About the club

We are a group of people who enjoy the hobby of plastic model building. Our members interests range from Aircraft, Automobiles, Ships, Figures, Armour, to Sci Fi. We have all skill levels from beginners to some pretty talented modellers, but we mainly meet to share our work, ideas, tips and techniques, and talk about modelling in general. Click View Profile to view email address - drop us a line!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Happy Holidays!!!

IPMS St. John's NL would like to wish its members, the plastic modelling community, and the public at large a safe and happy holiday season.

Hope you get lots of plastic gifts, and I cant wait to see it at the meeting or here on the page.

Feel free to share with us what you have done.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

December Meeting Summary

The last meeting of the year is usually our Election of officers.
This year the President, Secretary and Treasurer volunteered to stay on and the Vice President  wanted to step down.

Acting on a motion from the floor, the quorum voted unanimously to retain the the willing incumbents, however we deferred the election of the Vice President until January in the hopes we would get some members willing to accept the nomination.

We have a few more kits on the table this month to look at.

Steve F brought in a collection of 1936 era fighters with a "What-If" scenario of what would have been the stage for WWII starting in 1936 in terms of Fighter Aircraft, instead of Spitfires, Hurricanes and ME-109s. I believe the closest one is a Hawker Fury (precursor to the Hurricane) in 48th and 72 scale examples. While the others are the Heinkel He 51, Arado 68, and top right I think is Morane-Saulnier M.S. 225.

Chris brought in two completed works, part of his 9 for the year. A Leopard 1, and his first crack at WWII Russian, an IS-2.

Tony brought in two in-progress aircraft. A 727 airliner and a Russian Bear.

And Lastly, I brought in my completed DeHaviland Mosquito - RCAF 418 Sqn example, the Revell kit. Practice for the Tamiya kit I have.

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So that brings 2013 to a close, see you in 2014!

In our January meeting we will be discussing the possibility of a model show for Oct 2014. Chances are very good that we will be able to announce that in the next few weeks, to give you lots of time to start a build or two just for the show!

Stay tuned!!

Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Reminder - Meeting Dec 3 2013

Last Monthly meeting for 2013

We will be holding Election of Officers fro 2014.

Tuesday December 3,
Earth Sciences Building,  MUN.
Room 3005C

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Meeting Summary November 2013

I am waaaay tardy on reporting the meeting minutes for the last two meetings of the year.

The November meeting was a week or so after the show and we didn't get a big turn out. We were modelled out :)

Steve F, as usual brought in a theme collection, US Army Aviation examples.

Here is a couple of shots.

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Stay tuned for December summary..

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Meeting reminder Nov 5

Reminder... The November monthly Club Meeting will take place on Tuesday Nov 5...

Sunday, 27 October 2013

An Interesting look at our Hobby

Our Andy from IPMS St. John's (and recent Peoples Choice winner at our show, with - what else? - A Spitfire!) found this Video link and forwarded it on to me. 

I think this is absolutely brilliant on SO many levels.

When you have an hour, no matter what your age, ESPECIALLY if you are young and new to the Hobby, or even if you are not into the hobby, this will give you pause to think.


Watch it, and please comment on your thoughts...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

2013 Plastic Model Show - The Gallery

The Hobby is alive and well IN st. John's NL

26 Contest entries ....
Over 200 visitors tot he show... and
Almost 300 models on the tables.

Follow this link to view a Facebook Album of pictures from the Show.


You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to view.
Also, at the end of the page is link to other IPMS SJ galleries from the monthly meetings.



2013 Plastic Model Show - The Winners

Congratulations to..

Best in Show - Tom Peckford - Corvette C5-R - 1/25 Scale

Runner Up - Ian Jones - Aichi A13 "Jake" - 1/32 Scale

Peoples Choice - Andy Earp - Battle of Britain Diorama - Spitfire and Hurricane - 1/48 Scale

Sunday, 20 October 2013

2013 Plastic Model Show

IPMS St. John's NL would like to thank everyone who came out to the show today to view plastic models and to compete in the contest.

A very large number of people came through and there were a lot of very good kits on the table. The judge's job was difficult indeed.

Congratulations to Tom Peckford on Best in Show for his 1/25 scale 2001 Goodwrench Service Plus Corvette C5R, and congratulations to runner-up  Ian Jones for his  1/48 scale Aichi E13A.

Photos coming soon.....

Friday, 4 October 2013

2013 Model Show - Exhibition and Competition

International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS) – St. John’s Chapter
2013 Model Show - Exhibition and Competition

The St. John’s Chapter will be holding an open Plastic Model Exhibition and Competition on October 20, 2013, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Center on Prince Phillip Parkway in the Art Gallery on the second floor.
The Exhibition is open to the general public and we invite everyone to come to see the completed model kits. We also invite all local model builders to bring their kits to the Exhibition for public display, and if they wish, enter their kit(s) into the Competition.
There is no fee to visit the Exhibition or to display a model. For those wishing to enter the Competition, there be a $2.00 fee for each plastic model registered. Registration will be at the Welcome Desk in the display area on the day of the Exhibition and Competition. Registration ends at 1:30PM.
Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice. Certificates will be awarded in individual categories such as, but not limited to, Aircraft, Automobiles, Ships, Sci-Fi, and Military.
The St. John’s chapter acknowledges and appreciates Signal Hobbies (http://www.signalhobbies.com) support in presenting our IPMS 2013 Model Show - Exhibition and Competition.
For more information please contact the Chapter at ipmssj@gmail.com
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Monday, 30 September 2013

Meeting Reminder Oct 1 2013

Just a reminder that the October Meeting of the IPMSSJ Club is Tuesday October 1, 2013

Friday, 13 September 2013

Meeting Summary September 3, 2013

Small crowd tonight
Steve F, Steve R, Mike and Chris.

Steve F. brought in a number of finished projects tonight. His Avenger and Wildcat are RCN aircraft from WWII, from HMS Nabob.

Steve also brought a sampling of contemporary Battleships from the WWII era..
Bismark, HMS King Georege V, IJN Yamoto, and USS Iowa (from left to right). Notice the lengths and widths of each. Do you know how to tell the difference between USS Iowa and its sister ship USS New Jersey? New Jersey is 4 inches longer.

Mike brought in an update to his Tiger I. Starting to look very nice. Hope to see this on the table at the show.

Chris brought in his completed fresh build Scimitar. Next step is the weathering, hope to see this one in the show as well.

Lastly, my more or less finished M4A3 Sherman depicting Creighton Abrams Thunderbolt VI from the Battle of the Bulge time.

Looking forward to seeing more folks and more work next month
See you then!

Friday, 30 August 2013

Upcoming meeting reminder

Next regular club meeting Tuesday September 3. Same place at same time

See you there!!!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Update on a finished work by our VP Mike

Since I highlighted Mike on the last post, I thought I would also bring this to your attention..

Mike brought this fabulous Diorama in a few months ago, but wasn't satisfied with it so did a bit more work on it.

I digress here but it reminds me of a comment from Mark.. "Models are never really finished, at some point you just abandon them" :)

Anyway, Mike was not quite done yet..

Mike comments
"I did some more work on my V-1 Diorama, because I was not really pleased with the base. I enhanced the tarmac and did more work on the "doors" and the ground work. I also did some more weathering on the cart. I set up  a new photo booth and took some pics. Just posted them on AK site." 

He has his pictures posted to the AK Interactive forum, so follow this link, but I will also leave a teaser photo here. Many more on the AK site.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Meeting Summary August 13, 2013

Small meeting this month, August usually is.

In attendance tonight:
Steve F, Steve R, Mike, Rob and myself.

There was a lot of talking techniques between Mike, Steve and myself. We were talking about Armor weathering, which has dominated our thoughts, for the last year or so.

With Chris producing some world class work with his modern armor, and being published in several major modeling magazines over the last two years, we get to see his work in person and get the benefit of his thoughts and knowledge. 
Armor weathering in general has taken a huge leap in the past few years, from washes and dry brushing, to some very original and exotic approaches and techniques. Yep, we have moved past our nail files and hairspray J. Companies have been developing products that take the harder work out of it, at the same time making the hobby accessible to more and more modelers, and allowing them to produce better pieces along the way.

I am a beneficiary of this experience. I brought in a piece tonight that I know I would have never been able to produce a few years ago, and I know that I can probably do better, with more practice (and motivation). Mike has also converted from his aircraft passion to armor, at the 48 scale. He has produced a few very nice pieces right out of the gate. His Tiger 1 progress shows his patience and meticulousness in his approach. My approach, well let’s just say it is not quite as structured. However, we are both students of the current techniques, in our own ways.

It can be said that Steve F is without a doubt old school. Building a couple of dozen or more models a year, he has the skill with research and authenticity, scratch building and paint application that are the hallmarks of the successful modeler in any time. His work tonight shows techniques like representing paint chipping without the benefit of today’s chipping fluids/hairspray, etc. One thing is always for sure, you can count on Steve to bring in something that is not usually main stream. It is refreshing to see what other kits are out there instead of Mustangs, Spitfires, Hornets and Harriers.

Here are some shots of the work brought in tonight.

Steve F. His Japanese “Jake”, the most powerful seaplane of the second World War. (and Bugati from another meeting).

Mike and his Tiger 1 in-progress.

And.. my in-progress M4A3 Sherman Thunderbolt VI – Col Creighton Abrams Sherman from the Battle of the Bulge, with a look at two other works in progress, an M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo, and an M10 Tank Destroyer. (I say in-progess since I have a few more touch ups and stowage to add.)

That’s all for this month.
If you have something that you are working on and didn’t get to bring it in, please sent me a small blurb and some photos and I will post it up for everyone to see.

See you next month – September 3, 2013…

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Progress update from friend Bruce

Bruce has been a friend of the club for a while. He is not in St. Johns, so he doesn't get to drop in to the meetings, but Herb recently bumped into him and gave me his email address so that Bruce can keep up to date with the club news and what we are doing.

In exchange, Bruce sent along this update on his current project of  what I am sure will be a great looking Canadian Navy Helicopter!

Bruce’s update..
“Just a few pics of what I have done so far and a few of the detail parts I'm using. The kit is a Hasegawa SH-3H sea King and I'm using Belcher Bits resin sets BB-01,BB-02,BB-03, and decals BD1 as wells as Eduards photo-etched detail set 48 077. The paint scheme will be Desert Storm low vis of 438 helicopter.”

We look forward to hearing from you again Bruce. Keep in touch, we would love to see how this one progresses.

Updates from our friend Ray

Ray sent along this update on a figure diorama he is working on for a show coming up soon.
His update...

"This project started and stopped several times over the last two years. I was in the middle of one conversion when Masterbox came out with the charging Cavalry. I scrapped the current project and started over again with this one. This is a kit bash of Masterbox, Tamiya, dragon with one of the heads from the hornet range. All the detail on the riders, bandoliers, hats, weapons, pouches etc is all done with GW green stuff mixed evenly with tamiya two part epoxy. Its all 1/35th scale and think the next project will be 120mm to save my eyes. I will be putting this in a show at the end of the month. Competition is pretty tough so not sure how well it will do. I feel pretty good that I finally finished this one as its been on the bench for a long time."

Let us know how you do Ray!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

August Meeting deferred a week..

With this months meeting falling the night before Regatta, as we have in the past, let’s defer to the next, Tuesday Aug 13.

I hope to have some updates on the show.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

An update from Past President Ray

Ray sent me a few updates over the last few weeks. He does his hobnobbing around out West these days, lots of shows on the go out that way.

We all remember Ray as a talented figure painter and he sent us a few pics of his latest works. He has two projects here...

First one
"This is a figure I bought from John O"Reilley several years back. I replaced the head with an Ultracast resin one. Other than that it is from the box and 54mm. All painted with Vallejo acrylics. I also used a stay wet palate that Ian got for me, it keeps acrylics fresh for a long time and able to blend them better on the figure. I highly recomend the Vallejo line!"

Ray also worked on this vignette,
"Here is my latest work "On tthe Trail of Whiskey NWMP 1875-76. Its a Masterbox conversion."

Nice work Ray!
Keep the updates coming!!