GOOD MORNING MINNESOTA!
Yep, its update time (for even those of you who do not live in Minnesota). Remember
our next meeting is THIS Friday, March 10, 2006 7:30 PM at Flemming Field, Inver Grove
We will recap the events of the February meeting and give a run-down our upcoming March
Attendance has been slack of late but those adventurous to attend our February meeting
were Wayne, Scott, Gary, Merrill, Mark, Bernie, Ed, Chris and Jim.
It is hoped that our club cards will be available for our March meeting. Show those cards
(even if you have an old one) at the local Hub Hobby stores and receive a 10% discount on
all items except books and magazines.
The Hope it doesnt snow Show (what we like to call The Rochester
Show) was discussed. Once again it was fun because of the warm hospitality of the Zumbro
Valley modelers group hosting the event and some good local restaurants. There was
discussion about their masters section, mainly some disagreement about
the judging and how the part was set up. But overall it was mostly a positive response to
Other events coming soon are the Madison show on March 18 and the Iowa show on April 22.
There is a conflict with the Militaria show and the Iowa show both being on April 22nd.
All the members attending were committed to attending the Militaria show instead of the
Iowa show. Jim is asking all those planning on attending the Militaria show and displaying
to please donate $10 to cover the cost of the table. Most planning on attending will be
there on Saturday only and it is more or less officially stated that we will be putting on
our display only the one day. Jim is committed to being at the Militaria show both
Saturday and Sunday so those of you wanting to be there both days please inform Jim.
February 24th was an official paint-in at our meeting place set up by Chris. Ed was in
All present agreed having a meeting at Pat Gallaghers home sometime in the future.
We will set a date when we hear back from Pat.
Bernie informed the MMFS that the TCAH will be hosting Nordicon again this year. We want
to give a big thanks to the TCAH for sponsoring the event. Checking their web site reveals
the event will be in September.
Gary Anderson set up Februarys demonstration with assistance provided by Merrill
Anderson (are they twins?).
Garys demo consisted in 1 to 1 scale re-enactment or living history as a Scottish
Re-enactment Troop portraying the 30 years war 1616-1642 in Europe. Gary stated that
Gustavus more or less started the concept of uniforms in post medieval Europe. A lot of
formations and fighting tactics revolved around artillery warfare. He also said that the
word plaid was a Gaelic translation of the word blanket which was
an important part of early Scottish militaria attire. This blanket eventually
turned into the kilt. The cut of the kilt pattern also determined its stretch that Gary
demonstrated of the two different trousers that Gary and Merrill were wearing. All the
weapons that Gary presented were actual weapons whereas the re-enactor generally makes the
uniform and pieces or bartered and traded with other re-enactors very much like the actual
soldiers. One point that Gary wanted to stress that the idea of living history
is a bit different than re-enactment in that the events stress the actual living
conditions at the time. Generally the living in the field along with men, women and
children taking part in the event. Gary also showed many of the personal fighting tactics
and weapon use with a lot of practical use, some that he developed from experience. Thanks
Gary for yet again a very interesting and informative demonstration.
Coming up for March are the following items:
Information of the upcoming April 22nd Militaria show
Plans for the March 18th Madison show
Discussion of logo again?
Demonstration planned for World War II re-enactment equipment. Unfortunately family
business has curtailed Chip Childs ability to partake this month with the
demonstration but the Allied side may still take place.
01 Merrill takes offense to something Chris has said. Just wait until Merrill gets his
sword later in the evening!
02 Ed made this panel van from an AMT Ford Delivery Sedan in 1/25th scale. The custom
markings were made depicting a family photograph.
03 Ed's version of the venerable Italaerei Opel Blitz in 1/35th scale, DAK markings.
04 25mm wargaming piece titled ORC from Lord of the Rings. A great job on such
a small piece.
05 Mark did a great job on this British M10. Mark made the vehicle marked as the 4th A.T.
Regt. A Batt FDC Canadian. It is the Academy kit in 1/35tth scale with a Legend and
06 Marks next armor piece is the DML M26A1 Pershing as used in Korea. It contains a
Tamiya crew, Eduard photo-etch with Legend and VLS accessories. Great job on one cool
07 Another mark original is this Marder III of the 21st Panzer Division using the Tamiya
kit. Shells and accessories are Tamiya with a Tristar crew. Nice work on a very
08 Marks final piece is this M4A2(w)75 of the Canadian 4th A.T. Regt., A Batt. Using
the Academy hull and Tamiya turret. Crew and accessories are from Tamiya along with
Academy accessories. These Canadian subjects are very interesting.
09 Chip e-mailed us one of his latest subjects. It appears like Tamiyas Sd.Kfz 223.
Bring it to the meeting Chip so we can get a closer look.
10 Gary begins his demonstration of the Scottish Clan Tartan living history. Scott bows
his head in reverence.
11 Here Gary demonstrates the proper use of his saber and shield. Seems he scared off
12 Gary points out his piece is bigger than Merrills.
13 Gary demonstrates how accurately fire his pistol. Later Merrill will demonstrate how to
properly collapse from a musket wound.