A little tardy in getting the photos uploaded from last month’s meeting, but here they are. We had a fantastic turnout for #13 Night. The rules were that the subject had to encompass the number 13 in some way, and you guys got really creative: we had aircraft from VF-13, a Zero that’s serial number added up to 13, a 2013 car, and a diorama with a house address of 13 on the tiny mailbox door.
Photos are below. December’s meeting is on the 11th, and we’ll be celebrating the holiday season with our annual party. See everyone there.
The November 2015 edition of the MosquitoGram has been uploaded to the Newsletter page. You can find it by going to that page, or by downloading it directly HERE.
The meeting is all set for Friday the 13th. Club business and all things MosquitoCon 25 will be discussed.
As someone once said, “There’s always a big turnout when there’s free food,” the September 11th, 2015 meeting of NJIPMS did indeed have a big turnout, and a couple of 6′ subs (of the food variety, not the nuke type) along with sides and an open bar.
The kit contest was Out of the Box, and Jon Da Silva will have the results of that in the next newsletter.
October is Russian Night, so finish your red-starred builds and get them on the table.
The June meeting saw a great turnout. Italian Night was a big success, and Mark Rocca gave a tutorial on using oil paints as dot filters.
Photos from the May 2015 NJIPMS meeting are below. There was a great turnout in both members and models. The business meeting ran short and to the point: the question of whether anyone would be interested in the club renting a van for 6-8 people to drive to the Nationals in Columbus this July was met with the answer that most who know they are going have already secured transportation, so that idea was dropped.
Upcoming Events and News:
- Art asked that everyone remember that next month is Italian Night.
- The finish date for the Phantom group build has been set tentatively for January of 2016.
- Jersey Fest Fair is August 28-30th this year. For those into, or just curious about, Sci-Fi and Fantasy modeling, this is a great show to check out, and it’s close. View their website HERE.
- MosquitoCon 25 “Silver” is set for April 2nd, 2016. A basic preliminary page has been added HERE. 80 vendor tables are already sold. Our own Jon Da Silva will continue to do the awards, he has something special in mind for the silver anniversary show.
The April meeting was a recap of all things MosquitoCon, with wings, pizza and beer provided by the club. Little business was discussed, yet it was revealed that a deal has been reached on the meeting place, and for the foreseeable future the club will continue to meet at the Knights of Columbus hall on the second Friday of every month.
Model turnout was light, as it often is after a MosquitoCon, but the models on display were top notch, as usual.
All NJIPMS members, please be aware that due to a scheduling conflict with the hall, we will be meeting one week earlier. March 6th will be the meeting date. That is almost one month to the day before MosquitoCon, so have any last minute questions ready, and decide where you want to volunteer during the day of the show.
Friday the 13th turned out pretty well for the club meeting. The long anticipated Tin Can Group Build wrapped up, with Marc Rocca taking top honors for his destroyer build. Marc also demonstrated using EZ Line as a super-fine rigging material by showing how to strip it down to smaller individual fibers. There was also a find display of other kits on the table, everything from Century Series fighters to in-progress plank-on-frame sailing ships.
NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS: The March meeting will be a week earlier, on March 6th. There is a conflict with our usual meeting date.
Marc Rocca will present a workshop on the oil paint dot filter technique at the February meeting. You can see the technique in-progress to the left on his current build, a Type XXVII/B “Seehund” Midget Sub, Bronco 1/35th scale. (He’s also doing an online build of this subject on the Modelwarships.com website HERE)
Marc will also touch on rigging, using a new method to make finer strands of the popular rubberized EZ-Line.
NJIPMS kicked off the new year with WWI night. There were plenty of models on the table, mostly aircraft, but few figures and pieces of armor did make an appearance as well. Maybe we can get some ships for next year?
Jon, the contest coordinator, mentioned that most of the meetings this year are open for sponsorship. As of now July is tentatively “North Africa” night, and November will be “Number 13”. North Africa is fairly self explanatory, Number 13 has to do with, obviously, the number thirteen. If it has that number on it (race car, building address, hull number, fuselage code) or it participated in the Battle of Friday the 13th at Guadalcanal in 1942, then it qualifies.