month club meeting - kits, jokes and modeling...
Another great IPMS-NJ club meeting took place on Feb/12th at
KOC, Garwood NJ. This was the only meeting of the year without a theme,
so the contest was open to anything wished. Without further talking,
let's take a look at the contest table.
The first thing which caught my eye was this USS Nicholas in 1/144. It
is a very big model, even for a destroyer, and was sharply built:
The other fantastic model - or collection of models - was this nice
display with IJA aircraft in a convenient 1/144 scale. Very nice and
well done, not to mention the idea of relative size of the aircraft
that it portrays.
Another very fine entry was this display of English trainers in 1/72.
Other aircraft models included this superb P-51 in NMF and a BoB
Spitfire, both from Tamiya, as well as a AH-1W (I guess), all in 1/48:
brought one more of his fine 1/72 AFVs, this time a Panzer IV from
Dragon (figures by Preiser). Marc used the DS tracks, but note the
sag... He uses a metal pin attached to the side hull, pushing the
tracks down. I'm stealing this one...
And this vignette was built and painted by the gifted wife of one of
And moving to the miscellanea, we had this van in
1/25. I heard many "Oh boy, I remember my father's one from 19XX"...
TIE fighter, which made its public debut:
On the in-progress/non-member table:
And thanks to a
member, we could check out the Trumpeter's Me-109E-3 sprue by
Someone brought the 1/32 Fisher Models' Sea Fury in a very advanced
stage. A great model:
And a brave man just
started on a vacuum-formed Sikorsky RS-3 in 1/72, from Esoteric Models
MosquitoCon is knocking on our doors, so Big Bill Schwarz had a lot to
talk and to tune with the staff. We saw a sample of the plaques to be
offered to the winners, and boys they are gorgeous. Everybody is quite
motivated and working hard for almost a year (except me). I think this
will be best MosquitoCon ever...
After that, Jerry
Rinaldi made a mini workshop on figure painting. Very nice, and it was
interesting to see that there are more in figure painting than what the
Spanish school has been making
us to believe:
Here Jerry is
emphasizing the need to use the correct brushes...
...but when he
started to talk about the techniques, for some reason nobody payed much
attention on him:
August/2010 theme will be Monogram Raised Panel Lines. So the members
could grab theirs from a huge box of old Monogram models. You can do
whatever you want, except to remove the raised panel lines. This theme
will be fun, kinda building like in
the 70s, but I'll miss it. Here Martin just opened the Pandora
box (fond memories, eh?):
And that was it. One
of the best meetings I've attended so far...I'm looking forward
to the next one.