Wow! It hasnt been since August that we have had an electronic newsletter.
Sorry about that people. Well, here goes brining us up to date for 2007.
September Meeting notes
- Present at our September meeting were Gary, Mark, Jim, Don B., Chris, Winston, Bernie,
Kyle, Dave, Ed, Scott and a surprise visit from Hap Wolfgram. Hap lives in Wausau,
Wisconsin and he was in town in business and decided to stay on and attend our little
gathering. Thanks for stopping by Hap!
- Though Chip was unable to attend, our treasurer stated that the Best Figure
award for the upcoming TCAH show has been paid. It was voted on by members present
that Winston would judge for the award (with Dave Nelson helping out with Winstons
booth when he was judging). A motion was made and a vote taken of 10 yeah and 1 no
(someone had to be different).
- Club shirts are on hold for the present. Scott stated that he would try and look
into the matter. He may be able to come up with embroidered patch that could be used
instead of an embroidered onto the shirt.
- In August members went to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts for a field trip as our
monthly meeting. Chris Barretts favorite piece The Carpet Merchant
was a big hit for many. Several of the members mentioned the traveling
exhibition on arms and armor. A future field trip meeting was discussed for the
traveling star Wars shows to be held in the Science Museum next June of 2008.
- Bernie wanted to remind MMFS members of the MSNs meeting on the second Tuesday of
- Nordicon has really been growing. Members of the MMFS that are also TCAH members
stated that 2007 might be the last year for Nordicon at Fleming Field. They also
stated that an AMPS style of judging will be tried this year.
- Winston wanted to remind members of the AMPS show in Indiana April 10 12 2008.
This is the biggest armor model show in the nation.
- Dave Nelson said that he had a whole slew of armor pictures from Aberdeen and Bovington
he would be willing to share. He is in the process of getting them onto DVDs.
- Unfortunately our September demo had to be cancelled. Jim was planning on having
Yogi come and talk again. Apparently Yogi was offered a paying event to talk.
Cant blame him considering we were offering just our gratitude.
01. One view of Garys 30 mm Tomb King Chariot. It is a Games
Workshop figure. Once again Gary is the tops in creative subjects.
02. Another view of Garys colorful chariot.
03. Close-up of the sparkling eyes of the undead.
04. Gary brought in one of Merrills creations. Look at the super detail on
that cockpit interior.
05. Overall view of the Eduard Albatross DII in 1/48th scale. Merrill
scratch-built the cockpit interior.
06. Another Merrill trademark is the wood grain on his propellers.
07. One of our youngest members Kyle Nelson is a building maniac! This is hi9s version
of the Trumpeter KV-1 model 1942.
08. Kyle stuffed a Panther engine into this KV. Could this really be done?
09. Kyle also brought in this DML SU-100. How many of us could weather an armored
vehicle when we were 15 years old?
10. This is a 30mm Chaos Lord new and improved by Kyle.
11. One of the newest kits on the market is DMLs Tarawa Sherman M4A2. Looks
12. Great looking tracks are a trademark of Dons. Look at that subtle dusty
Our October meeting was cancelled since most of the members were attending the MMSI show
November Meeting notes
- It is starting to get cold out! Brave members attending our November meeting
included Winston, Chris, Scott, Wayne, Dave, Kyle, Ed, Merrill, Steve, Jim, Bernie and
- A lot of talk this meeting was the great time members had at Nordicon and the Chicago
show. Many stories were told with some real good ones about Joe Laveto of the MMSI
club. Joe is a US Marine veteran of World War II. He is one great person to
get to know.
- A reminder that club dues will be collected at the December meeting. Dues are $10
per person for the year. It helps cover the cost of our meeting space at Fleming
- There was interest in contacting Doug Thompson who lives in St. Cloud. He has an
extensive collection of US Marine militaria. We were hoping he could attend and
share his collection.
- Bernie informed us that Nordicon will be September 27, 2008. At this point it will
be just a show and not a competition.
- Bernie also informed us that a demo using gel medium will be given at the MSN meeting on
January 25th at 7:00 pm.
Wowee! Finally a demo. July was our last demo. Don Burgoyne has come
forward to give a demo of his trademark excellent tracks on his armor models. Don stated
that his favorite tracks are the metal tracks by Fruil Model. He uses a homemade jig
to assemble his tracks to keep them straight. Don uses this mostly on the non-workable
style of tracks.
When using the Fruil tracks Don recommends to have a twist drill handy. Some shoes
have to be drilled out. Don cuts his pins just a little longer than the actual shoe.
He than applies some super glue on the ends and than clips the ends close to the
Don has used quick age to weather tracks at time. He found that a little
vinegar and setting the Fruil tracks overnight in the solution works best.
For weathering tracks Don prefers pigments and uses Gamblin pigments available in art
stores. He can mix his own colors or use straight from the container. The pigments
can be applied using enamel thinner or dry. He usually mixes the colors until they
For wear areas on the tracks Don uses printers ink. He uses silver toned down with
Winsor/Newton black oil colors.
Great demo Don and many thanks.
We have a large collection of pictures for this month. So lets get started.
01. Some of the work brought to the meeting by the Nelsons
02. Once again Kyle is a building maniac. Look at all those finished models.
03. Winston treated us with his collection of 1/48th Tigers and Irvings. What a
04. Dave and Chris decide where they are going to loose there money. Winston once
again brings Wings & Treads with him.
05. Kyle kneels before the tread king.
06. Don looks through his bag of goodies before the demo starts.
07. Don shows everyone his homemade track assembly jig.
08. Don grabs the quick age to get Wayne to wake-up. Friday nights can get
09. Don demonstrates the flexibility of the Fruil tracks.
10. Here Don prepares to start weathering a set of Fruil tracks using pigments.
11. Don asks a higher authority if he is getting it correct.
12. Here is how Don prepares his pigments for weathering.
13. Jim was awarded a silver for this figure in Chicago this year.
14. Jim states this figure represents a SS Sturmmann.
15. From the back right side of Jims figure.
16. Jim informed us that the body is from DML and a Warriors head used.
17. Jim painted the figure using artists oils He also painted in the tear on the
18. Jim remodeled the Y straps as well as the O and D
19. This is one view of Kyles Berlin diorama featuring a Dragon T-34/85 using
20. Kyle was awarded a gold at Nordicon for this diorama.
21. A frontal view of Kyles diorama.
22. Front view of Kyles monster ISU-122
23. Rear view of Kyles ISU-122. The model includes a Tamiya figure.
24. Steve brought in this wonderful rendition of the DML T-34/76 STZ factory version.
Very nice clean well made effort.
25. Front view of Steves wonderful T-34.
26. Back to Kyle again. This time a rear view of the WW I Whippet tank.
27. Frontal view of the Emhar Mk.1A Whippet constructed by Kyle.
28. Mike Jacques has done a great job on the 1/87th Ro-Co Nashorn.
29. Mike Jacques also brought in this 1/87th Trident resin E-100. Amazing what
Michael can do in such a small scale.
30. Winston brought in some really surprising and creative pieces. This is the
1/48th scale Fine Molds Slave 1 from the Star Wars series.
31. Another 1/48th scale creation from Winston. This time the amazing Y-wing.
December is our party month. Bring in items for our raffle. Videos and DVDs
are welcome. Just have a great time. The only real business we will have will be the
collection of dues for 2008. Dues are $10 per member. Scott did e-mail us that
he will have some information about club shirts. Just hang loose. Food, talk
and camaraderie are the activity for our meeting!