Meeting was convened by Ed "Coup-Proof" Maslin. With the absence of Robert "How Do I Still Have This Job?" Osborne, minutes were read by Tom "Why Am I Doing Robert's Job?" Clark.
First order of business was the contest. Tom reported that he had contacted both IPMS and Kalmbach and had placed advertisements in both the Journal and FSM and Scale Auto. As of the meeting Tom had not been billed by Kalmbach for the ads. (Note: I have confirmed our ads with them, and just got the bill.)
For the awards, the decision was made to go with NuImages, like last year. Tom would work on the award artwork for August. Ed will confirm the due dates for artwork to meet our contest deadline.
The question was asked about the Make and Take kits, as we only have a few more meetings before annual Make and Take in December. Dave Lanteigne was not present, but will be asked about status of the current stock of kits and supplies.
Tom will be taking show flyers to Hobbytown USA.
Mike Hazelwood announced that he and his family is planning on relocating away from Huntsville in the near future. He announced that this will not effect the hosting arrangement with the club, but we may need to pay cash and not in tables in the future.
Show and Tell:
Tom had pigs. Tom always has pigs. Tom will continue to only bring pigs. In truth, he is finally about to finish them. It was remarked that the pigs looked appropriately swinish.
Dan "RetroFuture" Thompson had a model he had built to support his new business venture of republishing obscure science fiction books online, and will grace the cover. The subject was an atomic seaplane spaceship (no joke) for a novel titled "Operation Springboard" written by John Ball, who is probably more famous for his novel "In The Heat of the Night." http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DWBKA36 He also had a generic 1950's spaceship based on the V2 design, which will grace future covers.
Shawn had some more Orks. It was remarked that they looked appropriately swinish.
Kurt brought his first model, which was of a Nash Metropolitan. At approximately 6" long, it was nearly life-size. Kurt also acquired a 3-D printer, and showed off experiments for his first modeling project with it - a 1/25 model of a 1940-50's Lakester, and type of speedster for racing on dry lake beds built from surplus aircraft droptanks. Kurt's is based on a P-38 drop tank. Also, with the printer, Kurt was hailed as everybody's New Best Friend.
Mike brought a P-2 Neptune he's working on. He made zooming noises with it.
Ed brought in a scale model of 1940 Ford Coupe he built to match a favorite toy of his grandson. He went through the method he used to hand-paint the flames on the side. He also brought in a candy-apple red 1957 Corvette with white inserts. His main project was a splice of two Cadillac ambulances into a stretch, and went into the details of how he rearranged the windows to suit his tastes. He also has plans involving the remaining bits of Cadillac from the original donor kit. Plans that made the club question his sanity.
Meeting adjourned before we could call those nice young men in their clean white coats.
The meeting was opened by Ed "C4" Maslin, our esteemed Generalissimo. We had several visitors.
Jesse-He likes ships, planes and tanks. He should fit in well.
Kerry- Jesse's Dad, rode along to check us out. Mysterious.
Josh-Evidently back after a long hiatus. Obviously has no life.
Stewart England-A renowned modeler from the Silicon Valley group and, most odd, a friend of Burkey's. He seemed sane but his association with The Plastic Hoarder brings his mental status, not to say his taste, into question. He likes to model early WWII North African campaign subjects, Axis and Allies. (Good- the world can't have enough 2 pdr portees, Pz IIIs or Hurricanes, in my opinion.)
Phil "Kick the Tires and Light the Fires" Cassibry reports that we have 12 tables reserved for the annual show. Everyone seemed to think it was "a good thing".
"Let's Do It in Paper" Dave punked on the trophy assignment so he will price compare and get back to us. sheesh You'd think we'd get better work out of somebody for free.
Paper Dave also discussed Paypal/Square Up for financial transaction but we needed more data. Action tabled.
Dave also reported in detail on HAMACON. His suggestion is that we support the Con, held annually in HSV. It had nothing to do with the young, nubile, CosPlay girls that he saw at the show.
Tom "My Life is a Wasteland and I Have a Rash" Clark will do the art work for the trophies. His suggestion of naked Goblins cavorting in a stream was rejected. His suggestion of naked Goblins driving huge war machines is under consideration provided they have closed cockpits.
The Club voted to sponsor the Missiles and Artillery trophy package for the IPMS nationals after some debate. Money will change hands in an alley somewhere.
Dave brought a very (nice) kit of the Nautilus, HG Wells type. He also had a big, complicated looking kit of a Chinese Communist Hegemony future Orbital Battle Station. Very nice.
Dave also brought a tiny, tiny computer for placing in models and running lights or props, etc. Called an Arduino, I think.
Mike had a very well done '55 Vette. He is in progress of wiring the engine or some other insanity. And it wouldn't be Mike without a dispute over something. This time it was where '53 Vettes were built. Who cares where the Mexicans build their cars?
Tom continues the saga of the Pig Tank. Just 4 pigs left to paint and then we can see everything in it's glory. He also showed his Slave 1 spaceship in progress and whined like a kept woman at therapy over a seam he had to reduce. Unseemly.
Tom also shared two challenge coins with us, one in Polish that said "Not my Monkeys" and another that read "A Sgt /Ordnance Tech in a dead run outranks everybody".
The inimitable Shawn "Rotorhead" Gamaldi presented some 3-D wooden airplane puzzles. I think he intended to hang Space Orks or something off of them.
Somebody had crater molds and a Russian submarine that launched Sea Planes? I'm so confused.
Burkey showed up with a box load of stuff to give away. Quite the act of generosity. I snagged a book on A-4s. Thomas was in attendance though wisely absent from the proceedings.
"El Presidente' for Life but Not in Charge" Scott brought the old Monogram 1/48 FW-190 which he had intended to do straight from the box. Alas, AMS kicked in and he was forced by the disease to add Eduard parts, a working engine, machined machine guns, a scratchbuilt prop and real rubber tires. Gorgeous. Scott also had an Azur VG-33 Arsenal in the box. For those unfamiliar with this WWII French aircraft, it is a nice, clean design with a modern look. The Allies coded it Surrender Susette or Collaborator Carmin, depending on your source. An advanced design,it had the first known chaff system on a fighter. When approached by an enemy aircraft, the pilot could punch out a maximum of 250 floating white flags in 3.4 seconds. The seat was actually a giant sponge impregnated with deodorant to deal with the inevitable physical consequences of firing the chaff. Of course, limited numbers were built and none of them adequately armed. The Germans were very happy to use them as targets, it must be said.
C4 Ed had some good stuff. He had two scratchbuilt Egg Cars (an advanced form of modeling) and was reclaiming an ambulance for conversion into a limo. Easy for Ed.
However, Dear Readers, I am obliged to bring the harbinger of sadness into this otherwise bright missive. Ed "I Could Kill You With a Fork" Maslin, our venerated Leader, the man we all look up to and towards for inspiration and advice, good counsel and sage wisdom, not to mention the wholly unvarnished truth..............lied.
He said he built his 1937 Ford "out of the box"! The Box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ed! COULD THIS BE!!!!!!!!!!!?????
Take a moment-I know the mind reels with the implication. The potential disruption of the very Time/Space Continuum was at hand. The ramifications alone make world problems pale in comparison. Oh, the Humanity!
But no one could prove anything to the contrary and we moved on.
The Cosmos kept spinning, we all had ten fingers and toes (mostly) and the meeting was adjourned.
May Minutes of the Illustrious Order of Plastic Modeling in the Shire of Huntsville
(A little Phlegmish village near Schnotterdam)
Ed "Watch Out He Knows How to Use a Grenade" Maslin Presiding in the Big Chair
Old/New/Ever So Slightly Boring Business
1.Our IPMS National Certification arrived! The ballyhoo accompanying this joyous occasion is hard to describe but this author, all too ill-equipped, will try.
Cheering was heard, Eli shed a tear, Shawn grumbled something about "still doing the frakking Secretary's job", a gull fell dead, Phil asked what it cost, Skip told us how much it cost, Dave disputed the cost and produced a yearly devaluation chart showing just how much it should have cost in Zimbabwean lira, a cake was produced, Mike wanted to question the exact shade of green used in the printing of the certificate, Ray told him to take a hike and it didn't matter because it wasn't German anyway, fireworks ensued, Scott (not actually present) opined that such things never happened when HE was El Presidente', Thomas disputed his assertion and called him "an complete prat", Rodger asked what a prat was and everyone pointed at Neil who took great umbrage at this characterization whereupon Burkey made his usual feather boa supported, flamboyant entrance, stepped onto a table and loudly proclaimed "No! I will not let this stand! Neil is no prat or I'm a Tunisian Sock Merchant! There, (indicating yours truly), there lies The Prat and call me Aunt Edna if it isn't so!" As Aunt Edna was surreptitiously waving a pistol in my direction with a nasty look on her face, I demurred. However, it was Tom to the rescue as, driving his huge Japanese Mecha fighter forward, snatched up the beweaponed biddy and slung her out of the building to the applause of all save Monsieur Burkey. The certificate was duly enshrined in the files with all the pomp and circumstance set out in the HPMS Manual of Arms 601-5, Rev.3.
2.Those "Vagabond People" owe us $2, American. (I would only point out here, strictly for everyone's future happiness that Dave, widely known to be a vicious, underhanded Sociopath, is the current treasurer and his wife is worse. She's a lawyer. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, eh?)
3. Mike breathed normally all night or passed out quietly. Either way, everyone seemed happy.
4.The Tres Amigos- "If It's SF I Build It" Dan, "I Obsess Over My Projects" Tom and "I Like Candy" Scott reportedly really killed at Anniston. The show got generally mediocre reviews.
5. Eli won in the Rotary Aircraft division at the same show. His was the only entry but this should not detract from the exquisite cockpit work on his 1:3850 scale Hienkle FletterSchpittenWopperKraft as seen from his graciously provided electron microscope images.
6.Tom reports that the annual show is on track. No one believes him but, as he was ensconced in a giant fighting machine, no one questioned him seriously.
7.Dave has taken up the task of plaques for the show. He said he had dozens of unused paper plates at home but the connection was not clear.
8.Andy experienced an enormous memory fail that was very public. However, as no one knew what he was trying to say, it is believed the impact will be minimal.
Tom displayed Dr. Hungerford's Amazing Optical Cranial Device. This can apparently be had from a local source for a mere $9 US. It was cunningly wrought from the finest Hyderabad bakelite, came with spare, powerful optics and had an integral light. As our faithful membership, almost to the man, is in that time of life when faculties begin to fail this wonder was most favorably received. He also had a rather expensive model of a another fighting mecha from the Orient. Legs, armor, cannon, that sort of thing. Oh, and something about a "Mr. Fett".
Phil "If I'm Lyin', I'm Dyin'" Cassibry incited envy in all (well, me anyway) with his book written from the first hand accounts of a Sea Harrier pilot during the unpleasantness occasioned by the Argentinians and their folly during the Falklands Escapade. Ripping stuff.
Andrew showed a smashing '56 DeSoto whereby he had contracted Advanced Modeler Syndrome. The seats were real leather, the tires Goodyear spec rubber, he had the wheels custom chromed and the engine cranked. His tiny driver was, unfortunately, ill and could not attend. We eagerly await his return to good health!
The Complete and Utter Burk allowed a glimpse behind the curtain of his next virtuoso decalling experiment in the form of a new Battle Star Galactica "Pegasus" Battle Star ( A comment if I may- Who could watch this dreck? Starbuck , notwithstanding the actress's obvious charms, a WOMAN?! Ye Gods, next they'll be voting.). He also obviously could not resist the giant Polar Lights Forbidden Planet C57D Flying Saucer. He is a man of small resistance , as we know. (Secret Message-The Orangutan has slipped. The water is in a shoe. Alan Rickman has 7 toes.)
Ed, our esteemed Fuh....er.... Leader, has recovered a "disaster" car from Dan, a 2 door Imperial. I think Dan was on the verge of putting it to the torch. However, Ed, in his inimitable (insane) fashion has turned it into a stunner. Well done there.
Rick had some very nice Warhammer 40K figures but, mea culpa, I did not note what they were so this description will be incomple........
Everyone had some general frivolity at Scott's expense since he was hors de combat but the biggest entertainment was provided as usual by Burkey's presence who , by his own admission, is a Tunisian Sock Merchant.
Meeting was adjourned without violence this time.
Your Most Humble Servant,
I'm on a bad mood and pressed for time.
Phil "Hatchet Man" Cassibry presided. No coup was attempted due to apathy.
We had a meeting.
Folks are going to Anniston. Dan and Lianna were mentioned but not present.
We discussed electronic payments and assigned Dave to look into it.
We owe the Vagabond Boys for the website.
Scott wants to host a one day Build Off event. Stay tuned.
Burkey lost Thomas' F-15 canopy. boob.
People showed off stuff.
Next month, the part of Robert Osborne will be played by Oscar the Grouch. Stay tuned.