Its time again for another up-date from the Minnesota Military
Figure Society. There has not been an update for the July or August meeting. A quick
reminder that we will be having our meeting this Friday September 8, 2006 at Fleming Field
in South St. Paul. For some time now we have been stating that the meeting location is in
Inver Grove Heights but because of street configurations and a lack of knowledge by our
editor of the area the actual location is South St. Paul. Hopefully that will help some
individuals that have been trying to locate the airfield on map quest. Our apologies.
Our meeting started out strange in that our member with the only key was on vacation and
we were locked out of our meeting room. It would have made no difference since because of
heighten security at the airport the locks were changed. So we lounged around in the
waiting area and had our meeting. Those in attendance were Jim, gay, Merrill, Mark, Scott,
Don, Rick, Chip and from a galaxy far away Jacques. It was quite warm with the temperature
outside at the start of the meeting at 95 degrees F.
Items of discussion brought up at the meeting were:
-After lengthy discussion and trying to get ends to meet the individuals present decided
to have our February 2007 meeting at Pat Gallaghers home. Pat is a past member of
the MMFS from several years ago. Though his schedule precludes him from attending our
monthly meetings he still has a strong interest in the club and miniatures. He has offered
his home to sponsor a meeting in, as his wife puts it, the testosterone room.
-Jacques requested members to e-mail him new pictures to help fill up the website. When
Jacques up-dated the website he dumped all the old pictures. E-mail Jacques at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Hey Jacques, when are you going to place the new logo up?
-Members that have paid their annual dues received their membership cards in July (took
long enough). Remember these cards are worth 10% off at Hub Hobby stores in the Twin
-Though we decided in June about our new logo it was unanimously voted on as accepted at
out July meeting.
-Jacques informed us that October 20th (weekend of the MMSI show) Camp Ripley will be
having an open house. If this information is incorrect please e-mail the membership
-Some members were discussing attending the IPMS-Nationals in Kansa City the weekend of
August 5th. A report on the show will be done at the September meeting.
-Reminder of the Nordicon show on September 23rd.
-Reminder of the Camp Hastings military display July 28, 29 and 30 at the Old Log
Cabin site in Hastings, MN. Running vehicles including a Sherman tank will be
available for viewing.
As already stated the temperature in July was very hot. The only area for our demo was an
upstairs area where the AC seemed to be out. All our members suffered through a drowsy
heat as Mike Bedard shared his techniques using Vallejo acrylic paints (or was Mike just
01. In honor of Bastille Day in France Gary Anderson brought several French figures that
were completed some time ago. It is great to see these older pieces again. The first piece
is a Grenadier Guard Ensign bearer.
02. French Line Dragoon and Hussar officer by Gary.
03. Hussar Officer.
04. Cheval Lequar Trumpeter.
05. Officer Cheval Leguar de la Garde.
06. Weslphalien Hussar 2nd Regiment.
07. Gary also showed off the shirt he received at Tims, his son, graduation from
naval boot camp becoming a machinists mate. Tim will be serving aboard the USS
08. Along with the French theme Bon Burgoyne brought along the new Tamiya Char B 1 bis. An
excellent example of out-of-the-box build.
09. Rear view of Dons French Char B.
10. Nice weathering and a very well done Renault paint scheme. Great job Don.
Our August meeting was a social gathering hosted by Chris Barrett at his home. The event
featured a lot of food and talk. Held on a Saturday some members that work Friday evenings
such as Chip and Jerry were able to attend. Jerrys wife was also at the event along
with Jims wife and son. A long lost member Dave Nelson also was at the event with
his eldest son. It was a fun time.
Planned items for discussion at our September meeting will be the upcoming model shows
Nordicon on September 23rd and the MMSI show in Chicago on October 19 20. Recap on
the IPMS nationals will also be discussed. Information about security closing will also be
brought up. Our demo will once again feature the Eastern Front veteran Yogi
Pusch. For those of you that missed Yogis last appearance you missed a lot. Though
over 60 years ago Yogi fought against the Soviets he still is able to recall in detail
many interesting experiences and events. He is a very animated character and interesting
to listen to.
So be there people, Friday September 8th, 2006, 7:30 PM at Fleming Field, South St. Paul!