photos copyrighted by Rato.
|May 14, 2010
IPMS/NJ club meeting
of Columbus, Garwood NJ, USA.
monthly club meeting - kits, jokes and modeling...
This IPMS-NJ club meeting took place on May/14th at
KOC, Garwood NJ. The theme was Gloss
Finish Night, sponsored by Stan
Stankewicz. Let's see how it
On the contest table, this Fairchild 71 in 1/72 is another of Mike
Here is the very sharp Hasegawa F6F-5N in 1/48 scale by Pat O'Connor...
... followed by the Special Hobby F9F-5 Cougar, also in 1/48, by Mike
Talk about kitbashing. Bill Connelly used the Frog fuselage (from
the canopy back) matted to the Airfix engine, tail and wings, and
the result with spare box decals to depict a Fairey Fulmar Mk.IV in
markings. The scale is 1/72. Well done Bill!!!
On the crowlers' side of the table, we had this Tamiya Panther in 1/35.
I forgot who built this one, but the idea was to depict the tank during
a rain. My photo does not do justice to the model, because in real life
it was quite convincing...
I think this is a Tamiya Pz.Kfw.II in 1/35, built OOB by Vincent
And here the PaK 41/43 in 1/35 built by Jim Patifallo using the AFV
Bill Anderson brought this magnificently accomplished Dragon Pz.Kfw.III
in 1/35, OOB:
And since that was the Gloss Finish night, this Yamaha was a nice
contender, by Bill:
Mike Davlo brought this 1974 Plymouth Barracuda in 1/24 scale. This is
the AMT kit:
On the non-contenders' table this IJN Isokaze was simply fantastic:
And works in progress, of course:
is Marc Rocca's 1/144 Hornet diorama which appeared on Hyperscale's
Models to check, and
a glimpse of my XP-84 and the DFS-194, both 1/72 projects underway:
Bill and the staff guys made the business part very short and fun...
... while the other
Bill explained his homemade decals project to simulate Kevlar and other
composites on cars and bikes:
Marc finally handed over some well deserved awards:
Some goodies (sorry for the crappy pic), including Werner's Wings
conversion for the Me-109 racer and a rare vacform Hunter in 1/32:
Stan presented the
awards - Bill Connelly for his Fulmar and the other Bill for his Yamaha:
Late in the night I spent a wonderful time with our chapter's president
Big Bill Schwarz, and he talked briefly about his tour in Vietnam as a
US Navy's Huey gunner (yep, the Navy had UH-1s, too). Bill was awarded
the Bronze Star for bravery, and was wounded in action, earning to him
a Purple Heart.
Here are (left to right) Richard Zaris and
Ricardo von Puttkammer - two former IPMS-NJ
members - and me. Ricardo is
a Brazilian modeler, living in America since 1980. I missed Ricardo at
Noreastcon this year, but we exchanged e-mails and he dug a very old
photo of GPPSD, probably the oldest modeling chapter in Brazil. I put
the photo on a Brazilian forum and many modelers from old times stepped
in to identify people in the photo. Rich and Rick were on their way to
an airshow, and kindly stopped by to talk about those times. Thank you
Later that week, Ricardo sent me this wonderful photo. From left to
right: Bill Connely, Mike "Hairy" Pavlo, Rick von Puttkammer and Rich Zaris, during a
Mosquitocon some long time ago:
See you in the next meeting.