We are an ever-growing and evolving club, and we had the good fortune to gain a new member, and also see someone that has not been around for a while. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mike Miserendino and a welcome back to Bob Hanes!
Local armor aficionados will remember Mike as one of the staff at the former Ropkey Armor Museum, though Mike builds just about anything as is quite passionate about sci-fi subjects.
Bob is one of those guys who has done everything, from working on aircraft during his service days to working in airliner companies. Nowadays he roams the Midwest in his van selling an impressive array of modeling-related books, many of which are hard-to-find titles, and occasionally consulting with kit manufacturers on research matters.
Our year end December meeting was marked with the annual Pizza Party.
We had 10 pizzas: 2 cheese, 3 all-meat, 3 pepperoni and 2 supreme, four boxes of breadsticks, and we ended up with half a box of breadsticks and half a cheese pizza left, for a total of $147. That was pretty good as we had minimum wastage and made good use of our funds. Extra thanks to Andy and Laura Leffner for bringing in extra paper plates since I forgot those!
We also voted unanimously to donate our usual $200 for Toys for Tots this year. While we were a little late in getting that voted on since Christmas the the week after a meeting, Toys for Tots is really a year-round thing, with Christmas being their biggest time of the year.
Being the New Year, itís also time for club dues. Please bring a check or cash for $20. Dues will be added to the club coffers, and will be used for various activities such as venue reservations (like the VFW), award sponsorships, annual contest war chest, donations, club events and more. The club operates as a non-profit organization run by volunteers, and none of the funds wind up in the memberís pockets except for expense reimbursements for club-sanctioned events.
Andy Leffler has reminded us to reach out to him if you happen to see an opportunity to promote our upcoming contest. He has high-resolution, high-quality flyers that can be posted in hobby shops,
and PDF templates if flyers need to be printed and handed out. You could either get the flyers from him, or he can send you the digital file, and you can print it out at a local Kinkoís (hang on to
that receipt so we can reimburse you). There are two more events coming up (Daytonís modeling retreat on Jan 18-20 and the Columbus contest on Feb 16) that we can still hand out flyers at.
Additional details on these contests/events are on Page 3.
Andy also reports that he is still having issues adding our event to the IPMS events page. Several clubs reportedly have had some issues too. Ken Kindler suspects it has to do with the scheduling software that IPMS uses, and will be reaching out to Paul Helfrich, the Region IV coordinator, to resolve.
Thanks to Mark Hiott, the club website contest page has also been updated with details on our upcoming contest.
Steve Bacon took advantage of the recent Dragon USA sale to purchase 20 new kits for the contest raffle. He also managed to get his hands on a Trumpeter 1/16 T34 kit as a grand raffle prize. We do have a shortfall on auto and naval kits though, so keep that in mind if you see any fantastic deals.
We have an estimated 35 models available for the raffle.
Paul Flores, bargain master, has also been recruited to find us some deals amongst the vendors on the day of the show.
In addition to purchases, this contest would also be an opportunity for you to do some spring cleaning in your stash. If you happen to have one or several complete kits (doesnít have to be brand new or still in shrink-wrap, but at least have 99% of the parts attached to the sprue) that you donít see yourself ever building, please donate it to the club raffle. We only ask that it be of decent value (so not like, say, and old Starfix kit) so that the raffle ticket buyer gets good value out of his or her win.
Dave Lakey has a proposal for the leftover awards from last yearís contest. As you recall, last year was the clubís 25th anniversary, so we had special awards made. There were about 30 awards left
over that did not get presented, and cannot be reused as they were engraved with last yearís contest date (which is why we donít date our awards).
As a test, Dave removed the award plate, cleaned up the glue residue, and with some touchup, turned it into a nice display base:
Dave proposes repurposing all of these awards, and selling them at the contest, in order to recover some of the costs from the unused awards. A price has not been determined as of yet.
White Elephant Gift Exchange
January marks yet another one of our annual White Elephant Parties, a tradition started by John Bowery, one of our former members. The way the game is played is as such:
As added content for the newsletter, Iíd like to see if we can get some subject matter experts to send me an email or two each month about the latest and greatest in kit releases. It doesnít have to be everything, but at least one or two of what you think would be a hot topic for the genre of your choice. This covers everything from aircraft for figures, and maybe even tools. Like I said, it doesnít have to be an article, just a blurb. All that is needed is the subject name, manufacturer, scale, approximate release date, and maybe a few details on markings, if possible. Articles on modeling history, hints and tips, or kit reviews are as always welcome.
Charlie Haines stopped by Hobbies Ní History two weeks ago for a final visit before his planned year-end shop closing. The good news is that he is postponing the store closure, but he will be slowing down operations. Depending on personal matters and business, the store will run on a reduced schedule. The new hours are:
As Charlie says, internet shopping is great and all, but letís try to stop in and support one of the few "old style" hobby shops left around.
We also have the following contests in the region. Note that Iíve only included events that are within an approximate 300 mile radius. If you wish to look at events beyond, please refer to the
official IPMS USA event calendar at:
Upcoming Car Shows:
John Brown Group Build
To remember John Brown, one of our members who passed away last year, we got a bunch of his unfinished kits and started a group build. Here are the builds:
We will meet again from 7pm to 9pm at the Fort Harrison VFW Post 7119, 6525 Lee Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236, on December 21, 2018. And again, donít forget itís also the due date for your John Brown Group Build entry, and once again, pizza party!
Show and Tell