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Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers
September 2016 Newsletter
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Posted: 26 Oct 2016

From Management:

Wow !! Our biggest meeting in a long time with 9 members, to include the overworked Mark Dice, and two prospective members. I got crowded - a great feeling !!

See you next meeting, which is 19 November - a Build Meeting from 11am-3pm or whenever you can make it.

We cancelled the October meeting due to Hurricane Matthew flooding. A survey indicates most members were OK individually but many of our communities are still dealing with it. Some rivers are just now cresting at max flood so it's not really over around Kinston, Lumberton, and other places in NE NC.

Minutes:  17 Sep 2016

Members Attending:  Joe Callahan, Mark Dice, Joe Gray, Jim Harriett, Dan Kornegay, David Mohr, John Ratzenberger, Jay Roig, Stephen Willgohs.

And, last but not least, we had two prospective members and we hope they come back !!  
Shannon O'Neil comes to us from Gloster, VA, by way of Wilmington but he works in Raleigh. He has been modeling about two years and focuses on submarines and 1/32 aircraft. He is also an admin on a modeling Facebook group: Military Model Graveyard (Trade/Sale/Auction Group).
Scott Shahan is a New Bern resident. He has been modeling about two years working on 1/35 military, 1/48 aircraft, and 1/700 ships, mostly WW2. He is also an admin on a modeling Facebook group: M.A.S.T (Military Aircraft,Ships,Tanks).

We thank Shannon and Scott for seeking us out and look forward to them swelling our ranks. Give both their FB Groups a look.


called to order ...

With two new guys and intros all around, there wasn't much time for IPMS or AMPS business, not that we had much. We ran through the known calendars and I had to fix a couple things. We also talked about our publicity ideas and Jim H, Dave M, and Stephen W were going to follow up on some work.

We also chatted briefly about an apparent 1/48 U-boat VII from Trumpeter -- that's 220/48 or 4/6 ft long !!! But I should note that I have a 1/48 Flower waiting to be built, so the Battle of the Atlantic is on !!!

Shannon and Scott both talked about their FB pages and how they could help our exposure.

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The Interesting Stuff:  

Joe Callahan is the only one who brought his model info on a 3x5 card as requested -- see him proudly displaying the card. Anyway, first is an Me109V-14 of Ernst Udet, which Joe is converting from a 109E by replacing the supercharger intake and other things. And next is a Candian national GP9RM created by grafting an Alco C424 front cab panel to the front of a GP9 cab and lowering the short hood. He also removed the dynamic brake fan from the top of the long hood, the grill from the blister, and removed that hand brake from the rear.

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Mark Dice finally got a weekend off and brought in some of his work from the last two years.
· The WW1 tank is the 1/35 Emhar Mark IV Female with Aber machine gun barrels and Takom Mark IV tracks. "Old kit with old kit problems. Takom tracks were awesome!"
· The 1/35 DML/Dragon T-34/76 early production is done out of box. Mark used AK Interactive modulated paint for Russian armor but is not happy with the AK paint/effects. "Not Russian green enough for me. Good kit! Good fit! Lots of small parts like DML always does... Tracks gave me problems."
· The 1/35 Hobby Boss T26E4 Super Pershing tank was built with Fruilmodel tracks and metal barrel. "Cannot remember if barrel was kit or aftermarket. I think aftermarket. Great kit!!!! Very fun build! Used AK modulated paint on this too. Worked better this time."
· Lastly, the 1/35 Academy M-60A3 with RISE passive armor was built out of box. "Comes with lots of gear and goodies to hang on the outside. Older "motorized" kit but I did enjoy it!!"

Do not think Mark just does armor -- he's really a "airplane guy" but builds about everything else. He is currently working on a "big" Viking ship and a (not the) Kinetic Prowler which he rates as delicate. Mark has 6 more of them and his goal is to build one of each squadron and in different configurations -- sitting, landing, wings folded, etc.

Mark sent me a note after the meeting "Coastal Kits Display Bases was that aftermarket base company I was talking about with the photo bases."

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Dan Kornegay is working on the Meng 1/35 Merkava.

David Mohr talked about starting his "Calypso" model and showed off his Trumpeter 1/32 Ju-87. He has a goal/project to build one of each variant to include a Ju-87V(?) with folding wings. David also brought along a Revell 1/72 Condor which went, as a giveaway, to Scott S. It's one way to winnow down the stash.

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Shannon O'Neil brought cell phone to show pix of the Revell 1/72 U-boat IXC he is working on. He is trying to display it in icey water - like little chunks of ise floating by. While several of us have done water, none of us have done ice so the discussion was interesting.

John Ratzenberger brought his coffee cup, the Meng 1/35 Russian Light AA Set which he is reviewing for AMPS, and some pieces from the WingNut Wings 1/32 Airco DH-9 he is doing for a forum Group Build. Ignore the "Cat 60 Conv" on the box, that's another project -- you might not see for a while.

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Scott Shahan brought his Tamiya 1/35 StuG IV. Scott likes to build "OOB" but then add scratch-built or hand-detailed parts or do things to the basic kit -- note the skirt damage. Likewise he likes to use basic weathering techniques such as oil and pastel rather the all the specialized items available today. He also likes a base to display his model -- the base here isn't finished.

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Stephen Willgohs brought an airplane, DC-6 I think, and the HobbyBoss 1/48 T-34/76 he has been working on ... The airplane looks good in the first picture but not so in the next one. Stephen was trying to cure "tail-heavy" by loading it up with super-glue and that melted the nacelles -- we talked about alternatives.
Stephen is working on a winter camo for the T-34 but isn't quite happy with it yet and will keep working at it. It's also rather sad that when he buttoned up the hull it hid all that great detailing work in the engine compartment -- oh well, we know it's there.

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