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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

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    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

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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
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    and a kit of the Cyngus from the Movie the Black Hole (1979).
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    Someone has actually 3D printed one in 1/700 scale.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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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    December 2015 Meeting Photos

    December 28th, 2015

    Here are pictures of a few of the models at the December 2015 meeting.

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    by Rick Cahow?

    By Carter Scales

    By Carter Scales

    By Larry Cherniak

    By Larry Cherniak

    By Steve Nelson

    By Steve Nelson

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    November Meeting, Presentation by Bob Johnson

    October 21st, 2015

    Bob Johnson has agreed to come to the November meeting and give a presentation on model kit design.  Bob has worked at Monogram and later Revell-Monogram as a draftsman/designer, Hobby Product Manager and Director of Marketing and Product Development.   The “Outside your comfort zone” club contest is being pushed back to the December meeting.

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    Revell Star Wars Episode 7 Millennium Falcon

    October 2nd, 2015

    Revell Star Wars Episode 7 Millennium Falcon SnapTite Kit #85-1633

    by Martin Schultz

    I had heard that there were going to be some new kit releases covering a range of skill levels to “Tie” in with the new movie coming out in 2015. I stopped at my local Target store and they had one of each kit on the shelf. I decided to pick up the Falcon and it set me back $19.95 + tax. Hobby Lobby up the street had them marked at $29.99 so they must be catching on to using the 40% off coupon.

    The kit comes in a well-illustrated box, with artwork on the front and pictures of the completed model and parts break down on the back. There are also small illustrations of the other kits in the series, the Resistance X-Wing Fighter™, Poe’s X-Wing Fighter™ and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter™.

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    Box Art

    Packaging

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    The Falcon kit consists of 19 pre-decorated parts including an Action Sounds and Light! Module. There is a 4 page illustrated set of instructions with 8 steps.
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    The size of the posts and holes for the parts make for easy and sturdy assembly, and show that this kit was engineered for its intended audience, kids who will play with them.

    Sturdy assembly features

    Sturdy assembly features

    The kit is molded in light grey with brown and dark grey panels and black for the windows and grills. The parts were all trimmed cleanly from whatever sprue they were on and I did not find any evidence of ejector in marks on any of the show surfaces.
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    Assembly is straight forward and seems to be fool proof. The pins and snaps go together without too much pressure and keep a snug fit. When finished, the antenna and the top and bottom laser cannons turn and the landing gear can be positioned up or down.
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    Two LED’s light up the engine in the rear when the center rear grill is pressed and there are three different sound effects.
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    A quick check of the internet for photos of the filming models confirms that there are five landing gear on this version of the Falcon and that the antenna now appears to be rectangular instead of round. I guess a few things get upgraded over the years.

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    Overall this is a great kit for introducing your kids, Grandkids, nieces or nephews to model building if they get excited about the Star Wars Universe.

    Improving the Kit:
    Once I had the kit together, AMS (Advanced modeling syndrome) kicked in. I decided that I would do a panel line wash to add some depth. For the top panels, I used a dark grey wash with a hint of umber using oil paints. For the deeper recesses, I used a lightened black wash.

    Starting to add the panel line wash.

    Starting to add the panel line wash.

    Here is a comparison of how one of the sides looks before and after.

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    Before adding shadows with a wash

    After the wash

    After the wash

    After I let the wash dry for about two days I could still wipe the oil paint off the bare plastic. I decided to spray the model with Testor’s lacquer dullcoat from the bottle. I probably should have done that before the wash to give the oil paints something rough to adhere to. I’ll be finishing the wash and maybe doing some dry brushing next.

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    Mostly finished.

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    April meeting models

    April 14th, 2015

    Here is a link to photos of the models on display at the April meeting.  New photos are towards the bottom.   The April Fools contest was postponed to next month, so finish up those models!

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