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    Bare Metal Foil Demo

    April 7th, 2020

    Bare Metal Foil demo

    Posted by Jeff Graham on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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    September Meeting Notes

    September 15th, 2019

    Notes from the September 2019 meeting:

    1. Proposed new Build session/Outreach events.  Bill Geresy has had casual discussions with the Kalamazoo Air Zoo about having a monthly build session at the museum.  Four members expressed interest in participating.  The club asked Bill to pursue more details.
    2. Treasurers report:
      1. August Balance $2,195.02
      2. Expenses: $136.18   (Website renewal (2 years – 2018,2019) next renewal July of 2020.
      3. New Balance: $2,058.84
    3. Raffle Report:
      1. Current Balance $106.54
    4. Monthly Topic Change:
      1. October:  Round Table: Magnification Tools


    Martin Schultz

    KSM Secretary

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    May 2019 Meeting Gadgets

    May 9th, 2019

    At the May meeting a number of members shared modeling gadgets.


    Image result for Model Tank Track link jig

    Armor track link jig (Marc Grand)

    Paint Shaker and Vice (Steve Nelson)

    Model Building supplies in a portable case (Dan Fredricks)

    Compressor and Air Brush in a case (Dan Fredricks)

    Photo etch bending fixtures: (Paul Brown)

    Model Building supplies in a case (Paul Brown)

    Upper half of the case (Paul Brown)

    Tamiya Tape,  Molotow chrome pen, Blood donation strap (orange) (Bill Geresy)

    Job for aligning Aircraft landing gear (Clare Wentzel)

    Circle template for painting wheel hubs.  soft foam on an angled board to hold the wheels (Clare Wentzel)

    Wood and Coat Hanger Paint Stand (Jeff Graham)

    Paint bottle holder from old paint cap (Jeff Graham)

    Alligator Clips (Jeff Graham)

    Exacto with two blades for cutting pin stripe tape. (Jeff Graham)

    Pipe Plugs for holding car tires to sand the tread (Martin Schultz)

    Visor with light and 5 different lenses (Martin Schultz)



    A big thank you to everyone who brought something to share.

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    Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-A, 1:2500 scale by Martin Schultz

    February 22nd, 2019

    Here we go again.  This time it’s the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A from the movie Star Trek VI: The Voyage Home. My kit came from the AMT 3 piece Enterprise Kit #6618 which contained the original series NCC-1701, the NCC-1701-A from the movies and the NCC-1701-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation TV show.

    You can get the same kit with better decals in the re-issued AMT Cadet Series U.S.S. Enterprise Starship Set Kit #660. Yes, it is a snap kit, but it can be built up into a nice looking model.  I’m going to use the Absolute models decals on this build and the Cadet Series issued decals on an Enterprise 1701 Refit build later since the -A is separate on the name decal.

    Here is what you get.  This sprue is from the AMT#660 Cadet Series release from 2010, same as the earlier AMT #6618 3 piece set .

    For comparison, here is the sprue from the Cadet series Motion Picture Set Kit AMT#762 from 2012.  The copyright date is on the inside of the saucer.  The changes in the arrangement of the parts on the sprues indicates this is a new tooling for this ship.  The panel lines have been removed from the primary and secondary hull, engines and shuttle bay doors and there are a number of other changes including a lower bridge dome, concave deflector dish and the impulse engines.

    First I assembled the primary and secondary hulls and nacelles, then sanded off the large panel lines.

    I had placed a block of styrene inside the secondary hull, so that when I drilled a hole in the bottom of the secondary hull I could insert a brass rod to use with a stand.  I attached the warp drive pylons to the secondary hull and added the nacelles.  I trimmed off the attachment pins and used Ambroid Pro Weld to glue everything together.  Here is what it looks like with a coat of Tamiya Grey Primer. It’s looking like a starship now.

    After sitting in primer for 3 ½ years I finally got back to work on the ship.  I started with a base coat of Tamiya Pure White.

    The Tamiya paint is thin, so several coats were necessary to cover the grey primer.

    In an effort to make the kit look more like the filming miniature I experimented with nail polish (not white enough), iridescent embossing powders (great, if I wanted to mask series of panels for each shade of blue, green and pearl) and Tamiya Pearl White (PS-27), before I decided that all that work might not show up under the decals, so I decided to just use the Tamiya Pearl White.

    I sprayed several coats of Pearl White over the base coat.  In this photo you can see that I ended up with too many coats of paint which made some of the features lose their sharp edges.  Next time I will either decant the spray paint and use my air brush, or just use pearl powder with an airbrushed clear carrier.  I polished the paint with Novus #2 plastic polish to make sure there would not be any problems with silvering under the decals.

    Now I was ready for the decals.  I had decided to use the Absolute models decals since the decals in the original kit amounted to the name and number and not much else.  The decals from the Cadet Series kit have additional Aztec patterns for the bottoms of the engine nacelles which are not present on the Absolute models sheet.

    I started decaling with the deflector dish and the engine pylons.  The decals respond well to Solvaset and heat.  In this photo you should also be able to see the pearl effect on the saucer.

    Next up was the neck and the bottom of the saucer.  Trim the clear carrier from the areas where you need a close match, like between the neck and the saucer.  Trim and test fit several times before soaking the decal off the paper.

    After positioning the decal as best I could, I ended up with a ridge of extra material in one area.  I let the decal dry like this, and at the base of the crease there was almost no gap.  Later I used a knife with a brand-new blade to cut the extra off and then more Solvaset and heat to get the small remaining raised edge to lay down.

    Next came the top saucer decal,  Again, I trimmed to fit before soaking the decal.

    Test Fitting

    Initial application of the decal.

    I use this type of makeup applicator to roll across the decal to squeeze out the liquid underneath before an application of Solvaset.

    One thing I missed at this stage was lining up the thrusters between the top and bottom of the saucer. I didn’t see that error until I was applying the decal to the saucer edge. Here you can see the mis-alignment of the thrusters between the upper and lower saucer decals.

    Upper secondary hull and Engine decals.

    Lower secondary hull.

    Impulse engines, strongback  and bridge decals applied.



    Decal application continued over several modeling sessions until I was finished.  I was happy to see that some of the pearl effect does show through the decals.  After the decals dried for a week or more,  I gave the entire model a coat of Testors Dullcoat to seal the decals.  Overall I am pretty happy with how this one turned out.

    Start date:  September of 2011.

    Completion date: December 2016.



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    Kalamazoo Valley Museum Club Display

    November 30th, 2018

    Thanks to the many members who were willing to loan model kits for the display we have a full display cabinet at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in downtown Kalamazoo.  The library created the placards on the wall which lists the descriptions of the models in the display provided by the members.  The display is running from September 7th through January and the museum is open Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday and Holidays: 1 – 5 pm, Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    We will also be doing make and take events at the museum on December 27 and January 3 from noon to 4 pm which should allow us to finish and exit by 5 pm.

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    Porsche 935-78 Prototype

    November 24th, 2018

    Porsche 935-78 Prototype, Entex #9502 1:28 scale

    This model represents the car as it was initially presented to the FIA for approval prior to racing for the first time.  The low rear wing and fully enclosed door panels are the distinguishing features for this version. Later versions had partially enclosed doors to meet FIA requirements and a raised rear wing.  I started with Entex kit #9502 which is a re-box of the motorized Nitto kit according to Scalemates.com.  This was supposed to be a quick build between other projects, but now, almost three years later, it is finally done.

    Although labeled as 1:25 scale, the kit is noticeably smaller than the 1:24 Scale Gunze Sangyo Porsche 935-78.

    Starting with the interior, I was disappointed that there were no roll cage details so that is where I started down the slippery slope of Advanced Modelers Syndrome. I tried scratch building the roll cage out of bead wire and solder before settling on evergreen plastic rod. I made templates out of cardboard for some of the main shapes.

    The panels at the rear of the interior were painted a yellow-tan combination to look like raw fiberglass.

    The instrument panel was detailed using a combination of painting and decals.  Once everything was dry, the gauges were coated with Micro crystal clear to create a clear lens.

    I also decided to add seatbelts using seatbelt hardware from Replicas and Miniatures.  I experimented with several different materials for belts including lead foil and paper before using narrow ribbon.

    I used very faint grey and brown washes to darken the edges of the interior.  I thought I had lost the shifter, so I made a new one from a map pin with the head sanded down.

    Once the interior detailing was complete, I glued in the roll cage.


    I didn’t like the colors or sizes of the Martini decals in the kit, so I found an image online and printed my own.  I did the same thing for the Porsche emblem.  When I was more than half way through the project I found a sheet of Martini decals from Virages that probably would have worked.

    The body was primed with Mr Surfacer 500 and sanded before painting with Tamiya Gloss white out of a spray can.

    After the decals were applied I coated the model with Future and then used bare metal foil on the hood latches and fuel fillers. I later used a dark grey wash to highlight the fender vents and fuel fillers.

    While test fitting the body to the chassis, I noticed that I could see completely through the wheel wells from one side to the other.  I used sheet plastic to create wheel wells to block the openings.

    The window trim was painted semi-gloss black before the windows were installed.  The front headlights were painted silver and then I covered the molded lens with bare metal foil to look more realistic.  The turn signals were covered with foil and then a drop of Tamiya Clear Orange was used to make them look amber. I added some small strips of evergreen square styrene rod inside the front opening to create a lip for the screen to be attached to.  The screen was made from some spare metal mesh I had and painted dark blue before being affixed to the front.

    Creating the clear headlight covers looked to be more of a challenge than I wanted, so I didn’t bother with them. Overall I am happy with how the final product turned out.  It was meant to be a quick build, not a detailed contest project, but it ended up somewhere in between.  Some additional photos can be seen at this link: Porsche 935-78 build photos on Google

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    Models for the Kalamazoo Valley Museum Display

    March 25th, 2018

    Updated 8/10/18  Adding photos of our preliminary set ups.





    Updated 5/2/18.  New set up date is September 7, 2018.  Bring your models to the August meeting so we can plan the arrangement.

    Updated 4/24/18  Looking like this is delayed until September.  Museum is purchasing a new display cabinet.

    At the March meeting we discussed what models each member might be willing to put on display at the museum for several months.  Tentative display set up date is Friday May 4, 2018.  September 7, 2018.

    Kevin Pyard and Clare Wetzel:  1:144, 1/72 and 1/48 BF-109’s for a comparison of scales


    Martin Schultz:  Lancia Stratos Rally car and Star Trek Enterprise 1701-A

    Enterprise NCC-1701-A

    Levi Benedict:  Armor,  Sorry, Didn’t get the types


    Jeff Graham:  Bandit Trans-Am, Monster Truck and Go-Mad Nomad Cartoon car.

    Monster Truck

    Go-mad Nomad

    Bandit Trans-Am

    Pam Orr: Diorama and Figure Busts

    Unk:  1/48 Sky Raider

    Dan: Warhammer Miniatures, Russian Tank

    Charles Cochran:  Drag Car.

    Bill Geresy:  1/700 Ships, 1:48 BV-14, 1/72 HE-162, 1/48 WWII Volkswagen

    Karen Damveldt: House and/or Windmill

    Feel free to post pictures of the kits on the club Facebook page.

    4/17  Adding images of the kit display I have.


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    Meeting Topics for 2018

    February 24th, 2018

    Here is a list of the meeting topics for our first Tuesday meetings in 2018

    March – Tips and Tricks round table discussion, and further discussion about our upcoming display at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

    April – Stan Build.  Build and bring something that you bought at Stan Swonk’s estate sale.

    May – American Armor: WWII to Korea.  Armor model display & discussion.

    June – Scratch building or Fabrication,  Hosted by Jeff Graham

    July – Science fiction/Fantasy Contest.

    August – Panel lines & seams

    September – Washes & shading by all members

    October – Judging Discussion.

    November – Photo Etch bending/soldering by Dan

    December – Aircraft: From 1942 to 1965.  Aircraft display & discussion

    January 2019 – Next challenge contest as chosen by the winner of the July Science Fiction/Fantasy Contest.


    Intragalatic Transport: 1969

    January 19th, 2018

    What if…. in 1967 Star Trek had failed as a TV show?  With the show failing to be renewed after the end of the first season due to poor ratings, the studio model of the U.S.S. Enterprise was thrown into a dumpster near the edge of the studio lot. It was here that Ronald, a model builder and science fiction fan who hung out around the studio whenever he wasn’t in school, found the pieces and brought them home. Too large for his room, the parts sat in the garage for several months until he had the inspiration to fit the parts of the studio model to his Suzuki Gemma scooter for an upcoming parade.

    The Intragalactic Transport was a popular hit with the parade crowd, especially with Ronald dressed up as the alien character Spock. Now, two years later, the Intragalactic Transport is a little worse for wear without the skills of Scotty to keep her in tip top shape. One nacelle is out of alignment due to a collision/close encounter with a (Chevy) Nova and the paint job is looking a little worn around the edges. Ronald continues to ride I.T. around town but it will just be a matter of time before he saves enough money to buy a car. Maybe someday it will be recognized for what it is, get lovingly restored and end up in a museum.


    This model was created using a 1:24 scale Tamiya Suzuki Gemma Scooter and a 1:2500 Scale AMT U.S.S. Enterprise snap kit.  The scooter was a giveaway at an IPMS National convention and came without decals.  The decals from the U.S.S. Enterprise kit represent the studio version of the model.  A few extra window decals from another sheet were used to add more windows near the rear. The scooter halves were assembled and then the starship pieces were carefully cut and fit to the scooter prior to painting. Paint is a custom mix of 1 part Testors 34159 Sac Green, 6 parts 36440 Gull Grey and 24 parts 17875 Insignia white.

    Brake levers were made from wire and added to the handle bars. Tire valve stems are wire with a drop of glue for the cap. The floor mat was made from wine bottle foil with textured paint. The plastic stand was replaced with one made from brass wire and rectangular stock. A broken kick start lever was replaced with wire. The turn signals are Tamiya clear orange over Bare Metal Foil.  The brake light/shuttle bay door is Gunze clear red over foil. The license plate is an image of an authentic California motorcycle plate with 1968 and 1969 renewal tags. The instrument panel image was taken from an online photo. Thinned oil paints were used to add some shadows and weathering.  The base is an small plaque painted and weathered to look like pavement.  You can see photos of the build on my Google photos page: Intragalactic Transport Build Photos



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    January 2018 Meeting

    January 19th, 2018

    At our January meeting we elected club officers.  Bill Geresy was elected as President, Jeff Graham as Vice President and Martin Schultz as Secretary/Treasurer.  Clare Wentzel was appointed as Chapter Contact by the newly elected officers.

    Jeff Graham discussed the club invitation card he had created.  After a short discussion, a motion to purchase the minimum quantity of cards was approved.

    Bill Geresy reported on the ongoing discussions with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum about a model display.  Discussions are ongoing with no specific date set yet.

    Upcoming events:

    February:  Finalize the schedule of 1st Tuesday meeting topics for 2018

    April:  The Stan Build.  Build something you acquired from Stan Swonk’s model collection.

    May:  American Armor display.  Bring in a model of some sort of American Armor, any era.

    July:  “Fiction or Fantasy” group build contest.

    Submitted 1/19/18 by Martin Schultz



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