Kathleen Smith Kabatra Funeral Arrangements

The NJIPMS was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Kathy, Joe Smith’s sister, this past Friday the 8th of November. Joe and his family have the deepest condolences from everyone in NJIPMS.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Route 517, Andover Borough. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. Interment will be held in Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sparta Township at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to O.S.C.A.R (One Step Closer Animal Rescue), PO Box 248, 155 Stanhope Sparta Road, Andover, NJ 07821.

Further information can be found HERE.


November 2019 Meeting Photos

A good turnout on the tables for the Friday, November 8th, 2019 meeting. Russia Night was the theme, and many great entries for that category, but there was good turnout of other models as well.

The next meeting is the annual Christmas Party, Friday the 13th.

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November Newsletter, Website Updates

The November newsletter has been posted to the Newsletter page. Thanks to Bill S. for putting it all together again this month.

This month’s meeting is Friday, November 8th. Simon is sponsoring Russia Night.

Finally, it isn’t noticeable on the front end, but the hosting for this website has been updated and moved to new, more secure, and faster hosting. The lack of updates over the summer has been due to this upgrade, and also to the summer weather distractions. With both of those complete now, we’ll start adding more information as we receive it.

WonderFest 2019

Last weekend I attended the annual WonderFest sci-fi model show, in Louisville, KY. For those that have attended JerseyFest here during the fall, this is a somewhat similar show, yet much larger, and the break-down between ships/hardware and figures is about an even split (whereas the JerseyFest show is predominately figures). WonderFest set a record this year, it’s 30th, with over 800 models entered in the contest. The quality of work is amazing, and I was quite stunned to take away a bronze award for my USS Sentinel kit build. This year I also took part in a group build display, with the theme of Star Wars Concept Models. Each of us picked a Joe Johnston concept drawing and built a model based on it. My B-Wing wasn’t finished, but that didn’t stop me from taking it to the show as an in-progress.

The show’s dealer’s room is quite impressive as well, with at least 125 individual dealers, according to the show’s flyers, as well as personalities taking photos and signing autographs. The two conference rooms taken up by the dealers is easily 1.5 or 2 times the size of our usual MosquitoCon.

If anyone’s looking for an excuse to visit Louisville the weekend after Memorial Day, I highly recommend WonderFest. They have the date set for May 30-31st, 2020, with more information on their website: https://wonderfest.com/

I took photos, per my usual of not trying to get everything, just the stuff that really catches my eye, all of which have been posted HERE.

-Devin Poore, 6/8/2019

MosquitoCon 28 “Best Of” Winners

MosquitoCon 28, on April 6th, 2019, saw over 600 visitors and entrants, with over 500 models on the table. We’re still processing the hundreds of photos taken at the event, but in the meantime, below is a list of all of the “Best Of” winners, with their photos.

Thank you again to all who attended and continue to make MosquitoCon such a success. See you in 2020!

Best Aircraft – Andrei Koribanics Memorial Award Laird Solution Chris Egan
Best Armor – Art Gerber Memorial Award 4X4 MRAP Joseph Torres
Best Ship – Bill Marshall Memorial Award USS Wisconsin Ryan Labieniec
Best Junior  – Molly Klanica Memorial Award On to Utah Darwin Killin
Best Sci-Fi Hammerschlag Glenn Thorn
Best Civilian Subject 74 Mack Snorkel Firetruck William Ratcliffe
Best of the Rest Award Hammerschlag Glenn Thorn
Best Vietnam Subject – Walley Valechko Memorial Award F-4B Phantom VF-111 John McCormick
“Tailhook” Award F-4B Phantom VF-111 John McCormick
Theme – D-Day 75th Anniversary Bedford QLR “Gin Palace” James Guld
Judges Best in Show – Norm Kennedy Memorial Award 4X4 MRAP Joseph Torres

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