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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!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Meeting Summary January 6, 2013

So we start 2013.

In attendance tonight:
·         Steve F - Steve R - Dave H - Gary J - Mike K and - Yours truly

Steve F informed us that this meeting marked the 35th Anniversary of the St. John’s Chapter. It started in January 1977 with 10 guys in someone’s basement. Steve knows, because he was one of them.

Thanks Steve, memorable highlite for this year.

Our Treasurer Gary was in the house tonight and we received dues from most, if not all, attendees tonight. The kitty is building!

Tonight we had a few pieces to show. Dave brought in some, as well as Steve F. And I brought something in for a change!

Dave built this piece for his brother. I don’t think there are many who don’t remember Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, with the submarine Seaview. We reminisced about Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane for a bit. Nice job Dave…

I commented to Dave that there had been a lot of space related television on lately, I personally watched a “When we left Earth” rerun marathon recently. That set up Dave’s display of the Apollo 11 Command/Service module which struck home with me. 
Again, nicely done, and as this hobby continually demonstrates… our interest in building and finishing kits is driven by our interest in real life objects and/or history. I always chuckle when I see examples that we model builders have some much in common with each other, even when we don’t know each other that well.

Steve F- what can I say, he is a machine, always has something to show and stories to go with it. Tonight he regaled the tale of the sinking of the Bismarck, and brought his completed pieces from the Airfix ensemble kit “Sink the Bismarck! Waterline Battleships”.

 The German navy..
The Royal Navy

In the photo below.. notice the aircraft on the Ark Royal. The kit came with Fairy Fulmar monoplane fighters, which Steve noticed was historically inaccurate. So what did he do? He scratch built and painted a few Swordfish! We are talking 1/1200 scale here. I would not have noticed if he hadn't told us.

He brought in reference material in the form of a book by a Bismarck survivor that provided Steve with a lot of detail in order to accurately portray some of the ships.

Lastly I wanted to show off my latest finished piece. This Jagdpanther is the Dragon Early G model with Zimmerit. It represents a German Tank destroyer from the summer campaign in Western Europe in 1944. I had been looking for an example with the yellow camouflage to learn and practice finishes with filters and washes. I like how this one turned out. Still got a LONG way to go to get close to Chris J. :)

We had a small discussion on what Zimmerit was made of. We all had thoughts, so I looked it up and this is it Gary…

The paste is composed of the following:
•             40 % Barium sulfate - BaSO4
•             25 % polyvinyl acetate – PVA (similar to wood glue)
•             15 % pigment (ochre)
•             10 % Zinc sulfide – ZnS
•             10 % sawdust 

So I leave you with this, until next month.

A reminder to bring in your dues, and we should have some discussions on a show for this year. I have some info from Steve F, I have helped setup a show before, and I know there are many more in the club who have done so as well.


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Upcoming Meeting January 8

Hello everyone.

Welcome to 2013..
Our first meeting is coming up on Tuesday.

Please bring along anything you may have gotten for Christmas, and if you have been working on something, please bring that along as well.
I have a small surprise, I finished something for the first time in 4 months.

I would like to remind you that dues for 2013 are now payable.
Gary would be excited to write you a receipt..

I would also like to hear ideas for a show of some kind as I eluded to in my Web site message…

Speaking of the website, a reminder that if you put your email address in the “Follow by Email” field at the bottom left of the page, you will get an email reminder that a new message has been posted.

Also review the Post on leaving comments. Everyone is either shy or don’t know how to do it, no comments on any post yet. Hunt for it, it is in here:


See you Tuesday!