February 3rd, 2011 modeling club meeting

Styrene Cave, Porto Alere, Brazil.
February 3rd, 2011
Southern Modelers Express Machine
Booze, new kits, new jokes and modeling...

The first club meeting of the year took place at the Styrene Cave on Feb. 3rd. We had an unerstandable small number of attendees and models - it was vacation time
for most of us:

Some new kits were shown during the meeting, as well as several books:

I brought a few real items to show to the gang. Here are the P-51 oxygen regulator (left) and a P-47 flap/landing gear indicator:

I also brought books signed by Bud Anderson, another signed by a Korean F4U pilot and "Destination: Tokyo", signed by two surviving members of the Doolittle raid. Another interesting piece was this BMW 801 engine baffle belonging to a Fw-190F-8 (W.Nr 931862) from JG5 which crash landed in Norway during WWII, when piloted by Uffz. Heinz Orlowski. Later, I'd give this part to my friend and Luftwaffe nut Nei Biazetto as a gift:

Here is an excerpt of the combat records of
The Black Friday - 9th February 1945 - White 1's final combat (text from the original scan):

Photo courtesy of White One Foundation.

The aircraft is currently under restoration by White One Foundation. This will be the only Fw-190 in the world flying with an original BMW engine. If you want to see one more restored Wurger in the world, consider a donation to the foundation.

Photo courtesy of White One Foundation.

These pieces were subject of a lot of discussion during the meeting, so here are a couple of pictures of me during a visit to the foundation last year, at Kisseemmee Air Museum, Florida, USA. It's about time to write a report about that. The place is an aviation heaven:

Back to the models, only two assembled models brought by the only brave modeler that night, Bruno's Academy's Hellcat and Corsair, both in 1/72. This boy has a promising modeling career ahead of him:

On the 'news' table, Fabricio's newest acquisition, a white metal Yoda figure superbly cast (not to mention the fantastic packing):

Long summer night, long talkings:

Blanco arrived late - as usual - and didn't lost a minute. He was moving to a new place and didn't had a workbench to work on, so he was more avid than usual to resume work on his Eduard Fw-190:

The official photo. Left to right, standing: Alex, Victor, Jarbas, Nestor, Vieira, Gerson, and me. Neeling, left to right: Bruno, Cristian and Andre (missing: Blanco and Fabricio).

See you in the next one... and please bring your models!!!

Rato Marczak © 2011