February 12, 2010 IPMS/NJ club meeting
All photos copyrighted by Rato.

Knights of Columbus, Garwood NJ, USA.
February 12, 2010
IPMS-NJ club members
Official month club meeting - kits, jokes and modeling...

Another great IPMS-NJ club meeting took place on Feb/12th at KOC, Garwood NJ. This was the only meeting of the year without a theme, so the contest was open to anything wished. Without further talking, let's take a look at the contest table.

The first thing which caught my eye was this USS Nicholas in 1/144. It is a very big model, even for a destroyer, and was sharply built:

The other fantastic model - or collection of models - was this nice display with IJA aircraft in a convenient 1/144 scale. Very nice and well done, not to mention the idea of relative size of the aircraft that it portrays.

Another very fine entry was this display of English trainers in 1/72. Really beautiful:

Other aircraft models included this superb P-51 in NMF and a BoB Spitfire, both from Tamiya, as well as a AH-1W (I guess), all in 1/48

Marc Rocca brought one more of his fine 1/72 AFVs, this time a Panzer IV from Dragon (figures by Preiser). Marc used the DS tracks, but note the sag... He uses a metal pin attached to the side hull, pushing the tracks down. I'm stealing this one...

More armor:

And this vignette was built and painted by the gifted wife of one of the members:

And moving to the miscellanea, we had this van in 1/25. I heard many "Oh boy, I remember my father's one from 19XX"...

...and my TIE fighter, which made its public debut:

On the in-progress/non-member table:

And thanks to a member, we could check out  the Trumpeter's Me-109E-3 sprue by sprue:

Someone brought the 1/32 Fisher Models' Sea Fury in a very advanced building stage. A great model:

And a brave man just started on a vacuum-formed Sikorsky RS-3 in 1/72, from Esoteric Models (remember these?).

MosquitoCon is knocking on our doors, so Big Bill Schwarz had a lot to talk and to tune with the staff. We saw a sample of the plaques to be offered to the winners, and boys they are gorgeous. Everybody is quite motivated and working hard for almost a year (except me). I think this will be best MosquitoCon ever...

After that, Jerry Rinaldi made a mini workshop on figure painting. Very nice, and it was interesting to see that there are more in figure painting than what the Spanish school has been making us to believe:

Here Jerry is emphasizing the need to use the correct brushes...

...but when he started to talk about the techniques, for some reason nobody payed much attention on him:

August/2010 theme will be Monogram Raised Panel Lines. So the members could grab theirs from a huge box of old Monogram models. You can do whatever you want, except to remove the raised panel lines. This theme will be fun, kinda building like in the 70s, but I'll miss it. Here Martin just opened the Pandora box (fond memories, eh?):

And that was it. One of the best meetings I've attended so far...I'm looking forward to the next one.

Rato Marczak © 2010