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    Corona Virus Updates

    March 14th, 2020
    Due to the increased concerns with the Coronavirus, we’ve had to cancel some events.   We will continue to update this post as needed.

    Updated on 5/11/20

    Monthly Club/Business Meeting
    Scheduled for:  May 5, 2020
    Status:  CANCELLED 04/27/20

    Informal Meeting at Bruce’s
    Scheduled for:  May 19, 2020
    Status:  CANCELLED 04/27/20

    Air Zoo Group Build Saturday’s
    Scheduled for:  May 16, 2020
    Status:  CANCELLED 04/27/20
    Notes:  The Air Zoo has closed down the museum until at least May 15.

    Tim Ridout Memorial Contest
    Scheduled for:  June 2020
    Status:  Postponed to Fall,  Possibly October

    Scheduled for June

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    Passing of Eugene “Spud” Ensing

    January 21st, 2015
    spud1Ensing, Eugene Charles 12/31/1926 – 1/17/2015 Rockford Mr. Eugene “Spud” Ensing of Rockford, age 88 went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Grand Rapids to Gerritt and Dorothy (Hart) Ensing in 1926. Spud served his county and flag in the US Navy during WWII and in the US Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the US Air Force in 1968. After retirement he worked for Northern Air and Herman Miller’s flight department. In his spare time he volunteered for many organizations, such as the Cedar Springs Historical Society, as a flag marshal for Sports Car Club of America and Championship Auto Raspud2cing Teams. Spud also was a member of International Plastic Modelers Society, a charter member of the Smithsonian Air Museum, and a member of National Naval Aviation Museum. In his lifetime he also visited 127 countries and all 50 states. Despite all these achievements and interests’ one of the most important things to him was spending time with his family. Eugene will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and all who knew him. He is survived by his loving children, Priscilla (Fred) Finch, Gordon (Connie) Ensing, Deborah (Mitch) Millhuff, Donald Ensing; grandchildren, Shannon Finch, Shawn Finch, Meghann (Sean) Evans; great-grandchildren, Haley Finch, Zoe Evans, Sammy Evans; step-mother of more than 60 years, Ethel Ensing; brothers and sisters, Donna (Ensing) Alverson, Gary (Jan) Ensing, Tammy (Bill) Heydens, Marlene (Eddie) Vasquez, Dale (Debra) Ensing, Kevin (Deena) Ensing, Steve (Shari) Ensing; brothers-in-law, Barney Townes, George Allington, Larry Squires; and many nieces and nephews. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife Alma (Weller); and sister, Eleanor Squires.


    The Funeral Service will be 11 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341.


    In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to;
    • Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319
    • Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 E. Mira Vista Lane, Tucson, AZ 85739
    • National Navel Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, Navel Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32508
    • The 390th Memorial Museum, 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85756. Pederson Funeral Home

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    Site issues….

    December 9th, 2014

    Recent update with WordPress has been causing an issue that cause our admin page to have problems so I have temporarily disabled our current theme.  If I can get the original theme back I will put it back up, otherwise we might have to switch themes.

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    Hobby Boss 1/700 USS Los Angeles Submarine

    October 10th, 2014

    This is the Hobby Boss 1/700 USS Los Angeles Submarine.  I bought this back when Great Models was still around and they had it on clearance figuring it would be something simple to build and get something completed.  It’s a really simple build, consisting of something like 10 or 11 parts of which 3 are the stand.  The red is just something I mixed up until I thought it looked close enough.




    Obscure Websites

    October 2nd, 2012

    Our October meeting was to share our favorite obscure websites that we pull reference materials from. Below is the list we discussed. Some may not be so obscure.

    Brit Modeller
    Swanny’s Models
    Scale Mates
    Ebookee – scanned magazines
    Scale Model Index – kits and reference materials, index of various modeling sites.
    Achtung Panzer
    Modeling the Aircraft of the VVS
    Scribd – scans of magazines, books
    IPMS Stockholm – model builds, references, paint color guides
    1/72 Aircraft Forum
    US Aircraft Forum
    Warbird Information Exchange
    Perth Military Modelling -armor
    WWI Models
    109 Lair
    Sea Wings
    Prime Portal – Aircraft Walkarounds
    Gurney Flap – Automotive Walkarounds
    Dave Warbirds
    J Aircraft – WWII Japanese
    Sci-Fi Airshow
    Star Trek Blueprints

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    2012 Kalamazoo Kontest

    July 8th, 2012

    Details are now posted on the up and coming 2012 Kalamazoo Kontest.  Links located on the farthest top menu.  Hope to see you there!


    November Meeting – Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society

    October 11th, 2011

    For the club’s November meeting, we will be holding our meeting at the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society’s hang out.  We will be meeting at our normal time of 7-9pm.

    Directions to the KMRHS’s location;

    From the North, South or West of Kalamazoo:  Take US-131 to Exit 44 (D Avenue).  Take D Avenue East 5 miles to Riverview Drive.  Turn left of Riverview Drive, traveling North for 1.3 miles.  The entrance is on the right side of the road.

    From East of Kalamazoo:  Take I-94 West to exit 80 (Sprinkle Rd).  Head North on Sprinkle Road for a little over 8 miles until it curves to the West where it now becomes D Avenue.  Follow D Avenue West to the first stop sign (Riverview Drive).  Turn right, traveling North for 1.3 miles.  The entrance is on the right side of the road.


    For those who have a GPS, the street address is;

    9336 Riverview Drive
    Kalamazoo, MI  49004

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    IPMS Kalamazoo Member honored by the Historical Society of Michigan…

    September 23rd, 2011

    From MLIVE:

    ” A retired Kalamazoo Central history teacher, known for his creative and engaging teaching methods, has been named the 2011 State History Educator Award by the Historical Society of Michigan.”

    You can see the entire article here…

    Congrats Rick!


    13th Annual Air Zoo Contest – Lucky 13

    August 7th, 2011

    All the information, fliers, forms, etc have been uploaded to the site.  You may access all the information by clicking the contest link in the most upper menu bar or by following this link.

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    ICM 1:48 Spitfire Mk VII – Build Review

    April 19th, 2011

    KIT #: 48062
    MSRP: $22.95

    The kit comes molded in two different grays, which I will refer to as “light” and “medium”. The parts trees will allow you to build not only the VII variant, but the VIII and IX variants of the Spitfire as well. In the box you get 7 gray part trees and well as one clear parts tree. All are clearly labeled with tree letters and part numbers, making for easy finding when removing the parts from the trees.

    One thing that was disturbing to me on this kit was the both the amount of flash and sink marks. As you can see below, several areas on the wings and fuselage needed to be filled, sanded and rescribed. I opted out on several of the underside areas, knowing they wouldn’t be so easily seen.

    Despite the cockpit not being made of resin, I found the parts to be very adequate and well detailed. Not much needed to be done other than painting, wash and some highlighting to make for a great out-of-the-box cockpit. After the interior was painted, the fuselage halves were assembled. I opted out of building the engine after reading several reviews on the internet as well as posts on various forums saying the engine assembly would not fit the fuselage assembly. Once the fuselage halves are joined, it was time to slide the cockpit assembly up through the bottom. Be advised that the cockpit assembly is a little too wide for the fuselage assembly and some trimming and sanding work will be required to make it so the fuselage halves don’t “bow out” causing problems later when it’s time for the wing assembly. (A lesson I learned too late).

    There are some gap/fit issues when assembling the nose of the aircraft, as evident in the photo here. For part E15 to properly fit on top of the nose, I ended up splitting it lengthwise down the center. Once assembled to the fuselage halves, there as a gap at the top of the nose as if there would have been two separate fuselage halves. I suspect some of this gap issue (although not all) has to do with the cockpit assembly being too wide.

    The other problem I had with the nose of the aircraft was when part D10 got added; there was a giant gap between the fuselage halves and the bottom D10 part (as seen here). The gap had to be filled with plastic strips, puttied and sanded flush, and rescribed.

    The canopy is another area of this kit that needs a little help. The clear pieces on this ICM kit are not as clear as you would find on other manufacturers’ kits. A coat of Future did clear this up a bit, but still not 100%. The rear portion of the canopy aft of the sliding bubble portion is a little to long for the opening on the fuselage, so either the canopy will need to be adjusted or the fuselage. The windscreen needs a little test fitting and tweaking as well. In the end I filled the smaller gaps with white glue and used a Q-tip once the glue was dry to smooth the glue out.

    The kit comes with two decal options;

  • Spitfire Mk VII, MD120, NX-0 from the 131 Squadron in March 1944 at Colerne. Aircraft was flown by James Joseph ‘Orange’ O’meara.
  • Spitfire Mk VII, ON-W from the 124 Squadron in June 1944 at Bradwell
  • The decals in my opinion are a little on the thick side. The only spot I really had issues with decals were on the top wing surfaces where the roundels cover the bumped up surface (sorry, don’t know the technical terms for the bumped areas). Despite a couple coats of Future and a dull coating, the edges of the decals can still be seen in some places. One inaccuracy on the decal instruction sheet is the placement of the small flags under the canopy. Reference photos show the flags located under the windscreen on each side of the fuselage rather than under the sliding portion (closed position) of the canopy. On my version I followed the instructions and found out later about the correct location.

    Despite its sink marks, gaps and fit issues. The ICM Spitfire Mk VII right out of the box will give you a decent representation of the Spitfire Mk VII High Altitude Fighter. No this kit isn’t a Tamiya or a Hasegawa kit, but it can be built into a decent looking Spitfire by a modeler of all experience.

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