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Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers
August 2016 Newsletter
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Posted: 15 Sep 2016

From Management:

We had a well-attended Build Meeting -- puttered around with stuff and talked about the just concluded IPMS Nats.

See you at out next a Regular Meeting, 12-2pm, Saturday, 17 Sep -- details here.

Minutes:  20 Aug 2016

Members Attending:  John Bazzle, Joe Callahan, Andy Fulcher, Jim Harriett, Dan Kornegay, David Mohr, John Ratzenberger, Stephen Willgohs.

And, of course, better halves:  Pat Fulcher, Annette Ratzenberger,


Called to order, such as it is ...


2016 National Convention.   Andy, Jim, David, Dan, and John attended and all agreed the folks in Columbia did an outstanding job and the facilities, hospitality, and convention were one of the best ever. Personally, Columbia is one of our (John & Annette) favorite cities -- the dining is superb. [article image]

I don't think any of us entered any models, but ECPM won the Region-12 and also the IPMS Website of the Year -- it gives us a free chapter re-charter this coming year. John & Andy judged, aircraft & autos respectively.

Here is a link to the IPMS "Business Meeting" presentation in Adobe PDF format. This is no longer a "Business Meeting" because it doesn't meet the definition in the C&BL (never has probably) and from now will be "The State of the Society". It was a nice, informative meeting -- both due to the positive tone of the EB and the absence of many of the usual PITA's.

I did not attend the Convention Bids. There were 5 bids (Las Vegas, Chattanooga, San Marcos (Near San Antonio), Phoenix, Colorado ) covering the 2018 and 2019 conventions -- looking out 2 years is another new thing from the EB. Anyway:
· 2018: Phoenix, July 31 - Aug 4
· 2019: Chattanooga, Aug 7-10

BTW, the 2017 National Convention is 26-29 July in Omaha. Here's the Convention website and the hotels are already taking bookings.

AMPS: No news.


We talked about ways to make our presence better known in the area. Jim H. will place a regular ad in the New Bern Sun Journal "Who's Meeting" section. David M. is going to work up a new club flyer that we can place in various stores, etc. John R. is going to freshen up the website (kinda have to now) and work with both IPMS & AMPS.

But the real purpose of our meeting was to chat about what we brought back from the Convention, to hack away at some plastic, and chat about whatever else came to mind.

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The Interesting Stuff:  

Andy Fulcher is working on his AMPS chapter display entry -- a conversion of the Italeri Water Tanker to a softcab.

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Dan Kornegay is working on the Meng Merkava, a really nice kit. Also note the Exacto knife with a light in the cutting end !!

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Dave Mohr showed off his pile -- the Panda Cougar, Tiger Panhard VBL, a big AMT 1975 Trans Am, and the people's choice - the MPC Space 1999 Eagle Transport.

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John Bazzle is working hard on a Dragon 1/6 M1917 .30-cal machine gun.

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Joe Callahan is here again with two of his favorite subjects -- trains and Bf109 variants and derivatives.

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Jim Harriett brought his Tamiya 88 Flak to work on and showed off his purchases -- the Trumpeter 1/350 Liberty Ship John S Brown, a Dragon SdKfz 250, and the really good-looking Airfix new-tool C-47.

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Stephen Willgohs is working on the Hobby Boss T-34/76 which is quite detailed but he has added to that with wiring on the engine.

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John Ratzenberger went way out of character and bought AFV Club's new 1/35 Patriot Launcher & Tractor kit, which is just plain huge. The problem started when he reviewed a Tankograd book on the Pac-2 system for AMPS and got sucked in by all the pretty color photos and such. When that makes the workbench is anyone's guess.

His other buys are more "conventional" - 3 Planet 1/72 resin kits of odd British stuff, an RS Model 1/72 British autogiro, and a Combrig 1/700 HMS Victoria an q1896-era "battleship".

His build project is the Bandai R2-D2 / BB-8 combo -- a rather nifty snap-tite style kit. He didn't get very far as he thinks he might paint the R2-D2 details pink and give it to his grandaughter.

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