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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!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Club Day 2014

The St. John’s chapter of IPMS Canada held its Club Day on June 7, 2014. 

This is the first Club Day in many years and was well attended by 11 Members.

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Steve R, Steve F, Tony, Dave, Gary, John, Tracie, Rodney, Rob, Mike, Joe

It took place over 6 hours at our regular meeting place.

With coffee, donuts, muffins and pizza, we settled into an unhurried banter about all things modelling and more.

We held two seminars on our Club day.

First, Dave presented Figure Painting, and surely made it look so simple that we are all going to rush out to get our Tri-Art Caucasian Flesh and Normandy Rose to try it ourselves. (Looks simple now J ).
Just to summarize, do not paint the faces or body, instead apply many thinned washes, to build up gradually, so the paint does not mask your figure detail. A good dose of dry brushing and darker paint in the shadows will round out any figure.
A challenge has been issued to all present to paint a figure for presentation at our Fall Show in October, for a special prize to the winner of the President’s Choice award.

Second, Steve F. presented scratch building. Steve has been a modeler for many decades and made a living making models at one point. Steve gave us some pointers in vacuforming, with his hand made vacuform tool. John also described his one time vacuform tool made out a soup can. Steve F showed us some samples of his carved and sanded copy pieces and the process to vacuform either parts or canopies. Some tips, don’t use squadron clear plastic, it will not work out, and make sure your plastic card is at least 20 thou, in order to stretch and thin without breaking for misforming. The other big scratch building technique is resin molding of parts. Steve F showed us how vacuforming can create your mold, to fill with your resin to make parts, sometimes multiple parts, easily.

Also on this Club Day we discussed ideas for our Model Show in October suggestions for attracting new members. We have some things to work on and hopefully this year’s show will be bigger and better!

Lastly, with my new camera I acquired from Chris when he upgraded his, we took some shots of various models in a light tent, including some of the competition pieces. One of the theme events was to bring an old model and a new model to compare how our techniques have (hopefully J ) improved over the years. There are also some point and show shots from the room on the day. For the photogs amongst you, the shots in the tent were F22, ISO 100, and 1/1.6 or 1/1.3 shutter for the most part.

Final words, congratulations to Rodney and his model and diorama of a derelict 1956 Ford F150. Brilliant work! I know lot of thought and work went into this, congrats Rodney! Also Kudos to Gary and John on your competition pieces. Each piece was a great work of art. Hard choice, lots of quality there!

Feedback from the day was positive and I think everyone got something out of it, I know I did! Got to get to work on my figure!....

Peoples Choice winner -Rodney's Derelict 1956 Ford F150 

Gary's Honda NSR250

John's 48 scale B25 Mitchell

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