First there is an apology to go out for not being current as far as the
electronic newsletter. There just hasnt been time to sit down and put it all
together lately. In any case here is the latest installment that includes the
meetings for February, March and April. Dont forget that this Friday May
11th is our monthly meeting at Fleming Field.
February Meeting Notes
Members present at our February meeting were Mark J., Chris, Scott, Jim, Chip, Merrill,
Winston, Gary, Mike J., Don, Ed and Dave Parsons. Thanks to all that were able to
-Rochester Show- A recap of the show put on by the Zumbro valley Modelers was once again
very positive. Many of our members came away with awards along with bags full of
vendor items. The atmosphere is friendly and the space is very comfortable.
There were several great models on display. Many of the MMFS members attended
Hap Wolfgrams excellent talk on his figure and diorama work. Only critic was
that the judges sheets could have been more informative.
-April Militaria show - April is approaching fast and we need to know who is attending.
Once again Jim has done an outstanding job organizing the tables for us to display
works from our club. Jim is asking $5 per person attending to defer the costs of the
tables. Any costs that are not covered by the attendees will be reimbursed to Jim
from the club coffers. At this point in time Mike J., Jacques, Gary, Mark J. and Don
have paid. Jim will have available nametags at the door.
-Club shirts- We are worried about not hearing from Don Scott. Anyone hear from him?
At this point in time our club shirts are on hold.
-IPMS Nationals- Winston has informed us the Zumbro club is looking to make a bid for the
IPMS Nationals in Minnesota. He is trying to get a consortium of clubs to help put
the proposal together. Volunteers will be needed. Winston will update us on
progress for the proposal.
-Upcoming Shows Mad City modelers near Madison, Wisconsin April 27. e-mail
South central Modelers Fairmont, MN March 24. The show is in conjunction with a toy
show. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A quick demo using artist oils and the Paxton Portrait palette was given by Mike Bedard.
01. Winston and Mark discuss Just how wide IS Scotts muscular back?
02. Chip has either just sat on a tack or let one out!
03. Mark Jacques kit bashed a futuristic scout ship that he entitled U.S. Marine
2025 AD Scout Ship.
04. Mike Jacques Urban Scene kits from Faller, Volmor, Prieser, Twilight and
Fujimi. Its basically 1/87 scale.
05. Rear view of Mikes Urban Scene.
06. Close-up of the interior of the Urban Scene.
07. Dave Parson has really got into 1/48th scale. This is the Tamiya Stug III fully
08. Great shot of Daves Stug III from the front. Cant wait to see it
09. Another 1/48th in progress model by Dave. This time Tamiyas M4A1 Sherman.
10. Daves 1/48th M26 Pershing by Tamiya in progress.
11. Gary brought in this great little fantasy piece of an elven swan ship.
12. Rear view of Garys 25mm Swan ship. The iridescent banner is really a nice touch.
13. Another Gary fantasy piece. This time a 25mm kit bash that he calls Manticore
14. Gary combined some interesting pieces to create this little story. 25mm war game
pieces plus a fantasy troll to bring back those ole fairy tales from ages gone by.
15. Here is the troll under the bridge.
16. Another kit bash by Gary this time a Balrog Chariot.
March Meeting Notes
Members present for our meeting were Jacques, Dave N., Kyle, Stephen, Merrill, Curtis,
Mark, Gary, Wayne, Scott, Chris, Don, Ed, Jim and Mike J. Thanks to all who
-April Militaria Show Jim was present at the start but to recap the cost of the
tables will be $75 and about 9 people thus far have planned to attend. At this point
Jacques, Gary, Mark, Chris, Don, Wayne, Mike J., Mike B., Dave N. and Curtis have helped
pay for the tables.
-Club shirts Shirts are on hold at this point. Wayne has volunteered to look
into costs for the shirts.
-Fairmont Show - Gary Anderson has plans to attend the model show in Fairmont. It is
about a 2-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Let Gary know if you would like to go to
-Paint in The MMFS will be sponsoring a paint-in at our meeting spot on Friday
March 23rd. There will be video available and a lot of hard working modelers with to
01. Chris Barrett shows us an almost finished 1/72nd Hasegawa Beaufighter Mk VI.
02. Front view of Chris beautiful Beaufighter.
03. In March Chris brought this 1/35th DML JS 1 that was in progress. Hopefully it
will return now that it is finished.
04. One of our youngest members shows off his talent with this 25mm Chaos Lord. Kyle
Nelson informed us that it is a Games Workshop piece.
05. Rear view of Kyles piece. Great detail for such a small figure. Nice
06. Merrill starts his demo by performing an old druid ritual pray with his foliage.
07. Not only does sagebrush make great miniature trees but Merrill demonstrates that it
also makes a great comb for whiskers.
08. Merrills dinner salad! Or is he drilling a base to place a miniature tree?
09. With the tree pinned Merrill is about to glue the roots into the base.
10. Here Merrill is adding additional twigs to fill out the branches. Notice the
epoxy putty roots.
11. By the look on Merrills face you just gotta know his favorite stash of weeds
is really good stuff!
12. Finished foliage applied to the roots. Makes a great looking tree.
13. Merrill finishes his demo by sharing the assets of his girlfriend that inspires his
Merrill Anderson has volunteered to give part 2 of his technique on modeling foliage.
This time the atmosphere was not so tight and there was proper ventilation.
Merrills favorite starting block for creating trees are blackthorn twigs and
various roots. The thin parts of the roots make very convincing branches in a small
scale. His preferred glue for attaching twigs in Ambroid. Its tacky and
quick drying besides being transparent. Merrill doesnt model specific types of trees
but to give a general representation. To make roots for his trees he uses epoxy
putty. Lichen is used for small bushes along with spaghmum moss. He also
demonstrated using spray contact glue to attach either foam leaves or dyed wood shavings
(available from model railroad shops) for leaves. Great demo Merrill and thanks
April Meeting Notes
A good turn out with Gary, mark, Jim, Wayne, Scott, Chris, Winston, Merrill, Curtis, Don,
Steve, Bob, Chip, Dave N., Kyle and Dave P. attending. Thanks everyone.
-2008 IPMS Regional The Zumbro club is planning on sponsoring the 2008 IPMS
regional. More information will be forth coming.
-Nordicon The MMFS have decided to sponsor Best Figure award for the
upcoming Nordicon show. The sponsorship will cost $50 (please respond if this amount
-Militaria Show Last call for the Militaria show next weekend at the Minnesota
State Fair grounds. Will have 3 tables to fill so bring lots of models guys!
-Fairmont Show Gary reported that the show was slighter bigger this year.
Once again Gary brought home several awards for his models. He won 4 golds, 3
silvers and peoples Choice. Nice going Gary!
Jim gave a very informative demonstration on his inspiration of his figure conversions.
Hap Wolfgram explained to Jim that he is amazed on how well he can take plastic
figures and transform them into great works. Jim mostly likes to model obscure
German subjects. Jims figures start out as basic plastic figures that he adds
lead foil straps and replacement heads. Epoxy putty is used to help add details and
convert position of the figure. His biggest inspiration are the figures of Bill
Horan. Jim mentioned that his was amazed how such a large man could create such
delicate small work. Jim prides himself on making his own pedestal bases and has
taken advice from Rick Taylor as far as composition of the bases. Jim does use
decals for some of the markings on hid figures but finds that he needs to tone them down a
bit to fit the theme and painting of the figures. Thanks Jim once again for
informative and interesting demo.
01. Jim pshycs himself up for his demo. Look at that smile!
02. A view of the materials that Jim uses in converting his figures.
03. These are some of Jims wonderful figure conversions. Most of these have been
photographed previously and appear on our web site. Very nice work Jim.
Our next meeting will be on May 11, 2007 7:30 PM at Fleming Field in South St. Paul.
Hope to see many of you there. We will recap the Militaria show. Other
topics are open for discussion. Scheduled demo for May is Its a Surprise
by Chris Barrett. See you there!