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!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

IPMS St. John's Completes Commission for Logy Bay Middle Cove Outer Cove Museum

We delivered a commission today for the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum.

Museum Coordinator Katie Harvey gathers personal memories from people of the community. One such story was that of a plane hitting the house of Richard and Kitty Stack in 1956.

On Jan 9, 1956 Col Carl Payne, Director of Operations for North East Air Command (NEAC) of the US Air Force at Pepperrell AFB, tragically crashed immediately after takeoff from Torbay Airport, hitting the Stack house. His aircraft then skidded across a field and his remains, and the remains of his aircraft, went over a cliff to the beach and water below.

Col Payne Tribute

The story and fate of Col Payne appeared in print earlier this year in The Telegram in an article by retired photojournalist Gary Hebbard (garyhebbard1@gmail.com). Gary followed this story in pursuit of his passion as an aviation writer and researcher.
His article appears in two parts in the links below.


The Museum, which has many interesting exhibits, is building a display remembering Col Carl Payne. This display includes newspaper articles about the crash, uniforms of the USAF from the period, and will also include details of the crash accompanied by photos and stories from the people in the community that witnessed it.

Gary, a friend of the Club, put the Museum in touch with IPMS St. John’s.

The T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird), built by Tony from our club, will be a central piece of that display.

The kit is the Academy 1/48 scale kit and is painted to represent Col Payne’s aircraft (Bu 53-5134), as it was in 1956, based on best research available to us.

The Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum will be revealing the Col Carl Payne exhibit at the Museum (744 Logy Bay Road) on September 5.


Monday, 3 August 2015

We lost a giant in our hobby

Sheperd Paine, a giant in the modeling and historical miniatures world passed away Saturday.

Like many of you, I was influenced by Shep Paine and his diorama sheets in the Monogram kits (armour for me J) and his books on “How to Build Dioramas”.

The text I put on our Facebook page about his life is in this link from Finescale Modeler.

Gone but certainly not forgotten….

September Meeting - upcoming events

Our September meeting will include a SWAP NIGHT, like we usually do every September. Please bring your previously loved kits and other related paraphernalia for sale or swap.

Also, this year is the 75th Anniversary of the BATTLE OF BRITAIN.

In observance of an early Battle of Britain Day, I would like everyone attending to bring along a Battle of Britain memento.

It could be a completed kit (Spit, Hurricane, Me 109/110, He 111, Ju 88, Do 17, etc..), uncompleted kit, a book, a keepsake handed down, a car or motorcycle from the period. It could be a Diorama (Andy??? – Mr. People’s Choice winner from Show 2013).

Steve F. - I am a fan of the Boulton Paul Defiant – Do you have one of those in you 730+ kits????

Our meeting is Tuesday September 8, 2015.

More information to come, but get it ready to bring!!!