May Meeting Minutes

Meeting convened al fresco, on the loading dock patio outside the Flying Monkey Arts building due to band practice. Eleven member present. (At least it was a good night for it.)

Old business:

Ste(a)mfest & Lowe Mills - This turned into a missed opportunity to survey the event for potential participation by HPMS for next year. By the time Dave Lanteigne arrived most of the activities had shut down.

Dave Lanteigne aslo communicated with Mrs Timon, who is organizing Hama-con (6-8 June 2014) replied that Jeff Mattheiss will be conducting a Make-and-Take, but we are welcome to assist with that, and have a table. Dave was going to do an email survey looking for sufficient participation to man the table for the entire con, which is Friday noon until Sunday afternoon.

Skip Hassler provided a quick summary of the Anniston show. From his observations, turn out from both contestants and vendors seemed a bit light.

New Business:

There was discussion of timetable for when things need to happen for the contest, and a rough list was hashed out, with responsibilities:

Magazine information needs going out - Tom Clark
Trophy vendors quote - Ed Maslin
Business license - Scott Jeffries
Insurance - Dave Lanteigne
Phil Hale - regional coordinator - Tom Clark

The rates will remain unchanged from last year for entries, and the categories will be the same as well.

Show and Tell!

Curt Haskell - Discussed an attempt to set a weather balloon altitude record. Their group was trying for 95,000 ft, but the balloon popped at 87,000. He brought along a paper airplane, equipped with GPS and a tracking beacon, which had made the trip up and back. The airplane had been released at altitude, and landed about 12 miles away from the balloon payload, which landed under parachute. He also brought a decal prep stand, with water bowls and holders for decal solution bottles, that he had made with with his 3D printer.

Dave Lanteigne had a large-scale pencil stub, printed by Curt.

Clay Williams had more in-process Warhammer 40K figures, including a Tau battlesuit. He also had the Bradley M2 commission he has been working on, which came to him through the mailing list.

Ed Maslin had some 1/24 figures for Alfie, who was not present.

Scott Jeffries had his Do 17Z (aka Pig's Ear Mk II) after masking the camouflage camouflage. He related his experiences in using Tamiya smoke acrylic for exhaust stains, and what happened when he tried to seal it with flat lacquer (here's a hint - don't do it) The acrylic reacted with the lacquer thinner and "orange peeled". He also brought his Ark Royal (the 1588 version) which he described how he was building from an aggregation of kits.

Ed Kiker. Brought some kits from his most recent bargain store trawi, including a Silver ghost, an 1804 locomotive, an 1884 Daimler, and a1/48 blackhawk. He also brought a model of the ship of Chengho, which was a massive Chinese junk that lead the Treasure Fleet in the 14th century, before being scrapped. The kit is huge, and main hull could easily serve as a salad serving bowl for your next dinner.

Meeting adjourned. Mad Model Party is 19 May, at the Deep.

Thomas Clark

February Meeting Minutes

   The February 2014 meeting of the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society was called to order at 7:00 P.M. on 5 February, 14 members were present.
   Under the area of Old Business there was discussion about the new meeting place at Low Mill and meeting in the front area so as to have sufficient space for the members and anything that maybe brought to the meeting.  There was some question about the location of Low Mill and Skip drew map on the chalk board at the front of the room.  The subject of the JC Building was brought up and Dave stated that the deposit was in and that the application for a business license for the show would be accomplished.  The show date was confirmed as 4 October.  The subject of a letter of appreciation to the owner of Southerland Station was discussed and it was noted that a letter was already made and had been posted to the HPMS site on Yahoo.  Arrangements were being made to give this letter to him.
  Two model shows and contests were discussed.  The upcoming show in Memphis had questions regarding where and when and need for source information regarding the show.  Tom Clark gave a briefing on the Chattanooga, TN show, basically lots of models and acceptable work on them.  The major problem was the judging.  This function took a great amount of time, there was a lack of judges, the close of judging time was not met, and there was no rule in place regarding ‘sweeps’.
Show and Tell
Edward – Pictures of a bronze sculpture of the battleship Arizona blind people to touch.
                 1/35th scale American T-28 tank by Dragon, lots of extra pieces.
Scott – Progress on 1/48th scale ‘rescue’ Spitfire, all paint off.
             Three books;
                       Iraqi Fighters
                      Struggle for the Middle Sea
Phil – 1/35 Italiari M-47 Patton Tank
          1/35 scale decals for German WW II Tiger I tank, Indo-Pakistan War Armor, 1965, and
          Arab Armor
Rick – 1/44th scale B-57 by A Model.
            2 each 1/72nd scale AH-1 Huey Cobras, interesting decals in the kits.
            A completed Winne Mae aircraft model, the old Lindburg kit, good job Rick.
            Talked about the use of Thermo clay for fabricating model parts.
Clay – Brought some of the gaming figures that he paints and sells, looked good, very
           colorful and paint work.  He said we could use the front space Low Mill if we
           needed to.  He has a shop at Low Mill.
Andy – Progress on cars, had to obtain a newer polish, different liquid process.
Ed – Progress on cars; extended car body is primed, filled, and shaped, wedge car body
        Is primed, filled, and shaped.

March Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order in the lobby/snack area of Lowes Mill, for the first formal meeting held there. Presiding was President Ed Maslin. Meeting opened with minutes read by Secretary Tom Clark.

First subject was the relocation of Southerlands. They have a new storefront on Whitesburg Drive, which is considerably smaller than their current location (their facebook page says that they will be open at Governor's Drive until late April). The question came up about how (and if) the club will do a Make-and-Take for next Christmas. Clay Williams mentioned that there is a Christmas event at Lowe Mills, and Tom Clark mentioned Operation Christmas Bear, which is sponsored by the Arsenal Morale Welfare Recreation department for military families, and is held at the Jaycees Building. Further discussion was tabled until the possible event gets closer.

On the topic of relocating, Tom Clark has updated the group webpage, modified the club flyers and has posted maps to the new location on the door of Southerlands.

With the new location has come the question of access. Tom Clark pointed out that Clay is currently a "single point of failure" for access if something happens. Clay promised to call someone if for some reason he can't be there to provide access, and a few alternatives (such as the public library) were discussed. The library requires a $50 deposit for a meeting room, and some prescheduling.

Tom Clark had received a question about a commission build via email. The person was interested in having an M2 Bradley built in a 1980's configuration. Clay Williams was the only member willing to take on commissions, and will contact the person.

David Lanteigne brought up some new business. Mrs. Tatro, who routinely buys tables at our show to dispose of her husband's collection, is also involved in the local anime club's conventions - there's two: a short one in the winter and a longer one in spring. The two-day convention is coming up in April, and Dave had previously discussed having some sort of club display or event at the con. Dave proposed buying an assortment of Gundam model kits (which are available fairly cheaply) via Hobbylink Japan or another venue and hosting a Make-and-Take, and charging admission (which is allowed at the con). The objective would be to attract new (and potentially younger members) and get some public exposure for the club. One of the alternatives discussed was having some of the members working on a larger model at the same time to illustrate model building at the "master" level of the hobby. Also suggested was an "Iron Modeler" type event, where the entrants have to build to a theme using a provided kit inside a time limit. After some discussion, the topic was tabled until next meeting.

Visitors: Tom Fox, who's a friend of Clay's, attended. He builds WH40K miniatures.

Show and Tell!

Curt Haskell brought his completed P-47 Razorback (the Hasegawa kit). It's one of the first kits he's completed, and therefore puts his membership in HPMS jeopardy.

Tom Clark brought some 1/48 "Afghan buildings" put out by Airfix, which appear to cold-cast porcelain or resin. This is part of Airfix's larger release of modern military vehicles and aircraft iin 1/48 depicting UK forces in Afghanistan.

Andy Brezinski brought in the the bodies from a 59 Buick and 60 Olds convertible to turn into Indy pace cars and add to his collection. Both had suffered damage to the windshield frame that he plans to repair. He plans to have 5 soon to qualify as a collection.

Ed Maslin brought in a tool he had developed to assist him in working on a 57 Chevy. It was a drill bit mounted into a coil spring, which was mounted onto a styrene rod. This allowed Ed to drill at right angles easily in assembling car door hinges. Ed also had a "mouse car" - not a car for mice, but a car built from a mouse. The computer kind.

The club then retired to Clay's space in Lowe Mills, where he showed off his next commission. It is a C-27J display model with about a 4 ft wingspan that needs to be repainted in US Coast Guard colors. Clay estimates the job will take about 60 hours.

Upcoming contests - Anniston is 5 April.

Mad Model Party is 17 March, at the Deep.

April Meeting Minutes

Members Present:  11                 Called to order at 7:04 P.M. 2 April, 2014
Old Business
         The possibility of the Ste(a)m Fest as a venue to gain exposure for HPMS was discussed, the main avenue would be by a display of completed models and a ‘make and take’.  As this function was going to be on 12 April from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., it was decided that members that could would attend, it is free, and make a determination as the feasibility for our club.
           The Anniston Model Show and Contest was mentioned, some HPMS members indicated they would attend.
          The Anime Festival was discussed.  Dave stated that he would contact the event coordinator and obtain further information.
New Business
          A briefing on an establishment with the name MindGear Labs was given by Dave.  This firm has the equipment to do small parts fabrication including 3D printing.  Individuals can use the equipment but will charged about $30.00.  There is membership available for $60.00 a year.
Show and Tell
Alphie – 1/250 scale ‘Serenity’ that he found at a flea market, had a good price on it.
Curt – 1/48 scale F6F Hellcat by Eduard, painted and decaled, but not finished.
           1/32 scale Ryan PT-20 by Fisher
           1/32 Scale Stearman Trainer by Silver Wings, other between wars plane kits available from this maker.
 Clay – Gaming model, Night Titan from Games Workshop, said he had 5 more to do, contract job?
Ed – Scratch built satellite, Sputnik 1957, made from a ball found in the Walmart parking lot, who said there are not treasures at Walmart!  Excellent job on the display case, also had two Russian commemorativepins displayed with it.
Mike – 1/25 scale Ford being modified into NASCAR stoker 1956, body and frame modified, work to continue to be attached, body is a piece of PVC pipe, good work Dan.
Phil – F-15 wheels for Mark

Important Announcements!

Item the First!
We have secured the date of 4 October for our 2014 contest!
Item the Second!
Dick Metzger will be transferring ownership of Southerland Station to someone else in his family, and the business will be relocating to a new, much smaller building within 60 days. As a result, we will lose our meeting place after the February meeting. Fortunately, Clay Williams (a new member) has space available at his shop in Lowe Mill, and will be hosting the club for the March meeting. See the map below.

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