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January 2017 Newsletter
 
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Posted: 05 Feb 2017

From Management:

Nothing in particular ...
See below about the new AMPS website -- I have not updated links here but will work on that this month.
See you at our next meeting, which is a Build Meeting, 11am - 3pm (or whatever), Saturday 18 Feb.



Minutes:  21 Jan 2017

Members Attending:  John Bazzle, Andy Fulcher, Jim Harriett, David Mohr, John Ratzenberger.

Business:

IPMS: The 2017 national contest website is open.
AMPS: The new AMPS website has just been unveiled -- much more light and airy, easy on the eyes, etc. Along with this the 2017 international contest website is open. The new website has a new address but the old address will auto-convert, at least at the top-levels. I believe they are still working to auto-convert links to inside pages.
Chapter: The budget is tight, we will only sponsor trophies at AMPS, IPMS, and R-12 this year.



The Interesting Stuff:  

Andy Fulcher brought in the 2-1/2 water tanker he is building for AMPS - there is progress. Lots of complaints but also lots of progress - his goal is done by ODO.

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David Mohr brought a kit and books. He is hoping to get started on the Calypso soon.

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John Bazzle has been busy -- here shown are the 1971 International COE we saw early pix of last month. It has come along quite well.
Below the truck pix are the in-progress of the big garage he is building for them.

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Jim Harriett has a holy grail -- the Zoukei-Muru 1/32 Skyraider -- and he not only reading up on the aircraft but is practicing on a 1/48 Tamiya kit.

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John Ratzenberger brought the 3 kits he will be building this year for the Classic British Kits SIG display at Scale Model World in November.

One Frog, one Airfix, and one Matchbox -- all from the respective 1976 catalogs, the last year for the "Big 3".

The Matchbox P-12 is an original; aftermarket decals will be used. The Airfix Beam Engine shown is a recent boxing; the plastic hasn't changed much but the battery-power of the initial 1966 release is gone. The Frog Shell Tanker shown is actually the initial 1961 release; by 1976 the box had changed but not the plastic. John is fully aware he didn't pick the most "mailable" kits.

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