month club meeting - kits, jokes and modeling...
Since I'm now officially a proud member of IPMS-NJ, I've been attending
the meeting at Garwood, a nice 20 min ride by car from my place. We
gather at Knights of Columbus, a nice place with an American bar where
you can drink a beer of two before entering the main hall. There we
leave our models on the tables (there is a competition every month),
and take a seat to chat with the members.
The meetings are not much different than what we have in Brazil, except
that here things are better organized (afterall, it is a IPMS chapter),
including memberships, id cards, prizes, newsletter and all. You can
check the chapter's web page to
know more. The order of the day (or month...) is given by the club
president Bib Bill Schwarz, here is he during his speech:
A nice moment was when Martin Quinn, club's 1st vice-president, awarded
Bill with a honorable trophy for all his hard work ahead the club. I've
not been around for a long time, but I was told it was a more than well
deserved prize. Here is Martin awarding Bill:
proceeding to the models, please accept my apologies for not
remembering the names of all the modelers. Next time I'll take notes.
I'm really sorry, folks.
Let's start with this magnificent Blackburn Kangoroo in 1/72. This is a
vacuum-formed kit, and it turned out into a wonderful replica:
This is the Ocidental T-6 in 1/48, wearing an interesting Israeli
A nice bike:
And this deserves
some highlight. This firetruck was built by Caitlyn (please, correct
spell), the 9 or 10 years old granddaughter of a proud member of the
club. Amazing how she did it so well, without glue marks or misaligned
parts like I used to do when I was that age. I'm not sure I'd do a
cleaner job even today...:
Here is the "work in
progress" table. This Mogami in 1/350 is under way to be a stunning
These are my models -
they almost disappeared by the side of the Mogami...
And finally, a
picture of the Dobrzelecki brothers: Mike and Ron (this photo was
actually taken in the September meeting). I haven't thanked enough to
these guys for the warm reception at the club, and all the help Mike
gave me even before leaving Brazil. A big thank you guys! And Ron, how
is the Spitfire going?