High Plains Modelers

High Plains Gazette
Region X Newsletter of the Year

Volume 1, Issue 10

August 2011

August Meeting Notes
In order to get to Dave’s judging clinic we had a very short business and contest meeting this month. IPMS Day at the museum in Pueblo on SaturdaySept 17th. We took a headcount and have 4 who want to go and two probables. Wingnutcon II is on Saturday, Sept 24th. They are asking for a sponsorship. We decided to sponsor a $60 Elite/Best of category. We voted to begin the October meeting at 6:30 pm so CNCC member Chuck Holte can present a report to the club on the upcoming IPMS National Convention in Loveland. We voted to approve a budget of $39 plus tax to Jeff for the contest to bring his printer and print the certificates and nametags. That was all for this month’s business.

Sir Jackie Stewart Matra MS 80 1969

Inside this issue:
August Meeting Notes Website Review Ferrari 458 Italia Upcoming Local Shows Workbench from Hell July Calendar IPMS Membership App

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High Plains Con XXII Update
We held a contest meeting at 6:00 pm right before our monthly meeting. We decided to have a timeline made up for the contest. We finalized the registration sheet, and Larry has the software to use for the contest. We need a volunteer to enter the registration forms into the computer. We approved a small budget for our club’s nametags and certificates. I will print one nametag for each current club member. Randy has the holders so we are all set. I have a list of names that I got from randy last night, so if you did not pay your dues you are not on the list. I brought the certificate to show the club. Everyone seemed to like it. We will print these at the contest so that they look professional. We need a few more signs to put up for members coming from north of The Ranch. The signs Jerry brought will show people coming from south where to go. We will hold one more committee meeting at 6:00pm right before our September meeting. This will be the last time we meet before the contest so hopefully everyone can make it. We have a nice looking Awards plaque and Randy and I should have them by next meeting.

What’s New This Month:
 Jeff’s War Movie Review  Review: Fokker Decals  August Model Gallery  Part 6 of George’s M-16 Build  Signs for the contest!!!  What to do in Loveland  Monthly Pictures

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Report on Who is Visiting the Website.
By Pablo Bauleo The club website got revamped back in January. We now have analytics that let us know how many visitors the website has, what keywords are the most used to find us, where the visitors are located and much more. Since the beginning of the year until Aug 31st the club website 914 visits, out of which 408 actually stayed in the website for an average of almost 6 minutes and visiting an average of 4.65 pages per visit. Another interesting parameter is that 363 visitors have returned to our website, meaning that there is some value to it! Not surprisingly most people (25% of them) have found us through Google. The second most popular traffic source has been the IPMS/USA website, with about 15% of visits. Then there is a myriad of ways that people have found us, most of them just sending a few visits each. An interesting plot is the number of visits per week. The big spike in early August occurred just after the announcement of the 2013 Nationals in Loveland. I guess the 2013 Nats has placed us in the map! Geographically speaking, most visits came from Colorado and Wyoming, but as you can see in the figures, we have got visits from all over the world as well, including visits from Poland and Argentina. I guess the “International Brigade” of the club (Tomasz and Pablo) might have something to do with it.

“we have got visits from all over the world as well...”

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Revell Ferrari 458 Italia Review
Review By Jeff Brown Company: Revell Kit: Ferrari 458 Italia Retail: $24.95 This review was first published in the IPMS/USA website http:// www.ipmsusa.org As an armor builder I wanted to review this kit partly as a challenge to see how well I could build a car. Mainly I wanted to review this kit because I love Ferrari’s. The kit is molded mostly in white, with a sprue of chrome parts and some rubber tires. The decals are nicely done, but a few items required an aftermarket set to enhance the model. At first glance the kit looks very nice except for a few minor details that are an easy fix. The Ferrari 458 comes in several colors, and I found pictures on the internet of one I liked that is white with black rims and an all black interior. You begin by building the engine, which is cool, except for the fact that the majority of this work is hidden by the engine bay and cover. I painted the engine even though on my curbside edition you really won’t see much detail once the body is on. The brakes are okay, but they look much better when drilled out. This did not take as long as I thought, and in the end the result enhances the look of the wheels. I choose to strip the chrome from my rims and paint them in powdered black. The powdered black wheels look great with the yellow Ferrari center decal and the yellow painted brake pads. Once the body is painted (I choose a gloss white which strangely orange peeled on me) next comes putting together the interior. I had a slight problem with the fit of the headliner. By the way this was the only problem I had building the car. The rest of the interior was easy to put together, and I choose to paint it black to match the car I found on the internet. Although difficult to see I choose the yellow speedometer decal. I added a PE Prancing Horse to the seat headrest. It just pops out better than the original decal, and it was easier to lay down over the raised detail. Next comes the fun part of adding the interior to the top, yes, top of the Ferrari. Then we put together the glass, and attach the top to the bottom. A few more decals are added, a final PE Prancing Horse to the front grill, and you are done. All in all this is a great kit of the Ferrari 458 Italia. I am sure a car builder can do a magnificent job on one of these. Heck, as an armor builder I like the way mine turned out, orange peel and all. As an armor guy I know I am about to take heck for this next statement but I enjoyed building a car. In fact so much so I bought another Ferrari kit so I can build a red version too! A great big thank you to IPMS and especially Revell for the chance to build this cool Ferrari!

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IPMS Day at the Museum September 17th
On September 17, 2011 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm IPMS Legacy is hosting an event in Pueblo at Pueblo Airport’s Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. IPMS Day at the Museum will feature displays, open cockpits, make and take, demonstrations, vendors, raffles and a BBQ. Admission is $7, and only $4 for IPMS Members. IPMS Legacy is the host chapter, but they have a table reserved for all of the IPMS Chapters in Region X to show off our model building skills. The tables are display only, this is not a contest. It is a day for fun and making new friends. ] It is also a chance to discuss the 2013 National Convention which was awarded to Colorado and will be held at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. For more information contact Chuck Holte at (719) 590-6270, or email him at: cholte@comcast.net if you have any questions.

WingNutCon II September 24th
On September 24, 2011 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm IPMS Rob Wolf is hosting its second WingNutCon at Wings Over the Rockies Museum. Like the website says, it is back and bigger and better than ever. There will be vendors and a make and take for the kids. Admission to the museum is the entry fee to enter the contest which is for your first two entries. Each entry after that costs $3, or $10 for up to 20 entries. (They are offering a $1 discount for IPMS members.) There are also a number of cool planes to look at, at the museum, including a replica of an X-Wing.

email to contest@ipmsdenverrobwol f.org or call (303) 5647430 . Vendor tables are available for $30 (or $25 if paid by September 10th). Yours truly will be there selling my diorama products and a few other extras. Sounds like it will be a fun day.

...it is back and bigger and better than ever

If you have any questions you can send an

We have professional signs!!!
F&J Signs of Cheyenne, Wyoming was gracious enough to donate signs to Jud Green, due to all the business they get from Jud’s work.
This club is getting classy!

and are really cool looking. There is no way you will drive past the contest now. Just look for the orange signs with the arrows that say “High Plains Modelers” on them. A big thanks from the club goes out to F&J signs

and to Jud for making this happen. Also while I am thanking Jud I need to mention that he and Vance were at the Cheyenne Super Day show. I accidentally left them out of the article.

F&J Signs makes traffic control signs and safety signs. These are very well done,

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Review: Air War East Africa 1940-1941
By: Pablo Bauleo IPMS: # 46363 Manufacturer: Pen & Sword Books LTD battle for the Horn of Africa in 1940-41.. The air contingents used in this 8 -month campaign were relatively modest in number, and mainly pre-war designs were used, like SM.81, SM 79, Fairey Battle, Gloster Gladiator, Fiat CR.32 plus handful of Fiat CR 42 and Hurricanes. The book appropriately connects the air battles/ missions with he ground movement counterparts or the strategic importance of the strike. Most of the narrative is a little bit impersonal, chronologically enumerating air strikes and missions. However, whenever possible quotes from the airmen involved in the missions are included, which spices the reading a bit. Most of the narrative is related from the Allied point of view. The book includes a list of RAF victory claims, but not a list from the Regia Aeronautica. The book has 60 B&W pictures, about half of them of the aircraft involved in the campaign but no aircraft profiles. If you are after a book to get reference pictures/ profiles for your next model, this is not the book for you. But if you are interested to learn about the battle for the Horn of Africa, then this book is for you. This book is a very well researched study of the forgotten battle for the Horn of Africa. Recommended to all history aficionados. I would like to thank Pen & Sword for the review sample

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Product: Air War East Africa 19401941 The RAF vs the Italian Air Force Jon Sutherland & Diane Canwell MSRP: 19.99 British Pounds from http:// www.pen-andsword.co.uk
This review was first published in the IPMS/USA website http:// www.ipmsusa.org Air War over East Africa covers the details of an obscure and often forgotten front of WWII: The

This book is a study of the forgotten battle for the Horn of Africa.

Why join IPMS? Reason #1 Improve Your Darn Skills
Okay, some people who build models are sitting at home building things that look, well, ugly. Usually at the local contests we get about 5-10 guys who are not in the club who bring models and they don’t win. They think their model is the greatest thing since sliced bread. When the judges point out the flaws, rather than asking how to improve they go home disgruntled and build something for the next contest which won’t win either. What I honestly don’t understand is why more modelers don’t join their local clubs. If not for the fun and camaraderie then to improve your skills. Most local clubs hold clinics which show you how to do things to help your building. I am proof of that. Last year I learned how to reverse paint mask and use salt for weathering and I applied those techniques to a few kits which helped me win a third place, and a first place in Omaha. It is simple to show up to a meeting. We don’t even ask for money the first few times so you can check us out and get to know us. Dues are not expensive, and you can use your membership card for a discount at several local hobby stores. Honestly if you don’t really care what your model looks like still come out. Eventually you will learn a few things that you just can’t get from books. Human interaction is worth more sitting at home on the last Tuesday of the month.
Improve your skills, come to a meeting!

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Review Lifelike Decals Fokker D.VII
Company: Lifelike Decals Decal Set: Fokker D.VII Part 3, 1/48 Scale This review was first published in the IPMS/USA website http:// www.ipmsusa.org lozenge sheets, and neither does my Fokker kit. That being said let’s take a look at what you do get. The set contains decals for four different Fokkers. You get one Fokker built version, two Albatros built versions and one O.A.W. built version. The sheet contains some very colorful options and the decals are very thin. They look to be very well done with a tiny amount of film around the edges. I want to believe that they will go down with very little softener or, if needed, one of the weaker softener’s on the market. Aircraft 1 is for the Fokker built D.VII of Lt. Fritz Friedrichs, of Jasta 10. This particular plane is painted in the green over blue, it has a nice looking crest, and yellow nose. Aircraft 2 is the Albatros built D.VII of Jasta 30. This aircraft has a white nose, white tail, and a white shooting star on a black background. The lozenge pattern covers most of this plane, not just the wings. Aircraft 3 is the O.A.W. built D.VII of Lt. Walter Vogt, of Jasta 54. Another plane mostly covered in lozenge camouflage, this one has a weird looking purple and green mottled nose, and a skull inside of what appears to be a large “U”. Aircraft 4 is the Albatros built D.VII of Lt. Freidrich Vollbracht, of Jasta 5. This is a really neat looking aircraft with a yellow zig zag down a light green fuselage. Of all the decals included this looks to be the easiest to build. Great looking decals all in all. My only complaint is that the lozenge decals are not included. I have to go elsewhere to get them so I can build one of these Fokkers.

Lifelike Decals 1/48 Fokker D.VII Part 3

I have to go elsewhere to get them so I can build one of these Fokkers.

Originally when I asked to review these I had the intention of putting them on my Eduard Fokker D.VII Weekend Edition, as you may or may not know that is Herman Goring’s white Fokker. I already built Herman’s plane so I thought these would be a colorful option to the plain white version. I was right they are a colorful option however this review has turned into a non-build version for the simple fact that all four choices in the Lifelike Decal sheet require the dreaded Lozenge camouflage. Unfortunately the decal set does not contain the

Monthly Contest
We had a smaller than usual turn out for the monthly contest, but we still have a log jam near the top. Gary and Michael tied for first place, and points wise Gary is in the lead, Michael is now alone in second and Scott, Dave and Jeff are tied for third. Gary brought a vignette, Michael brought a Knight, Jeff brought a Tie Fighter and his diorama, Scott brought a German AA truck, Dave brought a Candy Bomber and Marc brought an F-15. Tony brought his tow truck to show us his progress, and Larry brought nothing, except his sarcasm. (Pictures on page 14) There are only three months left to this years contest, so build, build, build.

Oh look, Gary won again.

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IPMS Handbook: AUTOMOTIVE
Basic Construction Flash, sink marks, mold marks, ejector-pin marks, and similar molding flaws eliminated. Seams filled if not found on the actual vehicle. (This is especially important on the car's body. Rubberized kit tires usually also have a mold seam that must be removed.) Contour errors corrected. Gaps between body and chassis eliminated as applicable. Detailing removed while accomplishing the above steps restored to a level consistent with the rest of the model. Alignment: Where applicable, external items (e.g., mirrors, exhaust pipes) aligned symmetrically. Internal items (e.g., seats, some engine/drive components) aligned properly. Wheels: All wheels touching the ground and aligned properly when viewed from front or rear of the vehicle. If turned, front wheels should be aligned in the same direction. Windshields and other clear areas: Clear and free of crazing caused by adhesives or finishing coats. Gaps between windshield, windows, or other clear parts eliminated where applicable. All clear areas scratch-, blemish-, and paint-free. Detailing Parts that are thick, overscale, or coarse should be thinned, modified, or replaced. Exhausts, intakes, vents, and other objects that have openings should be opened. Additional detailing added to the vehicle should be as close to scale as possible. Such items could include door-lock buttons, tire valve stems, dashboard gauge detail, fabric surfaces on interior components, etc. Aftermarket parts (photoetched, white metal, resin, etc.) should integrate well with the basic model. Photo-etched parts that require forming should be precisely shaped, and any surfaces that require building up to a thicker cross-section should be smooth and uniform. Engine and chassis detailing should be done to a level consistent with detailing on the rest of the model. Working parts, if any (e.g., opening hoods or doors), should match the level of workmanship on the rest of the model. Such parts should operate realistically, and the operating mechanism(s) should be in scale if visible. Painting and finishing The model's surface, once painted, should show no signs of the construction process (glue, file, or sanding marks; fingerprints; obvious discontinuities between kit plastic and filler materials; etc.). Finish should be even and smooth, unless irregularities in the actual vehicle's finish are being duplicated. Such irregularities should be documented. No brush marks, lint, brush hairs, etc. No "orange-peel" or "eggshell" effect; no "powdering" in recessed areas. No random differences in sheen of finish caused by misapplication of final clear coats. Paint edges that are supposed to be sharp should be sharp (no ragged edges caused by poor masking). Edges that are supposed to be soft or feathered should be in scale and without overspray. Continued on page 18.

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Rubberized kit tires usually also have a mold seam that must be removed.

A wired engine.

“The Judges Are a Bunch of @#$ %# Nit-pickers.” - From the IPMS Competition Handbook

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Detailing Dragon’s M-16 GMC Part 6
Detailing Dragon’s M16 Multiple Motor Gun Carriage Kit No. 6381 George Slack PART 6: Weathering and Building the Base I generally start with the “dust” filter I described in Part 5. This not only goes in the cab and fighting compartment but is used added later to blend the halftrack into the base. I had an old rustic base from when I was considering building a dinosaur kit; this base languished in my garage for years and I decided it might work for this project. I also had an MK-35 Normandy Farm Gate kit in my stash that would fit the time period and help set the location. Because of the size of the base I tried some test layouts and this turned out to be worth the extra time as it proved my original plan to just have the halftrack setting in the center of the base wouldn’t work. The base was too long for the

Photo 1: Mud and dust effects. a shows the tan paint & static grass mix applied to the front bumper. This also goes on the underbody and fender wells. b. Splashed mud created by blowing air from an airbrush across a paintbrush containing very thin tan paint. c. The bumper after the first blending coat of dust (Tamiya Buff and White, thinned about 4:1). d. The dust coat applied to the running gear and side. This may be a bit understated as I saw a photo of a German Marder II on World War II in Color where the running gear looked like snow camouflage. A final application of Mig pigments will enhance the dust look so we don’t want to overdo it at this point.

Not as much to write about in this segment; most of the weathering I do are variations on techniques used by other armor builders so I’ll let the pictures tell most of the story. Examining period photos is a great way to develop a feel for how mud and dust are deposited on actual vehicles. One of my favorites sources is World War II in Color which is carried locally on Discovery’s Military Channel. The Military Channel has also been running Kelly’s Heroes, which was filmed in Yugoslavia in the early 1970’s and features a pair

Photo 4: The kit ammo lacked depth and some reviews indicated it didn’t fully reach the gun breach. I removed the molded-on kit ammo from the feed chutes and replaced the ammo

Photo 2: The finished kit from the side. The .50cal ammo boxes on the hood and right bumper are scratch built. All of my research indicated these were stained brown and not painted at this point in the war. Since no decals were available for the shipping boxes I attached them with white glue to they can be removed and updated should the proper decals

Photo 3: The finished kit from the front. I know the driver’s door is missing but I want it open in the final vignette and after all the problems with this project, it’s not getting glued on until the halftrack is firmly fixed to the base.

of M3 halftracks driven through mud and on dusty roads.

as a pin wash around bolts and in panel lines. I follow this up with a “mud” mix of tan paint and static grass. I used the same paint for the mud mix and the dirt areas of the base. This becomes my heavy, caked on mud on the underbody, fender wells and exposed areas like the bumper. I follow this up by using my airbrush to blow brush loads of thinned tan paint onto areas where mud might splash. I finish with a very thin airbrushing of Tamiya Buff mixed with Tamiya White over the lower surfaces. I apply this “dust” coat heavily around tires and running gear, then feather the application as I go higher on the body (Photo 1). I keep these coats very light and stop before I think there is enough dust as Mig pigments will be

Photo 5: The radio and antenna mount all wired up.

model and the “bump” on the front looked empty. I found a photo of an M-16 towing an improvised ammo trailer and a piece of foam core convinced me a trailer of some sort would help balance the scene. A local trophy store made up a name plaque that nicely filled the “bump” at the front. The farm gate kit was primed with Tamiya Buff,

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Detailing Dragon’s M-16 GMC Part 6 cont.
then individual stones were picked out with various light colors. A Buff wash tied everything together. The groundwork was made from Hydrocal™ (dental stone) mixed with tan paint. This looked a bit light after it dried so I painted the entire groundwork with the same tan paint. I followed this up with several washes using various brown oils. (Photo 6.) “Landscaping” started with static grass. I’ve used the same static grass for year s and I store it in a glass spice jar so I have no idea where I bought it or who made it. I use it because it isn’t a monotone color but contains a mix of yellow green, medium green and brown. To add even more color variation I give it several coats of Windsor & Newton Davy’s Gray oil paint which mutes and blends the static grass colors. (Photo 7.) To my eye, the key to realistic looking vegetation is layering and variation. Unless your vignette or diorama depicts a modern sporting event or a picnic in a park, monotone, single height turf is out. I used 12 or 13 different products to get the variety I wanted. My main source for landscaping materials is Scenic Express but I never walk past a model railroad shop without checking out their selection of landscaping products. Since most of the club members don’t build scenic bases for their kits I’m not going to take up space listing each product used; if you want to know which products were used contact me at georgeeslack@comcast.net (Continued on Page 11)

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Photo 8: The right side of the base. Twelve different landscaping products have been used to add variety to the vegetation. The static grass and the tree leaves have both received several washes of Davys’ Gray.

Photo 9: Don’t get too caught up with advertised scale. These blue “daisies” started out as HO scale sunflowers. They work as tall sunflowers in HO and 1/72 scale, medium sunflowers in 1/48 scale, small flowers in 1/35 scale and groundcover in 1/16 scale. If it looks good in your landscape, use it regardless of the product’s scale.

Photo 6: Creating a base. a. The first try at the layout. I felt this look dull and boring; the base was far too big for the kit and I didn’t like how it was centered. The asymmetrical “bump” on the front looks good but creates too much additional dead space. b. Better, the foam core “trailer” helps balance the layout and the name plaque fills the bump -out without detracting from the symmetry of the base. c. The Hydrocal groundwork in place. I taped off the rectangle where the name plaque will attach before applying the Hydrocal. The three farm gate elements were pressed into the wet Hydrocal to anchor them to the base. Various wheels and tires were run across the damp groundwork to add some texture to the road areas. Once dry, the groundwork was painted light brown. d. Brown washes have enhanced the 3-D appearance to the groundwork.

Photo 7: Layering and washing/ drybrushing will prevent your model landscape from looking like a manicured lawn. In the top photo buffalo and static grass has been applied to the painted groundwork. The static grass looks too vivid next to the more subdued Buffalo grass. In the bottom photo several washes of Davy’s Gray oil paint have toneddown the brighter static grass and some flowering ground cover has been added along the farm road to break-up a too wide expanse of the same product.

Photo 10: The left side of the base. Here, eleven products have been used but this time two previously used products were set aside and two new products incorporated. This adds variety while keeping the overall looks of the ground cover consistent.

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The Workbench from Hell
Every generation has that tragic death that you remember every detail of ; where you were, what you were doing and what you said, and did. For my parents generation they can remember Kennedy, Kennedy, M.L. King and even THE King. (Yes, Elvis). I remember the absolute domination by Senna and Prost during 1988 with the McLaren MP4/4 (the last Turbo car to win an F1 Championship). 16 races and 15 wins including ten 12 finishes. I remember Suzuka in 1989 and in 1990. I remember watching him win his third championship in 1991 with a slow Honda. In 1993 with a Ford powered McLaren sponsored by Kmart, inferior in every way to the Williams Renault, Ayrton came home with five victories, The most special was at Donnington Park in the European Grand Prix where he lapped everyone except Damon Hill. Damon was close, if you call being behind by 1:23 close. I remember his six Monaco Grand Prix victories. A record that will never be broken. I remember feeling betrayed when he jumped to Williams for the 1994 season. I did not like the Williams Team, they were the enemy. When his car failed him in the first two races I was rooting for a new kid named Schumacher. I was happy, my thoughts were “That’s what you get for switching teams. “ So, I went to my room, and popped the VHS tape of the race into the VCR. (I still have that tape by the way.) It was the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Ayrton pulled away from everyone. It looked like he was determined to win, and then came a safety car. When the race restarted on Lap 5 Senna took off like a rocket. Two laps later he would be dead. I watched the crash and had a bad feeling, the kind you get when you feel like you’ve been kicked in the stomach. I finished watching the race. Honestly I have had that tape for 17 years now and have only watched it once. An hour later my friend Matt and I heard that he died. I went to my room and cried. I remember crying so much that my pillow was wet. It was like an older brother just died. My wife does not understand why I get sad when I watch a special of Senna’s life, or watch one of his better races. People look at me crazy when they find out my son is named after a Brazilian race car driver. This past weekend, August 26th, I took her to the documentary about Senna’s life at the Esquire theater in Denver. Hopefully now she understands. He was a lot more than a racing driver. If you don’t know him, go see “Senna” and you will understand too. Ayrton Senna is my JFK.

The look of a champion.

For me, the only famous death I can remember every detail of during my lifetime is that of Ayrton Senna. I was in college, I was coming home from work, I walked in to the house I was sharing with friends. My friend Matt had watched the race, I taped it to watch later. I remember walking through the door and Matt looked up from the couch and said, “Senna crashed. They had to take him away in a helicopter.” My response was, “Williams sucks that’s why.” Let me give you all the back story. I am now and always have been a Senna fan. I enjoyed watching him drive and rooted for him with Lotus and McLaren. He was special, a natural. The best racing driver the world will ever see. I remember his first win in Portugal. I love watching the races in the rain. It poured that weekend, and Ayrton destroyed the field lapping all but one and winning by over a minute to 2nd place Michele Alboreto.

Ayrton Senna is my JFK.

1985 Grand Prix of Portugal winner.

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Detailing Dragon’s M-16 GMC Part 6 cont.
(From page 8) Since this has been the project from hell so far you had to know I couldn’t make it all the way through a segment with out some disaster occurring. This month’s challenge came as I finished photography and was getting ready to attach the kit and figures to the base. Although I sealed the base with several coats of polyurethane before I added the groundwork, the base apparently swelled just a bit. As the wood dried and shrank, the Hydrocal formed a dome about a millimeter or so above the base. When I put my thumb on the edge of the from the photo studio a chunk about 2½ inches long broke off. I really need a new hobby; anybody out there know of one? Preferably it should involve beautiful women and single malt scotch. Baring another seemingly inevitable setback, the next installment will finish the series with the installation of the halftrack, trailer and figures onto the base. Gotta hurry; fall contest season is just around the corner.

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Photo 12: The finished base ready for models and figures.

Photo 11: These ferns are well detailed but come out of the box as a monochrome medium green plastic. Drybrushing with several different greens, browns and tans enhances the surface texture and gives more “life” to the ferns.

groundwork to stabilize it as I carried the base away

Photo 13: The no longer finished base after the “dome” cracked and split off. More work to do; it ought to be great fun to match the color and texture of the original groundwork. At least our editor is happy; my problem means one less article for him to worry about for next month.

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Photo of the Month for August

High Plains Modelers in Omaha: Tom, Gary, Randy, Pablo, Jeff, Dave and Larry. Jerry Gavaldon was the photographer.

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Model of the Month for August

Michael’s Knight not to be confused with Michael Knight

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August Model Gallery Photos by Jeff Brown

Jeff’s Star Wars Diorama

Gary’s Vignette

Dave’s Candy Bomber

Marc’s F-15

Michael’s Knight

Scott’s Opel with AA gun

Tony’s Wrecker

Gary’s Omaha Plaque

Michael’s Hell Figure

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About IPMS/USA
IPMS/USA is the United States Branch of the International Plastic Modelers' Society, whose roots can be traced to the startup of the first IPMS National Branch during the 1960's in Great Britain. In 1964 a US-based modeler applied for a charter to start the US Branch. In the ensuing 4 decades, IPMS/USA has become a 5,000 member, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the modeling hobby while providing a venue for modelers to share their skills in a social setting, along with friendly but spirited competition in the form of local, regional, and national contests and conventions. As this is written, there are over 220 active US chapters (including groups in Canada and the Philippines as well as one "cyber-chapter" existing entirely on the internet). These chapters are organized into 13 geographically-determined Regions, overseen by Regional Coordinators. The IPMS/USA Executive Board, made up of elected and appointed members, serves as the overall governing body for IPMS/ USA. IPMS/USA produces the Modelers' Journal, an allcolor magazine supplied to our members 6 times each year. Sample copies of the Journal are available upon request, and you'll find several cover shots elsewhere in this handout. In addition, IPMS/USA maintains one of the largest and most-visited public websites in the modeling community (www.ipmsusa.org). Members and visitors can view product reviews, chapter and contest information, see examples of members' work, and view images of contest, museum walkarounds, and the like. A members-only Forum allows discussion of specific topics of interest amongst our membership. The remainder of the website is open to the modeling public and sees thousands of hits weekly. From: www.ipmsusa.org

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IPMS: Automotive (Continued)
Chrome parts should be correctly represented and should be just as free of surface blemishes and evidences of the construction process as the painted components. Weathering: Although weathering is gaining more acceptance in the automotive ranks, especially with some trucks and certain types of racing cars (such as the Rally types), it is not standard practice. Most auto modelers build what is considered a "show" car or restored car, and because of this, weathering will be the exception rather than the rule. If present, however, weathering should show concern for scale, be in accordance with the conditions in which the real vehicle was operating, and be consistent throughout the model. Decals: Decals should be aligned properly. This is especially important for racing subjects. Water-slide decals should show no evidence of silvering or bubbling of decal film. Decal film should be eliminated or hidden to make the markings appear painted on.

Best Auto from Omaha.

Things to do in Loveland: Build Models
So, what do you do in Loveland for fun? Well, we build models.
I overheard someone in Omaha ask, “Where is Loveland, Colorado?” No we are not a suburb of Denver. We are 45 miles north of Denver on I-25. Loveland, Colorado is a small town (66,000 people). I have to check my facts, but I think we will be the smallest town to host an IPMS National Convention. So, what do you do in Loveland for fun? Well, we build models. There is a reason we are good at it. Honestly there is not much to do here. We have a mall. A movie theater, and what used to be an Outlet Mall which is more like half an Outlet Mall now that the “big” mall was put in right across the freeway. We have a world famous sculpture contest, usually held in August. A corn roast festival. We have cows and horses. Of course the smell you might encounter on a windy day comes from Greely. We have a hockey team, the Colorado Eagles, but you won’t see them in Summer. Loveland itself has one hobby shop. A Hobby Lobby, which is why the majority of us here shop online. There are a few good restaurants and a bunch to avoid. I don’t want to get sued so when you get here ask me and I will reply verbally so I can deny it should you let them know. The closest neat thing to Loveland is Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel. It was the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining”. The Embassy Suites is a world class hotel though. My guess is they put it here because it is right next to The Budweiser Events Center and The Ranch, also world class venues. Still, I am sure you will love how easy it is to get here. You will not get lost, and if you do, keep driving eventually you will hit Wyoming. One neat thing is we are at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Every day when I go outside I see them, majestically looking down, saying “You really need another hobby shop.”

Welcome to Loveland

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Jeff’s War Movie Review: Mister Roberts
“Mister Roberts” (1955) is a World War II comedydrama starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon and William Powell. It is a film about life on board a supply ship during the closing days of World War II. Mr. Roberts, played by Henry Fonda, is a disgruntled officer who would rather be on a combat ship making a difference. The irony is, and he does not realize it until the end of the film, that a supply ship does make a difference. James Cagney plays the skipper of the ship. He is a hard nosed guy with a disdain for “college boys” and other officers who did not work for their commission the way he had to. Jack Lemmon plays Ensign Pulver, a screw-up who talks about the skipper behind his back but turns into a “yes man” in front of his face. William Powell, of Thin Man fame, plays the ships doctor, Doc. No this isn’t the Love Boat, jokes about the Navy aside. There are some great scenes. The firecracker, liberty, and “what we call in Alabama…” to name a few. This movie will make you laugh. Like “Stalag 17” last month, this movie also was originally a play. Speaking of “Stalag 17”, William Holden turned down the role of Mr. Roberts. The end of the movie is a surprise, and will leave you a bit misty eyed. But Ensign Pulver finally becomes the man Mr. Roberts hoped he would become. If not for me, watch it for the palm tree. All in all a very good movie. I like it, and I am giving it a 10+ also.

Volume 1, Issue 10

All right! Who did it? Who did it? You are going to stand sweating at those battle stations until someone confesses!

Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinkin' palm tree overboard!

September Special

Playing Card Sale
For September we are having a special on our playing cards, normally they are $6.00 each this month they are $5.00 each!
Kahuna Designs Inc.

Poker, Blackjack, Rummy or Gin Grab a set of cards, better than Verlinden!

Kahuna Designs
jgdtiger007@yahoo.com
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Classifieds and other Happenings
For Sale or Trade: Jeff Brown has items for sale and trade, see ads below and e-mail: jgdtiger007@yahoo.com I have added this new section so you can show photos of what you are selling. I have a bunch of Mig Productions items for sale, all are brand new, never opened. I am giving a good discount on these, and if they don’t sell locally I will put them on greEd Bay. The prices do not include shipping. *** Posting Ads are free for High Plains Modelers Members to post items for sale or trade. If you are not a member of the club it cost $2 to post an ad which goes towards our annual club contest.

Trumpeter 1/32 Wildcat F4F-3. These retail for around $75 this one is still sealed in the shrink wrap. I am asking $45 for it. (Shipping is extra for those outside of Northern Colorado.) Will trade for F$F-3 Late or F$F-4!

Only 364 days to go as I write this! We will begin having monthly contest updates in the next issue. Website: www.ipms2012.org

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High Plains Modelers
Meetings are the last Tuesday of the month at The Ranch in Loveland. They start at 7pm and end around 9pm. Editor: Jeffrey Brown jgdtiger007@yahoo.com President: Pablo Bauleo Vice President: Gary Moore Treasurer: Randy Robinson Secretary: Jeff Brown

Our club has plastic modelers from Northern Colorado, mainly from the Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont area. We also have a few members from Wyoming. Honestly, if you need an excuse to get away from the wife an kids a few days a month, join our club. Your skills will improve and you will have a few laughs. Stop by a meeting, the first one is free kid!

Website http://ipmshpm.blogspot.com/

Next Meeting September 27, 2011. 7pm at The Ranch.

Contest Sponsors: Please Support Them (They Support Us)
Kahuna Designs Inc.

Grand Junction Scale Modellers Society IDEAL SCALE MODELS ` Chuck Holte is sponsoring Best UAV! Hersh Consulting is sponsoring Best Armor!

Sidles Co. is sponsoring Best Automotive

Wyoming Mighty Mopar Club is sponsoring Best Mopar Subject

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