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March/April 2016 Newsletter
 
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Posted: 18 Apr 2016

From Management:

OK, the usual time problems. I didn't get the March meeting posted, couldn't attend the April meeting, but did manage AMPS 2016, so this will be a bit of a mish-mash, something you should be used to. I also haven't done any of the article updates since then for much the same reasons, but will be back on them shortly.

Our next meeting is a Build Meeting, 11am-3pm, Saturday, 14 May -- details here. Note the date change so we can go to RDUCON. So see you in May, either at our meeting, RDUCON, or preferably BOTH !!!



Minutes:  19 Mar & 16 Apr 2016

Members Attending (March):  John Bazzle, Andy Fulcher, Dan Kornegay, John Ratzenberger.
Members Attending (April):  Andy Fulcher, Jim Harriett, Dan Kornegay, David Mohr.

Business:

[article image] Our March meeting was not well-attended because several members attended R-12 (yes, more of us should have gone, but that's life). We discussed blown NCAA brackets, some new products (Meng ZSU-234-2, AFV Club full-blown Patriot system, among others), and agreed to, as we always do, sponsor an award package at the IPMS/USA Nationals.

No pix have been provided for the April meeting. They did discuss and recommend that we move our May meeting to Saturday, the 14th, so those of us who wished to could go to RDUCON on the 21st. They have always been good supporters of our show. I have posted the calendar as such and Andy is checking the date is clear at the church.

IPMS: No news.

AMPS:

The AMPS 2017 Convention  will be 20-22 April, 2017, in Danbury, CT. The theme is "Smile for the Birdy" - build a model to match a photo; more details will be forthcoming. The website should be open by 1 May 2016.

Chapter:

ECPM goes to AMPS 2016 in Sumter, SC, and won the Best Table Display award.  

Three of attended as did former member Will Lanier and his wife Cathy, she of the very best ever bite-size pecan pie fame !

Great show, a Well Done to Timmy Darrah and the whole crew down there, including all the volunteers who worked in judging and other areas. Huge raffle, as usual ably run by Team Rebecca & Tony. There were 125 modelers, 179 (!) walk-ins, and 43 vendors - I don't have a model count but do know it was enough to keep the judging folks busy but not slammed as we were last year.

Thanks to Andy & Pat Fulcher, Dan Kornegay, and John & Annette Ratzenberger for schlepping the display & models down there, setting up, and minding the store when not otherwise doing something. We had lots of interest and had a small packet advertising ECPM, IPMS, and AMPS available -- not sure if we'll get any members but folks know who we are.

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On the individual side, Dan Kornegay took a gold in Cat V, Closed Top 1992 to Present, with his IDF Achzarit APC which throws him into Advanced.
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John Ratzenberger again met his main goal of avoiding a Gold and thus being booted up to Advanced by taking a Silver in XII, Dioramas, with "Gassed" - an interpretation of John Singer Sargent's iconic painting from WW1. Also shown is his vendor loot -- a CMP C60L which he'll convert to a C60S Holmes Breakdown Truck using a spare bed and crane from a T-969; a huge impulse buy of a totally out of character kit, the new Meng ZSU-23-4; and, back to "normal", the newest from Resicast -- a WW1 British FWD GS truck that will be prime mover for a Resicast 6in 26cwt howitzer lurking in the stash. All of these plans are, of course, subject to change as other baubles are dangled in front of him.
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Will Lanier scored at least one Gold and one Silver but I did not get any pix of them.




The Interesting Stuff:   (from March).

John Bazzle brought his completed Dragon 1/6 M-14 rifle and two new acquisitions.

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John Ratzenberger brought his work-in-progress, close-to-the-deadline AMPS 2016 entry.

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