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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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    KSM 1st Tuesday Meeting Topics for 2017

    February 11th, 2017

    The following is the list of meeting topics agreed upon at the February 7 meeting.  The idea is to have a short demonstration if possible and then an open discussion on the topic.  If you have a problem, bring the kit and show us!  If you have had a success, share it!  If you want to know how to use it, bring it!

    March:  Washes.  Using Washes to add detail and depth to models (Acrylic, Oil, pastel, etc)

    April: Model Ship Building (Bill)

    May: Figures (and ground work?) (Pam and Marc)

    June: Club Contest, D-Day.  (Clare)

    July: Polishing

    Other themes for later in the year: model car building (Jeff and Martin), model aircraft building, model armor building.

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    January 2017 Meeting Models

    January 8th, 2017

    Here are photos of some of the models on display at the January 2017 meeting.

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    Airfix Challenge Contest results

    January 8th, 2017

    At our January 2017 meeting we had our Airfix Club Contest. Members were challenged to build any Airfix kit in any manner they chose. Here are images of some of the entries.
    Clare Wentzel's Spitfire

    Dave Hopkins Seafire

    Karen Damveldt's C-47


    Kevin Pyard's Kingfisher

    After careful deliberation, The previous challenge contest winner, Steve Nelson, selected Clare Wentzel’s Spitfire MK. 1a as the winner. Clare takes home our beautiful traveling trophy and will choose the subject for the next challenge contest.

    Clare Wentzel's Spitfire

    Traveling trophy

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    December 2016 Meeting

    December 7th, 2016

    We had a good turn out and a number of models on display at the December meeting. Several people brought rare kits to talk about. Clare Wentzel brought an early vacuform kit from Rare Planes and talked about how he got to know the owner. Martin Schultz brought an UMI Porsche 917/30 Resin kit
    and a kit of the Cyngus from the Movie the Black Hole (1979).
    Someone has actually 3D printed one in 1/700 scale.
    I/700 Scale Cygnus




    Steve Nelson brought up some pictures on his tablet of a Convair 880 that he wants to convert in to a restaurant diorama and a couple of other kits.
    convair Resturant

    After show and tell, Jeff Graham shared samples of parts he has painted using chrome nail polish and examples of a vinyl roof using Rust-oleum textured paint.














    1st Tuesday Meeting Topics for 2016

    July 4th, 2016

    The following are the planned meeting topics for the remainder of 2016

    July: Airbrush Maintenance,  Round table discussion (Open Question and answer) Bring your airbrush and tell us how you care for it.

    August: Putty and Fillers:  What do you use and how do you use it?  Starting with a demo by Charles Cochran with additional open Q & A.

    September: Tentative: Figure Painting by Pam Orr.

    October: Lighting models

    November: Your favorite (Legal) source for references.  Hopefully we can compile a list and publish it on the site.

    December: Rare Kits.  Bring in a rare kit that you have and tell us what is special about it.

    January:  The Travelling Trophy club contest.  Subject: Airfix Kits.

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    Additional KSM Club meeting added on the 3rd Tuesday

    June 12th, 2016

    Exciting news!  At the June meeting, the club voted to start holding an additional meeting every month.  This will be an informal meeting night to be held the third Tuesday of each month at Bruce Snow’s house, 3425 Douglas, Kalamazoo Michigan.  We will continue to meet at Westwood United Methodist Church on the first Tuesday of each month to conduct club business and do seminars and talks.

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