retired all of their F-111s, and there is only one Aardvark left in the yard. Now, the only F-14s and F-111s left in existence will be at museums...


January Article:

Merry New Year everyone! Two thousand seventeen looks to be a great year for ASM. We've got a lot going on this year as we host the 2017 Region 10 Convention at Chile Con IV. While CCIV isn't until June, the time between now and then will go quickly. There is still a lot left to do in getting ready for the convention, however, we have a crack team in place to make that happen!  I'm looking forward to Chile Con and all of the other activity happening in the modeling world between now and then.

First out of the chute is Scorpfest IV being hosted by the Sonoran Desert Model Builders ( in Tucson, Arizona, on January 14. The contest will be a single day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I'm planning on heading down for the contest and swap meet to support and maybe drum up some business for CCIV.

On the same weekend, the 2017 Albuquerque Comic Con ( will occur at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The show starts Friday evening and runs through Sunday. The best time to attend is Saturday and the list of guest is growing. Everyone from the "Wax on, Wax off" Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to "Sweep the leg" Johnny (William Zabka) of Karate Kid fame will be there signing autographs. These two "Yutes" are not that young anymore...

Additionally, the CoMMies are coming (No, they didn't hack the election)! CoMMiESfest 2017 is March 4 at the Jefferson County Fairground in Golden, Colorado, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The theme for the show is "Let it Snow," which may be appropriate since it is Colorado in March. Check out their website for more details (

Finally, ASM has a FaceBook page! If you are on FB, go over to Albuquerque Scale Modelers and send a friend request ( There is a lot good information there for the modelers. The page isn't intended to compete with our website, however - it is a way to see what's going on around the local modeling world. As all the cool kids say these days, "Like us on Facebook!"


Contest Director

By Victor Maestas, ASM Contest Chairman (2017)


January 2018 Article:

The December meeting held the Supersonic themed special contest as well as the Model of the Year showdown. For the Supersonic contest, in Intermediate, David Epstein’s X-15 took best entry and Victor Maestas’s X-1 took best entry in Masters. These models were also then put into consideration for the Model of the Year contest for all of the Best of Show models from 2017. There were a lot of great entries to judge from this year’s contests.

 The following models took Model of the Year:

Basic:                      Logan Carbin’s T-55A Russian tank

Intermediate:           David Epstein’s Yuan Class submarine

Masters:                  Chris Kurtze’s F-5E aggressor

 With the November contest completed, the final points tally has been compiled and the Modeler of the Year for each division is now decided. Congratulations go to the following people in each division:

Juniors:                   Aleya Montano

Basic:                      Logan Carbin

Intermediate:           David Epstein

Masters:                  John Tate

This year’s contest tables had a lot of entries and here are a few statistics:


         Contests, spread over 10 contest nights: 7 points / 3 special / 5 sponsored

 Model entries:

         Total number of models entered (points, sponsored and special contests): 187

 Work in Progress entries:

         WIP entries: 105



December Article:

The November meeting had the final Points Contest of the year with an Open theme. In Basic, Charles Pitrilli took Best of Show and People’s Choice with his Nissan Skyline with some heavy road weathering. In Intermediate, John Dodd’s impressive Bismark battleship took People’s Choice and David Epstein’s very clean Yuan-class submarine took Best of Show. In Masters, Brian Peck’s nicely executed F4U-1A Corsair took both Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.

The December meeting will have a special contest with a theme of “Supersonic.” Special contests are not for points and up to five entries per modeler can be entered. Also in December is the Model of the Year contest. All models that have taken Best of Show throughout the year are eligible, but the model must be on the tables to be considered. Winners for Modeler of the Year and Model of the Year will be announced at the January meeting.

The contest schedule for 2018 is being developed and the E-Board and the Contest Director (John Tate) are taking suggestions. Please contact John or any member of the E-Board with any ideas for contest themes for next year.


November Article:

The October meeting had a Points Contest Theme of "Red Star," covering any subject that represents Communist-influenced nations. In Basic, Logan Carbin took Best of Show and People's Choice with his T-55A tank on a very nice base to show off his work. In Intermediate, new member Ethan Schwartzmann's Su-100 Tank Destroyer took both People's Choice and Best of Show. This model had very well-done weathering and color modulation to break up the green paint scheme. In Masters, Chris Kurtze's very well-executed F-5E in aggressor markings took Best of Show and People's Choice awards.

Best of Show
& People's Choice
Best of Show
& People's Choice
Best of Show
& People's Choice
Best Orange Subject
Best Orange Subject
Most Creative
Orange Subject
Logan Carbin Ethan Schwartzmann Chris Kurtze Chuck Hermann Josh Pals Robert Henderson
T-55A Su-100 F-5E Tijuana Taxi 2000 '32 Ford Pumpkin Panzer

The November meeting will be the final points contest of the year with an "open" theme. All kits, subjects, and scales are eligible. Please note that Brian Peck will be hosting his "Heavies" Sponsored Contest. Any subject that is considered a heavy bomber for its era is eligible to compete in this contest.




October Article:

The September meeting had a Points Contest Theme of "First or Last" with a very large turnout. Across all levels, there were 43 entries! In Basic, Logan Carbin took Best of Show and People's Choice with his very well done Ho 229 flying wing. In Intermediate, David Epstein's F-110A Spectre (Air Force name before changing to F-4 Phantom II) took Best of Show and Scott Williams's Voyager I spacecraft took People's Choice. This model had very impressive (and fragile looking) photoetch structures. In Masters, Dave Straub's scratchbuilt USS Patoka Tender and USS Los Angeles airship took Best of Show and John Tate's Ju-52 diorama "Rommel's Lifeline" took People's Choice.

Best of Show
& People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Logan Carbin David Epstein Scott Willaims David Straub John Tate
Ho 229 F-110A Voyager I USS Patoka "Rommel's Lifeline"

The E-Board sponsored a contest with a theme of "Knife Fight/Night Light" that combined two themes. Entries could be entered for either or both themes. The award winner for Basic is Logan Carbin's F-117 Nighthawk. In Intermediate, Robert Henderson's P-61 Black Widow took the award for Night Light and Len Faulconer's F-102 Delta Dagger took the award for Knife Fight. In Masters, Chris Kurtze's F-102 Delta Dagger took the Knife Fight award and Frank Randall's Mosquito NF Mk. II took the Night Light award. Awards will be presented at an upcoming meeting

The October meeting will have another points contest with a theme of "Red Star." All subjects representing Communist influenced nations are eligible for in-theme points as well as a shot at Best of Show for the contest. As usual, all other entries are eligible to compete for points in this contest, but won't get the additional 10 in-theme points


August Article:

July saw the return of a points contest with a theme of "1967."  In Basic, Rick Shryock earned a Best of Show and People's Choice for his Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser RC truck. It was a very clean build with scratchbuilt parts including machined wheels!  In Intermediate, David Epstein’s X-15 set world records in '67 and his entry earned Best of Show. Chuck Hermann’s 1967 Alpha Romeo 2000 GT race car earned the Intermediate level People's Choice award. In Masters, Chris Kurtze earned both Best of Show and People's Choice for his nicely weathered A-37B Dragonfly with scratchbuilt details added. The aircraft was ordered and the first prototype was flown in 1967.

Best of Show
& People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Best of Show
People's Choice
Rick Shyrock Chuck Hermann David Epstein Chris Kurtze
Toyota Land Cruiser Alfa Romeo 2000 GT X-15 A2 A-37B Dragonfly

August's meeting will have a swap meet with no contests, so bring stuff to sell, barter, or trade! The next contests will be in September:

- Theme contest: "First or Last."  This includes any subject or any scale that represents the first or last of anything such as prototypes, aircraft with retirement schemes, first flight, last flight, etc.

- E-Board sponsored contest: "Knife Fight / Night Light". This contest is for any subject, scale, or kit that includes a cutting device in the name (cutlass, rapier, sabre) or in the subject (figure with a knife) or any subject, scale; or kit that operates primarily at night (night fighters, armored vehicles with IR spotlights, special ops, owls, etc.). There will be a special award for subjects that combine both categories.

- New Mexico State Fair (September 7 – 17): Display theme will be Star Wars. Look for entry and judging dates.


July Article:

June's special contest had a "Kill Markings" theme, which included mission markings as well. This month also included Patrick Dick’s "GM" sponsored contest. There were 24 entries on the tables this month competing in these contests although there were no Junior entries. Charles Petrilli's very clean build of an RGM-79SP GM Sniper II earned Best of Show in Basic. In Intermediate, Robert Henderson's Panther G tank took Best of Show with rings on the barrel for vehicles destroyed. In Masters, Ken Liotta’s Hs 129A took Best of Show with mission marking on the tail. As part of the "Kill Markings" theme, Mike Blohm also brought in a display of nine aircraft of US Aces.

Best of Show
Best of Show
Best of Show
Best GM
Best GM
Best GM
Charles Petrilli Robert Henderson Ken Liotta Brian Peck Mike Blohm Chuck Hermann
RGM-79SP GM Sniper II Panther G
Panzer V Ausf G
Hs 129A
North American
P-51D Mustang
M4 Sherman
1968 Corvette
Sedan Delivery

Upcoming contests include the fourth points contest of the year in July with a theme of “1967.” Any subject that represents the year 1967 is eligible for the extra “in-theme” points. August is a swap meet and September’s points contest theme is “First or Last” as well as the E-board’s “Knife Fight/Night Light” sponsored contest. Also in September, the display theme for the New Mexico State Fair will be Star Wars.


June Article:

May's contest theme was the third points contest of the year with a Star Wars theme.

In the Juniors category, Aleya Montaño took Best of Show and People’s Choice awards with her X-Wing fighter in a flying pose with nicely-done weathering.

In Basic, Logan Carbin also took Best of Show and People’s Choice with an impressive Rebel X-Wing fighter (Poe’s). His entry had well-done weathering and laser bolts for a dramatic display.

In Intermediate, David Epstein took People’s Choice with his well-executed French Submarine/ Cruiser, Surcouf. You don’t see floatplanes parked on the deck of a sub very often! Adrian Montaño’s imposing and impressive large-scale Millenium Falcon took Best of Show.

In Masters, Patrick Dick took People’s Choice with his TIE Striker in NVA markings. I look forward to seeing the rest of this collection! Larry Glenn’s sharp build of a TIE Striker took Best of Show in the Masters category.

Special and Sponsored Contests

Next month we will be having a Special Contest (Kill Markings) and a Sponsored Contest (General Motors, sponsored by Patrick Dick). For special contests, the rules are a little different compared to the regular Theme Points contests.

First of all, there are no Modeler of the Year points awarded for Special or Sponsored contests. Also, in Special contests, all entries have to be in-theme, five entries per person are allowed, and generally there is only one “Best Of” award per divisional level.


May Article:  

April's contest theme was World War I, since 2017 is the 100th anniversary of US involvement in that conflict. There was a good selection of entries, both regular and in-theme. In Basic, Logan Carbin's Fokker Dr.I took both Best of Show and People's Choice with a nicely-built entry with a hypothetical paint scheme. In Intermediate, David Epstein's Model T Ambulance took Best of Show with a very clean out-of-the-box build, and Robert Henderson's Pfalz E.IIIa took People's Choice with a colorful camouflage scheme. In Masters, John Tate took Best of Show with his well-executed British Tommy bust and Larry Glenn’s Me 410B-1 took People’s Choice with a sharp OOB build with the additional challenge of German mottling on the fuselage.

Model Contest Judging: This month’s CD tidbit is on the subject of judging. In our club contests, the upcoming Region X contest and even National Convention contests, the overwhelming deciding factor on the placing of a model in a contest is basic workmanship. The things that judges look for include alignment (wheels, wings, tank treads, antennas, props, etc.), construction flaws (unfilled seams, glue globs, floating wheels not touching tank treads, fogging on transparencies, disappearing pane lines, etc.), and finish issues (fingerprints, decal silvering, overspray, and paint runs, as well as consistency and symmetry).

Only when all of the above have been considered, will the judges look for minor things such as detailing, weathering, accuracy, etc.

The final tie-breaker for equal placing entries is considering which entry looks most like the subject it is representing overall. This rarely happens even at the Nationals level. This approach puts the emphasis on tangible issues, and less on the opinion/preference of the individual judges.

This is also described in greater detail in the ASM Contest Guidelines posted on the Club website. Please get with me (or any of the ASM judges) if you have any questions on what judges look for in model contests.


April Article:

For the March meeting, there was a good turnout for the first points contest of 2017 with the customary "Open" contest theme.

In Basic, Aaron Schmiedicke's imposing Battlestar Pegasus took both Best of Show and People's Choice, an impressive build. Steve Brodeur took both Best of Show and People's Choice with his Ki-43 Oscar in 1/32 scale with a very interesting and well executed camouflage over natural metal. Masters had a good selection of models with Chris Kurtze taking Best of Show with his Ta-152 and People's Choice with his USS Essex. Even if this was built mostly Out-of-the-Box, the scope and quality of the detail and weathering work on his ship was inspiring.

The Contest Public Service Announcement for this month is on entry forms. Please remember to completely fill the forms out as best you can. It makes putting the results together quickly and compiling the points much easier with all the relevant information filled in, especially a week later when trying to remember details from the meeting. If a question comes up or there is an unclear "grey area" relative to your entry on any part of the form, please ask.


February Article: 

Welcome to another contest season at ASM! The contest schedule is in final review and will be posted online shortly. There are some interesting themes to build for (lots of opportunities to push the envelope) this year. Some of the ASM contest themes are tied to other events including the New Mexico State Fair and Chile Con IV (Star Wars and WWI), so if you plan ahead, you can have several opportunities to enter your models.

Speaking of themes, below is a breakdown of the various types of contests held during the year at ASM.

If there are any questions on the organization of the contests (types of contests, judging, points awarded, etc.) you can check the Contest Guidelines posted on the website or get ahold of me.         

The January customary Moe Blalters Sci-Fi, Real Space, Science, and Fantasy special contest had a bit of a light turnout, but had some very well-built models on the table. Since this is a Special Contest, there were only awards for best in each skill level. The top entries included Anthony Weaver’s War of the Worlds Diorama in Basic, Michael O’Brien’s Vulcan Warpshuttle Surak in Intermediate, and John Tate’s Space Marines Vindicator AFV in Masters. For Patrick Dick’s Frickin’ Laser Beams sponsored contest, the top entries included Anthony Weaver’s War of the Worlds Diorama in Basic, Ken Piniak’s USS Constellation and John Tate’s Klingon Battlecruiser in Masters.



The Finer Points

By Jerry Little. Out-going ASM Contest Chairman

January Article:

The Final Point

So this is the last time I'll write as contest director for ASM. I've been fortunate enough to be contest director for another great year in 2016. We've shared a tremendous contest season and a lot of models were built for the club Theme contests as well as Sponsored and Special contests. In fact, ASM put 390 models on the table in the form of contest entries or Works in Progress. That is an amazing number if you consider we averaged over 38 models a month! Well done, ASM!

When you have great modelers, you have great models. That is no different this year. Our Model of the Year contest was very tough. Narrowing the selection to only models that were Best of Show didn't really make it easy! As you can imagine, when a model is good enough to earn Best of Show, you know it's going to be tough to pick the best of the best. With so many to choose from, the team selected Larry Glenn's P-51 Mustang 'The Millie P" as the Model of the Year in Masters. Larry's 1/48 Tamiya Mustang was well done with the iconic prancing horse and checker nose!  In Intermediate, the choice was difficult. With a lot to choose from, the team selected Chris Kurtze's 1/35 "Beutepanzer M8 Greyhound" from the "Captured" theme contest. The model even had a unique base made from a surplus baking pan! The model looked like it could have been snatched right out of the historical photos it was built from.

Not to be outdone by Dad, Chris Kurtze Jr's Panther G was chosen as Model of the Year in Junior. The fit and finish of the model was spot on and really demonstrated the quality of model builder that Chris has become. Finally, in Basic, Jeannie Garriss reminded us all of what a great modeler she is with her "French Police Car." Her Best of Show from the "Rescue Me" themed contest in April was an easy call!

Congratulations to all modelers for the outstanding work they did throughout 2016 and competing for Model of the Year. Knowing the Albuquerque Scale Modelers, 2017 will be an equally competitive year!



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