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Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers
New Bern, NC
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Last Update: 11 Jul 2017

Our next meeting is a Regular Meeting,
12-2pm, Saturday, 15 July 2017 -- details here.

2017 Calendar Extract

IPMS/USA 2017 National Convention,
26-29 Jul, La Vista Conference Center, Omaha, NE.
South Carolina Modelers Fall Contest,
21 Oct, Cokesbury UMC, North Charleston, SC.
RDUCON 2017,
11 Nov, Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC.

Go to our Calendar for more details and events.

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14 May. The AMPS & IPMS Chapter Newsletters are gone. It was a lot of work for two of us, a lot of online storage space, and garnered almost no interest from anyone -- not by page visits, not by "that's great, thank you" emails, nothing.
14 May. Our Newsletter is again in flux. What you see on the main page is what you get while we, as a club, figure out where we are going, which very well could be FB. It is not helpful that I have missed the last two meetings.

Any comments or suggestions are always welcome.

John R, Webbie ...


Chapter Newsletter

17 Jun 2017 Meeting

A big meeting for us, 8 members and a guest. Couldn't keep up with the note-taking and pix, we'll see how this goes.

Attendance:  John Bazzle, Mark Dice, Andy Fulcher, Joe Gray, Dan Kornegay, David Mohr, Dan Kornegay, John Ratzenberger, Jay Roig, and Matt Wesley came up also.

Chapter Business:   We have $1577 in the treasury, enough to keep us going for a bit albiet with reduced trophy contributions until we can become stable enough to try a show again.

We still haven't figured out where we are going so the website, FB, are still in flux.

IPMS MEMBERS -- if you haven't voted, please do so right now. I have sent a couple emails about this; if you still have questions contact me. We have got to replace the old C&BL yesterday and then we can work at any tweaks we might need for thie new one. Doesn't matter what your vote is, just return a ballot so we hit the magic number of 15% of members.

The Interesting Stuff:  

Andy Fulcher brought his water truck from our part in an AMPS display, covered last meeting. He's doing some fixups based on judging feedback and will be taking it to the IPMS Nationals in Omaha at the end of July. Andy also brought along his latest find, a 1/24 Citroen kit by EBBRO(sic).

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Joe Gray is back from shoulder surgery, still in physical therapy. He brought along his Father's Day present -- a K-bar inscribed with insignia and logos from his time with the NC Forest Service.

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John Bazzle brought in his Big T -- still having problems getting the final finish on, but still plugging away at it. John also brought a truck trailer, Heller tractor, and an SUV he has been working on. He noted that's about all he can do these days, can't get out in the heat much anymore.

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Mark Dice with another in his growing collection of 1/72 U-boats, this being the Special Navy U-IIA -- a box full of plastic, resin, and photo-etch. We had some small discussion of this sub, well-known, or perhaps infamous, as the starting sub for players of the old "Silent Hunter" game.

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David Mohr brought in hi slatest junkshop finds.

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Matt Wesley brought up 3 models. The M-47 is done up to look like the German tanks in "Bulge" movie. There's a Bat-mobile, and a home-brew space vehicle with a lot of parts from spares.

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John Ratzenberger brought in his GMC Shop Van from our part in an AMPS display, covered last meeting. John is supposed to be writing an article on this build for the AMPS Boresight but is suffering writers block - stay tuned. Also shown are 4 guns from the Meng Light AA set which he reviewed, not very favorably, for AMPS. You can read it here. The Gaz truck is just for display of the guns and not part of the set.

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We wandered off talking about finishes, weathering, pre/post-shading and whatnot several times. Much of it showed how old school we are, not really in love with what seems to be the modern trend. Of particular note are so-called magazine reviews which say little about how to build the basic kit and aren't much more than the author's ego about all the stuff added and unexplained paint and weathering methods. Oh, well ....

During one of these discussions Dan Kornegay talked about the new Mig Ammo 1-shot primer. It's a dark gray which can be shot direct without thinning. Dan says it really covers well and shows off any underlying flaws. He is quite happy with it so far.

The End: See you next meeting.

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