Enjoy the show if you did make it or didn’t we are raising the bar !!!
On Saturday Feb. 6 the L.A. Miniaturists Club held their monthly meeting in Burbank. Many of us from the Pasadena Modelers Society travel to this club as well, there is a different mix of modelers and subjects from our own club. We were not disappointed with the turnout, there were over 50 model builders attending the meeting.
The main activity at the meeting is the show and tell table. Anyone can bring along a subject to display, models in progress or completed, historical pieces related to the subjects we model, and new kits, books or products to share with the audience. The models on display this past Saturday showed a great diversity of interest, aircraft (Russian Migs and a Grumman Albatros), figures, military vehicles, cars, ships, several science fiction subjects and some actual historical articles, some partial military uniforms.
People are encouraged to talk about their pieces. Here is Ed Baroth talking about his technique for replicating the non-skid areas on a Merkava Israeli tank.
Ken Schwartz talked about a couple of his latest projects, a Tamiya Sherman Easy 8 and a Monogram Grumman Albatros. He also shared some great stories about his experiences working with his models on an upcoming episode of “The Last Man Standing” sitcom.
John Brosnan is sharing his latest science fiction projects, a SF3D ‘Krote’ and Nutcracker, as well as his scratchbuilt Uranus Rover (don’t ask).
After the show and tell is complete, there was a demonstration by Emilio Cuesta on winter camo effects, weathering and whitewashing armor models. This was an excellent demo, another great reason to attend this clubs’ meetings.
The meeting wrapped up in the early afternoon with the raffle.
I have a double update today. A number of the club members went to the WinterFest 2016 show in El Cajon on Saturday 1/30. This show is at Gillespie Field, which is the San Diego Aerospace Museum’s annex. This show has been put on by the Secret Society of Model Builders for the past six years.
Dave Conner, Bill Walls, Mike Armstrong, Brian Krueger and our fearless leader George made the hour and a half long drive to the show, which is a number of miles east of San Diego. Oh yeah, I was there too.
The contest attendance was down a little this year but there were still around 150 fine examples of our craft on display. The Secret Society prefers to judge in the open competition method, where the models are judges against standards of excellence rather than simply against each other model. This means that there are no 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards are given out, rather the models are awarded gold silver or bronze medals based on the score that they received on the judging sheet. Here are a few photos of models that were on display.
The KV-I in the second picture above was the winner of the Best Armor award. The really dark little black airplane immediately above is an egg plane model of a PBY Catalina. Egg planes were the show theme this year, the winning model was a Egg Thunderbirds in flight display (not pictured). All of our members who attended brought home medals, as well as not a few raffle prizes.
As always, this show is a lot of fun to attend because of the mix of models and real aircraft. A few more pics below.
Part Two to follow
Last Friday night was the first meeting of the Pasadena Modelers Society for 2016. A fresh start to the year, a new location, new model projects yet with the familiar faces we have become accustomed to. We began our tenure at the American Legion Post 280 in East Pasadena.
We started the meeting a little late, I think most of us get together in smaller groups for dinner before the meeting and the lack of familiarity for the area (for some of us anyways) delayed us getting to that 7:30 start time. But eventually more than twenty of us shared our model projects, new purchases, shaky research and good times. Set to some questionable and too loud music. But more on that later.
The format was the same, a lot of models on the table for show and tell. Adam Djou with his excellent 1/48 Val dive bomber, John Cina with a Gamma Goat diorama and a half track in progress and Ken Mataya showed us his Fujimi Bf-110. Ed Baroth talked about a technique for adding “non skid” panels to armor with a spray can, and Barry Webb shared a collection of 1/72nd scale models.
Ken Goldman shared his ongoing project of a diorama of a dramatic surfacing submarine. Other presenters were Mike Armstrong and Brian Krueger (nice Liberty ship!). Ed also took us through this month’s theme, our oldest models. There was a good turnout as well as some interesting stories.
After a short break, George had a great raffle with about a dozen prizes. With the normal groans of “fix!”, the meeting came to a close. A few chose to sample the bar, which is a feature of the Legion Post.
The bar. An uncomfortable part of the meeting, to say the least. If you were there, you know what I mean. We are looking into a resolution for the over enthusiastic karaoke participants, hopefully we will have some news by the next meeting.
That is all for this time. I will be making updates to this blog, but not necessarily every week.