Name: Martin

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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  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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    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.