Hello fellow scale modelers!

There is less than one month to go before BuffCon on April 8th. The E-Board has been working hard to make sure the show runs as smoothly as possible. It's now up to you, the membership, to make it one of the best shows in the East. During the meeting on Monday, you will be asked to volunteer for a task during the show: working the snack bar, assisting with vendor set-up/tear down, registration/admissions, security and judging. We don't ask much of the membership of this club, except to help out at the show; the old saying, "many hands make light work" is especially true. So, please step up and help out on April 8th. We need everyone to be there that morning at 7:30am to set-up the display tables. Also, don't forget that the regular club meeting after BuffCon we'll celebrate our anticipated success with a pizza and wings party.

According to club treasurer Tom Faith, about half of us have paid our annual membership dues for 2018. If you have yet to pay, please see Tom Faith at the next meeting.

As I mentioned last month, we have purchased several items of audio-visual equipment to enhance club meetings. I hope to have figured out how to work all of it by this next meeting because Justen Hanna, owner of Section 8 Hobbies will be giving a demonstration on how to weather models using artist's oil paints. This equipment will be ideal in projecting, recording and amplifying these demonstrations so all who are interested can view them during the meetings. We are also planning on making them available on the club website for future viewing.

I hope to see you at the meeting on Monday.

John R. Zaranek
IPMS Niagara Frontier
IPMS USA No. 47993

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Model tables from the February meeting:

Newest club member Alumini LaGuia, brought in the Hobby Boss 1/35th scale M1079 HET truck with trailer along with the Academy M1A2 Abrams "Tusk" main battle tank as a work in progress. The plan is to have it mounted to a base with the Abrams broken from the trailer and sliding down a small hill.

Michael Butry showed us his completed Tamiya 1/48th scale British 7 tonne Armored Car. The model was built mostly out of box and he added tarps by using tissue paper and tin foil. Paints were by Tamiya and Model Master and weathering done with Mig washes and pigments.

John Zaranek brought in his recently completed Hobby Craft 1/72nd scale CH-113 "Labrador" Canadian Armed Forces search and rescue helicopter. John explained that the quality of the kit is on par with what Airfix was about 15 years ago and it fit together very well. John primed the model with Tamiya Flesh and applied main body color with Tamiya Yellow with a drop or two of Tamiya Red added to darken it a bit. The fuselage band and fuel tanks were painted Tamiya Red. The kit decals were very poor and he replaced them with a set from Belcher's Bits. He added a scratchbuilt search light to the under fuselage nose and panel line highlighting with a wash made from yellow ochre/van dyke brown artist oils and turpenoid.

Larry Osolkowski brought in a new acquisition, a Model Factory Hiro 1/12 Eagle Gurney-Weslake Formula 1 race car kit. He mentioned that this was his "if I could build anything" bucket list kit, and with the recent passing of Dan Gurney, the driver and constructor of this car, Model Factory Hiro announced a one-time sale on all kits related to Dan Gurney. The discount was significant (20%) on a rather expensive kit which was produced in limited numbers, so it was now or never. The kit is a stunning collection of exceptionally clean white metal castings, equally impressive resin, and turned aluminum bits, photo-etch and other quality items. Larry also obtained a bottle of the correct paint from Zero Paints, and brought a spoon to show the color.

Larry also brought in a stack of old model magazines for anyone to take. He said he's cleaning out his basement, and will be bringing in more magazines to future meetings.

Steve Weller's Meng Mk IV Tank from WWI in 1/35th scale is nearly complete. Steve used paint by Tamiya spray cans and Vallejo acrylics. Steve explains that he's never had more problems that he's had with this kit - paint fisheyes and lifting, sub-assemblies that don't mate and airbrush failures are among his woes. He also advises to never take a 5-year layoff and try to build an 800 piece kit for a museum.

Paul Hines' line of artwork this month include "two fine examples of classic elegance by automotive styling": a 1924 Bugatti Type 35A and a 1935 Jaguar SS90.

Al Germann brought in a 1/25th scale Aoshima Food Truck finished with paint in rattle cans and Tamiya. Al said it was "odd, interesting and different".

Justen Hanna had his Wingnut Wings Albatross B.II in 1/32nd scale. He used Tamiya for the base colors and Vallejo for color modulation. Ammo of Mig rust streaks for wood grain with Tamiya clear orange over it to give it a varnished look. Weathering was accomplished with lots of artist oils, but the ribbing and shadows were done with airbrushed acrylics. The tolerances of the fit of this kit are so exact that paint needs to be kept off of the mating surfaces or things will not fit. He chose this subject to build a two seater that was a contemporary to his D.H. 2 and Fokker E.II builds.

Clint Keidel is nearly finished with the Tamiya 1/32nd scale F4U-1 Corsair conversion of the F4U-2 Night Fighter. Clint scratch built all cowl flap detail, wheel bay plumbing, engine wiring, exhaust flame dampers, and machine gun muzzles. He used the Eduard Cockpit Detail PE set. He's used paints by Tamiya, Vallejo, Model Master, Rustoleum and Mission Models. Weathering products used were by AK Interactive, artist oil washes, pastels and paint chipping done using the sponge technique. Clint says the problems were him dropping tiny parts and none with the kit. He hopes to have it finished in time for BuffCon 35.

Ilya Grinberg finished his Eduard 1/72nd scale FW-190A-8 augmented with the Eduard resin engine and gun bays. He used paints by Gunze and Mission Models. Ilya summed up the build as "superb".

Tim Grieve brought in his "Tuna Clipper" by Linberg in 1/60th scale. He used a variety of paints for his project and modified the oars for the skiff, added window panes for the pilot house and ropes for the deck.

He also showed us his Lindberg 1/72nd scale Me-410 using Model Master paints. He added his own antenna for the radio and enhanced the panel lines with a No. 2 pencil.

Tim had his Heller Junkers Ju-87 B-1 Stuka in for us to see as well. Tim said that this was his "Secret Santa" selection from this year, so the kit chose him. He used paints by Humbrol and Testors. He added guns to the wings, a pitot tube and an antenna wire. Paint chips on the propeller and wing leading edges were applied along with mud on the wing walkways.

Jim Lewis built a 1973 Mustang painted in Testor's One Coat "Hot Pink" in memory of his daughter, Christina.

Eugene Paveljack built the Takom 12.8cm Flak 40 Zwilling.

Samantha Hanna's war gaming "Garden of Mohr" was finished with Citadel paints, washes and texture products.

Dave Armitage displayed another eclectic collection of models and dioramas. Unfortunately, his information sheets were apparently misplaced, so the details are not available. Sorry, Dave!

There were a number of other items on the tables that were not identified. Please remember to fill out an information sheet and make sure that John gets it before the end of the meeting.

Finally, some around-the-room photos.

Thanks to Tom Brown, Jr. for handling the tables, and to Larry Osolkowski for the photography.

2016 - 2018 Officers and E-Board Members
President John Zaranek 544-3444 johnrzaranek@gmail.com
First Vice President Ed Button 860-4562 ewbutton@yahoo.com
Second Vice President Larry Osolkowski 695-1224 larryo@ipmsniagarafrontier.com
Secretary Al Germann 934-24476 alan.c.germann@gmail.com
Treasurer Tom Faith 683-4897 tkebj5@roadrunner.com
e-Dizpatch Editor Larry Osolkowski 695-1224 larryo@ipmsniagarafrontier.com
Internet Coordinator Larry Osolkowski 695-1224 larryo@ipmsniagarafrontier.com
Chief Judge Tom Brown 604-8482 mrmisc510@gmail.com
E-Board Members Frank Blonski 681-3703 frankie@94nyh.com
Tom Brown, Jr. 238-5441 atomwashere27@gmail.com
Bill Borkowski 839-5496 borkowski@roadrunner.com
Paul Hines 681-3760 ggandpoppop@gmail.com
Clint Keidel 207-5549 cjakeidel@aol.com
Joe Szczygiel 828-1102 mother31762@yahoo.com
Chapter Contact Dick Schulenberg 934-2161 schulenberg.richard@yahoo.com

The Next Club Meeting:
The next meeting of the Niagara Frontier Chapter IPMS will be on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00PM at The Knights (formerly the Knights of Columbus), 2735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, New York, near Union and William.

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